Finland is a country we’ve had the privilege
of traveling to twice in the past year. To say it is one of new favorite countries to
visit would be an understatement. From our time exploring Helsinki to our outdoor adventures,
Finland is a country we’d gladly return to anytime of the year. In our Finland travel
guide we present to you our entire collection of travel videos from Finland in this mammoth
compilation. You can watch the entire video, coming in at nearly two hours long, or skip
to a section of interest indicated by time links in the description box below. From sampling
Finnish cuisine, including Salmiakki, reindeer, Karl Fazer chocolate and Karelian pie, we
showcase Finnish food as much as our time spent traveling around the country kayaking,
biking, horseback riding and hiking. We hope this video gives you a solid overview of the
things you can do in Finland as well as all of the tasty Finnish cuisine worth sampling.
This is Finland! Welcome to Helsinki! This week we’re in the
Finnish capital and we are going to be showing you some of the top attractions you should
check out in the summertime. With its long days and short nights, summertime
is a great time to be in Helsinki. This was our second visit to the Finnish capital, and
we were excited as ever to experience it for a couple of days. With summer in full swing,
we enjoyed dinners al fresco, boat trips to nearby islands, and lots of walking around
town. Here’s a look at how we spent our time in Helsinki: One of our favorite things about being in
Helsinki were all the street performances taking place. Esplanade Park hosted several
concerts, which were free to the public. Right now we’re going to be visiting one of
the most famous landmarks in all of Helsinki. This is Helsinki Cathedral and what is really
cool about this church is that it is very different from other churches across Europe.
Most European churches are very elaborate. They have a lot of paintings inside; however,
once we go inside this church you are going to see that it is very simple, very white,
very clean and it is just looks like a blank canvas. Helsinki Cathedral overlooks Senate Square,
so after you visit the church, you can sit down on the steps and watch people go by. This is a very exciting moment for me here
in Helsinki. I’m an enormous Salmiakki fan, which is black salty licorice. It is extremely
salty and this particular kiosk here is famous because it sells over 91 different varieties
of Salmiakki products. Okay, so what did you order from the kiosk?
I’ve got my favorite kind of Salmiakki product – Salmiakki ice cream. It is like the best
of both worlds. It is very salty, it has a very strong licorice taste and it is of course
ice cream. Who doesn’t like ice cream? And the coolest part here is that it is actually
shaped like a Salmiakki candy. It has that exact shape. Mmmm. That is so good. What we’re about to show you is called dinner
in the sky. And you’re going to see some people sitting up on a table just hanging from a
crane. Look for yourself. Market square is a great place to pick up
fresh vegetables and berries, and you can also try a number of traditional Finnish dishes
ranging from grilled salmon to reindeer meatballs. We frequented the market almost daily, and
at 10 Euros a meal, we thought it was a budget-friendly option for travelers. So it is now time for lunch and we’ve stopped
off at Market Square – one of my favorite places to grab a really tasty and cheap meal.
Today we are having grilled salmon, potatoes and vegetables. And yeah, let’s go enjoy this
before it gets too cold. Alright, hungry boy. Ready for the first bite?
It is time for some salmon. I never get tired of eating salmon. If I lived here I’d probably
be eating this daily. So now that we’re finished eating we’re going
to show you the more crafty side of Market Square. This is a great place to pickup some
traditional Finnish products and souvenirs to take back home. Helsinki has a thriving design district and
I really enjoyed visiting various shops which showcased the best of Scandinavian design.
My favourite was, of course, Marimekko which is renowned for its bold patterns and bright
colours. Right now I’m in the Marimekko store, which
is one of the most famous design stores in all of Finland. Finland has a unique tradition where people
come and wash their carpets on floating docks by the sea. The carpets are then left to dry
overnight without fear of anyone stealing them. After washing your carpets it is a great area
where you can just go and grab a drink and relax. Up next we’re visiting the Kamppi Chapel of
silence. This chapel is located in one of the busiest areas of Helsinki and it is supposed
to be a place where anyone can drop by and just enjoy a moment of silence. No services
are held in this church but they do have clergy and social workers on hand if anyone needs
to speak with them. Me. Traveller. So Sam, do you think one day you’ll be able
to grow an impressive beard like Santa’s? Never. It looks like peachy fuzz. That I glued
onto my face. Helsinki has a number of unique landmarks
and attractions. One of them being this church carved out of a rock. And what is really cool
about it is that this church has amazing acoustics so it is actually a very popular concert hall. The roof consists of a copper dome surrounded
by a skylight, which allows natural light to stream into the building. During one of our afternoons in Helsinki,
we hopped aboard the Helsinki Sightseeing cruise. The trip was an hour and a half in
length, and we got to see the various islands that make up the city’s archipelago. It was
a beautiful sunny day with blue skies, and we saw a lot of sailboats out on the water. It is a beautiful day to be outdoors today
and we are all geared up to go on a bike ride. We are going to be taking a tour of Helsinki. How is it going so far? I’m getting a workout
here. You look really silly with your ball cap and
a helmet on. Come on, I’m starting a new fashion trend over here. This is what is considered
cool these days. Oh, really? No, definitely not. But what is cool is that just getting
outside of Helsinki, a few kilometers, and you’re out right in the woods. This is amazing.
Let’s do a 360. So we just finished our four hour long bike
ride around Helsinki and next up we are going kayaking. Right now it is nine PM and it is
still bright out and I think we’re supposed to be back at midnight. So let’s go. Normally, I like to do a single kayak because
I don’t really trust Sam on the water but I’ve been talked into this double kayak for
newlywed couples. Teamwork. Teamwork. Except, I’m the only one paddling because you’re sitting
back there filming. Yep, that’s about right. Enjoy a few beers in the back of the double
kayak. Yeah, I’ll just have the beers, sit back and let her do all of the work. Right,
Audrey? Oh, hush you. Paddle. Paddle faster. Argh. No, don’t make
it wobble. I’m going to tip it over. Wobble. Wobble. Wobble. Wobble. Sam, that is not.
