Helsinki. How I became a tourist for one day

Helsinki Cathedral, Finnish Evangelical Lutheran cathedral, Helsinki, Finland

I never thought that after living in Finland for so many years I could become a tourist in the city that I visit almost every single day of the week. But there I was, standing next to the Central Railway with my small travel bag.

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Häme Medieval Festival in Hämenlinna. Thoughts and first impression

Häme Medieval Festival in Hämenlinna, Finland

I wanted to attend Häme Medieval Festival for two years now. I was obsessed with the idea after I visited Medieval market in Turku back in 2017. It was my first Medieval experience and I loved it! And I am so happy that I finally got a chance to join the Middle Ages fans just like myself in Häme this year.

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Exploring Finland: Nuuksio National Park of Espoo

Nuuksio National Park Espoo, Southern Finland

Thoughts of our unplanned “expedition” to the magical forest of Jämsä made me want to go back. Unfortunately, it was impossible since we live in Espoo. But at that point it didn’t really matter where we go, I just wanted to go out, to go for a walk in the woods. I wanted to be close to nature. I wanted to feel like an explorer once again.

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Exploring Finland: road trip to Hanko via Snappertuna, Tammisaari and Fiskars

Hanko, Southern Finland

My original plan was to go to Ahvenanmaa by car for a weekend. But after a deep and more detailed research I came to a conclusion that two days is just not enough. It’s doable in three days, but best is to have at least four. It also means that it will need a bigger budget as well. Long story short, plan A went right out the window. And for some unknown reason I haven’t prepared any plan B, which is completely out of character for a control freak like me.

Why I chose Hanko? Well, I’ve never been there before. Plain and simple.

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Exploring Finland: the beauty of Jämsä

Puukkoinen, Kuhmoinen, Central Finland

I’ve already written posts about Jämsä and Kaipola, and if I’m not mistaken one of my first blog posts was about my experience in Nordic walking here. And in those posts, I highlighted my favourite places in Kaipola, Pitkävuori and lake Päijänne.

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Exploring Finland: road trip to Kotka

Exploring Finland: to Kotka city by car

Kotka has been on my Finnish Bucket list for quite some time. I’ve been there only once, back in February of 2013. But it was a short visit and I hardly saw anything. Yet I’ve heard many positive things about this city, and I desperately wanted to come here again, preferably in the summertime and find out whether it is as beautiful as people describe.

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What to do in Helsinki in the summer

Kaisaniemi Botanic garden, Helsinki, Finland

Originally, I was planning to write a post about the things I like to do in Finland in the summertime. But as soon as I started making the list, I realized that it will take me forever to put it all together. Finland is a big country and there are simply too many places to write about in one post. That is why I’ve decided to divide it in few parts.

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