We're in Scandinavia -- but not in a country you might immediately think of when we say "Scandinavia."
And w're in Europe, but not in a country that might immediately come to mind when we say "Europe."
It took us two flights and 17 hours, door-to-door to get here.
We are in the capital of this country -- in a city that's been called "a bit eastern and a bit western." And though this is a center of modern international design, the city itself has touches of old Europe. Comparisons to America? Well, we can tell you that the surrounding countryside looks a lot like Minnesota.
Have you figured out where we are yet?
We are in the land of the midnight sun -- where this time of year we enjoy "bright nights" with only a few hours of darkness each evening. Temperatures now are moderate -- in the 60s or 70s during the day and a bit cooler at night. For the natives, that's considered quite warm, thank you.
Outdoor activities are big here year round and there is plenty of space so this is a place of high adventure. It's also surrounded by many islands and very much dependent upon a life aquatic, sitting as it does alongside the Baltic Sea.
So, the diet here is heavy on treasures of the sea but the city boasts cuisine from all over the world.
We'll be telling you more as we move along and we'll be posting photos just as soon as we can.
But we leave it to you to figure out exactly where we are, if you haven't already done so.
And this is just the start of a Big Journey for us -- a journey very much connected to waterways.