Sam. Okay, stop it. It is eleven thirty now and we are paddling
back home in the dark. With nothing but the moon and our lights to guide us. This is a city that comes alive during the
summer months, and it was great enjoying all the events taking place in the city as well
as relaxing outdoors. We loved revisiting Helsinki and we discovered so many new places
that we had completely skipped over the first time around. Have you been to Helsinki? Let us know about
your experiences in the comments below. For more travel and food videos hit subscribe. Surprise, surprise, surprise! We are back in Finland almost one year to
the day that we left. This is awesome. This is one of my favorite countries in all of
Europe. Most people when they arrive sometimes they go and freshen up. They might splash
a little water on their faces or maybe go to the washroom after a long nine hour flight.
But no. What is the first thing that I do – get my Salmiakki candy. I’ve been craving
this for over a year and I’ve already ate half of the bag and I’m having even more now.
So good! What we’re about to show you is called dinner
in the sky. You are going to see some people sitting up on a table, just hanging from a
crane. Look for yourself! The port area or market square appears to
be even bigger and busier than last time year. It is just bustling with activity and there
is a Ferris Wheel right over there. A bit hot and tired are we? Oh my gosh, so
sweaty and tired. I need a shower and a bed. And you know what – this is easily the hottest
day we’ve ever experienced in Finland. Yes. It is over thirty. We’re back in jail. We stayed here last year.
We did. Let’s check out the room. Come on in. This room here used to be a jail cell which
explains why the windows are so high up, so the prisoners couldn’t escape. Also, they
have really thick curtains here in Finland and that is because during the summer the
sun just stays up a really long time. You wouldn’t be able to sleep otherwise. We’re back in Finland on an eight day adventure
and we plan on shooting a daily vlog. Basically what we want to do is just show you exactly
what we’re doing and what it is like to be in Finland in the summer – both in the city
and outside in the countryside doing more adventure types of activities. We just arrived at Lonna Island. This used
to be a former military island and it has just opened to the public this summer, so
we’re going to check it out. It was a really cool meal. We had grilled
fish and potatoes. And that is just like the quintessential Finnish summer meal. It’s our first full day in Finland and it
is finally breakfast time. We actually woke up at two thirty in the morning because we
were jet lagged and then the sun slowly started coming up at like four thirty in the morning.
We’ve been waiting for this for a long time. Someone is hungry. Yes. That was a really filling breakfast. I think
we’re both just stuffed. We’re going to go on a very small walk around jail hotel and
show you the sites. They have a really cool little garden where
it appears they’re growing their own vegetables. It is a beautiful day to be outdoors today
and we are all geared up to go on a bike ride. We are going to be taking a tour of Helsinki. How is it going so far? Oh, I’m getting a
workout here. You look really silly with your ball cap and
helmet on top. Come on, I’m starting a new fashion trend over here. This is what is considered
cool these days. Oh really? No, definitely not. But what is
cool is that just getting outside of Helsinki, a few kilometers, you’re out right in the
woods. This is amazing. Let’s do a 360. We just finished our four hour long bike ride
around Helsinki and next up we’re going kayaking. Right now it is nine PM. It is still bright
out and I think we’re supposed to be back at midnight, so let’s go. Normally I like to do a single kayak because
I don’t really trust Sam on the water but I’ve been talked into this double kayak for
newlywed couples. Teamwork. Except, I’m the only one paddling
because you’re sitting back there filming. Yep, that’s about right. Enjoy a few beers in the back of the double
kayak. Yep, I’ll just have the beers, sit back and let her do all of the work. Right,
Audrey? Oh, hush. Paddle. Paddle faster. Argh. No, don’t make it wobble. I’m going to tip
it over. Wobble, wobble, wobble, wobble. Sam! That is not. Okay, stop it. It is eleven thirty now and we are paddling
back home in the dark with nothing but the moon and our lights to guide us. It is day three in Finland and today we are
going for a walk in the woods. We’re here at Nuuksio National Park. On today’s outing we learned about Every Man’s
Right in Finland. This is a traditional Finnish concept that allows people to camp out freely,
to pick berries and mushrooms in the wild, to fish with a rod and line, and to walk,
cycle, or ski anywhere on the land. To sum it up, Every Man’s Right means that everyone
is free to enjoy the land. Where are you right now? Right now I’m in
a woodshed and what is really cool is that the Finnish government provides wood for all
of the National Parks. You can go out and make a fire here. Har! Har! Except, you don’t have any firewood. After hiking for a while, we cooked some sausages
and enjoyed some sandwiches by the lake. It was a great way to spend a summer afternoon
in Finland. And we’re kayaking again today. It is eight o’clock right now. It is calm.
It is peaceful outside. It is still very light and we have the golden rays of the sun shining
down on the water. Today is day four of our Finnish adventure
and we are going to be going horseback riding. Now let’s go meet our Icelandic horses. What makes Icelandic horses different is that
they have very gentle characters. Also, while they may be smaller in stature, they are actually
very strong horses. We’re making our first stop of the morning.
We’re visiting a local flea market. In here it is a mix of antiques, dishware
and clothes. That was a lot of fun. My horse, Farri, turned
out to be a really hungry boy. He just kept stopping for grass and for flowers along the
way but we got to see the countryside and I really enjoyed it. A cool fact that we’ve learned while in Finland
is that there is thirteen thousand trees for every Finn. That is a lot of trees. Finland’s archipelago is made up of thousands
of little islands, so one of the best ways to get around is by boat. Our guide took us
out to visit a former military island which is now home to little summer cottages. We
had a cute German pointer join us, keeping us entertained. We are now on an island called Bolax and this
used to be a former military island. Now we have a special guide with us and he is going
to take us inside an old canon. Let’s go climb in. Along the way we got to see sailboat races
and a nesting ospreys. Okay, Sam what are you having today? Salmiakki!
