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Hori

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« on: January 12, 2006, 19:41:43 »
My family and I are currently looking for somewhere different to go on holiday this year and hoped that someone may be able to suggest somewhere. We have been thinking of perhaps Norway, Sweden, Finland or Denmark. We would consider going for a winter holiday as the kids would love the snow but not at a skiing resort.

We have two young children of two and three years old and therefore require somewhere with lots to do during the day. We enjoy holidays involving walking, sight seeing, nature, lakes, anything regarding animals, swimming pool/spas. Basically anything in the great outdoors but nothing too strenuous as were not the fittest folk.

Hope this might inspire you and look forward to any suggestions you may have.

Many thanks
Hori


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« Reply #1 on: January 12, 2006, 23:53:25 »
Welcome Hori, I too am interested in exploring Scandinavia so hppe there are lots of replies!
 

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« Reply #2 on: January 13, 2006, 11:37:26 »
Lets hope so Heather. All I know at the moment is that it is very expensive but spectacular.

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« Reply #3 on: January 13, 2006, 13:52:08 »
Hello Hori and Heather. As a Finn I feel compelled to cover something about Finland. Strictly speaking, the country doesn’t belong to Scandinavia. However, in respect to timesharing it has the advantage of being able to offer a selection of 26 RCI and 17 II resorts (though a few of them are dual affiliated), a lot more that the other Nordic Countries. So, timeshares are quite a success here.

About what to do and see should you choose Finland, these two sites might offer some ideas to start with: http://www.visitfinland.com/ and http://www.finlandforyou.com/index.html . The language shouldn’t be a problem, at least all the younger people understand English.

The price level that you referred to may be slightly higher than in the U.K. , but a timeshare accommodation helps a lot. Cheap flights are provided by Ryanair, Blue One, and Sterling, e.g.

I recently read that around last Christmas some 440 planes full of tourist from the U.K. visited Lapland to see Santa and get a taste of real winter fun. The early spring (April) is also a good time as the days are sunnier, longer, the frost milder and there’s still snow at least in the north. In the summer this is a totally different country, green, warm, and beautiful.

In case you need any specific info, I’ll be glad to help you where I can.
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« Reply #4 on: January 13, 2006, 18:57:46 »
hello Arim,


We would love to visit your country and have tried a few times to plan a 3 or 4 weeks summerholiday to Finland but somehow we have never succeeded to make a definitive choice of where to stay. Which regions/ timeshare resorts would you advice for a 3/4 weeks trip in July/August through Finland? We would also consider a combination of Finland and short trips (say 3 days)) to the North Cape and/or St. Petersburg.

Thanks

Loes.

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« Reply #5 on: January 13, 2006, 23:25:55 »
Please keep on talking! This thread is becoming increasingly informative for the rest of us dreamers! I'm really interested, but, being from Canada, will skip the months when there is snow. I've had my fill of the white stuff. OK, Christmas Day excluded! June to September for me!

Heather

 

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« Reply #6 on: January 14, 2006, 10:19:39 »
Hello all

Thanks for the info Arim, will check out the sites and get back shortly.
Cheers
Hori

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« Reply #7 on: January 15, 2006, 16:23:34 »
First of all, we have long distances here, well, not so long as in Canada. Don’t include too much in your itinerary. In summer I would consider the lake district in central Finland. In Lapland you find mostly mosquitoes until mid August.

The timeshares that I would consider in summer are RCI 2233, 3058, 5870, and perhaps 2937 (city location) plus Interval KKV and SRN, but you need a good trader. Then again,  there are thousands, tens of thousands summer cottages that you can rent. These are a good (better?) alternative if you don’t manage to book a timeshare. The amenities of these cottages vary from very basic to luxurious, as do the prices. However, practically every one of them has a (private) lake beach, a row boat and a sauna. Google for the phrase “lomamökit summer cottages” for private tenants or see the broker http://www.lomarengas.fi/en/www/index.html.stx

We have a thing called “every man’s right”, so for example, you can walk freely in the woods and pick wild berries or mushrooms if you wish. For fishing you may need a license and a permission from the owner of the water area. No permit is required for basic angling with a hook and line. When driving, occasionally turn away from the main roads to see the countryside and the lakes, otherwise it’s mainly woods after woods I’m afraid.

St. Petersburg is best accessed by a train from Helsinki. You need a VISA and a lot of open mind and flexibility. It’s better to participate a package tour of some travel agency, unless you are an experienced traveller. The city of Tallinn in Estonia is a much easier target and still offers a totally different setting and a low price level. There are plenty of ferries that make the voyage in one and a half to four hours, or take a twenty minutes helicopter ride. To reach the North Cape in Norway you need to fly 1000 kms from Helsinki to Ivalo and then probably rent a car to make the rest 200 kms.

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« Reply #8 on: January 24, 2006, 13:46:19 »
Thanks Arim for your reply. Your information is very useful to us. Thanks for your tip about Tallinn. As a part of a Finland trip we would consider staying in Lapland for one week after mid August and from there visit the North Cape on a 2-3 days trip. Do you know any timeshares in Lapland and which one would you recommend? Which one would have the best location for a visit to both the North Cape and Rovaniemi?

Loes.

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« Reply #9 on: January 25, 2006, 17:29:28 »

Loes, If you plan to travel from Rovaniemi to Nordkap (North Cape) and to stay in Lapland for a week, I suggest that you book Holiday Club Saariselkä, RCI 3553, as it would be on your route. Its mainly a skiing resort, but in late August people go there for hiking and to see the autumn colours. Please book early.

It is a 250 kms drive from Rovaniemi to Saariselkä, futher 175 kms to the Norwegian boarder (Karigasniemi) and then still 280 kms to Nordkap.

Rovaniemi lies 830 kms from Helsinki. So, when buying your flight tickets, you could try to get an option to fly from Helsinki to Rovaniemi and then rent a car once there. It saves you from a two days drive.

Next week I myself will be in Gran Canaria and maybe not in a situation to write more. We got very cheap flights and managed to book a two bed in Gran Anfi at a very short notice.

Ari

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« Reply #10 on: January 25, 2006, 17:59:06 »
Hori, how about if you spend a family winter holiday on a Finnish farm with full board, domestic animals, horse rides, snow mobiles, cross country skiing, sauna, etc. I picked a few sites that hopefully put you on the picture.

http://www.maatilamatkailu.fi/eng/index.htm
http://www.travel.fi/fin/lomajussila/inenglish/
http://www.heikintupa.com/index.php?id=4855
http://www.kolumbus.fi/taattistentila/english.htm
http://www.nic.fi/~juhakum/english.html

Ari