What is the one thing you know about Scandinavia? Long winters, midnight sun in summer, design, education system, welfare, Abba, HIM, or A-ha? Well, the best way to find out more is to travel in Nordic countries and see how the region is yourself. A good starting point is the book we have put together from travel guidebooks and cultural guides that talk about Sweden, Norway and Finland.
Traveling in Scandinavia is an ebook that you download for free here.
The book is a selection of travel tips and cultural insights into the Nordic countries. A little bit of information on food and history is included as well.
Here is a taste of Scandinavia for you to explore at the comfort of your reading nook – perhaps before heading out to the North yourself. As the selection of writings show, there are plenty of destinations to see and things to do: city life, mountain biking, fishing in pristine rivers, camping, island hopping, road touring, Arctic adventures, or hiking in the wilderness. If something is missing, Finns will invent it (e.g. wife carrying competition), Swedes will sell it to the world (e.g. entire country available on Airbnb), and Norwegians will win the cross-country skiing world championship (again).
The northernmost region of Continental Europe, Lapland, is a vast wilderness area where the great outdoors invite people to hike, ski, fish, ride a mountainbike or simply just admire the scenery. Located north of the Arctic Circle, Lapland is also the home of Sami people and their reindeer.
Since Lapland is quite far away from large centers of civilization and distances in the region can be long, it is important to plan ahead and prepare for a trip to the region. The best way to explore the region is to drive, and it shows during the summer when the roads of Lapland see the number of motorhomes, cars and motorbikes considerably increase.
Some road travelers have a mission to reach Europe’s northernmost place Nordkapp (North Cape), whereas others explore fells, fjords, hiking paths, Sami culture and small towns of Lapland. There is something for everyone, except for those who require big-city sights.
Now, you can plan your Nordic journey with a Klaava Travel Guide titled Lapland – North of the Arctic Circle in Scandinavia. The book features the sights, destinations, activities, events, wildlife, and everything needed for a successful trip to the north. Special sections for road travelers highlight the best routes and tips for driving in varying conditions.
Information on the book’s availability and prices can be viewed at this page.
Below a few sample pages from the book.
Year 2013 and late 2012 was wonderful time in France, primarily in southern parts of the country. Traveling in the region took me to neighbour countries as well. That is why there are a few images from Germany (in addition to France) in the 2013 Travel Photo Gallery.
The result of all the travel in Provence and in Alpes Maritimes, and exploring villages, beaches, mountains, cities and towns was published in late 2013: travel guidebook The Gems of Nice and the French Riviera.
I have been asked a few times which is more fun or more work: writing or photographing? Both are a lot of work. A fraction of all the photos are selected for a final book. Also a fraction of the original text ends up in the final book, because text is edited, re-edited and finetuned many times during the process.
Here you can view the 2013 travel photo gallery:
Riviera (Cote d’Azur), France.
There are many fabulous destinations in France. Probably the most sunny and glamorous is the French Riviera in Provence. Practically everyone has some kind of image of Cannes, Monaco or Nice in their mind, but the region is much more than beaches, bikinis or casinos. The Riviera is actually very much about mountains, medieval villages, sea, art, food, cafes and marvelous scenery.
The Gems of Nice and the French Riviera is a guidebook for visitors who can take a tour in the top destinations of the region before leaving home. The multimedia ebook is packed with photographs, information about sights, tips, and videos that highlight unique activities or happenings.
The multimedia guidebook is available for the Apple iPad. You can view or download sample pages, and find out more about the book here.
If you think Savonlinna is a remote town today, think how remote it was in the middle ages when the King of Sweden decided to build a castle in the easternmost corner of his kingdom. Today, Savonlinna is part of Finland, and Olavinlinna castle is a popular tourist destination and above all, an annual destination for opera lovers.
A Weekend at the Opera in Savonlinna, Finland book takes you to a visual tour in Savonlinna and the surrounding region. The multimedia ebook consists of photos, videos and practical information what to see and what to do at the destination.
The book introduces the top must-see sights at the destination, activities available in the region, museums, art centers, nature attractions and many more things to do while not enjoying opera.