A traditional Finnish "Rakovalkea" fire (or "gapfire"), an ingenious means of getting a long-lasting, radiant fire using minimal wood and keeping the fire safely above a wet or snowy ground (details of its construction are in the linked blog entry).

A traditional Finnish "Rakovalkea" fire (or "gap fire") : long-lasting, radiant fire, uses minimal wood, keeps the fire safely above wet or snowy ground.

The Surprising Truth about Finland

It's not that suprising! Cause we actually have a very high education level and stuff but everybody thinks that we're just a random country where's nothing else than woods.

Marimekko Unikko hot-air balloon flying above the silhouette of Helsinki. Marimekko is a Finnish textile and clothing design company renowned for its original prints and colours.  Look the video http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Vfo6pzfKtkk=player_embedded

Marimekko Unikko hot-air balloon flying above the silhouette of Helsinki. Idea: Jason Blower or other illustator balloon

Finnish children decorate willow branches at Easter with feathers and brightly colored paper. Easter witches deliver the branches and recite a poem in exchange for Easter candy.

Finns decorate willow branches at Ostara (Easter) with feathers and brightly colored paper. "Easter witches" deliver the branches and recite a poem in exchange for candy/treats.

Milky Way and Puijo, Tower and restaurant  is a 150 metres (490 ft) high hill, the famous landmark of city of Kuopio in Finland.

This is great shot by Tarja Tuuli - quoting her comment: "Milky Way and Puijo, Tower and restaurant is a 150 metres ft) high hill, the famous landmark of city of Kuopio in Finland.

Louhi is a queen of the land known as Pohjola in Finnish mythology and the mythology of Lapland. Louhi is described as a powerful witch, with the ability to change shape and weave mighty enchantments. She is also the main opponent of Väinämöinen and his group in the battle for the magical artifact Sampo in the Kalevala. She has a number of beautiful daughters, whom heroes attempt to win their hand. Louhi in true fairy tale form sets them difficult tasks to perform in order to claim such a…

wilczelyko: “ Louhi is a queen of the land known as Pohjola in Finnish mythology and the mythology of Lapland. Louhi is described as a powerful witch, with the ability to change shape and weave mighty enchantments. She is also the main opponent of.

hungrycrocodile:    Digital Photography  This is a photograph of lichen in Finland. For those of you who don’t know, lichens are composed of two plants, usually a fungus and a plant that can do photosynthesis. From a distance, these little plants look like green fluffy clouds along on the forest floor. This is reindeer's delicacy.

Lichen in Finland. Lichens are composed of two plants, usually a fungus and a plant that can do photosynthesis. From a distance, these little plants look like green fluffy clouds along on the forest floor.

Police reindeer in Finland.

A finnish police reindeer, appearing mostly in PR functions to raise awareness in traffic safety.

In Finnish folklore, Ajatar is a spirit known as "Devil of the Woods".  It is an evil female spirit that manifests as a snake or dragon. Ajatar is said to be the mother of the devil. She spreads disease and pestilence, any that look at her become ill, and she suckles serpents.   She is in some ways similar to Babylonian Tiamat, dragon mother of the gods and goddesses.  The word "ajatar" is possibly derived from the verb ajaa, "chase".

After making a Fae or Fairy Pact, this human is Changing. - Digital Art by Benita Winckler

Söderskär light house, Mattlandet island, the lighthouse island outside Porvoo, Southern Finland. Söderskärs lighthouse's designer was Albert Edelfelt (famous Painter's father). Toimi majakkana 1989 asti, nyk.matkailukohde.

Söderskär light house, Mattlandet island, the lighthouse island outside Porvoo, Southern Finland. Söderskärs lighthouse's designer was Albert Edelfelt (famous Painter's father).

Finnish babies are frequently in the headlines, either because they sleep in cardboard boxes, or because they are taken out to sleep in freezing temperatures. We compiled a manual on how to take care of Finnish babies.

Want to bring up some of the happiest, most educated people on earth? It all starts when you are a baby. This is how the Finns do it.

There aren't any hobbits on Suomenlinna, Finland's old fortress island, but did you know that Tolkien was heavily influenced by the Finnish epic Kalevala and the Finnish language? It's what he based elvish on! Follow me on Instagram for more travel inspiration - @shannonigans16

I couldn't find any hobbits on Suomenlinna, but did you know that Tolkien was heavily influenced by the Finnish epic Kalevala and the Finnish language?

(c) Jussi Hellsten. 8.10.2014. The oldest traditional event in Helsinki has been held since 1743. The fishermen working on the Baltic Sea have once again brought their salted herring to market. Continue reading about the Baltic Herring Fair at http://www.visithelsinki.fi/…/…/helsinki-baltic-herring-fair and http://www.portofhelsinki.fi/helsinkibalticherringfair2014. Photo: http://www.helsinki365.com/ - Jussi Hellsten

The oldest traditional event in Helsinki has been held since The fishermen working on the Baltic Sea have once again brought their salted herring to market. Finland by Jussi Hellsten

Lasipalatsi (Helsinki), designed by Viljo Revell, Heimo Riihimäki and Niilo Kokko - http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Lasipalatsi || Viljo Revell (January 25, 1910 – November 8, 1964), Finnish architect of the functionalist school. In Finland he is best known for the design of the Lasipalatsi and Palace Hotel, both in Helsinki. Internationally Revell is best known for designing the Toronto City Hall, Canada. - http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Viljo_Revell || taivasalla.net - syyskuu 2012

Lasipalatsi (Helsinki), designed by Viljo Revell, Heimo Riihimäki and Niilo Kokko - http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Lasipalatsi || Viljo Revell (January 25, 1910 – November 8, 1964), Finnish architect of the functionalist school. In Finland he is best known for the design of the Lasipalatsi and Palace Hotel, both in Helsinki. Internationally Revell is best known for designing the Toronto City Hall, Canada. - http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Viljo_Revell || taivasalla.net - syyskuu 2012

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