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A Brit living in Finland's Wild West. In each episode, Mark Wiltshear interviews Finnish people to learn about things to do when you visit Finland! Often recorded out on location in the South Ostrobothnia region of Western Finland, Mark's relaxed style helps Finns open-up and share about their passion, interest or business. Listen in to learn about Finnish nature, culture, history, sport, attractions, activities and more…

Explore Finland Radio Show Mark Wiltshear

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A Brit living in Finland's Wild West. In each episode, Mark Wiltshear interviews Finnish people to learn about things to do when you visit Finland! Often recorded out on location in the South Ostrobothnia region of Western Finland, Mark's relaxed style helps Finns open-up and share about their passion, interest or business. Listen in to learn about Finnish nature, culture, history, sport, attractions, activities and more…

    SF-Caravan-Kalajärvi: A Year-round Family Resort & Activity Centre in South Ostrobothnia

    SF-Caravan-Kalajärvi: A Year-round Family Resort & Activity Centre in South Ostrobothnia

    I was invited by Päivi Nurmikoski, to visit SF-Camping-Kalajärvi in nearby Peräseinäjoki. She introduced us to the caravan park itself and all the facilities , activities and entertainment for her family, that make them return here almost EVERY weekend, all year long. They love it here, maybe you would too.

    Blog: show notes and links 

    Guest: Päivi Nurmikoski at SFC Kalajärvi www.caravan-kalajarvi.fi/

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    Finnish Sauna Festivals - live at Kalajärven Saunafestarit 2019

    Finnish Sauna Festivals - live at Kalajärven Saunafestarit 2019

    Recorded back in summer 2019, I was welcomed to experience my first sauna festival by the organiser of Kalajärven Saunafestarit, Tero Knaapila.

    Tero talked me through the origins of this event and what one can expect from a sauna festival. He then took me into his converted motor home sauna (which is still road legal!) before a cooling dip in Lake Kalajärvi.

    Blog: show notes and links https://explorefinlandpodcast.com/2022/05/09/finnish-sauna-festivals-kalajarven-saunafestarit/

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    • 17 min
    Pyhävuori – The Holy Mountain of Alajärvi

    Pyhävuori – The Holy Mountain of Alajärvi

    In this episode, I am joined again by Craterologist, Teemu Öhman, to revisit the subject of Pyhävuori. It's an area overlooking Lake Lappajärvi, that is full of geological interest and historical mythology, featuring trolls, hermits and a sacrificial stone. From the ice age to modern days.


    Following this recording, Glenn Murray and I went out to explore (and as you can see in the video) get slightly lost on) the holy mountain, Pyhävuori.


    0:00:00 Introduction
    0:01:15 Where is Pyhävuori
    0:01:15 The Preserved Rim of Pyhävuori
    0:03:10 The Geology of Pyhävuori
    0:07:48 Uhrikivi - the sacrificial stone
    0:10:12 The ice age 'Baltic Lake' at Pyhävuori
    0:14:09 'Pirun pesä' caves - the Devil's nest
    0:15:39 Jaakko Reipakka - the hermit and his hut
    0:17:09 Kalliomaalaus – rock paintings
    0:19:22 Impact Craterlake Geopark, Lappajärvi
    0:21:28 Outro


     


    Show notes and links: https://explorefinlandpodcast.com/2022/02/17/pyhavuori-the-holy-mountain-of-alajarvi/


    The Nordic Tourist video "Pyhävuori: Human Sacrifice and the Finnish Mountain Man" https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=RQQIxcXF2OI

    • 24 min
    A Tour of Art and Culture Centre Kalevan Navetta

    A Tour of Art and Culture Centre Kalevan Navetta

    Part two of a two part episode (you should probably listen to part one first!)


    In April 2021, myself and Glenn Murray visited Art & Culture Centre Kalevan Navetta in Seinäjoki. This building has a varied history, an re-invigorated present and, surely, a long future bringing art, craftwork, culture and community to Seinäjoki.


    In this episode,  Päivi Alaniska and Elina Teitti take me on a tour of the venue. Starting with the areas that are always open to the public; the art & craft workshops, the Taito art shop and Äärella restaurant, we then make our way upstairs and visit the contrasting exhibition spaces Halli and Vintti.


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    • 44 min
    The History of Art and Culture Centre Kalevan Navetta

    The History of Art and Culture Centre Kalevan Navetta

    Part one of a two part episode.


    In April 2021, myself and Glenn Murray visited Art & Culture Centre Kalevan Navetta in Seinäjoki. This building has a varied history, an re-invigorated present and, surely, a long future bringing art, craftwork, culture and community to Seinäjoki.


    In this episode, I am introduced to the history of Kalevan Navetta by Päivi Alaniska (Project Coordinator at  Seinäjoki City Cultural Services) and Elina Teitti, art educator and acting Exhibition coordinator at Kunsthalle Seinäjoki.


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    • 23 min
    Introducing the What's On in Southern Ostrobothnia podcast - April 2021 [PILOT]

    Introducing the What's On in Southern Ostrobothnia podcast - April 2021 [PILOT]

    What's On... Southern Ostrobothnia now lives on its own, dedicated feed https://whatsonsouthostrobothnia.podbean.com/


    Welcome to this new series in which Mark Wiltshear and Glenn Murray (The Nordic Tourist) shine the spotlight on events, activities and events in the Etelä-Pohjanmaa/Southern Ostrobothnia region of Finland. Whether you live in the area, are paying a short visit or are staying here for a holiday, this essential guide will help you find a variety of new ways to pass your time.


    In this episode Mark and Glenn go from one extreme to another. Glenn introduces a high-octane skydiving course in, while Mark opts for a, more cultured, visit to a museum. Our guest this time is Lina Mattsson from Selmu ry, who tells us about the Rytmis Junior event at Rytmikorjaamo.


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