Salmiakki! I’m going to down it. One shot. One shot. Oh, that is awesome. What does it taste like Sam? Just like Salmiakki.
Sam-iakki. This is shot number three. This is shot number
three and it is going down in one blast. Watch this. Oh, so yummy. Is there a forth one?
That is amazing. That is so good. There you go. Are you serious? Is it better than the
sweets? Why not? Sam, is it better than the sweets? My liver
just flipped. Another bottle for Sam? I’ve got to go to the washroom. Day five in Finland. This morning we’re taking
a speed boat from Kasnas to Hanko. Ready for some adventure guys? Yeah! Yes! Finland’s archipelago region, which is part
of the Baltic Sea, is home to thousands of small islands. The rib boat was a fun way
to experience the natural scenery of this area. Plus it got us to the port town of Hanko
in record time. Woo! We just arrived here in Hanko and we’ve picked
up our Sun Fun bikes and we’re going to go on a little tour of the city. Hanko is a small town that sits on the shores
of the Baltic Sea, and it also happens to be the southernmost point in all of Finland.
This is a popular summer destination, where Finns rent villas by the sea. Everything about
the town felt laid-back and relaxed. Our afternoon in Hanko was spent doing a little
bit of hiking and plenty of biking past ponds, through forests, and along the beach. So you just made some new friends! Bah bah!
I’m just hanging out with my new friends here the sheep. We’re visiting a farm and I guess
what we’re going to be doing here is selecting some ingredients – some vegetables and different
things – and we’re going to be cooking our own meal tonight. Oh, yes! So neither of us realized this is actually
an electric fence and we both just got zapped. That’s an electric fence. We just finished our bike ride where we got
to visit a few local farms and now we’re going to be cooking a meal with all of those local
ingredients. Let’s go to the kitchen. Peeling time. I’m in charge of potatoes. Don’t eat all of my whip cream. I said one
bite because you want to be in the video. Mmmm, one more. One more. That’s so mean. Alright, so this is day six in Finland and
this morning we are going to try stand up paddle boarding. Apparently, this is a sport
that has been around since the 60’s but it has only become really popular in the last
three years. I’ve never done this before so I hope my balance is really good. And if there is one person that is most likely
to fall in it is definitely me. I would agree. Fingers crossed. Our guide attempted teaching us to paddle
both the Hawaiian and the Tahitian way, but most of us were concerned about not falling
in to the waters of the chilly Baltic Sea. Okay, Mr. Wobble Wobble are you ready? I bet
I’m going to be the only one who actually falls in. Like a cat on the water. Worse than a cat
on the water. Okay, Sam is going to attempt standing up.
Let’s see how this goes. Oh, it looks like he’s got it. Our first time stand up paddle boarding turned
out to be a lot of fun, and we were lucky to have calm waters to practice. Audrey was
a natural. I on the other hand, had a little trouble dismounting. Hahaha! Oh my gosh. Did you get it on film?
That is not the best way. Dock fail. When in Finland you absolutely have to experience
a sauna. Apparently, there are five million Finns and three million saunas. We’re going
to go in and try one. I absolutely love the sauna. When I lived in Korea I used to go
almost weekly, so this is going to be a lot of fun. Okay, let’s go in. Finnish sauna is typically enjoyed naked with
friends and family, but we kept it PG13 for you guys. You’re welcome! We’re here in Finland today and we’re going
to be trying Salmiakki. Now for those of you who are not very familiar with this it is
a salty black licorice. We actually got to try it last year when we visited and I hated
it but Sam loved it. I think our reactions are going to be a bit predictable. Now today
we have six different kinds of Salmiakki so let’s get started. The special ingredient of Salmiakki is ammonium
chloride and that is what gives it its salty and very overpowering taste. Oh boy, this is a real treat. This is a Salmiakki
ice cream and we decided well we better eat this first before it actually melts. Let’s
open it up and it is from Fazer. From Fazer brand which is a really popular brand in Finland
especially for chocolate but it is also really popular for Salmiakki as well. Okay. That is hilarious. What is funny about
this is that it is basically shaped like a Salmiakki candy would be. So it has got…yeah.
It looks quite authentic here. Let’s have the first bite. That is the best salmiakki I’ve ever had.
In ice cream form it is a lot sweeter and it still has got all of that overpowering
salmiakki taste. I just love this. I’m going to eat the whole thing. I guess now it is my turn. I’m kind of hoping
the middle is vanilla flavored. Yummy yummy? Urgh. No. Um. It is not as bad as the candies
I’ve had before but it still has a really strong Salmiakki taste and I mean the ice
cream is actually a bit salty which I don’t think should be the case with ice cream. I’m
giving it the thumbs down unfortunately. That one didn’t last very long. Next up we’ve got Fazer Super Salmiakki and
this of the candy variety. Let’s open this one up. And already I can tell – I’ve tried
other Salmiakki candies but this one feels a lot harder, so I have a feeling it is going
to be a bit different. It is not going to be as chewy. Let’s give this a shot. Okay,
so you can definitely taste the Salmiakki here. It is very strong. As I expected, it is a hard candy and it is
not very chewy. I think it is a really great type of Salmiakki product you take with you
maybe when you’re driving in a car or something. You can just pop one in your mouth and it
will last quite a while. Just let is sit and roll around on your tongue. I guess it is my turn to give it a go. Oh,
the excitement! How much longer do I have to taste it before?
Put the whole thing in your mouth. It is like really salty. Saltier than the
ice cream. It tastes like horrible medicine. There is nothing redeeming about it. Yeah.
Spitting sounds. I’m actually not entirely sure what this Salmiakki
product is. These look like maybe more kind of a sugary type of rolls. This should be
interesting. Let’s try these. I’ve never had them. Kind of neat. They’ve got a brown filing.
