Travels in Finland and abroad

February 12, 2019

Winter cycling 2018 / Ciclismo en invierno 2018 / Cyclisme en hiver 2018 / Ciclismo de inverno 2018

In English:

Cycling in winter 2018.

Winter cycling is natural in Finland, because we have snow and ice during many months. Winter tires or studded tires are must and appropriate clothing ensures the successful cycling. Oulu, 600 kilometers / 372 miles to the north of Helsinki, is an excellent example of winter cycling town. Cycling routes in this beautiful town and what is the best, these routes are well kept quickly soon after snowfall. Age does not limit winter cycling. cycling is as natural as walking in winter and it is great fun. Bikers in Oulu are very attentive towards others. They are cycling in the way that handlebar does not hit the pedestrian. The length of cycling routes in Oulu is more than 600 kilometers / 372 miles.

En español:

Ciclismo en invierno 2018.

El ciclismo de invierno es natural en Finlandia, porque tenemos la nieve y el hielo durante muchos meses. Los neumáticos de invierno o os neumáticos claveteados son obligatorios y la ropa adecuada asegura el ciclismo del éxito. Oulu, a 600 kilómetros / 372 millas al norte de Helsinki, es un ejemplo excelente de la ciudad de ciclismo de invierno. Las rutas para bicicleta en esta hermosa ciudad son buenas, y lo que es mejor, que las rutas están bien cuidadas rápidamente poco después de las nevadas. La edad no limita el ciclismo de invierno. El ciclismo es tan natural como el paseo en invierno y es muy divertido. Los ciclistas en Oulu son muy considerados para con los demás. Ellos van en bicicleta de la manera que el manillar no golpea el peatón. La longitud de las rutas de ciclismo en Oulu es más de 600 kilómetros / 372 millas.

En francais:

Faire du vélo en hiver 2018.

Le vélo d’hiver est naturel en Finlande, parce que nous avons de la neige et de la glace pendant de nombreux mois. Les pneus d’hiver ou des pneus cloutés vous sont obligatoires et assurent la réussite comme les vêtements adéquates aussi. Oulu, à 600 kilomètres / 372 miles au nord de Helsinki, est un excellent exemple de la ville de cyclisme d’hiver. Les itinéraires cyclables dans cette belle ville, et ce qui est mieux, que les routes sont bien soignés rapidement, peu après les chutes de neige. L’âge ne limite pas le cyclisme d’hiver. Le cyclisme d’hiver est aussi naturel que la marche en hiver et est très agréable. Les cyclistes à Oulu sont très attentifs envers les autres. Les cyclistes en faisant du velo tiennent la compte de la manière que la poignée ne touche pas le piéton. La longueur des pistes cyclables à Oulu est plus de 600 km / 372 miles.

Em Português:

Andar de bicicleta no inverno 2018.

O ciclismo de inverno é natural na Finlândia porque temos neve e gelo durante muitos meses. Os pneus de inverno ou pneus com pregos são obrigados pra garantir o sucesso como a roupa dequada. Oulu, a 600 km / 372 milhas ao norte de Helsínquia, é um excelente exemplo da cidade de ciclismo do Inverno. Os passeios de bicicleta nesta bela cidade, e o que é melhor, do que as estradas são bem cuidadas rapidamente, logo após a queda de neve. A idade não limita o ciclismo de Inverno. O ciclismo de inverno é tão natural quanto a caminhada no inverno e é muito agradável. Os ciclistas em Oulu são muito atenciosos com os outros. Eles fazem o ciclismo da maneira que o guiador não atingiu o pedestre. O comprimento das rotas de bici em Oulu é mais do que 600 km / 372 milhas.

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Cool biking video from Oulu / Gran video de ciclismo de Oulu / Superbe vidéo de vélo de Oulu / Ótimo vídeo de ciclismo de Oulu

P.S. If You are interested to know, I updated my About me page inserting a picture about what I achieved in my work employed by Finnair nearly 40 years. It is the second photo from the top. It was not much, but visible every day round the world.

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102 Comments »

  1. oh wow! I had no idea that you could do cycling on the snow. As you say it is common in Finland. I would be too frightened that I would slide but I guess if there are studs on the tyres it would prevent that.

    Comment by suth2 — February 12, 2019 @ 07:36 | Reply

    • Hello suth2.

      Yes, studs are the key word. Thank You visiting my blog and commenting this post.

      Have a good day!

