Finland in Winter
Replies: 5 - Last Post: Nov 3, 2012 5:57 AM Last Post By: johnthefinn
Sep 17, 2012 10:16 AM
Finland in WinterHi,
I will be working in Helsinki for 6 months, starting in October 2012.
Any tips for getting out and about at the weekends would be most welcome.
I like diving & snowboarding.
Dont think I'll be able to rent a car as I've been told that ice driving is required for the license,
It might be fun to do the test though!
Sep 17, 2012 1:26 PM
1You don't need to take a Finnish driving test as foreign licences are usually good for a certain period (I think one year) of residence for some nationalities - you don't mention yours. Finnish roads are ploughed and gritted, and snow tyres are compulsory, so just learn to slow down a bit, particularly on curves, and you'll be fine.
Sep 18, 2012 12:42 AM
Nov 2, 2012 9:27 AM
Nov 3, 2012 1:11 AM
Ive been enjoying the good public transport system in Helsinki area so far, so no need to rent a car... yet.
I guess its ok to fly or train overnight up to the ski resorts?
Levi looks pretty good, but I might go for Yllas just because it seems higher :)
Have also been checking out the diving possibilities in Finland.
There are weekend trips to the south-east coast for wreck dives
but as the weather at this time of year is often adverse it can
easily change to a mine dive instead (plan B)...
hmm... wrecks- yes, but abandoned mines- not so keen!
For the lakes there is Ice diving training course, which could be fun.
Bit expensive though, got to hire a lot of kit, so might leave it.
My girlfriend is over here soon, so Im checking out the Ice Igloo resorts too hahaha
Nov 3, 2012 5:57 AM
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