Finnish tourist advice.

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dr_norbert
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Finnish tourist advice.

Viesti Kirjoittaja dr_norbert » To 20.04.2017 19:54

Pardon this interruption but I wanted to reach many of my Finnish friends at once.

My parents want to celebrate their marriage milestone in northern Finland to see the Northern Lights for Christmas 2018.

My dad wanted to spend a few days in Helsinki and then spend most of the time in Lapland, particularly at this hotel: Kakslauttanen Arctic Resort, Sodankylä, Finland.

Is there other things around that area that we should consider doing/visiting? Thanks much in advance.

--Norbert

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Pariah
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Re: Finnish tourist advice.

Viesti Kirjoittaja Pariah » Pe 21.04.2017 11:05

Since it's around Christmas, it's probably a good idea to go check the Santa Claus Village (http://www.santaclausvillage.info/) in Rovaniemi, though it's a bit over an hour's drive (~130km) away from Sodankylä. The village of Sodankylä also has their own activity page if you haven't checked it already: http://www.visitsodankyla.fi/en/travel/welcome.php
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dr_norbert
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Re: Finnish tourist advice.

Viesti Kirjoittaja dr_norbert » Pe 21.04.2017 12:20

Great start - thank you!

--Norbert

JArrow
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Re: Finnish tourist advice.

Viesti Kirjoittaja JArrow » Pe 21.04.2017 21:19

In Helsinki there is before Chritmas St Thomas's market (Or Helsinki Christmas Market in official english name) that have really good selection of finnish handcrafts on sale. http://tuomaanmarkkinat.fi/english-svenska/ Market is held just below main church and some old covermental buildings.

What are your parents interested in?

dr_norbert
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Re: Finnish tourist advice.

Viesti Kirjoittaja dr_norbert » Pe 21.04.2017 21:49

We are all going to celebrate their wedding anniversary and the Northern Lights is the big event for them. But they will have ndoubtedly like to see typical things about Finnish culture. And food of course. :)

--Norbert

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Veripallo
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Re: Finnish tourist advice.

Viesti Kirjoittaja Veripallo » Pe 21.04.2017 21:54

There is never a 100% guarantee that you will see the northern lights (I've seen them 2-3 times in my life), I suggest you google up some sites that predict them and monitor magnetic shifts. There are some sites that give fairly accurate predictions on the chances to see them but I don't remember which sites they were (and they were probably in Finnish only but I'm sure English sites exist too).
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shoddie
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Re: Finnish tourist advice.

Viesti Kirjoittaja shoddie » Pe 21.04.2017 22:28

http://www.snowvillage.fi/ I have no idea if this is close to your route, but it could be nice experience.

dr_norbert
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Re: Finnish tourist advice.

Viesti Kirjoittaja dr_norbert » La 22.04.2017 11:21

Maybe I could ask this a different way. When you think of Lapland and activities there, what comes to your mind?

--Norbert

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Pariah
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Re: Finnish tourist advice.

Viesti Kirjoittaja Pariah » La 22.04.2017 17:52

dr_norbert kirjoitti:
La 22.04.2017 11:21
Maybe I could ask this a different way. When you think of Lapland and activities there, what comes to your mind?

--Norbert
Hiking, fishing, gathering cloudberries, skiing during the winter :P
Give a warjack coal and you warm him for a day. Give a warjack an axe, and you warm him for his whole life... with coal ripped from the cold dead boilers of his enemies.

Lukkimus
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Re: Finnish tourist advice.

Viesti Kirjoittaja Lukkimus » Su 23.04.2017 15:51

dr_norbert kirjoitti:
La 22.04.2017 11:21
Maybe I could ask this a different way. When you think of Lapland and activities there, what comes to your mind?

--Norbert
I believe the hotel will have a lot to offer for you as the y often have good selection of services by themselves, but to few that come to mind are going to reindeer or dog sledding(?), "motorsled safari" and such.

Be prepared for the cold.

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Re: Finnish tourist advice.

Viesti Kirjoittaja Barricade » Su 23.04.2017 22:18

Snacking reindeers.
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dr_norbert
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Re: Finnish tourist advice.

Viesti Kirjoittaja dr_norbert » Ma 24.04.2017 23:14

I'm a little insulted no one has mentioned getting a Sauna and beatings with birch branches.

Or was I supposed to assume this? If so, I pay my respects.

--Norbert

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Veripallo
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Re: Finnish tourist advice.

Viesti Kirjoittaja Veripallo » Ma 24.04.2017 23:25

The sauna goes without saying. As for the birch branches, they can be a bit harsh in December as they are no leaves then ;) I wouldn't recommend. But if you're in Lapland you could try look for opportunities to either swim in a hole in the ice or just crawl in the snow naked between session in the sauna. That's sort of activity is pretty Finnish.
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shoddie
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Re: Finnish tourist advice.

Viesti Kirjoittaja shoddie » Ti 25.04.2017 09:43

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The sauna goes without saying... ...if you're in Lapland you could try look for opportunities to either swim in a hole in the ice or just crawl in the snow naked between session in the sauna. That's sort of activity is pretty Finnish.
This is the thing to do. It feels way better than it sounds.

dr_norbert
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Re: Finnish tourist advice.

Viesti Kirjoittaja dr_norbert » Ti 25.04.2017 10:35

Thanks guys. You knew I was just poking fun. ;)

--Norbert

dr_norbert
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Re: Finnish tourist advice.

Viesti Kirjoittaja dr_norbert » Ke 26.04.2017 14:36

My parents had a look at this thread. Thanks everyone for taking the time to post.

--Norbert

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Re: Finnish tourist advice.

Viesti Kirjoittaja JArrow » To 27.04.2017 08:08

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Ma 24.04.2017 23:25
The sauna goes without saying. As for the birch branches, they can be a bit harsh in December as they are no leaves then ;) I wouldn't recommend. But if you're in Lapland you could try look for opportunities to either swim in a hole in the ice or just crawl in the snow naked between session in the sauna. That's sort of activity is pretty Finnish.
If I remember correctly, Hotel Kakslauttanen has one of the biggest smoke-sauna of the world and nice clean pond for swimming.

dr_norbert
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Re: Finnish tourist advice.

Viesti Kirjoittaja dr_norbert » To 27.04.2017 10:19

Wow, that sounds amazing!

--Norbert

dr_norbert
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Re: Finnish tourist advice.

Viesti Kirjoittaja dr_norbert » Pe 28.04.2017 01:39

I just read a bit about the hotel and you are right about the smoke sauna. But what is that? I don't think I've had one like that! Exciting!

--Norbert

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Re: Finnish tourist advice.

Viesti Kirjoittaja Ihme_apina » Pe 28.04.2017 07:14

https://www.varusteleka.com/en/product/ ... rack/55471

Its kinda like this but not as good.
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