      Comment by Sartenada — February 12, 2019 @ 09:04 | Reply

  2. This is soooo AWESOME!! I’m jealous.

    Comment by cindy knoke — February 12, 2019 @ 07:59 | Reply

    • Hello Cindy.

      How nice to see that You loved this post! Thank You leaving Your kind comment.

      Have a good day!

      Comment by Sartenada — February 12, 2019 @ 09:09 | Reply

  3. Cycling in the dead of winter can only happen in Finland! Great photos, my friend!

    Comment by Peter Klopp — February 12, 2019 @ 08:05 | Reply

    • Hello Peter.

      Yes, cycling at any time of the year and anywhere is possible in Finland. Thank You.

      Have a good day!

      Comment by Sartenada — February 12, 2019 @ 09:15 | Reply

  4. I guess studs on the tires would be pretty much necessary.

    Comment by Photography Journal Blog — February 12, 2019 @ 08:41 | Reply

    • Hello Amy,

      Yes, in winter everybody uses studs! Thank You leaving Your comment.

      Have a good day!

      Comment by Sartenada — February 12, 2019 @ 09:21 | Reply

  5. A great way to get around. Thanks Matti, have a great week. 🙂

    Comment by a mindful traveler — February 12, 2019 @ 09:26 | Reply

    • Hello Lorelle

      When talking about Climate change, cycling is also a climate action. 🙂 Thank You.

      Have a good day!

      Comment by Sartenada — February 12, 2019 @ 09:31 | Reply

  6. Beautiful winter cycling photos Matti. I saw quite a lot of people cycling in the snow last winter when I was in Tampere so the post brought back happy memories for me.

    Comment by Little Miss Traveller — February 12, 2019 @ 11:13 | Reply

    • Hello Marion.

      Nice to read that You were there in Winter. Last time we were in Tampere October 5, 2018. We made a theatre weekend trip. Usually we visit theatres in other towns than Helsinki. In New year we were in Varkaus. Next time we will go to Pori theatre in April. Thank You commenting so nicely.

      Have a good day!

      Comment by Sartenada — February 12, 2019 @ 12:23 | Reply

  7. I never understood why people would cycle in the snow, but then I discovered that they have special snow tires for the bikes. However, it just seems like it would be too cold with the wind blowing in your face.

    Comment by hjonasson — February 12, 2019 @ 11:59 | Reply

    • Hello Heather.

      Always cold weather is not cold, but adding the wind, then it feels really cold on the skin. Thank You leaving Your kind comment.

      Have a good day!

      Comment by Sartenada — February 12, 2019 @ 12:36 | Reply

  8. Hello Matti,
    It must be exciting (and good exercise!) to cycle in the snow! Now I understand: it’s important to have special tires in order to cycle in the snow 🙂 Thank you for sharing these scenes of your beautiful city. (We have some snow in my town (Tsukuba, Japan), but not like in your photos.)

    Comment by T Ibara Photo — February 12, 2019 @ 12:17 | Reply

  9. How cold is it at the moment?

    Comment by Timothy — February 12, 2019 @ 12:35 | Reply

    • Hello Timothy.

      Thank You commenting. I just checked actual weather: -9 centigrade. Last Year it was -19 Centigrade when shooting these photos. Wind was heavy, which made the real feel -29 Centigrade. 🙂 This means that man need good winter cloths. Fingers freeze easily when photographing. Therefore, I use gloves and mittens. Happily, there is very near library, where You can go to warm up. The coldest weather in which I have been was January 10, 1987, -34 Centigrade. It was cold and felt also.

      Have a good day!

      Comment by Sartenada — February 12, 2019 @ 12:56 | Reply

  10. This looks fun 😀 Unless it is too windy I guess!

    Comment by Madhura Doshi — February 12, 2019 @ 13:50 | Reply

    • Hello Madhura Doshi.

      Windy and maybe cold also, I think. Thank You commenting.

      Have a good day!

      Comment by Sartenada — February 13, 2019 @ 07:43 | Reply

  11. O contraste do branco da neve com o colorido das pessoas e dos prédios cria fotos surpreendentes.
    Parabéns pelo post.

    Comment by Gabriel Moura — February 12, 2019 @ 13:58 | Reply

    • Oi Gabriel.

      Muito agradecido por seu comentário. Fico feliz que tenha gostado as minhas fotos.

      Tenha um bom dia!

      Comment by Sartenada — February 13, 2019 @ 07:49 | Reply

  12. Hello! Winter cycling is natural in Finland? It is safe to have a long distance road that have been maintained. No roads are maintained for bicycles in Japan so nobody rides a bicycle if it snows in Japan. Have a good day!

