Back to Finland!

Sailing in the Finnish Archipelago

As I’m typing this, I’m mere hours away from leaving Toronto, Canada en route to return to one of my favorite countries in Europe.  It was the first country in Europe I ever visited and it is the one country that reminds me the most of home in terms of nature, lifestyle and culture.  If you haven’t guessed it already – I’m heading back to Finland!

This time around I’ll be focusing mostly on adventure/outdoors types of activities.  Here is a glimpse of the sample itinerary I’ve been provided by #VisitFinland and #OutdoorsFinland:

  • Going on a biking tour of Helsinki
  • Kayaking under the midnight sun
  • Trekking in Nuuksio National Park
  • Experiencing a Finnish Sauna
  • Visiting the Bengtskär lighthouse which sits out at sea
  • Kayaking and island-hopping around the archipelago
  • Enjoying some beach time in Hanko
  • Going on a cycling tour of Hanko’s local farms

Natural rugged beauty in the Finnish Archipelago

Our last trip to Finland saw us covering Helsinki and exploring around the Finnish Archipelago.  This time around we’ll be covering even more.  Expect to see photo essays, stories, daily vlogs and a plethora of travel videos in the coming weeks.

Audrey kayaking in Finland

Some of my personal goals this time around include:

1)  Creating a comprehensive Helsinki guide highlighting the top attractions and off-the-beaten-path places worth visiting in the form of a photo essay, travel video and travel guide.

2)  Taste testing more Finnish foods!  Last time around we made a dedicated Salmiakki video; however, many of our YouTube fans mentioned we tried a very mild brand.  This time around I want to try them all and to showcase more salmiakki type products, such as liquor and ice cream.

3)  Showcase the raw natural beauty of Finland.  As one of the most scenic countries I’ve ever visited, I want to really capture what it is like to be outdoors in Finland with all of the adventure and leisure activities available.

Come join us on our adventures around Finland!

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Brenden August 6, 2014 at 12:12 am

Looks like lots of fun!

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Samuel Jeffery September 5, 2014 at 3:12 pm

Thanks!

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Hannah @getting stamped August 6, 2014 at 7:30 am

Jealous :-) we’re in Europe now too, Finland sounds amazing! Thanks for talking me into a new travel destination.

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Samuel Jeffery September 5, 2014 at 3:12 pm

That’s awesome Hannah! Looking forward to reading about your experiences in Finland :)

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Christine | The Traveloguer August 6, 2014 at 8:45 am

Sounds like it will be an amazing trip! Looking forward ti hearing all about it, and checking out your guide. I’m really cuirous to see Finland now! :)

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Samuel Jeffery September 5, 2014 at 3:13 pm

Thanks Christine!

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Nick Paton August 6, 2014 at 9:10 am

I look forward to seeing what you get up to, Finland and the whole of Scandinavia is somewhere I’ve always wanted to get to!

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Samuel Jeffery September 5, 2014 at 3:13 pm

Thanks Nick!

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Rachel of Hippie in Heels August 6, 2014 at 12:00 pm

enjoy your trip! I’ll be following along.

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Samuel Jeffery September 5, 2014 at 3:12 pm

Thanks Rachel!

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Nicholas @ Rambling Feet August 6, 2014 at 2:54 pm

Looking forward to your posts! Helsinki was also the very first place in Europe that I visited. I returned and also visited a few other cities, and I’m still in love with the country.

Salmiakki ice-cream is quite yummy! Have you also had lakrisal?

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Samuel Jeffery September 5, 2014 at 3:11 pm

I haven’t tried that yet Nicholas! I’m adding it to my list :)

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Traveling Ted August 6, 2014 at 3:15 pm

I am sure you will find the landscape very similar to Canada. I would love to go fishing and cross-country skiing in Finland sometime, so I would love to visit in either winter or summer.

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Samuel Jeffery September 5, 2014 at 3:11 pm

Thanks Ted! I’m dying to visit in the winter after being there twice in the summer.

