Kuusijärvi is only a 15 minute drive away from us in Helsinki, a lovely spot all in all: great beach by a lake, playground, smoke saunas to rent, café, and a starting point for several walks in Sipoonkorpi nature park. 

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Haltiala is a farm in Helsinki that gives city people an opportunity to see how a farm works. My son loved the tractors, my daughter was interested in the animals too. Picnic may have been the highlight of this little trip though… There are also some wooden piglets and…

Worth a stop: pretty waterways, reasonable size for a descent little walk, pretty flowers and relatively real looking animal sculptures for kids to spot and rehearse their photographic skills on.

Lappeenranta, a city about 3 hours drive north east from Helsinki, builds every year huge sand sculptures by lake Saimaa. They call it a sand castle but I think it is more than that, showing a number of amazing and creative designs. We had a lovely morning walk in the area.

Just a short walk away from the central market in Kuopio in Eastern Finland lies the green peninsula Väinölänniemi, that offers a lovely morning walk. By the shore one can see our hotel Scandic, not free for most but a lovely location and with a great range of glutenfree products. 

Tartu, Estonia.  A random use of a former Soviet airfield but supposedly the museum is worth a visit. We’ll make it in next time. Behind it something more random: an upside down house. 

The beach in Pärnu is famous, but I didn’t realise how fantastic it is until we went there. I’d be happy to go back! I was impressed to read on a statue that already in the 19th century the head of the town had the foresight to start developing the beach area to make it […]

We totally underestimated the size of this former sailing giant that is now with EU money trying to restore the old skills and traditions.  We didn’t make it across the whole island to the highest light house but we climbed up the one closer the capital of the island. Next to it was also a […]

When we arrived by ferry in Tallinn, we immediately drove to Haapsalu. Haapsalu is less than 2 hours a way, even perfect for a weekend getaway. We were a bit surprised by the excellent condition of the roads in Estonia but heard that Estonia has put both tax and EU money into good use. We […]

After the long hauls to Australia in March-April, we decided to explore Estonia, which is only 2 hours away on a ferry. We loved beautiful Estonia, there is so much more than Tallinns Old Town to it! Cost of the holiday This holiday cost us, a family of 4, about 500e, food, ferry (with car. […]

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