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How to spend the exciting summer in Scandinavia-2017 (part 1)

Finland


Already started to plan your summer vacation? That’s great, because we have a lot of options where and how you can relax in Scandinavia! We have tried to consider different tastes and preferences.

Let’s begin with sports activities. Fans of run can take part in the Paavo Nurmi Marathon (Turku, July 1, 2017) and in the Helsinki city marathon 2017 (August 12).

A few more notable sports events:

July 9 - Royal Cycling bike race in Lahti.

10-15 Jul – Helsinki Cup 2017 - the international youth football tournament.

July 27-30 - Neste Rally Finland.

12-13 August – the Viaporin Tuoppi Regatta 2017 (Helsinki).


Do you like nonstandard sporting events? In this case, you should visit Salmon trolling contest 2017 (the Åland Islands, 31 May-June 3). The participant who caught the biggest fish and the most successful team will be awarded!

Tired to compete? Then let’s have a rest on the nature. On June 23 you can sit and dream with the music from summer 2017 Seurasaari bonfires (the island nature reserve, located to the west of Central Helsinki). Midsummer after all! Clear air, the smell of cut grass, blooming fireweed ... the romance!


Wanted music and dancing? Wonderful Finnish summer abounds with jazz festivals! I would like to mention some of them:

7-9 July – Baltic Jazz Festival in Dalsbruk.

22-26 August – the sounds of jazz in the Maritime fortress of Suomenlinna - Viapori Jazz Festival 2017.


The detailed list of jazz and other music festivals in Finland - http://www.festivals.fi/en/

As for dances – don't miss the Helsinki Samba carnival 2017 (June 10)! Super bright summer mood is guaranteed!

Rock is your favourite music style? No problem – rock festivals will also be decent. Let's call two of the most explosive:

June 30-July 2 - Tuska Open Air Metal Festival 2017 - for fans of hard rock and metal. 

11-13 Aug – Flow Festival 2017. The great number of Finnish and world-famous artists, including such "heavyweights" as Lana Del Rey, etc.

See the list of other cultural events (city days, art festivals, etc.): http://www.visithelsinki.fi/en/whats-on/events-in-helsinki, http://www.visitturku.fi/en/, http://www.visitespoo.fi/en/ and on other similar sites. Pay special attention to the Medieval Market in Turku (29 June-2 July), festival of modern urban music in Lahti – Summer Up. (14-15 July).


Let’s finish with food-beer festivals:

15-18 June - gastronomic festival Taste of Helsinki.

26-29 July – Big Beers – Small Breweries in Helsinki.

3-5 August – Delicacies of Finland and Syystober 2017 - a celebration of natural products and beer festival on the Railway Square of Helsinki.

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