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This was such a cool vlog to film, although I have to say it was pretty tiring, being the fact I arrived into Helsinki around midnight and then flew out again at 7am but hey!
So I'd snagged a flight on Finnair's Gdansk to Heathrow via Helsinki, and whilst I'd explored Helsinki back in my previous vlog, I wanted to opportunity to try out the non-Schengen lounge at Vantaa airport. I slept for the night (or a few hours!) at the Holiday Inn Vantaa airport, which was perfectly suitable for a stopover. The good thing about most of the airport hotels near to the airport is that Vantaa airport provides a free bus linking all of these together. Perhaps a lesson which other airports around the world could learn. After a pretty good nights sleep, I caught the bus back over to the airport. I did manage to have a quick look at the countryside around the hotel, which was beautiful. I think Finland for me is unfinished business and i'll certainly back at some stage next year.
After going quickly through the Business class dedicated security channel, I went through passport control and entered the non-Schengen area of the airport. This to those of you not familiar is all flights departing to countries not in the visa free Schengen area within Europe.
Anyway after clearing security I walked over to the Finnair Business and First class lounge, which was usefully near to my departing gate. To my surprise I was welcomed into the First Class section rather than the business I'd been anticipating, win!
The lounge is gorgeous, it may not be the largest but it was simply stunning. The lighting made it feel like a high class Mayfair cocktail club and incidentally they had an extensive cocktail menu... not that I tried out at 6am. I explored the lounge to find a few unique surprises, such as a sleeping area, wireless charging capability and a great selection of food/drinks. But the party piece has got to be the spa which includes a Sauna, which is such a crazy yet such a Finnish thing to have at an airport. Even though it was just past 6am I just had to try it. The sauna is accessible to both business and first class passengers, as the spa is an area in between both of the lounges. You just go into one of the private changing rooms, help yourself to robes, slippers and go and enjoy a relaxing sauna. Strangely due to my extensive travel recently using lounges, i've become quite used to showering in lounges, but it still is a strange thing to get used to. Most people associate airports as busy, perhaps not that clean places. So to go and relax in a spotless and beautiful spa prior to a flight is definitely the way forward. Before catching my flight I grabbed a glass of champagne, watched a few flights from my excellent vantage point (the lounge has great views across the runway) and then walked over to my departing gate. Overall a great trip and I can't wait to try out the lounges at Helsinki Vantaa airport again soon.
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F or 25 years we have provided deluxe wilderness outpost fishing trips from our Armstrong location into beautiful Wabakimi Provincial Park and surrounding lakes.
Yes, we take you where the fishing is extraordinary , but there is more than fishing. Yearly family gatherings sharing a wilderness experience in comfort. Father - son (or daughter) bonding trips or Husband and wife celebrating a second honeymoon with the added spectacular outpost fishing or `the buddy trips where the tall tales get taller.
Its a big time stress reliever! . how do you think about anything else when you are fighting a fish?
Greg and I had a great week. we caught over 1000 walleye. There were well over 200 in the slot size (>18"). This is the most large walleye that have ever been caught on a trip to whiteclay for me. The slot size protection is working. It seems that each trip has more large fish being caught. Our largest northern was 43". It was caught on a jig while walleye fishing.
Greg and I sent see what you missed letters to about a dozen folks. Hope that translates into a large group for next June. . Fran and I are looking forward to the August fishing trip .
G. Ostrander, Green Bay, WI.
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Received your card. Congratulations on 25 Years! We speak often about the great times we had at Ogoki! A Tribute to you both!
Best Regards, Rich Craddock.
What a nice surprise to find your post card in my mail yesterday. Twenty-five years is a long time to do anything; much less a business like yours with all the uncertainties of weather, exchange-rates, two-country economies, etc. There is a reason why your business has survived and (hopefully) thrived. you do the wilderness fishing experience better than anyone in the outdoor sport vacation business.
Dear Judy and Paul,
Congratulations on 25 years. I have many fond memories of my time with Jack at Ogoki. Hope all is well with you.
. . . Nicole will take you on a guided tour!
This website will take you every step of the way for a worry free fishing vacation!
Let us introduce ourselves; Judy & Paul Boucher and family. Weve been doing this for 25 years and have learned a thing or two on how to take the worry out of the wilderness experience. Our staff will help you with anything you may not understand or solve any mechanical glitch right away. In short: we treat you like family!
Just a note to let you know our recent fishing junket to your Mojikit South Outpost.
Ive been coming to Armstrong area since 1972 and have probably flown in with 6-7 different outfitters over the years to numerous outposts. Your Mojikit South camp is clearly the nicest camp I have been to. The cabin is beautiful and roomy. Great kitchen and dining area. Beautiful screened in deck and outside porch overlooking the channel. Large chest freezer and a frig that actually keeps things cold. Screened in fishing cleaning house with running water. Bedrooms that are roomy. Vaulted ceiling the the cabin is a plus. The cabin is centrally located to both the lake and the Ogoki Reservoir.
The boats are the best that Ive ever experienced at an outpost. The inside bottoms consist of flat carpeted panels. easy to get in and out of. 1st time Ive fished an outpost with "dry" feet. The boats had comfortable swivel seats and 15 & 20 hp 4-stroke engines that worked great.
We will definitely be back. Everything about Ogoki Frontier was quality. My two grandchildren had the time of their lives, as did the other 2 members of our party. Thanks for the memories.