• AF,  europe,  finland,  sweden

    The Finland roadtrip: the final blogpost

    On this sunny Sunday afternoon, it’s time to write my last blogpost of the Finland roadtrip. On the last days of this trip, we headed down south. First, we made a stop in picturesque Porvoo, which is the second oldest town in Finland. I really loved the red houses alongside the waterfront and the cobbled streets. Cute flower shop in Porvoo. Cobbled streets. Belltower. Red houses along the water. 1346 -2005. Waterfront houses. Our next stop was the capital of Finland, Helsinki. We took a long walk around the city, visiting the main landmarks and strolling around, soaking up the atmosphere. Helsinki cathedral. Helsinki cathedral. Senate square, in front of…

  • AF,  europe,  finland

    Lake district

    Ok, first of all: the name “lake district” still sounds odd to me, because if you travel to Finland, you cannot avoid lakes. Wherever you go in the country, you’re bound to come accross a dozen of them. But still, we made our way down into the area that is known as the lake district. Lake district in Finland. First stop for us was Koli. This is actually another national park, next to the Pielinen-lake. The lake is dotted with hundreds of islands, covered in pine trees. Quite the attraction, certainly seen from Koli-hill. Our campsite was along the lake and we had the most wonderfull midnight swim there! Just…

  • AF,  europe,  finland

    Kuusamo

    After being attacked by 1 000 0000 mosquitos at Lake Inari, we decided to head a little more back down. As our next destination we chose Kuusamo. This was by far my favourite part of the trip… 🙂 The nature in this area is so lovely, you just have to go yourself to check it out! Oulanka national park – Kuusamo. The Oulanka National park in Kuusamo has a great campsite. You can put your tent up in the forest and it feels like you are camping out in the wild, but with all the comforts of a campsite: a toilet, warm shower, cooking facilities and a sauna next to…

  • AF,  europe,  finland

    Lake Inari

    After our two day hike in Urho Kekkonen national park, we decided to lay back at lake Inari for a day or two. This lake is situated about 300 km above the polar circle. Inari is the largest village of Finland. We crossed the village border about half an hour before spotting the first house along the road. Lake Inari itself is about 100 km long and has an average dept of about 14m, going to 100m at some points. It is home to 3300 islands. Quite a spectacular lake 🙂 The only problem going above the polar circle are the mosquitos. You cannot believe how many hungry beast try…

  • AF,  europe,  finland

    Urho Kekkonen national park

    After a few days resting in Rovaniemi, we decided to head a little further up north. We had our hearts set on a two day hike in Urho Kekkonen national park. This national park is the second biggest of Finland: 2538km². It is home to bears, wolverines, wolves, otters, golden eagles and reindeer. Sometimes you can also spot some elk there. Ofcourse we had our heart set on spotting a bear, but we knew our chances were slim. The road to Urho Kekkonen We headed off to the park. The road close to the entrance at Saariselkä was being renewed. It had been a pretty severe winter, and due to…

  • AF,  denmark,  europe,  finland,  sweden

    The road to Rovaniemi

    In 2005 I made a huge roadtrip to Finland. It’s still one of my favourite trips ever, mostly because I saw so much nature on that trip. Northern Europe is a true wilderness, and often we could drive for a whole day without seeing a single other person on the road. The only disadvantage is that I took this trip before meeting my lovely husband. I’ll have to show him & my lovely girl this beautiful country one day! In a series of blogposts I’ll take you through the 8250 km I spent up North. I’m pretty certain that you’ll want to do the same afterwards… Part 1: the road…