en Finlandia

The art of living in Finland

Archive for 'Summer'

Spaniards around the world

Tuesday August 28th, 2012. 11:02 AM. Published under Spain, Summer, Tampere, Videos, helsinki. No Comments.

Video [in Spanish] about Spaniards living in Finland. It was recorded this spring-summer 2012.
Tampere, Helsinki, Turku

How to open a door

Sunday April 8th, 2012. 02:08 PM. Published under About the blog, Ads, Computer stuff, Finland culture, Funny, Ice Hockey, Summer, Videos, helsinki. 3 Comments.

I found in the comments of Big in Finland: 20 curiosities about Finland a little gem: A Finnish instructional video from 1979:

Don’t miss the comments in Youtube hilarious :)

Summer in the city

Monday July 5th, 2010. 11:37 AM. Published under Photos, Summer, helsinki. 6 Comments.

Let’s rescue a hit from Summer’66, while we watch some pictures:

The Lovin’ Spoonful - Summer in the city

Juhannus weekend was very nice in a cottage with our friends Stefan and Catta and the playful Faro. Thanks for invitate us! Who wouldn’t like to spent a weekend with friends in a place like this?


Let’s say clearly. Finland in summer is
(Taken from a shop-window in Helsinki)

Other photos from Helsinki:





Yeah! Beaches, boats, barbacues, warm weather, even a Samba/Carnaval day.

So this post goes for people who doesn’t know Finland:
Finland is not only snow, reindeers, sauna and Santa Claus.

This other side of Finland is worthy to be discovered.

Related: Last year I was in Tampere in the summer and I talked about the looong summer days with very few hours of night. Good memories & friends from that time :)

And now, excuse me, but probably I will publish very few posts until summer ends.

Buen verano!

Green Kaivopuisto

Monday June 7th, 2010. 11:26 AM. Published under Photos, Spring, Summer, helsinki. 2 Comments.

This is Kaivopuisto, an old Helsinki park, close to the Embassys and the harbour. Perfect place for a picnic… maybe in some days, still is 15-18º only.


Only 3 months ago, kids where in the same place sledding with their “pulkkas” on Laskiaissunnuntai.

Delicious Korvapuusti, that Päivi and me prepared at home this Sunday. Yum!


Google Street Views in Finland

Monday February 15th, 2010. 02:31 PM. Published under Finland culture, Photos, Summer, Tampere. 2 Comments.

Look this picture from Tampere’s lake Näsijärvi.


Professional photographer? Nop, it’s from one of the cars of Google Street View. (click over the picture)

It’s so easy to take good pics in Finland, specially in summer. Everything looks perfect. I love that little summer clouds that always are there in Finnish summer

Google Street View Service just started last week? in Finland. They have covered many little towns of Finland, not only big cities. It seems they did it during summer 2009 when Finland looks at its best.

Try yourself. Go to Google Maps, type a place and drag the yellow little man. It will show you blue streets in the map when Street View is available.


At same time they launch Google Street View in Norway and you can see in one of the streets a couple of Scuba Divers attacking the car.WTF? XDD


With Google Street View, Bing Bird’s View and 360º Cities, you can really have a good virtual visit to Helsinki from your sofa.

Summer Vs Winter I

Monday August 10th, 2009. 01:34 PM. Published under Photos, Spring, Summer. 3 Comments.

I will start a serie of photographs comparing summer Vs. Winter of the same spot, interesting to do it in Finland, a country where landscapes change radically among the seasons. This is from Pirkanmaa countryside.


Berrys in summer

Friday August 7th, 2009. 12:46 PM. Published under Finland culture, Photos, Summer. 5 Comments.

[This last week I was transfering the web from Dreamhost to HostGator and domain to GoDaddy, sorry if there was problems accesing some parts of the web. It seems everything is ok now, tell me if you see that something doesn't work. Thanks]

It’s time of berrys! 1 month ago you could see already peas in the market but know it’s already also berrys season. I thought it will be more difficult to find them in the nature, but they are almost everywhere in the forest and even parks. I’m a little lazy and it’s very slow to pick one by one, so if you are like me, better buy them in the market square at 3-5 euros a box of 400 gr.

