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You wouldn't be here if you weren't curious.*

Hi! I'm Elena! Welcome to my travel blog Creativelena.com.
For me, it is all about “life-seeing instead of sightseeing”: Join me as I create, eat & live my way around the world. Curious?

*Check out my book, “The Creative Traveler’s Handbook”, for learning more about what we mean by creative travel. Travelling means the world to me, makes me fit for everday life and sometimes, I trust, also calmer on the inside. Read this blog with a smile, share what you love and remember to check back regularly: After all, when was the last time you did something for the first time?

Finland

Ready for the Finnish take on the igloo? It's a sauna, of course ..!

Lahti in Southern Finland: Warm-hearted homecomings, Huskies & Sauna near Helsinki

I just love visiting Finland. Like Portugal, Canada or New Zealand, this country runs with a spirit of humbleness, genuine hospitality, and warm-hearted delight when taking the time to truly meet the locals. “The Fins, they take a bit of a time to ‘warm up’. Especially to small talk … Well actually, Fins don’t really do small […]

Willkommen bei "Erä-Susi" Husky-Farm ...

Lapland Travel Activities: Ice Swimming, Husky Safaris, Sauna-Tours & more!

8 layers. 6 participants. 2 degrees. 1 river. If you like to go ice swimming in Lapland, you do have to be a bit crazy. “How on Earth will we ever fit into this ..?”, Christine next to me is about to give up wriggling her way into the waterproof, well-sealed overall. Underneath, she is wearing […]

Eat & sleep your way through Finland: From creature comforts to outdoor adventures

If you’ve recently arrived at my travel blog, you will know about my enthusiasm for Finland. My trip there, albeit only a week long, has left a strong impression on me, with many good reasons to go back soon. After sharing my top 10 picture picks from Lapland and our Food Walk adventures in Helsinki […]

#PolarNightMagic in Lapland: 10 travel images literally “out of this world”.

My memories of Lapland continue to put a spell on me. Despite being back at my desk for more than a week now, the magic of this immense, white winter wonderland and its absolute silence continues to work on me. Magnificent. Such is the stage of northern Finland, or Lapland as it is. Along with its sheer endless, snow-covered forests, lakes […]

A foodlover’s take on Helsinki: My Food Walk with HappyGuideHelsinki

Today, I would like to tell you something about being a foodie traveller high up North. You might be tempted to think: Will it really be tasty and focused on food there, when a visit to the high North is mostly marked (and marketed) by the great outdoors, magic landscapes, wild territories?   The capital city of […]

#PolarNightMagic in Finland Day 5: Foodie Fantasies when exploring Helsinki

What size is a reindeer? Who cooks the best salmon soup? Where do Northern Lights dance? And how profound is absolute silence? Dear friends, dear readers, dear Finnland fans! Each day of my trip to Lapland & Helsinki, I am publishing a selection of my best daily photographs. Adding to that, you will get practical travel tips, fun-filled […]

#PolarNightMagic in Lapland: Day 3 at the National Park Oulanka

What size is a reindeer? Who cooks the best salmon soup? Where do Northern Lights dance? And how profound is absolute silence? Dear friends, dear readers, dear Lapland fans! Each day of my trip to Lapland, I am publishing a selection of my best daily photographs. Adding to that, you will get practical travel tips, fun-filled stories & tasty food […]

#PolarNightMagic in Lapland: Day 2 in Ruka at the Husky Ranch & Skiing

What size is a reindeer? Who cooks the best salmon soup? Where do Northern Lights dance? And how profound is absolute silence? Dear friends, dear readers, dear Lapland fans! Each day of my trip to Lapland, I am publishing a selection of my best daily photographs. Adding to that, you will get practical travel tips, fun-filled stories & tasty food […]

#PolarNightMagic in Lapland: Day 1 at the National Park Korouoma

What size is a reindeer? Who cooks the best salmon soup? Where do Northern Lights dance? And how profound is absolute silence? Dear friends, dear readers, dear Lapland fans! Each day of my trip to Lapland, I am publishing a selection of my best daily photographs. Adding to that, you will get practical travel tips, fun-filled stories & tasty food […]

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