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The World’s Happiest Countries – Do You Agree?

Copenhagen, Denmark

Since we’re on the subject of happiness, I’d like to share this interesting list of the happiest countries around the world compiled by the World Happiness Report. Every year, United Nations Sustainable Development Solutions Network conducts a 156-nation survey and rank the happiest countries around the globe based on aspects such as healthy life expectancy, freedom to make life […]

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Highlights of the Ice Run: From the Northern Lights to the Ice Hotel

View of fjord from Arctic Circle Express

Over the winter, we took off on an epic train journey around the coldest reaches of Europe armed with our Eurail global passes and plenty of winter gear. This journey – which we aptly named the Ice Run – was all about the ice, the powdery snow, the raw wilderness and the chilly cold. To mush in the sugar-coated winter land, we tried our hands […]

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Video: The Ice Run Recap

At the start of December, we set off on an epic train journey around the coldest reaches of Europe with Eurail.com. This journey – which we aptly named the Ice Run – was all about the ice, the powdery snow, the raw wilderness and the chilly cold. To mush in the sugar-coated winter land, we tried our hands at all sort of […]

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Lapland By Train: Riding the Arctic Circle Express

Extending for hundreds of miles above the Arctic Circle, Lapland is one of the last remaining wildernesses in Europe. For many, this northern extreme is a mystery – where the midnight sun shines endlessly in summer and the stunning Aurora Borealis dances in the sky during the long, polar winter nights. Stretching across four countries and bounded by three different […]

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The Tradition of Reindeer Herding in Lapland

A member of our reindeer caravan

As part of the Ice Run journey, we’re exploring the Finnish Lapland, one of the coolest parts of Europe. We did plenty of fun winter activities like snowmobiling and ice-fishing, here’s a story about meeting a reindeer herder in Rovaniemi. *** I’ve always imagined reindeers to have the power to whisk me into the sky, just like Santa Claus’ reindeer sleigh. But […]

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Ice-Fishing in the Finnish Lapland

As part of the Ice Run journey, we’re exploring the Finnish Lapland, one of the coolest parts of Europe. We went crazy with winter activities like snowmobiling and dog-sledding. Here’s our story on ice-fishing in Rovaniemi. *** I jump up and down, like a child pouncing on her bed, eager to see if the ice beneath my feet will crack and fizzle. It’s ridiculously […]

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Ice Run Updates

As the year comes to an end, we have reached the first half of our Ice Run journey through the coldest parts of Europe. Over the past few weeks, we have ridden a reindeer sleigh and met Santa Claus in Finland, caught the Northern Lights and visited Sweden’s original ICEHOTEL as well as tried our […]

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Christmas in Lapland: Meeting Santa Claus

Christmas is almost here, and we are excited to take a break from work and just enjoy beautiful Oslo, Norway. Even though we are spending the festive season on the road, traveling around Scandinavia by train on the Ice Run, we will be taking time off to relax, have a Christmas dinner, and immerse in the wonderful atmosphere here. This […]

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Fun on Ice: Snowmobiling in Rovaniemi, Lapland

For the first leg of our Ice Run journey, we’re exploring the Finnish Lapland, one of the coolest parts of Europe. We went crazy with winter activities like snowshoeing and dog-sledding. Here’s one of our stories on snowmobiling in Rovaniemi. *** There is a reason why we don’t go fast on ice. There’s a lack of friction on […]

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Huskies, Reindeers and Santa in the Finnish Lapland

A white reindeer

For the first leg of our Ice Run journey, we’re exploring the Finnish Lapland, one of the coldest parts of Europe. Here’s the first of the month-long series. Enjoy! *** We’ve just spent the past few days in a winter fantasy world, almost as if we had crossed centuries and continents into the world of […]

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The Ice Run: Traveling Europe’s Coldest Regions by Train

To end the year with a bang, we’re off again — this time heading into the coldest reaches of Europe on an epic train journey. Perhaps it’s because Antarctica got me hooked to the cold, or perhaps a white Christmas sounds all too tempting, the sub-zero temperatures are calling! We’ve teamed up with Eurail.com to explore Northern Europe on […]

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