Mmmm. Okay, yeah. These are chewy and really sweet
and these are more like your type of traditional candy I guess. You really taste the sugar
along with the Salmiakki. Which is strong but it is not nearly as strong as the harder
candy. So I’m still recovering from the last one
but since these are super sweet and covered in sugar, I figured I’d give it a go. A little
nibble. I’m not sure what the middle part is. It is
brown. Coffee maybe? No it isn’t. No. Urgh! Have it! Hahaha! You can have it! Okay, so as not to torture Audrey, she can
be exempt from these next two things that I’m going to try. I’m just going to make her
try the chocolate. Next up we’ve got Salmiakki in a box and we’re
going to try a different brand here. I believe it is called Halva. Let’s try that. Whoops.
They just fell out. Okay. I can tell right now these are really
hard. Hard salmiakki type things. Let’s have a look at them. Can you see them there? See, that is what
the ice cream cone was shaped like. Just like this. So I’m going to put them both in. Those are really hard and small. They are
similar to the ones I got from the Fazer bag from the first one that I tried. But yeah,
they are really strong and again like kind of just slowly dissolve in your mouth. You
can just kind of chew on them or just let them roll around on your tongue. And they
are long lasting, so. I think the best thing about them is that they come in this little
package here, so you could just like walk around with them in your pant pocket and be
like hey I feel like some Salmiakki and just whip it out and have a bite. Alright, next up we’ve got the mixed bag of
Salmiakki and this is also from Fazer. As you can see from on the back of the package
there is all of the different shapes and sizes. Let’s open that up. There we go. You know
what – I’m just going to dump a whole bunch of these on here so we can kind of see what
they look like. And I’m going to just start trying one of each. This is a different one.
This one is different. Okay, so I’ve got four in my mouth right now
and yeah they really are different. Some of them are little bit larger and more chewy
and then the other ones are hard and they are kind of similar to the ones that you can
get like the pocket sized ones. They are hard and you kind of have to suck on them a bit
longer but yeah this is for Salmiakki lovers. This has got it all. You’ve got all shapes
and sizes here. And last but certainly not least we’ve got
Salmiakki in chocolate form. And much like the ice cream I have very high expectations
for this. I hope it is going to be sweet and chocolate-y and just overall delicious. Let’s
open this. Okay. From the outside, as you can see, it
looks just sort of like your normal milk chocolate bar but let’s break it off here and see if
we can see if it is any different. Okay, it still looks normal to me. Mmmmmm. Oh, it is so good. Like it is just amazing.
Like, chocolate is stellar. Salmiakki is stellar. Putting them together is just an awesome combination.
This is just as good as like chocolate and peanut butter as far as I’m concerned. Okay, I’m going to show this part. And here
you can see it is sort of like stuffed inside of the milk chocolate the same way a caramel
milk chocolate might be like or if you had come to Canada or the US and you have like
the peanut butter milk chocolate. How it is just kind of like in the middle and it is
in a bit of a creamy form. Two thumbs up for
this product. Alright, well, I do like the Karl Fazer chocolate
bars. I have been eating them every single day since I’ve been back. I’m not so sure
about the Salmiakki. I’ll try a little corner. Hey, that is not right. The salmiakki is in
the middle. You have to take a bite right in the middle. Come on. Last bite. It is like eating chocolate that has been
stuffed with medicine and salt. I mean the chocolate is great and it kind of helps mask
the Salmiakki taste but I’d rather have a plain chocolate bar. Alright, to sum of all of this up. I liked
every single Salmiakki thing tried; however, there were things I liked more than others.
My top two, were of course, the ice cream and the chocolate bar because I also have
a sweet tooth and combining salmiakki with milk chocolate and ice cream. That is just
amazing. Okay, next up I do really like these ones too. These like. These candies that are
a bit more sweet than the other ones. So I rank those really highly. So among the more I guess traditional hard
candies like these ones would be great to carry with you in your pocket. Although I
do prefer the ones that are a little chewier so this is just more portable. And amongst these two I would have to say
I’ll go with the mixed bag. So everything is awesome. If you’re in Finland you absolutely have to
try this. It is the kind of polarizing thing. You’re probably either going to love it or
hate it. And most foreigners who – especially those who haven’t tried liquorice before – are
probably not going to like it. I love it this stuff, so if you don’t finish your bag or
your chocolate bar or your ice cream you know where to send it. We were hoping to do a Finnish chocolates
and candy bar while we were in Finland but unfortunately we ran out of time. So we’re
now back at home in Canada and we’re just sitting in my backyard and today we are going
to be taste testing all of this candy. It should be a fun afternoon. And we’ve got Max, the dog, to join us. Max,
do you want chocolate? Chocolates! He’s like – where is the steak? Where is the
sausage? First off we are starting with this little
Jim bar. And we’ve never had this one before. No, let’s see what it tastes like. It is very
small. For a healthy snack. Mmmm. Oh, it is white inside. It has a very fruity
flavor but I can’t really make out what kinds of fruit are in here. Banana, perhaps? It
is really nice. I like it. Okay, so I’m a huge fan of licorice and I’ve
had a lot of Salmiakki since I’ve been in Finland but this is something I’ve never tried.
This is called Lakupala and it is Tropico. Apparently, there is dark chocolate, orange,
berries and possibly pineapple. So I have a feeling this is going to be sweet liquorice.
I have no idea. I’m opening it up. You can see the different colors. So here is one that
is white. Let’s guess the flavors. Okay. So without looking at the bag, what do you
think that one is? I think that is pineapple. And it is really sweet. This is definitely
candy kind of licorice with a lot of sugar but I like it. Audrey hates licorice but maybe we can finally
find something that she likes. Maybe this fruit flavored licorice will win her over.
Okay, I’m purposely going to choose the red berries because I like berry flavored stuff,
so maybe I’ll be able to enjoy this. Did you spit it out? Uhhhh. And no more licorice for Audrey. That would
just be cruel for me to force her to try more of it – especially the Salmiakki. Okay, so next up for me is the Tupla bar.
