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The circumstances are not always favourable for Nordic skating. For example, it has been too warm on last couple of nights and the ice surface has not get frozen enought for skating. However, one or two degrees below zero can be enough for a kicksled. Today we did a nice 51km kicksled tour from Kuru to Tampere on Lake Näsijärvi. I shot a GoPro Timewarp video of the trip in...
I have now been paddling three separate times with my tourskating friends: in November, December and January. The circumstances in the winter (ice, snow and fairy-tale like blue-grey colors) create quite a different experience being on a lake or paddling through small 'rivers' (I think a 'creek' would be more apt word to describe the ones we've paddled through). The Kiimajoki route is really close (30 min drive) to my...
The year 2020 is—luckily—nearing its end. Covid pandemic has been dominating the year, but I have some positive memories of this year, too, even if it is hard to believe. Here I've gathered a picture or a video clip from every month of 2020. The theme is, not surprisingly, water and therefore, the main themes of the videos/pics are steamboats and tour skating. January One of the best moments of January...

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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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