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Mike August 6, 2014 at 5:25 pm

I will definitely be looking forward to your upcoming Vlogs and especially your thoughts on Finnish food, Samuel! :)

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Samuel Jeffery September 5, 2014 at 3:11 pm

Thanks Mike! Hoping to have some content up this weekend :)

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shaiful azad August 6, 2014 at 9:54 pm

How can i visit Finland

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Samuel Jeffery September 5, 2014 at 3:10 pm

Save up and buy a plane ticket :)

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Timo Kiviluoma August 7, 2014 at 10:36 am

If Your schedule is not yet overpacked, here’s few hidden gems.

1. Rent a bike. Then go by metro with bike to Vuosaari. There’s absolutely wonderful Kallahdenniemi to bike. Stop in Cafe Villa Ullas and continue along the shoreline to Uutela. I think it’s the best biking route in Helsinki.

2. Take a tram 6 to Arabia. With or without bike go to Vanhankaupunginlahti nature conservation area.

3. Go to Kalasatama. It’s development area, so Far a oot of it is waste land. You never know what’s gonna happen. During next weekend the area is packed by hipsters because of Flow festival.

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Samuel Jeffery September 5, 2014 at 3:09 pm

Thanks for the great advice Timo!

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Tamara (Globe Guide) August 7, 2014 at 8:04 pm

Sounds like a fab time! Those saunas sound legendary :-)

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Samuel Jeffery September 5, 2014 at 3:08 pm

Thanks Tamara! They really are!

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Angela Travels August 8, 2014 at 5:10 pm

Looks great. I have been wanting to go to Finland and have been seeing posts about it recently. Would like to explore in any season :) Enjoy your trip and can’t wait to read about it.

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Samuel Jeffery September 5, 2014 at 3:08 pm

Thanks Angela! I agree with you about exploring in different seasons. I’ve never been during the winter, so I’d love to go back then.

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Amy August 9, 2014 at 5:46 pm

Good call. I definitely need to get back to Finland and explore it more!

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Samuel Jeffery September 5, 2014 at 3:07 pm

That’s great Amy! We had such a wondeful time going back again :)

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Maxime August 9, 2014 at 6:52 pm

Looks fantastic, one day I will go kayaking in Finland for sure. Enjoy!

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Samuel Jeffery September 5, 2014 at 3:05 pm

Thanks Maxime! Definitely do that :)

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Laura August 14, 2014 at 8:49 am

I have always wanted to get over to Finland, I’m excited to see what you have to say about it’s great outdoors!

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Samuel Jeffery September 5, 2014 at 3:01 pm

Thanks Laura! Should have a post up soon :)

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ani August 15, 2014 at 2:16 pm

Finland sounds like so much fun – I can’t wait to get there later this month

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Samuel Jeffery September 5, 2014 at 2:58 pm

That’s awesome! Have a great time :)

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Chanel | Cultural Xplorer August 16, 2014 at 10:47 am

Can’t wait to read about your Finnish adventures. I was only able to explore Helsinki on a layover so I would love to read more about what I can do when I return :D

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Samuel Jeffery September 5, 2014 at 2:58 pm

Thanks Chanel! I’m hoping to do a photo essay and city guide soon :)

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Maria Falvey August 17, 2014 at 11:15 am

After a fairytale wedding like yours and Audrey’s, I’d say Finland is perfect. Can hardly wait to read the comprehensive guide you’ll publish – the foods, the events, the gorgeous spots, art and so much more that you’ll fill it with… it’s gonna be great!

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Samuel Jeffery September 5, 2014 at 2:57 pm

Thanks Maria! Hoping to get some posts out this weekend :)

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Vid August 20, 2014 at 11:47 pm

Hey Guys,

How was your trip to Finland ? Can’t wait to read all about it :)

Cheers

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Samuel Jeffery September 5, 2014 at 2:57 pm

Thanks Vid! More posts coming soon :)

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Geeky Explorer August 26, 2014 at 12:19 pm

To be honest, Finland was not on my top bucket list in Europe. But thank you for confusing my plans even more! :D

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Samuel Jeffery September 5, 2014 at 2:17 pm

Hahaha! Glad to be confusing in that way ;)

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Catherine August 28, 2014 at 7:20 pm

Wow, sounds like you’ve got quite an adventure lined up! Kayaking under the midnight sun sounds amazing, as does experiencing the saunas. Can’t wait to read all about it!

