To ensure the best possible experiences all our trips have the following:
I have had the chance to meet so many wonderful people who have taken me to the most inspiring places. The pristine nature full of unique character as well as the city life, that takes place in the natural setting, are both something I wish everyone could experience.
In thinking about my own experiences and listening to people’s travel stories the idea of Norman Travels began to shape up. We wanted to make these experiences accessible for everyone.
Spending time at a cottage sauna by the water.
First time entering the forests and the lakes of Nuuksio National park was a very emotional experience for me. The richness of colour and texture of the different mosses was an overwhelmingly beautiful moment. So many shades of green!
I enjoy being in the nature, swimming in a clean lake and just encapsulating all the senses in the sights, scents and sounds of the surrounding environment.
I’ve travelled around the world, but always come back to Finland, since we have the most beautiful nature here. It’s clean and there is plenty of room for everyone.
Ten years ago I counted I have slept more than 2000 nights outdoors, after that I’ve stopped counting.
One of my favourite locations is the outer archipelago just west of Bengtskär, preferably on a kayak, during winter or early spring when it’s really quiet paddling between the many skerries and islets.
The abundance of space. There is space between people, there is space to move around, even public spaces are not too crowded.
I enjoy the quietness and walking around the streets and discovering new sights. One doesn’t need to go far to experience nature, instead even in the heart of the city, there is always some element of nature present.
I love all the seasons and the two billion year old base rock.
I enjoy hiking and sleeping in the tent in the old growth forests. I’m especially fond of Paistunturi wilderness area in Lapland. Also canoeing around Porkkalanniemi is great fun.
I appreciate the easy going attitude towards life in general in the Nordic countries and the fact that everyman’s right guarantees access to nature for everyone. It’s clean and silent.
Everything, I grew up in a farm. When I turned four years old, I got a cow as a birthday present.
Since 1975 I have been working in the travel industry in many roles exploring the natural and cultural history of Finland by guiding tours, educating professional guides and writing travel books, including the Finnish history of sauna and bathing.
Urban nature. My favourite place to take people to is the Kallvik peninsula in Vuosaari, where people from different backgrounds enjoy nature in perfect harmony.
Nature is part of everyday life. Most Nordic people have a lot of knowledge about their surrounding forests, lakes and seas.
I’m an avid hiker and found Nuuksio forest very mysterious. It is beautiful in spring, also during rainy days. Even the fog feels clean.
I’ve travelled a lot around the world and discovered that sometimes one has to go far to see close. My vision is to make Finland the green hub of the world, providing clean, sustainable food solutions and nature experiences for everybody.
I grew up in the countryside and working closely with farmers is natural to me. I want to change things from the inside out, making me most likely the only yoga teacher in the world who works in the meat industry.
It is magical to be cycling during summer nights, all the scents of summer float by and time seems to move exceptionally slow.
We go camping every year to Ulko-Pisi, the last south-est island before the border of Russia. Also reaching the top of Ukko-Koli during the morning hours is spectacular.
My first time in a sailing boat was when I was two-weeks old. Even now, the most enjoyable part of the year is leaving the shore.
One of our family secrets is a tiny island in Turku archipelago. We call it Kahden maston saari, since it only fits two boats in the bay. Another island called Björk Ö has a beautiful natural harbour and a lake inside the island. Also Bengtskär lighthouse is a special place. Turku archipelago is full of great islands and you only need to sail for a few hours in order to arrive in a completely new place.
I’ve always felt a kind of kinship towards trees and rocks, and I really appreciate the possibility to spent time in nature as part of the everyday comings and goings.
In Helsinki I’ve grown fond of the Saunalahti nature preserve in Länsi-Herttoniemi since I lived right next to it. We also have an allotment in the near by area. Seeing life come up from underground in the spring and grow during our short season is exciting.