Finnish Lapland

I Now Own a Piece of Finland – and I’m Headed There Today!

Finland has been a gaping hole in my travel map for a long time, but it wasn’t until February of this year that visiting the easternmost country in Scandinavia became a true priority for me. While capping off my trip to Indonesia with four days in the paradise islands of Raja Ampat, I made the acquaintance of Finnish couple Minna and Stig. Globetrotting divers with a penchant for underwater photography, vodka and card games, they’re two of the kindest, most interesting people I’ve ever met

Raja Ampat, Indonesia

If you ever come to Finland, they told me and Adam, an Austrian entrepreneur staying at the same beach as us, as we said goodbye, make sure and get in contact with us. We’ll take you out on our boat and show you a part of our country most foreigners miss.

We both promised to take them up on their offer by year’s end, but unfortunately, a packed travel schedule (and stupidly high transatlantic airfares) prevented me from joining Adam when he flew to Helsinki at the end of August. I watched from Facebook as my three friends enjoying the last days of Finnish summer without me, and doubted whether I would be able to make good on my promise, at least in 2014.

Not one week later, I received an email from Veera, a Finnish woman who represented a company looking for bloggers to travel to Finland on its behalf. Obviously, my first intrigue in having received this email related to my desire to see Minna and Stig, but as I learned more about the company (or, I should say, companies – more on that in just a minute), I realized that this was an opportunity unlike any I’d ever been offered.

See, while the initial purpose of Veera’s email (and my then-hypothetical trip to Finland) had been to encourage me to use an app called CreateTrips to publish an itinerary based on my experience, the larger purpose was to help its partner Unelmaa promote its own product…er, service.

Actually, I don’t really know how to describe what Unelmaa does using a single word: They sell small pieces of Lapland (i.e. the part of Finland near the Arctic Circle) to foreigners at unbelievably cheap rates – and they wanted to give one to me and fly me there to live on it for a few days, in exchange for some promotion on my blog. Sounds like a pretty good deal, huh?

It did to me, so I immediately took Veera up on her offer. Now, a month has passed, and the time has come to fly to Finland! As soon as I publish this post, I’ll be headed to the airport to begin my long journey to Lapland: A flight to Rovaniemi, Finland (via Newark, Stockholm and Helsinki), then a car ride to the Salla Forest, where I will set foot onto my land for the first time. I’m hoping to get this beautiful plot, but it hasn’t been confirmed yet.

Northern Lights via Flickr user Hyougushi

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In addition to exploring my “Unelmaa Land” (translation: Dream Land!) and spending at least one night on it, I’ll be doing a number of other activities in Lapland, from visiting a reindeer preserve, to hiking up to a high point above the Salla Forest to, hopefully, spotting the Northern Lights for the first time. A major focus of my time, both on my land and off it, will be photography (and, of course, selfies!), but my goal is to do as many activities as I possibly can while on my land – you’ll obviously have to let me know if you have any ideas.

Helsinki via Wikimedia Commons user Ilmari Karonen

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As if this wasn’t awesome enough, I’ll head back down to Helsinki after a few days in Lapland, where I’ll not only get to explore a European capital I’ve wanted to see for almost as long as I’ve been traveling – I’ll get to make good on the promise I made to Minna and Stig back in February.

Did I mention I can’t wait for this plane to take off?

Main image courtesy of Unelmaa

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{ 17 comments… read them below or add one }

Anne September 27, 2014 at 7:40 am

Welcome to Finland! I’m sure you’ll enjoy it. 🙂

Robert Schrader September 29, 2014 at 4:09 am

Thanks Anne! September 29, 2014 at 4:34 pm

Are they legit? They’re not going to rob is of our money? Because my fiance and I would definitely buy one
Do you need to be from a particular nation in order to buy one?

Ryan Biddulph September 29, 2014 at 5:05 pm

Hi Robert,

Congrats! Very excited for you.

I also dig how the Universe works. You let go one way/means of reaching Finland and another popped up. Brilliant. So important to be open to the opportunities around you and not to attach yourself to any one channel, because everything is lining up nicely for us, all the time. We need only be detached and grateful enough, to see this.

I see this happen with our travels quite a bit. One trip may not work out as we’re planning it, we release on it, and an even better match shows up. So key to focus on what’s really signing to you, travel-wise, at the time, to attract the best opportunities.

Safe and happy travels Robert. Make sure to snap some Northern Lights shots, and if you somehow do a night selfie with one, well, you’d be my selfie hero ;)….(as a guy who’s blog is a Selfie haven)

Tweeting this one soon.

Signing off from Savusavu, Fiji.


@nellahelsinki October 1, 2014 at 7:00 am

Welcome to Finland, to my home! Our forests and nature are waiting for you. 🙂

Maisa Sofia Harju October 1, 2014 at 8:56 am

Welcome to Lapland! Hope you enjoy your time here 🙂

Franklin October 3, 2014 at 7:27 pm

That’s awesome! Have an incredible time and good luck seeing the Northern Lights! Looking forward to seeing your photos. 🙂

Chanel | Cultural Xplorer October 5, 2014 at 8:08 am

Wow! That sounds really intriguing to own a piece of Finland 😀 Can’t wait to see how things turn out! Would love to own a piece of land there myself 😀

Robert Schrader October 6, 2014 at 6:06 am

Thanks Franklin!

Robert Schrader October 6, 2014 at 6:08 am

It was amazing!

Robert Schrader October 6, 2014 at 6:08 am

I’m in love!

Robert Schrader October 6, 2014 at 6:09 am

Yes, I find sometimes if you let go and let the Universe take control, it rewards you handsomely.

Robert Schrader October 6, 2014 at 6:09 am

Did you receive Teemu’s email?

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Robert Schrader October 17, 2014 at 6:49 am

Interesting comparison!

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