Travels in Finland and abroad

March 25, 2020

On the border / En el borde / À la frontière / Na fronteira

In English:

One foot in Sweden – the another in Finland & Sunset photos in Oulu

Tornio, Finland:

Facts: The distance between Tornio and Helsinki is 738km / 487mi. Situated on the border of Finland and Sweden in Lapland. Coordinates: 65°51.2′N, 24°08.5′E. Inhabitants 21837. Tornio forms a cross-border twin city together with Haparanda on the Swedish side.

As the subtitle tells in this firs part, I will show you photos from the border of Finland and Sweden in this first part. The place is the town called Tornio. It was in 2019 when we made a road trip to Tornio. In Tornio, we walked thru the shopping center called “Rajalla; in English on the border” from Finnish side and we found ourselves amazed how near the Swedish border was – just about 10 meters! Can you imagine it? Shopping center Rajalla in Tornio is situated on the island called Suensaari. Suensaari is also a neighborhood. The town, which you see in my photos, starting from the second one, is Haaparanta (Haparanda in Swedish), Sweden. My 14 photos show you how peaceful the border is between Finland and Sweden. I have made earlier two posts about Tornio presenting its frontier church and the windmill of Tornio, which can be seen among my post showing our traditional windmills.

P.S. When I prepared this post in January, I never could not imagine, that on the publishing day, this is not possible due to Coronavirus, because borders are closed.

Here is one of the best links to follow the situation of Coronavirus around the world:

https://www.worldometers.info/coronavirus/

Fast facts:

The word Quarantine comes from Italian word quarantena, meaning forty. Quarantena giorni means 40 days.

Oulu, Finland.

Facts: The distance between Oulu and Helsinki is 613km / 380mi. The distance between Tornio and Oulu is 133km / 82mi. Population 205303. Coordinates: 65°01′N, 25°28′E.

Second part of my post shows 9 photos sunset in Oulu in winter also. We spent in Oulu at the Nallikari holiday village. Nallikari has big camping area and it rents different sizes villas and cottages. There we stayed 10 nights in a pleasant cottage by the sea. I took photos after the sunset. My photo shows you the back side of the chalet. Oh boy, that was cold outside when dressed in indoor clothes. Normally it is so called blue hour, but in this case, it was more violet hour than blue hour. Three last photos show Witch’s Brooms. They look like bird nests in birches and I have told about them previously in one post with photos.

En español:

Un pie en Suecia – el otro en Finlandia & Fotos de puestas de sol en Oulu

Tornio, Finlandia:

Hechos: La distancia entre Tornio y Helsinki es de 738 km. Situado en la frontera de Finlandia y Suecia en Laponia. Coordenadas: 65 ° 51.2′N, 24 ° 08.5′E. Habitantes 21837. Tornio forma una ciudad gemela transfronteriza junto con Haparanda en el lado sueco.

Como dice el subtítulo en esta primera parte, vos mostraré fotos de la frontera de Finlandia y Suecia en esta primera parte. El lugar es el pueblo llamado Tornio. Fue en 2019 cuando hicimos un viaje por carretera a Tornio. En Tornio, caminamos por el centro comercial llamado “Rajalla; en espagnol en la frontera ”desde el lado finlandés y nos sorprendió lo cerca que estaba de la frontera sueca, ¡solo unos 10 metros! ¿Tú puedes imaginar lo? El centro comercial Rajalla en Tornio está situado en la isla llamada Suensaari. Suensaari es también un barrio. La ciudad, que ves en mis fotos, a partir de la segunda, es Haaparanta (Haparanda en sueco), Suecia. Mis 14 fotos muestran cuán pacífica es la frontera entre Finlandia y Suecia. He hecho dos publicaciones anteriores sobre Tornio presentando su iglesia fronteriza y el molino de viento de Tornio, que se puede ver en mi publicación mostrando nuestros molinos de viento tradicionales.

PD. Cuando preparé esta publicación en enero, nunca imaginé que, en el día de la publicación, esto no es posible debido a Coronavirus, porque las fronteras están cerradas.

Aquí está uno de los mejores enlaces para seguir la situación de Coronavirus en todo el mundo:

https://www.worldometers.info/coronavirus/

Hechos rápidos:

La palabra Cuarentena proviene de la palabra italiana quarantena, que significa cuarenta. Quarantena giorni significa 40 días.

Oulu, Finlandia:

Hechos: La distancia entre Oulu y Helsinki es de 613 km. La distancia entre Tornio y Oulu es de 133 km. Población 205303. Coordenadas: 65 ° 01′N, 25 ° 28′E.

