12-22nd July 2007

Travel, Linnanmäki
Power Park
Lauri’s Park, Särkänniemi
Särkänniemi, Ferry
Gröna Lund, Parken Zoo
Tusenfryd
Liseberg
Ferry, Fårup Sommerland
Djurs Sommerland, Tivoli Friheden, BonBon-Land
Bakken, Tivoli Gardens
Tivoli Gardens, Flight

 

Day by Day Reports

Day 1 – Travel, Linnanmäki

Andy Wright
What a park . First of my Scandi 2007 tour with the Club. Spent the day with club members Jim, Patrick and few others. Kirnu was a great coaster. This may be a short 45 second ride but it really packs a punch. Weather was nice and hot. I hope all family is ok and see you in 10 days time. Look forward to day 2.

Kim Varde Lassen
Nice little park – lots of people. Bakken in Denmark all over again – wooden coaster wise. Best coaster was Kirnu. A whole new experience, which is always nice.

Torrence Jenkins
Kirnu is a great and quick ride, like a Zipper on Steroids (quote from B. Derek Shaw). Vuoristorata was wonderful and unique.

Mike & Kammy Sislofsky
Linnanmaki is a nice little park with a good amount of rides, and they are not low quality rides either. Kirnu was a really fun ride, and we thought the restraints were not bad at all. It is short in length, but packed a good punch. The other gem is their old-style fun house.

Jerry Willard
My first taste of Scandi was satisfying. A fun place despite the surprising crowds. Loved the scenic railway, my first ride on one, and the fun house.

Jon Richins
What a great start to my first ECC trip, and Linnanmaki was a great first park. Favorite coaster was the scenic railway, Vuoriststorata. Certainly off to a great start.

Mike “Propellerhead” Thompson
Hello to all who are reading this online, especially my friends in New England. Woke up at 3:30am in London after sightseeing in England for 5 days. We caught an early flight to Helsinki where our Scandi adventure began. Too bad we did not get a full day at Linnanmaki. Very nice park. To me, the Kirnu ball coaster was an 8-second version of Magic Mountain’s X. But it was smooth. Would have liked it to be longer. We had no ride session at this park and only a few hours to do everything, so we rushed to do as much as possible. Managed to ride all coasters plus a few other things. The indoor coaster was fun and had no line. Rode an evil spinning, flipping flat ride. Thank goodness it stopped when it did. The fun house was terrific.

Rendell Bird
This is my first trip to Scandinavia. The weather has been delightful so far. I hesitate to mention it lest I jinx us. The highlight of Linnanmaki was the wonderful scenic railway (Vuoriststorata). Their newest ride, Kirnu, was an interesting ride. It was vaguely similar to *X* at SFMagic Mountain but wound upon itself such that it had no laterals. The ride had basically the “motion” of a Chance Zipper but mounted on a coaster track. Watching the supports for Kirnu flex four centimeters laterally, and six centimeters “lengthwise”. The supports ran through the station house – and “larger-than-necessary” holes had been cut through the roof to allow for the “flexing”. It was fascinating to watch. The park is owned/run by a consortium of six children’s charities. They are obviously getting / earning their money’s worth. Truly, it was a great start to our Scandi Trip.

Tim Baldwin
The tour is all new territory for me, so it is exciting for it to be underway. The idea of no ride session coupled with healthy crowds sounded unsettling, but no lines were too long and we got on all the coasters with ease. The dark ride and fun house were quite well done, and I’m glad I didn’t miss them. All the coasters seemed like good family rides just right for this market, the exception being Kirnu. We all knew it would be short, but it was surprisingly comfy. The supports clearly seem inappropriate (lots of sway). It would be interesting to see a lengthened version of this ball coaster as Griffon is to Oblivion. The Scenic has numerous charms. Tricky at times to get a front seat (never did), but enjoyed the ride no matter where I sat. Linnanmaki was an enjoyable gem.

David Cornell
I had a great time this past week tagging along with the Amborns and the Martin to St. Petersburg. We even found a rollercoaster that had moved down the road due to construction of a supermarket. Now I am glad to rejoin many more friends on the ECC tour. The sun today made for great picture taking. The scenic railway coaster with the brakeman riding was fun and unique. On my second ride, the front car was full of our group. We got great air time on several hills. Unfortunately, Intamin still is not making rollercoasters that accomodate large people like other coaster companies do. I did not fit into Kirnu despite losing 10 pounds since January. We are now moving farther north. Tonight the sum may not go down as we are nearing the arctic circle. tomorrow we ride the northern most wooden rollercoaster in the world. later.

David & Susan Ellis
Great start to the trip…and sunshine too! Although the park was busy and we had no ERS time, everyone had a chance to ride everything. The new Intamin coaster Kirnu was unusual, short but great fun. The scenic railway, Vuoristorata, was as excellent as we remembered from 2003. Hello to everyone back home!

Peter & Becky Jackson
Arrived to sunlight with sun creme in the cases Hmmm! Great first park and an unusual Intamin coaster that we tried facing front and rear. Fun scenic railway with slight ejector seat at rear of train. Fun day.

Warren & Lisa Scheinin
What a gorgeous day for the start of the trip! Vuoristorata was running beautifully (love that third seat), and the rest of the coasters were all fun as well.

B. Derek Shaw
Greetings to everyone from across the pond! After having spent five days visiting parks in the UK and Holland, I met the group today in London to start the official part of the “Coolest Coaster Tour III”. What a great start it has been. First up Linnanmaki in Helsinki. This is my 3rd visit and it looks as beautifual as ever.
The Scenic Railway is still a gem. Kirnu, their new 4-D coaster, is odd, but fun. The dark rides and fun house were still quite a bit of fun. Yahoo!

Cheri & Bob Armstrong
We have arrived to join the Scandi trip after a few great days in St. Petersburg, Russia. Linnanmaki is a great park and wonderful start to the trip.
Always fun to enjoy Scenic Railway coaster, so well maintained. The new coaster, Kirnu, puts new twists into coaster riding. A beautiful, warm, sunny day.

Richard Bannister
With apologies to Monty Python’s Spamalot, “Finland! Finland! Finland! Thats the country for me!” Im probably the only person in the club not completely sold on the idea of the Intamin ZacSpin as seen in Kirnu; its certainly an impressive ride experience for the few seconds it actually lasts, but it could have done with being much longer. The other highlight for me was the Huss Booster, though I really wish these rides had slightly better shoulder padding!

Paul Hindle
A really great small park! I thought Kirnu was mad / silly / funny – especially facing backwards. My highlight was the woodie, Vuoristorata, a new type of ride for me – great airtime in the front. Found the beer. Keep cuddling the bears John.

Otto Dobnick
Wonderful park to start tour with. Missed riding todays scenic railway in 1978 (it was winter) but longingly stared at it from a tram window. Today, this misjustice was corrected. Otto. [like the local ATMs, but not as much cash available to give out]

Matt Crowther
The park has really grown since my last visit in 1996, when the scenic railway was the only coaster. `The woodie still delivers a nice smooth ride with a couple of moments of surprising airtime- especially in the front of the train. The Intamin coaster was short but really fun and certainly unique. Also loved the funhouse. Good times to begin the trip.

Steve Gzesh
Okay, the trip is off to a great start (espectially since my luggage finally arrived this morning!). Linnanmaki was a great little park with some quite unique rides. Ive never seen anything like Kirnu before and predict well see some incarnation of it in the USA sometime soon. Park food had its uniqueness as well (at least to to this Americans pallet): French fries with cheese and little hot dog bits. Cant say I tried it, but Im glad it wasnt herring bits! More food (and ride) reviews to come…

Nick Bowler
This is my first major ECC trip. Having arrived in Helsinki on Tuesday it was nice to see some familiar faces at lunchtime. For such a small park they certainly cram a lot in. You will get very wet on the water ride, unless like some of us your wear disposable ponchos. If you value your ribcage watch out for the last hill on the oldest coaster in the park, a woodie called Vuoristorata.

Adam King
Great starter for 10. Good friendly park with a good selection of rides. Kirnu was the surprise coaster of the the day. Provides two different ride experiences depending on whether riding forwards or backwards. Perhaps a bigger and longer ride will be built somewhere soon? Ride it again Harry . . .

Bob Clark
Wonderful Scenic Railway – Vuoristorata – Great start to what promises to be a memorable club trip.

Mats Hummel
Kirnu the Intamin ZacSpin was fantastic. Small footprint and a really tumbling experience. Park look crowded but the queue’s were ok, nice weather. A good start for this trip.

Paul Freeman
A nice park of several levels atop a hill. The highlight of the park was Kirnu a nice coaster with a tumbling motion and several sudden drops – steep enough for a few choice words on the first ride!
A relatively modern Scenic Railway (1951) with a few nice bits of airtime.
A walk through Ghost house with 3D effects, a couple of really dark bits and a mirror maze made a good break from the coasters.
No need for the jumpers yet, it’s been swelteringly hot for me today. Hi to all at RBSG and Love to Rhyannon

Kevin Moran
Kirnu was new, weird and fun, and fun, albeit short. Good start to the trip!

Lars Sorensen
Kirnu was really good. Small coaster, small footprint, very quiet, and yet it is packed with tons of fun, great ride. The water coaster was nice too, didn’t even get drenched 🙂

Ole Bredesen-Vestby
A nice little park worth visiting again in the future.

Maggy Linka
Scenic railway was awesome! Park clean and friendly with lots of kids and families. Scandinavia is beautiful, and today’s weather was perfect. Great to see coaster friends from ECC again. Lots of ACEer friends on this trip as well!

Ray Topscher / Kevin Schreiner
Lovely little park with a great selection of rides. We especially enjoyed the 3-D walk through attraction.

Dirk Lather
Na das nenne ich einen ueberraschenden Start einer Nordtour. Von dem Park hatte ich ja wenig erwartet, aber ich wurde absolut ueberrascht. Fuer mich ist er das kleine Blackpool von Finland, denn auch hier ist alles schoen zusammengequetscht auf engstem Raum. Pies ist ein Spinner und zwingt mich nun, hier aufzuhoeren, also bin ich mal nicht so. Liebe Gruesse an meine onrider, Dirk

Rob Derman
An awesome little park located right in the center of Helsinki, a great way to start the trip. A very unique 4-d coaster just added to the thrill of this park.

Alan and Owen Rees
good park. good use of the space.

Daniel Almer
Despite of the small size of Kirnu it was really a great ride. Linnanmaki was a lot of fun and a nice start of the Coolest Coaster Tour. The Scenic Railway was a fantastic coaster and we are looking forward to the ERS on the one in Bakken.

Matthias Pies
Linnanmaki hat mir sehr gut gefallen. Hat mich irgendwie an Blackpool erinnert. Konfuse Anordnung von Attraktionen und eine skurile Mischung von Achterbahnen und Darkrides. Gefallen hat mir besonders das Funhaus und die Geisterbahn. auch Kirnu hat mir viel besser gefallen als erwartet. Netter Park und ein toller Start der CCT 3.

Ken Simmons 
I really enjoyed Linnanmaki today. The scenic railway was one of the best I have ridden, and Kirnu is a really unique, very fun coaster. A similar coaster would fit really nicely at Seabreeze, my home park. Today was a good start to CCT3.

Lace Patton
What a wonderful park. The Scenic Railway was a great ride both front or rear of the train. Thanks to the staff there for having us. Love to the triplets.

John Gasper
Linnamaki is a great little park. Scenic railways are always a treat. Their new coaster is pretty crazy and would be a great fit for Kennywood! Several other funky rides as we have come to expect from the European parks, including a funhouse with plenty of opportunities to injure oneself!! I made it through without incident,which I did not do on the slide at Tripsdrill a few days ago in Germany. Today I also rode the wildest spin and puke ride that I have ever been on. I could not walk when I got off.

George Greenway
Great park, compact but well laid out. every inch of the park is used, there are no vast tracts of tarmac. nice set boarders and strange characters used to support the monorail. it has a nice family atmosphere. the introduction to the park by the manager was a nice treat. the wood coaster is a gem. lively nicely paced and worth coming back for. the crazy new ride is the complete opposite. one ride was enough. we spent more time watching it wobble for minutes after a train had gone over the top. the water coaster lived up to its name and on this hot (21degC) day was getting most of us soaked, apart from some woosies who bought 1 poncho and were handing it round. we have the photos and will use them.

Malcolm Marr
Why are we starting at the finnish? Backwards trip?
(Linz, I’ll be ordering one of those t-shirts when I get back!)

Keith Johnson
What a great start on a trip. Linnanmaki was just like I remembered.
A great park, with great rides.

andycoasterboy
great week so far, Southend, Thorpe and now the Scandi trip – great first park to start with many great rides including Kirnu and the Aqua Coaster

WORTSIE
so another Spanish trip looms…

Jeff Holmes
What a great start to the trip. Linnanmaki is a fantastic park with some great coasters including Kirnu and Scenic Railway, Paul Worts I hope you are getting the Finnish beers in!!!!

Michael Horwood
Great day at Linnanmaki. Also had terrific “ice drinks” at the Arctic ice bar in the city. Love the coasters – 6 new ones for me. All who organized this did a splendid job – a great start.

Hector Jimenez
Linnanmaki es un parque pequeno pero muy divertido. Este parque tiene una collection muy diverso de attraciones neuvos y viejos.

Martin Valt
Enjoyed the Richard Bannister reception committee. Great start at a great park. Hi to Julie and Lol.

Yvonne Janik
Linnanmaki was a delight with such a variety of rides. The park was pristine, and the staff members were very efficient. It is my first trip to Finland – love it.

Jeppe Nygaard
So here we are to start the official CCT3. Before this trip, Malcolm, Keith, and I had a pre-trip to Moscow, St. Petersburg, and Tallinn. We had a good time over there, and I definitely want to get back to Russia and Estonia.

liz fryer-kelsey
we en joyed our third visit to Linnanmaki. Mick rode Kirnu the new coaster. The weather has been very hot, so lots of families were visiting the park today. The Mack e-motion coaster was a bit strange with the tilting mechanism, but was OK. Vonkaputous was wet!
My favorite was Vuoristorata, which will not surprise anyone who knows me, because I like wooden coasters best. Hallo mouse framily.

Rob Hill
Linnanmaki was a perfect park to start a wonderful coaster tour. The Scenic Railway is pure fun with surprising airtime (you don’t want it to end), Kirnu was unique, and the Funhouse was something that you just want more and more things inside it because of the entertainment you get from it. All the staff people are wonderful, too.