In Spain, aside of the strawberrys, and blackberrys (moras) the rest are not so well known, and many times we group them as “Frutas del bosque” (fruits of the forest), to describe the taste in yogurts, ice-creams, juices.,etc.

Some photos of berry’s around Pyynikki in Tampere:


In Finland and Spain people knows that Vitamin C is good against the flu, but… Finnish people relates Vitamin C more to the berry’s and Spain we link Vitamin C with oranges & citrics in general, not to berrys. For me it’s funny that there is a lot of Finnish people that never have seen a lemon tree in real, the same way than for them is surprising that I had never seen before snowing until I arrived to Finland a couple of years ago.

(Lemontrees in Málaga, Spain)

I have taste some berrys this month for the first time. Wild strawberrys are small but really tasty. Rest of the berrys I have tasted in the forest were fine but a little sour compared with the berry’s in the shop.

It’s quite common to see people during July-Agoust picking berrys in the forest and it’s great that Finland have the concept Everyman’s right, that allows to the people to access freely to the nature even it is private property, always respecting the nature of course and being careful. So practically you can go everywhere in Finland to pick up berrys and enjoy the nature, the mosquitos and the lakes without worrying about legal matters of who owns the land.


If someday you come to pickup berry’s or mushrooms, there are some tips in this web and more information. If you, like me, can’t difference the names & kinds of berrys, this web will be helpful too.

Mmmh… sweet peas from the market

Wednesday July 8th, 2009. 10:04 AM. Published under Finland culture, Photos, Summer. 1 Comment.

Herne: 3 euroa / litra

Summer Solstice in Tampere, Finland

Monday June 29th, 2009. 04:43 AM. Published under Finland culture, Photos, Summer. 8 Comments.

One week ago, 21st of June was Summer solstice, when the day is the longest (daylight) in the year in the northern hemisphere of the Earth.

In Finland is quite impressive for the foreigners that during these days the nights are really short and doesn’t get very dark. It is like a long infinite sunset that never ends and joins with sunrise again. To see the real midsummer night (sun always visible 24 h) you should go to the north of Finland, Lapland.

As you might know, I’m currently living in the city of Tampere, and like I explained in the previous post, I wanted to check the possibilities of the camera Canon A590 with CHDK. So I programmed it to take pictures in short intervales. I left the camera in a tripod in the top of the building I am living in, and I went to sleep (after closing all the curtains)

This is the result of joining 1000 thousand photographs where you can see the Särkänniemi amusement park and the observation tower Näsinneula, an icon of the city of Tampere, which have an expensive rotary restaurant in the top with really nice views.

Song: Télépopmusik - Breathe

Oficially sunset was at 23.11 and sunrise at 3.42 in Tampere.

There is a Spanish film called Los amantes del círculo polar ártico (Lovers of the Arctic Circle, 1998), and part of the film was filmed in Finland. This small clip from this film shows how it is the midsummer in Rovaniemi, in the Finnish Lapland.

The next image was made by Isilmetriel. It’s not real, was computer made, but it shows beautifully the concept of Midsummer night:


Finland? = Such a cold weather, isn’t it?

Saturday June 27th, 2009. 02:54 AM. Published under Finland culture, Photos, Scandinavia, Summer. 2 Comments.

Not always. Summer in Finland exists!. This is the weather for this weekend. Tampere, in the center of Finland, will be 29º today, same temperature than in Costa del Sol, Málaga (Spain).


Full weather page from Aamulehti 27.06.2009 (500 Kb).

* Huomenna = Tomorrow
* Sää = Weather
* Aurinko = Sun

Aurinko dates tells you when is the sunrise and the sunset. You can appreciate a difference between Helsinki and Tampere because of their different latitudes. To see the midnight sun, (”night-without night” in finnish: yötön yö), when the sun is visible for a continuous 24 hours you will have to go to the north, Lapland. For example Rovaniemi, close to the Arctic Circle, midnigt sun is from 6th of June to 6th of July. Of course, more north you go, more days you can see the midnight sun. The extreme is the North Pole with 6 months daytime, 6 months nighttime in the year.


What people do in summer in Tampere? Go to the beach of the lake, their boats/yachts, sauna, fishing,… whatever but try to be all the time they can outside, because summer is short in Finland and you have to take most of it.