La segunda parte de mi publicación muestra 9 fotos del atardecer en Oulu en invierno también. Pasamos en Oulu en el pueblo de vacaciones Nallikari. Nallikari tiene una gran área para acampar y alquila villas y cabañas de diferentes tamaños. Allí nos quedamos 10 noches en una agradable cabaña junto al mar. Mi foto te muestra la parte trasera del chalet. Tomé fotos después del atardecer. Normalmente se llama hora azul, pero en este caso, era más hora violeta que hora azul. Tres últimas fotos muestran las escobas de bruja. Parecen nidos de pájaros en abedules y ya les he contado sobre ellos en una publicación con fotos.

En francais:

Tornio, Finlande:

Faits: La distance entre Tornio et Helsinki est de 738 km. Situé à la frontière de la Finlande et de la Suède en Laponie. Coordonnées: 65 ° 51,2′N, 24 ° 08,5′E. Habitants 21837. Tornio forme une ville jumelle transfrontalière avec Haparanda du côté suédois.

Comme le sous-titre l’indique dans cette première partie, je vais vous montrer des photos de la frontière de la Finlande et de la Suède dans cette première partie. L’endroit est la ville appelée Tornio. C’était en 2019 lorsque nous avons fait un voyage sur la route à Tornio. À Tornio, nous avons traversé le centre commercial appelé “Rajalla; en français à la frontière” du côté finlandais et nous nous sommes surpris de la proximité de la frontière suédoise – à environ 10 mètres! Pouvez-vous l’imaginer? Le centre commercial Rajalla à Tornio est situé sur l’île appelée Suensaari. Suensaari est aussi un quartier. La ville, que vous voyez sur mes photos, à partir de la seconde, est Haaparanta (Haparanda en suédois), en Suède. Mes 14 photos vous montrent à quel point la frontière entre la Finlande et la Suède est paisible. J’ai fait plus tôt deux articles sur Tornio présentant son église frontière et le moulin à vent de Tornio, qui peut être vu dans mon post montrant nos moulins à vent traditionnels.

P.S. Quand je préparais ce poste en Janvier, je ne pouvais pas imaginer, que le jour de ma publication, ce n’est pas possible en raison de coronavirus, parce que les frontières sont fermées.

Voici l’un des meilleurs liens pour suivre la situation du coronavirus dans le monde:

https://www.worldometer.info/coronavirus/

Faits rapides:

Le mot Quarantaine vient du mot italien quarantena, qui signifie quarante. Quarantena giorni signifie 40 jours.

Oulu, Finlande

Faits: La distance entre Oulu et Helsinki est de 613 km. La distance entre Tornio et Oulu est de 133km / 82mi. Population 205303. Coordonnées: 65 ° 01′N, 25 ° 28′E.

La deuxième partie de mon article vous montre également 9 photos de coucher de soleil à Oulu en hiver. Nous avons passé nos vacances à Oulu au village de vacances Nallikari. Nallikari a un terrain de camping et loue des villas et des chalets de différentes tailles. Là, nous avons passé 10 nuits dans un agréable chalet au bord de la mer. Ma photo vous montre la face arrière du chalet. J’ai pris des photos après le coucher du soleil. Normalement, c’est ce qu’on appelle l’heure bleue, mais dans ce cas, c’était plus une heure violette qu’une heure bleue. Trois dernières photos montrent des maladies du balai de sorcière. Elles ressemblent à des nids d’oiseaux dans des bouleaux et j’en ai déjà parlé dans un post avec des photos.

Un pied en Suède – l’autre en Finlande & Photos de coucher du soleil à Oulu

Em português:

Um pé na Suécia – o outro na Finlândia & Fotos de pôr-do-sol em Oulu

Tornio, Finlândia:

Fatos: A distância entre Tornio e Helsinque é 738km / 487mi. Situado na fronteira da Finlândia e Suécia, na Lapônia. Coordenadas: 65 ° 51,2′N, 24 ° 08,5′E.

Habitantes 21837. Tornio forma uma cidade gêmea transfronteiriça junto com Haparanda no lado sueco.Como a legenda diz nesta primeira parte, mostrarei fotos da fronteira da Finlândia e da Suécia nesta primeira parte. O lugar é a cidade chamada Tornio. Foi em 2019, quando fizemos uma viagem a Tornio. Em Tornio, passeamos pelo shopping chamado “Rajalla; em inglês na fronteira ”do lado finlandês e nos surpreendemos com a proximidade da fronteira sueca – a apenas 10 metros! Você pode imaginar isso? O centro comercial Rajalla em Tornio está situado na ilha chamada Suensaari. Suensaari também é um bairro. A cidade, que você vê nas minhas fotos, a partir da segunda, é Haaparanta (Haparanda em sueco), Suécia. As minhas 14 fotos mostram como a fronteira é pacífica entre a Finlândia e a Suécia. Fiz dois mensagens anteriores sobre Tornio apresentando sua igreja de fronteira. e o moinho de vento de Tornio, que pode ser visto no meu post mostrando nossos moinhos de vento tradicionais.