Andy Costin
First day in Linnanmaki. Good weather – warm! Kirnu – wierd ride but fun, fun, fun! The old scenic wooden coaster was as good as ever. The water coaster was as wet as ever. A good fun day was had by all and i nearly lost my hat but found it after all!

Coastin’ Carl Ragan
Hey BTW 🙂 Overnight from Moscow was rather smooth. Ready to begin the Coolest Coaster Tour in Linnanmaki, Helsinki! Kirnu gives you two different rides depending on which side of the car that you sit. Also the boarding and unboarding process on the wooden ride was quite European. Looking forward to a great time.

Patrick Flumet
Mon premier passage dans ce park m’avait laisse une tres bonne impression et les deux nouveaux coaster pour moi valaient le deplacement. Specialement Kirnu, qui concentre sur le plus petit espace le plus grand nombre possible d’impressions. Et refaire ce vieux coaster en bois avec son freineur… Du pure bonheur.

James “Spinner” Hannaford
No longer a scandi Virgin Linnanmaki was a great start to the trip looking forward to riding some great coaster with some fellow tourists.

Mette Doving
First day of my first ever ECC Trip. Had a great day at Linnanmaki. Enjoyed Kirnu and the rest of the coasters was also good. Good fun house and also enjoyed the dark ride. Looking forward to som coaster filled days to come.

Nina Kleppe
First day of the trip started of in Linnanmaki. Kirnu was fun, and the rest of the coasters was fun as well. And I really enjojed the fun house Vekkula too. Looking forward to the rest of the trip.

Bob & Mike Englander
Survived 4 days of driving the English countryside: ‘wrong’ side of the road, not knowing the speed limit half the time, lanes way too small, street names hard to spot, and dodging rain showers every day, and then we get to Finland, don’t have to worry about the driving and the weather is beautiful. Linnanmaki was a great small park…wish we could have had another hour or two there.

Gordon Taylor
Die Woon. All Thei Beeg Brooother Hicemeets are oon thee boose. Aveery good die was had at Loonymaaki.All the rides weer gooood especially the Seenic Roilwaay. Tempers are noot fleering boot theer moo be a soorprise eveection toomorrrow.

Cal Jones
First trip to Scandi. Kirnu was mental but really enjoyed it. Loved the scenic railway and finally got to do a Huss Booster. I think it took my 10 minutes before I could walk in a straight line. Lie in tomorrow!

Chris & Dan
Perfect weather in Helsinki. Linnanmaki was packed for a Thursday but still had rather short waits. Great small park with lots of suprises. Last night Chris’s fat ass fell thru a cot in the hotel room, pictures to come later.

Chris Hull
A great start to the holiday. Warm sunny weather and a nice park to break us all in gently 🙂

Pjotr Everts
The first day of the Scandi trip started out very nice. We visited Linnanmaki in the heart of Helsinki. There were a few new coasters there for me, Kirnu and Tulireki. Kirnu is was very nice coaster. It’s short but very intense. Tulireki wasn’t that good, it was a quite boring and had some rough spots. Off to the hotel in Tampere now.

Tonny Schonewille
First day of the trip. Helsinki’s great, the coasters are great. Kirnu, Vonkaputous – what odd names! Very interesting stuff though. And thank God for English speaking people. Although I might think differently after 11 days with a coach full of Brits. For now, all’s great!

Peter w Oakes
First day o’trip. The scenic railway at Linnanmaki was far more thrilling than I expected. I was expecting no airtime on a scenic railway. However I got a surprise when I took off out o’ my seat! Everything I went on in the park was really good, except the water coaster which was too wet.

Tim Galvelis
Day one saw a return to Linnanmaki for me. Although the visit was short, it was definitely fun. Vuoristorata is still as wild as ever, and Kirnu was simply amazing, for a short ride. Tulireki was a bit odd coaster from Mack, but it fits in well for the park.

Bill Buckley
After a most “interesting” start to the park visit, we were off into a somewhat crowded park of roughly 15,000. The queues, however, weren’t to bad. Warm, sunny weather laid the pallet for some great coaster riding. Vuoristorata was fantastic! Kirnu was interesting, but our rides didn’t find much spinning going on. Oh well, off to Tampere and Power Park.

Simon Baynham
YAY! Simon tamed a Huss Booster – I can go home happy now. Great park with a unique collection of rides. Of particular note was the Funhouse with the usual tricks and stunts – loved it. Kirnu was a bit of a stange ride, not really my cup of tea, but it had to be ridden. The star attraction was the woodie, Vuoristorata, the second double-down caught me by surprise, great stuff.

 

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Day 2 – Power Park

Chris Hull
Wow! Powerpark proved to be a surprise to me. Small park but with well maintained rides. Thunderbird – A fantastic coaster! Go-karting was a really nice addition with some fun racing (fast and slow!) between club members. Nice buffet to end the day. Thanks to all staff for making our visit so enjoyable.

Malcolm Marr
Andy Huckle beat me 🙁
Powerpark was awesome, more go-karts please trips monkeys!!

Keith J.
Great park, great coaster, what more can you ask for? More ERS:)

Lutz
Why did they build such a fantastic park, with such great people, such a great wooden coaster and the best go-kart track in the world in the middle of nowhere?

Christof M.
Wow! A boomerang that’s actually re-rideable!

andycoasterboy
aye – Kurumba Powerpark today 🙂 home to the amazing Thunderbird – a ride every park should own – It was great to watch members loading and despatching trains. The go-kart track complex was great fun and good to be the fastest on bus 1 around the track 🙂 sorry Talhat.

Jeff Holmes
What a fantastic park Powerpark is. An amazing woodie in the name of Thunderbird. also a great organised go-kart race which Andy Schumacher Huckle won in his team, well done Paul Worts for waving the chequered flag!!!!

Kat s.
What a fantastic day! starting with Thunderbird, my 400th coaster. It is practically a perfect ‘woodie’. Great food and live entertainment at the go kart track ended with sunlight at 11pm!?

Talhat M.
Magnificent! I’ll get you next time Andy.

Andy Costin (Tracksuit Man)
A really great coaster and one of the best ERS’s I’ve seen for a while (Even though it was “Laaate!”). The go-karting was an absolute blast. I’m not the next Lewis Hamilton but it was very competitive. The food was also really good. Pity about the weather but a little bit of rain made Thunderbird run even quicker.

Terry Jarvis
Thanks to the park for a great day. The woodie is fantastic. Another GREAT ride from GCI.

Coastin’ Carl
PowerPark was so clean, with great rides in the middle of nowhere. Thunderbird is the northernly most roller coaster and is another smooth GCI ride. The high speed go-kart circuit was quite nice, giving you a feeling of going up to 70 km/h. I did manage not to wipeout BTW.

Patrick Flumet
Quelle magnifique journee. Powerpark est juste ce qui ce fait de meilleur dans le genre. Tranquillement installe le plus au nord de l’europe, cachant un des plus fantastique “woodie” nomme Thunderbird.
Merci aux ECC staff pour le check des trains sur Thunderbird.

Mette Doving
Great day at a great park. Thunderbird was a really great ride. Enjoyed the ERS a lot. Thanks a lot to the park staff, nice and friendly. Fun as well on the go karts, and I did not end last 🙂
Har det helt topp.

Nina Kleppe
A really good day at Power Park today. A nice little park with some good rides. The Drop Tower was powerful, and it was a lot of fun driving the Go karts. The ERS on The Thunderbird was great. A superb wood coaster from GCI. WOW!!!

Martha Andrews
The park is lovely. Thunderbird is great fun!!!!!!!!!!!! Had a supercool day, just not enough time there.

Simon Baynham
Thunderbird: A fast out of control twister with plenty of thrilling hills and turns, and with absolutely no unpleasantness. I cannot think of a bad thing to say about it. Conclusion: Thunderbird is definitely F.A.B.

Gordon Taylor
Die Too…What a foontasteec die!…(That’s enough BB Voice over jokes. Ed) What a gr8 park, gr8 rides and fab staff. Brill go karts, fab food and horse-brutality.  Thank you SO much. And a most photogenic, work or art of an excellent coaster named after my favourite drink; Thunderbird! Was that John Wayne at the entrance..? “Truly this COASTER is the son of Gawd..!”

Cal Jones
What a gem of a park this is. Aside from Cobra, possibly the smoothest Boomerang on the planet, there’s plenty of great rides here. Highlight of the day was undoubtedly the ERS on Thunderbird, which was awesome and went like poop through a goose. My favourite GCI so far. Great meal as well. Cheers to PowerPark.

Pjotr Everts
We went to PowerPark today. It was my first time there. It’s a very nice park with a good set of rides. Their woodie Thunderbird is an amazing ride, it delivers a great out-of-control feeling. Their outdoor go-kart track is also amazingly good, it’s the best go-kart track I’ve been on. Kudos for PowerPark! Can’t wait for my next visit.

Tonny Schonewille
What a fantastic day! Thunderbird is a great coaster – almost as good as Troy. Went go-karting for the first time – failed in many different ways. I wouldn’t get a driver’s license even if I tried (sorry mom!).

Tim Galvelis
Mom, send more beer! PowerPark is fantastic! Got to ride the most amazing go-karts today, managed to only spinout 4 times, and finished ahead of Spinner. HA! Finally found competetion for Kentucky Rumbler in Thunderbird, this coaster is an airtime beast. Now, back to the beer……

Rob Hill
Outstanding!! The park, the Thunderbird, the staff, the Go-Karts, the food, EVERYTHING!! Thunderbird instantly made my Top Ten Woodie list, and the staff make you feel so welcome there that you don’t want to leave. The Go-Karts race was quite challenging (more so than I expected if you know what I mean), and I wish I could cook like THESE guys can. I can’t wait to

Peter W,Oakes.
A great park. The Thunderbird was great as it gave a great feeling of speed. Its layout is like a Singapore vermacelli. I got a good photo of it from the top of the Ferris wheel. The boomerang was the first I ever ridden and it was great.

I liked the fast turns on joyride. I loved the Frisbee as they always give a feeling of flying. The buffet was nice and I wonder if the model planes in the room were real flying models. I think it was a good idea using retired aircraft as theming. Shame I missed my go on the Go Karts. One thing I didn’t like was that the Gillotine paused for too long before the drop.

Bill Buckley
Overall, a very nice park and a great day. Thunderbird is a real winner and my current favourite GCI coaster (sorry, Troy, your reign only lasted 3 days!!). The coaster was only challenged by the go karts! Fantastic speed and excitement…a real thrill!! The owner of the park was very gracious, and his hospitality was very welcomed. Shame it didn’t translate across his entire staff (reference to the rude woman running the Booster ride – thanks for nothing). However, one moody bird couldn’t spoil an otherwise fantastic day. PowerPark is a park I’d like to visit again in the future.

Chris and Dan (THE GCII GUYS)
WOW what a great day. From the beginning to the end. Thunderbird is still running great. It’s one of the coolest looking wooden coasters in the world. It’s also the northern most coaster the planet. Thanks to Jorma and Vellu for a great day of events. Oh ya the go karts, you only need four words to describe, BEST IN THE WORLD. It’s going to be very difficult for any park to give us the personal attention as POWERPARK. For being a fairly new park people don’t need to worry about running out of things to do. I can only imagine in several more years!

DARREN AND MARY
DELIGHTFUL park, both Darren and I took an active part in the ERS, DARREN RODE LOTS OF TIMES and I was promoted to assistant ride operator. Park had a wonderful smell of natural wood, all staff and managers so helpful. Great day, I have come a long way from bag lady

Scott Planeta
Had a great time today. The coaster was fast, good air time, could ride it all day. The park and staff were both very nice. I look forward to visitng again.

John Coffield
Thunderbird is one of the best wooden coasters in the world.
And the Boomerang is very smooth… NO Really!

Mike Englander
Excellent park today, with a very wonderful coaster, Thunderbird. Rode it 18 times–couldn’t get enough. Arguably GCI’s best creation.

Hector Jimenez
Otro parque muy bueno. La Montana Russia de madera , Thunderbird, es uno de los mejores que en encontrado en todo el mundo.

Martin Valt
No matter how many times I visit Scandinavia it never fails to surprise me. Powerpark is an very good park and Thunderbird is an excellent coaster, my favourite GCI to date.

David & Susan Ellis
What a super day! PowerPark has a great collection of rides and coasters and everything is just so well looked after, even the older rides looked like new. We were treated as special guests by the park management, and the evening ERS on Thunderbird, the new GCI wooden coaster, was just amazing. Thunderbird is an excellent ride, similar in feel to Thunderhead at Dollywood, twisting and turning all over the place with lovely pops of airtime. To finish the day we had a session on their 45mph go-karts, which for all who braved the course proved a memory that will live on for a long time. Superb!

Becky & Peter Jackson
From the moment we arrived at this park, we knew we were in for a treat… and the day got better! During the day we had 11 rides on Thunderbird the wooden coaster which included a fantastic ERS. The park staff were great and the food provided was very enjoyable. The evening was finished off with a new experience for me & Peter, a fantastic go-kart track. As go-kart virgins this is something we really enjoyed and look forward to trying again in the future. A big thanks to all the Park staff & management, what a fantastic day!

Warren & Lisa Scheinin
What an amazing park! Thunderbird was tremendous — no dead spots on the track and every seat provided a superb ride. (Even Warren loved it!) The other coasters were icing on the cake. And the go-kart experience was unbelievable. Sure I (Lisa) came in last in my heat, but at least I had the guts to try it…not like some wimps named Martin Valt who was only capable of watching from the sidelines while swilling suds. Anyway, Thunderbird is one of the BEST! Power to PowerPark!!

B. Derek Shaw – USA
Traveling three hours by bus to the most northern amusement park in the world was well worth the trek. PowerPark is a small, but well maintained park with a nice assortment of rides for patrons of all ages. The boomerang with its non Arrow trains was very smooth, with re-ride-ability – had I had the time. The Joyride coaster was also a decent ride, that was the pre-cursor to the crowing jewel to follow.

Until today, I’ve had seven number one coasters – Thunderbird makes it eight! This GCI woodie never, ever slows down. It really delivers non-stop action. Speaking of action, the Go Kart track is the finest I’ve ever ridden. Complete with driver jump suits and helmets, we clocked speeds of 48mph. Every other go kart track is pale by comparison. As I write this, it is 11:04pm and still quite bright. The sun set just a little while ago and fog is quite heavy in some of the fields and wooded sections that remind me of Pennsylvania. I guess that’s why I keep returning to this wonderful place in the world, Scandinavia.

Derek Cromarty – UK
Ditto.