    Comment by wakasahs15th — February 12, 2019 @ 15:41 | Reply

    • Hello Wakasahs15th.

      Winter cycling is natural and popular. Oulu is the best winter biking town, also elsewhere in Finland people bikes in winter Helsinki including. Thank You commenting so nicely.

      すばらしい日を過してください。

      Comment by Sartenada — February 13, 2019 @ 08:09 | Reply

  13. It’s wonderful to see so many people cycling in winter. The trails are very well-kept.

    Comment by seniorhiker — February 12, 2019 @ 16:19 | Reply

    • Hello George.

      Cycling is good for the man – well, walking and hiking also. 🙂 Thank You leaving Your kind comment.

      Have a good day!

      Comment by Sartenada — February 13, 2019 @ 08:14 | Reply

  14. Matti, very nteresting post. It seems not many people cycle in snow in the US. It’s more a recreational sport and not cycling to get to work, or shop for food & necessities. 📚🎶 Christine

    Comment by C.E.Robinson — February 12, 2019 @ 17:58 | Reply

    • Hello Christine.

      Yes, okay. You must have noticed also that these bikes in my photo show ordinary bicycles, not brand-new top bikes. 🙂 Thank You.

      Have a wonderful day!

      Comment by Sartenada — February 13, 2019 @ 08:19 | Reply

  15. You need courage! I’m afraid to bike around with sun and summer…. Amazing northern inhabitants!!! 🙂 hugs claudine

    Comment by Giovannoni Claudine — February 12, 2019 @ 18:13 | Reply

    • Hello Claudine.

      Thank You very much for Your praising words!

      Have a good day!

      Comment by Sartenada — February 13, 2019 @ 08:41 | Reply

  16. There’s no way I can do that in Japan!

    Comment by 洋子 — February 12, 2019 @ 18:35 | Reply

    • Hello 洋子.

      Thank You for Your kind comment and information.

      Have a nice day!

      Comment by Sartenada — February 13, 2019 @ 08:46 | Reply

  17. I would have to practise on a bike for a while before I was brave enough to try cycling in the snow. It looks like fun though.

    Comment by the eternal traveller — February 12, 2019 @ 22:18 | Reply

    • Hello Carol.

      Thank You. When I was school boy, I had to bike to school, was it winter or not-8 kilometers / 5 miles. Always it was not fun because it was a heavy to pedal because it was frozen.

      Have a good day!

      Comment by Sartenada — February 13, 2019 @ 08:51 | Reply

  18. I think with proper tires it is quite alright. There are some lovely ladies bikes around. Mine would fit in nicely! Also you must wrap up really warm, I can imagine…. 5 layers and thermals for me! 🙂

    Comment by utesmile — February 12, 2019 @ 22:50 | Reply

    • Hello Ute.

      Warm and wind stopping cloths are useful. Of course, You can imagine if we know to make them. 🙂 Thank You for You kind comment.

      Have a good day!

      Comment by Sartenada — February 13, 2019 @ 09:18 | Reply

  19. Hello (^^)
    Where there are winter tires for bicycles popular there. In the area where I live there is a person who cyclists with summer tire specifications and it is dangerous.

    Have a good day!

    Comment by saganhama — February 13, 2019 @ 02:01 | Reply

    • Hello Saganhama.

      One person, who shows example – that is great. It is natural that in “warm” parts, people do not bike in winter. Here in my country there is a difference of people living in south or more in the north. In the north people living, are more hardener than those living in the south, I think. 🙂 Thank You.

      すばらしい日を過してください。

      Comment by Sartenada — February 13, 2019 @ 09:30 | Reply

  20. It looks so cold! Here in NY very cold too

    Comment by MLL69 — February 13, 2019 @ 05:07 | Reply

    • Hello MLL69.

      Looks cold and was also. 🙂 Cold in New York, sound cool, because New York is in the south: 40°42′46″N 74°00′21″W and Oulu: 65°01′N 025°28′E. There is a big difference! Thank You leaving Your kind comment.

      Have a good day.

      Comment by Sartenada — February 13, 2019 @ 09:52 | Reply

  21. That’s great! Looks like it would be a lot of fun. Good that they clear off the bike paths so nicely. That 4-wheeler looks pretty cool!

    Comment by montucky — February 13, 2019 @ 06:37 | Reply

    • Hello Terry.

