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It was quite amazing that despite the 'heat wave' of this so called winter, there was still enough ice for a Nordic skating tour. The theme of the tour was ice reconnaissance and improving one's skating technique. However, a week of temperatures above 0 °C had weakened the ice in such a way that the original destination at the other end of the lake was not reachable. As the skating...
Nordic skating is quite photogenic sports (or way of life?). Yesterday we made a day trip to nearby Helvetinjärvi (Hell's lake -->thus the title of the post) National Park and visited four different lakes. Absolutely a wonderful place: beautiful scenery, silence, beaches, pine forests – Finnish wilderness at its best. We took quite many video clips with a GoPro and a drone, here's a short video we edited of the...
I've been quite busy this winter: a lot of study and work-related projects have kept me by my desk. I've only envied the pics and videos of other skaters as the season started already at October in these parts of Finland. But today, finally, I personally opened the skating season as we made a 30 km tour on the northern end of Lake Vesijärvi at Kangasala. And it really paid...

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I got the idea about starting this blog when I was building a website for Villipihlaja experience and activity service provider—website design...
When I started this blog, one of my aims was to present some tourism service providers which I use myself or that...
In the previous text about activities in Tampere I dealt with activities in and around nature. As Tampere is—at least in the...
In many tourism and travel research surveys, culture is one of the most important reasons to visit a certain destination. The problem...

Mikko Manka

In the wintertime as a tourism researcher TAK Research, a bit of a PhD researcher as well and in the summertime aboard Finnish steamboats. In this blog, you will find stories about and around travel and tourism. The opinions are my own, don't blame anyone else. Welcome aboard!

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