Maggy Linka
It’s 11:15PM and we’re riding back to our hotel in the coach in the daylight of pale blue skies speckled with gray whispy clouds. Lots of tired, but happy coaster riders onboard. Nothing to add to the other assessments of Thunderbird, the splendid woodie gem at this park. Rode it 9 times, and would have ridden more had there been time! Another beautiful day in Finland–cool and sunny. The go-kart track was an added bonus of this park, as was the favorite souvenir of this trip so far–a bag of chocolate-covered sweet labeled “Bull Shit”. I believe our coaster group bought out the store’s supply.

Andreas and Mechthild Namyslo, Germany
We did not know what to expect from PowerPark in particular not after an almost 4 hour bus trip through woods and woods and woods ….. But what a surprise: a fantastic park with a great set of coasters – first of all, Thunderbird. Secondly, the staff were very friendly and helpful, and the whole park looked clean and well-maintained. All in all: a fantastic day.

Cheri & Bob Armstrong
A three hour drive north brought us to PowerPark. A wonderful park after miles and miles of seeing trees. We first rode Joyride, a nice steel family coaster. Then on to Cobra, the best boomerang we have ever ridden. And then Thunderbird, another top notch GCI coaster. What a great ride! We enjoyed an awesome ERS session, and had a great dinner. We then partook of the go karts, something we have only done a few times before. A great day was had by all.

Yvonne Janik
This park was beautiful and so fun, and I loved especially Thunderbird. Also I was amazed by a smooth Boomerang with those great trains. What a perfect day!

Jeppe Nygaard
I had an excellent day today at PowerPark. I was very impressed with the park and how nice everything looked. The staff members were very nice everywhere and were smiling and saying hello to all the guests. Thunderbird was amazing and very well paced – just a superb coaster. Well done, GCII and well done PowerPark for buying such a high quality coaster. The park buffet was really nice too, and we appreciated all the notes written in English by each dish mentioning the ingredients for us. All in all, I had a very good day.

Mick Fryer-Kelsey
Today’s visit to PowerPark was quite an eyeopener, they had excellent rides, a boomerang with different trains, which made it a smoother ride and their new woodie Thunderbird was an amazing ride, it twisted all directions. I’m sure this will be a classic. We also had a session on the go-kart track, driving professional go-karts, average speed 45mph. The staff were very friendly and hospitable, which made for an excellent visit to this park, thanks to everyone.

Liz Fryer-Kelsey
Hello Mouse family, a very nice family park today, lots of small rides for the youngsters, including a little dragon water coaster! or mini log flume. Thunderbird was amazing, I was off my seat for a lot of the ride. Very good mix of rides here and very clean park.

Jim Lawrence
I’ve been looking forward to Powerpark all year I was hoping it would be good, it was so much better than I expected sort of a small Europa Park nearly all the ride are over themed. Thunderbird is a masterpiece, work of art this was before I’d rode it, WOW what a top coaster this one I could ride all day. Thanks to Powerpark for the go karts this was great fun too. Plus what park can you get a sauna and shower after all this.

Justin Garvanovic
A perfect day. Thunderbird was on fire – it has broken in so well over the past year. Not a bad seat to be found on the train. As well as the coasters – it may also have the best Boomerang – the staff were top notch, and the buffet meal may well have been the best park meal we’ve ever had. And it’s only day 2.

David Elvy
PowerPark, the long drive North was well worth it. A small, but great Park with some great rides, with Thunderbird being the highlight. An amazing GCI Wooden Coaster, smooth and loads of airtime. The ERS was great too, thanks to the crewe and Justin G for being on the mark with the dispatches. Thanks to all at the Park for a great day, and the food was awesome too.

Paul Hindle
Great day again – Thunderbird must be among the top ten woodies in the world – lots of twists & airtime – rode it 15 times (sorry John!). And a rideable boomerang…. Pity it’s all in the middle of nowhere !!!!!

Thomas Enders
Die lange Fahrt heute zum Powerpark hat sich auf alle Faelle gelohnt. Thunderbird ist ein weltklasse Woodie mit sehr viel Airtime. Die anderen Coaster im Park machen auch sehr viel Spass. Die ERS auf Thunderbird war dann noch das Highlight an unserem zweiten Tag.

Alan & Owen Rees
What a wonderful day!! A jewel of a park, set in the Finnish countryside, reflecting the fantastic hospitality we experienced. Thank you!! We’ll be back, for sure.

Richard Bannister
What an amazing park, and who’d have thought it? PowerPark isn’t exactly conveniently located to any major city, yet it is home to a superb wooden coaster, the fastest go-karts I’ve ever driven, and the strangest thing ever, a Boomerang that doesn’t hurt! Huge thanks to the park for showing us such wonderful hospitality; I will definitely be back.

Rob Derman
A perfect day at a perfect park!! ERS on a top ten GCI woodie, and go carts not to be believed!! Writing this at 11 pm, the sun has not set. Like my best friend, no darkness, just a never ending Dawn…

John Gasper
Today we went to PowerPark. The almost four hour drive north landed us in a part of Finland which I think is equal to or further north than Alaska. This is the farthest north I have ever been in the world and definitely the farthest north that I have ever ridden a coaster. I am typing this at 11:05 pm. On the bus ride back and it is still broad daylight! I have made the four hour trip home a little easier by sneaking beer out of the park for the bus ride. Speaking of which, last night we visited the oldest pub in Finland and had a pint or five, until they tossed us at 2:15 am. Thunderbird like Thunderhead is a GREAT ride!!!!!!

Dirk Lather
Na was war das denn nun… PowerPark!
Vier Stunden Anfahrt und was sieht man…? Eine Zamperla Weltausstellung! Aber zum Glueck nicht nur dass! Neben tollen Schrankenaragements steht hier noch ein toller GCI Coaster, den ich lieber VOR Troz gefahren waehre, haette er mir doch dann besser gefallen. Ansonsten ueberraschte mich noch der weichste Boomerang von VEKOMA, was an den neuen Zuegen liegen kann und eine abgedrehte Rennpiste, auf der man Go Cart fahren kann. Whow, dass macht ja richtig Spass, wird man hier vorher noch in einen Overal gepresst, Mathias sah richtig knuddelig aus, lach.

Jetyt koennte es mal dunkel werden, dass dauernd helle nerfvt naemlich.

Ray Topscher / Kevin Schreiner
What a charming park! Beautiful landscaping, a wonderful wooden coaster in Thunderbird and the most comfortable Boomerang train ever!

Tony and Ethan Conroy
Brilliant wooden coaster offering a thrill every ride. Best of all was the staff, welcoming and friendly.

First time on a boomerang and survived 6 rides….but then this is a good one. Ethan beat his dad at go carting !!!! … Finally

Ole Bredesen-Vestby
Great park, great coasters (got myself a new top 5 woodie, and first time I’ve done a boomerang more than once), great hospitallity, and great food.

Kevin Moran
Very nice park. I enjoyed Thunderbird very much. Still trying to figure out if I like it as much as Troy! The go karts were very fun, and very fast! Even the Vekoma boomerang was fun with the updated trains.

Richard Koppelman 
Great to encounter another GCI with balls. Excellent coaster.

Mats “Lewis Hamilton” Hummel
Very nice and clean park. Very good dinner buffet. Thunderbird is a world class woodie, Balder, Phoenix and Voyage are getting top competition here. I have to get back here again. Many thanks to the new ride-ops, Justin and the gang. With a little bit more training they will get the loading really fast! 🙂  Powerpark has such a great owner.

Paul Freeman
A small park but with some great rides and small queues. Thunderbird is now my favourite of the new crop of wooden coasters, fast and furious throughout the entire ride but with a smoothness that avoids shaking the riders to pieces.

A Booster was a nice change to find included in a park rather than as a pay extra attraction. The Go-Karting after the excellent Thunderbird ERS made a nice end to the day even if I was beaten by a cheating sandal-wearing Swede!

Things I like about Finland : Salmiakki Kosso (Liquorice infused Vodka), Lapin Kulta (Beer), Moomins, Late bars with reasonable priced beer.

Things I don’t like about Finland : Muusta makkara (Black pudding style sausage with a cranberry sauce).

Things I’m undecided about about Finland : You can eat Meatballs for every meal of the day!

Steve Fagin
Smart clean little park with helpful and professional staff, which boasted a full-size full-size outdoor go-kart circuit. Highlights included a smooth Boomerang (I’m not being ironic), kitted out with swanky new trains (albeit not as close to TTD as the park might have liked to think). Main draw was a recent woodie from CGI: Thunderbird. While not breaking any records for height or scale, this little gem was as wild, intense and frenetic as the best of the new woodies turned out by companies like CGI and Gravity Group. There was the usual insane banking, convoluted tracking and hell-for-leatherness you’d expect from a New Woodie. Good investment PowerPark! Also worth adding that the park did a very good job with the food, offering plenty of variety, while taking care of those with special (or fussy, depending on your perspective) diets, like yours truly.

Lars Sorensen
Nice little park, it has to be one of the best GCI coaster I have ridden, maybe even better than Thunderhead at Dollywood. I rode my first booster it was great and unlike many it was included in the admission. The go-carts was really fun, only spun once! Mats Hummel won (he has a racing license) and I was only 3 seconds behind him, people say that 3 seconds is alot, but im really proud of myself. This trips has started very well.

Daniel Almer
I had my first credit on a Boomerang today. That makes me really proud because my stomach does not like backward coastering. Well the train was very comfortable and the ride quite smooth but the backward part was still like hell for me. Thank God at PowerPark there is also a wonderful GCII woody I really enjoyed. The train of Thunderbird twists and turns through the track without losing speed, great! I also have to mention the go kart session in the evening on that large track outside. Really a breathtaking experience. It is now half past eleven in the evening and it is still not dark outside, how strange, I feel like it is 08.00 pm.

Matthias Pies
Netter GCI Woodie und ueberraschend sanfter Boomerang. Mir hats im PowerPark gut gefallen. Highlight war jedoch die Go-Kart Fahrt am Abend. Eine richtig tolle Strecke und die Dinger sind verdammt schnell gewesen. Habe den Tag sehr genossen auch wenn die Fahrt zum Park echt die Hoelle ist. Er liegt wirklich am Arsch der Welt. Aber die Fahrt dahin hat sich echt gelohnt. Wir waren eine nette Truppe und hatten viel Spass in dem kleinen Park am ADW.

Ken Simmons
It was really nice being able to sleep in a bit today. The ride to PowerPark was very long, around four hours, but what was waiting is a really nice park, with a great GCI woodie, Thunderbird. I also had my first ride on a Booster, which is a really exciting ride. What is really weird, however, is that it is 11:30pm, and it is just getting dark.

Lace Patton
What a wonderful surprise of a park! Impressive rides, beautiful grounds, with a terrific assortment of ride styles. While this park seems to be quite off of the beaten path, it is well worth the time and effort to make this a destination. Hello family.

George Greenway
Powerpark is a the furthest north we are going on this trip. it is nearly midnight now as we are driving 4 hours back to the hotel, and it’s still twilight, an amazing sensation.This park is worth visiting for the care the owner is lavishing on the place. the rides are in great form, all riding smooth and fast. the vekoma boomerang is the smoothest in the world thanks to the B&M wheel geometry. I hope other parks see sense and put this refit on theirs. the crown jewel is the woodie. it throws you out of your seat on the curved first drop. the track then twists and turns through itself with loads of airtime and laterals and doesn’t loose any pace until it careers into the brake run. the front leaves you hangin over the hills and pushes you into the dips the best ride is in the back for its relentless OMG feeling.

Andy Dewar
I had a wonderful day at Powerpark. I expected a lot from my first GCI, but Thunderbird was beyond anything I would have expected. It looks great, rides brilliantly with great pacing, changes of direction, floaty air and is a perfect example of a woodie. As for the rest of the park, the grounds were well kept and the general attention to detail is excellent, also the lines were short, the staff were freindly, the boomerang was a good example, and the drop tower had a great kick to it. The go-karts were again top notch, as shiny as everything else in the park and the course was awesome. I leave with fond memories of Thunderbird, by far the best woodie I’ve ever ridden.

Adam King
Great friendly and fun park. Fantastic GCI woodie (Thunderbird) which was very enjoyable and a great ride regardless of which seat you sat in. Also, a very good . . . .Boomerang (yep, you read it correctly)!! We also had a very good go-kart session, with some very shocking driving (guilty parties will remain un-named). Excellent fun! Finnish parks, dont ya just love ’em!!

Andy Wright
The drive to Powerpark was long but in the end worth every part of it. I have been to some small park but none have so far come close to the quality and quantity of rides. The Bomerang Coaster Cobra was even smooth as they go open trains new for Vakoma. But the enjoyable coaster for me had to be my first GCI Thunderbird what a coaster fast from time it drops of the lift hill to the end. The ERS at the end was even better they went all out for us the best so far I have seen from a park. I did enjoy the Go Karting which was also put on for us in the day. I was a great thing to do. I thank all who made this day possible and bring on the rest of the parks.

Kim Varde Lassen
I had NO idea that it was possible to cram that much fun into such a small place…apparently it is. In short: Powerpark is a small park with some amazing rides – both coasters and flat rides. Thunderbird is just the best GCI coaster i’ve ever been on. Screaming fast and twisty – the ERS delay is totally forgotten. Cobra is (again) the best boomerang I’ve ever tried. The new train makes for a smooth non-headbanging ride. Still love going round the loop backwards. All other rides were great and the day ending in a go kart session made this day fun-overloaded.

David Cornell
Well, GCI has done it again. Here under the midnight sun, a very fun and unique woody runs wild at the end of a beautiful and fun park called PowerPark. The tightly packed twister had me recalling Ozark Wildcat and Kentucky Rumbler. My top 10 list may have a lot of GCIs this year.

This park also features the best Boomerang in the world. I rode it TWICE. It has seat similar to those on S&S drop towers. There is plenty of head room between the over shoulder restrains and the ride was so smooth. The food at our buffet was the best I have ever had at an amusement park. Calmari ring, tuna pizza, small sausages, & corn fritters. Then the final highlight of the day, super go-carts. We donned jump suits and helmets then drove outside on a professional go-cart racing track. If done similar driving in Lawrenceburg, Indiana, near Cincinnati. But these we much more comfortable to sit in and steer. They also ran a bit faster. Driving in the cool evening under a bright but cloud-dimmed sun was fantastic. From now on we move steadily southwest. Let’s hope the beautiful weather holds.

Odd Arne Roste
The discussion goes: Which is best Kentucky Rumbler or Thunderhead? I will not go into that discussion because both are superb. The ERS was awesome with Justin as a ride operator. The food was excellent and the day ended up with a great Go Kart session which was fun, even though a Swede was fastest? This park had also the smoothest Boomerang I’ve ridden, thanks to new trains. Totally a really good day.