      I am glad that You took a look at my winter photos and left Your comment. Oulu is fantastic town in Finland, although many people do not notice it when travelling to the north. Few stop in Oulu. Sigh.

      Have a good day!

      Comment by Sartenada — February 13, 2019 @ 09:57 | Reply

  22. Hello!
    In Japan, it is alright to ride a bicycle on a snowy road. I guess that’s pretty familiar. It was a sight that I had not seen for me.Have a nice day!

    Comment by tiara — February 13, 2019 @ 06:51 | Reply

    • Hello Tiara.

      How nice comment to read. Thank you. I am glad that You loved my post and its photos. Thank You.

      すばらしい日を過してください。

      Comment by Sartenada — February 13, 2019 @ 10:40 | Reply

  23. So great and unusual atmosphere, at least for me 🙂 (I come form south Italy ans here it snows very rarely…)

    Comment by Giovanni Augello — February 13, 2019 @ 12:23 | Reply

    • Hello Giovanni.

      Yes, I understand You very well. I am glad that You left Your kid comment and loved my photos.

      Have a good day!

      Comment by Sartenada — February 13, 2019 @ 12:25 | Reply

  24. Wow! That must be a difficult workout.

    Comment by Irene — February 13, 2019 @ 16:53 | Reply

    • Hello Irene.

      No, not at all! If it would be difficult, then people would not go to their work or shopping by bike! Thank You.

      Have a wonderful day!

      Comment by Sartenada — February 14, 2019 @ 07:56 | Reply

      • Good point! Might be fun to give it a try along the lakeshore in the winter. 😊

        Comment by Irene — February 14, 2019 @ 16:38 | Reply

        • Hello Irene.

          Thank You. Happy weekend.

          Comment by Sartenada — February 16, 2019 @ 07:45 | Reply

  25. What a wonderful collection of photos! If the roads in my city were that wide and that quiet, I might consider it too. Alas, we have a lot more cars here. Lovely to see your corner of the world, though!

    Comment by Heide — February 14, 2019 @ 01:31 | Reply

    • Hello Heide.

      Oulu is one of my favorite town in Finland. It offers winter fun for children and for adults. The main winter happening is reindeer race, in which everyone can participate and it is free!

      If You have seen any of my posts about it, then:

      Reindeer race

      Reindeer race 2

      Next race is on this week on Saturday. We will visit it. Thank You for Your kind comment.

      Have a wonderful day!

      Comment by Sartenada — February 14, 2019 @ 08:12 | Reply

      • How exciting that the next race is coming up! Remember to bring hand-warmers and an extra battery (as we’ve discussed in our previous comments). 🙂 Can’t wait to see your photos.

        Comment by Heide — February 15, 2019 @ 00:06 | Reply

        • Hello Heide.

          It is Saturday morning and we are now in a well-equipped cottage in Oulu at camping site of Nallikari. We will spend here ten days. Driving from Helsinki took 8 hour and 50 minutes. The road conditions were terrible! Today seems to be good to walk to the reindeer carnivals.

          My posts will be from 2018. This means that photos which I today will shoot, I will present them next year. This is valid also my newt post which shows winter village for children, free reindeer rides for all families and free reindeer races for everybody. Last year was exception, because then I showed photos of world’s biggest snow castle from 2017 & 2018.

          Snow Castle 2017&2018

          The Lady in red is my wife and me in black is me in this post.

          This post shows nice set of photos during many years. I suggest You to check it!

          Best Snow Castle photos

          Happy weekend!

          Comment by Sartenada — February 16, 2019 @ 08:49 | Reply

          • I’m glad to hear you made it safely in spite of the difficult driving conditions! And thank you for clarifying about the photos — I will wait patiently until you post them, then. In the meantime, what a treat it was to see your ice castle photos. Thank you so much for the link; you’ve absolutely blown my mind!

            Comment by Heide — February 16, 2019 @ 14:12 | Reply

            • Heide. My winter photos will end much later showing Santa, reindeer rides and inside photos the log cabin of Eleanora Roosevelt.

              Have a wonderful day!

              Comment by Sartenada — February 17, 2019 @ 08:39 | Reply

  26. Beautiful day for a bike ride!

    Comment by halffastcyclingclub — February 14, 2019 @ 04:25 | Reply

    • Hello halffastcyclingclub.

      Yup. Thank You for Your visit and comment.

      Have a good day!

      Comment by Sartenada — February 14, 2019 @ 11:29 | Reply

  27. Wonderful fun! Keep healthy and ride!

    Comment by Quimper Hitty — February 14, 2019 @ 16:49 | Reply

    • Quimper Hitty.

