Category Archive: Finland

Our 13 Best Travel Moments of 2013

As another year comes to a close, we all tend to look back and reflect. We’re blessed to be able to look back upon another fabulous year of travel that took us to 21 countries in which we created countless memories we’ll treasure for a lifetime. With that much travel, it’s not the easiest of …

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Capture the Colour 2013

Capture the Colour, a photo contest hosted by TravelSupermarket.com, is back again this year. We had fun participating last year, even though we didn’t win anything. It is a contest open to travel bloggers and a winner will be selected for each of the five color categories to receive their choice of several prizes. One …

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Suomenlinna: Castle of Finland

Located at the entrance to Helsinki’s harbor, Suomenlinna was built in the second half of the 18th century by Sweden for the purpose of serving as the main base of Sweden’s armed forces that were stationed in Finland. Suomenlinna was originally named Sveaborg, its Swedish name, and changed names to Viapori when Russia occupied it …

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Foodie in Finland

Local fish and game play a prominent – and delicious – role in Lappish cuisine. Lappish cuisine features many unique ingredients found only in the sparkling clear waters, the forests, and the bogs of the north. Lappish cuisine lives according to the season and is very much based on the natural resources available. Many traditional …

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Oulu Market Hall at Market Square

Oulu Market Hall has been an important part of the Market Square for over 100 years. Located at the sea front, the Market Square has and continues to be a popular meeting place for locals. The famous Market Square Policeman statue, erected in honor of the policeman that once patrolled the square and kept order, …

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Up Close with Arctic Animals at Ranua Wildlife Park

Arctic animals are ones many of us will never see in the wild in our lifetimes. My very first experience with Arctic animals was at Ranua Wildlife Park in Arctic Finland. I first visited in December 2011 during Finland’s Polar night, when the sun just barely rises above the horizon. Winter at Ranua Wildlife Park …

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Snowmobile Safari to the Sampo Icebreaker

Finland is the only country in the world in which all of its sea ports freeze in the winter time. Keeping those sea ports operational in wintertime is essential to Finland’s import and export industry. Icebreakers take on this task, plowing channels for ships to traverse the Baltic Sea, even in the coldest winters. The …

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The Bare Facts about Finnish Sauna

What would you say to this proposition? You’re invited to go to a little wooden room that is heated to nearly 100°C and get naked with the rest of your group, where you will sit sweating our your impurities, cooling off occasionally with a roll in the snow or dip in a frozen lake (while …

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Wine Wednesday: Finnish Wine

Traditionally Finns are not wine drinkers; they prefer beer with a family meal or they drink Vodka (supposedly about 1 liter per person per week!). Perhaps the un-enthusiasm for wine has to do with political reasons. In Finland the company Alko Oy has a monopoly over beer, wine, and spirits. Beer and spirits can be …

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Santa Claus’ Main Post Office

I’ve always loved Christmas. In grade school, I always wrote my annual letter to Santa professing just what a good girl I had been all year long and, please, wouldn’t he grant my wishes. My teacher would then send off the letters for the entire class. But where did all our letters go? To The …

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