Kjetil Roste RIngen
After entering Powerpark my brother and I started running from coaster to coaster like crazy. When we were in the third coaster (Joyride) we noticed some other Norwegians in the queue and that was their first ride… slowbees! Almost no wait time in the queues and very great things to do there. The Thunderbird coaster was incredible awesome compared to Thundercoaster (Tusenfryd, Norway) The ERS was just incredible, the train was probably loaded and emptied more than the double speed of what the original operators could manage. (nice) The food was brilliant (shrimp pizza??), and the GoKart was hilarious! Very, very funny. ——–> (My dad told me not to write that I liked the Boomerang, but it was indeed “not that bad”. Cheers.)

Torrence Jenkins
PowerPark WOW Thunderbird is one great coaster, it has it all, a wonderful fan curve, double dip and lots of speed. The drop ride was quite impressive. The go-karts are the best I have ever ridden. Plus the rain stayed away for the most part.

Mike & Kammy Sislofsky
Powerpark is a really nice little park — a great surprise! The park is very colorful, clean, nicely landscaped and has a good selection of rides. Thunderbird is a class A coaster hands down. It is fast, smooth, has quite a number of different elements and delivers air time throughout the ride. Every seat we rode in never disappointed. Powerpark also has 3 other coasters, a nice shooting dark ride, a drop tower and a skyscraper that was included with admission. The end of our visit will be hard to beat — an hour ERS on Thunderbird, a dinner buffet and a ride on their go-carts. This is no ordinary go-cart ride. First, you must put on a racing suit, a face mask and motorcycle-type helmet! The track is laid out so you can actually allow the carts to go top speed, but twisted enough so you have to apply the brakes. This was a great day indeed!

Rendell Bird
I had very few expectations for a park named Powerpark, which happened to be located just a few miles from the Arctic Circle. Indeed, it is nearly midnight as I write this note – and the sky has barely begun to achieve “duskiness”. While today is Friday the 13th – it was a good luck day “all the way around”. Indeed, the highlight of the day for me was the amazing Go Kart track. Barely six inches off the ground – and moving at nearly 40-ish miles per hour. I was completely intent upon NOT being one of the Americans to embarass themselves by spinning-out or crashing. After a slow-lap to get a feel for the track – I stomped the “pedal to the metal”. While I didn’t “win” my lap, I did have an amazingly fun time. Other highlights included the GCI coaster, Thunderbird; the pizza buffet supper, and the Fabrri “Booster” which was being run at its maximum potential. Truly, a great day was had by all.

Mike Thompson
Friday the 13th has come and gone and this one was a good one. It is just after midnight and we are on the bus, returning to the Holiday Inn Tampere after a great day at PowerPark. It looks like dusk outside. It might even become dark by the time we get back at around 2am. (7 hours on the bus today for 7 hours in the park, but it was worth it.) Highlights include Thunderbird (definitely a Top 20 woodie), a western-themed, shoot-em-up dark ride, a Booster skyscraper ride included with park admission, and the world’s most incredible go-carts. These go 60 km/h and you must wear fire-proof gear and a helmet, but no seatbelt! It was difficult to wipe the smile off my face afterward. One comment must be made about the buffet meal (other than the one about the nice variety); most things were labelled as to what they weren’t, not what they were. Some foods were difficult to recognize, but all was good.

Martha and Al Amborn
Everyone else has remarked about the coasters, but I would like to just add how amazing it is to be traveling back from a “night ride time”, only to look at your watch, see it is 12 midnight and the last vestiges of sunset are evident. What a trip! Great parks, coasters and friends are making this such fun. Cheers from Martha at #1093 and Al at #1135 (still more than Richard Bannister!).

Jon Richins
Day two, Powerpark, and once again, a good time was had by all. Thunderbird was a great GCI, smooth and fast, and I did my first Booster (scary). The best was the 10 minutes of race time on the go cart tracks. I was happy to find that I was not the grandmother driver like all my friends state. Weirdest part was seeing bunches of kids peeing just wherever they felt.

Jerry Willard
Two words — Go Karts!!! Okay, maybe I will say more than that as the day turned out to be a nice surprise. Thunderbird was fun as I consisently expect from the GCI crew. They haven’t disappointed me yet. First time on an L&T makes me wish I see more of these. A dark ride (always a nice bonus), the booster, a great buffet dinner all led up to a great day. It was capped off by some tasty laps around the Go Kart track. Before going out on the track I was bouncing around all dressed up in the gear, and throughout I had a big smile on my face (including the two times I spun out on turn one). I still think I was ripped off on my lap time though. 🙂 I was passing people right and left. Oh well, guess I can keep my day job.

Jeffey Seifert
A very pretty park. I particularly liked all the landscaping around the rides. They obviously paid attention to a lot of details with intricate patterns in the paving stones to textured concrete around the coaster. The flowers and rocks and muti-colored gravels made the park very very pleasing to the eye. An excellent GCI coaster–perhaps the best one to date.

Tim Baldwin
Another small park that offered great fun. I was impressed that for its size, the attention to detail, theming, and landscaping were quite impressive.– a shame the sun didn’t come out to accent this in pictures. Thunderbird is now my favorite GCII — it is all action; I wouldn’t change anything; okay, maybe tunneling the last fifty feet could be fun. The constant directional changes worked superbly here. The meal was great – lots of variety and many comfort foods. Contrary to others, I thought the train on the Boomerang was really strange and no more comfortable. The Mega Drop kept us up in the sky for about a minute. It was quite unnerving and wonderfully scary when we dropped.  (Does it ever get dark here?)

Dennis and Debbie Martin
Having a marvelous time. PowerPark has a terrific wooden coaster named Thunderbird. Dennis was able to drive very fast go-carts. He had to wear a fire-proof suit and a helmet. PowerPark were wonderful hosts to our group.

 

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Day 3 – Lauri’s Park, Särkänniemi

Tonny Schonewille
Today we went to Lauri’s brand new park (whatever the actual name is). Unfortunately, the rain intruded on the fun. But Lauri has some fun antique rides including an Eli Wheel. It was nice to see the result of years of hard work from Lauri and his team.

Tim Galvelis
Today we found ourselves at Lauri’s Park (Nokka Kiven Puisto) on miserably bad day, weather wise, but a good visit still. Good Luck Lauri.

Robert Hill
Lauri’s Park is a very nice family park that we unfortunately got rained on during the entire time, but I want to visit again on a nice day, and we got fed a fabulous meal. Good luck to Lauri. You deserve the best!

Peter Oakes
Although Lauri’s Park is very small and it was a washout after a long journey I still found it a very enjoyable day and well worth it. It was very interesting to visit a park started from scratch by a club member . He did well.

Chris & Dan (GCII Guys)
We had rain our entire time at Lauri’s Park. Small park with alot of potential but still fun now. It’s great to see someone following his dreams and making it happen rather then just dreaming about it. Best of luck.

Cal Jones
Great little park, shame about the weather! Best of luck, Lauri.

Gordon Taylor
Die Threeeee. All Dee hicemotes aise addi re in the swimming pooool…Well done! Nice to meet someone se with the balls to pack in the day job to acheive what I would consider impossible. All the best; you’ve come far!

Jeff Waters
Cold rainy day, but still enjoyed this little park. A roller coaster would be a wise addition.

Nina Kleppe
Had a nice day at Lauri’s Park. Got to do almost all the rides, but it would be nice if it had a rollercoaster too. Shame that it was cold and rainy.

Darren and mary
Lovely day at a small park, nice to see the way in which parks evolve, lets hope it works for Laurie. Shame about the weather.

Mick Fryer-Kelsey
Lauri’s Park had no coaster and it was pouring with rain, but it didn’t stop me from trying out the rides. We rode some of the kiddie rides, including the baby go karts. The Miami was good fun. Hopefully the park will grow in the future and we’ll be back.

Liz Fryer-Kelsey
The Mouse family would enjoy this park, with it’s selection of older rides. Especially the children’s wheel with space ships for cars. Whilst sheltering from the rain, we had the opportunity to chat with members from the other two coaches.

Jim Lawrence
Thanks for a great day Lauri. I look forward to visiting again one day. All the best for this season. Hopefully visit you soon and see some more classic rides.

Simon Baynham
I would have enjoyed Lauri’s park more if the sun were shining. Unfortunately it poured. This didn’t stop me from taking a ride on the Eli Wheel, however, and I thoroughly enjoyed that. Staff were courteous and the park was nice and welcoming. I certainly take my hat off to Lauri; what an amazing man with an amazing vision. I wish him every success.

Malcolm Marr
Lauri’s Park was amazing! As the baseball mantra says “If you build it they will come”. Lauri built his baby park and we showed up; I hope more people do the same. So if you happen to be passing through the centre of Finland do pop by. I watched Simon type his report and he never took his cap off!

Lutz
Come along, come along, … and hug (and support) Lauri!

andycoasterboy
all the best in the future….real shame about the weather…

Terry Jarvis
There are no coasters, just a few travelling fairground style rides. Had a great afternoon, and this park can only get better and better.

Tracksuit Man (Guess Who!)
Mother Nature, you bitch! (for the pouring rain). Just a nice little park. Could have had fun if the sun was out. I wish Lauri all the best for the future. GCI Woodie…When, when, when? Soon I hope! We’ll be back.

Coastin’ Carl
Good luck to Lauri and his dream if he serves Yahu’shua well. Nokkakiven Puisto was quite clean and a nice little park to grow and do good things. I am praying for you BTW.

Patrick Flumet
Heureux de pouvoir supporter un membre du club qui a ouvert son propre park pour de vrai et pas sur un computer…

Hector Jimenez
El parque Lauri’s es un sueno cumplido de un miembro. Que tenga mucho suerte,

Chris Hull
Lauri, nice to see your venture into the world of the amusement park. Good luck for the future!

David & Susan Ellis
Today we did something unusual. It is not every day you get to visit an amusement park founded by a club member, so to visit the park owned by ECC member Lauri was a real privilege. Lauri has done something some of us would love to do in theory but never actually have the determination to see it through. His park has a nice collection of rides he has obtained from parks that were closing down, including a fun Miami, a Paratrooper, a Round-up, Big Wheel and a collection of children’s rides. The weather did its best to spoil things, with heavy rain throughout our visit, but many of us braved the elements to support Lauri and ride his rides. Tonight we are heading to Sarkanniemi to get some exclusive late rides after the park has closed. Fingers crossed the rain stops!

B. Derek Shaw
Although today we did not ride a roller coaster, it was still a special day. We had the special opportunity to visit a roadside amusement park that is being created by an ECC club member. This is something that many of us have dreamed of doing, but have not been able to accomplish. Lauri has been able to pull it off with Nokka Kiven Amusement Park. This one acre fun place has a nice assortment of rides, mostly for the younger set. Even though we were stricken with rain, I was able to try out three of Lauri’s attractions: the Paratrooper, magic carpet and the kiddie go karts. On the latter ride, I now know what it is like for a Shriner Clown to perform in the circus! (Those seats were really small, or maybe I am that big!) All the best to Lauri for following his dream. I hope to return in the future to an even bigger park.

Tonight we have a bonus ERS at Sarkanniemi after the park shuts for the night (Now I’m starting to talk like the Brits – been around them too much.) I’m sure we’ll tip a few pints somewhere on the way back to the hotel.

Derek Cromarty
Ditto, again!

John Gasper
Today we went to Lauri’s Park. Lauri is a member of the ECC who has started his own small amusement park. There aren’t any coasters here, but we were to ride some of his flat rides to support him and his park. Unfortunately it rained for the 2 hours we were there and most of us did not ride. Last night we visited another Finnish pub. Everyone here speaks English pretty well. We are quite spoiled. Its embarrassing that most of us Americans don’t speak more than one language

Dirk Lather
Tja, was soll ich hier schreiben, am besten also mal was nettes zu Beginn: Das Essen war lecker, die Klos waren sauber und die Gehwege waren sehr uebersichtlich angeordnet. Ansonsten muss man schon ein sehr abgedrehter und kulanter Fan sein, um so einen Park als Toll & Klasse zu verkaufen. Ferner muss man schon sehr boese sein, wenn man nun Tim Herre bei seiner Planung fuer die FKf Nord Tour bedraengt, doch unbedingt diesen Park mit einzubauen. Also, Schwamm drueber, ganz schnell vergessen und keinesfalls berechnen, was man bezahlt hat um sich so etwas anzusehen. Hoffentlich uebersetzt das keiner, sonst bekomme ich wieder Aerger, lach.

Kevin Moran
Thanks to Lauri for hosting us! He’s on his way to realizing his dream.

Steve Fagin
Despite the drizzle, this was a nice little peek into one of our fellow enthusiast’s dreams. As I’m writing this, we’re off to Sarkanniemi to ride Tornado

Lars Sorensen
Nice little park Lauri has built. The round-up and the Miami was good, and so was the donuts 🙂

Daniel Almer
All the best to Lauri and his park. It was nice to see his dream coming alive. The popcorn was very good.

Matthias Pies
Es war mal interessant zu sehen wie ein Freizeitparkfan seinen Traum vom eigenen Park verwirklicht. Ich wuensche Lauri alles Gute fuer seinen Park vllt kommen wir eines Tages zurueck.

Ken Simmons
It’s too bad the rain decided to be around today, as it kept us from fully enjoying Lauri’s Park. This is a nice little roadside park, and hopefully it will be a great success.

Andy Dewar
Lauri has done a great job restoring his rides, they are in great condition. I hope it has a successful future.

Adam King
We arrived at Lauri’s park and were greeted by Lauri and the rain. Well done to Lauri for creating his own park. Its a lovely atmosphere and we enjoyed riding the attractions in the rain (heavy rain), which kinda turned the park into a big water park!! We also enjoyed a great meal. Oh, have I mention it rained yet???

Bob Clark
The dream turns into reality – great work – and best of luck for the future.

Nick Bowler
Fair play to Lauri and his venture. The rain spoiled the day. A long trip for, in my case, one ride, but as always the atmosphere was great.

Steve Gzesh
Okay, so the rain today was a bit of a drag, but it was a cute little park to visit today — even without any coasters there. I’ll top 600 coasters on my list at the next park, so I’m psyched for that!

Alan & Owen
The best of luck to Lauri. enjoyed the gravity wheel, Miami had a long manual programme.

Matt Crowther
Despite the rain which forced us all to huddle under shelter it was neat to see the park which seemed to be very clean and well-maintained. I wish Lauri the best in making his dream come true.

