This church was originally built as a tribute to Grand Duke Nicholas I, Tsar of Russia, from 1830-1852. It was first known among the locals as St. Nicholas's Church and was eventually dubbed Helsinki Cathedral after the Independence of Finland from Russia in 1917.
Oulu is full of life. So much energy radiate from the people all around, especially in the evenings. It`s most be the sisu. Every day in the summer here is filled with happy party lions in pubs, parks, market, streets, riversides and forrests. Live music with soumi rokkia turn the people really on.
The magic midnight sun in Oulu, northern Finland, creates an unique atmosphere. Since nights during the Finnish summer are almost as light as day, you can party all night long under a beautiful golden glow stretched across the horizon.
Tried to make most out of it during these extra hours of light. Partying under the midnight sun in Finland is like standing in the spotlight on a scene. Everybody standing out in the night are shining and the magic light are really turning them on.
If a volunteer-run wood burning sauna floating on a raft off the banks of magnificent Oulujoki River doesn't show you how serious Finns are about their saunas, nothing will. Experiencing the Kesän Floating Sauna, you will be encharged by sisu and never forget Oulu.
Experienced beautiful Helsinki in October 2021 by strolling around squares, museums, churches, architectural wonders and parks. Got insight into Finnish life and culture. A vacation in Helsinki can easily be turned into a great adventure.
Kalajoki's golden sand dunes and magic midnight sun is really something to experience: strong yellow light and dark blue clouds (3rd July 2016). Strolled along the shoreline in the late evening and enjoyed the incredible change from daytime in the nature of the light. The sun took on a yellow colour - almost like during sunrise or sunset - and everything around me bathed in an unimaginably warm, bright light.
Flying high in Pakka Adventure Park, Kalajoki: took the Mega Zipline, the longest zipline in Finland (4th July 2016). Jumped out from the top of the X-Tower (32 metre tall), and got a magnificient overview over the Kalajoki Sand Dunes for an incredible 330 metre stretch!
Wandered today into the wilderness at Koiteli, in the region of Oulu, Finland. Here you can hike, fish, enjoy the great outdoors and have a picnic at a designated spot. It's also fun canoeing down the roaring rapids - a real whitewater experience.
Came upon these bull moose grazing on a field of rapeseed in southwest Finland (July 2016) - kings of the forest. They usually shelter in dense forest during the daytime, feeding on forest plants. These mighty animals are easiest to spot when they occasionally venture out of the trees to graze on marshes, meadows and fields around dawn and dusk.
The Rokua Geopark offers an unique combination of geology, nature and culture on the Northern hemisphere not far away from the Arctic Circle. Here we travelled through landforms shaped by the Ice Age: glacial ridges, pine and lichen-clad heaths, kettle holes and small ponds filled with crystal clear water.
The large prisoner of war camp here in village Metsäkylä, Metsakyla, near the town Taivalkoski, was called Korvua Camp and the route for the railway was called the Korvua Route. This was a concentration of camp areas for personnel from where prisoner workers and other men were transported as needed to other camps along the trench railway.