5 based on 127 reviews
After four times that I have visited Lapland I finally made it to Urho Kekkonen NP in Febuary 2017. Two friends and me had our snow shoes, poles and other equipment with us and went for a beautiful hike starting at Tankavaara. There's a parking lot and several options for markt round-trails. They all lead you along what's left from the battlefield of the winter war in 1942 between the Finns/Germans against the Soviets. We passed open Forests and climbed a hill (vaara) with a breathtaking view from the top. On our way back was the only time we met some other human beings, which I think is just great if you consider that Tankavaara is located right next to the highway 4. Once we were back at the parking lot we had some Finnish makkara and a hot cup of tea at the fire pit.
Urho Kekkonen NP is just beautiful (as most of Lapland is). It's easy to reach from Ivalo Airport or Rovaniemi Airport. Also it offers tours for those that just want to have a little walk and for those that want an extended hike for several days or even weeks. Keep in mind that there is a "maintained" zone, where paths are provided, huts are pretty close and cross country skiing tracks are sustained and the much larger "wilderness" zone, where there is only different types of huts but no maintainance of tracks or other infrastructure. Also if you decide to come during the cold time of year (October - April) be sure you know your skills, have the right equipment (maps, compass, food,...). This is actual Wilderness!
5 based on 124 reviews
I have never walked in a forest so wild and wonderful. Stone outcrops, lakes and streams, utter silence or just the sound of the wind in the trees. Absolutely wonderful! We saw many birds and butterflies and I was mesmerized by the echoing of the cuckoo calls through the trees. Bliss! Some areas are being 'maintained' ... harvested. Bring your wonder and your stamina as there are long trails and much to see and enjoy.
5 based on 276 reviews
Icekarting is powerslide on an icetrack! We have two driving options: 1] 2 x 15min driving session (no competition)|Price:55€/person. 2] Privat race with qualification race and final race, including prizes.|Price:85€/person| Go-Karts are equipped with studded tires and silent four-cycle engines. The quests are supplied with complete winter-racing gear, including helmets, hoods, shoes, gloves and overalls. The icetrack is fully illuminated. Transport: We pickup and return you free with minibus from your accommodation in Levi area. Price: 55€ / person (adults and children) Duration: around 1 hour. Open: every day 10am - 20pm.
Went to the ice Karting in Levi 7th March 2018 , booked through Ingrhams, €59 Euro
Collected from our hotel transfers are included , really friendly staff , collected on time and only about 5 mins away , really tidy premises , you received all the snow overalls gloves boots you need , followed by a short Tuition video , then to the Karts , 9 mins each direction then a race with 1st 3 podium , excellent fun all round would deffientely do again great staff
4.5 based on 182 reviews
A nice city park in Kotka. There are lots of places you can sit and admire the lush green park or just walk around it. There is also a waterfall. The rhododendrons and azaleas will bloom in the end of June and they are just beautiful.
4.5 based on 214 reviews
Sampo, the former icebreaker for the Finnish government, offers a unique cruise experience on the Gulf of Bothnia. The union of the majestic steel, ice and the sea will be unlike anything else you've ever experienced. Four hour cruises yearly from December to April. Cafe, tours and souvenir shop open also on the summer time. Come and experience the Sampo in the midst of vast open arctic sea-scenery!
I went with a tour group on the icebreaker, not knowing what to expect, we were just told it was a must-see. I enjoyed it far more then I thought. The sound and the sight of these huge slabs of ice, breaking up as the boat slowly breaks its way onward is quite a sight. I stood on the deck and took video, pictures of our progress. The boat gets to a point where it stops, and you can get out and walk around on a sheet of ice. That was incredible to see - all these people in the middle of a frozen sea, right next to the ship. Also when the ship stops, you can get in a bright red suit and get in the frozen water in the ships wake. It’s a surreal experience, floating with blocks of ice. Everyone on our trip really enjoyed it.
4.5 based on 291 reviews
Great little resort.
Lots of skiing on wide uncrowded pistes, good variety of pistes too
Non skier activities include snow mobiling, snow shoes, reindeer sleigh ride, northern lights hunt, ice fishing, ice Karting, river floating, bowling, hiking.
Range of restaurants in ruka village at various budgets, off license, supermarket, spa, shops and several excursion operators
Regular bus service to accommodation outside of the village but everything in walking distance
4.5 based on 168 reviews
4.5 based on 263 reviews
We visited the museum(s) on late Friday afternoon. Since we arrived with only about three hours before closing time (We still regret not arriving earlier) we had to rush through quite lot of Exhibitions due to limited time.
The museum is located in some old industrial building that is now re-purposed as museum(s). There are at least seven (if not more) museums including. We enjoyed the most visiting the museum of games. Some of the old games took back us to childhood times. We ignored the age limits and enjoyed playing those games. Still very addictive!!
The part with media museum was also very fascinating. The part with different type of telegraph equipment was very interesting. I strongly recommend trying the telegraph equipment. The media museum also has other interesting communication equipments, old printing press equipments, cameras etc.
The hockey hall of fame had trophies, photos and memorabilia from Finnish Ice hockey (national team and leagues). Since I have only recently found liking for ice-hockey it was bit mixed bag for me.
The section about history of buildings in Tampere had exhibition about architecture (mostly illustrative pictures and models). There were also movies about Neighborhoods in Tampere and life during earlier times. It was interesting to see how housing, building and living evolved over time.
The postal museum had Exhibitions explaining how postal services worked in past and how it evolved over time. We had to cut short our visit to this part as the place was about to close.
We ended our visit with a quick drink at the cafeteria.
This museum has something for everyone, every age and every interest. There is a cafeteria that serves meals and that could help in case someone is planning to spend long time here. We would definitely a longer visit during our next trip to Tampere.
4.5 based on 210 reviews
This is not just your average city library. It is a historic building in a Neoclassical style with columns and fine brickwork. It isn't everywhere the local library has a Reading room with Corinthian columns!
I came in here to enjoy the historic architecture but they have a great English language section if you want to sit in a comfy chair and do a bit of Reading. I read a few poems from Derek Walcott's "Collected Poems" and enjoyed the ambience.
5 based on 95 reviews
The scenery in Pallas-Yllästunturi National Park is dominated by fells surrounded by Forests and mires in their natural state. Because the area’s nature is clean and beautiful and the terrain varying, the park is a wonderful place to hike, ski and enjoy the outdoors. The silhouette of the fells can be seen practically at all times and the marked trails lead visitors to the National Park’s most beautiful look-out spots. The picturesque beauty of the Pallastunturi Fells has made the area one of the Finnish national landscapes.
Ylläs-Pallas National Park is a very big area that you have to visit. Yllás is in the south and it's more for people who want ski and enjoy in bars and disco. It's possible visit the Snow Village near Yllásjiarvi Ticket 15€). It's a big house made with ice and snow. you can see amazing rooms and take a drink inside it. Pallas is in the north. I think it's the best part of the park. You can really enjoy walking inside nice Forests and show amazing landscapes. For go to Yllás-Pallas National park you have to book a flight for Kittila (i came from Helsinki). I think it's important rent a car if you want enjoy all in that park (there are lot of company which can rent cars inside Kittila airport)
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