P.S. Quando preparei este post em janeiro, eu nunca poderia imaginar que, no dia da publicação, isso não fosse possível devido ao Coronavírus, porque as fronteiras estão fechadas.

Aqui está um dos melhores ligações para acompanhar a situação do Coronavírus em todo o mundo:

https://www.worldometers.info/coronavirus/

Fatos rápidos:

A palavra Quarentena vem da palavra italiana quarantena, que significa quarenta. Quarantena giorni significa 40 dias.

Oulu, Finlândia:

Fatos: A distância entre Oulu e Helsinque é de 613 km / 380mi. A distância entre Tornio e Oulu é 133 km / 82mi. População 205303. Coordenadas: 65 ° 01′N, 25 ° 28′E.

A segunda parte do meu post mostra 9 fotos do pôr do sol em Oulu no inverno também. Passamos as nossas férias em Oulu na vila de férias de Nallikari. Nallikari possui uma grande área de camping e aluga villas e chalés de diferentes tamanhos. Lá ficamos 10 noites em uma agradável cabana à beira-mar. A minha foto mostra a parte de trás do chalé. Tirei fotos depois do pôr do sol. Normalmente é chamada hora azul, mas, neste caso, era mais hora violeta que hora azul. As minhas três últimas fotos mostram as vassouras de bruxa. Eles se parecem com ninhos de pássaros em bétulas e eu já contei sobre eles em um post com fotos.

One foot in Sweden – the another in Finland

One foot in Sweden – the another in Finland

One foot in Sweden – the another in Finland

One foot in Sweden – the another in Finland

One foot in Sweden – the another in Finland

One foot in Sweden – the another in Finland

One foot in Sweden – the another in Finland

One foot in Sweden – the another in Finland

One foot in Sweden – the another in Finland

One foot in Sweden – the another in Finland

One foot in Sweden – the another in Finland

One foot in Sweden – the another in Finland

One foot in Sweden – the another in Finland

One foot in Sweden – the another in Finland

One foot in Sweden – the another in Finland

One foot in Sweden – the another in Finland

One foot in Sweden – the another in Finland

One foot in Sweden – the another in Finland

One foot in Sweden – the another in Finland

One foot in Sweden – the another in Finland

One foot in Sweden – the another in Finland

One foot in Sweden – the another in Finland

One foot in Sweden – the another in Finland

One foot in Sweden – the another in Finland

One foot in Sweden – the another in Finland

One foot in Sweden – the another in Finland

One foot in Sweden – the another in Finland

One foot in Sweden – the another in Finland

Sunset photos in Oulu

Sunset photos in Oulu

Sunset photos in Oulu

Sunset photos in Oulu

Sunset photos in Oulu

Sunset photos in Oulu

Sunset photos in Oulu

Sunset photos in Oulu

Sunset photos in Oulu

Sunset photos in Oulu

Sunset photos in Oulu

Sunset photos in Oulu

Sunset photos in Oulu

Sunset photos in Oulu

Wind’s nest / Nido de viento / Nid du vent / Ninho do vento

Wind’s nest / Nido de viento / Nid du vent / Ninho do vento

Wind’s nest / Nido de viento / Nid du vent / Ninho do vento

Wind’s nest / Nido de viento / Nid du vent / Ninho do vento

Links connected with this post: / Enlaces relacionados con esta publicación: / Liens liés à ce post: / Ligações relacionadas a este post:

Tornio

Frontier church / Iglesia de la frontera / Église frontière / Igreja fronteiriça

Life of Windmills / Vida de los molinos de viento / Vie des moulins à vent / Vida dos moinhos de vento

Oulu

Arctic beach of Nallikari / Playa ártica de Nallikari / Plage arctique de Nallikari / Praia árctica de Nallikari

Arctic beach in Winter / Playa ártica en invierno / Plage arctique en hiver / Praia árctica no inverno

Wind’s nest / Nido de viento / Nid du vent / Ninho do vento

Map:
https://www.google.com/maps/place/Tornio,+Suomi/@65.8446025,24.1406146,15.47z/data=!4m5!3m4!1s0x45d538656beb4761:0x942a610b9d542e48!8m2!3d65.847301!4d24.1520236

Nallikari official home page:

https://nallikari.fi/en/

87 Comments »

  1. Thank you for the link to worldometer. It is very informative. Take good care. Beautiful photos as well.
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    Comment by www.autumnbaygal.blog — March 25, 2020 @ 07:50 | Reply

    • Hello http://www.autumnbaygal.blog.