Also, this is a bar we’ve never had as well. So I was reading up on this chocolate bar
and apparently Tupla means double because you get two little bars inside of the package.
This one looks like it got a little bit crushed. Okay, so it is milk chocolate and nuts on
the exterior. And then I think the filling might be nougat. It is kind of chewy and very
sugary. Yeah, I do like this one. It is really nice. Audrey was kind enough to share the second
one with me so I’m going to try this for the first time. I wasn’t kind enough to share
– I think you stole it. A guy has got to do what a guy has got to
do. You’re right, this is a really chewy chocolate bar and very sweet. I do like it though. Mmmmm. Before we became travel bloggers and started
making YouTube travel and food videos, we used to teach English in South Korea. And
our students were obsessed with Angry Birds. Like they just loved that game. Angry birds originated from Finland and they
have a little candy bar here. I think it might be licorice. Let’s show us the Angry bird.
It is a yellow Angry Bird. There they are. It looks quite angry doesn’t it? Alright, let’s try this Angry Bird candy. Indeed, it is licorice and it appears to be
filled with something. Okay, yeah, it is a very sugary licorice that
I’m sure kids would love. And yes it is pineapple flavored inside. Kids and Sam love it. Here I have Moomin gummy bears. So if you’re
not too familiar with Moomins, they’re actually characters from a Finnish fairy tale and they
kind of look like Hippos, right? I think it looks like a hippo, yeah. They’re just big
plump, white creatures and while we were in Helsinki they were celebrating the one hundredth
anniversary of the creator of the Moomins, so Moomins were all over the city. These are gummy’s. Let’s see. Are they shaped
like Moomin? Yeah, let’s see. This one looks like a Moomin. And there is some people in
there as well. I’m not sure what the story is with these guys but they must all be characters.
I’ll try this one. Mmmm. Maybe apple? Is it sweet? Yeah. These
are really good. I think I’ll be keeping these for myself since I don’t like the licorice,
I won’t share these. No Finnish taste test video would be complete
without testing Salmiakki. This is a treat that is absolutely adored in Finland but a
lot of foreigners don’t like it. It is extremely salty. It is made with Ammonium Chloride.
It is like a black type of licorice except it is so much saltier than any kind of licorice
I’ve ever had. I love it. Audrey really doesn’t like it, so I’m not forcing her to have any. And I’m just going to show you what it looks
like. Now, this is one kind of Salmiakki you can get. These are the smaller ones and they
are kind of harder candies. So you just them in your mouth and you suck on them. Mmmmm. I’m in my happy place right now. So next up we have some Jenkki spearmint gum.
So I actually have a few Finnish Canadian friends and whenever they come back from Finland
this is what they bring back. I’ve actually had this several times before in Canada. Let’s see. But I like it, so I’m happy to
try it again for the video. Jenkki! Let’s see what it looks like. It’s
gum. It tastes like your average gum. It’s not
a super overpowering flavor like some of the Excel gums but yeah this one is nice. Aside from Salmiakki, my next favorite Finnish
food is Karl Fazer chocolate. And this is just amazing high quality chocolate. I think
this one we have here is just the plan milk chocolate one. This is your standard Karl Fazer chocolate
bar. And I recommend if you’re going to eat this get the big bar. This is just the little
tiny one. Those big massive 200 gram bars – those are the best. It is just so creamy and delicious and I like
that sure it is sugary but it is not too sugary. That is a big difference between European
and American chocolate is that there is more creaminess and richness to European chocolate
whereas American chocolate is really sugary. So this stuff is way better. Here is a unique one. While we were in the
supermarket looking for different chocolate bars we could try we came across Karl Fazer
bar but as you can see over here this one is Chili and Crisps. So I’ve never had chocolate
with chili before. We’ll what that actually tastes like. I’m expecting to like it. I wonder
if it is spicy or not? Yeah. It’ll be interesting to see. I hope it is not too too spicy. Hopefully
you won’t spit it out like the licorice. I mean it must be a good combination for Karl
Fazer to produce this. I’m still not tasting the chili. Are you biting into it? Um hmm. Maybe it is just very mildly flavored. I’m waiting for it to kick in. There is something crunchy in there for sure.
Okay, actually when you swallow the chocolate there is a slight burn in your throat. I think
there is a chili. I’m going to let you try it and see what you think. Alright, I’m going to have two pieces here
to try and make sure we can find that chili inside. Yeah, you’re right. It is not initially spicy.
It does have that crunch though. I think you’ll feel it when you swallow the chocolate. Tell
me how that feels. Okay, a little bit of a burn but not much.
I mean this is very tame. This is very tame. I’m very excited about the licorice all sorts.
I grew up eating these in Canada, so I wonder if they taste the same or not. Alright, and so with the all sorts it really
is just a whole bunch of different licorice candies. So I’m just going to hold them out
in my hand as you can see here. These yellow ones tend to be sweeter. Let’s see how this tastes. Mmm. Let’s try one of each in the name of research. Yeah, that is very sweet. What is the yellow one flavored like? They
are not actually flavored like the colors that they are. They’re just kind of sweet. Alright, one more. Yeah, those are really
good. I mean they’re just as good as any of the ones I’ve tried in Canada and I can tell
that these are ones are really fresh, so I like them a lot. The best way to describe the licorice all
sorts. Some of them are more sugary, some of them have more of a licorice taste, some
of them are more chewy, so you’ve just got to grab a whole bunch of them, taste them
one by one and see which one you like the most. And I saved one of my favorites for last – this
is the Geisha chocolate bar which is also produced by Karl Fazer. Let’s try this. I
wish Karl Fazer would make his way over to Canada. I know. We really need him over here.
