Monday, October 24, 2005

Seven Mountains!

There are seven mountains in Äkäslompolo.

Äkäslompolo and Ylläs!

Äkäslompolo and Ylläs Location

After Polar Circle in Sweden I came back to Lapland (Finland). Äkäslompolo and Ylläs were the selected places to visit.

Sunday, October 23, 2005

The First Snow!

The first snow came last night:)

Friday, October 21, 2005

Return to Finland!

Arctic Circle Map

Polar Circle Point

The Arctic Circle is the southern latitude where the midnight sun can be seen at the summer solstice.

During a period of 40,000 years the Arctic Circle moves southwards and northwards within an area 180 km wide (A). During a period of 18,6 years, it also moves within an area 570 m wide (B).

The Arctic Circle will reach its northernmost position in the year 12,000, return here in 22,000, to reach its southernmost position in 32,000 and so forth.

Thursday, October 20, 2005

Welcome to Sweden
Tornionjoki River

We are now in Sweden. On the other side of the river we can see Finland. Tornionjoki River defines the border between Finland and Sweden.

After Keminmaan we cross the bridge after Ylitornio to visit Arctic Circle in Sweden.

Wednesday, October 19, 2005

Welcome to Lapland!
Bem vindo à Lapónia!

We are now in Keminmaan. You can see Keminmaan location in the previous post.

Keminmaan is located in Lapland. In the next posts I'm going to show you the other visited places in Lapland.

Tuesday, October 18, 2005

Departure: Jyväskylä
Destination: Keminmaan

In the old times Keminmaan was more important than Kemi because of its water proximity. When the sea went down Kemi was founded and became the main place.

Kemi has the world's largest snow castle. You also can have a good time spending a night at the Mammut Snow Hotel where the temperature in the hotel rooms is a crisp -5 degrees, but you nevertheless sleep warm in a Ajungilak sleeping bag:)

Good Morning!

in Yllas Arctic Hill

Friday, October 14, 2005


in National Geographic

During this weekend I'm going to Lapland. I'll be back soon:)

Have a nice weekend!

Thursday, October 13, 2005

Russian Moment!

My neighbor brought me a russian beer from St. Petersburg.

Good Night.

Wednesday, October 12, 2005

Spy Museum

Spy Museum in Tampere

Spy Museum's exhibition gives a good cross-section about world wide espionage.

The collection includes items from western and eastern organizations.

From KGB we have spy cameras, a PSM-pistol which can pierce a bulletproof vest, an agent cape, a series of classified maps and a portable microfilm device from the 1980's.

Good Morning!

Pegwell Bay, Kent - a Recollection of October 5th 1858
William Dyce

Tuesday, October 11, 2005

Doctor Honoris Causa

Tomorrow my Univeristy will confer the dignity of doctor honoris causa in order to distinguish Kofi Annan in Political Science, Law and International Relations.


New University of Lisbon

United Nations

Monday, October 10, 2005

Amuri Museum of Workers' Housing

Amuri Museum of Workers' Housing in Tampere

Amuri Museum of Workers' Housing presents workers' living conditions from the shared kitchens in 1800's to the 1970's.

The museum consists of five residential and four outbuildings. All of the former lie in their original positions as do three of the outbuildings.

Sunday, October 09, 2005

Rupriikki Media Museum

Rupriikki Media Museum in Tampere

The Rupriikki Museum provides an insight into the history and the development of mass communications and sheds light on how news is put together. Rupriikki also provides real, up-to-date information about the media and information on the background of various forms of communications.

in Rupriikki Media Museum

Central Museum of Labour

The Steam Engine Museum is the home of the Sulzer steam engine that was used as a power source at the Finlayson Factory. This giant of an engine is the biggest steam engine ever used in Finland.

This engine was manufactured by a Swiss company called Gebruder Sulzer in 1899 and at the beginning of the 20th century it generated energy for the spinnery as well for the new weaving mill.

At the time the Finlayson factory was the biggest factory in Finland (3000 employees).

The Factory gained its energy rather equally from three different sources: water turbines, the Sulzer engine and other steam engines in the Factory.

Central Museum of Labour in Tampere

Friday, October 07, 2005

Finlayson at night!

The visit of Czar Alexander I to the Tammerkoski on September 10th, 1819 had a favourable effect to the founding of the Finlayson Cotton Mill.

Finlayson in Tampere

In the old Finlayson textile mill, Panimoravintola Plevna is the most enjoyable place to dine in Tampere.

Thursday, October 06, 2005


The cotton mill industry started spinning in Tampere thanks to James Finlayson. The know-how and expertise of the Finlayson cotton mill soon made it Finland's first large scale industrial company and it became a city within Tampere with its own church, hospital and school.

Finlayson in Tampere

Today Finlayson area is an attractive destination for visitors. Inside of this little city I visited the Central Museum of Labour, the Rupriikki Media Museum and the Spy Museum.

Wednesday, October 05, 2005

Good Night!

Arts and Crafts Center in Tampere

Tuesday, October 04, 2005

Tampere Tourist Office

Tampere Tourist Office

All major Finnish towns have a tourist office with helpful, English-speaking staff, English-language brochures and excellent free maps. Most offices publish a mini-guide to their town or region and all have a website (which usually

If you are panning to visit some place in Finland, you could send an e-mail to the Tourist Office asking for brochures and free maps. They will answer you sending the required information for your home.

Monday, October 03, 2005

Manchester of the North!

The Swedish King Gustav III signed the founding document of the City of Tampere on 1/10/1779.

Tampere grew and became the main industrial centre of Finland in the 19th century.

The town's industrial nature in the 19th and 20th centuries gave it the nickname 'Manchester of the North.'


Most of the Industries have now been transformed into superb cultural centres, bars and restaurants.

Sunday, October 02, 2005


Tampere Town Hall

Tampere is the biggest Finnish city outside the Helsinki area and the biggest non-coastal Scandinavian city. Tampere is known as the Finnish Manchester because of its history of cotton and steel industry.