August | the Sunday of summer

The autumn is already here and so are the rainy days. October gave us few days of sunshine and it reminded me of August; the golden coloured days and the evenings that were like the sunset of summer.

North Karelia | Finland | 2017

North Karelia | Finland | 2017

North Karelia | Finland | 2017

Helsinki | Finland | 2017

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North Karelia | Finland | 2017

Helsinki | Finland | 2017

North Karelia | Finland | 2017

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North Karelia | Finland | 2017

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North Karelia | Finland | 2017

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Helsinki | Finland | 2017

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North Karelia | Finland | 2017

Patvinsuo National Park | Finland

Wilderness is not a luxury but a necessity of the human spirit

– Edward Abbey

The open marshes, pine canvases and beautiful Lake Suomunjärvi offer a lovely wander in the wilderness. A day – or several if you are up for camping – in this calming natural setting and you do not only relax but might come a cross of friendly co-hikers and some random acts of kindness. Nature does wonders.

Patvinsuo National Park is part of the North Karelian Biosphere Reserve. It is located in an area where natural features typical to the north and south Finland meet. If you are lucky you might see a distant bear, Finland’s national animal, the king of forest.

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Patvinsuo National Park | North Karelia, Finland | 2017

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Patvinsuo National Park | North Karelia, Finland | 2017

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Patvinsuo National Park | North Karelia, Finland | 2017

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Patvinsuo National Park | North Karelia, Finland | 2017

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Patvinsuo National Park | North Karelia, Finland | 2017

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Patvinsuo National Park | North Karelia, Finland | 2017

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Patvinsuo National Park | North Karelia, Finland | 2017

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Patvinsuo National Park | North Karelia, Finland | 2017

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Patvinsuo National Park | North Karelia, Finland | 2017

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Patvinsuo National Park | North Karelia, Finland | 2017

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Patvinsuo National Park | North Karelia, Finland | 2017

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Patvinsuo National Park | North Karelia, Finland | 2017

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Patvinsuo National Park | North Karelia, Finland | 2017

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Patvinsuo National Park | North Karelia, Finland | 2017

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Patvinsuo National Park | North Karelia, Finland | 2017

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Patvinsuo National Park | North Karelia, Finland | 2017

Magical Midsummer | Finland

Midsummer is my favorite time of the year in Finland. It is the time when nordic nature is at its best; the magical white nights embracing light shades of green.

The finnish habit of packing bags and heading to the country side to enjoy and cherish the summer makes it a very special kind of celebration; relaxed, beautiful, peaceful, traditional, fun. I have been extremely lucky to spent past 12 years (except the ones I have spent abroad) in this wonderful setting in North Karelia or what do you think?

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North Karelia | Finland | 2017

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North Karelia | Finland | 2016

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North Karelia | Finland | 2017

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North Karelia | Finland | 2013

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North Karelia | Finland | 2016

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North Karelia | Finland | 2017

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North Karelia | Finland | 2016

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North Karelia | Finland | 2017

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North Karelia | Finland | 2016

My Helsinki – Winter Elegance

In my blog my idea is to share with you my travels not only far but also near. Luckily enough my absolute favorite city in the world is pretty close. Helsinki – that’s where I have the pleasure to live. You will read in my blog a series of my ‘little travels’ in my own city, in My Helsinki.
I would describe Helsinki as stylish yet relaxed, elegant, simple, efficient, innovative, clean, safe and beautiful in a very subtle way.
Helsinki, as well as Finland, looks very different depending of the time of the year. It has it’s summer buzz, autumn bitter sweetness, inspiring spring and its winter time volatile elegance.
Helsinki is the daughter of the Baltic Sea and that gives Helsinki an specific and fresh feeling. Helsinki front is full of little islands, coastal corners and nordic harbour life style. During winter time Baltic Sea can be cold and a bit rough, at the same time it is raw yet beautiful.
What do you think about the winter elegance of my Helsinki?
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Valkosaari | Helsinki, Finland | 2017

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Lauttasaarenselkä | Helsinki, Finland | 2017

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Salmisaari | Helsinki, Finland | 2017

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Lauttasaarenselkä | Helsinki, Finland | 2017

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Helsinki Harbour | Helsinki, Finland | 2017

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Salmisaari | Helsinki, Finland | 2017

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Railway Station | Helsinki, Finland | 2017