Dreaming of Finland on Moomin Day

Happy Moomin Day! 9 August 2013 marks the 9th annual Moomin Day in Japan, which is also Tove Jansson’s 99th birthday. Click here for some ideas on how to celebrate this lovely day.

I started the day off with some Moominmamma’s Magic Potion, purchased from my favourite Finnish shop: fromFinland.fi.  The tea is my favourite of all the Moomin teas — a lovely black tea flavoured with rhubarb and strawberry flavours — so fragrant and soothing. Just thinking about it makes me smile. (*^_^*)

Moominmama Mug and Moominmama's Magic PotionI also decided to tackle the ginormous 2000 piece Moomin puzzle that Mr. T got me for my birthday and realised as I was sorting out the pieces that I’ll probably be spending the next month or so putting it together — just finding all the edge pieces has worn me out.

Moomin Puzzle

I’ve spent much of the day researching what I hope will be our first ever visit to Finland (aka, home of the Moomins) next summer. As 2014 will be the 100th anniversary of Tove Jansson’s birthday with celebrations abound in Finland (and Japan, I’m sure), I thought it would be the perfect time to visit. Keep your eye on this space for updated event information.

Not surprisingly, top on my list of places to visit in Finland include:

We’re thinking of 5-6 days in Finland using Helsinki as our ‘home base’. Is that too little time? I don’t want to miss out on all the other wonderful things that Finland has to offer so if you have any non-Moomin (or other Moomin must sees — like best places to shop for Moomin goods) suggestions please let us know!

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7 thoughts on “Dreaming of Finland on Moomin Day

  1. We have been planning a Finland trip, too! My daughter wants to meet “the real Sniff” more than anything in the whole world. So glad to find a fellow tea drinking Moomin friend! 🙂

  2. Oh no, I missed Moomin Day! 😉

    I was at Moomin World.You HAVE to take pictures with the moomins. My highlight!

    Naantali (town next to Moomin world) is very nice (in general) and I really liked Tampere. ❤ And Turku.

    I've been in Finland for 9 months and haven't seen anything. There'll never be enough time to see all great things. But maybe you can take about 2 more days and go for a whole week?

    I think for Lapland alone you'd need at least about 3 days. Otherwise it will be too stressful.

      • Must be so nice to be able to slowly take in the entire country! Perhaps we’ll extend for a few more days if possible — I know Lapland is a stretch as it’s ginormous. In any case, I hope we’ll love it either way! You know the stress of really building something up and then being let down? So far that hasn’t happened but a bit nervous as Finland has been a dream for so long.

      • I’m sure it will be great. The landscapes are very beautiful so take your time and try to not only see the cities but maybe also a lake. I think you’ll have a great experience, don’t worry.

  3. If you want to see Lapland I would suggest a longer visit. Rovaniemi is 700 km north of Helsinki, which is like going from the very south of England to the northernmost part of Scotland… Of course if you take a flight it does not take that long. Travelling through Finland by car is very nice because you can stop and swim in the many lakes on the way, and the scenery is beautiful. I was home in Finland for two weeks this summer and miss it already!

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