I would imagine there are more amazing parts of Finland to visit than the bits I saw. I hope so. And I was only there for two days so take what I write below with a pinch of salt.
10th - 12th July 2013
I've heard the lakes further north are nice. The south is nothing to get excited about.
For such an expensive country obviously collecting a lot of tax the roads were often surprisingly shoddy.
Some of the main roads had cycle paths although their design, with unavoidable Tour de France-style slopes down to the tunnel beneath the road and back up again, was clearly not the work of a cyclist.
Helsinki had plenty of cycle paths but these were usually painted pavements with annoying drainage channels all too often.
My two campsites averaged €18.
Food is expensive in supermarkets. The cheapest can of rubbish lager was close to €4, way over my budget. I didn't find out how much beer costs in bars and restaurants. I didn't want to openly weep.
The cost of getting a spoke fixed was approximately 27 times more than in Latvia.
Unlike elsewhere in Scandinavia, English wasn't so widely spoken. One elderly cycle shop owner seemed oddly proud that he couldn't speak anything other than Finnish, an obscure language spoken by no one else on the planet. Well done, Mr International.
There must be reasons. Unfortunately I don't know what they are. Hopefully someone can tell me.
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Josie Dew reported having a reindeer or moose stumble into her tent, which is potentially a dangerous incident. European bears are very shy and the risk of an unpleasant encounter is very low. In Scandinavia as a whole, there have only been only 3 or 4 incidents in the last century.
iviehoff (Oct 2011)
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