Travel Blogs from Finland

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Reliving the past, Kivijärvi, Finland travel blog

Reliving the past

A travel blog entry by mumnrina


... were able to enjoy a coffee together, walk around the area plus a visit to the cemetry and lunch at a local workers restaurant. In Finland many workers eat out at lunch time and have their main meal of the day at midday. It  is inexpensive and ...

Round trip in Finland - back in Joensuu, Joensuu, Finland travel blog

Round trip in Finland - back in Joensuu

A travel blog entry by carita


Back in Joensuu to work hard with my studies and prepare for four months of Russia. It was getting colder and darker all the time. After Berlin I had to get used to it again. Wasn't always easy. I was freezing most of the time and the darkness was ...

Hell-stinki, Helsinki, Finland travel blog


A travel blog entry by beautiful_freak

Another long train ride is done and we are in Helsinki. We nicknamed it Hell-stinki, not because it smelled or was bad but simply because we could. We arrived in Helsinki and quickly found our way to the hostel and some food and some great company in ...

Helsinki Day Trip, Helsinki, Finland travel blog

Helsinki Day Trip

A travel blog entry by amaddocks


Caught ferry over to Finland for the day! Only takes and hour and a half and then had 8 hours to walk around and check out Helsinki. More European than Tallinn and a bigger city, yet still quite small. They also use the Euro over here unlike Estonia. Got ...

Awe inspiring Arctic Circle, Inari, Finland travel blog

Awe inspiring Arctic Circle

A travel blog entry by sonia72

Kemi to Rovaniemi to Inari Temp -10°C to -15°C Started off the day with a two hour train journey to Rovaniemi, the gateway to the Arctic Circle. The train is called Santa Claus Express because Rovaniemi is the official home of Father Christmas. ...

Helsinki Harbour & trendy shopping district, Helsinki, Finland travel blog

Helsinki Harbour & trendy shopping district

A travel blog entry by sonia72


Did a final walk around parts of Helsinki that I hadn't been too. I have to catch my train in the morning very early so this is my last walk around Helsinki for quite awhile. The main area I walked around was the harbour. Really bizarre to see a harbour ...

Sightseeing in Helsinki, Helsinki, Finland travel blog

Sightseeing in Helsinki

A travel blog entry by herbguhl


We knew Helsinki was going to be a rather cool and cloudy 12 degrees in the morning, but we weren't quite prepared for the strong wind when we disembarked. But this is our most northerly port of call on the cruise, at about 60 degrees latitude, same as ...

Update in Finnish - Kuukausi talvisessa Suomessa, Helsinki, Finland travel blog

Update in Finnish - Kuukausi talvisessa Suomessa

A travel blog entry by davidandmaria

 Lahdimme Uudesta Seelannista viitisen viikkoa sitten pakattuamme laatikot ja huonekalut varastoon vuodeksi. Vietimme kuukauden paivat Suomessa, lahinna Lapissa. Talvimaisemissa tekemista riitti, ja luntakin oli Pohjoisessa enemman kuin ...

finland, Helsinki, Finland travel blog


A travel blog entry by bfadventure

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Rapola Hillfort, Toijala, Finland travel blog

Rapola Hillfort

A travel blog entry by mumnrina


From Toijala we did a few days of local sight seeing.  The first day was to Rapola near Sääksmäki - a  hillfort dating back to the 13th and 15th centuries. It was partly constructed on a natural hill and was eventually  fortified with ...

There's a what kind of festival????, Koupio, Finland travel blog

There's a what kind of festival????

A travel blog entry by beautiful_freak

... in all we packed up a lot dryer then we did the previous night. Another long walk back to the train station which is no problem now as I seem to be in better shape then ever. next stop is somewhere in Finland, who knows where we will make it to ...

Stupid moment No.4, Kemi, Finland travel blog

Stupid moment No.4

A travel blog entry by sonia72

After being on these trains constantly the last few days, including a 7 hour trip, I've just realised I can access Free WI-FI internet on the train. DOH! Internet to the last 2 hotels was extremely slow so I couldn't really blog, whereas this one is ...

Hanging out round  Kokkola, Kokkola, Finland travel blog

Hanging out round Kokkola

A travel blog entry by mumnrina


Arriving back in Finland from Copenhagen on Friday we met Andrew in Helsinki and then took a 5 hour train trip to Kokkola on the west coast to begin our two weeks of visiting relatives many of whom live in Pohjanmaa. This is the area to the mid north and ...

Picture Perfect Naantali & Narvi, Naantali , Finland travel blog

Picture Perfect Naantali & Narvi

A travel blog entry by mumnrina


After Liisa & I  dashed  back to pick up our two sleeping beauties we drove to a beautiful seaside location which is also home to  Moomiland - home of the much loved Moomi characters in Finnish childrens stories.  Neither Ashley ...

It's Getting Even Colder, Akaslompolo, Finland travel blog

It's Getting Even Colder

A travel blog entry by davidandmaria


With the temperature dropping and David having a sore ankle, it was an easy choice to have a lazy day before moving on to our next destination. We ventured out briefly to take Nena for a walk - being minus 10c, going as far as the lake was long ...