      Thank You Happy weekend!

      Comment by Sartenada — February 16, 2019 @ 07:46 | Reply

  28. Wow such beautiful photos! I used to cycle to school when I lived in Kokkola too. Here in Poland almost nobody cycles in snow, it’s mostly a summer/spring thing. I love the fact that nature is so omnipresent in Finland, and those colorful Nordic houses are so pleasant to look at ❤ Thanks for this lovely post that evoked memories! 🙂

    Comment by Pooja @lostinprettyeurope — February 15, 2019 @ 12:31 | Reply

    • Hello Pooja.

      Thank You leaving Your kind comment. I am glad that You loved this post. Kokkola is very beautiful town. We have spent one day / night there and visited Neristan! Here are some of my photos:

      Neristan Old Town in Kokkola

      Happy Weekend!

      Comment by Sartenada — February 16, 2019 @ 08:01 | Reply

  29. Oh cycling on snow! Healthy!
    My town have water shower on road.

    Thank you!

    Comment by キース — February 16, 2019 @ 07:48 | Reply

    • Hello キース.

      Thank You showing the link – fantastic photos. I am glad that You loved my post.

      幸せな週末!

      Comment by Sartenada — February 16, 2019 @ 08:25 | Reply

  30. Bicycle don’t Slide on the snow? 😀

    Comment by Nasuko — February 16, 2019 @ 12:03 | Reply

  31. Oh la superposition de 2 vélos (l’un cachant l’autre) rend une de tes photos extraordinaire! 👍🤩
    Une série très joyeuse! Merci Matti et bonne promenade! Bises

    Comment by maly.loup — February 17, 2019 @ 12:51 | Reply

    • Bonjour Maly.

      J’aime aussi cette photo. Peut-être une photo parfaite. Je suis heureux que vous tu as donnée ton commentaire aimable. Merci beaucoup.

      Bonne journée à toi.

      Comment by Sartenada — February 18, 2019 @ 12:42 | Reply

  32. What stunning photos, I love those blue skies against the white snow.
    What a great idea, I didn’t even know one could get winter tires for bicycles.

    Comment by Tokeloshe — February 20, 2019 @ 00:11 | Reply

    • The best winter tires come from Finland, of course. Suomi brand (formerly Nokian) makes a variety of studded tires work that great on ice or hard packed snow.
      Fat tires (I’m told) work well on soft and deep snow.

      Comment by halffastcyclingclub — February 20, 2019 @ 01:20 | Reply

      • That is interesting, although I’m not a cycler, I do not notice Calgarians cycling in winter as much as they do in summer. We are fortunate to have a great network of trails.

        Comment by Tokeloshe — February 20, 2019 @ 02:52 | Reply

        • Linda, as You saw winter cycling is normal here. Oulu is the best biking town in Finland, Thank You.

          Have a wonderful day!

          Comment by Sartenada — February 20, 2019 @ 09:41 | Reply

      • Hello Rankin.

        What a praising comment. I am glad that You left Your kind comment. Thank You.

        Have a good day!

        Comment by Sartenada — February 20, 2019 @ 09:38 | Reply

    • Hello LInda.

      I am glad that You visited my blog and loved this post. Thank You.

      Have a good day!

      Comment by Sartenada — February 20, 2019 @ 09:35 | Reply

  33. That is something I won’t see here in the south… As it is rare for it to snow around here. So enjoyed your photos though!

    Comment by Deb — February 20, 2019 @ 14:32 | Reply

    • Hello Deb.

      Thank You loving my photos and having the information thru them that how our World differ in many parts of it.

      Have a good day!

      Comment by Sartenada — February 22, 2019 @ 07:59 | Reply

  34. Bonjour Sartenada,
    wow, les gens de ton pays sont bien équipés pour faire du vélo d’hiver. Ils peuvent profiter de toutes les saisons et jouir de l’hiver aussi.
    Belle journée et à bientôt!

    Comment by Anne Jutras — February 20, 2019 @ 14:56 | Reply

    • Bonjour Anne.

      Je vous remercie vivement pour votre si gentil commentaire. Je suis content que vous ayez aimé mes photos. Merci beaucoup.

      Je souhaite une très bonne journée à vous.

      Comment by Sartenada — February 22, 2019 @ 07:45 | Reply

  35. That’s pretty cold for biking. It never snows here in the other side of the continent but it would be pretty cool to try it one day on Snow.

