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A Nordic country with thousands of lakes and islands, nature reserves and pristine tracks of wilderness, Finland – especially Lapland, is a hiker and outdoor adventurer’s playground. Located up in the northernmost part of Finland, Lapland is within the Arctic circle, meaning perpetual daylight during the summertime, and periods of pitch dark in the winter. Up here, you will get a chance to see the Aurora Borealis. First settled by hunter-gatherers, this mostly flat land with a few hills is still covered by vast spreads of virgin forest filled with many interesting creatures and plants. Here is where you will be able to learn more about the Sami, and indigenous culture. Over in the east, is Saimaa Lake, Finland’s largest lake featuring the Saimaa Ringed Seal found here only.  It is a highly endangered creature and one of only three types of lake seal species worldwide. Helsinki, the capital of Finland, is a popular stopping point for cruise ships. Here, you will be able to visit a number of attractions, including Temppeliaukio Church, which has been created out of natural bedrock, the National Museum that showcases Finland’s history from prehistoric times, Senate Square, and the Sederholm House – the oldest stone building in Helsinki. Throughout the rest of the country, a number of interesting castles, churches and cathedrals can also be seen. From beautiful trees, natural harbours and islets to wide stretches of green forest or huge expanses of pristine snow, Finland is a beautiful and unspoiled place to visit.

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Questions answered about visiting Finland
I always want to be somewhere in the mountains. I guess, I'm a little bit like Heidi.
Which is the best season to enjoy Finland? Hi guys!! I`m a huge Scandinavia fan and 2 years ago I`ve been in Southern Sweden. I really appreciate their hospitality and their kindness. Therefore I`m propably going to check out Finland in summer `09. but I don't know if this will be a good season to travel to Finland. additonally I don't know where to stay. which are the insider tips over there, by the way. would be grateful if you could help me... cheerio mi
I'm going to Finland this coming June. Is there any places I should not miss out? Where is the best budgeted and safe place to lay my head? Any recommendations? Tks
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I never thought before to go to the North Pole, but once i met a friend who went there and told me how amazing is. So, I decided to go with four friends and it have been one of the best experiences in my life. We went during January, therefore, when we arrive it was all complete white. We went from Copenhagen to Ivalo aiport and there we took a taxi until the bus station where we needed to take a bus to Jokitorma/Kaamanen. It was perfect because the bus stopped just in front of our hostel. A wood house between nothing, just snow and silence. Silence. It was the first time in my life that I heard the silence, and it was amazing.

In the hostel we contact with a very nice woman who rent her snowmobilings for us. We met some natural people from there, called Sami's and it was the best thing in our trip. They showed us a lot of things from there, their customs and works. They were farmers of rendieers, an really beutiful animal, more in their natural habitat.

Also this people showed us how they live and they explain us how is Kaamanen in other seasons. How common is to see the Northen Lights and wich is the perfect weather to see it.

In Inari, more or less near to Kaamanen by bus, you can find the Siida Museum, that it's so cheap and really nice. In this museum you can find all the information about Sami's culture as well as about the fauna, weather and all natural things in Lapland. Probably you will see as well expositions of Sami's artists (pictures, clothes, etc) and is really interesting.

Moreover, in Siida there is a open air ice theater! that is sooo cold but very nice. In this ice theater during January they celebrate a Cinema Festival, where they show films of Sami's directors and producers, but also some films from other countries like England, Norway, etc. So some of this films are in finish but also you can see some of them with english subtitles.

Definitly you should go there, but only if you love the nature, to know a really unknown and amazing culture, and if you want to meet a really kind and lovely people.

 

Kiitos!!

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A little bigger countryside city with nothing to do and no one of interest. Mainly you could use the place as a stopping point while going on a beach holiday in neighbouring Kalajoki... 'Cause you'd most likely have to stop here then anyway.

You can use a train or a bus to arrive and leave... and of course a ride in the locals' cars.

During your likely short stay, you can go and visit the local shopping centre Kärkkäinen. As a foreigner, you can observe the outstanding country side people's behaviour. For example, the people who've arrived from neighbouring towns will stop and stare at you if you speak 'a strange language' like English. Also they'll try to turn their head at least 180 degrees to follow you as long as they can see you... or that's what happened to me & friend a couple of years ago. In the night time you could visit the local (not that high quality) bars and see people getting sh'tfaced. If you're a girl, some dirty old man will likely try to hit on you while so drunk that he can barely talk. If you're a boy, some guy will probably try to pick a fight with you. People are mostly rather silent and seem rude. Easiest way to find someone to talk with is to see someone who's working and HAS TO talk to you... but that doesn't always work either. Then you've but the high school age kids to try.

A true countryside city experience you'll never forget.
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Liquor and Cigarettes, along with countless other things, are Tax free in neighboring Tallinn, Estonia. This leads people from Helsinki to make day trips here to stock up 'supplies'. The ferry ride is a comfortable 2 1/2 hours between Helsinki and Tallinn, and it gets you those cool stamps in your passport. How many of you're friends can say, "Oh, and this is the stamp from when we went to Estonia". So if your in either Tallinn or Helsinki, there absolutely NO excuse to not visit the other.
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