      I am glad that my post could give you some important information. Thank you.

      Stay safe and healthy!

      Comment by Sartenada — March 25, 2020 @ 07:56 | Reply

      • Your travel blog is such a joy to read. I have read many of your posts. And it is important to get reliable information nowadays in the midst of all the information overload from all over. Thank you for the link. Stay healthy and safe. 🙂

        Comment by www.autumnbaygal.blog — March 26, 2020 @ 03:59 | Reply

  2. What beautiful pictures – especially the sunsets! In such upsetting times, it’s nice to spend a moment somewhere peaceful. Kiitos paljon!

    Comment by Amy Parmeter — March 25, 2020 @ 08:29 | Reply

    • Hello Amy.

      Thank you for your kind comment. These times are hard for everybody, because restrictions make everyday life more difficult. Now we have spring and summer is coming!

      Stay safe and healthy!

      Comment by Sartenada — March 25, 2020 @ 08:32 | Reply

  3. What a fun place to visit. As usual I love all the snow and your sunset photos are gorgeous. Hopefully there will be lots of people out and about visiting again one day soon.

    Comment by the eternal traveller — March 25, 2020 @ 09:59 | Reply

    • Hello Carol.

      Thank you. Yes, someday there will be visitors, but just now we have many restrictions. For example, government is planning to close borders of province of Uusimaa, which contains many towns like Helsinki.

      Stay safe and healthy!

      Comment by Sartenada — March 25, 2020 @ 10:39 | Reply

  4. I looooove the sunset photos in particular. Thank you for this. Much aprreciated at a time when the idea of travel seems like a distant memory!

    Comment by Stella — March 25, 2020 @ 10:02 | Reply

    • Hello Stella.

      Thank you. Travel is indeed memory now and dream also. Most heard words today are: wash your hands!

      Stay safe and healthy!

      Comment by Sartenada — March 25, 2020 @ 10:48 | Reply

  5. Hi. That looks like a very remote and beautiful (and possibly very cold) place. 🙂 Also, just in case you were not aware, if you view a web page which is in a different language in Chrome, you can right mouse click to translate the page to whatever language you desire. I thought you might find this information useful to save publishing your posts in 4 languages. (Apart from saving you a lot of time, it might make your posts look a bit tidier and less confusing maybe). As you may know Switzerland is a landlocked country so we have a number of borders where you can be in 2 countries at once. In fact, near Basel I believe there is a point where you can be in 3 countries – France, Germany and Switzerland. I wonder if there is somewhere in the world where 4 countries meet? 🤔

    Comment by Alittlebitoutoffocus — March 25, 2020 @ 10:27 | Reply

    • Hello Mike.

      Thank you. Languages are my hobby, so I will continue my translations! Translations keep my brain active. 🙂 I have 1500 French books and many in Spanish, Portuguese and only couple in English. It is nice to travel, maybe someday it is possible, when understanding what people speak. I know that is Switzerland there are four official languages and many borders. I have been in Zurich and Geneve, so I have some idea about your beautiful country.

      Stay safe and healthy!

      Comment by Sartenada — March 25, 2020 @ 10:56 | Reply

  6. Great photos, I especially love the sunsets…and the snow. Stay well!

    Comment by Cathy — March 25, 2020 @ 11:17 | Reply

    • Hello Cathy.

      Thank you loving my photos and leaving your kind comment.

      Stay safe and healthy!

      Comment by Sartenada — March 25, 2020 @ 11:19 | Reply

  7. Hello! Free border is great. Coronavirus management is difficult. Have a good day!

    Comment by wakasahs15th — March 25, 2020 @ 12:31 | Reply

    • Hello wakasahs15th.

      Thank you commenting. I just checked my link and did find, that during the last 24 hours, we got 2 new deaths. Now we have 3 total cases. Remember to wash your hands!

      Stay safe and healthy!

      Comment by Sartenada — March 25, 2020 @ 12:39 | Reply

  8. Borders are interesting places: both real, and yet almost imaginary. I have a photo of the exact border between our states of Kansas and Oklahoma; the border runs along a country road, and it looks exactly the same on both sides of the road. Your photos are entertaining and also lovely: such wonderful colors in the sunset! It will be good when we’re free to travel to enjoy such things again. Stay safe!

    Comment by shoreacres — March 25, 2020 @ 13:23 | Reply

    • Hello Linda.

      As you described the border Kansas and Oklahoma, must be awesome. The border between Finland is natural, because people living on both sides have been married with each other’s, meaning that Swedish have married Finns and Finns have married Swedish. Tornio and Haparanda are practically twin towns. Most popular place to shoot border photos, is at the Arctic Cercle. I have a photo among my about page, when my wife has one foot on the south side of the Arctic border and the other on the norther side of the Arctic border. Thank you commenting.

