Travel Blogs from Finland

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Ho ho ho, Overnight train to Helsinki, Finland travel blog

Ho ho ho

A travel blog entry by touring-taurean

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I've a whole day in Rovaniemi before my train departs this evening to Helsinki. Rovaniemi is famous for one thing......Santa Claus. There are two Santa Clause themed "attractions". The original 1950s Santa Clause Village and the recent upstart, the ...

26 Hour Ferry and Beyond, Helsinki, Finland travel blog

26 Hour Ferry and Beyond

A travel blog entry by barber.timothy

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... was a fairly dull ferry, practically empty too! I can't understand why the demand for travel between northern Germany and southern Finland isn't higher! The gym/health center was a bonus, paying only 6 Euros for exercise bike, treadmill, jacuzzi and sauna ...

Helsinki, Helsinki, Finland travel blog

Helsinki

A travel blog entry by heathalessleofo

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... certainly didn’t hurt.  Even though it’s summer it still seems strange to be enjoying such warm, sunny days in Finland, a stone’s throw away from the Arctic Circle.  A rather large throw, to be sure, but fairly close all the ...

Where is washroom?, Rovaniemi, Finland travel blog

Where is washroom?

A travel blog entry by touring-taurean

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... your grandmother used to have. The twisty Norwegian coastal roads give way to straighter Finnish roads and the best way to describe northern Finland, indeed, most of Finland, is that it's basically a large Center Parcs. Millions of trees, loads of ...

Going to Finland, Helsinki, Finland travel blog

Going to Finland

A travel blog entry by eileenj

... I decided I wanted to watch some decent hockey and I had two opportunities. First there was the women's world championships in Finland and the men's world championships in Switzerland. My favourite hockey team in the entire world is the Canadian women's ...

Doing Porridge, Helsinki, Finland travel blog

Doing Porridge

A travel blog entry by touring-taurean

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A very, very comfortable night on the train. The best sleeping carriage I've ever been on. Supremely quiet and fantastic suspension. So much so, that I struggle sometimes to determine if the train is moving or not. I forgot to mention that in the bar ...

Helsinki, Helsinki, Finland travel blog

Helsinki

A travel blog entry by gorbalsontour

Got up at 7:30 and headed to the port to catch the ferry to finland. Being a sunday the next one was at 10:30 so that was the one we got. Boat was a superseacat and took less than 2 hours to get across the Baltic Sea. Helsinki was much more touristy ...

finland, Finland, Finland travel blog

finland

A travel blog entry by bitchee

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Finland, Finland, Helsinki, Finland travel blog

Finland, Finland

A travel blog entry by johnnym

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After what wasn't the best night's sleep, I woke for the last time around 9 and figured it was about time to have a look-land should be visible within an hour of docking. The ship is more like a floating hotel so, unlike on board the train, I could at ...

Moikka Suomi (Goodbye Finland), Inari, Finland travel blog

Moikka Suomi (Goodbye Finland)

A travel blog entry by sonia72

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... as birch trees became more common. Even the house designs changed slightly. Also as we are close to the Russian border, signs are written in both Norwegian & Russian. I'm going to miss Finland but luckily I go back to Helsinki before I return ...

Der achte Tag / 2, Lappeenranta, Finland travel blog

Der achte Tag / 2

A travel blog entry by die_eberhards

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E.D.: ...unser netter Begleiter winkt und weg ist er, der war wirklich Rettung in höchster Not. Und wir sind jetzt auf der großen Überland Straße Richtung Finnland. Diese Straßen sind zwar nur 2-spurig, aber mit relativ breitem Seitenstreifen, auf ...

Leaving 4 star to go to 2 star, Helsinki, Finland travel blog

Leaving 4 star to go to 2 star

A travel blog entry by sonia72

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My last morning in Hotel Scandic Simonketta. Don't want to leave this plush den of luxury & relaxation but I'm staying one night closer to the train station to officially start my tour. Decided not to bother with a taxi & walked to new hotel. Glad I ...

Exhausted but happy, Turku, Finland travel blog

Exhausted but happy

A travel blog entry by sonia72

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Concert didn't end until after midnight & then was so buzzed I couldn't fall asleep til 3am. Lucky hotel checkout wasn't til 12pm. But in the end got my act together & decided to do the long walk to Turku Castle. Really long walk. Quite an impressive ...

Summer cottage by the sea, Pyhämaa, Finland travel blog

Summer cottage by the sea

A travel blog entry by mumnrina

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Thursday afternoon, after packing and cleaning,  we did the Finnish thing and headed off to our host family's summer cottage about an hour away by the sea. Birgith and I had been there earlier in the week so because Rina & I had some idea, as ...

Oud en nieuw op een station midden in Finland, Tampere, Finland travel blog

Oud en nieuw op een station midden in Finland

A travel blog entry by opzoeknaardekou

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Best gezellig in de sneeuw bij -12C Finnen vieren oud en nieuw in de sauna en ze gieten gesmolten tin in water om het komend jaar te kunnen voorspellen aan de hand van de gestolde vormen. Een bootje betekent bijvooreeld dat je v veel gaat reizen. Bij ...