Mmmm. That is really nice. So yeah, this one is
a milk chocolate and it has a creamy hazelnut filling. Perfection. It is my favorite one,
so I’m always happy to eat a Geisha bar. So that concludes our Finnish taste test.
Let us know if you’ve tried any Finnish chocolates, licorice, gummy bears or Salmiakki. We’re
curious to know. For more food and travel videos hit subscribe. While we’ve been exploring the archipelago
region for the past week we’ve actually been staying in this town. It has two names – the
Swedish name is Dalsbruk and then the Finnish name is Taalintehdas. Most of the residents in this small community
are Swedish native speakers and they also speak Finnish fluently. Some of the oldest ruins in town and they
were used during the coal industry. That is our abbreviated tour of Dalsbruk – a
place many come to vacation in nice cottages to go fishing, to go sailing – it is a very
scenic place. We’re going to miss it. Alright, tonight we’ve got a special Finnish
treat to share you. This here is called Salmiakki and it is black extremely salty licorice.
So my sister Ashley has a been to Finland before and she specifically told me to stay
away from this nasty candy. She says it is the worst tasting thing ever out there and
that I will spit it out within seconds. So I’m not really looking forward to eating a
piece of it but Sam here is quite adamant about it. So this Salmiakki here, this black licorice
has sometimes been referred to foreigners as a kind of fear factor food that. The television
show the Fear Factor where people are dared to eat something that seems disgusting and
really strange. What gives this the salty taste is ammonia chloride and this is very
popular in Nordic countries – especially in Finland. That doesn’t sound edible.
Alright, so here is a piece of the Salmiakki. The black licorice. And I have to say that
I’ve grown up eating licorice in Canada and it is probably quite a bit sweeter than this
one and I’m a big licorice fan, so I’m hopeful that I am going to like this even thought
it apparently exceptionally salty. So here we go. Eating noises and chewing
Woah! Yeah! There is an explosion of flavors going on and that is just…WoW! That is very
salty but I like it. Here’s another piece. MMMMM! I have a bar of milk chocolate handy over
here because I know I’m probably going to need to wash away the flavor of this nasty
looking thing. I’m just taking a small bite okay. Eating noises Yummy? Arrrrggggggh!!! Spitting noise! Hahahahaha Did you just spit it out? I don’t like licorice. I’ve never liked licorice
and that’s just foul. Okay, where is your chocolate piece now? Better? Good, because that means I get more
(of the Salmiakki). MMMMMMM Two more pieces in my mouth here. Eating noises…MMMM I’m glad you don’t like it because that means
I get to eat the whole bag. Today we are having lunch at a place called
Strandhotellet here in Dalsbruk, Finland. We are going to be trying some local foods
centered around salmon. I’m really excited about the pizza. I’ve never
had salmon as a topping. For our appetizer we ordered some smoked salmon
with dill on a nice piece of rye bread and we’ve also got a really tasty potato salad
over here. A big bite. The salmon keeps getting better and better.
That is probably the best bite of salmon I’ve had since I’ve been in Finland. Here is my wonderful thin crust pizza. Come
have a look. It has lots of tomatoes, cheese and greens. I think a few things got lost
in translation because we were under the impression that it was going to be a salmon pizza. This
looks just as good. Let’s dig in. How is that? You’re going to like this a lot. So what really makes this pizza delicious
for me is the cheese and the olive oil drizzled on top. That is so tasty. Okay, so up next we’re trying the chocolate
fondant, which has strawberries and cream. Try some strawberry too. Look at the inside.
Nice and gooey. You can tell it has just been baked fresh
out of the oven. It is so decadent and sweet. That was a really nice meal at a local cafe.
The place was recommended to us by one of our local contacts and we really enjoyed the
food. It came to 27 Euros and considering we got a entree, a main dish and dessert we
think that is a pretty fair price for Europe. Yeah, we ended up sharing everything. Yeah,
and we are stuffed. Live rock music. So we are trying three different Finnish beers.
We have lager, red ale and I have forgotten the name of this one. Verdict? That’s nice. A nice light beer. Okay,
next red ale. I like the flavor of this one a little more. What does it taste like? It’s
just got more of a bite to it. This is a lighter beer for sure. And the last one? My favorite.
Really? It’s all about the flavor. Alright, your turn. I’m going to start off
with the light one. Lager. It tastes like a light beer. I don’t know much about beer.
Red ale. It has a nice aroma to it and it is a bit stronger than the other one. I agree.
This I’m not so sure I will like it just based on the color. It looks really strong. Okay,
what is your favorite of the three? I’m going to go with the light girly beer. Surprise,
surprise. Rock music playing live. Background music playing. We’re going to be eating Rudolph the Reindeer
today! I’m a little sad about it but I’m in Finland so I have to try reindeer. Reindeer? Is it tasty or what? It really is.
It has a very rich taste. It’s must different from the meatballs we had before the other
day. This definitely has a real much stronger taste to it. Wow. if I had to compare it to something that tastes
like a really strong seasoned roast beef. I’m going to think of it as salami. Okay,
it tastes like salami. There we go. I’m eating Reindeer. It’s a little sour. Right? Yeah.
It’s a little sour and salty. Okay. Do you like it? Yeah. It’s growing on you? Well,
not growing on me but it’s okay. Live rock music playing. So Sam has been talking about the reindeer
ever since we landed in Finland, so I’m glad he finally got to try it. It was a bit of
a pricey appetizer I have to admit. It was sixteen Euro. A bit steep but it was a good
experience. I’d say it was worth it. The reindeer cold cuts definitely had a distinct
taste. Quite sour and it was certainly a lot better than meatballs we had tried the other
day. Well, today we’re off on a journey. We’re
going to be visiting a new country in Europe. Estonia! Tallinn. We’re taking the MS Star
from Helsinki all the way to there. It’s only a two hour trip, so it should be a really
comfortable ride. Background music playing.
So in this area they have all the private cabins for people who are doing an overnight
cruise. Background music playing.
