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May 2, 2009 - Central Finnland

We decide to take in a few of the towns of central Finland on our way up to Lapland. Our first stop is Kupio, known as the home of Finland's biggest Smoke Sauna but our experience of the town is more like Finland's biggest ghost town on account of the Easter holiday .... we suspect. The city is empty and there are no people to be seen, just dozens of cold, grey 60's style buildings, lifeless shops, car less streets and a little slushy, brown snow hanging around on the sides of the roads and on the paths, that's about it. Pretty uninspired,...

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Jul 18, 2008 - Oulu

Third day feeling like a kid again? Why not! A visit to a zoo and then swimming in a sea sure can make you feel childlike! An hour south from Rovaniemi is the small town of Ranua with its only claim to fame, an arctic animal wildlife habitat. Other than that, it consists of two gas stations, a small convenience store/souvenir shop and a few houses. The zoo in this town, however, was well worth the visit. The park exhibits all of the animals one finds north of the arctic circle, including the moose (which we have yet to see in the...

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Aug 4, 2007 - Martinselkonen Wilderness Centre

August 4th The midnight flight to Oulu was on time and we arrived at 1 am. The first surprise was that it was actually dark. It was not supposed to go dark here. As we walked down the steps to the tarmac there was a light drizzle and the ground was very wet, but it was very light rain and certainly not a problem walking to the terminal. The rest of the group comprised a couple from Norfolk, Andy and Sarah, Gretal, an Aussie, now from Devon and Peter from Derbyshire. The other two we still had to meet. Peter was the unlucky one. His bag did...

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Aug 20, 2005 - Oulu, Finland

Yesterday morning, Oiva and I rode bicycles into the town of Oulu. Oiva's daughter Milla and her boyfriend Samppa live in a new development north of downtown Oulu, so we rode about 7 km each way, part of it along the Oulu River. We visited the Oulu Art Museum and saw, among other displays, an exhibit called the Northern Cities Project, in which seven photographers visited the urban areas of small towns in the northern portions of Finland, Sweden, Norway and Russia for about 10 days at a time. They each took hundreds of photographs, from...

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Jul 1, 2005 - Wife Carrying Wolrd Championships

This year the contest will be organised for the thirteenth time, for the ninth time on the world championship level in Sonkajärvi, Finland. (see: http://www.sonkajarvi.fi/ylasavo/sonkajarvi/sonkajarvi.nsf/(Follow)/5F1A78689D80E4FBC2256CD70048644B) The idea of the Wife Carrying Competition is Sonkajärvi's very own and, in spite of its humorous aspects, it has deep roots in the local history. In the late 1800's there was in the area a brigand called Rosvo-Ronkainen, who is said to have accepted in this troops only those men who proved their...

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GSE Finland 2005

Jul 13, 2004 - Scandanavia

Greetings, all. Having trouble finding a place to post photos in Scandanavia, so perhaps next week. Left Italy, where we stayed for free in a nice villa provided by our friends, the bar owners. Then spent a night with no sleep in a sweaty, loud hostel near the train station. Renee went to see her sister in Germany, and Alyssa and I flew to Stockholm. Man, mucho expensive here. Rented some bicycles, to tour around, and had a drink in a bar made entirely of ice. Chairs, tables, glasses, everything. They give you parlas and gloves! Pics later....

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