I tried to take part in National Dress Skiing, but nature and cars were against me. Sometimes I wish I didn't have to drive at all.
There was time to go for a quiet winter walk before the snowstorm Valtteri/Malik arrived.
Midwinter magic in pictures. Snow makes everything brighter and more elegant. Winter in Finland is beautiful.
About 60 km of walking in Eastern Finland? Absolutely! Herajärvi trail in Koli National Park was brilliantly autumnal. Golden colours and cheeky animals.
A visit to a famous painter's atelier makes me want to pick up a paint brush. Albert Edelfelt was one of Finland's most celebrated painters in the 19th century.
100+ year-old Haikko Manor is luxurious and worth a visit, but the adjoined hotel is a bit more affordable. I attended a yoga weekend, but there are plenty of things to do on a mini holiday in Haikko.
Porvoo is a charming town in Finland. I visited the area a few weeks ago and I’ll write about this visit to Haikko next week, but this week I want to reblog my own post about the town Porvoo. No point in repeating myself too much. Do have a look if you didn’t read it five years ago when I first wrote it, it still looks much the same anyway – old and lovely.
There they are: red riverside warehouses. That row of small red cottages by the river is Porvoo’s trademark. They appear on postcards and school textbooks and welcome visitors to the town, just like they did already hundreds of years ago.
Painted houses and boutique shops
Porvoo is an old city located on the southern coast of Finland. Its history dates back to Middle Age and the old town attracts tourists with its narrow streets, wooden houses and old-fashioned atmosphere. Pebble streets lead to the medieval church or climb up steep hills turning to the doorsteps of some friendly house with red door and linen curtains on windows. Painted houses lean to each others creating colourful wooden walls which hide inner courtyards with apple trees and garden swings from the passers-by.
It is a windy day. The end of summer is near but Porvoo is still busy with tourists. The town…
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After a quiet summer, I'll try to write again. And, oh yeah, I've moved back to Finland, at least for now.
Christmas and New Year in Saariselkä. I like my family's quiet Lapland visits in winter, but this year it was especially quiet.
Southern Finland has great recreational areas for walking and exercising outdoors. On this walk in Luukki we spotted some santa's hats.