Richard Bannister
Three rides for me today; the Round-Up, Paratrooper, and Miami. The Miami was being run on full manual mode, and the operator knew his business. Nice stuff. I don’t think there’s a person on this trip who wouldn’t like to be doing what Lauri is. I really hope he can make it work in the longer term.

 

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Day 4 – Särkänniemi, Ferry

David & Susan Ellis
This was our second visit to the park, our last being in 2003. Back then it was hot and sunny and Half-pipe was working. Today it was wet and Half-pipe was down, as it has been for a while now. Still, we managed to have a great time. Tornado was as good as ever, and we got to do some stuff we missed last time such as the Observation Tower, the Aquarium and Planetarium. Now off to the Ferry for our overnight crossing to Stockholm. Hello to all at home.

Bob & Cheri Armstrong 
A rainy day at the park. Thankfully, we entered the park last night for an hour and were able to ride many of the coasters then, Today, the rain has closed some of them. The Tornado was the smoothest “hang and bang” we have every been on. It’s nice to know a good one can exist. We rode the Jet Star last night, and it was great. And, we rode the Corkscrew in the pouring rain. What fun! We’ve had a great time to Finland and were treated very well by all the people we met. Now on to Sweden.

Torrence Jenkins
The Half Pipe was not running, and it rained all day. The Tornado was great during ERS; the park also contained a nice amount of flat rides. All in all a very nice park.

Tim Baldwin
The meal was very well prepared and the ride session went off well. Sadly, Mother Nature was not cooperative. The rain was dreary and for a park with coasters easily accessible to photograph; it was a shame. Even the wonderful views from the tower were blah. The bonus hour the night before was a life-saver, especially for Jet Star. It was interesting that the five coasters were all different – Intamin, Vekoma, Zamperla, Schwarzkopf, and Zierer. The flying coaster was MUCH smoother than Elitch’s, too.

Jerry Willard
Thank goodness for the bonus time the night before as for the second day in a row the rain proved quite a pain. Tornado was an interesting coaster to see Intamin’s take on the genre. On to Sweden and hopefully the blue skies will be as plentiful as the blue eyes along with the great coasters.

Rendell Bird
Sarkanniemi is located on a rocky promontory overlooking an expansive lake in central Finland. Not unlike Alton Towers in Britain – the park has been forced to excavate into the ground to make room for expansions. The station house for The Tornado was located about 40 feet below the surface of the surrounding hillside. Again, like Nemesis (at Alton Towers) the coaster ducks into, and out of, the ground at multiple points along its journey. It was quite a pleasant ride. The Observation Tower was impressively tall and should have commanded an inspiring view. Unfortunately, the cloud-deck was below the level of the top of the tower. It was fun to watch the clouds swirl between us and the spinning rides. Currently, we are headed toward the town of Turku where we will board our ferry boat for our overnight trip to Stockholm, Sweden.

Andy Wright
Even though we did one hour at Sarkanniemi on the 3rd day of the trip, the main trip started on day 4. We started the day with an ERS on Tornado (Intamin) coaster. It was a nice ride, a little slow but good to ride. Then the rain started and did not stop all day.The food was good as well good chose. I enjoyed the day and look forward to the next part of trip.

Lisa & Warren Scheinin
A bit of a rainy day but still plenty to keep us occupied. Besides the coasters, the (nice, dry) planetarium, dolphinarium and aquarium were great fun! Nice meal, too.

Maggy Linka
Finland is a soggy place today! But no matter, we rode coasters anyway as the parks don’t shut down for rain. Dolphin show, aquarium,planetarium shows were unique and fun. Dolphins juggling!! Now to the ferry and Sweden. iPod melodies on the bus. Great day!!!

B. Derek Shaw
Another fine day in a fine Finnish park. The Tornado ERS was great fun. The dolphin show was outstanding and the planeterium show a good place to snooze. (It’s not that I didn’t like it; I had too many pints last night and got to bed to late!) Goodbye Findland – Hello Sweden!

Derek Cromarity
Whatever!

Kim Varde Lassen
Rain does something to a park experience, and so did this…oh well, to make up for it this park had a pretty good Intamin inverter with an underground station. The corkscrew did its job without too much jerking around. The Trombi flying thingy, however, takes the prize as the not so good coaster, to put it mildly. To end a high note, the park staff was smiling and the ERS was executed in a relaxed fashion. Good job!

David Cornell
Sarkanniemi! Another great park, another great meal. I rode all coasters despite the rain as we stopped by for an hour last night when it was sunny and not raining. Thanks, Justin. Also thanks to Don Garrison for standing on my restraint on Tornado so I could ride. Damn too small Intimin hanging seats. We now sail for Sweden. Look for a picture of me in the wagon in Justin’s pictures.

Mike Thompson
Hi Al. Thank goodness for yesterday’s bonus hour at Sarkanniemi. Managed to ride all 5 operating coasters plus the dark ride in one hour while the weather was beautiful. Today’s rain made it less than desirable, but we made the most of it. I even rode the rapids ride in the rain with my poncho. A note from yesterday: Lauri’s Park has the softest toilet paper of the trip so far.

Jon Richins
Second day of rain in the park, but still a great time. The Tornado was my favorite and a very unique inverted in that it wasn’t that rough. Also of note, this is the first day in Finland that I did not see anyone peeing on the side of the sidewalk.

Dennis and Debbie Martin
We had a good ERS on Tornado this morning (Intamin inverted). We had a little too much rain today but since we had a bonus hour last night at this park, we were able to ride all of the rides (big thanks for the bonus hour). We are on our way to take a ferry from Finland to Sweden. I am very excited as this is a first for me. (Deb)

Simon Baynham
Hi ECCers. What a great ride Tornado is. Fast, exciting and enjoyed the fun house. It reminded me of Blackpool.

Chris Hull
Another enjoyable day at Sarkanniemi. Tornado and Jetline as good as on my last visit. Nice meal and friendly staff.

Malcolm Marr
Sarkanniemi Water park was awesome! The flying sandwich machine coaster was more awesome than the one in The Prater, and that was pretty awesome in itself. Tornado is aging well. Now on our way to the ferry; things may get messy from here on.

Keith Johnson
Had a wonderful, wet time at another fun park.

Lutz
I felt sorry for Yvonne. Jet Star was fantastic.

Christof
Intamin inverters are fun rides. It’s a pity there’s only so few of them around. The station fly-through with an inversion is a great feature. If you lose an item, you can pick it up when you return to the station!

andycoasterboy
After a late park entry last night we were able to get the majority of the rides done.We headed down for a few drinks at the Tampere Festival!! This morning we had an ERS on Tornado, a very nice Intamin inverter – with a great station fly-over. Now on the bus headed for the ferry to Sweden.

Paul Worts
I am waiting in line at Furius Baco but don’t seem to have seen many club members??

Jeff Holmes
Tampere’s local park, Sarkanniemi, is very good with a fantsastic SLC by the name of Tornado, flying through the station upside is a great experience. We had our last night in Tampere in the Tammerfest… drinks were flowing, enough said!!!!

Andy Costin
That’s two up to Mother Nature – Cow! Couldn’t get on Jet Star today but at least we did it yesterday. Good ERS on Tornado followed by a good meal. Pity about Half-Pipe not running (D-oh!). Got soaked on the Corkscrew.

Terry Jarvis
When it comes to 2-seater inverters I usually try to avoid them as they normally give you a good head-banging. However this version from Intamin is completely smooth and a lot of fun to ride. I just wish there were more of this type in other parks.

Coastin’ Carl
Sarkanniemi is a wonderful little park with loads of things to do. From the dolphinarium and planetarium to the museums and the rides, I was pleasantly surprised. The employees seem to know their stuff and have wonderful rain gear as riding the night before was great however today it rained the entire day. Still I was able to enjoy everything unique I was looking forward to. Not to mention the best dolphin show I’ve seen in a while. Loads of photos, can’t wait to kiss you BTW.

Patrick Flumet
Deuxieme visite a Sarkanniemi , hote de Tampere ville que j’adore. Comme nous avons pu rider presque tout hier soir en surprise, la journee pluvieuse ne gachait rien. Surtout apres la viree de cette nuit au festival…

Mette Doving
Reached my number 100 yesterday on Tornado with the late entry to the park. Did a few of the other coasters yesterday as well. Started the day with a ERS on the Tornado, great ride, best in the back. A shame that the Half Pipe was not open, so have to come back another time.

Nina Kleppe
Had a good time at Sarkanniemi today and yeasterday evening. Fun ERS on Tornado this morning. A great Intamin inverted Coaster with no headbanging. Also got to do all of the other Coasters exept from the Half Pipe. Shame that was closed. Shame that it was raining. Now we’re of to the boat for Stockholm.

Mike & Bob Englander
We’ve had rain to one degree or another since arriving in England last Sunday, and finally it played a part in reducing our ride time today. Sarkanniemi was a nice park with quite a bit to do, but trying to do so in a persistent rain was a little uncomfortable. At least we got to ride all but Half Pipe at least once.

Celia Horwood
Sure glad we were able to do the rides at Sarkanniemi the night before. The Tornado was so much smoother than expected – I instinctively braced for ear bashing and didn’t get any! Even though it rained we were able to do neat indoor activities which aren’t too common at any other parks like an awesome presentation at the Planetarium and an art gallery! Loved the ride operators’ orange sweaters!

Michael Horwood
I do not need to return to log the [closed] Half-Pipe because for me it still is NOT a coaster 🙂

Yvonne Janik
The food at the revolving restaurant Nasinneula and the view were perfect. The park was clean and had a fun variety of rides, and I had a great time in spite of the rain. I will come again so that I can ride Jet Star and Half Pipe.

Mick Fryer-Kelsey
Park staff were all very friendly and hospitable. Trombi was an uncomfortable ride and not really re-rideable.

Liz Fryer-Kelsey
Tornado – WOW – a very smooth ride and no head banging.
Corkscrew – OW – my head was bashed about, the same as all the other corkscrews I have ever ridden. Unfortunately, the rain stopped play on the Jet Star, but I will be back again to ride that.

Jim Lawrence
Sarkanniemi a great park as always. Pity about the weather. Had the finest meal ever at the park’s rotating restaurant last night. Eating strawberry ice cream will never be the same again. It changed my life.

David Elvy 
We visited Sarkanniemi last night for an hour, as well as today. A nice Park, Tormado and Jet Star are great rides, Trombi is awful, and our first closed ride of the trip Half Pipe, shame.

Paul Hindle
30 rides on Tornado (sorry again John !!!!). By 4pm the ride staff were slapping hands with everyone I think we may have started something ! Virtually no queues all day the only down side was the poor weather. A great day nevertheless.

Owen & Alan
Lovely rain.

Rob Derman
We started our adventure at Sarkanniemi last night, great little park, excellent airtime on Tornado. Went out on the town and got lots of looks in my quiet sedate outfit J, not that I minded lots of really cute Finns staring at me. Got the remaining coaster credits at the park today while managing to stay (mostly) dry, excellent parks and excellent hospitality in Finland. Looking forward to the same on the rest of the trip!!!

John Gasper
Last night we made a quick stop at Sarkanneimi for about an hour. The park was pretty empty so Robin and I were able to get in all five coasters and the dark ride! We returned to the park this morning for an ERS on Tornado and to get the rest of the park in. The weather was rainy and one of the coasters was down causing some of the people not to get a ride on it. Rockin Ron has taught us well. Tornado is an excellent ride!!!!!! It is unlike any other inverted coaster. Robin’s wristwatch exploded today on the flying carpet ride and went flying to the ground. This is the second thing she lost, counting the earring that got taken by the spin and puke at Linnamaki. Last night we went on a pub crawl through Tampere until about 3:00 am. It never got dark the whole night. I am trying to have at least two beers for every coaster on the trip. So far so good. Tonight we get on a ferry in Turku and ride overnight to Stockholm. There is to be a dance club on the ferry so it could be another long night.

Ray Topscher / Kevin Schreiner
ERS on Tornado was a lot of fun and the train going through the station was very cool! It was a very nice park, too bad the weather hasnt been cooperating.

Ole Bredesen-Vestby
Tried out some pubs in Tampere last night, so I had a hard time this morning, but the ERS on Tornado fixed that problem J. Had a great time in the park after that, and the rain made the queues quite short. Now heading off to Stockholm

Richard Bannister
Another nice park, only downside being a slightly broken Half Pipe coaster. I made the mistake of riding Trombi a second time after getting away with it (mostly) the first time… really I should know better at this stage!

Paul Freeman
Another wet day, fortunately we had an hour in the dry at this park last night and got a lot of the coasters done then.Fortunately the park also has plenty of undercover attractions (including a Dolphin show) so the rain failed to spoil the day. The ride ops for the relatively dry morning ERS on enjoyable and very re-rideable Tornado were the best of the trip so far; fast, smiley and happy to join in – can we ship a few of them to the UK please? The park was on the edge of a lake providing a nice view from several rides, particularly Jet Star. The flying coaster was akin to being strapped in a suitcase and loaded into a tumble drier, once was enough! The (very tasty) lunch reminded me of the curry houses near work as the stew type dish was simply labeled “Meat” Still finding it weird that it never fully gets dark. Walking back from sampling a few delicious beers at a microbrewery bar at 2am this morning it was still only like twilight.

Mats Hummel
Raining a bit today, the brits must feel like home… Great ERS on a great coaster. Tornado‘s ride-ops seemed to really enjoy having us here, slapping hands really hard and loading the trains very quick (Justin have you been training the ride-ops here? 🙂 ). The Jet Star was great!

Steve Fagin
Enjoyed Sarkanniemi – despite more drizzle, the day was pleasant enough and the ERS gave full reign to those who wanted to ride Tornado to death. the ride itself was smooth and comfortable, with an exciting front-seat ride, although more speed in the final elements would sharpen up the experience considerably. Hanging by your shoulders through a barrel roll isn’t quite ideal. Going up the observation tower was worth doing (I don’t recall this in 2001). You could see the park laid out beneath you like a child’s model set, with the ride tracks snaking their primary colours against the backdrop of the nearby lake. The flying coaster was unsettling in an unpleasant sort of way. Novelties don’t pay off when they cause pain. Paul Freeman’s analogy is a good one. Overall, a nice park with friendly staff, and well worth the return visit for me.

Daniel Almer
Sarkanniemi is a really nice park with interesting coasters and nice staff. I really enjoyed the 1 hour ERS on Tornado. Especially in the backrow it is just awesome. What a pity that the Half Pipe was closed on both days, but it looks smaller than i thought. The Zamperla flying coaster is painful, one ride was enough. Our coach is very comfortable and the driver makes a good job so far!

