Five ideas to ponder in January
Inspiration from across the Finnair network.
1. New Nordic art hotspot
Norway’s Henningsvær, in the Lofoten archipelago, is abuzz with art. Home to the Kaviar Factory, an international venue for contemporary art housed in what was once a caviar factory, the small fishing village is also a great place to spot the works of Mr Hmm, a talented street artist – “the Norwegian answer to Banksy” according to British Vogue.
2. Bright therapy
During the dark months, find the light fantastic throughout the Nordics with a range of illuminating festivals. In Norway, Tromsø’s Northern Lights Festival features jazz, pop, opera, rock, folk music, and dance in a weeklong event that runs Jan 27 to Feb 4. Meanwhile, in the Icelandic capital, Reykjavik’s Dark Music Days contemporary and new music event runs from Jan 25 to 27, and is followed up by the brilliant Winter Lights Festival from Feb 1 to 4. One of the highlights is Pool Night, when many outdoor thermal pools are open offering a unique view of the Northern Lights.
3. Digital detox
Making time to unplug is a higher priority than ever before, according to Well+Good’s travel trends for 2018. The New York-based lifestyle and wellness publication predicts that analogue destinations will be the new “it” spots in travel, with Wi-Fi free cafés, hotels, and phone-free social clubs taking the lead this year. Leading the way is Chicago bookstore, bar, and café Kibbitznest, a “proudly wifi-free zone.” Meanwhile, the UK family-owned mEat Bar & Grill in Newport, South Wales, hosts a tech-free date night every Thursday that’s making headlines simply by asking diners to put away their devices and talk face-to-face with their dinner companions.
4. Meditation goes mainstream
One of America’s top meditation teachers, Light Watkins, releases an alluring addition to meditation literature this month: Bliss More: How to Succeed in Meditation Without Really Trying (Ballantine/Random House). Special endorsement comes from alternative medicine guru Deepak Chopra: “With him (Watkins) as your guide, you will unlock the secrets to establishing a regular and powerfully healthy daily practice.”
5. Jiminy cricket
The growing trend of insect-based food offers a good source of protein and an environmentally friendly alternative for those passionate about the planet. Finland’s Fazer bakery has launched what is likely the world’s first insect-based bread, made from dried crickets, wheat flour, and seeds. Available on grocery store shelves throughout Finland.
Compiled by Katja Pantzar
Photos John Stenersen, iStock, and Fazer Foods