Tucson Daily Citizen from Tucson, Arizona on June 4, 1960 · Page 26
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Tucson Daily Citizen from Tucson, Arizona · Page 26

Tucson, Arizona
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Saturday, June 4, 1960
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Mvi-rtt-w-wf Traveling In Finland HELSINKI-Tto* notes on me desk of a travel official here reveal improvements in store for Ike traveler to Finland this year. Most of the changes will be in transportation, surface and aerial. : JW* spring, a new hydrofoil boat will begin service between Stockholm, Sweden, and Marie- bamm, Finland, and will cut the usual six to seven-hour trip down to 31/4 hours. The hydrofoil skims across the top of the water at 50 miles an hour and will, carry around 100 passengers. The new boat will make two round tripe a day. The standard boat services between Stockholm and the Finnish ports of Helsinki, Turku and Mariehamn will continue as usual. There are also car ferries between the two countries, as well as to and from Denmark. Finnair's new twin-jet Cara- velle planes will help bring the jet age to this country. And the Finnish State Railways expects to have new passenger cars in service. Jt is the pride of this little country that she is one of the world's leaders in contemporary design, and that her guests "need make no sacrifice of comfort and ease to .enjoy this unspoiled, natural beauty." This is a pretty solid achievement for a nation of four and a haK million inhabitants in an area leas than half the size of Texas. Summers are shorter up in Finland than in more southerly countries, but they are unusually good. The climate is warm, bright and exhilarating, the average temperature being a comfortable (8 degree Fahrenheit. A valid passport is required from passengers who live outside Scandinavia but the tourist visas are easily obtained. No visas are required from those who hold United States «r United Kingdom passports. The monetary unit of Finland is the mark. One United States dollar is worth 317 marks. That makes a shade over three marks to the American cent. The Finnish State Railways network covers all Finland. The main routes are served by fast, modern Diesel trains. For $10 one can travel about 750 miles. Doing it first class would bring the price up to $J5. Sleeper berths are only two or three dollars extra. During the three ·ummer months tie railway company sells inexpensive circle-tow tickets to Fit almost any circle trip mat anyone might choose. The domestic air schedules service the fourteen largest towns. For less than $25 one can fly from Helsinki to the Arctic Circle city of Rovaniemi. The inland waterways are served by'modern lake steamers and motor ships ply the routes selected to take the visitor through the most beautiful parts,of the country. There are fast cruises for the tourist hi a hurry, and week-long tripe lor the more leisurely. Good holtel rooms run between $4 and |5 day, doubles K to t7. Here the 15 per cent service fee is included in the bill. An average lunch in a hotel restaurant would be $2 a person, dinners or suppers $3 or $4. As in New York the price of a drink runs very close to » dollar. Finnish food bi general is good, varied and plentiful, although the salads are not what Americans arc used to. Them are interesting specialties, such as kalakukko (fish baked insid* of a loaf of bread) in me eastern part of me country, and rapuja (crayfish), everywhere k Finland in August. For those who like the outdoor life, Finland has more than 200 camping sites. In Lapland one can match his skill with such fish as salmon, sea-trout, lavarel and grayling. Lapland also offers the wonder of the Midnight Sun between mid-May and mid-July. And when one's trip to 0M northern wilds or inland waterways is over, the Wg modem cities like Helsinki, population 450,000, provide night dubs, luxurious hotels, big stores and shops where world - renowned Finnish specialties such as glassware and jewelry can be bought. 'Above: Helsinki Railroad Square. At r i g h t : Midsummer, when there ic practically no n i g h t in Finland, ie g a i l y cele- b r a t e d throughout the country with dancing and singing around countless bonfires SATURDAY. JUNE 4, I960 TUCSON DAILY CITIZEN PAGE 27

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