Gester hets gheisse, i muessi mol uf schwiezerduetsch was schriebe, dem wunsch chumi natuerlich gern nache. Bis jetzt isch es wuerklich e geniali tour und i freu mi uf alles was ide noechschte taeg na folgt. Huet nacht mache mer jetzt zerst mol na party uf der faehre, juuuchuuuuu!

Ken Simmons
ERS on Tornado was great. Fortunately, most of it happened before the rain came in. The lunch was also good, but what was the meat? Reindeer?

Matthias Pies
ERS auf Tornado war echt gut. Mir hat die Bahn sehr gut gefallen. Ausserdem bekam ich endlich mal die Gelegenheit einen weiteren Jet Star zu fahren. Einfach ein toller Coaster. Der Volare Coaster faehrt sich super shlecht aber nicht so schlimm wie der im Wiener Prater. Trozdem hat mir eine Fahrt genuegt. Schade das dei Half Pipe geschlossen ist. Aber irgendwie sah der Ride nicht annaeherndso beeindruckend aus wie ich es mir vorgestellt habe.

Adam King
Hello Everybody. Day 4 and another good day at a park I cannot pronounce or spell. We actually had an hour and a bit extra last night at this park which was a good thing as many members would not have the chance to ride the Jet Star as it was closed for most of today due to the rain. Good ERS on Tornado. Very fast and efficient staff. Good meal too. The variety of meals on this trip has been a pleasant surprise. This park also had the ‘best room’ in a fun house I have ever seen. Well trippy. Overall, some good Sunday morning fun, followed by the some more ‘wetter’ Sunday afternoon fun. Just en route to the Ferry which will take us to Sweden. Extra side notes include the very enjoyable drinking session in Tampere last night and the fact that i woke this morning dreaming I was being attacked by Scooby Doo?? Whats that all about???

Steve Gzesh
Well it was a nice little park with some good rides, though the rain sure did suck! I got my #600 credit on Tornado, which was much better than I expected it to be (a worthy milestone!). Alas, I didn’t ride Jet Star last night and it didn’t run all (or most) of today, so I missed that credit, along with Half Pipe, which was also down. Morale: ride the coasters at your first opportunity ‘cuz you never know what the weather will do to ride operations! But still, the trip is a blast so far and we’ll be on the ferry to Stockholm pretty soon. Hey, now that we’re a bit further south, maybe we’ll actually see a more conventional night sky again!

Matt Crowther
Luckily I was able to ride the Jet Star and kiddie coaster the evening before, and after a couple of spins on the Tornado, I basically just took in all the indoor attractions like the aquarium and dolphin show. The park is small but pleasant, with a pretty lakeside setting. Too bad about the cool rainy weather, but I had a enjoyable day nonetheless.

Otto P.Dobnick
Hi. So far, have been able to ride all available roller coasters and dark rides. Wonderful, hospitable parks. Visit to PowerPark, seemingly far removed from any large cities, was unexpectedly surprising and enjoyable with the wooden Thunderbird and lots of other fun rides. T-bird may be the northern-most roller coaster in the world. The brewpub in Tampere was also nice with a great selection of beers. Tampere at 02:30 more lively and populated than the downtowns of many US cities. Still light out at 23:30 this far north.

 

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Day 5 – Gröna Lund, Parken Zoo

David & Susan Ellis
Another lovely visit to Grona Lund. With two coasters and the drop tower in a 2-hour ERS, free specially-printed T-Shirts, a fascinating presentation into the history of the park by Andreas, and all the other lovely unique rides, and of course the return of sunny skies, we couldn’t fail to have a superb time. The later visit to Parken Zoo to ride two off-the-shelf coasters, however, turned into a logistical nightmare for Justin, who did well to keep his cool. Talking of keeping cool, we had the hottest day today and the air-conditioning on our bus broke. Looking forward to tomorrow!

Andy Wright
A great visit to Grona Lund. We were treated like VIP’s the day was great. A good ERS on 2 coasters and a drop ride. I liked there new family coaster it was smooth and was a great addition to the park. I was not a fan of the Jetline because it hurt my back but that was not to say it was a bad coaster. A lovely sunny and enjoyable day at a lovely old park with lots of history.

Lisa & Warren Scheinin
Loved Grona Lund, as always. The new coaster, Kvasten, is a definite hit, and the trains are sooooo comfy. Of course who could forget riding the coasters at Parken Zoo while poor Justin sat under a zebra’s butt and fretted about logistics.

B. Derek Shaw
If it’s Monday, it must be Sweden. After an all night crossing from Finland, we went to Grona Lund. My third visit and even better. The new coaster is quite comfortable AND has good restraints. Vekoma, please put them on the rest of the installations. It was good to see Colleen, Douglas and Andreas. Didn’t have enought time to get on Blue Train, the dark ride. Next up, Parken Zoo. One spin on the kiddie coaster and one on the Schwartzkopf Jet Star 3. That was fun, however if logistics would have allowed, I would have preferred to stay at Grona Land.

Derek Cromarty
What day is it?

Kim Varde Lassen 
Have always wanted go to Grona Lund (and Liseberg). The view over Stockholm waters from the drop tower was amazing – best drop tower ever, and GL has two of them. I do like drop towers. Coasters were good – liked the theming of Kvasten, the Gs on Jetline and the mouse had me laughing. I’m a little worn out from yesterday’s disco marathon cruise, so I’m looking forward to a full nights sleep.

David Cornell
Wow, Grona Lund was so beautiful and sat right in the Stockholm harbor. Every ride gives as fantastic view of the city and the natural beauty around. The Jetline coaster was fantastic. A near copy of the BMRX Mountain Railway that left Portopia Land in Kobe Japan. I think I got 10 rides during our ERS. Thanks so much to the park for giving us 3 hours at the park before opening. The fun house was also a highlight. The Jacob’s Ladder stairs, rolling tunnel, roller slide and wooden rug slide are classics. Thanks so much for rebuilding it after it burned in 1985.

Don and Mon Garrison
What it is y’all! Thanks to errone for letting us hit the Jet Star. It was Mon and I’s last new credit of the trip and it would’ve been sad 🙁 missing it. Grona Lund was the lick and I nearly killed myself at least 8 different times in the fun house, whooo!!! We also enjoyed the history presentation and would like to thank our hosts for the great job. Big thanks to Vekoma for not only a great new ride but also for what are quite possibly the best coaster restraints ever. Hopefully an IAPPA award will follow! 🙂

Odd Arne Roste and Kjetil Roste Ringen
Grona Lund was a great little packed park with lots of nice rides. Excellent ERS on Kvasten and JetLine. Kvasten was better than expected and Jetline rougher than expected. Both coasters were best in the back seat. Vilda Musen was my coaster Number 200!
Grona Lund was great. Not big area and enormous effectivness of what actually was there. brilliant. Kvasten was OK. Too slow and too comfortable (hehe) awesome that the height line was 110 cm :). fun house and spookhouse was OK, though I’ve heard the Liseberg spook house is alot more scary. The Jet Star 3 wasnt really worth the 2 hours of queue, but as my coaster count only is like 60 every coaster counts…

Torrence Jenkins
Grona Land what a park, full of old charm and wonderful rides. One great Funhouse, and Dark ride! ERS on Jetline was remarkable! That Schwarzkopf coaster is smooth with an attitude! The Vilda Musen has been the best mouse on the trip so far! Parken Zoo was very small with yet another Schwarzkopf, Jet Star 3 which are becoming extinct and is a wonderful ride without seat belts.

Mike & Kammy Sislofsky
Grona Lund is really a gem of a park. It has a great history, a beautiful setting, and has a lot of neat rides. Their star coaster is the wonderful Schwarzkopf Jet Line. Smooth and fast with lots of laterals, Jet Line is one of Schwarzkopf’s best. Kvasten is a nice addition to the park, though it is no thriller, and its restraints are very comfortable — an oddity for a Vekoma ride. Besides the coasters, Grona Lund has one of the best, if not the best, remaining fun houses, and their Blue Train dark ride is a real hoot. Can’t wait to get back again — to both Grona Lund and Stockholm in general!

Tim Baldwin
Glorious sunshine; glorious Schwarzkopf, glorious park; glorious city. Then came….the zoo.
(Hi Joe! We gave up a coaster credit on a kiddie coaster to do a walking tour of Stockholm — you’d have been so proud.)

Rob Moes
It’s all about location, location, location. Million dollar views everywhere of Stockholm and the beautiful harbor from Grona Lund at Djurgarden. Wish I had been brave/foolish enough to snap pictures while on the rides. I applaud the stewardship and attention to detail in this park, where every inch of real estate has to be considered so carefully.

Jon Richins
Early (very) ship arrival in Stockholm, and by far my most favorite day of the trip so far. Two hour tour of the city was just not enough. I would like to go back for more. Grona Lund was simply a delight. Good coasters, great dark rides, and best of all, the BEST fun house I have ever laughed through.

Martha and Al Amborn
BIG Day for us. I got my 1100th coaster on the Jet Line at Grona, and it was Al’s 1142nd. What a great park Grona is! It can be considered a quintessential European park and the reason we come on these trips. The staff greeted us with food, FREE custom T-shirts, and a historical presentation. The rides are fun and like so many of these parks, are quite unique. On a personnel note, I want to thank my fellow coaster friends for helping me as I struggle somewhere between a cane and a wheelchair with my infirmity. They are a blessing!

Jerry Willard
It was the best of times; it was the worst of times. But we shall focus on the good today. Grona Lund was a great surprise. For some reason I hadn’t heard much about it. Loved Kvasten and Vilda Musen. The best of those two genres I have ever been on. Also a fun house that was the best I have been in. The slide at the end was a kick. Bonus points for the day were gained by heading over to the city and getting to walk along the water and sightsee. By far the prettiest day of the trip, both for weather and for the surroundings. Stockholm was the treasure I had been hoping for on this trip.

Rendell Bird
There have been many personal “firsts” since the last time this laptop had enough battery-power to reach the back of the coach. I had “my first” over-night ferry ride (from Turku, Finland, to Stockholm, Sweden), my first ride on an Intamin Inverted coaster, and my first visit “missed coaster” of this journey (BOO! HISS!). I do not have access to the Internet – so, I can’t check to see if Stockholm has a nickname of some manner. If not, I will apply one. If Prague is called “Paris of the East”, let me invent for Stockholm the appellation of “Paris of the North”. The architecture was often breath-taking, the people were surprisingly friendly, and the topography was simply amazing. (Oh, and they’ve got a truly European amusement park = probably only four city blocks in size but beautifully decorated with rides stacked-upon rides). After Stockholm, we ran by a small park called Parken Zoo. One of their coasters had only one operating car. It quickly became apparent that approximately only 38 people could ride per HOUR = and our group is comprised of 134 people = and we officially had 1.5 hours to spend. Oh well. You don’t win’em all. Still, the day was far from being “a failure” since it included the fun of Grona Lund and the beauty of Stockholm.

Richard Bannister
I love Grona Lund! Fantastic park; great coasters, and a superb drop tower. Never thought I’d see the day where fifteen rides on an eighty metre drop were more important to me than a roller coaster, but I guess its there. As for Parken Zoo, another classic Schwarzkopf marred only by painfully slow operations. Itd have been good if they could add a second train, but at least all those who wanted to ride were able to do so within about ninety minutes. Apologies and many thanks to all those held up by the credit whores (including me).

David Elvy
The Ferry crossing to Sweden was good, and a nice meal helped too. Grona Lund today was amazing, a 2 hour ERS on Jetline, Fritt Fall and Kvasten. An amazing City Park, great Weather today too. Stockholm looked great too.

Paul Hindle
A great park at Grona Lund lots of rides especially on JetLine. Beer very expensive but thats Sweden. A bit of a cock-up at Parken Zoo a Schwarkzopf Jet Star 2 with one car and a capacity of 51 pph. Pity.

Thomas Enders
Nach der Ueberfahrt mit der Faehre nach Schweden stand heute Grona Lund auf dem Programm. Der Park ist direkt am Meer gelegen und man hat einen super Blick von den Coastern auf den Hafen und die Skyline von Stockholm. Highlight ist eindeutig der Schwarzkopf Coaster. Kvasten, der neue Vekoma Coaster und Vilda Musen liegen aber auch ueber dem Durchschnitt.

Nick Bowler
Fun ferry crossing from Finland. Good food and company on board. Grona Land was good. Vilda Musen was excellent and Jetline was also good if not a bit rough. The less said about Parken Zoo the better. At least I rode the apple coaster !!

Bob Clark
Grona Land Excellent park in the centre of Stockholm within superb views of the city from the rides. Plus the superb Schwarzkopf Jetline Coaster. A great day out in superb sunshine.

Adam King
Guten Tag Ferry crossing was great fun with most of us enjoying a rather good buffet which included unlimited beer and wine. Not much sleep was had due to partying like a rock star in the ferrys disco to the wee hours. Beer, lack of sleep and ferry = head like a bag of spanners in morning!! Grona Land was superb and we were treated very well by the park. Jet Line Schwarzkopf was very good. The park had two tower rides which offered very picturesque views of Stockholm. Kvasten is a ride that fits the park very well. Parken Zoo was an interesting evening indeed. Going back to the hotel now for some chippy chips, spaghetti hoops and a crunchie!!!!! Until next time pop pickers . . . .

John Gasper
Last night we took the ferry to Stockholm. As I anticipated some of us were in the Disco until 3:30 am which then allowed us 3 hours of sleep since we had to get off the boat at 6:30 am. There was a 1 hour time change for the good, but it happened overnight so it was as confusing as the state of Indiana. It was a pretty good time, but nowhere near as great as the night we spent at the Stock Exchange in Leeds in 1996. We were awake in time to stand on the deck and watch the approach into Stockholm. It appears to be a beautiful city. I wish we could have spent a day there. Today we went to Grona Lund. This is a wonderful old park with some really great old rides! The highlights included the last Schwarzkopf built coaster Jetline, a crazy mutated long wild mouse, two dark rides and another fantastic funhouse. There were all sorts of things inside where one could sustain a major injury , but I emerged unscathed. We went to Parken Zoo later today and tried to get rides on their two coasters, but there were issues so we each got one coaster. Counting the mini Europe trip with TPR I now have 30 new coasters on this trip and could end with 58. This means I will ride my 600th coaster on this trip, but I wont know when it is because I have not updated my count before I left home.