      Stay safe and healthy!

      Comment by Sartenada — March 26, 2020 @ 07:43 | Reply

  9. Beautiful photos! I hope the coronavirus calms down soon so we can all enjoy traveling again!

    Comment by Cate Spader — March 25, 2020 @ 14:08 | Reply

    • Hello Cate.

      Thank you. Yes, this situation is uncomfortable for all parties. At this moment we travel only virtually.

      Stay safe and healthy!

      Comment by Sartenada — March 26, 2020 @ 07:47 | Reply

  10. Saludos, Matti. Muchísimas gracias, no solo por acercarnos con tus magníficas fotos a nuevos lugares para mí desconocidos, sino por tener en cuenta el cambio que ha supuesto el coronavirus en nuestras vidas. He pasado una semana enferma y sin material que comprobara a qué era debida mi infección respiratoria. La situación de Madrid es de una alarma total, nos falta material a todos pero lo escandaloso es que le falta al personal sanitario, de ellos ya están apartados de su servicio más de 5.00 por contagio directo con los enfermos: Ha tardado en reaccionar el gobierno de España y la Unión Europea. Es una barbaridad, Matti. Un gran abrazo desde esta España desolada.

    Comment by Isabel F. Bernaldo de Quirós — March 25, 2020 @ 14:11 | Reply

    • Hola Isabel.

      ¡Oh, lo siento mucho que hayas estado enfermo! Cuando todo esto comenzó en Finlandia, las autoridades dijeron que es peligroso solo para personas mayores como nosotros. Fue un error, porque pronto entendieron que tambiénse aplica a los jóvenes y otros grupos de edad. Esto significa en la práctica que los jóvenes eran despreocupados y continuaron teniendo fiestas. Ahora sabemos lo que pasó. ¡Deseo que estés sana ahora!

      Saludos,
      Matti

      Comment by Sartenada — March 26, 2020 @ 08:18 | Reply

  11. What a beautiful area! Your photos are gorgeous. We’ve been to the city of Bristol here in the U. S. One side of the main street is in Tennessee while the other side is in Virginia.

    Comment by seniorhiker — March 25, 2020 @ 16:16 | Reply

    • Hello George.

      Thank you loving my photos and telling about Bristol in the U.S. This sounds great.

      Stay safe and healthy!

      Comment by Sartenada — March 26, 2020 @ 10:26 | Reply

  12. What beautiful colors of the sky!

    Stay safe and healthy.

    Comment by 洋子 — March 25, 2020 @ 17:55 | Reply

    • こんにちは Yoko-san.

      ありがとうございます.

      健康を維持する!マッティ

      Comment by Sartenada — March 26, 2020 @ 10:29 | Reply

  13. Lovely photos Matti. I’d like to visit Oulu sometime when we can travel again. Take care and stay safe. Marion

    Comment by Little Miss Traveller — March 25, 2020 @ 17:58 | Reply

    • Hello Marion.

      How nice to read that you would visit to Oulu someday. It is beautiful and this is why I have made 21 post presenting Oulu. When it is possible, check my Oulu posts under categories, because there are all my posts. Thank you.

      Stay safe and healthy!

      Comment by Sartenada — March 26, 2020 @ 10:35 | Reply

  14. Thank you Matti for your new post. I visited Oulu on February when they had Pohjolan lääkäripäivät there. In Oulu was snow and it was cold -12 degrees Celsius, as we here in the South have had rainy and warm days nearly whole winter. Take care and stay healthy!

    Comment by Minna — March 25, 2020 @ 20:42 | Reply

    • Hello Mina.

      Thank you commenting Minna. Oulu is one of our favorite town in Finland. It is beautiful and I have shown it in my 21 Oulu-posts! We had there a small second home, instead of summer cottage. The idea was great, but we had to relinquish it due to economic reason after having it nearly three years. BTW, there is hold every winter, except this winter, the unique race in the world:

      Reindeer race 3

      Stay safe and healthy!

      Comment by Sartenada — March 26, 2020 @ 10:51 | Reply

  15. Great post, stay safe and healthy!!!

    Comment by almeidadepaulo — March 26, 2020 @ 03:27 | Reply

    • Olá almeidadepaulo.

      Tudo bem? Muito obridado.

      Fique seguro e saudável!

      Comment by Sartenada — March 26, 2020 @ 10:55 | Reply

  16. I like this post a lot, and especially the photos. Yes, who would have imagined what the world would be like now, from just a few weeks ago. Be well

    Comment by viviennemackie — March 26, 2020 @ 05:31 | Reply

    • Hello Vivianne.

