Asko Meriläinen

Asko Meriläinen

Destination Specialist

Finnish

Asko’s home town sits at a latitude of 62 degrees north in the Finnish lakes district, not far from the Russian border. Like most locals, he spent his winters skiing (how else would he get to school?) while his summers were spent swimming, fishing and collecting wild berries at his family’s “Mökki” (Summer House). Asko has spent the last two decades working in Tourism and Hospitality. He has travelled, worked and lived throughout Scandinavia, Europe and Australasia including spectacular Scandinavian destinations such as Flåm in Norway and Saariselkä in Finnish Lapland. Prior to joining the team here at 50 Degrees North, Asko worked with one of our airline partners, Emirates Airline.

Asko first came to Australia in 2005 and spent a year backpacking around the country - he liked it so much that he now calls Australia home. As a qualified a la carte chef and graduate of Helsinki’s most prestigious culinary school, Asko has a passion for good food. His favourite dishes are Scandinavian delicacies made with fresh seasonal ingredients like wild mushrooms, berries, trout and even reindeer!

Asko has recently visited some of our favourite destinations including St. Petersburg, Christmas in Finland, Norwegian coast with Hurtigruten and Iceland. Find out about Asko’s latest trip to Iceland from our news section.