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Head to Kemi for a Vacation Filled with Reindeer Soup and Survival Suits

Head to Kemi for a Vacation Filled with Reindeer Soup and Survival Suits | Finland | Scoop.it

Does your ideal vacation involve sub-zero temperatures, survival suits, cream of smoked reindeer soup, and being able to see your breath in your hotel room? Then meet your dream destination: Kemi, Finland.

Located on the Bothnian Bay in the Lapland region, Kemi is home to around 23,000 people. Every winter, visitors flock to the town to experience its two star attractions: the Sampo, a 250-foot icebreaking ship, and LumiLinna, a castle built out of snow.

 

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In Finland, there are two attractions that are causing over 23,000 people to flock to Bothnian Bay. The Sampo, a 250 ft icebreaking ship is used to get tourists out onto the ice. Than, they are allowed to take a plunge in the water in survival suits. I wonder how much this trip costs?

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Finland winter holidays: A perfect Finnish in Karelia

Finland winter holidays: A perfect Finnish in Karelia | Finland | Scoop.it
Hidden on the east edge of Finland, Karelia is a region of epic lakes and beauty - not least in winter, when it looks like Narnia. Chris Leadbeater goes in search of Aslan.
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One of the islands next to Helsinki

One of the islands next to Helsinki | Finland | Scoop.it
Photo: One of the many tiny islands you see on your way into #Helsinki by boat. #travel #lp http://t.co/SQZfjNcwTn
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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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In Helsinki, Going Where the Finns Go

In Helsinki, Going Where the Finns Go | Finland | Scoop.it
The Frugal Traveler asked locals in Helsinki where to go. Here's where they sent him.

 

Seeing a city “like a local” may be a battered cliché. But it’s also a valid goal. And it’s considerably harder to do if you don’t know any of these “locals.”

I didn’t know a soul when I got to Helsinki. And it has been my experience that concierges or innkeepers or hostel staff members who field frequent questions like “Where do the locals go?” or “What’s your favorite?” end up reciting the same answers they give everyone else. Guidebooks and Web sites often point out “local haunts,” though if their audiences are big enough, there goes the neighborhood.

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A City Guide to Helsinki, Finland - Something For Everyone | We Are Traveller

A City Guide to Helsinki, Finland - Something For Everyone | We Are Traveller | Finland | Scoop.it

Helsinki is a city full of glorious extremes; golden summer days that last for more than 19 hours and crisp winter air which can reach -10. However, whichever season you choose to experience in Finland you can be sure of a magical time.

 

The capital of Finland, Helsinki nestles deep into the southern coastline and as well as offering visitors a bustling metropolis, it also stretches across numerous bays, peninsulas and islands. Despite being voted the World Design Capital for 2012 for its contemporary architecture, the city’s past still peers out from around every corner with neoclassical buildings and clear Byzantine-Russian heritage.

Officially the area of Helsinki covers a large part of the sea as well as land, but whether you opt for water-based activities or prefer to stay on terra firma, there is plenty to see and do. Here are some of Helsinki’s highlights.

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36 Hours in Helsinki, Finland

36 Hours in Helsinki, Finland | Finland | Scoop.it
As Helsinki celebrates a major anniversary and its status as World Design Capital, spend a weekend discovering the city’s creative energy and its long, sun-soaked days.

 

AFTER the icebreaker ships have been retired for the season and the snow has melted, Helsinki blooms. This year, the city is celebrating its bicentennial as Finland’s capital and its status as the World Design Capital for 2012. The Design Capital designation is no surprise given the nation’s history of creative output: Alvar Aalto’s sinuous Savoy vases, Tove Jansson’s adorable hippolike cartoon Moomins, and the addictive bird-slinging app “Angry Birds” were all conceived in Finland. But now it’s the upstart boutiques, cool bars and new-Nordic culinary scene that are propelling the city’s ascendance. These days — these gloriously long summer days — Helsinki’s seat at the top of the world is clearly by design.

