Finland Travel Guides for Backpackers

A guide to visiting Turku, Finland's old capital

For anybody visiting Finland or Scandinavia Turku is an obvious choice. This beautiful city used to be Finland’s capital before Helsinki and between all the busy cities of Scandinavia, it’s a small haven that has it all: history, nature and culture. It’s easy to reach and easy to get around […]
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Åland – the hidden gem of Finland

If you are getting tired of busy urban life, going to Finland is probably a good idea. But instead of visiting the main and well-known destinations like Helsinki or Rovaniemi in beautiful Lapland, you should head for the archipelago in the Baltic Sea, just between Finland and Sweden. It consists […]
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7 Days In Finland? This Is What You Can Do

Hello, This is my guide to Finland, a guide for peoples who come to a vocation in Finland from behind the sea. Here I listed one of the best places and the best things that you can do in Finland. First, let’s get you to know Finland. What is Finland […]
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72 hours in and around Rovaniemi, Lapland

Who has never dreamt of visiting Santa’s hometown, petting his adorable fellow reindeers and witnessing his loyal elves at work? Three years ago, as I was working in Helsinki, I seized this opportunity of living in Finland to jump on a plane to the ultimate winter wonderland: Rovaniemi, Lapland. Day […]
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Viljandi – perfect place for a half-day trip in Estonia

Estonia isn’t the most popular tourist destination. Mostly it’s associated only with its capital – Tallinn, treated as a short gateway destination from Finland, or just skipped as not worth visiting (too small? too expensive?). As someone who loves such small, charming countries, not overwhelmed with tourists, I’ve never understood […]
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Finland Lapland : Levi the Winter Wonderland

You always go to the same skiing resorts for your winter holidays and you want to try something new? Lapland has all the winter ingredients you like, plus some magic… Why Levi is the place to be in Lapland? You don’t believe anymore in Santa Claus and you’re not a kid […]
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A Winter Wonderland in Finnish Lapland

Just under 240 km into the Arctic Circle lays a peaceful village called Saariselkä and last winter I was lucky enough to spend 2 months in this magical winter wonderland. Saariselkä is a small village to the north of Finnish Lapland, deep in Sámi country and close to the Russian […]
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What you must do when you visit Finland

“Finland is a country with the best education in the world and it is always cold there.. and what else I can do there?” That is a most common phrase and a question I have been asked as a Finn. But believe me, there are plenty of things to see […]
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Meeting place for history and nature lovers – Mikkeli.

The city of 50 thousand people where it’s about five minutes from the peaceful city centre to the calming nature of the suburbs might not seem very attractive for international tourists. However, my choice wasn’t based on Trip Advisor or Google findings but on recommendations of Finnish friends I met […]
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Winter wonderland in Norway

A trip to northern norway Usually, around wintertime, I would stay home and go skiing in the mountains of Switzerland, enjoying the time off work with my family and friends. But it has always been a dream of mine to see the northern lights. So one winter, I caught a […]
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A short guide about the Åland-islands

Åland – a weekend on a Scandinavian island Where it is and how to get there: The Åland-islands are more than 6500 mostly small, little tiny  (or better: bits of pieces of land) islands, but also some which are bigger in size. They are located in the Baltic sea and belong […]
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Finland-Valkeakoski, where Extreme Sports are a Lifestyle!

I never thought that I would actually end up in Finland one day, but here I am having an exchange semester and having the time of my life. At first, Valkeakoski might seem as not that much fun, it is a rather small town with no actual mall and covered […]
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Helsinki's Open Air Musem

Helsinki’s Islands If you ever are lucky enough to spend a day in Helsinki, all the guidebooks will recommend you go to Suomenlinna Island, known for hosting a huge fortress and monumental complex which was declared a UNESCO heritage site in 1991 for its military interest. You won’t have a […]
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Things what surprised me most in Berlin

Berlin is the capital city of Germany. And it is also the biggest city in whole Germany, and second biggest city in the European Union (after London). And like any other capital city or some other big city, it is full of tourists. At least it was in September, and […]
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Filandia: Hidden Gem of Colombia

Most travelers that are familiar with Colombia have visited or at least heard of Salento, the town most visited by foreigners in Colombia’s coffee region. Unfortunately, Filandia is typically overlooked by backpackers when planning their trip through the Zona Cafetera. At first glance, the two towns appear very similar with […]
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The Unconventional Winter Walk to the Islands of Helsinki

Helsinki The capital of Finland and its islands at winter time Helsinki, the capital of Finland, is one of the best cities in the world. Feeling a fresh breeze and hearing the cries of seagulls, you realize that this is a city on the sea. It is beautiful at any […]
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Visit Santa Claus in Lapland

Christmas is coming and If you are fan of traveling during this lovely season, do not forget to visit Santa in Rovaniemi, Lapland, Finland. Close to the cute little airport you’ll find a magical place called Santa's Village. Though you might not believe in Santa Claus (Joulupukki in Finnish) anymore, especially as you’re […]
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Helsinki Hietalahti Market Hall: Sundry of Flavours