BEHIND THE CURVE, Helsinki, Finland travel blog


A travel blog entry by ohiolair

BEHIND THE CURVE Thursday, July 24, 2008 Ok, Ok, I have been having too much fun to keep up with the blog, but you will get to see and hear about all of our adventures, I promise.  I will be uploading the rest of Helsinki later today, and ...

Tom of Finland, where are you??!!!!, Helsinki, Finland travel blog

Tom of Finland, where are you??!!!!

A travel blog entry by ohiolair


... we are in the town square and walking over to the tourist information office.  And what do I see, but Tom of Finland sailors, only they're not Tom of Finlandesque.  No grand physiques and monumental qualities, but they have the uniform.  ...

The Start of the Trip South, Levi, Finland travel blog

The Start of the Trip South

A travel blog entry by davidandmaria

The last 2 days have just been a mixture of snowboarding, eating, saunas  and watching the final games of ice hockey in the Sochi Winter Olympics.  The temperature has been getting warmer but the wind stronger, so overall it doesn't feel much ...

Yay! Back in Helsinki!, Helsinki, Finland travel blog

Yay! Back in Helsinki!

A travel blog entry by sonia72


Temp. -7°C So happy I'm back! Perfect way to end the trip, unfortunately it is nearly finished :( WOW! WHAT A TREAT! My last hotel for the trip is by far the ultimate best! It's so plush I want to move in here permanently. The photos will ...

ill salami, Ilsalmi, Finland travel blog

ill salami

A travel blog entry by beautiful_freak

Where in the hell in Ilsalmi??? Your guess is as good as mine. We went to this small town in central Finland as an idea to get to the World Wife Carrying Championships. This town is the closet town to where it happens. Apparently there are no buses on ...

Walking On Water, Rovaniemi, Finland travel blog

Walking On Water

A travel blog entry by davidandmaria


Since arriving in Finland, there had been a lot of indulgence, eating and drinking, but very little exercise so time to make amends.  Having a dog, Nena, to walk made it easier to leave the house, especially when the weather was not so great. ...

A Day in the Snow, Sieppijärvi, Finland travel blog

A Day in the Snow

A travel blog entry by davidandmaria


... to clear the snow from the steps, the paths, the driveway and the garage roof.  Yep, even the garage roof. Roofs in Finland are generally built stronger to cope with the weight of snow in the winter but there are limits and when it gets over knee ...

The Love Bus, Jyväskylä, Finland travel blog

The Love Bus

A travel blog entry by liamharte

... and as such there was a little bit of confusion as to why breakfast was being served so late. Today we continued south through Finland and, as it was a long driving day, we took part in an interesting activity on the bus where we were randomly given the ...

Northern Lights, Venejärvi, Finland travel blog

Northern Lights

A travel blog entry by davidandmaria

The forecasted rain was coming down as snow but with the continued unseasonal 'high' temperature it wasn't replacing what had melted over the last 24 hours. We were heading back to Venejärvi today to pick up stuff we had left there and start the packing ...

I'm probably getting a lump of coal for this, Rovaniemi, Finland travel blog

I'm probably getting a lump of coal for this

A travel blog entry by beautiful_freak

This is the furthest north that I have ever been in my life!!! So, we arrived in Rovaniemi in the early morning hours to as usual, bright sunshine. We stored our bags for the day and set out into the world to try and figure out how to get to the ...

Taste of Finnish hospitality, Rautalampi, Finland travel blog

Taste of Finnish hospitality

A travel blog entry by mumnrina


A four hour train journey from Jarvenpaa to Suonenjoki  took us through the Finnish countryside past farming communities, lakes and forests. We went to visit  a retired  cousin and his wife who  picked us up from the train and we ...

Happy New Year!, Helsinki, Finland travel blog

Happy New Year!

A travel blog entry by sonia72


Sorry family that I've been super slack with my blogging but it had been a crazy busy week with many very late nights. Promise to update properly soon. xxx Pretty lazy day spent mainly in bed. I know that sounds bad but I seriously needed to recover. ...

Castle, lakes and more lakes, Sulkava, Finland travel blog

Castle, lakes and more lakes

A travel blog entry by mumnrina


... not to be. Not long after Rina came in for the night a very destructive electrical storm had worked its way across southern Finland including the district in which we were camped. I have never felt thunder send vibrations through the ground as during this ...

Tankari, Kokkola, Finland travel blog


A travel blog entry by mumnrina


Sunday  we took a ferry to  nearby Tankari Island with cousin Elsi.  This island has a long sealing history and was a base for fisherman during the season. So much history and really enjoyed the walk around this island  covered in a ...

Stupid moment No.3, Helsinki, Finland travel blog

Stupid moment No.3

A travel blog entry by sonia72


Went to Stockmann today to buy a tripod for the camera. Garry's great suggestion so I can take successful photos of Northern Lights. The store was packed & I had just bought CDs & a memory card without the need for assistance. Finding a tripod would be ...

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