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10 Things To Do In Helsinki | Travel Eden

10 Things To Do In Helsinki | Travel Eden | Finland | Scoop.it

Helsinki is the largest city and also capital of Finland. It has various attractive places for tourists around the world and there are number of things that you can do here and get experience. Here are ten wonderful things that you can do in Helsinki. Have a look: http://www.travel-eden.com/?p=269

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The Next European Hot Spot: Helsinki

The Next European Hot Spot: Helsinki | Finland | Scoop.it
Copenhagen may get all the Nordic love, but Finland's capital is brimming with great food, sexy beaches, and booming nightlife.

more: http://on.details.com/Kgkvjm

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Nine Things to Take Advantage of in Helsinki

Nine Things to Take Advantage of in Helsinki | Finland | Scoop.it
Are you about to go to Helsinki? These are 9 essential things you should bear in mind to make the most of your trip in Helsinki.
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Walking in Helsinki | Go Finland

Walking in Helsinki | Go Finland | Finland | Scoop.it

Walking in a foreign city is a unique chance to explore cultural wonders and to be close to people living there. Many people prefer to take a city map, get some basic information and just walk in the city. Home to many bountiful attractions and alluring places where there is much to see and admire, Helsinki is one of the most beautiful cities in Scandinavia, which can be thoroughly explored by walking — you will dive in city drive and it will seem you already know all the important venues and monuments of the city. There are special tours offering a unique walk in Helsinki — it usually takes three hours.

http://www.gofinland.org/walking-in-helsinki-2/

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Visit Helsinki and Tallinn on a twin-city break - Telegraph

Visit Helsinki and Tallinn on a twin-city break - Telegraph | Finland | Scoop.it

The Baltic capitals draw visitors with superb waterside scenery and a lively café culture. On one of the most highly-rated itineraries of the past year, you spend three days discovering the winding streets of Tallinn before taking the fast ferry to Helsinki, which has hundreds of tiny islands within its bounds. You’re by no means confined to the trips on the website — Cities Direct can tailor-make an itinerary to your specifications.

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Have a nICE Stay At Finland’s Igloo Village

Have a nICE Stay At Finland’s Igloo Village | Finland | Scoop.it
Kakslauttanen Igloo Village is a special winter destination that allows tourist to sleep in snow or glass igloos from which they can see the northern lights (I’ve never been a fan of the cold (I chap easy), but I would love to go to Finland ...

 

Well, you have the chance to find out at the Kakslauttanen Igloo Village, in Finland. A hotel located in the northern part of the country, high up above the arctic circle, is being touted as one of the coziest romantic getaways in the world. Read more and see the pics: http://bit.ly/zrt2OW

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Winter swims and woodland spirits in Finland

Winter swims and woodland spirits in Finland | Finland | Scoop.it

"“North Karelia is home to the largest population of bears, wolves and lynxes in Finland,” explains my guide, Katariina Pennanen, as we tramp through the snowy pine forest. After this tantalising yet alarming statement, she then hurriedly reassures me that the chances of running into one of these toothy creatures while snowshoeing through the woods is very low. I'm apparently much more likely to find evidence of trolls. No, really..."

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9 Must-Visit Places in Helsinki That Are Simply Amazing ...

9 Must-Visit Places in Helsinki That Are Simply Amazing ... | Finland | Scoop.it

If you’re planning a trip to Finland this autumn, you might be wondering what some of the must-visit places in Helsinki are. You’ll be pleased to know that Helsinki won’t be too cold at this time of year, with average temperatures of around 14 – 16 degrees centigrade. That doesn’t mean you shouldn’t bring your winter woollies though, and make sure to pack some comfortable shoes for walking, as there are so many must-visit places in Helsinki that you could find yourself on your feet all day! Here are some places you simply can’t afford to miss during your trip.

