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Following the road less travelled into Russian Karelia

 The border formalities on the Finnish side go smoothly, but on the Russian side the bureaucratic Soviet influence is still evident: I have to fill several small entry forms and then queue with them from one counter to the next. As I am crossing the border by car I have to fill separate documents for […]

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Discovering the developing mountain biking scene in the Gastein Valley, Austria

The water cascades down a steep rocky path with a roaring sound and disappears under a stone bridge, it forms a near vertical waterfall on the other side, before finally reaching the valley floor some few hundred meters lower. The surrounding Belle Époque style village of Bad Gastein in Austria´s Salzburg state is built on a steep […]

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A campervan road trip to Lapland

As the summer was approaching my girlfriend Laura and I were busy sketching plans for our first road-trip with the newly purchased Volkswagen T3 Syncro. We had already roughly decided on the route, starting off from Helsinki, heading towards the western and north-western parts of Finnish Lapland, then crossing the border to Norway and heading […]

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The skier´s guide to the Japanese powder galaxy

The combination of a unique culture, rich food tradition, local hospitality and one of the world’s best snow records has in recent years made Japan a stable in ski destination bucket lists. Japan has hundreds of distinctively different ski areas on two islands, which can make planning your first trip a daunting task. By reading […]

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Tracing the roots of Japanese skiing in Nozawa Onsen

It is two a.m. and dark outside. I watch heavy wet snowflakes gently floating down in the halo of a solitary street lamp behind the tinted glass window of our traditional ryokan style room. Unable to sleep, I get up and quietly push open the sliding door with the paper panels, trying not to wake up photographer […]

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On the Myoko Express

After spending a sleepless night in a hotel situated in the middle of Kabukicho´s red light district in Shinjuku we headed for the busy Tokyo Station. Sleep-deprived, we pulled our ski bags through a constant stream of people trying to read the signs written mostly in Japanese. In the end we managed to find the right desk and get […]

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Northern Exposure in Ylläs

Words: Jaakko Järvensivu, Photos: Juha Laine The wind is moving the snow like a fast magic carpet on top of the rock-hard snowpack that is covering the surrounding fells under a layer of white wavy formations, with rocks protruding here and there like small islands. The whirling snow stings you when making contact with exposed […]

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Krippenstein – Austria ´s world powder heritage site

The Dachstein mountains rising up to 3000 m are known for the high number of karst caves in the area, some of which are 60-80 km long. The inner Salzkammergut region, which includes the Dachstein massif and the town of Halstatt have been declared as a world heritage site by Unesco, both because of it´s […]