I was asked to comment on a piece of news that Finland wants to join Russia. It didn’t take long to find the source. It is The Voice of Russia radio. That all the world wants to join USSR or at least live like there was a standard line in the Brezhnev days. The same idea seens to be put in circulation now. I actually know an Australian, gentle, good-natures, and and with not a hint of dimentia, who is jubilant over the Crimea invasion and West’s inability to convincingly respond. (Hi John B., I mean you!) History made its full circle, no big deal, relax, this world is more of a loop than a line. OK, a spiral perhaps, but its turns are hardly distinguishable for us short-lived mortals. No big deal that is unless you are caught in its wheels.
At the end of November 2013 a group of travel industry professionals from Pello, Finland, has visited Kandalaksha. See travelpello.fi/en/ for info on all of them but be aware than their e-mail response rate is low. Too bad because Pello is sort of on the way from Kandalaksha to Norway.
She ventured there on a bus and made it as far as Kemijarvi and Rovaniemi. No lineup at the Salla crossing, no strip searches, all smooth and easy. Very happy with the Landmark Travel Hotel in Rovaniemi. Stories coming up. Compared to Russia things there seem so simple and straight-forward as to be hardly worth documenting.
I’m adding www.onlyinlapland.com to my list to be checked out later but at a glance it offers on their end the same in-depth tourism I was trying to do on ours. But site looks suspiciously too smooth to be graded as authentic. Perhaps someone will do the homework instead of me… Oh, there is the explanation: a note the the bottom left that seems to imply EU funding. I want it too!
Salla Tourist Information Office
tel/fax: +358 16 879 250, +358 400 269 838
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The best advice found so far at the Travel to Finland forum is to find a place called R-kioski in the center of Salla (the first Finnish town after you cross the border if going from Kandalaksha) and get unlimited internet from Elisa for 6.6Euro for 10 days.
The most active info exchange platform found so far. In Russian.
ILMAINEN TUKI JA VIERAANVARAISUUS SUOMALAISILLE! MINUN TÄYTYY TUTKIA SUOMESSA, JA HALUAA YSTÄVYSTYÄ JONKUN KANSSA, OSAAVA JA MONIPUOLINEN PUOLELLA.