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Skate your way around Finland's lakes and seas | Cheapflights.co.uk

Skate your way around Finland's lakes and seas | Cheapflights.co.uk | Finland | Scoop.it
Much better than travelling around in circles on a man made ice rink, tour skating not only gets you out into remote, tranquil snow-drenched natural scenery, but also gives you a hefty dose of exercise in crisp, clean and fresh air...
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Where the wild things are

Where the wild things are | Finland | Scoop.it
The most northerly wilderness area is Finland's Oulanka National Park (277sqkm and 36 per cent is wilderness) and Russia's Paanajarvi National Park (1040sqkm with 96 per cent wilderness). They are on either side of the Finnish/Russian border in southern Lapland close to the Arctic Circle.

This meandering river ecosystem is untouched boreal forest, homeland for brown bears, lynx, otter, beaver, wolf, golden eagle and the very rare wild reindeer. The scale of wilderness is astonishing - forests and lakes stretching to the horizon with no roads or towns and it is Europe's best example of pristine, remote wilderness...
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Art Centre Salmela

Art Centre Salmela | Finland | Scoop.it
Art Centre Salmela is one of the biggest and most famous art centres in Finland. It´s multicultural program includes art exhibitions, concerts and lectures. Also the beautiful milieu in the Finnish lake district is really worth seeing. The exhibitions concentrate on contemporary Finnish art of a high standard. The exhibitions feature famous artists as well as new talents.
Salmela's exhibitions are closed for the winter. We open again 11th of June 2011.
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Kayaking in Päijänne national park | outdoorsfinland

Kayaking in Päijänne national park | outdoorsfinland | Finland | Scoop.it
Kayaking in Päijänne national park can be exciting, lake Päijänne is the second largest lake in Finland. The national park itself consists of several islands of which Kelvenne is the biggest with fine sandy beaches. Good site for overall information of Päijänne national park is outdoors.fi.
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Island hopping in Finland - BBC Travel

Island hopping in Finland - BBC Travel | Finland | Scoop.it
Finland may be known as “land of a thousand lakes” but it could also be described as “land of tens of thousands of islands”.

Stunning nature and idyllic fishing villages draw travellers who want the peace and beauty of the mosaic-like Turku Archipelago.
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Europe By Camper: Rauma, Turku & Hanko

Europe By Camper: Rauma, Turku & Hanko | Finland | Scoop.it
I'll sum up a typical drive through Finland for you. Trees, trees, trees, trees, trees, lake, trees, trees, lake, lake, UNESCO world heritage site. Most of these so far have either been rocks or islands...
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VisitFinland - Spotting seals at Kolovesi National Park

VisitFinland -  Spotting seals at Kolovesi National Park | Finland | Scoop.it
With only 270 individuals in existence the Saimaa Ringed Seal is the most endangered animal in Finland. Kolovesi National Park, a paradise for paddlers in June, offers the best chance to spot one of these rare creatures.

The Saimaa Ringed Seals were separated from their seawater cousins after the last great ice age when Lake Saimaa, Finland's biggest lake, was cut off from the nearby Baltic Sea.
A primary reason for the establishment of Kolovesi National Park in 1990 was for the protection of this unique freshwater seal and its natural habitat. The park has the highest concentration of seals in Lake Saimaa.
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Helsinki For Urban Travelers: 284th issue: The land of the thousand lakes

Helsinki For Urban Travelers: 284th issue: The land of the thousand lakes | Finland | Scoop.it
Finland is known for it's lakes. Thanks for the Ice age and Finland's geographic appereance. If you are arriving Finland with airplane, you'll be able to spot these lakes from air. I was arriving back to Finland and the sun was just setting. The seatbelt sign was on, so I didn't dare to take many pictures and the one I took didn't work out so well, but there you can see how lakes are really everywhere
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