Showing posts with label Finland. Show all posts
Showing posts with label Finland. Show all posts

Video: The Battle for Birthday Mountain - Giving Finland it's Highest Peak

Finland is approaching the 100th anniversary of its independence, and neighboring Norway has come up with an idea for a unique birthday present – a mountain. Yep, that's right. Norway wants to give Finland Halti Peak – a 1365 meter (4478 ft) mountain that would become the Fins' highest point. But how exactly does one country give another a mountain? In this amazing short film, we'll explore that very idea. This is an amazing story to say the least.

Battle for Birthday Mountain from MEL Films on Vimeo.

Video: Finland's Winter Wonderland in Timelapse

The calendar may tell us its spring, but that doesn't mean we can't look back at the winter that has just passed and appreciate what it can do to a landscape. Particularly if that landscape is as beautiful as the ones found in Finland. In this video, we travel to the Scandinavian country to explore some breathtaking scenery that is made all the more exceptional thanks to a blanket of fresh winter snow.

Winter Wonderland - Finland | 4K Timelapse from Niko Juntunen on Vimeo.

Video: An Arctic Timelapse

Shot in the Arctic region of Finland, this video captures some of the stunning landscapes and scenery from that part of the world in a beautiful timelapse fashion. Covered in a blanket of snow, with the Northern Lights flashing brilliantly overhead, this clip makes Finland look like quite the destination for outdoor adventurers who don't mind a little cold weather as well. Simply mesmerizing.

ARCTIC | Timelapse from Riku Karjalainen on Vimeo.

Video: Finland in Timelapse

We've seen some impressive timelapse films over the years, with several of the Scandinavian countries being well represented. But somehow Finland seems to get left out of the fun, as I'm not sure I can recall ever posting a video from there in the past. But that changes now, as this is a beautiful clip shot in the Finnish landscapes, giving us an all-too-brief glimpse of what the country has to offer. The scenery found in this four-minute video was shot all over Finland, starting in the north and ending in the south. In between are some spectacular images of a place that is breathtakingly beautiful.

FINLAND | Timelapse from Riku Karjalainen on Vimeo.

Arctic Bike 2015: Cycling 7200km Across Scandinavia in the Dead of Winter

Not all of the big winter expeditions are taking place in the Antarctic – or on major mountains – this year. In fact, one of the most challenging winter journeys will actually be taking place in Scandinavia, where explorer Boris Krielen will attempt to ride a bike for more than 7200km (4473 miles) through a frozen landscape that will provide plenty of obstacles along the way. Boris is calling his expedition Arctic Bike 2015, and he expects to get started in January.

The ride will begin in The Hague in the Netherlands, where Boris will start peddling north. The route will take him through Sweden and Finland, on his way to the North Cape, the northernmost point of Europe. Once he has reached that location, he'll then turn back south, passing through Norway on his way back to his starting point in The Hague once again.

Winter in Scandinavia is a cold, windy, and dark season. The days will be short, with temperatures routinely dropping below zero. High winds and heavy snow will not be uncommon. Riding a bike for any distance – let alone 7200km – in those conditions seems like it would be incredibly difficult, but that isn't the only challenge that Boris has set for himself. He also intends to climb highest points in Denmark, Norway, Sweden, and Finland along the way. Those points consist of Møllehøj (Denmark - 171m/561 ft), Galdhøpiggen (Norway - 2469m/8100 ft) , Kebnekaise (Sweden - 2113m/6932 ft) and Halti (Finland - 1328m/4256 ft). Three of those could prove to be extremely challenging climbs in the dead of winter.

Boris will travel unsupported, pulling a small cart behind his bike as he goes. That cart will carry most of his gear and supplies for the journey. About once a week or so, he intends to stay in a local inn along the route, allowing him to sleep in a normal bed, get a hot shower, and recharge his batteries. He'll also take that opportunity to post updates to social media on his progress.

The Arctic Bike 2015 expedition is expected to begin on January 15 and continue to April 1. You can follow the progress of the ride on Boris' Facebook page and his Twitter account. Watch for future updates here as well.

Expedition 1000 Update: Kayaking Journey to Helsinki Done!

The last time we checked in on British adventurer Dave Cornthwaite, he was just setting off on the latest leg of his Expedition 1000 project. This time out, he was attempting to travel a thousand miles from Oslo, Norway to Helsinki, Finland in a pedal-powered Kayak from Hobie. Yesterday, Dave wrapped up that adventure by arriving at his destination after 48 days out on the water, and covering 1000.5 miles (1610 km).

