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The biggest steamboat news of the year 2022 was published on September 22. The company operating s/s Tarjanne published a Facebook post in which they told that Tarjanne is returning to using wood as her fuel beginning in the summer of 2023. Of course, Tarjanne is not the only steamboat in Finland that has been "returned to wood" from the oil fuelled boilers. For example, steamboats Kouta, Näsijärvi II...
It is still snowing, while I am writing this post. However, the summer is coming faster than one thinks so it is time to write a "traditional" (third) post of the forthcoming Finnish steamboat summer 2022. This time I do not write an all-embracing article of everything happening in the Finnish steamboat scene but rather a post of steamboats and events that I can recommend myself. In addition, the...
As the Nordic skating season is not yet here, it was nice to pay a visit to the small river Haukkajoki about 60 km north of Tampere. The rainy season has had a nice effect as there was plenty of water and the stream flow was excellent. Of course, the water tends to be a bit cold at this point (6°C) but with proper equipment it is not a...

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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 is something...
When I started this blog, one of my aims was to present some tourism service providers which I use myself or that I am...
In the previous text about activities in Tampere I dealt with activities in and around nature. As Tampere is—at least in the Finnish scale—a...
In many tourism and travel research surveys, culture is one of the most important reasons to visit a certain destination. The problem is—if there...

Mikko Manka

Now a full-time PhD researcher on the history of Interrail. In the summertime you can probably find me aboard Finnish steamboats, in the winter (tour) skating over ice. In this blog, you will find stories about skating, steamboats, tourism and research. Perhaps something else, too. The opinions are my own, you can't blame anyone else.
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