Fly a Russian MiG-29
There is a company MigFlug that offers flights in Russian MiG-29 fighter jets. They offer five locations within Europe, but with the prevention of supersonic flights in Europe, you may have to go for their central Russia location.
They actually only advertise near-supersonic speeds, but maybe a few rubels more get you over the ...
Nobody will be offended. It is a common practice among children to search for amber or shells. However I would not expect too much. Amber can be easily mistaken with other rocks and if you ever find something it would be rather of a small size.
The beaches along the whole coast are easily accessible and I can hardly believe in the existence of hot spots.
As Ilmari commented, the recent NY Times travel blog post by "frugaltraveler" is very good. It even mentions my favorite bar, Pub Magneetti. I like his other recommendations too: free concerts & somewhat hippie atmosphere at Alppipuisto; public sauna in Kallio; berry-picking).
Some more ideas below. Many of these may not be "only in Helsinki" things, ...
There are a few companies in South Africa and I think the USA that offer rides in old military jets to wealthy tourists. Same can be had in Russia and maybe some other former Soviet republics. South African prices for supersonic flights start at 11000 Euro.
In central Europe, laws typically prohibit supersonic flight except over open water, and even there it'...
For Slovakia, you could consider the Bratislava Rifle Range:
Bratislava's premiere outdoor rifle shooting range is the setting for our most popular stag do activity. You can have a blast shooting a real Scorpion machine gun, sub-machine guns or a selection of handguns supervised by certified instructors. We guarantee you will love letting a fully loaded ...
Sky lanterns are banned in Hawaii. In July 2012, Hawaii Governor Neil Abercrombie signed into law HB2113, a bill which imposed a total ban on aerial luminaries, including the ignition, possession, sale or use.
A Swiss online resource I know is this one. It lists a lot of Spas in Switzerland that are worth a visit. I quickly checked it, and all I know of are on the list. Unfortunately the list is in German, but at least some of the further links are also available in English.
If you're looking for an English resource I would recommend this site. It also lists a ...
You cannot go to every shop as a visitor without getting a membership. check the website for the location where you want to go and look if the have a visitor (ビジター) package.
Depending on the location, they might require you to speak Japanese. Since Gym facilities have a legal responsibility towards your health, they have to make sure that they explain ...
TL;DR: Winter is normal in Scandinavia, so life goes on normally.
Many ski slopes and even some cross-country ski tracks are artificially lit, so they can be used in the dark. So are other winter sports activities like ice skating rinks. Many summer sports (tennis, swimming, etc) can also be played in heated & lit facilities all year around.
It is absolutely legal to shoot at a range as long as you either shoot their guns or bring your own legal firearm to the range provided your weapon meet range's restrictions.
For example: Sandy Spring Shooting Range will rent you a firearm, similar is available from Shooters of Columbus.
Normally the only thing that you need to have with you is a valid ...
There is a lively LARP community in Edinburgh, and while some of the activities are more high fantasy LARPing, the city parks (Bruntsfield Links, Leith Links and the Meadows) tend to see battles ranging from 1-on-1 sword fights up to small armies.
LARPEvents tends to list a lot of these as you get into Summer. While many events will have spare kit, I would ...
If you go to Toho Uzumasa Eigamura in Kyoto, you can dress like a ninja along with other samurai, royalty, and townsperson variations. There are even European royalty (as imagined by shojo manga) variations.
After you get dressed up, they take your photo in the shop and then you can walk around the theme park, ...
Yes! There are indeed many meetups and hackathons that take place in India - I used to be involved in organising some of them - and while most of them have pre-registration, it is not necessary. Sessions are always conducted in English so this is not an issue you will face. The technical level of the events varies widely though: some are aimed more at ...
No, no one is going to be offended; In fact, it is a common practice, as already mentioned.
The best time is just after the storm, especially during winter.
I've heard some people go early in the morning for a search.
