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The Midsummer trip to 112 years old steamboat Tarjanne gave a lot of video material. Therefore, I decided to compile a short 'documentary' of this special steamer's past and present. I have bother worked aboard Tarjanne and studied its history, so this steamboat is especially dear to me. Tarjanne is the last of its species: still steaming along its original route. And as far as I know (of course, I...
In June, I was on a bit different steamboat cruise as I was part of moving the steamboat Norrkulla from Helsinki to Savonlinna, from the Baltic Sea to Lake Saimaa. The name of the steamer was changed from Norrkulla to Saaristo in the destination, so that's why s/s Saaristo is used in the title. Background and preparations Steamboat Norrkulla has a lively history. Originally it was used in the Nauvo (Nagu...
This winter with little no or little snow has been quite awful for cross-country skiing in the Southern Finland. However, the conditions for Nordic Skating have been quite good here at Tampere. The last week offered almost once-in-a-lifetime conditions as the big lakes (e.g. Näsijärvi) got ice cover that was durable enough for Nordic Skating. I had already lost hope for that to happen this year, but a week...

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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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A Preview on the Finnish Steamboat Summer 2019

When the snow seems to be melting away my thoughts are more and more occupied by the forthcoming summer. When the Finnish...

Last of Its Species. Along the Poet’s Way with Steamboat Tarjanne

The Midsummer trip to 112 years old steamboat Tarjanne gave a lot of video material. Therefore, I decided to compile a short 'documentary' of...

The Sauna Capital of the World – Tampere activities part 2

In the previous text about activities in Tampere I dealt with activities in and around nature. As Tampere is—at least in the...

From the Baltic Sea to Lake Saimaa – the Repositioning Cruise of s/s Saaristo

In June, I was on a bit different steamboat cruise as I was part of moving the steamboat Norrkulla from Helsinki to Savonlinna, from...

There and Back Again: a Steamboat Trip to St. Petersburg in 2011

I have been on diverse steamboat trips, but there is one that I will never forget: the trip to 308th anniversary of...

Nordic Skating along the Poet’s Way

Eilen pääsin pitkästä aikaa mukaan Suomen retkiluistelijoiden retkelle. Lokakuussa leikattu olkapää on pitänyt pois jäiltä pitkän aikaa. Olen saanut vain kateellisena katsella...

InterRail -72

I have been following with great interest the debate about traveling by land (instead of by air) due to increasing climate consciousness....

Skating along the Poet’s Way – part II

I wrote earlier of the Nordic skating trip between Virrat and Ruovesi along the Poet's Way (the name for the lake route between Tampere...

Food and Drinks at Tampere – part 3

In many tourism and travel research surveys, culture is one of the most important reasons to visit a certain destination. The problem...

Thoughts about tourism and research

I got the idea about starting this blog when I was building a website for Villipihlaja experience and activity service provider—website design...