2017 Plans: Sweden, Finland, Norway, Scotland, Sweden!

Vagabond Baker 2017

2017 Plans: Sweden, Norway, Scotland, Sweden!

2017 is a bit of new experience for me, for the first time in a long time, the year has already been loosely mapped out! I can’t remember the last start to a new year where I’ve been able to know where I shall be twelve months from then. It’s a strange feeling!

Living the life I do, each new year has always been an open book: a year of unknown possibilities. I’ve often wondered, as the new year rings in, where shall I be next new year?

2017 began with an explosion of fireworks and sky was painted with aurora. We saw it in down at the edge of lake Torneträsk, knowing that we would hopefully be welcoming in 2018 from Abisko too.

I remembered watching the fireworks erupt across the London skyline the previous year: welcoming in 2016. I had no idea then that twelve months later I would be on the shores of an icy lake in Swedish lapland!

2017 Aurora Abisko 2017 Aurora Abisko


Finland! A week after new year, I waved goodbye to Abisko – and Chris – for the rest of the month and took the night train down to Stockholm. I repeated the ferry journey I took back in December 2014 and sailed overnight from Stockholm to Turku. 

My main reason for visiting Finland is to catch up with friends and also to go to the Matka Nordic Travel Fair in Helsinki. I am catching up with Silvia – Heart My Backpack – towards the end of the month, in Helsinki. I’m super excited about it, and there will be more on that in a few weeks!

Vagabond Baker Turku

February to March:

Abisko, Sweden. I’ll head back to Abisko at the end of January and see out the rest of the winter up in the glorious North. By the time I return, the sun will be peeking over the horizon and the mountains again after the long darkness of midwinter.

April to May:

Norway, and the long drive back to the UK. Once the aurora season ends, we shall remount the camper back on the pickup and head to Norway. We’ve decided to take the slow route back home via Norway, specifically heading to Lofoten. I’m already looking forward to being back on the road, and after travelling through the islands of Lofoten last summer we are eager to return.

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Scotland and England. Once we return home we shall spend the summer split between Scotland and England. We are hoping to head out onto some of the Scottish Islands. Shetland was initially in our thoughts, however we may head over to the Hebrides instead.

It feels like forever since we spent time touring in Scotland, it was right back in the first couple of years we were living in a van and I’ve ached to get back out there!

Autumn and Winter:

Back to Sweden! Once autumn sets in we shall make our way back to northern Sweden for another winter under the Northern Lights. It’s far too early to say what route we shall take, it maybe the most direct or possibly we shall meandered our way north.

Vara, SwedenI hope you’ll enjoy following along! 

Try these posts:

I’m Moving To Sweden! Ok, so it’s just for the winter, for every winter, in Lapland!

This Is Why You Need To Road Trip Norway! Inspiration for an epic road trip through jaw-dropping Norway.

Silvia’s Norwegian Waffles. Grab your waffle maker out of the cupboard and whip these up!

5 Things to do in Turku in Winter. Winter days in Finland’s oldest city.

12 Ways Shetland Will Amaze You Glorious photos and animated puffin gifs aplenty!

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12 Responses

  1. Faran Nasir says:

    You look very busy spending time at some of the great places throughout the year but i enjoy your post and pictures are good.

  2. Fernando says:

    Dear Rachel,
    I tried to leave a comment at your post “50 ways Finland made me smile this winter”, but it’s closed. I’d like to say that I couldn’t agree more with you! Finland in the winter is fantastic! I spent the whole month of January, 2016, there. Great memories: walking in the snow, cross country skiing, good friends, and avanto 🙂
    All the best for you from Brazil

    • Rachel Davis says:

      Hi Fernando!

      I absolutely love nordic winters, they are so cold and beautiful! I spent the whole of the last two Januarys in Finland, thoroughly enjoying myself. I don’t ski unfortunately, but I might learn over the next winter.
      Sounds like you had an amazing trip! Well done you for the avanto! brr! 😉

  3. ‘Looking forward to reading all about your experience at the MATKA Nrdic Fair.

    I would love to go one of these days but it usually falls between lots of other stuff in Berlin such as the British Film Festival, Fashion Week, skiing during the school winter holiday… etc

  4. Marika says:

    Hi Rachel!

    I was looking for tips to learn a new language and found your page:

    I couldn’t leave a comment there, maybe because the post was so old… but I really wanted to!
    As a Finn I really appreciate your efforts in learning Finnish language. The grammar must be so hard and to tell you truth (which you probably already know from your Finnish friends) , school grammar was hard for most of us. But, to encourage you; I know a French man who has lived in Finland for over ten years now. After five or six years living here he passed all the language tests required before applying for citizenship. So it’s possible to learn the language. 🙂

    I got great tips from you, I’m planning to start learning Russian or Spanish. Well, Spanish is easier but living in Eastern Finland, Russian would be more useful. 😀

    I guess Messukeskus will be very crowded on Saturday. We too are going to Matka Nordic Travel Fair. 🙂

    • Rachel Davis says:

      Moi Marika! Thank you so much for taking the time to comment! Yes, that post is too old for comments now. I wonder if I can switch them on for just one post? The grammar is hard and I don’t think I’ll ever fully grasp it but I find studying it very enjoyable. I do think that moving here (I’m in Helsinki right now) would help a lot! I deeply believe I can do it, even if it takes me years and years! I wish you luck for whichever language you choose. I am proof that it doesn’t need to be a useful language!
      I think Matka will be super busy over the weekend. I’m hoping to get around it possibly early on Saturday if I don’t get a ‘press’ chance beforehand. Have fun!

  5. Wow, what an amazing year you have ahead of you Rachel, can’t wait to see more of yuor amazing photography from your travels! x

    • Rachel Davis says:

      Thanks so much Keri! It should be a fantastic year, although I’m wandering around Helsinki and thinking, oh I could just stay here all year 😉 Tee hee

  6. Sounds good 🙂 if we don’t see you in the UK then we will see you next Jan in Northern Sweden to see for ourselves the Northern Lights 🙂