Finland

nerdegutta

Joined Dec 15, 2009
2,676
Attached in the north.

Been there. Got stung by mosquitoes with two Rolls Royce engines, and a really bad attitude. Man, those are cruel!
 

Zazoo

Joined Jul 27, 2011
114
About 4000 miles ENE over the Atlantic Ocean.

The mosquitoes (and the black flies) are awful up here in the late-spring and early-summer.
 

Markd77

Joined Sep 7, 2009
2,806
It's quite a long drive:
Driving directions to Finland
Rich (BB code):
This route has tolls.
This route includes a car transport.
This route includes a ferry.
This route crosses through multiple countries.



Birmingham, West Midlands
UK




             
 
  1. Head northwest on Corporation St toward Corporation St     
   
   
 
   463 ft  
                 
 
  2. At the roundabout, take the 4th exit and stay on Corporation St       
   
   
 
   0.3 mi  
                 
 
  3. Merge onto Corporation St/A38 via the ramp to A38(M)/M6/M42/M40/Coventry/Wolverhampton/Lichfield/B'ham Airport       
   
   
 
   0.2 mi  
                 
 
  4. Continue onto A38(M)       
   
   
 
   1.6 mi  
                 
 
  5. Slight left onto M6       
   
   
 
   32.7 mi  
                 
 
  6. Merge onto M1       
   
   
 
   61.1 mi  
                 
 
  7. At junction 6A, take the M25 exit to M11/Dartford       
   
   
 
   1.0 mi  
                 
 
  8. Continue straight onto M25Partial toll road
       
   
   
 
   40.2 mi  
                 
 
  9. Continue onto A282Partial toll road
       
   
   
 
   3.3 mi  
                 
 
  10. Continue onto M25       
   
   
 
   3.5 mi  
                 
 
  11. Take the exit onto M20       
   
   
 
   48.0 mi  
                 
 
  12. At junction 11A, exit toward Channel Tunnel       
   
   
 
   0.4 mi  
                 
 
  13. Continue straight       
   
   
 
   0.8 mi  
                 
 
  14. Turn right     
   
   
 
   0.5 mi  
                 
 
  15. Turn left     
   
   
 
   0.5 mi  
                 
 
  16. Slight right     
   
   
 
   0.3 mi  
                 
 
  17. Take the train     
   
   
 
   302 ft  
                 
 
  18. Take the train     
   
   
 
   0.2 mi  
                 
 
  19. Take the train to FréthunEntering France
     
   
   
 
   33.2 mi  
                 
 
  20. Take the train to Coquelles     
   
   
 
   0.2 mi  
                 
 
  21. Continue straight     
   
   
 
   400 ft  
                 
 
  22. Turn right toward Av. de France     
   
   
 
   0.7 mi  
                 
 
  23. Continue straight onto Av. de France     
   
   
 
   0.6 mi  
                 
 
  24. Keep right at the fork and merge onto A16Speed camera in 22.3 mi
Entering Belgium
     
   
   
 
   35.3 mi  
                 
 
  25. Continue onto E40       
   
   
 
   56.4 mi  
                 
 
  26. Take exit Zwijnaarde for E17 toward Gent/Antwerpen       
   
   
 
   1.0 mi  
                 
 
  27. Merge onto B401       
   
   
 
   0.3 mi  
                 
 
  28. Take exit Gent-Centrum to merge onto E17 toward Antwerpen/Haven 1-6990       
   
   
 
   30.7 mi  
                 
 
  29. Take exit Antwerpen-West toward Breda/Luik/Brussel/Antwerpen-Centrum/Ring Antwerpen/Haven 1-499       
   
   
 
   0.3 mi  
                 
 
  30. Merge onto E34       
   
   
 
   5.8 mi  
                 
 
  31. Continue onto E313       
   
   
 
   5.4 mi  
                 
 
  32. Slight right onto E34 (signs for Eindhoven/Turnhout)Entering Netherlands
       
   
   
 
   30.3 mi  
                 
 
  33. Continue onto A67       
   
   
 
   14.0 mi  
                 
 
  34. Slight right to stay on A67Entering Germany
       
   
   