      Yes, in so short time. sigh.

      You too be safe and healthy

      Comment by Sartenada — March 26, 2020 @ 11:06 | Reply

  17. What a great sunset pictures. I do love the Sweden Finland heart. Did you have your passport with you?
    Do stay safe please!

    Comment by utesmile — March 26, 2020 @ 09:19 | Reply

    • Hello Ute.

      Thank you. The border between Finland and Sweden is one the most peaceful border in the world. Occasionally customs stop cars to very that people do not smuggle too many products inside their cars which are not allowed in Finland. This product for example, is snuff. Allowed amount is 1000 grams of snuff, chewing tobacco and nasal snuff daily. Now passports, because valid driving license is enough.

      Stay safe and healthy!

      Comment by Sartenada — March 26, 2020 @ 11:47 | Reply

  18. Hello Matti-san,
    Thank you for sharing these beautiful views of such a peaceful border.
    I agree, who could imagine the current situation we all are facing now?
    My husband and I hope you and Mrs. Matti (and all your family) continue to stay safe, and take good care.

    Comment by T Ibara Photo — March 26, 2020 @ 16:49 | Reply

    • Hello Takami.

      Yes, much has changed in few days and weeks! When I heard about Coronavirus for the first time, I said to my wife, that in three weeks it will spread all over the World. I wished that my prediction would be wrong, but not. Sigh. Thank you commenting. You and your family – stay safe and healthy.
      Matti

      Comment by Sartenada — March 27, 2020 @ 07:39 | Reply

  19. So beautiful skis!

    Comment by Timothy — March 26, 2020 @ 23:04 | Reply

    • Hello Timothy.

      Yes indeed. Sky had amazing colors and I was lucky to shoot photos. Thank you commenting.

      Stay safe and healthy.

      Comment by Sartenada — March 27, 2020 @ 07:43 | Reply

  20. Beautiful photos and lovely to see the two of you in some of them! Best wishes from Canada!

    Comment by Sue Slaght — March 27, 2020 @ 17:04 | Reply

    • Hello Sue.

      Thank you leaving your kind comment and loving post.

      Stay safe and healthy.

      Comment by Sartenada — March 27, 2020 @ 17:39 | Reply

  21. Wao purple sunset world!
    amazing!
    I want to take a picture here.
    Thank you for showing your photos👀

    Comment by キース — March 28, 2020 @ 11:55 | Reply

    • Hello Keith-san.

      I am glad that you loved my post. Thank you for your kind words!

      Stay safe and healthy!

      Comment by Sartenada — March 28, 2020 @ 12:12 | Reply

  22. Our world has changed in so many ways. Let’s hope that someday soon those borders will reopen. Stay safe, stay healthy.

    Comment by Karen — March 28, 2020 @ 21:17 | Reply

    • Hello Karen.

      You are so right. We try to fight against Coronavirus. For example, Yesterday officials isolated the huge area consisting 1,638,469 people. Helsinki belongs to this area also.

      Stay safe and healthy!

      Comment by Sartenada — March 29, 2020 @ 08:04 | Reply

  23. What a fun place to visit! Wind’s nests must be mistletoe? Please stay safe from COVID-19. We are all isolated here, too.

    Comment by daclifford — March 30, 2020 @ 13:25 | Reply

    • Hello.

      Thank you commenting! Well, they are not. First, I am glad that you noticed them. Second, I have / had link to them in which I have explained them. I have many photos in which I show them around the town called Oulu, which is unique town in the world, because every winter they offer free reindeer races, which are free for everybody! Here is the link

      What are wind’s nests

      If you interested in free reindeer races, then here:

      Reindeer race 3

      Keep safe and healthy!

      Comment by Sartenada — March 31, 2020 @ 06:43 | Reply

  24. The colors in these photos show off that beautiful north light so well … so crisp and clean!

    Comment by denisebushphoto — March 30, 2020 @ 20:51 | Reply

    • Hello Denise.

      Oh, thank you leaving your kind words and loving my post.

      Stay safe and healthy!

      Comment by Sartenada — March 31, 2020 @ 06:45 | Reply

  25. Thank you for sharing. We all need beauty during these challenging times.

    Comment by spixl — March 30, 2020 @ 22:30 | Reply

    • Hello spixl.

      You are right. It is not easy to stay quarantined inside the home and having only possibilities to quickly go to the nearby shops. Happily going to nearby nature paths are accepted. Southern part of Finland is isolated from the rest part. Those having permissions of their employers can pass the border. Others not having a valid reason, cannot pass the border.

      Stay safe and healthy!

