Last year, I wrote about my explorations on land and water around the community of Second Norway – a place I still visit as it has the added attraction of being able to fly in / out of the new airport there.
More recently, I decided – mainly thanks to popping into Ziki Questi’s blog, to continue my Nordic adventures by “hopping over the border”, so to speak, into Finlandia. This is Daniela Finchy’s marvellous build, which offers visitors a slice of rural Finland to explore and enjoy.
This is another of those “natural” regions which tends to draw me in, and there are many aspects to it which do leave one feeling one has merely “hopped over the border” from Second Norway, rather than having teleported a good way across the grid.. Here are fir trees, rugged slopes, cobbled paths and roads and the familiar slanted fencing which I’ve been told is common in the Nordic countries and which is certainly found throughout Second Norway.
Finlandia offers the explorer various things to see and do – you can visit the farm, take a canoe out on the water, share the warmth of an open fire with reindeer or warm you hands in front of a roaring log fire in the lodge – or around a cup of moonshine, fresh from a still by the water. If you want to ease away the stresses of the day, there is a wood-burning sauna, or for those with a loved one, the lodge offers a dance floor and comfortable sofas for a cuddle or a chat.
Getting around the place is easy – the paths are all cobbled, signposts point the way here and there, and for those who prefer to use their pedal extremities in other ways, bicycles can be used to ride around the region.
Finlandia is rich in opportunities for the SL photographer as well. The default windlight settings work well, but the region really lends itself to experimentation and ideally suited to settings which give a more ambient look and feel, although I experimented with a range of options and settings as I walked around and through the region.
All-in-all this is one of those regions well worth a visit, whether you’re a romantic, a photographer, and explorer, or any / all of the above, and worthy of taking the time to wander through and experience. So why not go and enjoy a little piece of Finnish nature? Just don’t forget Daniela’s tip jar to help with the maintenance of the region, which sits just inside the windmill which forms the teleport landing-point!