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SF-Caravan-Kalajärvi: A Year-round Family Resort & Activity Centre in South Ostrobothnia

SF-Caravan-Kalajärvi: A Year-round Family Resort & Activity Centre in South Ostrobothnia

June 9, 2022

I was invited by Päivi Nurmikoski, to visit SF-Camping-Kalajärvi in nearby Peräseinäjoki. She introduced us to the caravan park itself and all the facilities , activities and entertainment for her family, that make them return here almost EVERY weekend, all year long. They love it here, maybe you would too.

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Guest: Päivi Nurmikoski at SFC Kalajärvi www.caravan-kalajarvi.fi/

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Finnish Sauna Festivals - live at Kalajärven Saunafestarit 2019

Finnish Sauna Festivals - live at Kalajärven Saunafestarit 2019

May 8, 2022

Recorded back in summer 2019, I was welcomed to experience my first sauna festival by the organiser of Kalajärven Saunafestarit, Tero Knaapila.

Tero talked me through the origins of this event and what one can expect from a sauna festival. He then took me into his converted motor home sauna (which is still road legal!) before a cooling dip in Lake Kalajärvi.

Blog: show notes and links https://explorefinlandpodcast.com/2022/05/09/finnish-sauna-festivals-kalajarven-saunafestarit/

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Pyhävuori – The Holy Mountain of Alajärvi

Pyhävuori – The Holy Mountain of Alajärvi

February 17, 2022

In this episode, I am joined again by Craterologist, Teemu Öhman, to revisit the subject of Pyhävuori. It's an area overlooking Lake Lappajärvi, that is full of geological interest and historical mythology, featuring trolls, hermits and a sacrificial stone. From the ice age to modern days.

Following this recording, Glenn Murray and I went out to explore (and as you can see in the video) get slightly lost on) the holy mountain, Pyhävuori.

0:00:00 Introduction
0:01:15 Where is Pyhävuori
0:01:15 The Preserved Rim of Pyhävuori
0:03:10 The Geology of Pyhävuori
0:07:48 Uhrikivi - the sacrificial stone
0:10:12 The ice age 'Baltic Lake' at Pyhävuori
0:14:09 'Pirun pesä' caves - the Devil's nest
0:15:39 Jaakko Reipakka - the hermit and his hut
0:17:09 Kalliomaalaus – rock paintings
0:19:22 Impact Craterlake Geopark, Lappajärvi
0:21:28 Outro

 

Show notes and links: https://explorefinlandpodcast.com/2022/02/17/pyhavuori-the-holy-mountain-of-alajarvi/

The Nordic Tourist video "Pyhävuori: Human Sacrifice and the Finnish Mountain Man" https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=RQQIxcXF2OI

A Tour of Art and Culture Centre Kalevan Navetta

A Tour of Art and Culture Centre Kalevan Navetta

June 3, 2021

Part two of a two part episode (you should probably listen to part one first!)

In April 2021, myself and Glenn Murray visited Art & Culture Centre Kalevan Navetta in Seinäjoki. This building has a varied history, an re-invigorated present and, surely, a long future bringing art, craftwork, culture and community to Seinäjoki.

In this episode,  Päivi Alaniska and Elina Teitti take me on a tour of the venue. Starting with the areas that are always open to the public; the art & craft workshops, the Taito art shop and Äärella restaurant, we then make our way upstairs and visit the contrasting exhibition spaces Halli and Vintti.

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The History of Art and Culture Centre Kalevan Navetta

The History of Art and Culture Centre Kalevan Navetta

June 2, 2021

Part one of a two part episode.

In April 2021, myself and Glenn Murray visited Art & Culture Centre Kalevan Navetta in Seinäjoki. This building has a varied history, an re-invigorated present and, surely, a long future bringing art, craftwork, culture and community to Seinäjoki.

In this episode, I am introduced to the history of Kalevan Navetta by Päivi Alaniska (Project Coordinator at  Seinäjoki City Cultural Services) and Elina Teitti, art educator and acting Exhibition coordinator at Kunsthalle Seinäjoki.

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Introducing the What’s On in Southern Ostrobothnia podcast - April 2021 [PILOT]

Introducing the What’s On in Southern Ostrobothnia podcast - April 2021 [PILOT]

April 30, 2021

What's On... Southern Ostrobothnia now lives on its own, dedicated feed https://whatsonsouthostrobothnia.podbean.com/

Welcome to this new series in which Mark Wiltshear and Glenn Murray (The Nordic Tourist) shine the spotlight on events, activities and events in the Etelä-Pohjanmaa/Southern Ostrobothnia region of Finland. Whether you live in the area, are paying a short visit or are staying here for a holiday, this essential guide will help you find a variety of new ways to pass your time.

In this episode Mark and Glenn go from one extreme to another. Glenn introduces a high-octane skydiving course in, while Mark opts for a, more cultured, visit to a museum. Our guest this time is Lina Mattsson from Selmu ry, who tells us about the Rytmis Junior event at Rytmikorjaamo.

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World Record Ice Carousel & Ice Festival on Lake Lappajärvi

World Record Ice Carousel & Ice Festival on Lake Lappajärvi

March 18, 2021

On Saturday 27th February 2021, myself and Glenn Murray, The Nordic Tourist, were invited to a special event on Lake Lappajärvi in Etelä-Pohjanmaa, to witness an attempt at the world record biggest ice carousel. What is that? Listen in as I interview Janne Käpylehto, the modern-day father of ice carousels, who will explain all...

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Exploring Katikankanjoni with Glenn Murray, The Nordic Tourist

Exploring Katikankanjoni with Glenn Murray, The Nordic Tourist

February 13, 2021

Meet Glenn Murray, The Nordic Tourist, who will be my collaborator during the upcoming season of Explore Finland Radio Show. In this episode, Glenn introduces me to Katikankanjoni in Finland's Wild West, a natural canyon with running water all year round, even during months of sub-zero temperatures.

Katikan kanjoni is located in the area near the Kauhanevan-Pohjankangas National Park in Etelä-Pohjanmaa. This podcast recording has a companion video, in which Glenn and I visit Katikankanjoni. This is published on The Nordic Tourist YouTube channel: https://youtu.be/mDcnqx-DQGc

Check out Glenn's VLOG, as we walk through the area to show what the canyon has to offer; beautiful Nordic winter wilderness travel hikes and wonderful ice waterfalls. It really shows that the landscape in the Southern Ostrobothnia region in Finland (Suomi) is more diverse than people believe.

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“Ammunition, Fascism & Photography” A Few Steps Through The History Of Lapua

“Ammunition, Fascism & Photography” A Few Steps Through The History Of Lapua

July 28, 2019

As part of my guided tour around Culture Centre 'Vanha Paukku' in Lapua, we stop for an extended visit in the Lapuanjoki Museum. Museum Director, Sakari Hanhimäki and Cultural Director, Susanna Oversteyns regale me with historical tales of Espionage, Poisoning, Fascism, An Attempted Coup... and Photography!? Includes an intriguing revelation from Susanna's family history.

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A Guided Tour Of Culture Centre ‘Vanha Paukku’ in Lapua

A Guided Tour Of Culture Centre ‘Vanha Paukku’ in Lapua

July 18, 2019

Part one of a two-part episode, I undertake a tour of the Kulttuurikeskus 'Vanha Paukku' with two expert guides; Susanna Oversteyns, Cultural Director and Sakari Hanhimäki, Museum Director. HUGE thanks also to Anu Haavisto, Leena Sarjola and Anniina Kivimäki for the impromptu, live performance of some haunting Finnish folk music. Mahtava!

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