      Comment by Sartenada — March 31, 2020 @ 06:59 | Reply

  26. quel joli symbole que ce cœur pour une frontière! j’adore! ❤ 😉

    Comment by malyloup — March 30, 2020 @ 22:56 | Reply

    • Merci Maly. Moi je l’aime aussi.

      Parce que les frontières sont fermées, quand nous l’avons vu parfois, lorsque des journalistes de télévision s’y rendent!

      Comment by Sartenada — March 31, 2020 @ 07:21 | Reply

  27. Hi, Matti! Thanks for this promenade in Tornio and Oulu. Looking at the sign with one boot in Finnland and one boot in Sweden, I noticed that the snow was cleared on the Finnish side, but not in Sweden 😉. How long the shadows are! The sun must be barely over the horizon. The vacation park in Oulu offers so much, it’s incredible. And the villas and cabins are lovely. Your sunset pictures are beautiful! I am glad you and your wife had this opportunity to travel before the virus hit. May we all be safe during this time of crisis!

    Comment by CMKL — April 3, 2020 @ 11:39 | Reply

    • Hello Claudinha.

      You made an excellent question when asking why snow was cleared only on Finnish side. Thank you. Well, there is water very near to this place. Shopping center is on a peninsula called Suensaari. In winter and especially in the north, seas, rivers and lakes are frozen. It snows of course, in winter meaning that ice and ice snow the frozen water. Many years ago, we lived in the small town called Mikkeli. We had a lake called Saimaa very near to our home. In winters it was frozen meaning that people walked, biked and skied on it. White snow covered the ice of lake. There were even signposts on the lake, because people loved walking, biking and skiing on the lake. I give two links showing our walking on the lake:

      Walking on frozen lake

      This post shows how in the spring snow and ice has started to melt. Melting on the day and freezing again at the night.

      Tracks and cracks on ice

      Happy weekend!

      Comment by Sartenada — April 4, 2020 @ 09:59 | Reply

  28. ¡Que preciosidad de puestas de sol nevadas! Maravillas de la naturaleza captadas con maestría por ti con tu cámara, Matti !.
    El Coronavirus ha irrumpido en nuestras vidas de manera siniestra, esperemos que todo pase pronto y sigamos con Salud.
    Saludos !!!

    Comment by Lu — April 4, 2020 @ 20:44 | Reply

    • Hola Louisa.

      Muchas gracias. En Finlandia causa problemas. Conozco la situación en España, porque todos los días reviso las estadísticas de mi país y las copio a la hoja de cálculo de Excel. ¡Al mismo tiempo verifico la situación en el mundo! ¡Estoy feliz de que estés sana! Nosotros también. ¡Uno de mis comentaristas me dijo que estaba enferma, pero sana a la hora de comentar felizmente!

      Manténgase segura y saludable!

      Comment by Sartenada — April 5, 2020 @ 07:31 | Reply

      • Muchas gracias Matti.
        Fuerte abrazo.

        Comment by Lu — April 5, 2020 @ 12:18 | Reply

        • Louisa, Cuando viviste en Santiago de Chile, has visto el Calle del Inca? ¡Mi hija se llama Inca y tiene su propia calle allí! 🙂

          Comment by Sartenada — April 5, 2020 @ 12:32 | Reply

          • Inca es un nombre precioso Matti, me encanta.
            No recuerdo haber visto la calle Inca, pero es que no me fijé en la mayoría de las calles cuando visité Santiago de Chile, puede que haya pasado por ella sin enterarme.
            Felicidades por haber escogido un nombre tan precioso para tu hija. 🙂

            Comment by Lu — April 5, 2020 @ 13:05 | Reply

            • Hola Louisa.

              Me alegra que amaras el nombre de pila de mi hija. En 2004, ella pasó tres meses en Chile enseñando al personal de una empresa minera finlandesa para utilizar un programa de computación allí. Recuerdo cuando Inca contó sobre el comienzo de su primera lección de enseñanza. Los alumnos le dijeron: “¡Bienvenida Inca de Finlandia”!

              Visité allí con mi nieta Milla en mayo de 2004. La pasamos tiempos muy felices juntos. Hice un video muy corto usando mi teléfono Nokia 6600, mostrando al principio Inca y Milla. La calidad es mala, pero los recuerdos permanecen. Mi nieta es muy tímida en el video.

              Chile 2004

              Han pasado años y ahora Milla es adulta y estudia para ingeniero. Mis últimas fotos son de 2012, que muestran a mi hija y mi nieta. Hoy es solo un recuerdo de la timidez de mis nietas. Echa un vistazo a esta vieja publicación:

              Competición fallado

              ¡Feliz nueva semana!

