What is associated with Finland for you? The first things that come to our mind are comfort and heartiness. We have these associations thanks to the Finnish city Tampere. We had so wonderful time there in winter that decided to come back and see what it looks like in summer. And, as it turned out, it was a great idea. White nights, cozy wooden houses and mirror-surfaced lakes were waiting for us there. All of that, and not only, made us sure that it is a wonderful place to travel in any time of the year. So, in order to make you sure too, we have prepared a list of things to be done in Tampere:
Rent a country house for a couple of days
Tampere, as Finland in general, is all about the nature. And where can you enjoy the nature to its fullest? Of course, in the countryside! For example, we got a house by the lake with sauna, wonderful terrace to have breakfast and a private boat at the pier – all of that just in an hour drive from the city. It is quite simple to Find a house, you just have to look for it at this website. There is an incredible amount of the coziest houses for any taste.
Visit the Helvetinkolu Gorge
The Helventiyarvi National Park was very atmospheric, mysterious and even a little mystical place. You can get a special feeling of it in the evening, when there are no tourists in the park. We walked the trails of the Helvetinkolu Gorge at the sunset, all alone! And it seemed that magical forest dwellers were hiding behind every tree. But even if you don’t pay attention to this mysterious atmosphere, there is a stunning view that opens from the ridge near the gorge to the surrounding area.
Live on a farm
Since the National Park was far from Tampere and even from our house, we decided to spend the night in a place nearby. We preferred more interesting option than a cottage or hotel and stayed in a genuine Ylä-Tuuhonen Farm. It was quite a surprising feeling, as if we came to visit our Finnish grandma on vacation and she treats us to dinner.
We didn’t associate Finland with strawberry before this trip. But in Tampere we found that it is sold almost at every corner! But to get the most delicious one you should go to the berry farm. Here you can buy it or pick off by yourself straight from the beds (actually, not only strawberry, but other berries too). And what an ice cream they have there! It consists of fresh berries for 70 per cent and it might be called the most strawberry ice cream in the world :)
Stay in the new Lapland Hotel in the city center
In Tampere we stayed in the newly opened Lapland Hotel. We have been attracted by the atmosphere of these hotels in the north of Finland for long, so we couldn’t miss the chance. And the choice was right – horns hanging over the bed, delicious Lapland cuisine at the restaurant on the ground floor, jams and drinks made of our favorite northern berries for breakfast. The interior worth a separate mention – it is all packed with some small parts, delivering warmth and comfort. In general, everything was as we like it.
Ride a bicycle
Tampere is quite small, so a car is necessary only if you plan to travel outside the city. At the same time it is quite big for walking, so, bicycle is one of the most convenient ways to travel around the city. In addition, the city has a bicycle rental system with the hire points at all the major locations. You can rent a bike key at the Visit Tampere office. You can find more info by the following link.
Summer Finland without a lake isn’t a true Finland! And one of the best ways to spend time on the lake is to swim in a kayak. The water is quite calm, so, anyone can try, including those, who have never tried a kayak. We especially recommend the summer swims at night, when, due to the summer solstice, it seems like you swim at the eternal sunset! If someone would like to try, here is a link to a local company Hiking Travel Hit – you can rent the equipment there or join a tour.
Have dinner on the streamer
This is a great way to spend time on the lake for those, who love relaxing time. Local company Hopealinjat arranges two-hour evening swims that are combined with the dinner. So, it's amazingly delicious and beautiful trip!
Take donuts and coffee near the Pyynikki observation tower. This cafe is a local legend. So, locals go here every night, come with children, buy donuts for different holidays. We had to wait in a huge queue there. And when we tasted the donuts, we understood why it was that long. They were so delicious, that we went for them every day since!
Visit the Sarkanniemi amusement park
We’ve spent a whole day there and tried all the rides! Almost all. We didn’t risk riding on the new attraction that accelerates to nearly fifty miles.
Meet the sunset on the Nasijarvi Lake.
Many locals go to the lake after work in the evening – to hike, to ride a bike or to grill a dinner. We decided to go there on the day before departure and for a good reason – we were to meet one of those sunsets, when everything at the shore seemed to be on fire.
Having visited this place in summer and winter (read about the winter trip here), we are to confess that we can’t say what we liked more, because every season delivered us its own joy. But there is one thing that we are sure of – regardless of the season, the city of Tampere definitely makes warm memories to recollect.
This post was brought to you as a result of the blog trip in partnership with Visit Tampere. Near The Lighthouse want to thank Visit Tampere for all help and support provided during the travel.