This is definitely one of the largest ferries I’ve ever been on. There is actually nine
different levels as you can see from this map.
Background music playing. Wow, the weather has really changed. Within
just 10 minutes we went from clear sunny skies to foggy, windy weather. We’re not even out
there on the deck right anymore. Background music playing.
So we’re now pulling into the harbor here in Tallinn, Estonia and it is a chilly nineteen
degrees. It doesn’t feel like summer. background music playing. Background music playing. Okay, we are with Raakel my Finnish Canadian
friend who is showing us around and we’re going to an Island called Suomenlinna. Does
that mean anything? It’s like Finland. It’s kind of like a castle. Background music playing. So we’ve arrived here finally and we honestly
have no idea what we’re going to be doing. There is no tourist information. We’re just
going to wander around. Looks like a village. A cute village. I think this looks like Anne of Green Gable
in Finland. The cute little wooden houses, right? Background music playing. We’ve just witnessed a lovely Finnish wedding
on an island. Background music playing. And what are we doing? Enjoying some ice cream.
Perfect way to cool down after a little walk around the island. What flavors do you have?
Pistachio. And I have raspberry sherbet. And what is that in Finnish? Finnish answer. And I’m having the one unique to Finland.
Black licorice ice cream and it is delicious. What is this called in Finnish? Speaking bad
Finnish. Lemon and black licorice. Wow, this is really really good. I don’t believe it. Background music playing. Tonight for dinner we’ve decided to have a
simple Finnish meal – a do it yourself meal. We went to a Finnish grocery store and just
loaded up on a whole bunch of different goodies. We’re going to have a small little feast. I have really been enjoying eating lots of
black rye bread with salmon and dill on top. I think it is the best meal ever. I personally like to alternate between a hummus
spread and a cream cheese spread. Those are my two favorite spreads and salmon is my favorite
fish. This is just an amazing little snack meal. I’m going to miss this so much when I go back
to Thailand. When we were in Helsinki last week I tried
a pear cider. Now that we were in a supermarket, I noticed the same brand but with a pomegranate,
so that is what I’m drinking right now. It is so nice and fruity. I’m really thirsty.
She’s going to get drunk like a skunk. Hey. I’ve got some beer and I’m assuming it is
Finnish beer. I don’t really know. It could be Swedish or something else but I’m guessing
it is Finnish because of the Nen. I’ve noticed a lot of Finnish words and especially last
names end with that. Let’s assume it is Finnish beer. That’s good stuff. This is also really good. It is like a potato
salad. We’re too lazy to get our own plates, so we’re just eating right from the container. Having a do it yourself Finnish picnic is
a great way to save money while having a delicious meal. We’re just having our meal here on the porch
of the guesthouse that we’re staying at here. It’s got fantastic views. Check it out. Background music playing. Today we’re in the little town of Kasnas and
we are waiting to catch a ferry that is going to take us to a very remote island, which
apparently is home to one of the largest lighthouses in the area. Background music playing. We are now visiting Rosala which is an island
which is home to a Viking Center. So we enjoyed a really hearty Viking feast that was a thick
soup with potatoes and white fish and we also had some black rye bread with butter and after
that meal we’ve just been enjoying the island. There is lots of games and activities for
kids. You can try archery. You can try walking on stilts. They have a maze. Rabbits that
you can feed. So it’s a nice place to spend a sunny day. Laughing. Background music playing. We’ve arrived at the lighthouse and it’s just
on a big rock out in the sea. So to get here we had to take a boat. We’ve
been traveling for about forty five minutes and as we were approaching the island it started
to get really choppy. The waves are pretty high. So yeah, we’re out here in the middle
of the ocean. There is no land. It is just a pile of rocks. I don’t know what is worse. Air turbulence
or choppy waters. Background music playing. So right now we’re making our way up the two
hundred and fifty two steps that we have to climb all the way up to get to the top of
the lighthouse. And apparently there is a couple of ladders too. And here in the lighthouse they also have
a very small chapel where people can get married. Background music playing. So this is our first official little video
here in Helsinki and we’re just about to have a simple picnic lunch. We got some smoked
salmon. Oooh la lah! That looks tasty. We go ourselves a nice baguette sandwich to enjoy
in the park. A lovely pasta salad with feta cheese and some fizzy drinks to go along.
So we’re just going to enjoy the view and savor our dinner.
Mmmmmm! The smoked salmon is easily my favorite part of this little picnic. It’s a wonderful
cheap meal. We were able to get all of this food for just roughly 10 Euro. So instead
of going out for dining tonight we just decided to hit up a local grocery store, pick out
some things that look good and it’s turned into a fantastic little feast here on the
park bench. Hello bird!
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Our first impression of Finland. One of the things we’ve noticed the most is just how
cool the temperature is. I’m loving it. I can walk outside and I’m not sweating profusely.
This city is definitely a lot quieter than where we come from. We’ve been living in Thailand
for a few months and we’re used to tuk-tuk’s, motorbikes, honking, swirving and everything
just…..yeah and meanwhile you can hear sirens and motorbikes in the background. This totally
disproves my point…hahaha Music playing
We’ve also noticed there is a really big biking and fitness culture here. Everyone seems to
be riding around on their bikes, in-line skating and in this kind of weather who can blame
them. Music playing
So this is a bit of a cool supermarket we found right here. If you are too busy to go
get your groceries all you need is your little smart phone. You can the bar codes for milk,
for meatballs, ravioli, whatever, and they just deliver it to your place just like that.
Wow! Music playing
So we just across a bridge with love locks and that kind of reminded me of our love lock
video that we made back in Korea. So it is eight forty five PM right now but as you can
see it is still daylight out and that’s because we are in the land of the midnight sun.