    Comment by glamorosaphotoblog — February 24, 2019 @ 16:18 | Reply

    • Hello Cladan.

      How nice it was to read Your kind comment. Thank You.

      Have a good day!

      Comment by Sartenada — February 26, 2019 @ 08:11 | Reply

  36. It’s great that so many people ride their bikes even in the winter. Interestingly, some of the tires don’t look sturdy enough, but I assume they still have a thick tread.

    Comment by tanjabrittonwriter — February 27, 2019 @ 16:10 | Reply

    • Hello Tanja.

      Nowadays when people talk about climate change, I raise my hat to those who bike to their job and for shopping. Of course, distances determine the possibility for cycling, not the cold! Thank You.

      Have a wonderful day!

      Comment by Sartenada — February 28, 2019 @ 08:14 | Reply

  37. We ride bikes in the winter and snow here too

    Comment by lady350 — February 28, 2019 @ 15:16 | Reply

    • Hello Lady350.

      Sounds great! I am glad when knowing that You have possibilities to have winter fun. Thank You.

      Happy upcoming weekend!

      Comment by Sartenada — March 1, 2019 @ 08:02 | Reply

  38. The beautiful pictures! I feel like booking my tickets to Finland right away 😀

    Comment by parikhit dutta — March 6, 2019 @ 12:09 | Reply

    • Hello parikhit dutta.

      What a great joy it was to read Your praising comment. Thank You.

      Have a wonderful day!

      Comment by Sartenada — March 6, 2019 @ 12:16 | Reply

  39. Belo post.

    Comment by Andreia — March 6, 2019 @ 15:58 | Reply

    • OI Andreia.

      Obrigado.

      Tenha um bom dia!

      Comment by Sartenada — March 7, 2019 @ 10:50 | Reply

  40. Preciosa entrada Mati !!!
    Me encanta tanta ver tanta nieve.
    Fotos espectaculares.
    Feliz Finde

    Comment by Si, Soy Gallega — March 8, 2019 @ 22:41 | Reply

    • Hola Louisa.

      Oulu es la mejor ciudad de ciclismo de invierno de Finlandia. Claro que si, del ciclismo de verano también. Cuando es posible ir en bicicleta al trabajo o al comercio, es una acción climática. Muchas gracias.

      Abrazos y buen fin de semana! Matti

      Comment by Sartenada — March 9, 2019 @ 08:06 | Reply

  41. It is good to see so many people cycling. I think the longer the winter is and especially in cold climates, you will see more bicyclists out there all year round.trust you and your wife are well.

    Comment by Jane's Heartsong — March 10, 2019 @ 10:12 | Reply

    • Hello Jane.

      Thank You commenting so nicely. I am glad that You loved my photos.

      Happy Sunday!

      Comment by Sartenada — March 10, 2019 @ 10:39 | Reply

  42. Nice photos! Hope I could try ice fishing someday 🙂

    Comment by kbiina — March 11, 2019 @ 04:03 | Reply

    • Hello Kia.

      It would be nice. Thank You leaving Your kind comment.

      Happy new wee!

      Comment by Sartenada — March 11, 2019 @ 07:37 | Reply

  43. Lookd like perfect winter days! 🙂

    Comment by Pit — March 16, 2019 @ 16:34 | Reply

    • Hello Pit.

      Very kind words. Thank You.

      Happy Sunday!

      Comment by Sartenada — March 17, 2019 @ 08:10 | Reply

      • You’re welcome. And, as your Sunday must nearly be over by now, have a wonderful week,
        Pit

        Comment by Pit — March 17, 2019 @ 16:58 | Reply

      • You’re welcome! 🙂

        Comment by Pit — March 17, 2019 @ 19:02 | Reply

  44. This is a whole world I never knew existed but now am so happy to see thanks to your blog! It gi courage

    Comment by Velo du Jour — May 22, 2019 @ 16:26 | Reply

    • Hello Velo du Jour.

      Oh, I see. My country offers such experiences which are unique or less known abroad. Did You know that first Lady Eleanor Roosevelt had a log house in Finland! If You do not mind, I show it. It is part of my post in which where I show reindeer rides and meeting Santa:

      Reindeer rides and Santa

      Reindeer rides are very popular and we have even reindeer races which are open for everybody and they are free! Could you imagine that you are sitting alone in the sled and rein the reindeer, which runs fast? Thank You leaving Your praising comment.

      Have a good day!

      Comment by Sartenada — May 23, 2019 @ 06:43 | Reply


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