Helsinki The skyline of Helsinki Finland and the Baltic Sea beyond on March 12, 2012. Taken from the Atelje Bar on top of Hotel Torni just after sunset. ISO 100, f/7.1, 4.0s I spent the day recovering from the last few weeks of the crazy. I took a long walk, visited the old neighborhood, went [...]
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In Moby Dick, Melville told us about the “Norway maelstrom”. Well, this is it. For over two-thousand years this amazing place has gripped the northern mind. Located at the base of the 250 million year old Caledonian Fold Belt Mountains you can find the Saltstarumen in Norland, about 30km southeast of the small city of [...]
Guest Post by Erik Hoffner Before departing for a recent reporting assignment for Yale Environment 360 reporting on Sweden’s forestry industry I read Jim O’Donnell’s book that chronicles his 1500-mile trek across Finland. Biodiversity activist Olli Manninen What Jim described in Notes for the Aurora Society was good background for me and echoed what I [...]
Anyone who regularly reads this blog knows that I am a lover of both Finland and Scandinavia in general. I’ve spent so much time in the north of Europe that it is very much like my second home – my children are Finnish citizens. But for goodness sake, I have never been able to comprehend [...]
It is snowing on the mountain this morning and I’ll be heading out to take pictures soon after the light. All yesterday the sky spit rain and tiny balls of ice. The wind blew. The air was chilly. I’ll be back in Finland next March…when it is still so cold. Most Finns just embrace it. [...]
The m/s Tiira leaves several times a day from the dock in Vasa. The small tour boat holds about thirty and most tend to be Finns. There are the older women’s groups on their weekly excursion, the small families out to see a few birds, a romantic couple or two and, of course, those looking [...]
There you go. Jim O’Donnell. Forty-one years old. Outside the Salve restaurant in Helsinki, Finland. Photo courtesy Rasmus, Vuori. ##
My final days in Finland for this year. I’ve spent time with great friends and met some new, wonderful people. And I’ve seen even more of this great place. I cant wait to come back.
Suomen Suvi – Sweet Summer in Finland
I walk the rooms of the flat in the depth of night when a soft breeze spreads the curtains over the kitchen table and around the edge of the cheap blue couches. But it is not so deep. The light is pink and soft. There is a midnight plant that smells like a clean laundry detergent and its [...]
(LEAVE A MESSAGE ON THIS POST IF YOU THINK YOU MIGHT JOIN!) In cooperation with the fun-loving and ever curious folks at Atlas Obscura and in celebration of the Second Annual Obscura Day, April 9, 2011, I will lead two groups to visit the Saltstarumen Sound near Bodo, Norway. Located in Norland, the Saltstarumen Sound [...]
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