              Comment by Sartenada — April 6, 2020 @ 07:38 | Reply

              • Imagino la sorpresa de los alumnos, por eso le dijeron eso de : Inca de Finlandia. ‘Que divertido!
                Me gustó el video, recuerdos que comparto. Gracias por compartirlo. Le he puesto un “Me gusta”.
                También me ha encantado la publicación, he echado un vistazo al pasado y me encantó.
                Por aquí se dice que “es mejor haberlo intentado y fallarlo que no haberlo intentado”. Eso le digo también a tu nieta. Bravo por ello, bravo por el intento, siempre habrá un aprendizaje dentro de todo ese camino.
                ¡Felix semana para ti también! 🙂

                Comment by Lu — April 6, 2020 @ 17:08 | Reply

                • Hola Louisa.

                  Muy agradecida por tus palabras. Abrazos!

                  Comment by Sartenada — April 7, 2020 @ 06:33 | Reply

  29. I hope you and your family are healthy and doing well! Thank you for these wonderful photos – they remind me I need to visit Finland (I miss it). Better times will come.

    Comment by alcessa — April 4, 2020 @ 21:33 | Reply

    • Hello.

      Thank you visiting my blog and leaving your nice comment. Yes, we are okay. I wish the same to you.

      Stay healthy!

      Comment by Sartenada — April 5, 2020 @ 09:46 | Reply

  30. Merci pour le partage de ces magnifiques photos. Elles permettent de s’évader et de rêver à de futurs voyages quand la situation le permettra. Prenez bien soin de vous, amicales pensées du pays basque 😊

    Comment by Chantaki — April 5, 2020 @ 10:46 | Reply

    • Bonjour Chantaki.

      Quel plaisir de lire que vous avez visitée mon blog et laissée un bon commentaire. Merci beaucoup. Espérons que cette situation se termine bientôt et que nous puissions profiter de l’été.

      Restez en sécurité et en bonne santé!

      Comment by Sartenada — April 5, 2020 @ 11:50 | Reply

  31. Lovely photos – especially love the sunset colors! Stay safe there in beautiful Finland. This virus too shall pass . . .

    Comment by Latitude Adjustment: A Tale of Two Wanderers — April 7, 2020 @ 14:08 | Reply

    • Hello.

      Thank you loving my post and is photos.

      I wish that you are all right. We are happily and now we have been under lockdown 4 weeks.

      Comment by Sartenada — April 8, 2020 @ 06:47 | Reply

  32. The snowy scenes with the incredible sunset colours make me happy. Thanks for visiting my blog and all the best to you!

    Comment by carolinehelbig — April 7, 2020 @ 19:08 | Reply

    • Hello Caroline.

      I am glad that you enjoyed my photos. Thank you.

      I wish that you are all right. We are happily and now we have been under lockdown 4 weeks.

      Stay safe and healthy!

      Comment by Sartenada — April 8, 2020 @ 06:48 | Reply

  33. Hope this finds you safe and well.

    Comment by Bespoke Traveler — April 7, 2020 @ 23:51 | Reply

    • Hello Bespoke Traveler.

      Thank you remembering us! I wish that you are all right. We are happily and now we have been under lockdown 4 weeks.

      Stay safe and healthy!

      Comment by Sartenada — April 8, 2020 @ 06:54 | Reply

  34. This is beautiful! I am adding this to my places to visit. Thank you.

    Comment by Anne J. — April 18, 2020 @ 19:18 | Reply

    • Hello Anne.

      This part of Finland is called Lapland. It is our favorite. It offers in winter for example, world’s biggest snow castle, reindeer rides and much more. In summer hiking on some of our Arctic hills is fantastic, because man meet there free roaming reideers.

      Stay safe and healthy!

      Comment by Sartenada — April 19, 2020 @ 08:05 | Reply

      • That sounds divine. We will take the opportunity to visit as soon as it presents itself. Definitely. Thank you.

        You keep safe, too. Stay grateful and healthy.

        Comment by Anne J. — April 19, 2020 @ 23:40 | Reply

  35. Beautiful photos!

    Comment by Lingo in Transit — May 25, 2020 @ 12:13 | Reply

    • Hello Sophie.

      Thank you leaving your kind comment.

      Have a good day!

      Comment by Sartenada — May 25, 2020 @ 12:16 | Reply

  36. Love the photographs of the sunset. With the snow and everything, just stunning!

    Comment by Anne — July 14, 2020 @ 12:25 | Reply

    • I am glad that you loved my photos. Thank you.

      Viele Grüße von Matti

      Comment by Sartenada — July 14, 2020 @ 12:26 | Reply

  37. Preciosas las fotos! Estoy estudiando en Vasa (Finlandia) alguna recomendación de viaje por el país?
    Un saludo!

    Comment by Lía — August 25, 2020 @ 17:06 | Reply


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