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Exploring Finland Beyond Helsinki

Exploring Finland Beyond Helsinki | Finland | Scoop.it

Snow, Cold and Nokia: the three words I most often hear associated with Finland.

Yet the Nordic Country -- full of swathes of untapped wilderness, quirky and creative design and up-and-coming cuisine -- has a lot more that meets the eye, especially in the summer.

I was lucky enough to spend an idyllic August exploring -- by foot, train, plane, and bikes (free in cities such as Helsinki with a deposit). But if you only have a week, there's still a trove of highlights that can be enjoyed.

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Best Hotels in Finland – TripAdvisor Travelers’ Choice Awards

Best Hotels in Finland – TripAdvisor Travelers’ Choice Awards | Finland | Scoop.it
The Finland TripAdvisor Travelers' Choice Awards: See the best hotels in the world as determined from ratings by travelers like you.
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Boho Guide to Helsinki | Bohemian Trails

Boho Guide to Helsinki | Bohemian Trails | Finland | Scoop.it
Helsinki is a trendy city designed for the avant-garde traveler. Flea markets, fashion boutiques and delicious local cuisine only begin to scratch the surface.

 

During my trip to Finland I quickly fell in love with everything that Helsinki is – inspiring, bohemian and green. Here is my latest “Boho Guide” for the avant-garde traveler. Whether you have one day in the city or an entire year, these 5 ways will help you see the indie side of Helsinki.

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The perfect and EPIC 24 hours itinerary in Helsinki … » Rishi ...

The perfect and EPIC 24 hours itinerary in Helsinki … » Rishi ... | Finland | Scoop.it

Hey! So you're in Helsinki for 48 hours and you want to absolutely have the best full 48 hours that is possible over there. Before I actually give you a decent itinerary on what to do, here is a bit of a preamble on my adventure here...

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Hello, Helsinki - Writing from Home (Blog)

Hello, Helsinki - Writing from Home (Blog) | Finland | Scoop.it

Monday, June 18 Today is a travel day. We get off to a slow start, catching a ferry to Helsinki that leaves at 10:30 a.m. We say goodbye to the domes and spires of Tallinn, and set out for Helsinki. The journey takes two hours...

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Aland Islands | Go Finland

Aland Islands | Go Finland | Finland | Scoop.it
Well known for its picturesque beauty, Finland always attracts thousands of people, especially those who are in love with “island vacation.” Many people might think there are basically two places to explore in Finland, Lapland and capital Helsinki, while Finland is never limited to those two places. It goes beyond them — Aland Islands. 
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Living Well in Helsinki, Finland | Travel Blog

Living Well in Helsinki, Finland | Travel Blog | Finland | Scoop.it
I’ve traveled the width of Finland from west to east into Russia and now back east to west.
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Top Ten Things to do in Helsinki, Finland

Top Ten Things to do in Helsinki, Finland | Finland | Scoop.it
Helsinki is an incredibly modern city with a thriving culture and music scene. In fact, the city was chosen to be the World Design Capital for 2012 by the International Council of Societies of Industrial Design. There are many festivals, museums, theatres, music venues and other historical buildings.
Check out this list of ideas for your next trip!

http://www.mckaytravel.gttwl.com/post/view/top-ten-things-to-do-in-helsinki-finland

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Finland (Lapland) Ski Holidays - Crystal Ski

Finland (Lapland) Ski Holidays - Crystal Ski | Finland | Scoop.it
Finland (Lapland) ski holidays. Search through Crystal's ski resorts in Finland (Lapland) and learn more about each resort as well as the accommodation on offer for a superb skiing and snowboarding experience.
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Travel Expo 2012

Travel Expo 2012 | Finland | Scoop.it
The biggest travel fair in Northern Europe takes place at Helsinki Exhibition and Convention Center next weekend (19-22 January 2012). The expo features exhibitors from travel agencies, media, tour operators and other organizers.
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