Travel Blogs from Finland

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Castles and parks, Turku, Finland travel blog

Castles and parks

A travel blog entry by segacs

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... history of the era. We saw dungeons where prisoners were kept, great banquet halls, an original Catholic church from before Finland's reformation, statues and costumes and jewellery of the time periods. (Side note: We'd been seeing everything with the ...

Sea fortress island and Finnish ruoka, Helsinki, Finland travel blog

Sea fortress island and Finnish ruoka

A travel blog entry by segacs

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... had to leave, but the three of us headed over to a nearby brew pub for the best beers we've had since arriving in Finland. They have outdoor terrasses as well (and they pronounce terrasse like we do in Montreal, the French way) but there must be a city ...

departure time, Turenki, Finland travel blog

departure time

A travel blog entry by jimandtarja

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... very busy, fair enough, it is early evening, everything pretty straightforward, passport control, (our visas had been obtained in Finland), then it was off to claim our baggage. First encounter with a Bakseesh collector, he wanted to collect the case I ...

The land of the many vowels, Helsinki, Finland travel blog

The land of the many vowels

A travel blog entry by segacs

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... ended up eating reindeer on a Finnish ferry boat on the way to Helsinki. The ride took about two hours, and we pulled into Finland's impressive harbour around 5pm, getting a panoramic view of the port and city in the process. We opted to walk to the ...

Nearly Finnished, Vantaa, Finland travel blog

Nearly Finnished

A travel blog entry by segacs

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... airport in Helsinki, and this trip is almost Finnished. (You didn't really expect me to get through this blog without at least one Finland pun, did you?) The trip back to Helsinki from Turku was pretty much just a reverse of the way there. We abused the ...

A day on the archipelago, Turku, Finland travel blog

A day on the archipelago

A travel blog entry by segacs

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... to find signs of life on the island. What we'd not realized -- and probably should have -- was that most kids in Finland went back to school this week, so last weekend marked the unofficial end of the Finnish summer holidays. Naantali being a summer spot ...

Silja Line Ferry from Helsinki to Stockholm, Mariehamn, Finland travel blog

Silja Line Ferry from Helsinki to Stockholm

A travel blog entry by madman96

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I'm taking off today and can't wait to hit up Sweden!!!  Finland was entirely uneventful and I wish I had used the opportunity to get better rested but it was cool to see a familiar face after Russia.  Yan joins me for breakfast at the local ...

Helsinki, Helsinki, Finland travel blog

Helsinki

A travel blog entry by madman96

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I have a sleeper cabin so I'm out like Janet Jackson's nipple... yeah, I know that was bad!  Anyways, I slept like a baby and woke up just a few kilometers out of Helsinki.  I resurface at the Helsinki train station around mid-day, well ...

One more day in Finland..., Helsinki, Finland travel blog

One more day in Finland...

A travel blog entry by madman96

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... a local pizzeria that makes a great 'za. We head back to his house and hit the sauna, because apparently every house in Finland has a sauna inside.  I can only imagine how amazing that is in the dead of winter when its colder than ice ...

Down by the Aura, Turku, Finland travel blog

Down by the Aura

A travel blog entry by segacs

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... 's third largest city and is on the southwest coast, near Sweden. The city used to be part of Sweden, and was actually Finland's capital in those days. It's very charming, set on the Aura river with restaurants and cafes and boats lining the riverfront. ...

BL #15: Sample A Swedish Smorgasbord, Mariehamn, Finland travel blog

BL #15: Sample A Swedish Smorgasbord

A travel blog entry by pwong

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Swedes absolutely love their smorgasbords, as do the rest of the Scandinavians, though they may call it by a different name.  It's quite the luxury in expensive Scandinavia, to be able to pay a set price and completely stuff yourself without ...

Helsinki and Poorvoo, Helsinki, Finland travel blog

Helsinki and Poorvoo

A travel blog entry by aussierach

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We took the ferry across from Tallinn to Helsinki where we met up with Nick´s friend Noel for a stroll around the beautiful harbour and later for dinner. The next day we couldn´t find accommodation anywhere in Helsinki, so stayed in a little town ...

BL #16: Discover Helsinki's Chic Side, Helsinki, Finland travel blog

BL #16: Discover Helsinki's Chic Side

A travel blog entry by pwong

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... had the time to find, or wasn't in the right frame of mind to discover.  Either way, it doesn't matter, as we quickly realized something today - Helsinki and Finland will probably be even better on a third viewing, whenever that may be for ...

Helsinki, Helsinki, Finland travel blog

Helsinki

A travel blog entry by jennykelly

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... . All the transport signs here are written in Swedish and Finnish. Finland is also referred to as Suomi, and Helsinki as Helsingfors. Finland was once owned by Sweden, then by Russia. Now it's independent. It joined the EU in 1995 and adopted the Euro ...

Chillin in Helsinki, Helsinki, Finland travel blog

Chillin in Helsinki

A travel blog entry by madman96

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Waking up late we make ourselves a nice breakfast and head downtown to do a walking tour of Helsinki.  We check out the local market where we try some local sweets and then head over to Suomen Linna island to play around in the old fort and ...

