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About Finnish society & culture. From snow to sauna, from natives to Nokia.
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Winter swims and woodland spirits in Finland

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"“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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I wish I was in Finland

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this is so gorgeous....this is Finland! 
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Snowshoeing on the Baltic Sea near Oulu, Finland :: Monkeys, Mountains and Maultaschen

Snowshoeing on the Baltic Sea near Oulu, Finland :: Monkeys, Mountains and Maultaschen | Finland | Scoop.it
I love snowshoeing! Last weekend I was fortunate enough to snowshoe on the Baltic Sea near Oulu in Finland.
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Winter activities in Helsinki, Finland | Northern Exposure - VisitHelsinki

Winter activities in Helsinki, Finland | Northern Exposure - VisitHelsinki | Finland | Scoop.it
There are many ways to discover Helsinki, including bus tours, island cruises, tram routes, sightseeing tours, by bicycle or simply on foot.
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PosterTeam.com - Poster: Finland for Winter Sports

PosterTeam.com - Poster: Finland for Winter Sports | Finland | Scoop.it
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Tahko resort - winter, spring, summer | Go Finland

Tahko resort - winter, spring, summer | Go Finland | Finland | Scoop.it
Go Finland: Tahko resort – winter, spring, summer http://dlvr.it/L4KxQ
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Eye on the Arctic - Photo Gallery: Winter Sun in Finland

Eye on the Arctic - Photo Gallery: Winter Sun in Finland | Finland | Scoop.it

Is spring around the corner already?

 

The daylight hours are slowly getting longer as the sun reappears across the Arctic.

Yle News, Finland's public broadcaster, has posted some of their most striking photos from across Finland in a gallery "Brilliant Winter Sun".

Ulla M. Saikku's insight:

The sun sets over an island in the Helsinki archipelago on January 5, 2009. AFP PHOTO / OLIVIER MORIN

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Snow swimming championship in Finland 2013

Location: Finland (Muonio) 2.1.2013 Music: http://www.looperman.com/ http://dig.ccmixter.org/ http://www.freeplaymusic.com
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Outdoors.fi - Snowshoe through history at Koli National Park

Outdoors.fi - Snowshoe through history at Koli National Park | Finland | Scoop.it
Snowshoe through history at #Koli National Park http://t.co/D3DsgTa0...
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Snow Moomins

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@JoHowell My friends in finland, he was wishing snow on me.
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Running hot and cold

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Lisa Hynes joins the Finns in a sauna, a beating and an icy plunge.
I brace myself. Though it's 80 degrees inside this crowded sauna, outside it's minus 25. My beaming, red-faced Finnish friends insist I'll be converted by my first experience of avantouinti, or ice-hole swimming, so I take a draught of vodka, draw breath and take the plunge.
This is my first visit to Finland in the winter. Finland is cold. I hate the cold. But family ties beckon, so here I am at dusk, cocooned in my many layers, at the Rastila camping ground in Helsinki.

 

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VisitFinland - Winter Activities - The Official Travel and Tourism Portal of Finnish Tourist Board

VisitFinland - Winter Activities - The Official Travel and Tourism Portal of Finnish Tourist Board | Finland | Scoop.it
Here in Finland, we know a thing or two about snow. In northern Finland there are snow flurries already in September, and snow on the ground from November until May. So, as the snow lies thick on the roof and a warm fire burns in the tile stove, we've had time to think of a few things to do in the winter. Poke your nose out the door. The air is dry, cold and fresh. The spruce branches are heavy with snow; the skis are leaning against the wall. What will you do today? Ski, go for a dogsled ride, go ice fishing? The winter awaits.
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