Tampere Journals

Off the boat and to the lakes, a summer in Finland

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A June 2004 trip to Tampere by Red Mezz

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Quote: Starting off in the dark city of Turku, we spent the summer exploring the cities and the forest of Finland.

Off the boat and to the lakes, a summer in Finland

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Finnish Woodlands Photo, Tampere, Finland
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Knowing a local has never proved more useful than in the summer I stayed in Finland. In a land filled with beautiful lakes, stunning forests, artful cities and friendly people, there was so much exploring and so much to see and do in this place that I'm sure I would have missed out on a great deal had I not known some of the locals. This is a varied place, and we began our journey here in the city of Turku, a somewhat cold and barren city that left a strong post-communism taste in my mouth, but also shared with us a wonderful little Irish bar and cafe where the local Finns tried to belt out Celtic tunes. The difference in culture and landscape between here and Juva, the farthest...Read More

Pyynikki Tower

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Attraction | "Pyynikki Ridge"

Finnish Woodlands Photo, Tampere, Finland
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Just a few brisk steps from the front door of the home I stayed at in Tampere, sat the vast and pristine area of Pyynikki Ridge, making a perfect morning wander or afternoon jog with some of the best walking trails I've been on in Europe. The city of Tampere is known for its 'Green Areas' and its tradition to its parks and lake areas, which is one of the things that make it such an extremely pleasant and relaxed place to visit. Like most of the places we went in Finland, Tampere and its parks and trails were kept in pristine condition, and not just by the rangers and local government in charge of such things, but by the locals as well, who have a deep amount of respect for the areas and do...Read More

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Pyynikki Tower
Pyynikki ridge
Tampere, Finland

The Lakes of Juva and central Finland

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Fishing on the lake Photo,
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Of the many outdoor pursuits that Finland is so well suited to in the summer time, few can be as relaxing and rewarding as fishing its many pristine lakes and rivers. The pastime of fishing in Finland is one that has great historical tradition with the locals and, in general, there is a very gentlemanly approach to the understood laws of sportsmanship in this pursuit. There are no shortages of places to fish in this country filled with lakes and ponds and rivers of all kinds, and there are many benefits to fishing the area while in your visit. As with all sporting in a new country, do check websites or local outdoor suppliers for the most recent regulations and req...Read More

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Tampere City

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Though our summer trip through Scandinavia pit stopped through a lot of cities from Stockholm to Tallinn - our main stay was in the smallish city of Tampere in Finland. Though considered one of the biggest and most culturally important cities in Finland and even surrounding Scandinavia (after Helsinki, of course) Tampere felt extremely small, pleasant, and relaxing to me - and was the perfect place to use as a hub to visiting other parts of Finland and Estonia. A beautiful little city - with lots of great architecture and some wonderful shopping districts, it's very easy to spend several days just wandering the streets and getting a feel for life in Finland. You are more likely t...Read More

Member Rating 5 out of 5 on October 22, 2007

Turku City

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My summer in the lake riddled lands of Sweden, Finland and nearby Eastern Europe brought me through five different cities each of which left an inordinately distinct and lasting impression. I've spent enough time in the countries of Europe to know well to expect such differences country to country, but was almost taken aback and the vastly differing nature of the three Finish cities that I visited. In everything from look to vibe of the places, each was extremely distinct, and had something different to offer. I did not spend enough time in the port city of Turku on the south west coast of Finland to form a serious and lasting impression of the place. I am sure - as is usually th...Read More

Member Rating 3 out of 5 on October 30, 2007