Articles Tagged ‘finland’

Slideshow: The Northern Lights in Finnish Lapland

Slideshow: The Northern Lights in Finnish Lapland June 21, 2012 | Featured | Read More
Aurora borealis, or the northern lights, is a phenomenon that occurs at very high latitude around the Arctic circle. Named for the Aurora (the Roman goddess of the dawn) and Boreas (the Greek term for the northern wind) the lights can only be seen after dark. You can spot the spectacular light show throughout...

Incarcer-Vacations: 11 Prisons-Turned-Hotels

Incarcer-Vacations: 11 Prisons-Turned-Hotels October 30, 2010 | Culture/History, Featured, Offbeat | Read More
Anyone with even a slight appreciation of irony would enjoy knowing that hellish prisons around the world, closed down because of overcrowding and human-rights abuse, have reopened as posh hotels and kitschy hostels. Although it does merit a good chuckle, if you think about it the conversions totally...

Finns Set Up Portable Sauna on Top of Mont Blanc, Adorableness Ensues

Finns Set Up Portable Sauna on Top of Mont Blanc, Adorableness Ensues September 9, 2010 | Active/Outdoors, France, Offbeat, Travel News | Read More
At 15,782 feet, the summit of France’s Mont Blanc is the highest peak in Western Europe. It was also immortalized in 144 lines of verse in Percy Bysshe Shelley’s 1817 poem “Mont Blanc: Lines Written in the Vale of Chamouni.” For Shelley, Mont Blanc was “A city of death,...

11 Dumbest “Sporting” Events for the Non-Athlete in All of Us

11 Dumbest “Sporting” Events for the Non-Athlete in All of Us July 31, 2010 | Featured | Read More
While quite a few NileGuide staffers are marathon runners, cyclists, even daredevils, some of us NileGuiders are the kids who got picked last in gym class, never made it onto varsity, and still don’t own a pair of cross trainers. Even though some of us will never win the New York Marathon or climb...