Helsinki, Helsinki, Finland travel blog

Helsinki

A travel blog entry by budz888

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Flight to Helsinki went really smoothly. I slept most of the way... and it was a pretty long flight. It seemed shorter than Hobart to Sydney. Who needs first class? There they'd just be waking me up all the time for the free champagne. Helsinki from ...

Barcelona to Helsinki overland, Barcelona to Helsinki, Finland travel blog

Barcelona to Helsinki overland

A travel blog entry by marc-patty

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... , but it is also the most expensive of the three Baltic capital cities. The next day we caught the ferry over to Finland. We didn't think Helsinki was an especially interesting nor attractive city, so we spent the time shopping to stock up on supplies ...

If You cant Beat 'em, Join 'em, Helsinki, Finland travel blog

If You cant Beat 'em, Join 'em

A travel blog entry by eatdessertfirst

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... sleeping in the hostel. Rick couldn't wipe the grin off his face. We caught our ritziest mode of transport yet across to Finland, a short three hour cruise ship ride away. On boarding what we thought was going to be a boring ferry we were surprised ...

Rastila Caravan Park, Helsinki, Finland travel blog

Rastila Caravan Park

A travel blog entry by jennykelly

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We arrived in Finland on the morning of the 18th of June after a very pleasant ferry crossing from Sweden to Finland passing many, many islands belonging to both countries. It reminded me of cruising through the heads in Sydney. Lots of photos and a late, ...

Off to Russia, Helsinki, Finland travel blog

Off to Russia

A travel blog entry by jeroenandlinda

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... fuzz about our luggage. Everything was a tad overweight especially our carry-ons, but luckily they did not check those. In Finland we booked the Best Western Katajanokka hotel. This hotel is a converted prison, something different we thought. My o ...

Jyväskylä., Jyväskylä, Finland travel blog

Jyväskylä.

A travel blog entry by stevefn

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Work trip to the freezing ...

Ferry: Helsinki - St Petersburg: Drunk Rabbit, Helsinki, Finland travel blog

Ferry: Helsinki - St Petersburg: Drunk Rabbit

A travel blog entry by samber

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Enjoying our last day in Helsinki we dumped our bags in the lockers of the ferry port only to discover our ferry to Russia was departing from one on the opposite side of the city. Oh well, at least we found out sooner rather than later. The markets ...

Are we still travelling, Posio, Finland travel blog

Are we still travelling

A travel blog entry by mjozwell

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... here in the north for over three weeks now after spending a week in the south visiting friends and seeing some of eastern Finland. The moment we pulled off the ferry in Helsinki we burst out laughing because the dozens of times we have been in ...

Anyone for a slowcooked bear steak?, Helsinki, Finland travel blog

Anyone for a slowcooked bear steak?

A travel blog entry by stevefn

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It was about time ...

Berry delicious Finland, Oravi, Finland travel blog

Berry delicious Finland

A travel blog entry by mightylongway

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Finland is famous for its lakes and Santa Claus. We chose to visit the lakes... We found a cheap hut in the small town of Oravi adjacent Linnasarri National Park, a network of over 100 islands. Unfortunately we booked to arrive on the only day the bus ...

Helsinki there are two ferry services from ..., Helsinki, Finland travel blog

Helsinki there are two ferry services from ...

A travel blog entry by worldramblings

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... every building we saw, our Finnish lady guide had a story to tell about it where the hero was a woman. Not only does Finland have a women president (Tarja Halonen), but women also comprise of 60% of the population. One of the strangest things we saw ...

Fast Fun in Finland, Helsinki, Finland travel blog

Fast Fun in Finland

A travel blog entry by charmedlife

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... , I jumped on another boat and took a three hour ride to old Porvoo, so that I would see at least one other town in Finland. It was worth the effort to get up early to catch another boat, because it brought me through the vast archipeligo that makes up ...

Where everything works, Helsinki, Finland travel blog

Where everything works

A travel blog entry by mightylongway

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We arrived in Helsinki after a pleasant cruise across the Baltic Sea and checked into our hostel in the former 1952 Olympic Stadium (soon to host the 2005 World Athletic Championships). Helsinki is a superclean and functioning city. After travelling ...

Helsinki, Finland: Terrace Bars & Bands, Helsinki, Finland travel blog

Helsinki, Finland: Terrace Bars & Bands

A travel blog entry by samber

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On boarding the ferry to Helsinki a friend gave me some useful advice "Tip: Don't get really drunk, oversleep and wake up the next day as the boat is already sailing back to Sweden...". Thank you Suzanne you words were noted, however, you failed to ...

Finnish Countryside Sights., Verla, Finland travel blog

Finnish Countryside Sights.

A travel blog entry by heatheravan

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... the highest reputation for their product, which was used for book covers, cigar boxes and high quality cardboard. Outside of Finland, the finished product was sold to Russia and Central Europe. The processing plant was only closed in the 1960 's ...

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