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I too am enjoying all the Finnish visitors here but no way are you getting me to do any ice swimming!  I'll get my endorfin high elsewhere thank you very much!!

Please keep posting the cultural stuff, its been in interesting read around here lately.  This trip sounds like quite an adventure

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You probably will not see any snow or ice next autumn while you´re here . What you will see most certainly , will be water , in every imaginable forms. It will rain in morning , noon and night. In morning you will see a beautiful Finnish wall of fog when you look from the window of the hotel. Temperatures will be somewhere around 40 - 50 degrees Fahrenheit.  All the streets near the hotel where you reside will be dug open , because some old waterpipe has been broken and then water flooded the whole trainstation or whatever station is nearby, and of course it has to be so that the drivers union is in strike that week , so the busdrivers are not driving and this way the whole public transportation is jammed. All the people are motoring to their workplaces, every single one has their own car because carpooling is not known in Finland. Traffic jams are here! Road rage is starting to surface and people are yearning for blood. When you try to sey "hello" or "good morning" to someone you will not get answer but you will be cursed to depths of hell . Thats how things are usually here.wink.gif

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Wheee!

I got the tickets and booked my flight and hotel, everything is done, and I'll arrive on wednesday 6th at afternoon on Helsinki Airport. Awesome, I'm really excited about this. Now lets see who else of you will be there, so we can go drink a beer after the games smile.gif

@v1atlantis: Do you guys know on which of the airports I'll usually arrive coming from germany and what possibilities I have getting to my Hotel in Katajanokka from there (bus, train, subway)? 

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Wheee!

I got the tickets and booked my flight and hotel, everything is done. Awesome, I'm really excited about this. Now lets see who else of you will be there, so we can go drink a beer after the games smile.gif

Greetz,

Portis

Ok, at least one is coming  wink.gif  Welcome!

Here are some summer activities that we have here :

Wife carrying contest: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=PIB9UcA5iQU      History : http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Wife_carrying

Mobile phone hurling championships: http://www.savonlinnafestivals.com/en_index.htm

Air guitar worldchamps: http://www.airguitarworldchampionships.com/2008/EN/home.html

Sauna world championships: http://www.saunaheinola.com/

Swamp soccer championships: http://www.suopotkupallo.fi/index.php?c_la=en   , http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=XE-DZwiLwf4

And of course the rubberboot throwing :

Something about everything:  http://goscandinavia.about.com/od/annualeventsinfinland/tp/weirdeventsfinland.htm 

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How about any hunting or fishing activities? I'd love to do a fishing trip.
I  don´t  know if there are any hunting trips arranged for foreign people. Could be , though. Wait a couple of days and i will give you an answer to that.

I would gladly take you with me to hunting (moose) trip , but our group probably won´t be hunting before the end of October . But if there is snow on the ground at the beginning of October we just might start it then. Fishing... heres some info about that: http://www.fishinginfinland.com/

  

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  • Finland is situated in northern Europe and shares borders with Sweden, Norway and Russia.
  • Finland is a constitutional republic and became a member of the European Union in the year 1995.
  • The capital of Finland is Helsinki. A quarter of the country’s total area lies north of the Arctic Circle.
  • Forest covers about 75 per cent of Finland and water bodies, around 188,000 lakes, make about 10 percent of the country.
  • The principal archipelago and the self-governing province of the Åland Islands lie off the south-west coast, while the main lake district of Finland is in the east.
  • Finland is the seventh largest country in Europe, in terms of area, but has a very low population density.
  • Finland has two official languages, Finnish and Swedish.
  • The majority of people in Finland belong to the Evangelical Lutheran Church and fraction of them follows Finnish Orthodoxy.
  • Finland declared independence from Russia in 1917 and became a republic in 1919.
  • Finland joined the United Nations in 1955 and the Nordic Council in 1956.
  • There are as many as 180,000 islands in Finland.
  • The Finnish currency is euro (EUR), divided into 100 cents (sentti).
  • Finland is the home of the Santa Claus. He also has an office in the North of Finland, on the Arctic Circle.
  • Finland was one of the last regions of Europe to adopt Christianity.
  • According to the World Audit study of 2006, Finland is the least corrupt and most democratic country in the world.
  • Finland ranked 1st at the World Economic Forum's Global Competitiveness Report Index Ranking in 2006 and 2nd in terms of Growth Competitiveness Index.
  • Nokia Corporation, a Finnish company, is amongst the largest mobile manufacturers of the world.
  • Finland is the only country in the world which broadcasts news in Latin.
  • Donald Duck comics were banned in Finland because Donald Duck doesn’t wear pants.
  • Halti, 1,327 m high Artic hill in Northern Finland, forms the highest point in the country.
  • There are 1.8 million saunas in Finland, of which approximately 500 are traditional smoke saunas.

