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Finland Tourist Traps

  • Kiasma (The Museum of Contemporary Art)

    Helsinki Tourist Traps

    This might be a nice modern building, but a waste of money and time if you will get to the exhibitions inside. In the summer, just sit at the terrace café, nice and peaceful place pointing to the west and there fore, lots of sunshine in the afternoon. Any of the other exhibitions in any of the other museums in Helsinki

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  • Särkänniemi Amusement Park

    Tampere Tourist Traps

    Särkänniemi is probably one of the biggest tourist attractions in Tampere. In Särkänniemi you can visit the amusement park, aquarium, dolphinarium, children's animal park, Sara Hilden art museum, planetarium and the highest observation tower of the nordic countries called Näsinneula. Go to Näsinneula. The tower peak is at 168 meters. Restaurant is...

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  • Linnanmaki Amusement Park

    Helsinki Tourist Traps

    Okay, it's an attractionpark and it's very close to the city. But that's about it. It's mind of rundown, no atmosphere andn no special attractions. Though not cheap. If you want to go to an attractionpark, better go to some other place (Germany, France, the Netherlands). If you want to do sightseeing in Helsinki, better spend your time enjoying...

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  • Santa Village... Tourist trap? halfway

    If you head up to Rovaniemi (by the way it can be fun to take the overnight train, but flying might be cheaper), then its pretty much compulsory to visit Santa's village. After all you want to go to the arctic circle don't you? You should know simply by its existence, that this is a tourist trap. That said, as tourist traps go, it isn't too bad....

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  • Everywhere lakes

    In central and southern Finland, the landscape was everywhere dominated by lakes and forests. This is not a bad thing, at the contrary, it is a peaceful and idyllic place to be, especially during summer. However the mistake we did was that we hired a car in order to go to different places and have different images from the countryside.... And we...

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  • Suomenlinna, traveller's tale

    Our Lonelyplanet and Rough guide - we had both in the company- were describing Suommenlinna island, outside Helsinki as a MUST visit spectacular place. Well, ok, neither the trip with the boat nor the island itself was actually that good to me. Locals go there for resting in the sunshine during long summer days, but for me it was just a 15 min....

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  • Let Santa REST during the SUMMER....

    "Santa Claus Village near Rovaniemi " During the summer time most of the atractions are closed - One explanation we heard was: "we are short of staff, cause of holidays", another was "summer is a good time for refurbishing"... Actually there are more shops and cafes, than amusement spots. We could talk to Santa and ride very simple Rudolf's sledge...

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  • The monopoly on alcohol drinks

    This is not a trap only for tourists but for all of us. The state of Finland still has full monopoly of alcohol drinks, wine and spirits. Also the state tax laws are very high for alcoholic items, which make some drinks to cost x3 times more from what you pay for the same item in other EU country.

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  • The souveneers in Lapland......

    The souveneers in Lapland... most 'made in China'. If you are going to buy something real, do try to find a real 'Samè'!And the Santa Park... if you really love amusement parks, then do go. The real Santa does live in Finland though, but he 'hired' the Santa Park people for the job I presume. Try out Linnanmäki (the money goes for the kids!), or...

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  • Rauma - the watertower

    As beautiful as Rauma is the view from the nearby watertower hold what it supposedly could offer.The woodenold-town area of Rauma looks plain and casual - not at all what it appears while wandering on its streets. Wait for sunny day and climb the tower - the view over the vast ever-green woods one could describe as sheer natural art. unless you...

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  • Flow water, flow... Imatra rapids

    but no....To some this may be a spectacular Off the Beaten Path tip, but I was disappointed - again. I already had visited the rapids in Imatra in 1997 - it was just as lame as this year. Last time you even could go closer to the edge of the canyon, but now they had moved the path away from the edge. The problem is the canyon has no water - they...

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  • Not everything is gold that shines

    While driving on the route #7 let's say from Helsinki towards east you will come across a most peculiar spot, a bar to be exact - the Swiss Baari just outside Kotka.There's nothing worth seeing - really. It seems the place is closed, don't know for sure, looks like a ghost house anyway. When you see it just step on the gas, and pronto! or if you...

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  • There are not too many, just few things

    There are few things that need to be aware in Finland, the main different here then central & western Europe is that the country side, hotels & restaurants are not cheaper then in the cities and actually costing even more sometimes.Also food in the stores in the countryside will cost more. Services as well. It is all because of the distances,...

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  • The church in the rock

    'Temppeliaukio church' in Helsinki. It's No. 1 tourist attraction but I think it's the ugliest church in Helsinki, all the others are much better!

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  • I discovered that when in the...

    I discovered that when in the Lakeland, the shops nearby the bigger tourist attractions carry souvenirs, such as the great Finnish design and different viewcards, at much higher prices than the shopping malls that often carry the exact same goods. Another thing is that you can buy a little sheet of stamps in the paper- and bookstores for less than...

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  • Santaland just outside...

    Santaland just outside Rovanemi. Unless you have a fetish for souvenir shops then steer clear!!!! Plus a photo with Santa will set you back around €17 - complete rip off.You can however get your passport stamped to say you crossed the Artic Circle for the more reasonable sum of 30 cents (mind you it's free at the post office in the Artic Cirle in...

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  • Tourist traps - ha, there...

    Tourist traps - ha, there aren't enough tourists to trap in Finland to make it worth while, especially not foreign ones. Everyone is treated equally fairly - tourist or not. You will never be overcharged or ripped off in Finland. The prices are high but they're the same for everyone.

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  • As You see from mean prices...

    As You see from mean prices Finland is slightly expensive country, but You can survive here with smaller budget also.

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  • Everybody´s already using...

    Everybody´s already using his/her at least 3rd model of NOKIA phones. We call them Handys, like germans do. Basic handys are out of fashion. Forget these and buy instead a handy with MP3 player, or with color display or ...

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  • Don't put more money than you...

    Don't put more money than you wanna spend for a telephone call. You won't be refunded by the telephone booth.I bought a ticket with 1000 km (which finished pretty soon) for travelling by bus and you can use it everywhere. Unfortunately small trips cost a lot more than long trips if compared, so try that special tourist ticket with 1000 km (350 fin...

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  • In most tourist guides you can...

    In most tourist guides you can read that 'Finland is a place where East and West meet'. In short, it is not true. I came to Finland from East and can insure you that it is definetely Western country. Finnish-Russian border separates two different worlds. Of course, you can find a lot of Russian restaurants in Helsinki and plenty of kitschy...

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  • The best and only period to go...

    The best and only period to go in Finland (expecially to Lapland) is July! In spring the weather is cold and it rains often, there are few bus connections in the touristic villages suburbs or to the Natural Parks and also the cruises in the lakes are not in work. WHY GO TO NORTH CAPE? To stay in a big troubling building looking a reef under clouded...

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