George Greenway
Yesterday was a soft day, rain allowed as extended ERS in the bar then onto the overnight ferry. Some of our group opted to disco the night away. I tried to get some sleep in a vibrating bed, occasionally listing to the left or right. The wake up call was in soft knock on the door with a fist, followed by coffee for breakfast. Onto Grona Lund, translated as green grove. An absolutely fabulous compact park. We were presented with coffee and sandwiches and a great history of the park talk. We were let loose in the park on the coasters 2 hours before the public. The weather has now picked up wonderfully, sunny and high 20s. we headed of for Parken Zoo, obviously added into the trip for the credit whores on the trip, it had a big apple and a Schwarzkopf. we arrived at the park with 1 hour left before the park closed at 6. The Jet Star was running 1 train and the cycle time was over 4 mins, and they were only loading 3 people in a 6 car train. This gave a throughput of 45 people per hour! It would take 3 hours to get the group through. The park very kindly offered to keep running the train until we had all got a ride, a very big thank you to all the staff who stayed on to operate the ride. With the help of members quick loading we got the cycle time down to 3 mins. It was a pity that people were asked to abandon riding the coaster in favour of getting back to the hotel early.

Mats Hummel
Being my local park I may not be the right person to have any opinions about it. Grona Lund has shown us the way to spend a day in Stockholm. Thanks Annika and Andreas for letting us be entertained today.

Paul Freeman
We arrived in Sweden this morning and I have once again proved that overnight ferries give me symptoms very similar to a huge hangover 😉
The staff at Grona Lund gave us an interesting talk about the park and its rides, as well as breakfast and a t-shirt.Then we had a nice long 2 hour ERS on Jetline, Fritt Fall and Kvasten, enough time to get plenty of rides in. This allowed a relaxing remainder of the day, handy as it’s been around 26 degrees and very sunny all day. Kvasten’s not designed to be the most thrilling ride, but it has great theming and excellent view across the river that park is situated alongside. After what could be described “functional” architecture in Finland the city of Stockholm provided a much more pleasing backdrop to the park. Other rides made the most of the parks waterside setting as well, especially the wave swinger which was on a pierhead over the water. It was strange to see ferries going past beneath you as you span round. Parken Zoo : Rode a big apple coaster then stood around a lot.

Lars Soresen
First of all Stockholm is a very beautiful city, and I think that Grona Lund is the right park to be in the city. Jetline was really good, and the drop tower as well. Kvasten is a family coaster therefore not that thrilling, but Wow! those trains are good, really roomy. The fun house was, well fun! Vilda Musen was also great, nice turns and drops. Really nice park. Definitely not the last time I will be visiting the park. Parken Zoo; Rode the big apple

Steve Fagin
Firstly, thumbs up to Annika and Andreas at Grona Lund for providing an enjoyable intro talk to the group. To be honest, I often switch off during these, but this presentation was both funny and enjoyable. The two-hour ERS that followed offered plenty of opportunity to ride your choice of seats on the park’s two main coasters, with the back being my position of choice on Jetline. This was a good ride, and I liked the surprisingly steep second drop. It was also good to set foot in a funhouse – don’t get to do those very often – and this one had enough traditional elements to make it worthwhile.

Dave Hall
Thanks to Grona Lund for an excellent reception – Scandi-style hospitality you get nowhere else in the world. New Vekoma Family coaster is a great addition for them. Looking forward to our reward for not riding at Parken Zoo….

Daniel Almer
I really should not have drunken that much on the overnight ferry 😉 Thanks a lot to Grona Lund for that great day. They really cared well about us! This park is so wonderful, I felt in love to it. Florian, Dirk and me had also a short visit to Junibacken to ride their special darkride. It really was worth the money and it is just a short walk from Grona Lund. Stockholm is a lovely city I would like to have a closer look at sometime.

Ken Simmons
Yesterday evening and today ran together with the ferry ride from Finland to Sweden. The overnight ride provided for quite a scenic view with so many islands being around the ferry. Upon our arrival in Stockholm, easily the most beautiful city I’ve ever been in, we were off to Grona Lund, which was a great old park. Jetline is an incredible coaster from the master, Anton Schwarzkopf, with the second drop being its best moment. Vilda Musen is a great wild mouse of sorts from Gerstlauer, and its interaction with the trains on Jetline makes for some great viewing.

Dirk Lather
Whow, was fuer ein toller Tag. Auf Groena Lund freute ich mich wie verueckt und ich wurde nicht entaeuscht. Wir wurden sehr nett empfangen, haben etwas ueber die Geschichte des Parks erfahren und dann gab es auch noch einen Snack sowie ein Extra T Shirt fuer den ECC. Zwischendurch sind wir noch schnell rueber nach Junibacken gelaufen um den sensationellen Dark Ride zu erleben. Ich haette mich geaergert, wenn ich diesen ausgelassen hatte. Anschliessend ging es noch nach Parken Zoo, dort steht der fuer mich erste Jet Star von Schwarzkopf. Leider hatte die Bahn nur einen Wagen fuer je 3 Personen im Einsatz und ich rechnete damit, dass wir gleich wieder zurueck zum Bus mussten. Dann kam aber Justin und teilte uns allen mit, dass der Park auf jeden Fall noch jeden fahren lassen wuerde. Zwischenzeitlich war einigen die Wartezeit jedoch zu lange, so zogen sie sich aus der Q zurueck. Ich konnte mit einigen dann doch noch diesen historischen Coaster erleben, was am Ende irgendwie ploetzlich falsch gewesen sein soll. Entweder verstehe ich die Englaender nicht, oder ich verstehe nicht genug englisch. Trotzdem toller Tag mit nicht so schoenem Ende.

Joe Sturek
Grona Lund was an excellent park in an excellent location. Their hospitalility and attractions were noteworthy. The visit to Parken Zoo was full of drama, needlessly.

Lace Patton
Well, after much trepidation, I found the ferry ride to be nothing to worry about – in fact it was quite pleasant – I especially appreciated the darkness in the cabin. Stockholm is BEAUTIFUL – no more than 5 minutes after arrival it was determined that it is a city which must be visited in the future. Many thanks to the staff at Gruna Lund for their generosity – the shirts were a wonderful and unexpected treat. I loved the Mouse! This park has a wonderful mix of rides in a beautiful city – what more could you ask for. As for the stop at Parken Zoo, I have no complaints related to the circumstances – I will always be thankful for the opportunity to be able to participate in these trips. Any frustration on my part is simply due to the behavior of others which is not something that I can control.

Ole Bredesen-Vestby
What a nice park Grona Lund was. Jet-Line was the best coaster in my opinion. And the drop tower Fritt Fall, well I usually don’t do those kind of rides, but this I did 6 times. A really good ride. Afterwards we did a short stop in Parken Zoo where we that counts got a couple of more credits. Tomorrow is my home park, Tusenfryd. Will be fun to do that with this gang.

Ray Topscher / Kevin Schreiner
The ferry trip (which can only be described as unpleasant at best) behind us, we headed for Grona Lund, a lovely park. We really appreciated the sandwiches and beverages and loved hearing about the history of the park. The shirts were a wonderful bonus! It wouldve been nice to have seen more of Parken Zoo.

Malcolm Marr
Gronalund was awesome! Swedish weather is better than the Finnish; we have sun now! Congratulations to Martha on having ridden 12 coasters, but why count in binary? Parken Zoo was also awesome where we got an interesting insight into what makes some people tick. Disappointed that the shop only sold cute furry snakes, I wanted a realistic rubber one to assist Huckle address his fear of them.

Keith Johnson
Finally, the weather conditions were perfect! Gronalund was as special as it was to me when I had my first visit to the park. The staff at the park was outstanding along with its coasters. I need to quit bitching so much.

Chris Hull
Wonderful hospitality at Gronalund and an enjoyable visit. A park with history and a great selection of attractions. The new coaster represents a nice new family attraction to the park. Thanks to Annika and Andreas for making our visit memorable. The journey stop-off/rest at Parken Zoo offered an additional 2 coasters to those who considered it important enough to add them to their counts. Curious to see which members were considerate to their fellow members and those that weren’t.

Lutz
A big cheer to Annika and Andreas. They made the visit to Grona Lund special.

Jeff Holmes
What a fantastic park Gronalund is with plenty of history and great coasters including Jetline and the wild mouse. Stockholm looks like a beautiful city and is lucky to have such a great park on its doorstep. Mr Worts keep up we are now in Sweden…..

andycoasterboy
A great collection of rides with a greater history and with it came the sunny weather.

Bob & Mike Englander
Beautiful weather, a very good ride session on 2 fun coasters, a terrific fun house (had to go back and do it a second time); in short, a good blend of the old and the new in a wonderful city park.

Terry Jarvis
Gronalund is quite simpley fantasic! By far one of the best parks on the tour!

Pjotr Everts
This was my second visit to Grona Lund. After this visit I’m even more sure this is one of my favourite parks, it has great rides, wonderful atmosphere and an even better location in the heart of Stockholm. There were two coasters there that were new for me, Vilda Musen and Kvasten. Both rides are very good, at fit very well in Grona Lund. I can’t wait for my next visit.

Coastin’ Carl Ragan
The weather cooperated today; the past few days have been rainy in Stockholm. Both Annika and Andreas of Grona Lund were really kind to give us shirts and refreshments along with a history lesson. Kvasten was a great little ride from Vekoma with the new over-the-lap restraints. The Jetline and Vilda Musen Mouse were quite fun along with the Fritt Fall. I picked up some Swedish candy here. And the fun house was absolute madness fun. Never have I went through such a maze with very unique obstacles culminating in a thrilling wooden slide in the end. The sea front was very beautiful with ships and boats passing each other for a sail. The blue train had some interesting elements to it, also interesting. Alas we come to Parken Zoo, where we all were in line for one Jet Star 3, running one car, holding 3 people, queuing up 2 hrs having only 1 hr … you do the math. In the end, my compatriots and I begged the ride operators of the Big Apple as well to let us ride it before they went home. CAFI (Credit & Forget It) P.S. I got your lakrits BTW!

Patrick Flumet
Quelle reception mes amis! Grona Lund est definitivement un des meilleurs park situe au coeur d’une ville.
Beaucoup de varietes dans le choix des attractions et bien sur deux nouveaux coaster depuis ma derniere visite. Cette journee merite bien le retour du soleil…
Parken Zoo ne tient vraiment pas la comparaison.

Rob Hill
To start, the greeting from the staff was top-notch, as they gave us a wonderful shirt and a very interesting history of the park. Secondly, the weather could not be better! Perfect! As is how I feel about Grona Lund Tivoli and their coaster Jetline! Awesome! Two hours of ERS on this and the new coaster was a perfect way to start the day after our great ride to Sweden on the ferry.

Tim Galvelis 
Great ferry ride, again; Just wish I could’ve managed more than 3 1/2 hours of sleep. Anyway, Grona Lund was fantastic, just as it was on the last trip. Jetline is still running great, but BMRX(Knightmare) is the better Schwarzkopf of this style. That’s not putting down either coaster though, as they’re both Top Ten to me. Thanks to Grona Lund for the wonderful, specially made, t-shirts, they’re great. Good Luck with Kvasten, and I can’t wait to come back again.

Peter W Oakes
The ferry exceeded my expectations. kept thinking I was on a cruise ship. However I didnt like the stuffy cabin.

Grona Lund was great. We got a very freindly welcome with free food/drink and a special free T shirt. The weather was great. The rides were great and the park is well blessed with the breathtaking scenery surrounding it. Great ghost train and fun house. One problem was a long queue for a loo.

Mick Fryer-Kelsey
Gronaland surprised us with t-shirts for the day of our visit. The ‘broomstick’ coaster was a very smooth coaster. Beautiful day, park busy and we enjoyed it. At Parken Zoo I rode the apple coaster.

Liz Fryer-Kelsey
Grona Lund was good, the new flying coaster was smooth and fun. Jetline was speedy, same as in 2003. The park were very welcoming and the talk about the historical rides was very interesting.
Parken Zoo was interesting and I didn’t get to ride either of the coasters in the end. Hello Mouse family.

Martin Valt
Grona Lund and Vekoma have a real winner in Kvasten. I anticpate many more of these coasters appearing in the next few years. Hi to Julie and Lol.

Hector Jimenez
Grona Lund is another great park. The park has a beatiful location with a great view of Stockholm as well as some wonderful coasters. Jet Line and the mouse are a lot of fun. The new Vekoma, Kvasten, is so good that I am sure we will see many more coasters of this type in the future.

Yvonne Janik
We had perfect weather for Grona Land, and it was a joy to see a park with such history and beauty. The mouse was my favorite steel mouse in my coaster life of riding mouse rides – what fun! We had to hurry at Parken Zoo, which was real shame. I wish we had the time to see more – I must come back again.

Jeppe Nygaard
Yesterday was the ferry ride from Finland to Sweden, which was a nice trip and good fun, but the expectations were quite overrated for me. I arrived with little sleep at Grona Land today, but we had lovely weather for this superb park. The introduction for the park this morning was well-arranged, fun, and informative. The park ran 3 rides for us for 2 hours for an extended ERS – very generous. I loved the 3 main coasters Jetline, Vilda Musen, and Kvasten. All in all this was a perfect day at a perfect park.

Stor hilsen til jer derhjemme i dk… 🙂

Andy Costin
Zzzzz(pop!). Grona Lund – all great hospitality. Kvasten was a great, smooth family ride. Jetline and the mouse were good. Weather was bloody hot – makes a change from yesterday. Now back to sleep..zzzzzz…

‘Berklee’ Bill Buckley
Grona Lund – where to start and what is there to say that hasn’t been said already? Fantastic traditional park on waterfront property in one of the world’s most beautiful cities. Throw in a killer fun house, glass-smooth Schwarzkopf and a great ghost house and you have a park day for the memory books. Out of all of the parks and cities around the world I’ve been to, this is one city/park combo I would absolutely like to return to. A++!

CGII Guys (Dan & Chris)
The ferry ride to Sweden was very cool. A very good buffet and bars. Grona Lund was bad ass! A great Schwarzkopf, Wild Mouse, walk thru Dark Rides and Fun House. An excellent old time park with a pretty good selection of rides, not to mention buying Motorhead flip flops. Parken Zoo, uuuuh….. too long of waits to ride the coasters so we checked out the zip lines, suspension bridge and slides.

Martha Andrews
Loved the ferry ride. Loved Grona Land. The Jetline was a lot of fun. Ghosthouse was very cool. I liked the mouse too. I could have spent more time there.
Parken Zoo was just trying to get at least one credit, so I got the kiddie coaster credit. It was a rare beautiful day weather wise. Another great day on this tour!

