Plans to Move to Finland

Bruce and I are going to move to Åland, Finland in about March 2009. The main language there is Swedish, not Finnish.. so we need to learn Swedish before we go.

Åland is really cool. They seem to have lots of cycling, canoeing, kayaking and festivals. The festival I’m most interested in is Rockoff which actually headlined with Lordi in 2006. How cool would it be to run a festival with Eurovision winners headlining?!? *drools*

If you look at the map below, Åland is the island in the south west. Well, I say “island” when what I really mean is “about a million little islands”.

We’ve been doing virtual tours of Finland and finding out about hiking trails through bear country, scooter safaris, week long bike tours and horse riding tours. It’s just so cool!!

Oh. And they have a Moominworld. That rocks.

Wow. We just found a flickr group for Åland and did a bit of a flickr slideshow tour. This place is gorgeous.

Gorgeous stuff:

We also found some funny stuff:

We have also learned that Mariehamn seems to be a pretty popular port for big tourist ocean liners. Why that wasn’t mentioned in any of the tourist info I read I have no idea.

Whee! Vikings!

I’m searching Flickr for pictures of Åland so I know more about the place Bruce and I are planning to live. Oh, and maybe I’m trying to convince you guys to come visit us. *is sneaky*

Bloody gorgeous! I am really looking forward to this. 🙂