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http://www.hartwall-areena.com/en/ Theres a link to HA page

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One of my kids has to pick a country to do a report on school, I told him he needed to pick Finland and use this board as a reference. smile.gif

I've decided if I get to go I'm entering the cell phone throwing contest, mine died today and deserves to be thrown.

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If you have the chance to go up to the Arctic circle do it.  I have spent a good amount of time there leg banding Canada geese in Nunavut and Quebec.  The arctic tundra and its wildlife are something most folks don't get to see.

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[..] Hotel Katajanokka was a prison before  roll.gifhttp://www.bwkatajanokka.fi/In_English/Hotel_Katajanokka [...]

Yeah I know, found that to be pretty interesting, and also it's the only Hotel I found where I'm allowed to smoke in my room smile.gif

Well, I hope I'll be able to find a bus that drives in the proper direction at all, as Airports use to be not too small, and I don't understand one single word of finnish nor can I read it^^

So for now: Who else is actually coming? As I saw on lippu.fi, all their tickets are already sold...

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Bus  615 should take you to Rautatientori  http://aikataulut.ytv.fi/linjat/en/s615.html It leaves from: AIRPORT TERMINAL 2   PLATFORM 21

Tiedosto:Mannerheimintie Helsinki-Panorama.JPG

Leave the bus when it looks like this^^

When you enter Rautatientori , you can either walk or take a taxi ( the hotel is about 1 km from Rautatientori)

Here is a map: http://www.visithelsinki.fi/In_English/map.iw3 

Zoom in to where it says "Mannerheimvägen" or "Kiasma" and when you zoom enough it says "Rautatientori" and you will find the spot where the bus leaves you.

Then roll the map a little to right and you see a headland that points to the sea. That is Katajanokka. From there you can find the street that is named: "Linnankatu" a street where the Hotel Katajanokka is.

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How about any hunting or fishing activities? I'd love to do a fishing trip.
Here : http://www.riista.fi/riistaen/index.php?group=00000038&mag_nr=4

" A foreigner intending to hunt in Finland should find out while still in his native country how and for what game he can obtain a hunting permit. This can be done conveniently through Finnish acquaintances. Hunting permit fees are decided by the holder of hunting rights. Permits usually include a game quota which must not be exceeded. The fees vary widely depending on the game animal species and the area. "

Here are some hunting companies :  http://www.metsastysretket.fi/en/

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Bus  615 should take you to Rautatientori  http://aikataulut.ytv.fi/linjat/en/s615.html It leaves from: AIRPORT TERMINAL 2   PLATFORM 21

Tiedosto:Mannerheimintie Helsinki-Panorama.JPG

Leave the bus when it looks like this^^

When you enter Rautatientori , you can either walk or take a taxi ( the hotel is about 1 km from Rautatientori)

Here is a map: http://www.visithelsinki.fi/In_English/map.iw3 

Zoom in to where it says "Mannerheimvägen" or "Kiasma" and when you zoom enough it says "Rautatientori" and you will find the spot where the bus leaves you.

Then roll the map a little to right and you see a headland that points to the sea. That is Katajanokka. From there you can find the street that is named: "Linnankatu" a street where the Hotel Katajanokka is.

While travelling in the Helsinki area, you can also use the Journey Planner: http://www.reittiopas.fi/en/. It is quite reliable. For example:

http://tinyurl.com/yz8e2gg

http://tinyurl.com/ykxdhbd

Unfortunately they have not fixed the timetables for autumn yet.

The ticket is valid about one hour and you can change as many times as you want between buses, trams, trains, underground and Suomenlinna ferry within the time the ticket is valid. There are different zones with different prices, though, but most probably you only need to think of that when you go to the airport. In your case you could use the same ticket for the bus to Rautatientori and for the tram to your Hotel. Taxi is pretty expensive in Finland for short distances.

For traveling in Finland outside the Helsinki area, you can use http://journey.fi.

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One of my kids has to pick a country to do a report on school, I told him he needed to pick Finland and use this board as a reference. smile.gif

I've decided if I get to go I'm entering the cell phone throwing contest, mine died today and deserves to be thrown.

Cell phone throwing is great , but what you really should try is rubberboot throwing or mosquito swatting. wink.gif Those are the best.

Well... swamp soccer is cool too , but it´s really hard. 

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[quote name='v1atlantis wrote:


ivyleager']How about any hunting or fishing activities? I'd love to do a fishing trip.

