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Ville Palonen (born 1976) is a freelance photographer and travel writer who loves mountains, wildlife and road trips. He has visited 80 countries and travelled in adventurous destinations like Amazon, Himalaya and Borneo. In Finland Ville spends his time photographing, hiking, fishing, hunting and mushrooming. Ville's favourite destinations in Finland are treeless fells of Lapland and wild parts of East Finland.
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Helsinki and Southern Finland – What to See in Finland’s Capital?

Helsinki is the most popular travel destination in Finland for a good reason. The capital of Finland has great museums, bustling restaurant scene, festivals and concerts – but like everywhere else in Finland, nature...
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Lapland – Epic Outdoor Experiences in Northern Finland

Lapland, the northernmost part of Finland, is an epic travel destination where you can find unforgettable experiences all year round. Lapland is known for its northern lights, reindeer and Santa Claus – but Lapland's...
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Lapland in Winter – Best Winter Activities

Snow, reindeer, northern lights and Santa Claus – Lapland in the northern part of Finland is a memorable travel destination in winter. Lapland's busiest tourist season is December, but the late winter, too, is...
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Rovaniemi – Gateway to Finnish Lapland

Rovaniemi, located in the Arctic Circle, is the gateway to Lapland. This is where the journey to the north of the Arctic Circle begins, but Rovaniemi is a fascinating destination in itself. The city...
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Wild East – Kainuu and North Karelia regions of Eastern Finland

Finland's two easternmost provinces – North Karelia and Kainuu – offer everything a nature-loving traveler could wish for. In Eastern Finland you will find the most famous lookout spot in the whole country, the...
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Trekking Trails in Finland – 3 Best Multi-Day Hikes

Finland's best trekking trails can be found in the north, in the national parks of Lapland and Kuusamo. Of course, there are great outdoor destinations in Southern Finland as well, but their trails are...
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Day Hikes in Finland – 8 Best Short Hiking Trails

Finland is full of wonderful nature attractions that can be easily explored on a day trip. Hiking in Finland does not necessarily require expensive equipment or even orienteering skills, because the most popular trails...

National Parks in Finland – 10 Best Places for Hiking and Camping

Some of Finland's most amazing attractions are the national parks, where you can admire national landscapes and other natural wonders, as well as go hiking, camping, berry picking and fishing. There are 40 national...
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Bear Watching in Finland – Guide to Bear Safaris

The brown bear is Finland's national animal, a mythical creature that has always been feared and respected. For the ancient Finns, the bear was such a sacred creature that its name was not uttered...
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Driving in Finland – Tips and 4 Best Road Trips

Finland is a country of long distances. While public transport works rather well in larger cities, a private car comes handy in the countryside. A tourist should seriously consider renting a car, as many...
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Sauna in Finland – the Ultimate Guide to Finnish Sauna Culture

Sauna tradition is one of the most important parts of Finnish identity and cultural heritage. For us Finns sitting in a 100-degree sauna is everyday business, but for a novice it's an exciting (and...
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Summer Cottages and Cabins in Finland – Guide to Finnish Cottage Life

Summer vacation in Finland is not complete without spending time at a summer cottage by the lake. We Finns drive to our cottages for hours, only to spend weekends and summer holidays in complete...
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Fishing in Finland – Species, Tackle, Permits and Best Fishing Spots

Finland is a fisherman's dream destination. There are thousands of lakes, hundreds of rivers and thousands of kilometers of Baltic Sea’s shores – not to mention all the islands. Fishing is allowed almost everywhere...

Best time to visit Finland – the four seasons

Finland has four clearly distinctive seasons. But because Finland is quite large – the distance from Helsinki on the south coast to the northernmost part of Lapland is more than 1,000 kilometers – the...
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Helsinki FAQ – Practical Information

What should you know before travelling to Helsinki? This article answers frequently asked questions about Helsinki as a travel destination. If you can't find the information you are looking for, please post your question...
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Finland FAQ – Know Before You Go

On this page you may find practical information about Finland and frequently asked questions about Finnish language, prices, tipping, safety, public transport, camping rules, sauna etiquette, etc. If you can't find the information you...