🇪🇺 Europe - Winter in the Baltics and Finland

So why did you like it? Do I need a car, or is public transport good?

Helsinki is much better to be visited in the Summer. You mention late fall as your trip. This is the worst time of the year to visit Helsinki. Between October and X-mas there likely is no snow, it will be cold, rainy and very very dark. Lapland (northern part of Finland) will be ok from November forward as there should be snow on the ground by then. But overall for Finland I would visit southern Finland and Helsinki during July (the lakes and archipelago are truly beautiful) and northern Finland in March - April.

Snow or freezing temps will not cause any disruptions in Finland. Comparing to Sapporo its the temperature that can surprise you more than the snow. Its colder in Finland than Sapporo

Coffee. There are lots of coffee shops in Helsinki as any other city but I don’t think coffee is something that is done better in Finland than elsewhere. Helsinki has nice restaurants if you are into dining though.

As for flights with Russian airspace closed Japan is actually very far from Finland so its not a great stop over place if starting in Taiwan.


I wish I could go in summer but its work related and many people are off on summer vacations. As for Japan I have family there thus the reason for the stopover (and Fin Air does not fly to Taiwan). So what are nice recommendations for dining do you have. I will try the Burger King with a Sauna though. And yes Euro-Japan flights seem longer but to Finland seems they fly over the north pole.

Have you been to Hakaniemi Old Market Hall? Worth a visit, from the blog it looks good. They have deer meat items like northern Japan (where there is too many deer who need birth control)

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I will be there a day this summer for a meeting (still go in winter for a longer trip) so will try eat and drink more if I have time. A Taiwanese girl who was student there gave me lots places to eat and socialize so will try visit as much as I can.

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In nearby Estonia, nice weather and good for outdoor dining. Link has photo outdoors in the old town. I will still go longer this fall with more free time.

Shakshouka at Wow’s 邦查 Cafe(波浪屋2號倉庫) - Cuisine / East Coast & Islands Restaurants - Forumosa

Also nice seafood

Also airport coffee cafe is nice

Trams like in KHH (seems same model) except Tallin ones have female names

Lots of protest signs in from Russian offices in Tallin

Meatballs, some fish and dark break for breakfast. Nice food for me


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Nice summer in Finland & Baltics. I see lots of people with shorts for the long days (and warm for them) and nice dress ups in the summer evenings.

where are the Estonian and Finnish women?

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haha, women also look good, slim like Taiwanese. The second photo is Lithuanian park with water fountains and women in Bikinis enjoying the sun on the far right side (cut off).


You know… points get taken away for cutting out women in bikini pics.
Do you need to take proper lessons from @MalcolmReynolds :slight_smile:

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You can go visit one of the Kaohsiung beaches and maybe see Bikinis and wave to the China Navy. Much warmer there too, doubtful Finland or Lithuanian water spots get above 30.

I’m going to go biking around NSYSU and up the road past its western entrance to look for ChiComm naval ships :slight_smile:

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What did you see? Boats & more?

Tons of empty tankers stretching north and south of harbor.
So easy for one to meander toward harbor entrance and sink for reasons to be known later.

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ok, so like a normal day with ships offshore! Bikini’s too I guess (friend sent photos from the Eastern beaches trying to surf, saw many Bikinis ha)

A few bikinis by Cijin beach. Some even there for surfing.

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So, your at Kiekkobussi Areena - Lempäälän Jäähalli?? Play or watch a game or something else interesting?

Nope, just an immature meme I saw. Kind of fascinating how the river(?) meanders in such a fashion, geologically speaking.

Finland is pretty high on my temporarily-held visit list, still. I’ve been recommended it so many times by people that have lived there that I would fit into the culture that i’m curious if it indeed would be the case.

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