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3 weeks in finland

perth
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3 weeks in finland

we are planning a family trip to finland june/july. we hope to stay in helsinki for a week (appartment) then travel round possibly staying in cabins in caravan parks, for other 2 weeks. we want the kids(9,11) to play and socialise with other kids. does this sound plausable? any suggestions on routes? any ideas to keep the cost down? we also want to spend another 2 weeks checking out sweden and norway.

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1. Re: 3 weeks in finland

Plausible, possibly except for the playing part. Language is important to kids of that age (less so for preschool litl'uns) and Finnish kids that young don't yet speak English.

You can cover a lot of Finland in that time, but I strongly recommend you stay a longer time in one cabin to get the feel of the leisurely country life and really get to know that particular piece of countryside - not least because, believe me, zipping around looking at lots of different forests and different lakes gets pretty tedious.

As for routes, how are you planning to travel?

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2. Re: 3 weeks in finland

we will hire a car. and i thought english was taught from a young age(?) my kids know limited finish so play should be easy. We have not figured out a route yet.. other than flying into helsinki and spending first week there. I am hoping that accommodation will not be to hard to get (being summer break) I am up for any ideas on towns to stay in or particular places to see.

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I would book well ahead if I were you as late June and July are the prime holiday period in these parts. Lomarengas is an old and reputable company renting holiday cabins. http://www.lomarengas.fi/cottages

One pretty route might be from Helsinki east via Porvoo to Lappeenranta and Imatra near the Russian border (Russia can be seen from there), then upwards through the Saimaa lakelands to Savonlinna, which has a cool castle to keep the kids amused. You certainly won't be short of lake scenery on a route like that. You might loop back to Helsinki via Jyväskylä, Tampere and Hämeenlinna for a slightly more urban view, though by no means short of lakes, forests and rolling hills.

Midsummer Eve (Midsummer is the Saturday closest to 24 June) is a huge public holiday in these parts, which has pluses and minuses for visitors. Cities are evacuated, restaurants close and the entire population heads out to their country cabins to light bonfires by the lake and/or drink inordinate quantities. If you're in the right place, it's great.

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4. Re: 3 weeks in finland

thank you for your suggestions, will take them in to consideration.

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5. Re: 3 weeks in finland

In addition to John's excellent route suggestion you may also check what touring routes the Finnish Tourist Board has planned: visitfinland.com/en/…touring-routes

They have also a cabin booking engine on their website, too: http://cottage.visitfinland.com/ . It combines the offerings of Lomarengas, Visit Saimaa and Fintouring.

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6. Re: 3 weeks in finland

I do not think your children will have a proble with Finnish children, in terms of communication. english language is taught a a very young age, and am sure they will be able to speak to each other.

When I visited Finland with my young son, then he was only 7 years ago, he was welcomed in joining games. Do bear in mind, children do not necessarily NEED a common language, since they act and play together !

enjoy you stay !

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7. Re: 3 weeks in finland

That's true of smaller children, but older ones tend to be shier and language is more important to them. Although Finns nowadays start to learn English early, few start THAT early, and those who do have not had time to make much progress.

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8. Re: 3 weeks in finland

If is is a nice summer weather (there is a good change for it in July but sometimes you may also be lucky in June and August), consider visiting the lake area. All the major cities in that area can be interesting as themselves (Kuopio, Joensuu, Mikkeli, Savonlinna, Lappeenranta), and staying there is much more affordable than in Helsinki. If you go that far, then really get yourself to the lakes, and you may face really stunning views and experiences! For easy travellers there are boat cruises available in all of them. If it is a really nice weather, try swimming as many tmes as you can! In carefully selected spots you may sometimes face Mediterranean water temperatures (+24 - +27 C are not so uncommon as one could think) - in Finland you can swim almost wherever you choose! Smaller lakes and the not so deep bay areas of the bigger lakes are the most favorable spots. Also notice wind direction, you should be on that side of the lake where the warm surface water is being blown to, and you may have 5 C degrees higher temperatures than in the other side. The idea of going back to south via more urban western parts of the ecountry is not bad either. Of preferrably vice versa, because the summer and lakes tends to get warmer towards mid July - in the urban part of your vacation you're no so dependent on temperatures.

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9. Re: 3 weeks in finland

Thanks for the tip Ari. (my son is called Ari :) we hope to spend a week in Helsinki, then the following two weeks driving around trying to see the rest of Finland. My husband spent his childhood in lapse rants, so would like to see where he comes from. Also as far north as time constraints allow. The culture is important to the kids. They love rice pies and pulla. My daughter would love to meet another 'raija' as she has never met someone with the same name.

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