#1 17.07.2017 18:16:38

Corbeau
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Off Topic: sightseeing in north Scandinavia

(Copy/pasted from Other Place, nevermind wink )

(There is no official Off Topic subforum, maybe it would be nice to have one for people to socialise... if you want to have something like that here...)

Anyway, during August my wife and me will be travelling through Finland, Sweden and Norway and I'd be interested if anyone would have any recommendation for sightseeing, or some good (and not too expensive) food advice.

Well, basically, since we're first time there, *any* kind of local advice would be useful.

We'll spend ten days in Helsinki (attending some events), after that we'll be driving to Nordkapp and then back through Norway (maybe Narvik) and Sweden, probably through Germany and move on further south. For now, the only spot we have fixed in our plan (apart from Nordkapp) is Treriksröset. Everything else is flexible, depending what advice we pick up here and there or stumble upon on the internet.

So, if you're from anywhere near and want to brag about some must-see locations, this is a good opportunity

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#2 23.07.2017 12:58:28

wieder
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Re: Off Topic: sightseeing in north Scandinavia

Of course it depends on what you would like to see or do, but here are few popular ones.

One popular attraction is the Linnanmäki amusement park in Helsinki. The entrance is free and it's relatively close to downtown.

https://www.linnanmaki.fi/

There is also the sea fortress Suomenlinna. Directly translated as the castle of Finland even while there is no actual castle. Just the sea fortress smile

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Suomenlinna

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#3 28.07.2017 18:46:10

Corbeau
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Re: Off Topic: sightseeing in north Scandinavia

Thanks! Not much into amusement parks, but the fortress may be something worth seeing.

Last edited by Corbeau (28.07.2017 18:46:31)

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#4 29.07.2017 12:13:09

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Re: Off Topic: sightseeing in north Scandinavia

One good way for seeing lots of stuff is to get in a tram and see the city from there . The tram route T3 is perfect for that. You only need to purchase the tickets beforehand since they may not sell tickets in the trams. I'm not 100% sure about this since ending ticket sales is something that should have happened some time ago but they were still selling those after the first deadline. Anyway, it maybe best to purchase a ticket beforehand. Here are the prices and where to get them. R-Kioski is a very popular kiosk brand here and it may be easiest to purchase the tickets there.

https://www.hsl.fi/en/dayticket

From R-Kioski you can also get a prepaid sim card if you need to connect to the internet. Just ask for a pre-paid card with data and they will tell you what kind of cards there are. Telia cards have been very reliable and they probably have the best networks. The second best choice would be Elisa or Saunalahti card. No registration is needed and the card can be used shortly after putting it into a phone.  They should sell this https://kauppa.telia.fi/yksityisille/tu … epaid.aspx card on R-Kioski. It costs 3,90 euro or 5.90 euro and you get unlimited data for 7 days. The pin code is usually 1234 or 0000. People always forget to ask that and it's usually hidden in somewhere in the package smile

R-Kioskis are effectively small shops looking like this: https://upload.wikimedia.org/wikipedia/ … lsinki.JPG

If you want to get a bottle of wine or anything stronger than 4.7% to go you need to buy it from government owned Alko shops. mo-fri they close at 20:00 and Saturdays at 18:00. Prepare to prove your age (really) if you look under 30 years old. The age limit for wines is 18 and for stronger stuff 20 years. Beer and cider can be bought from food stores and they sell it until 21:00. Restaurants and bars are usually open until 01:30.

Most people here speak reasonably good English.

Here is actually a nice list of main attractions:

http://www.visithelsinki.fi/en/see-and- … &mode=list

If you really want to see people practicing the national sports, you can go to the Kallio district. In the evenings and especially in the weekend evenings pretty much most of the population there is drunk. Quite often really really drunk big_smile

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#5 29.07.2017 15:10:08

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Re: Off Topic: sightseeing in north Scandinavia

Well, Helsinki is not the whole Finland ;-)

When you continue your joureny from there I would like to suggest you to take an eastern route towards the north. Maybe even route number 6 through the Saimaa district. It is a little bit longer but a lot less boring than the most obvoius E75. Scenerywise, that is. And, as a civ player, you might want to pop in Savonlinna to see the wolrds northernmost medieval castle still standing, Olavinlinna. It really is worth seeing.

Also up north heading towards Nordkapp I would take the route via Inari, Karigasniemi and Lakselv. Less driving back and forth the same roads that way. And around Lakselv there are some nice spots to take a dip in the Arctic Sea (a must whenever one goes up there ;-)). I know the Treriksröset would be on the Muonio-Kilpisjärvi alternative but there's only about 40 km distance from Skibotn to Finnish border on your way back from Nordkapp.

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