Never underestimate the place. Sometimes you can find a lot of amber in crowded-looking part of beach.
There are even some ...
If you're expecting to wash / play with a 'family-owned' elephant, perish the thought! Elephants are expensive creatures to care and feed for, and you aren't going to find personal families owning elephants.
Here's what you can do: go to a wildlife sanctuary / national park in India. Mark's answer mentions Jim Corbett National Park, which is in Northern ...
I'm not sure about spas, but if you're interested in hot baths, there are quite a few in the lake Geneva area (the area I'm familiar with):
(Note: I've only ever been to the first two)
Up in the mountains, astounding view, surrounded by mountains. In the winter, you can be outside, up to your neck in steaming water, with snow falling on your head....
A close alternative would be 'Yoyogi Park' which is just two stops south on the Yamanote line or you could even walk or run from Shinjuku. I walked around in Yoyogi and I am pretty sure I did not have to pay there.
There are tons of other parks in Tokyo.
I don't remember seeing any parks in Osaka, but that could just be me.
There are none left after the ones in Kai Tak and Diamond Coast closed in Kong Kong. you will have to go to China or Macao.
In Macao there is one the Cotai strip behind the golf court. I have however never been there and could not find an email/website either.
There are two in Zuhai: The Zhuhai Golden Apple Karting Circuit (used by the HK GoCart club) and ...
There are a lot of possible day trips from Reykjavik to explore the surrounding area. If you only have the chance to do one I would suggest the Golden Circle, the tour will pick you up from your hotel and return you to it at the end of the day. During the day you will see geysir - the water spout that others are named after. Whilst geysir doesn't erupt ...
The Nile post the Bujagali dam:
Since the completion of the Bujagali dam the rafting has moved downstream. Bujagali Falls itself and a few surrounding rapids were lost to the reservoir but the rafts now start at Overtime and now continue all the way to the Hairy Lemon island. This is around 25kms. Previously this section was done as part of a two day trip....
In Jim Corbett National Park, you can touch, hand-feed and bathe the elephants - the full experience.
Get the Elephant Experience at Jim Corbett National Park
The experience and camp is claimed to include:
Reception Centre with displays of elephant and other animals in the
Boutique Gift Shop, featuring a massive range of wildlife
Shinjuku-Gyoen is really nice and well worth the 200 yen at least once. The only closeby alternative would be the park around Meiji Shrine, which has fewer open spaces IIRC.
The park east of Osaka Castle is reasonably large and quite nice if you don't mind the (many, but very orderly) homeless campsites there.
An alternative would be the riverside. On ...
Driving to Lake Lucerne have a look and go on to reach the Grimsel Pass. I like doing this by car or motorbike.
Another day trip would be Rhine Falls near Schaffhausen, which is the largest plain waterfall in Europe.
Helsinki (and Finland itself) has been characterized by a number wild, free-spirited innovators. Two main sites illustrate this point:
One is the so-called rock church. It was built at the location of a huge rock that no one thought could be moved. The architects were laughed at for "trying." But they didn't MOVE the rock, they carved the church out of the ...
Sailing is actually a pretty diverse field. There's a lot to learn, and a lot of choices to make about what to learn. E.g. Racing or cruising? Big boats or small boats? Keel boats or catamarans? Solo or crew?
That being said, you should be able to find an introductory crew course that will fit into 2 days. One day is likely to be a stretch since it's ...
As I understand it, amber gets washed ashore and it is usually just little bits and pieces, probably nothing significant but a nice souvenir nonetheless.
Check Sopot beach. It is mentioned at the site that it has some amber from time to time. I believe you have the same chances of finding amber at any beach there.
Not the scale of the Badlands, only a small museum, there is Dinosauria Museum in the South-West of France, somewhere between Carcassonne and Perpignan in a small village named Espéraza.
Near that place there is another museum dedicated to the Tautavel Man.
This region on the foothills of the Pyrénées mountains is also full of medieval Cathar castles.