Finland Photo Gallery
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View of Tallinn from a ferry boat. The capital of Estonia, formerly called Reval, used to be a town with a strong German population.

Cityscape of Tallinn's lower town as viewed from the upper town. The medieval fortification and St. Olaf's church are visible in the background.

Townhall of Tallinn with its remarkable tall spire.

Peppersack's house, a famous merchant house with a lever to lift goods in the center of Tallinn's old town.

Famous Hermann tower, where all occupants of Tallinn were placing their flags.

Tallinn is a beautiful historical town with predominant gothic and baroque architecture, thus ressembling Prague.

The main market square of Tallinn in the lower town.

Doris and Lennart, the happy couple, who have just been declared man and wife.

One of several typical rituals at a typical Estonian wedding. On the way from the church the wedding procession was stopped at a road-block and asked to carry out various tasks...

The fairy-tale manor of Lennart's family, amidst beautiful nature and at the edge of a national park.

On the ground belonging to the manor, the young gentlemen of Sundja family built such beautiful cottages; we spent 2 nights in one of them.

The highlight of our stay in Estonia, experience of a "Indian sauna", in a teepee with red-hot stones and can with water for producing vapor. Extremely tough...

Torture in the sauna was rewarded by a jump into the cold waters of the neighboring stream. We felt like in paradise!

Half-day trip in the Lääne-Viru National Park. This marvellous piece of nature is typical for its peatland.

At some places in the park, walking on a board-walk is the only way how to move across the landscape.

A view from an outlook tower on landscape full of little lakes, marshes and small trees.

It is actually very healthy to swim in the local ponds with its red color due to the ubiquitous peat.

Now we are in Finland, having rented a car for 11 days and starting our trip in the historical town Porvoo.

Porvoo is one of few remaining towns in Finland with preserved wooden houses.

The famous riverside in Porvoo with merchants' houses, who could unload goods from boats directly to their houses.

Red color is a typical color of Finnish wooden houses.

The world's northernmost stone castle, at a latitude of more then 61°.

Lintula convent for nuns, together with the Valamo monastery for monks the only Orthodox monasteries in Finland.

Ilomantsi in northern Karelia on the easternmost part of Finland, close to the border with Russia. Here is an orthodox church.

A lutheran church in Ilomantsi, where the ratio of lutherans and orthodox is about 80:20.

Kantele - Finland's national instrument, closely ressembling a harp.

This girl played for us beautiful pieces on this instrument.

Little wooden orthodox church in the open-air museum in Ilomantsi.

Typical wooden Finnish house made of raw logs.

A view from Koli, the highest hill in southern Finland, which has inspired not a few Finnish artists.

This place often appears on Finnish postcards, as it provides a typical view of Finland - innumerate lakes with small islands.

We have finally crossed the polar circle and arrived to Lapland, also called Sami-land. Here one must pay attention while driving because of reindeers.

Beautiful traditional Sami shoes. Sami, formerly called Lappish people, are linguistically related to Ugrofinnic Finns, but genetically different from any European nation.

View of the Inari lake, the third largest lake in Finland and the largest lake in Lapland. The northernmost point of our trip.

On the way there were plenty of sites worth of taking pictures...

We spent almost the whole night in a small hut on top of Otsamo hill with a view on Inari lake.

Here we decided to watch the sunset. Now it is about 11 pm.

The sun went down at 11.50 pm. But even after that, there was enough light to read newspapers for the whole night.

Waiting for the sun to rise again. Due to the clouds we could not see the sun, but it must have risen shortly after 1 am.

Visit in the Urho Kekkonen National Park in Lapland, with its semi-tundra and rough landscape.

This mushroom, well known from fairy-tales about witches, belongs to the most frequent mushrooms to be seen in northern Finland.

A small stream near its source in the Urho Kekkonen National Park.

Typical landscape in northern Finland with its small trees, mainly birches and mountain pine.

Although well beyond the polar circle, the weather was almost perfect and it was very warm.

One of the lake in the Urho Kekkonen National Park. We walked in total 17 km during our day trip here.

Now we moved back in the direction south, visiting the Oulanka National Park, popular for hiking.

View from the top of a deep gorge in Oulanka.

Rapids of the Oulanka river.

Beautiful scenery around the river.

Temporarily smiling Camelia, otherwise being bitten by cruel mosquitos during the whole trip.

Michal with his two-weeks old beard, providing an easy target for mosquitoes.

A bit unsure little ducklets waiting for the command of their mom to jump into the river.

The Oulanka river with its lakes. During our two-days trip, we walked 17 and 27 km.

A unique wooden church in Petajavesi, built in the 18th century and protected by UNESCO.

Churches in Finland were often built at an intersection of water-ways.

Finnish wooden churches have typically their belfry separate from the main building, due to danger of fires.

Idylic landscape with a lake, reflecting a small cottage.

Typical farm in Finland, made of wood painted red.

Back to Helsinki, visiting its Skanzen (open-air museum).

Rich man's farm, consisting of four buildings forming a rectangle.

Every house in Finland has to have a sauna, which was also used for delivery of babies.

Storage warehouses. Each of them belonged to one member of the family.

Huge oven in a poor man's house, called smoke-oven, because it had no chimney.

A pantry where food was stored and where it could be prepared.

A row of wooden houses in the open-air museum.

Two floors house that used to belong to a very rich person.

A primitive hut that used to belong to Sami people in Lapland.