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Road trip in Southern Finland with Mercedes-Benz C200

I wrote an article about our practice road trip with VW Amarok some time ago. A few months after that trip I got to test Mercedes-Benz C200 model and that turned out to be quite nice car for making road trips. Apart from one thing. This time we drove from Turku to Helsinki via Taalintehdas and Siuntio.

Road of the year 2015

Do you have a feeling that every media and magazine choose this years this and that? There is one thing I haven’t heard of being chosen yet and that is the road of the year. Then again, roads are something that don’t change often so if there would be a road of the year, it could take a long time to find a better one. Scenic Road Hunters found one road on one of their road trips and this is definately a road that can be called (in a way) the road of the year 2015.

Bengtskär Lighthouse

Bengtskär Lighthouse islet is the most southernmost point of Finland, when someone actually lives. International waters begin not far from there. It was summer 2014 when I did a little road trip there so this story is about that trip added with some ideas of the different ways to get there. During the summer months a ferry goes to the Bengtskär from Helsinki harbor but that doesn’t fit well to the idea of a road trip so I’ll just cover the ferry from Hanko.

Village Hotel Tyyne and Cafe + Kitchen Sylvi

This is done in collaboration with Village Hotel Tyyne and Cafe + Kitchen Sylvi

I have to travel great distances in Finland because of my location and that is why I have recently tried to arrange accommodations to the places not so often visited and not well known yet. One of places like this is Village Hotel Tyyne located in Nuutajärvi Glass Village.

Hotel Puustelli at Nivala

After the night spent in Jyväskylä, I was heading North. When it was time to call it a day, I was at Nivala which is located in Pohjanmaa. My mind was already graving returning home in Posio but it was not time for that just yet. Now I was going to stay the night at Hotel Puustelli.

Volkswagen Amarok as a road trip vehicle

Does VW Amarok has what it takes to be a perfect road trip vehicle?

Finnish version of this article was published in 2016 so some information on that story might sound funny and old. My view on this particular vehicle still remains the same and I’ve also tried the newer ones. After some thought, I decided I should add my experiences on the newer Amarok V6 version too so this article would be as fresh as possible.

The House of Penttilä – Oulainen

It’s been a long while since the last time I got a chance to go and do a photoshoot session together with Miika. The plan was to shoot Ford Edge at Oulainen. That place is so far from Posio that I thought reserving a place to stay the night would be a smart thing to do. It was quite a coincidence that I found this House of Penttilä. Unfortunately the brochure is in Finnish only.

One-day road trip on southwestern Finland with Amarok

This article was originally posted in 2016 in Finnish. Some things have changed and some feel they have happened ages ago. I still want to keep this as much the same as it was.

I think that most people have done some kind of a road trip at some point of their lives. So have I but there is one thing I had never done before. I had never done a kind of a road trip, which would have been totally planned around the video, that is going to be created out of it.

I have test driven and written articles about cars to blogs and car sites since 2011 and some of them have even been published on Readers Digest -magazine. I’m also a member of Car Journalist association in Finland but I still don’t feel myself as a real journalist. To be honest, I didn’t know what I was until this spring. I am a content creator, thanks to PING Helsinki business festival. I feel myself at home in that category. It’s open to new ideas and possibilities and not restricted to “old” views as just being a journalist might be.

EN: Park Hotel Tornio

in collaboration with Park Hotel Tornio

My Winter road trip was about to take me right next to the border of Finland and Sweden, Tornio. I had to search my accommodation for a while before finding it but eventually it came to my sight. This article is about Park Hotel Tornio.

The parking place was big and had a lot of space. I was told that January is the most quiet time of the year over here and you could really notice that. I was also able to get a key to electricity pole from the reception and I got my car warming up. It was nearly -30 °C so it was much needed. The warming place cost 15€ per day.

The Room

My room was located at the second floor. I had to walk for a while before finding my room, because it seemed the corridors would never end. I have noticed on this short blogger career of mine, that I never seem to get the closest rooms on the floor. I wouldn’t mind that much but because of my current health, I’m not actually cheering for the pure pleasure of running around the hotel corridors. Then again, I haven’t actually ever mentioned about this fact on the reception or while reserving the room. Maybe I should try that some time. Not blaming that on the hotel. So I was able to find my room for the night. It was clean and furnished with bed, a desk and a TV. That’s about all that the room could fit anyway. Park Hotel Tornio is pretty new hotel and you can sense that on the room. I’ll use the word clinically clean. Nothing bad to say about that. This hotel has total of 98 rooms.

Restaurants

It was a supper time and I headed for the hotel restaurant to see what they have on their menu. You can find Restaurant Aino downstairs. Very pretty ja luminous place. Menu seemed diverse enough. The only problem was that I couldn’t find any personnel anywhere even if I tried to couch and make a some noise to get attention. After waiting for a while, I started exploring around a bit and noticed an open door at the back of the restaurant. I thought that would lead to personnel only area but instead it lead me to another restaurant. Actually a Bar would describe it better. The place was Sport Corner Bar & Grill. And oh behold, there was one person belonging to the Staff. I realized and after asking, was confirmed that that person singlehanded ran the business during the quiet times. That explained all. I just wonder what will happen if a large group of tourists would emerge suddenly. I bet that person would have hands full for a while.

Restaurant Aino

Sport Corner Bar & Grill

After checking out Sport Corner’s menu, to everyone’s surprise I ordered yet again a hamburger meal. GarlicBurger which guaranteed I was able to stay alone the rest of the stay. My chosen sidedish was sweet potatofries. This meal was excellent and can fill up even a bit bigger hunger.

This hotel has total of 4 restaurants. In addition to the above-mentioned Aino restaurant and Sport Corner Bar & Grill, there’s Zenzei- sushi/thai restaurant and Event restaurant Park Arena.

What can this Hotel offer?

Park Hotel Tornio has different sizes of meeting rooms e.g. an auditorium for 200 people. Also Sauna with a pool and a playground for children. This hotel has a free Wi-Fi. Parking costs 5 euros a day and 10 euros extra if you need to warm-up your car. Not a long distance about is golf course, Ikea and Shopping Centre Rajalla på Gränsen and one more thing to mention is Duudson Activity Park.

Breakfast

The room was pretty hot to sleep in. Breakfast was included in the room price and it was served at Aino -restaurant. It consisted on pretty much the same things that most hotels have these days. Plenty to choose from and did the job filling your stomach. One happy man was about to head home.

Thoughts

Park Hotel Tornio was quite nice experience. I have nothing bad to say about the room or hotel staff. The only negative feeling came from the restaurant where only one person was trying to handle it all. If you happen to be around here next the border on January, take a look at this hotel to stay in.

This was a collaboration with Park Hotel Tornio and I was able to stay for free.

On my way home