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Fall foliage in Finnish Lapland

Ruska a.k.a fall foliage – part of the magnificent colors of autumn in Finland

Autumn in Finnish Lapland, in addition to the northern lights, is also known for ruska a.k.a fall foliage, which in turn take care of the wonderful splendor of colors during the daytime. Since we have previously focused strongly on the northern lights on this blog, it is appropriate to get to know this second autumn natural phenomenon a little more closely at the dawn of autumn.

Jukolan viesti, aka Napapiiri Jukola orienteering competition is held in Rovaniemi in 2021

Simerock and Jukolan viesti held in Rovaniemi this weekend

The second last weekend of August is a real super weekend for our neighbor city Rovaniemi as two major events will be held at the same time. The world’s largest orienteering event Jukolan viesti (Jukola relay) will be held in Rovaniemi on August 21-22, and the largest rock festival in the north, Simerock, will resonate on August 20-22.

Ranuan hillamarkkinat

Ranua Cloudberry Festival – history and general information

The Ranua Cloudberry Festival could certainly be considered the most significant single event in our locality. Organized for the first time in 1974, the event first started modestly, mainly aimed at the municipality’s own sellers, but it soon became clear that the event would be very easy to grow into a much larger one as well. In this blog post, we get to know a little bit about the history of the festival.

Ranuan Keskus-grilli

Ranuan Keskusgrilli was voted as the fourth best grill kiosk in Finland

Ranuan Keskusgrilli, a grill kiosk located in the center of Ranua village, has a guaranteed place in the heart of many Ranuan residents, both current and former. At the beginning of July, the Ranuan Keskusgrilli, which had long satisfied the hunger of many passers-by, received a well deserved accolade after being elected as the fourth best grill kiosk in Finland by the readers of Iltalehti.

Ranuan Eläinpuiston sisäänkäynti

Ranua Zoo Wildlife Park’s birth and history

Although Ranua Zoo turned full years for the last time in 2013, to continue the theme of the 80s I covered in my previous text, I felt it was the right option to tell about the birth and history of the largest tourist attraction in our town.

Berry picking - ripe cloudberries in Ranua in summer 2021

6 tips for berry picking and preserving

Harvesting season is now at its best in Finnish Lapland, as both the cloudberry and blueberry harvests are ripe. However, it is not advisable to head to the cloudberry marsh or blueberry forest without proper planning. In this blog post, we will give you six handy tips for berry picking and preserving.

Blueberry harvest in Ranua

Blueberry harvest ready to be picked in Ranua

The cloudberry harvest in the summer of 2021 eventually turned out to be good, although have been suffering from drought all over Finland this summer during both June and July. With regard to the cloudberry harvest, picking will now be concentrated in the wooded ravine areas at, and the picking season is coming close to its end in the heights of Ranua. However, berry picking in Finnish Lapland will continue next with blueberries.

Aurora borealis in winter in Ranua, Finnish Lapland

The scientists finally know what causes the Aurora borealis

Northern lights are one of the main reasons, why so many travelers want to visit Finland in the darker seasons and especially winter. But what are the reasons behind aurora borealis and what causes them to appear? Scientists have long speculated about what causes this specific light phenomenon that occurs in the Earth’s polar regions. Now the reason has been found for sure.


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

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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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