132 Kms from Mariehamn
Blonde and BeautifulA stereotype we all love to believe, this one, disappointingly, proved only half true. However, since we're making sweeping statements here, I might as well go ahead and say that, generally speaking, Stockholm seems to have the best pick of local hotties out of all the cities we visited in the two countries. At times it did feel like everywhere we turned was another Nordic beauty - although it's worth noting that they didn't seem to be any more blonde-haired or blue-eyed than in any other city in Europe.
275 Kms from Mariehamn
After the Ice hotel visit, I wanted to meet the Santa for which I had to fly to Finland. Due to the airline strike my flight from Kiruna (closest airport to Ice hotel) to Stockholm got cancelled. I had to pay double the price on the spot and take the flight to catch my next flight to Helsinki. You see I was so desperate to say Hi to Santa! Finally I reached Helsinki in the night and I was not left with any time to roam around in the city. I just picked up some Indian food as I had not had it for some many days then and hit the bed. Next morning I took the flight for Rovaniemi.
277 Kms from Mariehamn
Tallinn is the oldest capital in Northern Europe
135 Kms from Mariehamn
On Sunday we took a train 45 minutes to the little town of Sigtuna. On Sunday we took a train 45 minutes to the little town of Sigtuna. They had a Christmas Market on Sundays or as they call it Julmarknade. In Sweden Santa is called Jultomten and is a cross between a little gnome and a German/British Santa. The kids leave him a bowl of porridge on Christmas Eve. The town was so picturesque.
133 Kms from Mariehamn
The third largest city of Finland. Turku bears a lingering taste of what Finland as a country is about. It has its share of beautiful lakes, old churches, cottages, malls, green fields, saunas and what not!