Category: Finland

Where on earth have you guys gone?

You might have noticed that we are no longer blogging here. The reason is that we are no longer “South…

Pöllöretki – a unique Finnish birdwatching experience

If you are a keen nature lover and want to find owls in Finland, your best option is to join…

Photo quiz: Where in Helsinki are we?

There are lots of interesting hidden things in Helsinki, and after living here for more than two years we’re starting…

City surprises #15: public art around Ruoholähti

Over Easter we spent some time in the suburb of Ruoholähti, in the south-western corner of Helsinki. The area was…

The (many) weeks that were: May and April 2013

This site has been a relatively quiet for a few weeks now… mostly because Brigitte and I have been quite…

City surprises #14: More birds in unexpected places…

So I realized that I’ve actually blogged a fair amount about various “birds” in Helsinki – for example the ostrich…

Dog sledding in Finnish Lapland – our little movie!

It’s taken longer than expected, but we’ve finally put together a little video of our husky sledding adventure (you can…

Two years in Finland

On Friday, we celebrated 2 years in Finland. As I knew it would, time has flown by. As we look…

Things to see and do in Helsinki: a two- and three-day itinerary

We’re looking forward to having some visitors this spring and summer, and thought it would be good to share our…

City Surprises #12

Hearing about an ostrich farm in Finland is one thing – but spotting an ostrich in Helsinki is another… The first…

The weeks that were – December 2012

It has been a really busy start to the winter for us both – while it has been a bit…

Lapland again: summer 2012 fieldwork

This summer I had two trips up to Kilpisjärvi in north-western Finland for fieldwork again (you can read about my 2011…

Finnish sauna for beginners: etiquette and terminology

Sauna a quintessential Finnish experience – and something that can cause unnecessary concern for newly arrived visitors to the country. Sauna is…

Finnish pancakes: pannukakku and lettu

If you visit a Finnish cafeteria or canteen on a Thursday afternoon, there is a good chance that you’ll find…

First visit to Sipoonkorpi National Park

Sipoonkorpi is one of the two Finnish national parks located on the edge of the of the Helsinki metropolis (Nuuksio…

City surprises #12 – pop-up gardens

Helsinki has some really beautiful gardens (including the winter gardens and Helsinki University’s botanical gardens) – but the city also…

Uutela in autumn

Four months ago, in the middle of summer, Brigitte and I visited a little undeveloped corner of Helsinki near the…

Mushroom-picking in Sipoonkorpi

It was with great excitement that Brigitte and I headed out to Sipoonkorpi National Park early on a chilly Saturday…

City Surprises #10

Well, Pete is always posting the city surprises as he seems to be far more observant than I am in…

Night of the Arts: Helsinki 2012

The Night of the Arts is the biggest celebration in the annual Helsinki Festival – a whole day when the city…

City Surprises #9

Most of the things that I have labelled as “city surprises” have been lovely little details that I’ve passed by…

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