 
   32.5 mi  
                 
 
  35. Continue onto A40       
   
   
 
   26.4 mi  
                 
 
  36. Take exit 14-Kaiserberg to merge onto A3 toward Hannover/Arnheim       
   
   
 
   7.6 mi  
                 
 
  37. Continue onto E34     
   
   
 
   0.4 mi  
                 
 
  38. Continue onto A2     
   
   
 
   6.3 mi  
                 
 
  39. Take exit 5-Essen/Gladbeck to merge onto Essener Straße/B224 toward Gladbeck/Marl     
   
   
 
   3.1 mi  
                 
 
  40. Continue onto A52     
   
   
 
   11.9 mi  
                 
 
  41. Take the exit onto A43 toward Münster     
   
   
 
   25.6 mi  
                 
 
  42. Take exit 2-Kreuz Münster-Süd to merge onto A1 toward Bremen/Münster-Nord/Flughafen Münster/Osnabrück     
   
   
 
   214 mi  
                 
 
  43. Slight right onto A226     
   
   
 
   3.2 mi  
                 
 
  44. Continue onto B75     
   
   
 
   2.4 mi  
                 
 
  45. Take the ramp to Skandinavienkai/Skandinavienkai-Nord/Skandinavienkai-Süd     
   
   
 
   0.2 mi  
                 
 
  46. Merge onto K20     
   
   
 
   0.9 mi  
                 
 
  47. Slight right     
   
   
 
   0.6 mi  
                 
 
  48. Take the Travemünde, DE - Trelleborg, SE/Trelleborg, SE - Travemünde, DE ferryEntering Sweden
     
   
   
 
   137 mi  
                 
 
  49. Continue straight onto E22     
   
   
 
   121 ft  
                 
 
  50. Turn left to stay on E22     
   
   
 
   0.6 mi  
                 
 
  51. Turn left onto E22/E6Go through 1 roundabout
       
   
   
 
   14.3 mi  
                 
 
  52. Take exit 12-Trafikplats Petersborg to merge onto E20/E22/E6 toward Hamn/Göteborg/KalmarContinue to follow E20/E6
       
   
   
 
   44.7 mi  
                 
 
  53. Take exit 30a-Trafikplats Kropp to merge onto E4 toward Stockholm/21/Kristianstad       
   
   
 
   139 mi  
                 
 
  54. Take exit 95a-Trafikplats Ljungarum for E4/40 Ö/47 Ö toward Stockholm/31       
   
   
 
   0.5 mi  
                 
 
  55. Merge onto E4       
   
   
 
   203 mi  
                 
 
  56. Take exit 169-Trafikplats Järva Krog on the left for E18 toward Norrtälje       
   
   
 
   0.5 mi  
                 
 
  57. Slight right onto E18       
   
   
 
   0.8 mi  
                 
 
  58. Keep left at the fork, follow signs for E18/Norrtälje/Trafikplats Bergshamra and merge onto E18       
   
   
 
   37.2 mi  
                 
 
  59. Slight right to stay on E18 (signs for Hamn/Helsingfors/Helsinki/Kapellskär)       
   
   
 
   13.9 mi  
                 
 
  60. Turn left to stay on E18       
   
   
 
   0.2 mi  
                 
 
  61. Turn right to stay on E18     
   
   
 
   318 ft  
                 
 
  62. Take the Kapellskär, SE - Ahvenanmaa (Maarianhamina), FI/Kapellskär, SE - Åland (Mariehamn), FI ferryToll road
Entering Åland Islands
     
   
   
 
   41.2 mi  
                 
 
  63. Take the Helsinki (Katajanokka) - Maarianhamina ferryEntering Finland
     
   
   
 
   238 mi  
                 
 
  64. Continue straight     
   
   
 
   0.4 mi  
                 
 
  65. Turn left onto Katajanokanranta/Skatuddsstranden       
   
   
 
   469 ft  
                 
 
  66. Continue onto Kanalgatan/Kanavakatu       
   
   
 
   0.6 mi  
                 
 
  67. Turn right onto Meritullintori/Sjötullstorget/E75Continue to follow E75
       
   
   