So that’s just a quick little intro into Helsinki we’re both really tired so we’re going to
go get caught up some sleep and we’ll make some more videos this week. Background music playing. When we were looking for unique places to
stay in Helsinki we ended up stumbling upon and article about a prison hotel in the city,
so that is where we are today. We’re going to give you a tour of the place. Background music playing. So we are staying in jail cell number 319. Background music playing. So this is the oldest hotel building in Finland.
It was used as a prison right up until 2002. In 2007, it was converted into a hotel. So we’re having breakfast right now in the
basement. It has a bit of a dungeony feel and I love that we get tin cups. It really
adds to the whole prison feel. It almost feels like I’m a prisoner here but with really good
food. Background music playing. So my favorite part about breakfast are these
pastries. They are called Karelian pies. Apparently they are filled with potatoes. They’re supposed
to look like brains. Taste like brains? Oh, yeah. And my favorite part of breakfast here is
just this awesome combination of trail mix, fresh berries and thick yogurt. Wow! This is where the prisoners exercised and
they would have just walked around the perimeter of the prison. Apparently, the male prisoners dug a tunnel
from the men’s common room to the women’s jail cell. They did this not to escape but
for social hour. So this little mushroom would have been where
the security guard sat when the prisoners were out walking and he had to make sure that
no one escaped. He also had a German Shepard to help him but this was his little shelter.
Even in the winter when it was snowy. Sounds like torture doesn’t it? Background music playing. So the hotel has a little outdoor cafe. A
nice little terrace. It’s called the Jailbird and here you can just sample some beers, enjoy
some reindeer meat and other Finnish delicacies. And there is also live music almost every
night. They do yeah. And who better than to go to jail than Audrey
Bergner who is known for being a naughty girl. What??? Okay, so today we’re going to go Sea Kayaking
and we’re visiting some of the islands around the Archipelago here in Kimito Island and
I’m all suited up to go out in the water. Hahaha! You sure are.
Hello, I’m Benjamin. I work as a Sea Kayak guide in the Archipelago sea. It’s a natural
park. We have a lot of people from abroad who are coming here knowing about the Archipelago
sea and want to see what it is like here. And Sea kayaking is really a good way to experience
the wilderness. Background music playing.
Meh! haha! Bababha!
Background music playing. So how is the kayaking going so far? It’s
going great. We’re just taking a short little break and came across some sheep who are just
grazing by the sea. I guess by the sea. And my legs fell asleep so I had to get out for
a while. But other than that it is going awesome. No capsizing so far. No.
Background music playing. Very graceful. Hahaha! I got the video.
You’re still alive? Hello, I arrived. Still dry.
Background music playing. Soaked little puppy. I am. I managed to make
it the entire sea kayaking journey without capsizing. At the very end I flipped the boat
over when I was getting out. So this was an awesome experience. We went
sea kayaking and we were just paddling through wilderness and these small little islands
where we saw different kinds of wildlife. All kinds of different birds. It was just
awesome and it was a real workout too. We did this for a few hours. I’m exhausted now
but Ioved every minute of it. Okay, so I was told that usually one in ten
people capsize the kayak. I survived the whole four hour journey. I am still dry so I think
I did pretty good. We’re going to give you a little tour of a
Finnish supermarket and we’ll see what strange food items we can find.
So smoked salmon is very popular food over here. You eat it with Rye bread. That’s something
we had almost everyday. Background music playing.
We’re also buying some Salmiakki, which is black salty licorice. I detested the taste
of it but Sam really like it and apparently so does his Dad, so this is for him. This
is a present for my Dad. For George. Background music playing.
So in Finland there are many different kinds of alcoholic beers and beverages to choose
from that you even have licorice flavored Salmiakki beer.
So chocolate is extremely popular in Finland and there is no brand more famous than Karl
Fazer. Background music playing.
Black rye bread is always a really popular. We’ve been eating this daily with butter and
cheese and smoked salmon on top. Canada represent. We’ve got some Maple Syrup.
And of course the lumberjack. So this is day two in Helsinki. It is chilly
as ever and we are going to do some sightseeing maybe visit a few churches and markets. And if we can we want to have reindeer meat
at some point in the day. Oh, you are eating Santa’s Helper! I’m going to be taking a bite
out of Rudolph. background music playing. We found a little dog park. Let’s see how
friendly these pups are. Ruff. Bark. Bark. Let’s go. Background music playing. And here we are introducing Uspenski Cathedral.
This is one of the best known churches in Helsinki and it is an Eastern Orthodox church. Background music playing. This particular vantage point on the walk
is one of the most popular areas in the city for people to have picnics. While we were
walking here yesterday we saw about four or five different groups over here just having
their own little picnic and just watching the city as things go by. Background music playing. Hello. What am I? I didn’t see her body. Music playing by street musicians. Background music playing. We are here in Harbor Market. It seems to
be one of the bigger markets in Helsinki and what we’ve found to eat. We’ve found reindeer
meatballs. So we’re going to go try those right now. Reindeer meatballs here we go. Hi, could we
please try the reindeer meatballs? Yes, sure. Those are big meatballs. I think those are
potatoes. Would you like some vegetables as well? Oh,
sure, yeah. How about garlic sauce? Um, sure, yeah, please. Background music playing. Oh no, I’m not ready but geez I don’t have
much of a choice. I’m filming. That seems like a big enough chunk, right? It is! And
what are you having? Reindeer meatballs. First bite. Is it good? It tastes like a regular
meatball. Okay. Yeah, it doesn’t have a very strong reindeer flavor. It’s more garlic-y
from all of the sauce we put over top. And these have to be the biggest meatballs
I have ever seen in my whole life. Okay. Let’s see what you think of it. Yeah,
they don’t have as distinct of a flavor as I thought they may. But what I really like
here is this garlic sauce that has been put over top. Background music playing. We’re back here at the market. This time we’ve
got a salmon dish. Same price. About 10 Euros. This is smothered in garlic sauce. I already
know I’m going to like it. Oh, wow. that just melts in your mouth.