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Picture of ripe cloudberries in Ranua, Finnish Lapland in summer 2020

Cloudberries in Finnish Lapland – everything that you need to know

Hilla, or lakka (Rubus chamaemorus), is the sought-after treasure of the marshes of Finnish Lapland and perhaps the most prized of our domestic berries. Since Ranua is Finland’s official cloudberry town, it is quite reasonable to dedicate several blog posts to this most wonderful berry. So, we wish you warmly welcome to read our ultimate cloudberry guide.

Mosquito bites are a common and frustrating problems in the summer in Finland

How to get rid of mosquitoes this summer – with these tips you will succeed

Different kind of mosquitoes are a very essential part of summer all over Finland. Especially here in Lapland, an itchy mosquito bite or a wake-up call at night are quite familiar and annoying guests. It should be fair to say that no one actually enjoys the company of these bloodsuckers. So with the summer already, it’s a good idea to share tips on how to minimize this annoyance.

AuroraHut glass igloos in Ranua allow you to also do some remote working

Remote work in Finnish Lapland this summer

The tourism industry has been going through quite exceptional times for more than a year. As so-called normal tourism has at times even been completely non-existent, there has been both time and a need for the tourism industry to create various travel innovations. In this blog post, we present our own tourism innovation in Ranua.

Ranua Zoo winter visit

New polar bear for Ranua Zoo Wildlife Park

The time of the polar bear mother Venus as the only polar bear in Ranua Zoo was short, as the 15-year-old male polar bear Nord arrived at Ranua Zoo in February to replace the male Sisu who moved to Doncaster, England in December.

Vaara reindeer farm visit during winter

Experiences on working as a tour guide in Lapland

People working in customer service positions can rightly be described as the backbone of the whole tourism business in Lapland. Successful customer service experiences make the same customers return to the same destination from year to year and, of course, help bring in new customers as positive experiences spread through both traditional ways and social media. In this blog, I will tell you a little bit about my own experiences of acting as a tour and wildlife guide in Ranua, Finnish Lapland.

Winter activities in Lapland: reindeer farm visit at Vaaran Porotila - Arctic Guesthouse & Igloos

Plus 10 interesting facts about Finnish Lapland

Are there polar bears in Finland? Which parts of Finland actually belong to Lapland? How many people live in Lapland? How about reindeers? These any many other questions will be answered in our latest blog post that will tell you more than 10 interesting facts about Finnish Lapland.

Northern lights photography in Lapland in winter

10 tips for Northern lights photography in Lapland during winter

The photography season for the northern lights near the Arctic Circle in Finland lasts from mid-August until the beginning of April. The whole winter is quite a great time to experience the dance of Aurora borealis on the northern sky. In this blog post, we give you ten useful tips for photographing northern lights in Finnish Lapland during winter.

Small grayling returning back to the river in Simojoki

Grayling fly fishing in Ranua – Simojoki and Ranuanjoki rivers

Despite the Simojoki River, which is strongly known as a salmon river, and the World Fly Fishing Championships, Ranua has not become a very well-known recreational fishing destination at the local level. In this blog post, however, we present Ranua’s grayling fly fishing opportunities and. In the text, I will tell basic information about the grayling itself as well as my own favorite rapids on the Ranua side of the Simojoki River and the lesser-known Ranuanjoki.


The best travel blog in Finland?

The purpose of the Stories from Ranua travel blog is to make our entire community and the companies operating here as well known as possible. We put a lot of effort in our content and write each of our blog posts with real passion. With high-quality and passionate content production, our goal is to turn the Stories of Ranualta travel blog into the best travel and tourism-related blog in Finland. Highly appreciated Feedspot has lister our blog in Top 100 blogs in Finland

Information about the blog contributor

Tuomas Haapala, born in Ranua, is responsible for the blog posts and editing of the stories on the Stories from Ranua travel blog. Tuomas, who is also our digital marketing specialist, mainly works from Helsinki. Despite his relatively young age, Tuomas has been writing both as a hobby and work for more than 15 years already. Before Stories from Ranua blog, Tuomas has experience on writing content for many different blogs, articles and websites. You can get to know Tuomas’ writings in more detail, for example, on his Medium profile.

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