Finland is covered in forests, various types of trees including many silver birches.
There are lots of Reindeer just ambling along on the road, so you have to keep your eyes peeled.
Last night we stayed in a campground, lovely hot showers and luscious grass to pitch the tent on.
Today we continued south to the arctic circle in Lapland. This is where Santa Claus lives.
We visited the Santa Claus Centre to see the man himself, no sign of the elves at all, they must be hard at work.
We then headed south again and wild camped next to a lake in the forest. A very beautiful spot only spoiled by the midgies and mosquitoes.
I woke up early this morning, strolled down to the mist covered lake and watched the morning begin. Birds rushing about, fish trying to catch a fly and the silence and solitude of it all.
We packed up and headed down mainly straight roads, lined with trees to Savonlinna to see one of Finlands finest castles, Olavinlinna castle.
Construction began in 1475 by the Swedes. The castle is located on an island.
From there we headed to another wild camp in a forest near lake Saimaa. On the way we went as close to the Russian border as you’re allowed.
When we got to our camp, you guessed it, we were greeted by midgies and mosquitoes.
The view made up for it!!
I was awoken early this morning with the pitter patter of light rain drops. Those rain drops turned into a deluge. All cosy in my tent I looked out the window to see streams of water making its way past my tent.
A couple of hours later the rain had died down so we packed our gear away and headed south to Porvoo.
Porvoo is 35km east of Helsinki. Porvoo is known for its well-preserved 18th- and 19th-century buildings, and the 15th-century Porvoo Cathedral. The Old Town and the Porvoonjoki River Valley are recognized as, together, one of the National landscapes of Finland.
From there we headed south to a campground called Restila campground in Helsinki.
We pitched our wet tents in the sun and they were dried in no time.
Tomorrow, we catch the ferry to Estonia.