 
   1.7 mi  
                 
 
  68. Take the ramp to Gasverksgatan/Kaasutehtaankatu/E75       
   
   
 
   0.1 mi  
                 
 
  69. Turn left onto Gasverksgatan/Kaasutehtaankatu/E75Continue to follow E75
       
   
   
 
   6.2 mi  
                 
 
  70. Slight left to stay on E75       
   
   
 
   82.6 mi  
                 
 
  71. Take exit 26 to merge onto Jyväskyläntie/Route 4/E75 toward Jyväskylä/HartolaContinue to follow Route 4/E75
       
   
   
 
   24.0 mi  
                 
 
  72. Turn left onto Vuorenkyläntie/Route 6134       
   
   
 
   3.0 mi  
                 
 
  73. Turn right onto Kauhtueentie       
   
   
 
   9.0 mi  
                 
 
  74. Turn right onto Harantie       
   
   
 
   5.5 mi  
                 
 
  75. Turn left onto Korpilahdentie/Route 610Continue to follow Route 610
       
   
   
 
   12.4 mi  
                 
 
  76. Turn right onto Niittyniementie       
   
   
 
   0.4 mi  
                 
 
  77. Slight left to stay on Niittyniementie     
   
   
 
   0.2 mi  
                 
 
  78. Continue onto Lehmustie     
   
   
 
   0.6 mi  
         

Finland
 

Thread Starter

loosewire

Joined Apr 25, 2008
1,686
They say Its a secure place,good reading if you like history.
About the bugs why,it would have to be warm,explain the climate.
 

justtrying

Joined Mar 9, 2011
429
used to live on its former territory way back in the day... and on the weekends Finns would come over to drink vodka but we couldn't go over there, now it turns out best vodka is french, who knew. And mosquitoes in the forest during proper season are brutal, the real ones
 

nerdegutta

Joined Dec 15, 2009
2,676
They say Its a secure place,good reading if you like history.
About the bugs why,it would have to be warm,explain the climate.
It a country "with a 1000 lakes". Lots of forests and marsh. And at summertime it's warm, so the hole country is an hatching machine for badass mosquitoes.

Dad went on a fishing/gold digger trip there in the '70. They had to ducktape their wrists and feet, so the mosquitoes couldn't go under the cloths.
 
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loosewire

Joined Apr 25, 2008
1,686
It is carried by migrating bird,the birds don't have to stop for border checks.
If people are getting bitten I sure your health service is aware of the disease.
 

shortbus

Joined Sep 30, 2009
7,623
This mosquito talk is something that always puzzled me. Why is it that all the northern most lands say. Alaska, Siberia, Canada and so on, have such BAD mosquitoes? Compared to the more temperate regions?
 

nerdegutta

Joined Dec 15, 2009
2,676
I think it's because the tempered regions have the mosquitoes all the time. Or at least almost all the time. The northern countries have them late summer... During the winter we all forget how cruel, demonic, not to say obsessed, they are. That's my theory.:)
 

Markd77

Joined Sep 7, 2009
2,806
Plus they only have part of the year to feed on human blood, so they go crazy. I get bitten a lot here, but I had the misfortune of going to Scotland one summer and I had hundreds of bites.
Actually I find that towards the end of the season, my body has got used to the bites somewhat and they swell up and itch less.
 

justtrying

Joined Mar 9, 2011
429
yes, their season could be very short depending on the weather so they go nuts for food. I was back home two years ago in late May, we went for a stroll in the park, looked like the guy in the picture. They are also smaller than those in BC for example. If you go for a visit, stay out of marsh or swampy areas, go to higher ground and try going later in the season or during winter ;)

West Nile is an interesting question. I haven't heard of it in the northern regions, may be the virus does not like the climate, but definitely in southern europe and southern russia.
 
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nerdegutta

Joined Dec 15, 2009
2,676
Plus they only have part of the year to feed on human blood, so they go crazy. I get bitten a lot here, but I had the misfortune of going to Scotland one summer and I had hundreds of bites.
Actually I find that towards the end of the season, my body has got used to the bites somewhat and they swell up and itch less.
I spent one summer on the island of Arran... I will not say any more about that.:eek:
 
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