There's something special about this age-old Market/ Food Hall Over a century old, Hietalahti Market Hall has gone through a lot of changes. Starting as a central trading hall for merchants in the early 1900's until the 1970's, to becoming an all organic market hall for a while and to […]
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Hej! 24 hours in Stockholm

What to do when you only have 24 hours to explore the capital city of Sweden, Stockholm. Stockholm, also known as the Venice from Scandinavia is built on little Islands and definitely worth a visit! What I think is necessary to get around in Stockholm is to buy a ticket […]
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Portugal; perspectives of the Algarvean coast

A week into our summer vacation in Portugal and I wake up to another blue sky in south Algarve. Our apartment in Lagos is surely finer than our home in Finland, I muse and happily open the terrace doors. The terrace overlooks the communal pool and all is still wonderfully […]
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How to do Ijen / Blue fire without tour! (Part 1 – Base-point of Ijen.)

  **Readers can go to “From Karangasem to Ijen (without any tour)” if they are aware of Karangasem as the starting point to Ijen tour and how to reach there. When I backpack, the first thing I always do is to mark out those places from my itinerary which comes […]
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Lady Elliot Island, Australia: Adventure of a lifetime

Have you ever thought about living on an island?  Swimming with Nemo, or maybe with some giant friendly turtles and giving them a pad on the back? And no, we won't count Hawaii, as probably everyone has thought about living in there at some point of their lives. This is […]
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Poland with a budget – Tricity in four days

Poland with a budget – Tricity in four days Infusion of backpacking lifestyle and motherhood So you say you can't go because you have a baby now? You are a single parent and out of money? I used to challenge all young single people to travel and head to the […]
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How to Catch Icebreaker or Swimming in Icebreaker Path – Kemi,Finland.

How to Catch Icebreaker or Swimming in Icebreaker Path – Kemi,Finland. One of my favorite way and place at this Earth is calm north or Finnish Lapland – home of Aurora Borealis (Northern Light). Now when I traveled through a lot of countries in different way and crossed a few […]
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Helsinki: A Stylish City of Finland

DISCOVER A STYLISH CAPITAL CITY OF FINLAND     Helsinki is the capital city of Finland, home to about one in every five Fins. Small, compact and full of style, this waterfront city opens up to the Baltic Sea and bridges Scandinavia to the west and Russia to the east. […]
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Overview of Tallinn

      Estonia is a small country which is located in Northern Europe in the Baltic Region. It has borders with Latvia from the South, Russia from the East, Finland from the North and Sweden from the West (Finland and Sweden are across the Gulf of Finland and Baltic […]
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Tallin – the medieval pearl of Baltics

Baltic states consists of three countries – Latvia, Lithuania and Estonia. Tallin, the capital city of Estonia, lays on the North of the country, near the Gulf of Finland. Filled with testimonies from middle ages, alluring parks and great shopping and business centres, Tallin is a mixture of a little […]
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Helsinki: the city of moomins

In Finland I had the time of my life. After a 5-hour flight from Romania, this wonderful country proceeded to show me every side of a Nordic region. What puzzled me at first, were the people. Tattooed from head-to-toe, with state-of-the-art hairstyles and with their expensive clothes, they were really […]
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Tallinn: A Virtual Tour of the Old Town

Why Tallinn? Most people these days are so obsessed with cities like Paris, London or New York, that traditional and beautiful cities are often forgotten. Tallinn is the capital of Estonia – a country in the European Union, located to the south of Finland and to the north of Latvia. […]
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Lahti: the ski jump city.

Home to one of the tallest ski jumps in Finland, Lahti is a small town where everyday Finnish life can be really enjoyed. The city has about 103,200 inhabitants and the downtown city area is quite small. Ski jump in the summer. [single_map_place]https://www.google.com.mx/maps?q=Lahti+map&oe=utf-8&gws_rd=cr&um=1&ie=UTF-8&sa=X&ved=0ahUKEwjks9LErsTMAhVE9h4KHf2kANkQ_AUIBygB[/single_map_place] Most of the […]
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Kuopio – northern city with warm-hearted people

Why Kuopio? Helsinki, Stockholm, Oslo – huge, capital cities attracting many tourists to visit the very south of the Nordic countries. However, if one would like to feel the real Nordic experience, to get the insight into the lives of the people from smaller cities, somewhat lower temperatures should be […]
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Kep: Cambodia's sleepy beach

Think “Cambodian coastline” and most people mention popular seaside town Sihanoukville, but travel seventy-five miles east and you will arrive at the sleepy town of Kep – a serene spot to relax by the sea. Sunset over Kep beach Rabbit Island, just […]
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Why you should go to Norway during the winter.

I am from Brazil, the land of sunshine, and whenever I am asked where I come from, people just assume I love going to the beaches, go sunbathing and wear tiny bikinis — that isn't true. Most of the times, in fact, I just wish I could move to a cold place — […]
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