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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Exploring Finland: Magical forest of Jämsä

Exploring Finland: Magical forest of Jämsä

The weather was gloomy, and there was not much to do within the four walls, so I thought it might be the perfect time for a road trip adventure. And when you live in Finland it’s easy to arrange. All I needed was a car and a driver. Luckily, I had both.

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22h cruise Helsinki-Tallinn-Helsinki. Brutally honest review

The Tallinn Passenger Port or the Old City Harbor, 22h cruise, Helsinki-Tallinn-Helsinki

I think it’s best if I first explain what the 22-hours cruise is and what’s the point of going on one. It’s basically a party event that is hold on-board of the MS Silja Europa ship, where passengers are buying reasonably cheap booze, having lots of alcohol to drink the first evening and dealing with consequences – a slow hangover – the next day. I see it as a Finnish version of a mini spring break of some sort, that goes on and on.

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Travel on a budget: Silja Line cruise from Helsinki to Stockholm

Travel on a budget, Silja Line cruise from Helsinki to Stockholm

What comes to your mind when you hear the word “cruise”? Don’t know about you but I always thought that it’s something very fancy and luxurious, something that only rich people can enjoy. But when I came to Finland, I realized that cruises can be a fun way of travelling at a reasonable price. And as it turned out, a budget traveler can also afford a cruise from Helsinki to Stockholm or Tallinn even without the Club One membership card.

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Winter adventure: day trip to Turku city. Turun linna in the snow

Turun linna, Medieval Turku castle, Turku city, Finland

If you’ve been following my blog from the very beginning, then you know that I have been to Turku a couple of times. But it has always been in the summer (I don’t calculate work trip since I’ve hardly seen the city during that visit). That is why I wanted to go to Turku in the winter. And not just any winter! No, I wanted it to be a magical white winter, when Turun linna (Turku castle) would look like a beautiful winter postcard. Well, at least that’s how I imagined it.

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Museum tour in Suomenlinna

Suomenlinna, Finnish Sea Fortress, World Heritage Site

Suomenlinna or Sveaborg in Swedish is a UNESCO World Heritage site. It’s an inhabited sea fortress built on the few islands in the 18th century, when Finland was still part of Sweden. Suomenlinna is my absolute favorite place in Helsinki! You can play outdoors games here, explore the fortress, have a picturesque picnic or take the sun and simply enjoy the beauty around you. There are also museums, craft shops, restaurants and summer theater.

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