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joannaand richard
11-08-2012, 15:09
We are now in Finland - arrived about 4 days ago and are yet to see the sun, on the second/third day it rained solidly for 36 hours. However, enough of that. We came into Finland from Sweden at Tornio - tried and failed to get a map of Finland. did some shopping - prices similar to most of Euroland therefore cheaper than the rest of Scandinavia. Diesel varies from 1.489 euros to about 1.56 so you need to shop around a bit. However, not all automatic petrol stations seem to accept our card. As for the wildcamping bit it does not seem to be as easy as we thought it might be. Our van is a little elderly and does not enjoy mile after mile of corrugated rough track and to be honest those we have ventured down have nearly all ended up on private land. There are laybys off the tarmac roads but they tend to be a bit shallow and thus noisy and often are not placed in very scenic places. There are one or two picnic places marked off these roads and they are a little deeper - sometimes have a Kioskii and a loo - but the one we stayed in the loo was locked at 8pm.

On the plus side there is free electric everywhere! Mainly in the towns and maybe only in the south east quarter (where we have been) in the parking areas you will see electric points and you can hook up to them for no charge. We have used two so far, one outside what seemed to be a sports centre in Lapinlahti off the E63(or road 5) and another last night outside a hotel, beside a lake, very near the Russian border just off the road number 6 south of Parikkala and north of Simpele - but in the towns in this area there seems to be free electricity everywhere in the parking spaces. And last night we even got free wifi as well. We have found that most wifi is now protected - but this allowed us in so we were able to check our emails.

Returning to the map problem - it took us about 6 attempts to finally buy a reasonable map of Finland - get one before you leave. But frustratingly, as with the map of Sweden we have found that the places that are signed on the roads are not on the map and those on the map do not appear on the sign posts - except, of course, for the major towns , so navigating is difficult.

Just at present I do not have the coordinates for the places I have mentioned but if anyone is interested I will be able to supply them later, as well as some we have noted as we went past and anymore we find before we leave Finland next week.

MORE UPDATE

Now just about to leave Finland. Most importantly the 'free' electricity I have talked about was probably only available in the extreme South East corner of Finland. When we got to Porvoo all the electric points were firmly locked and obviously belonged to firms or individuals. But as in the south east region of Finland there is apparently one of Europe's largest electricity generating plants maybe that explains it. As we said wild camping is not easy to find - ironically much easier in towns. We found a good spot in Porvoo on the Helsinki side of the river - just on the edge of the river - in a roughish car park near the Tourist office. Porvoo is delightful and the old town well worth a visit. We are now in Helsinki at the Rastila Camp site. It is clean, efficiently run, electricty, water, loo disposal,wifi, washing machines (5 euros) cost us 27euros a day. The metro is a hop away and takes 18 mins to the centre of town. There is a supermarket nearby and a bathing beach with very cold water! Helsinki is great. And the Finns friendly and very good at getting you onto the correct tram.

snookcycling
27-11-2012, 21:57
glad to hear you're having a good time in a wonderful country! Wildcamping certainly isnt a problem in Finland, tho sometimes you need a clock.

Is/was the electricity you were using not for keeping engines warm in the winter?

Tony Lee
27-11-2012, 23:41
On the plus side there is free electric everywhere! Mainly in the towns and maybe only in the south east quarter (where we have been) in the parking areas you will see electric points and you can hook up to them for no charge. We have used two so far, one outside what seemed to be a sports centre in Lapinlahti off the E63(or road 5) and another last night outside a hotel, beside a lake, very near the Russian border just off the road number 6 south of Parikkala and north of Simpele - but in the towns in this area there seems to be free electricity everywhere in the parking spaces. And last night we even got free wifi as well. We have found that most wifi is now protected - but this allowed us in so we were able to check our emails.

Provided so employees and customers can plug their engine heaters in in the wintertime so they can get the engines started.

bob72
29-11-2012, 09:32
We were there a in September and noticed the electricity points. We found most tof them required a key which other Motorhomes seemed to have. We managed to wild camp all the time there, about 7 nights I think. Was easier in the east near the Russian border for sure. Water was easy to find, and Internet but toilet points not so much. A few earth closets here and there, far more in the north above Lapland.

How far north did you go? We were warned when we were at the top to start heading south as the weather was due to change soon.

Would LOVE to go to Lapland/north in the snowy weather, but don't think I'd do it in the van.


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