Tallinn – Estonia

Tallinn, Estonia

Tallinn, Estonia

We took the ferry from Helsinki to Tallinn and the old walled city, which is a UNESCO World Heritage city, is a marvel to wander through.

Photograph taken with Nikon D100 & 12-24mm lens @ 14mm, ƒ9 on 12th August 2007

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Porvoo – Finland

Riverside storage buildings, Porvoo, Finland

Riverside storage buildings, Porvoo, Finland

While we were staying in Helsinki we took a day trip to Porvoo. Porvoo is a city and a municipality situated on the southern coast of Finland approximately 50 kilometres east of Helsinki. Porvoo is one of the six medieval towns in Finland, first mentioned as a city in texts from 14th century. Porvoo is the seat of the Swedish speaking Diocese of Borgå of the Evangelical Lutheran Church of Finland.

Photograph taken with Nikon D100 & 24-85mm lens @ 78mm, ƒ8 on 10th August 2007.

Osmankajarvie – Finland

Osmankajarvie, Finland

Osmankajarvie, Finland

Osmankajarvie was where Sinnika & Pertti have their mokki, summer cottage. Next to the lake and set amongst the forest their summer holiday home consisted of four buildings. The main holiday home, a dormitory, a “Lapland Teepee” smokehouse for the fish and a sauna. There was no electricity lines or running water. Electricity was supplied by their solar power and the fresh water came from a nearby spring, which had the best water I have tasted. This was one of the most tranquil places we have stayed; wandering through the forest picking fresh berries, venturing out on the lake to catch fresh fish, the obligatory pre-dinner sauna & quick dip in the lake and lazing on the lake shore reading a good book. Our meals consisted of fresh local foods using the berries, smoked and fried fresh fish with local vegetables. Life doesn’t get much better.

Photograph taken with Nikon D100 & 24-85mm @ 42mm, ƒ11 on 7th August 2007

Hepokongås – Finland

Hepokongås Waterfall, Finland

Hepokongås Waterfall, Finland

After a relaxing week and enjoying a Finnish wedding in Vihanti Sinnika & Pertti took us to their mokki, summer holiday home, on the shores of Osmankajarvie. Along the way we stopped at the impressive Hepokongås waterfall. The colour of the water is due to the peaty surroundings.

Photograph taken with Nikon D100 & 12-24mm lens @ 12mm, ƒ9 on 6th August 2007.

Vihanti 3 – Finland

Sunset, Vihanti, Finland

Sunset, Vihanti, Finland

Mika our Finnish friend invited us to Vihanti to attend  his brother’s wedding. Jarkko and Anne’s wedding was certainly different to weddings in Malaysia and New Zealand. Mika and Jarkko’s parents, Sinnika and Pertti certainly made us feel as one of the family and we had a peaceful and interesting visit to Vihanti. On our way back home we stopped at the lake to catch the evening sunset.

Photograph taken with Nikon D100 & 12-24mm lens at 24mm, ƒ6.3 on 5th August 2007.