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Samuel Jeffery September 5, 2014 at 2:05 pm

Thanks Catherine! I’m hoping to get up post up by this weekend.

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sidhu August 30, 2014 at 6:14 am

Wow Finland..Really nice place to go…wanted to again.Can’t wait to read the whole experience.

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Samuel Jeffery September 5, 2014 at 2:56 pm

Thanks Sidhu!

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Sidhushi August 30, 2014 at 10:45 am

Sounds great! :)

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Samuel Jeffery September 5, 2014 at 2:05 pm

Thank you!

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Darren August 30, 2014 at 7:24 pm

Finland has never been a destination that has been on my radar until I watched your videos. I love the outdoors and it looks like a great place to visit for adventure outdoors. I remember doing Kayaking in the Lake District in England and really enjoyed it.

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Samuel Jeffery September 5, 2014 at 2:04 pm

Thanks Darren! It really is a paradise for nature and adventure lovers.

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Arti September 1, 2014 at 3:48 pm

Kayaking under a midnight sun sounds so much fun! Waiting for your pictures, have a wonderful time Sam :)

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Samuel Jeffery September 5, 2014 at 1:49 pm

Thanks Arti! It was a lot of fun. I can’t wait to post some photo essays soon.

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Craig September 8, 2014 at 6:25 pm

I’ve always wanted to go to Finland, I’m really looking forward to your upcoming travel guide and pictures. Have a great time!

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Samuel Jeffery September 8, 2014 at 8:13 pm

Thanks Craig! I should have quite a few more coming out soon :)

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Will Tang September 9, 2014 at 1:32 am

How long were you in Toronto for? You should’ve come out to the Toronto Travel Massive if you were around or I’m sure a bunch of us would’ve come out to meet up.

Next time!

Have fun in Finland! :) Never got to go when I studied in Sweden.

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Samuel Jeffery September 11, 2014 at 3:24 am

Thanks Will!

We were in the GTA for only a few weeks. If we’re back again we’ll definitely attend a Massive.

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Hanna @Hanna travels September 10, 2014 at 1:59 pm

If you like trekking I can recommend to visit Lapland! Landscapes there are just amazing! Especially in Kevo Strict Nature Reserve, Lemmenjoki National Park and Urho K Kekkonen National Park. I’ve been there few years ago and I really need to go back one day, I think you would love it, too! :)

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Samuel Jeffery September 11, 2014 at 3:26 am

Thanks Hanna!

I’m dying to visit that part of Finland. I sure hope I’ll have that opportunity soon :)

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Christy September 12, 2014 at 9:24 pm

Wow.. the first country in Europe you ever visited? I wish I could say the same. I still haven’t made it to Finland!

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Escape Hunter September 22, 2014 at 10:56 am

Finland’s landscapes are so interesting. Even from the airplane, it’s so strange, but nice in its own way.
I’ve found those flat rock-formations (like cliffs) peculiar. They’re almost everywhere. Scattered…

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Samuel Jeffery September 22, 2014 at 11:56 am

It is a very scenic country!

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Muhammad Abdullah October 9, 2014 at 6:36 pm

The last picture is very lively, and Yes! i am in waiting line too for Finland, will visit it soon! Thanks for sharing!

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Samuel Jeffery October 14, 2014 at 4:00 am

You’re welcome! Good luck visiting soon.

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Rikka November 20, 2014 at 8:02 am

When I was in Iceland back in September I decided I needed to take the time to do a full Scandinavian country tour next time. Finland is absolutely on my list. I MUST check out the glass igloos in the north to watch the aurora borealis!!! ahh!!

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