I know, I know…… It’s been a long time since my last post. Although I’ve been a little busy over the last few months, laziness is the real reason I haven’t written any new posts. Pregnancy will do that to you. I shouldn’t complain though, I’m officially 39 weeks along and it’s been smooth sailing so far. Lack of energy has been the only real pregnancy symptom I’ve had. Even with all the traveling I did early in my pregnancy I never experienced morning sickness/nausea.
On that note, there is one thing I’d like to complain about (who, me? complain? surprising, I know). Why is it that no one warned me about leg cramps? I’m not talking about a little charley horse in your calf, I’m talking about leg cramps that take over your entire leg for five to ten minutes at a time. I’m talking about leg cramps that surprise attack you during the middle of the night and cause you to wake up screaming. Ugh, they are THE WORST!
Okay, I’m done complaining (for now), so back to the point of this post. My husband and I vacationed in Finland in February. I know what you’re thinking. Finland…… in February? Yes, it was VERY cold there. It was so cold that the air actually hurt my face when I wasn’t wearing a balaclava. I invested in really good winter boots and outerwear for this vacation, and it was still super cold.
We chose Finland as our destination because seeing the northern lights was on my bucket list. We were very lucky because we saw the northern lights four different nights while we were there. As you can imagine, pictures don’t do it justice!
Despite the freezing cold temperatures, we were outside a LOT in Finland. We were outside from after breakfast until dinner time, then we were back outside again. Some of the activities we did included a northern lights safari by snowshoe, a snowmobile tour of the countryside, a private fat bike night ride through a snowy forest, a reindeer safari with a visit to a local reindeer farm, and night time ice floating. We also visited Santa Claus Village!
The night time ice floating was my favorite part of the entire vacation. While we were planning our itinerary for the vacation, Jim mentioned night time ice floating and I immediately shot it down. No way was I going to do that!
He booked it anyway, and right before we were supposed to meet up with the tour guide, I almost backed out of it because I was so scared! We went with a small group, there were about six other people, and everyone was so nice! We drove to a lake that was basically in the middle of nowhere, and during the drive everyone in the group convinced me to try it. As you already know, peer pressure won.
After about an hour of driving, we arrived at a small cabin outside of a dark, remote lake. It was a very cold and clear night, and there were so many stars in the sky. It was so beautiful!
Inside of the cabin we changed into floating rescue suits and then dipped into the dark, frozen lake. It was completely frozen over except for a small 20 foot area that was carved out for swimming. The northern lights made an appearance while we were in the lake, which made the experience even more memorable.
I loved our time in Finland, but if we ever go back it probably won’t be in the winter time again. I’ve had enough of the coldness to last a lifetime! I’m so ready for a warm vacation at the beach! Where’s your favorite beach vacation spot and why? I need suggestions! Comment below and let me know. 🙂