Here : http://www.riista.fi/riistaen/index.php?group=00000038&mag_nr=4

" A foreigner intending to hunt in Finland should find out while still in his native country how and for what game he can obtain a hunting permit. This can be done conveniently through Finnish acquaintances. Hunting permit fees are decided by the holder of hunting rights. Permits usually include a game quota which must not be exceeded. The fees vary widely depending on the game animal species and the area. "

Here are some hunting companies :  http://www.metsastysretket.fi/en/

Thanks! That helps. Sound like the same scenario of regulations and pre-travel plans that we were required to undergo on our Botswana hunt and safari. Most permits were handled by the safari operator and dependent upon each individual concession's game population. It may be doable.

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[quote name='Portisfreak wrote:


v1atlantis']

[..] Hotel Katajanokka was a prison before  
roll.gif
 [...]

Yeah I know, found that to be pretty interesting, and also it's the only Hotel I found where I'm allowed to smoke in my room smile.gif

Well, I hope I'll be able to find a bus that drives in the proper direction at all, as Airports use to be not too small, and I don't understand one single word of finnish nor can I read it^^

So for now: Who else is actually coming? As I saw on lippu.fi, all their tickets are already sold...

I will be coming.  Right now just waiting on the final ticket packages from the Canes.  

I'm really exicted about coming.  I've wanted to go to Finland and these games are just the swift kick I needed.  roll.gif

  

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[quote name='v1atlantis wrote:


TSA']One of my kids has to pick a country to do a report on school, I told him he needed to pick Finland and use this board as a reference.
smile.gif

I've decided if I get to go I'm entering the cell phone throwing contest, mine died today and deserves to be thrown.

Cell phone throwing is great , but what you really should try is rubberboot throwing or mosquito swatting. wink.gif Those are the best.

Well... swamp soccer is cool too , but it´s really hard. 

OOOH!!  Swamp soccer!  Now that sounds like super fun.  I have tons of mosquitos where I live due to the pond behind my house.  I look like one big red blimp when they come out at night.  LOL

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OOOOH indeed wink.gif. Its actually super duper fun. We have here such killer mosquitos that the distance between the eyes of the creatures is about three to four feets. Better believe it! ^^.  But at least we don´t have here them slimy nurses who inject alien dna to babies.wink.gif 

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OOOOH indeed wink.gif. Its actually super duper fun. We have here such killer mosquitos that the distance between the eyes of the creatures is about three to four feets. Better believe it! ^^.  But at least we don´t have here them slimy nurses who inject alien dna to babies.wink.gif 

Wow 3-4 feet!  I can bring my baseball bat.  WOO HOO!!!  Much fun to be had.  roll.gif  It's going to look like a horror movie bloodbath when I get done with mosquito bashing.

The slimey nurse only happened once and to my brother.  He hasn't reproduced yet, or has he??  Hmmmm....alien.gif  Cinderella is on the radio, must pay attention!!

  

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 The Carolina Hurricanes, in conjunction with AAA, are pleased to offer special fan travel packages for the 2010 Compuware/NHL Premiere™ in Helsinki, Finland.  The Hurricanes will take on the Minnesota Wild at Hartwall Arena in Helsinki, Finland, on Thursday, Oct. 7 and Friday, Oct. 8.  Only 50 packages have been reserved, so fans are encouraged to act quickly to take advantage of the offer!

The travel package has a total cost of $2,194 per person, plus the cost of game tickets.  It includes:

· Roundtrip airfare from Raleigh-Durham to Helsinki, Finland

· Roundtrip airport to hotel transfers

· Four nights accommodations in a double-occupancy room at the Radisson Blu Plaza in Helsinki

· Transportation to see the Carolina Hurricanes team practices

· Exclusive VIP lunch with the team

· Roundtrip transportation to both games from hotel to Hartwall Arena

· Half-day sightseeing tour of Helsinki

· Special NHL souvenir

· AAA escort

There is also a land-only option for fans who purchase air travel separately.  The total cost is $1,052 per person, plus the cost of game tickets, and the package includes all of the above except the roundtrip airfare and the roundtrip airport transfers.

There are two price levels for the game tickets: $300 for upper-level seats for both games or $600 for lower-level club seats for both games.  Please note that there is limited availability for the upper-level seating, and that tickets are non-refundable once purchased.

In order to reserve space, fans must place deposits of $500 per person plus game-ticket cost.  The final total is due July 28 and is non-refundable.  For reservations and additional information, please contact AAA Travel via one of the following methods:

· Phone: (919) 832-0543 Ext. 16016 – Mary Ann Ellerbe or Ext. 16012 – Cecilia Bunting

· Email: CarolinaHurricanes@mailaaa.com

· Mail: AAA Group Travel – 2301 Blue Ridge Road, Raleigh, NC 27607

· Fax: AAA Ground Travel – (919) 832-8847

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