They call it the land of thousand lakes. According to Wikipedia Finland has 187,888 lakes and 179,584 islands. Looking from the air it looks like mother nature couldn’t decide if this part of the world should be water or land.
The hotel was interesting as it didn’t have a reception. It proved to be a good concept. You make a reservation and payment online and they send you room number and door code. Door code is valid from 16h on your arrival date until 12h on the day of departure. This enables them to run a bit cheaper. Actually it can be a lot cheaper if you’re traveling with a company. Prices are per room and not per person and each room has enough space for 4 persons.
The downside was that Tampere has a rich night life and my hotel turned out to be in the heart of the action. Not something you’re looking for before a race.
The nature is beautiful. I only had a few hours after the race to explore it and this is what I saw: