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Finland, officially the Republic of Finland, is a Nordic country situated in the Fennoscandian region of Northern Europe. It is bordered by Sweden to the west, Norway to the north, and Russia to the east.
Although Eero Järnefelt painted endless scenes of Koli it was his brother-in-law, the composer Jean Sibelius, who captured the mythic spirit of Finland’s forests in his radical symphonies. Inspired by Koli and the dark tales of the Kalevala, the Finnish national epic poem, Sibelius wrote most of his major works from his beautiful lakeside villa, Ainola (ainola.fi), on the shores of Lake Tuusula, barely 40km north of Helsinki.  You can visit the house with its glazed Scandinavian stoves and…

Autumn in Finland: an alternative fall foliage tour

Although Eero Järnefelt painted endless scenes of Koli it was his brother-in-law, the composer Jean Sibelius, who captured the mythic spirit of Finland’s forests in his radical symphonies. Inspired by Koli and the dark tales of the Kalevala, the Finnish national epic poem, Sibelius wrote most of his major works from his beautiful lakeside villa, Ainola (ainola.fi), on the shores of Lake Tuusula, barely 40km north of Helsinki. You can visit the house with its glazed Scandinavian stoves and…

As the season starts to fade in Lapland the fall colours travel south like a colourful wave. By the third week in September the rolling hillsides of Koli National Park are daubed in orange, red and yellow. Climb to the top of Ukko-koli (354m) and you’ll have exactly the same view that artist Eero Järnefelt had in 1899 when he painted his iconic Autumn Landscape of Lake Pielisjärvi.  The Koli peaks are the southernmost summits in Finland and are swathed in tall, candle-like spruce trees…

Autumn in Finland: an alternative fall foliage tour

As the season starts to fade in Lapland the fall colours travel south like a colourful wave. By the third week in September the rolling hillsides of Koli National Park are daubed in orange, red and yellow. Climb to the top of Ukko-koli (354m) and you’ll have exactly the same view that artist Eero Järnefelt had in 1899 when he painted his iconic Autumn Landscape of Lake Pielisjärvi. The Koli peaks are the southernmost summits in Finland and are swathed in tall, candle-like spruce trees…

Warm, lemon-yellow sunshine on a cornflower blue lake; the sound of leaves falling in the forest like soft rain; carpets of crimson berries crunching underfoot – nowhere does autumn come in such a burst of sensory glory as in Finland.  Locals even have a special name for the fleeting season, ruska, and for a few short weeks in September and early October ruska pilgrims head out to catch summer’s final flourish before the winter darkness descends.

Autumn in Finland: an alternative fall foliage tour

Warm, lemon-yellow sunshine on a cornflower blue lake; the sound of leaves falling in the forest like soft rain; carpets of crimson berries crunching underfoot – nowhere does autumn come in such a burst of sensory glory as in Finland. Locals even have a special name for the fleeting season, ruska, and for a few short weeks in September and early October ruska pilgrims head out to catch summer’s final flourish before the winter darkness descends.

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Finland

Sentinels of the Arctic, Finland

Sentinels of the Arctic, Finland

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Finland flag

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FinlandParliament - Parliament House, Helsinki - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia

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