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Welcome to Destination Unknown! Your host: Satu, a 35-year old kayaker, outdoor enthusiast and mom of two from Finland.

After school I packed my bags and headed to Ireland and France for my university studies and thought I’d never return. But there I was few years later, sitting in the office near Helsinki in Finland, staring at the damp, grey and cold early winter’s day out of the window. If the first thought that comes in your mind is snow when I say “Finland” you are quite right, there should have been snow. There wasn’t.

It didn’t take much to leave behind my dream job in sports marketing, pack my bags and head to the unknown destinations in search of warmer waters, new experiences and some more sunshine. Africa, North America, Europe all over.

Couple of years later the quest brought me and my British-Irish husband to Norway and it kind of looks like this is it. We are stuck. In a good way may I add! And while it might not be any warmer than Finland, at least we have mountains, rivers to run and amazing scenery around us.

With Norway came also the dream job number two, this time in the travel industry. And a year after that a beautiful baby girl who joined our family in November 2011, and after that a handsome little fella in August 2013.

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Now it’s the four of us or often just me and the little ones traveling around Norway, Europe and at times further afield with kayaks, skis, bikes or hiking boots packed in the bags. Sometimes for business, but most for most of the time for pleasure as I will be on my 2nd maternity leave until the summer of 2014.

I have no idea where this journey will take us but Norway has proved to be pretty amazing place to have a permanent base for frequent traveling adventures.

I would love if you joined in our journey to Destination Unknown by keeping up with the blog updates through email or RSS. You can also check in at Twitter, Pinterest and Instagram for little updates and images from the road and Norway. And if you would like to contact me, just head over to the contact page!

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Skunkape August 10, 2012 at 2:43 PM

I just wanted to say I LOVE the design of your blog! Beautiful. Fun reading also. I would love to backpack the Norwegian mountains. Beautiful country with a great outdoor heritage.

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Satu August 12, 2012 at 10:29 AM

THANKS!!! The design is still work in progress but getting there. :)

And backpacking in Norway – I highly recommend it!!!

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Thiago September 26, 2013 at 9:32 PM

Hei there! First of all congratulations by your blog, very cool! Secondly, I would like to contact you on a big event I and a very international group are arranging in Oslo, maybe it could be of interesting of your readers. Can I send you further information by e-mail? If so, please provide me the direction. Have a nice and shinny week!

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Thiago September 26, 2013 at 9:35 PM

This is the webpage of the event. Hope I can send you some further informations! Have a nice time
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Thiago September 26, 2013 at 9:36 PM

Ok, thank you!!!
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Satu Vänskä-Westgarth October 5, 2013 at 12:19 AM

Hello! I am actually aware of the event, but if you want to send more info, you can do so at satu AT todestinationunknown.com. Thanks!
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Pamela September 30, 2013 at 10:45 PM

Hello,

Your website is fantastic! I came across the site while looking for information on travel to Lillehammer over Christmas with children. It looks like a great place to visit – do you have any recommended websites for info and booking?

Many thanks,
Pamela from London

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Satu Vänskä-Westgarth October 5, 2013 at 12:18 AM

Hi Pamela!

Sorry I’m only getting back to you now and thank you so much!!!

Good places to start are:
http://www.lillehammer.com/en/ (I’d start here=
http://www.hafjell.no/en
http://sjusjoenbooking.no/

If you have any questions I would be happy to help, just drop me a line at satu AT todestinationunknown.com
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Veera Bianca November 29, 2013 at 8:10 PM

I am absolutely loving going through your blog right now! Perfect!
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Satu Vänskä-Westgarth November 29, 2013 at 11:45 PM

Thank you so much! And so am I by the way…. :)
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Chandra Carty December 4, 2013 at 2:53 AM

Satu I love your new blog. The design is awesome. The stories are so entertaining. Every photo invites me to visit the places you share. Can’t get their quite yet so the virtual takes me their.

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Satu Vänskä-Westgarth December 5, 2013 at 12:07 AM

Thank you so much Chandra for the loveliest comment, ever!! :) You definitely made my day!
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