You asked for advice or experience, unfortunately I don´t have them becouse I started my camino frances from Roncesvalles, but I just want to welcome you - If you have any other questions regarding to camino&Finland I try to answer you if I can :wink:. I bet you´ll get some good advices to this one from others in this forum.
The Ryanair flights to Stansted do not make for a good connection and the BA/Finnair flights go into Heathrow so the UK is not a good place to go through. Using Ryanair and connecting two flights is always risky as they will take no responsibility if your first flight is delayed or cancelled for subsequent costs of missed flights etc.
I would go via Paris and train to Bayonne and then SJPP. You used to be able to catch a train from CDG and avoid Paris (if you want to) but I do not know the current schedules.
just checked some flights to Spain; this year Easy Jet started flying from Helsinki to London Gatwick.
There are quite cheap connections to Biarriz . Last year I took Ryanair flights were the cheapest. Istarted walking from Ponferrada and flew to Valladolid.
Buen camino! Hyvää vaellusta! Tuulis
Hi J, if you live in Helsinki and want to start your camino in summer 2009, try Blue1. Blue1 will fly from Helsinki to Biarritz 23.6. – 14.8. (tuesdays and fridays). From Biarritz you can take a bus to Bayonne and from there the train to St Jean Pied de Port.
From Santiago you can take Ryanair to London (11:35 Depart 12:40 Arrive) and from there again Ryanair to Tampere (17:55 Depart 22:35 Arrive).
I'll take Blue1 flight to Biarritz. It,s quite early in the morning so you can start walking on the same day at least to Orisson. From Santiago I'll take Spanair flight to Barcelona and then Blue1 flight to Helsinki.
(Ainakin ebookersin nettisivulta pystyt ostamaan kyseisen yhteyden samalla lipulla, koska siellä on mahdollista valita paluu eri kohteesta. Maksoi reilut kolmesataa. Ei ole ihan halvin, mutta luotettavampi kuin halpisten vaihdolliset yhteydet.)
Ryanair tickets are sold only in Internet (in companys web page). The rates vary and check out for Ryanair´s special offers. I think that the tickets are chepiest if you buy them maybe three-four months in advance.
Santiago de Compostela - London Stanstedt
11:20 Depart 12:25 Arrive
London Stanstedt - Tampere
17:55 Depart 22:35 Arrive
I´m back. The eye operation went well. Now I have to live peacefully and calmly. Nothing physical. Walking in in low speed. The stiches will be taken away the next March. I hope time is on my side.
Hi,I´m starting from Roncesvalles end of May and I will fly from Helsinki to Barcelona by Blue1 and take a train to Pamplona. Flying tickets were little less than 300 euros and the train will be about 40 euros.
Hello Julie and other finns! There seems to be quite many options, on who to get to Camino from Finland ..I´m starting from Saint Jean Pied de Port on may and I'll fly from Helsinki to Paris by Blue1 and take the night train to Bayonne. From Bayonne i'll take the morning train to SJPDP and i'm planning to walk at the same day to Orisson. From Santiago I have booked Vueling flight to Barcelona and Blue1 to Helsinki. Flying tickets (all together) were about 270 euros and the night train about 60 euros (couchette). It may not be the easiest or the cheapest way to travel, to and off the Camino, but i thought it would be a great experience to start my Camino by visiting Paris and traveling through France, and then finishing the trip by spending a day in Barcelona.
terve! The same here- I´ll take a flight to Paris (from Stockholm) continue by TGV to SJPP with a change in Bayonne and take into a hotel the first night in SJPP ready to walk the day after to Orisson. I´ll fly back from Barcelona - will spend 5 days outside the city in Sitges having some more holiday. If you make your bookings long time before planning everything well it won´t be expensive.
This was to best way for me - wanted to spend some time on the Meriterranian cost before coming home.
you´ll stay in hotel because you´ll arrive late to SJPP, did I get it right? And in the next morning you´ll get your credencial from office?
If you want, you can get the credencial also before your camino. Then you could stay also the first night in albergue (but of course the night in hotel will give you better sleep).