Has Spring Come Early, Akaslompolo, Finland travel blog

Has Spring Come Early

A travel blog entry by davidandmaria

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... recently and by this morning it reached it. By the time sun came up around 10am, the mercury was going through the roof. Finland is a bit different when they talk about temperature, they use the word 'plus' when it's warmer than freezing...so today it ...

The Road Trip North Begins, Rovaniemi, Finland travel blog

The Road Trip North Begins

A travel blog entry by davidandmaria

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The snowflakes being buffeted in the light wind of daybreak looked very picturesque but it was not ideal for driving. Ten centimeters of snow had fallen through the night and all the cars in the carpark looked the same with their white cloaks on. After ...

First Helldone concert, Helsinki, Finland travel blog

First Helldone concert

A travel blog entry by sonia72

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Helldone is the festival that HIM headline from 28-31 December. It's held in a club called Tavistia which has being a music venue since the 1940s. Fortunately my hotel is literally 5mins away, all I have to do is walk around the corner. Super handy ...

Aulanko, Toijala, Finland travel blog

Aulanko

A travel blog entry by mumnrina

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Another day out with Tero & Matias found us at Aulanko which was established between 1883-1910 by  Colonel Hugo Standertskjöld, who made his money by manufacturing arms in Russia. He created an English style garden with  ponds, pavilions ...

Long Weekend in Helsinki, Helsinki, Finland travel blog

Long Weekend in Helsinki

A travel blog entry by davidandmaria

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For the first time in weeks we had set an alarm for the morning, we needed to be awake unreasonably early to get to the airport for 6:30am.  The first flight of the day out of Kemi would take us to Helsinki for a weekend of catching up with with ...

Swedish influence......, Vähäkyrö, Finland travel blog

Swedish influence......

A travel blog entry by mumnrina

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On Sunday Antti came from Vahakyrö to pick me up from Sauli & Anneli's where I had spent a really lovely few days. Antti is a 2nd cousin to my dad and has had a lot of contact with my dad and myself in recent times so it was good to meet him. Spent ...

Rain, drunks, buskers, and a fortress., Helsinki, Finland travel blog

Rain, drunks, buskers, and a fortress.

A travel blog entry by sunburntcurt

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... or whatever it is. We’re in Old Town (totally shocking, I know) which is on an island. We arrived this morning from Finland on an overnight ferry. We had a good time in Finland. On the afternoon we arrived we parked ourselves at a corner cafe and ...

Rina's Driving!, Lapeenranta, Finland travel blog

Rina's Driving!

A travel blog entry by mumnrina

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... east to the Russian border and then north slightly and possibly end up doing a big circle here in the south east of Finland. We took the motorway to Lapeenranta with a few detours and Katrina had a great time driving the really wide carriageways  ...

The reindeer (Nicky), Karesuvanto, Finland travel blog

The reindeer (Nicky)

A travel blog entry by wrightsofnapier

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At one o'clock we went to visit the reindeer with another six people. We got in the van and sat comfortably in the mega heated seats by ourselves because the other six went in the other van. We sped along the icy road for about ten minutes before ...

The huskies (Nicky), Karesuvanto, Finland travel blog

The huskies (Nicky)

A travel blog entry by wrightsofnapier

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Today we got up at a normal time, put on normal clothes, (if clothes that you wear in the Arctic circle are normal!) and went to eat a normal breakfast. All was normal. And it was about to turn in to fun. After having only four bowls of Rice Crispies, we ...

Hangin' out, Toijala, Finland travel blog

Hangin' out

A travel blog entry by mumnrina

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We had some better weather while we were here.... Matias indicated that he ordered good weather for us which it was. We were able to go on walks without getting wet or being too cold. I thoroughly enjoyed our time here catching up with Tero, lots of ...

Watching my step in Helsinki, Helsinki, Finland travel blog

Watching my step in Helsinki

A travel blog entry by sonia72

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Must admit had a bit of a sleep in today. It's not really light until 9-9.30am so it's quite tempting to take it easy. Especially when I'm staying in a plush hotel with delicious breakfast & all the mod cons. Eventually got outside around 12pm & ...

relaxed, Helsinki, Finland travel blog

relaxed

A travel blog entry by kati

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It is a thing that we noticed when we first walked into Finland. And it's been going around with us for 3 weeks now. And it hasn't changed a bit. So, I imagine there has to be really something about it. What am I talking about, you'd probably like to ...

Helldone concert No.4  NEW YEARS EVE!, Helsinki, Finland travel blog

Helldone concert No.4 NEW YEARS EVE!

A travel blog entry by sonia72

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'Joy and Sorrow' about tonight's show.  Joy obviously, because I couldn't think of a bit way to spend New Years Eve!  Sorrow because it's the last concert, and maybe the last time I see them play if they don't return to Australia. Tonight I ...

tired, Jyvaskyla, Finland travel blog

tired

A travel blog entry by kati

and then it came. it usually comes on this sort of traveling, with me always. this time, it was Masa who started. we were sitting at Ranua wildlife park (1,25 hrs south from Rovaniemi), our bus just passed by, we had to wait there for 2 hours and do ...

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