Travel: What Do We Know About Mysterious Nordic Finland?

Having lived in Finland for a couple of years, I am probably one of the very few non-natives lucky enough to have experienced the mysterious life of this interesting country.

Most people probably don't know that Finland's closest neighbour is Russia. It might also be surprising to know that Finns have the highest number of lakes (by land mass) and saunas (by population) - in the world!

It is an extremely interesting country to visit, with vast nature reserves (with only 18 people per square kilometer compared to 20,000 in China!), intense summers (with the sun setting after midnight!), extreme winters (with snow cover for close to half the year!), natural wonders (like the northern lights of aurora borealis), exciting activities (like dog sleding) and interesting accomodation options (including lighthouses on remote islands).

Whatever tickles your fancy - whether it be putting your feet up in a remote summer cottage, cycling the almost endless "King's Road" (perhaps in the vibrance of the nordic autumn), sampling ancient UNESCO heritage sites (as old as the bronze age!), cross country skiing (possibly through the winter twilight), sitting back to explore the expansive archipelago (on a commuter or a private boat) or perhaps you fancy tucking into some exotic scandinavia cuisine - Finland has sometime for everyone. Even the giant footballing (soccer) teams of Arsenal and Manchester City (from the UK) and the mighty Barcelona (from Spain) have been hosted by the capital city of Helsinki!

Enjoy!

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October 21, 2013

Dprogers

Finland was one of the first countries I visited 19 years ago and I spent ten weeks learning the learning the language for my five day visit. Although I've been back four times since and was in Helsinki in transit two days ago. One of my favourite Finnish facts though is "Sauna" is the only Finnish word in the English language. Just like "atoll" is the only word from the Maldives in the English language. I do like that sort of trivia. And the Finns of course :-)

October 19, 2013

Edosaodaro

Indeed - Mangalika... A very remote lighthouse too... Super exciting!!!...

October 19, 2013

Edosaodaro

Indeed - Mangalika... A very remote lighthouse too... Super exciting!!!...

October 18, 2013

Freedomsfolio

Accommodation in light house! woho! how exciting!

October 08, 2013

Edosaodaro

Hi Helzupix,

Many thanks for your comments - Finland (and the region around it) is indeed
special. Like you, I have been to some absolutely amazing places, but sadly was still honing my photo skills - Israel, Japan, China, remote parts of Russia, Cuba, lots of Europe, North America and Africa... Ha ha - well suppose I still am - perhaps it is more accurate to say my skills were just a little bit too raw at those stages...

I am off to Finland - and should be visiting Linnamaki for some potential night shooting - soon...

Great shots and profile, by the way! I like your use of colours and the balance you seem to fairly consistently achieve in your compositions...

Keep in touch!
Edosa

October 08, 2013

Helzupix

Hi Edosaodaro,
Very pleased to read your kind comments about Finland. It is a beautiful country with lots to offer and see. I could imagine even a bit exotic in its own Nordic way. And the four seasons, which we Finns tend to complain about, are actually quite magnificent in offering variation to sceneries throughout the year.

I have been away from Finland for some time now and not too long ago I was lucky to get my very first DSLR camera which gave me an enormous boost on photographing - can hardly go anywhere without my camera anymore, you all certainly know how that goes. Well, soon in Finland again and I am sure I will be happy to re-discover my home country, as well as any other future destinations, with "new eyes" through my camera lens.

October 06, 2013

Anasako

Edosaodaro, thanks I will look :)

October 05, 2013

Alvera

Ha ha - Alvera... I suppose you could say I am partially from Finland... Flat still being maintained over there, know my way around plus have a number of friends and local contacts...

Finland is also a great launching pad for exploring the entire region - including the Baltics (Estonia, Latvia, etc), Scandics (Sweden, Denmark, Norway) and of course its biggest neigbours - Russia...

:P

PS

Thanks for making me a favourite...

Thanks for fav too. Next spring I will conquer Finland and shoot everything there, burst mode! :-) Who is by my side?! Huraah! Igor, prepare the Canons and the tripods cavalry! Celiaak, my Right Hand, get ready with your pencils!

October 05, 2013

Edosaodaro

Hi Anasako... I understand what you mean - it is sometimes a little tricky with people photos... There are a few rules that can help you though... Here is a link to a good write up I just found for you...

https://blog.dreamstime.com/2009/04/15/frequent-mistakes-in-model-releases_art29312

Hope it helps...

Good luck!
Edosa

October 05, 2013

Anasako

I am now leaving in Finland. I agree it is wonderfull country with so interesting nature.
I have small question what about people on your pics. I got denied similar with comment that I need paper from people who are on picture even they are from the back and face not visible.

October 05, 2013

Edosaodaro

Ha ha - Alvera... I suppose you could say I am partially from Finland... Flat still being maintained over there, know my way around plus have a number of friends and local contacts...

Finland is also a great launching pad for exploring the entire region - including the Baltics (Estonia, Latvia, etc), Scandics (Sweden, Denmark, Norway) and of course its biggest neigbours - Russia...

:P

PS

Thanks for making me a favourite...

October 04, 2013

Alvera

Someone here from Finland? I want to move in!

October 04, 2013

Jdanne

I want to visit Finland! Nice photos!

October 04, 2013

Edosaodaro

Thanks guys! Certainly an unexploited land!

October 04, 2013

Celiaak

Now I want to discover Finland too!

October 04, 2013

Shootalot

Beautiful photos from an unexploited land!

October 03, 2013

Lenutaidi

Beautiful images!Thank you for sharing!

October 03, 2013

Edosaodaro

Thanks guys! I would highly recommend a visit! Let us know if you need any tips...

Cheers!
Edosa

October 03, 2013

Qin0377

Beautiful photos!

October 03, 2013

FabioConcetta

Beautiful images, congratulations!

October 03, 2013

Rigsby8131

Sounds like a great place to visit. Beautiful images. Thanks for sharing!!!

October 03, 2013

Danielc1998

very nice images !

October 03, 2013

Osmar01

I am planning a trip for next summer already and these pictures make me dream! Amazing!

October 03, 2013

Osmar01

I am planning a trip for next summer already and these pictures make me dream! Amazing!

October 03, 2013

Alerizzo78

Finland is a wonderful country. I love it! :)
Beautiful photos!

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