Dave's course took him out of Oslo south via the Oslo Fjord and along the Swedish Bohuslan Coastline to Gothenburg. From there he began paddling east, fighting the current of the Gota Alv River for a couple of days, before crossing Vanern, the largest lake in Sweden. Passing through the Gota Canal, he eventually arrived in Stockholm for a brief time, before making an open water crossing to Aland. The final stage of the trip saw our intrepid adventurer island hopping along the Finnish archipelago, before wrapping up his journey yesterday with his arrival in Helsinki.

The tale of the tape on this adventure is an impressive one. Over the course of his travels, Dave crossed through three countries (Norway, Sweden, and Finland). His total time out on the water was 303 hours and 35 minutes, traveling at an average speed of about 3.5 miles per hour. It took him approximately 1,093,900 pushes of the pedal to cover the 1000 mile distance. He also camped on 24 individual islands along the way.

This was the 11th leg of Expedition 1000, in which Dave is attempting to complete 25 individual journeys of 1000 miles or more, without the use of motorized transportation. Previous expeditions have taken him down the Mississippi River on a stand-up paddleboard, through the Atacama Desert on a wind-powered bike, and across Australia on a skateboard. Dave still has 14 more journeys to complete before the project is finished, and as always, it'll be interesting to see what he comes up with next.

The video below will give you a taste of what this adventure was like for Dave. Throughout the expedition he posted these excellent clips of his travels, and they really do give you a sense of what it was like to make this journey from Oslo to Helsinki.

Congrats to Dave on another leg of Expedition 1000 in the books. Well done my friend.

Video: Nature and the Aurora Borealis in Finland

Last week, the Earth experienced some of the most intense solar activity that we've seen in recent memory. Solar flares from our sun buffeted the planet, causing disruptions to radio signals, satellites, and other communications equipment. It also made for some of the most intense displays of the Northern Lights that we've seen in some time. There have been a number of good videos showing off this natural phenomenon making the rounds lately, and this is another one. Shot in Finland, it includes some fantastic images from the incredibly beautiful landscapes, as well as wonderful views of the Northern Lights.

Nature and Aurora Borealis in Finland timelapse // Henri Luoma Photography from Henri Luoma on Vimeo.

Expedition 1000: Traveling From Oslo to Helsinki by Pedal-Kayak

The latest stage of Dave Cornthwaite's Expedition 1000 project got underway last week when the intrepid British adventurer set out on his 11th completely human powered journey of at least 1000 miles (1609 km) or more. This time out, Dave is traveling in a unique, pedal-powered kayak, which will carry him for more than 1200 miles (1931 km) along the Norwegian, Swedish, and Finnish coastlines between Oslo, Norway and Helsinki, Finland.

This latest adventure began on Thursday, August 14, and is expected to take several weeks to complete. The route will keep Dave close to the coastline most of the time, as he passes through spectacular Scandinavian landscapes along the way, although he will find time to stop in Copenhagen in Denmark, and Stockholm in Sweden, as well. After departing from Stockholm, he'll face the most challenging leg of the expedition when he'll face an open water crossing between Sweden and Finland, that could be treacherous depending on wether and water conditions at the time.

As with all stages of Expedition 1000, Dave is traveling completely under his own power throughout the journey. In the past, he has traveled by skateboard across Australia, stand-up paddleboard the length of the Mississippi River, and by bike through the Atacama Desert in Chile. This time out, he's using a kayak designed by Hobie that is equipped with their Mirage Drive. This unique accessory to his boat will allow him to pedal through the water, thanks to a pair of fins designed to emulate those found on a penguin. In theory, this should allow Dave to cover more ground in an efficient manner, although 1200 miles is still a long way to travel in this type of boat.

As usual, you can follow Dave's progress on Twitter, Facebook, Instagram, and his YouTube channel.   As of today, he's just a few days into the journey, with hundreds of miles still to go, and a bit of bad weather keeping him in place for the day. But he'll no doubt be back out on the water soon, and sharing plenty of stories about his adventures.

One of the great things about Dave's approach to Expedition 1000, and his adventures in general, is that he is often quite spontaneous about his plans. For instance, this entire journey was conceived an planned within the last two weeks. And now, he's out on the water pursuing his passions. Thats a great way to approach life in general, and it is always fun to see where his travels take him. Good luck Dave!