Gordon Taylor
Great fun ferry,but not much sleep. Grona Lund is still the Knoebels of Europe; here’s how to keep a traditional park traditional but keep it modern. Still the best advert for Sweden out there, if not Europe. Gr8 country, park and people..Maybe I will move here one day..Get a woodie and I’ll seriously consider it!

Cal Jones
Great weather for once, and a combined ERS on Jetline, Kvasten and the drop tower soon woke us up despite little sleep on the ferry. We had really great hospitality from Grona Lund and the park is wonderful. Good fun house and some nice little dark rides as well as the coasters. Jetline is awesome.

The second stop at Parken Zoo was less successful since they were only running one car on the Jet Star, and loading three people at a time instead of six. I didn’t bother queueing but had fun on the adventure playground instead. Hi Fred!

Mette Doving
What a great day at Grona Lund, beautiful weather in a beautiful park. After breakfast and a nice presentation, it was of to 2 hours of ERS on 3 rides. Loved the new ride Kvasten, great view from the front seat, but I think I liked the back seat best. Great seats and nice lapbars. Really good theming as well. The Fritt Fall was the best of its kind I ever been on. Loads of airtime, and great view as well. Not so long since my last visit at Grona Lund, but I will for sure be back in not to long. Thanks to everyone at the park for such a great day:-) Short little stop at Parken Zoo, did at least get one count, and that’s more or less all to say about that place.

Nina Kleppe
Had a great day at Grona Lund. Finally it stopped raining and the sun was shining all day. The ERS was good. I loved the Droptower Fritt Faall, which had a nice view over the city before it dropped us 80 meters down to the ground again. Wonderful. The Jet Line was really intense ride, and the Kvasten was a nice little coaster. Vilda Musen was wild. Then we stopped at Parken Zoo to get 2 extra credits, but I only got to do Jet Star because they only used 1 car, and the on and offload was awfully slow. Terrible.

 

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Day 6 – Tusenfryd

Simon Baynham
SpeedMonster, nice ride with two Stengel Turns (as seen on Expedition GeForce) I enjoyed ThunderCoaster too, though the vibration was unwelcome. Liseberg tomorrow…

Chris Hull
My return visit to Tusenfryd since being here in 2003. ThunderCoaster running so much better. SpeedMonster fits perfectly into the park and is a great addition. Highlight was seeing Darren riding it. Congrats! A really enjoyable day.

Malcolm Marr
Tusenfryd was awesome. SpeedMonster is fast and ThunderCoaster isn’t as bad as last time. Teeny Weeny Riley still rocks! Keith bottled my slushy induced brain freeze race today but has vowed to do it tomorrow.

Keith Johnson
Had an absolutely wonderful time in Tusenfyrd. I loved SpeedMonster and ThunderCoaster.

Jeff Holmes
Well done Norway for having such a great park with 2 fantastic coasters. Congrats to Paul Worts for finding the beer for us even though it was pricey.

Coastin’ Carl Ragan
Lots of steep walking in this park … all worth it. After a brief early downpour, the sun poked its head through the clouds. I hear ThunderCoaster is nearly as good as when it first opened, and Intamin’s launched SpeedMonster did not disappoint. Certainly tame in the launch department; I figure the ride is just right. Tusenfryd was a bit unprepared for us at lunch, all in all it was a wonderful day. Looking forward to a kiss BTW!

andycoasterboy
Norway today and Tusenfryd – home of SpeedMonster which is a great ride and a big well done to Darren on riding his first launched coaster.

Kats.
Wonderful day at Tusenfryd despite a very wet start. Two great coasters and great views of the Norwegian countryside. Thanks to Jeppe for giving me a warm fleece for ERT. My coachmate tells me the trolls were very friendly!

Mike & Bob Englander
Slightly worried on the drive to the park with the rain coming down, but it stopped and just threatened enough to keep the number of locals down and the park relatively empty for us. Great coasters in SpeedMonster and Thundercoaster. Loved the two s-turns on SpeedMonster. I want to see more of these.

Darren and Mary
Today Darren rode a launch rocket type coaster, and then proceeded to ride it again. A really nice park, friendly helpful staff, the time passed so quickly. It was worth the long journey.

Andy Costin
Brilliant day at Tusenfryd! ‘Nuff said!

Terry Jarvis
Absolutely loved Speedmonster with its unquie element of lauching you into a loop entering from the top. Thundercoaster also has plenty of airtime, Great day had by all!

James “Spinner” Hannaford
Another Great Park and another great Trip full of surprises. Nice welcome by staff and Ride Staff joined in with the ERS. I only realised a couple of days ago that today would be my 500th Coaster this turned out to be SpeedMonster and what a ride. And when u talk to others that have visited this park on previous trips u realise how little space they had to play with. Well Done Tusenfryd!!!!

Patrick Flumet
Encore un super park avec deux ERS sur SpeedMonster, un launched plutot bon et Thundercoaster , qui malgre les sections refaites, n’est pas redevenu le magic woodie de mon premier passage. une fois de plus l’accueil est juste incroyable…

Mick Fryer-Kelsey
Tusenfryd, still one of my favourite parks. SpeedMonster very thrilling ride and I’m sure it’s an asset to the park. Thundercoaster certainly rides better than in 2003. Thanks to the staff and management for making our visit enjoyable.

Liz Fryer-Kelsey
SpeedMonster was very smooth at the beginning of the ride, but the end section was disappointing for me, as my ears were bashed by the restraints. Thundercoaster was enjoyable, and I did not think it was any rougher than in 2003. Wish they could have the same comfy seats on the Grand National at Blackpool. Corkscrew bashed my ears, but then I knew it would, but I had to ride it for the Mouse Family at home. Great day at the park.

Martin Valt
SpeedMonster is excellent. Alton Towers, just what were you thinking? Richard Bannister has only ridden 1000 coasters. Poor dear. Love to Julie and Lol.

Hector Jimenez
Martin just woke me up to type a report. More to follow…..

Tonny Schonewille
Today was Tusenfryd in Norway. The weather was quite awful on the way to the park, but fortunately we didn’t have too much rain during the day. It was nice to see a *themed* attraction on the trip. All the stories about how expensive Norway is are true, but it’s been a wonderful day. Oh, Thundercoaster rocks and the roughness is no problem!

Pjotr Everts
Today I got to ride ThunderCoaster again. I heard alot of people say it had gotten horribly rough. It is indeed, but I expected much worse. The middle middle seats were quite bearable. All in all a nice day at TusenFryd.

Tim Galvelis
Tusenfryd on a rainy day, and we basically had the park to ourselves. SpeedMonster is absolutely amazing; ThunderCoaster has gotten better; and the park, overall, is wonderful.

Rob Hill
Tusenfryd is a wonderful park! SpeedMonster and ThunderCoaster were excellent and SuperSplash was the best water coaster ever! Definitely a park worth spending an entire day at. And we lucked out with the weather.

Peter W Oakes.
The three coasters were great. Snd the Supersplash was great. i enjoyed the viking show. Tusenfryd is a great park I can’t complain.

Bill ‘Buck’ Buckley
Quite odd to realize that today (the 17th) was the middle of July. The cool weather lent an air of Autumn to the event. ERT reminded me of Knoebels’ Phall Phun Phest…i.e., excellent coaster riding in the cool night air. Today really put the concept of “Coolest Coasters” into perspective!!

CIIG Guys
Tusenfryd is a great park with an excellent staff. SpeedMonster is one of the best rockets and the Vekoma is one of the smoothest around. Yes, I used Vekoma and smooth in the same sentence. The meal was excellent too (even the horse meat). Great day minus the rain.

Cal Jones
Tusenfryd is a great park. Very friendly staff and top rides. SpeedMonster is awesome and Thundercoaster, though rough, was packed with airtime and very re-rideable.

Gordon Taylor
Die seex.The greatests day..except for those CGI losers who keep following us about. They even show up at our same hotel every night. SpeedMonster is a real blast; LOVE it. Again amazing hospitaliy, the nicest staff and a very tasty lunch. Quiet park today so lots of rides for us. Many thanks, and thanks to Tord for the ice cream!YUM!

Martha Andrews
I really enjoyed SpeedMonster. I thought ThunderCoaster was alright, just that damn black bar was painful. All in all I had a nice day.

Nina Kleppe
Today we where at my lokal park in my home country. First time in park with the club. Speedmonster is a good ride, but Thundercoaster was still too rough. But it needs new trains. Now. Send et par nye tog til Tusenfryd med en gang. Fun with the ERS on Speedmonster and Thundercoaster. Had a nice day at the park. So now we’re of to Sweden again, and Liseberg tomorrow.

Mette Doving
I dag var vi hjemme igjen i Tusenfryd. Daarlig vaer, men det gjorde ihvertfall at koene var kortere. SpeedMonster var som vanlig veldig bra. Fikk tatt den flere ganger baede under ERS og foer paa dagen. Kult med ERS paa Teeny Weeny ogsaa. ThunderCoaster var litt bedre enn i fjor, men vi trenger nye tog, please faa de til neste aar:-) TAkk for en flott dag, naa paa vei til neste stopp, Liseberg.

Yvonne Janik
I loved my first visit to Norway and Tusenfyrd – what a clean, festive park. I especially enjoyed ThunderCoaster for its many seconds of airtime. I also found the Viking ride creative, unique, and enjoyable. The park staff members were friendly and efficient, the management team was generous and kind, and the souvenirs were abundant.

David & Susan Ellis
Today was Tusenfryd, a hilly park set in some pretty wooded landscape just south of Oslo. We had 9 hours in the park and enjoyed the coasters and other rides, with two hours of exclusive riding in the evening, one hour on SpeedMonster, an Intamin rocket coaster with a custom layout, and one hour on both Teeny Weeny (the world’s smallest coaster at 8ft tall) and ThunderCoaster, a wooden coaster with a steep drop. ThunderCoaster had been re-tracked since we rode it in 2003, and was much better, with some of the fun that it had when it opened in 2001. A great day, with a few showers, but occasionally the sun even made an appearance! Liseberg tomorrow…should be another great day.

Becky & Peter Jackson
What a fantastic day, 9 hours in the park and apart from the occasional spot of rain we had a great time. We had an ERS on SpeedMonster (Rocket coaster) & another ERS on ThunderCoaster. Both are very good coasters!! The buffet that the park provided was also very good… We has a great day & tomorrow should be great too at Liseberg (which has Balder!!)

Cheri & Bob Armstrong
We arrived at TusenFryd today, our only park in Norway. This park has more hills then any park I have visited. We had a great lunch today, including some local foods. The SpeedMonster was a fun launch coaster with many interesting elements. We found the ThunderCoaster a bit rough. Hard rain for a short time in the afternoon kept us undercover for a time, but cleared for more riding.

B. Derek Shaw
Dagen er Din! I think it means a day of fun and boy did we have one. In spite of spotty weather, we had 9 hours to experience everything Tusenfryd had to offer including two ERS’s!! The SpeedMonster was the way launch coasters should all be – smooth, fun and lots of action. It is better than Hersheypark’s Storm Runner. Elton John once sang, “The Bitch Is Back”. That’s true about Thundercoaster, the wooden gem. On the 2001 trip it was outstanding. In 2003 it was crap and now, four years later,it is on a decent rebound. The new tracking on the second hill and added tunnel have combined to deliver 85% of it’s original performance. If the Intamin trains were replaced with new IMPROVED trains, it would be remedied. Gee…I wonder who we know who could solve their problem,,,
As we left the park, the rain kicked in again. We’re journeying south to Gothenburg. More in the next installment.

Derek Cromarty
Zzzzzz!

Maggy Linka
Lots of fun today inspite of the weather, which was a mix of heavy rain, light drizzle, sunshine and wind. The group is beginning to compare coaster-trip-related injuries: bumps, bruises, sore ribs, scraped hands, skinned knees, and cramping leg muscles. Sure sign that a lot of riding is being done! Park items are really expensive. A glass of beer was $10; a t-shirt was $30. But most everyone seems to be coping well, and spirits are good. Coasters were great today, and a Viking ship simulator ride was great fun as well. Got soaked on the water coaster, but dried out eventually late in the day. Great being with friends–new and old.

Kim Varde Lassen
Day was spent with my ridng buddies and we did all the rides in the park, I think. Speedmonster….good, Thundercoaster…..better, both super coasters. Roll Over was a freaky ride. The fact that it made all the blood in my body run to my head was nothing compared to the sensation of the thing shaking and rattling like it was going collapse any second. Very funny.

Andy Wright
Our day started with a long journey to Norway for Tusenfryd The day was long and hills everyware to get to rides. SpeedMonster looked great one of the rides which I came here for. I didn’t like the back ride but once ridden again this time at the front it was a lot better ride. The ERS in the evening was on that coaster and the Wooden ThunderCoaster and that was a good ride too. Another great day at a Scandi Tour and roll on day 7 for Liseberg. I am so enjoying the trip. One last thing hello Thomas & Charlotte-Emily daddy is missing you lots.

Mike Thompson
The laptop never made it to me yesterday, so I have some catching up to do. The overnight ferry was more fun than expected. I hung out with several of the Brits and a handful of Americans at the Sports Bar and the Disco. Got a whopping 3 hours of sleep that night, but it was fun. Stockholm looks incredible. Wish we had time to explore it. Grona Lund was terrific. Loved the funhouse and the Blue Train dark ride. TusenFryd was also terrific. The morning rain helped keep the crowds away. SpeedMonster and ThunderCoaster were both better than I had expected. Hi Al. Wish you were here.

Rendell Bird
We left Sweden bright-n-early this morning on our way to Norway’s Tusenfryd amusement park. The entire park is built into the side of a hill. I have officially sworn to never complain about Dorney Park, Dollywood, or Silver Dollar City ever again. Tusenfryd had sections of their park which were nearly vertical. But that made the addition of some great “terrain coasters” rather easy. SpeedMonster (Intamin launched coaster) was suprisingly good. ThunderCoaster (Vekoma wooden coaster) was easily my favorite of the Vekoma woodies I’ve ridden – surpassing Loup Garou / Werewolf at Walibi Wavre (previiously known as Six Flags Belgium); and Robin Hood at the park which used to be called Six Flags Holland. Vekoma’s trains have a tendency to wallow in the turns, but the layout was was filled with airtime hills. I enjoyed my cold rainy day in Norway. Now, we’re on the road to Goteborg, Sweden, for the night.

Jon Richins
Our only foray into Norway brought the cold rain. Riding two great coasters, ThunderCoaster and SpeedMonster, how in the hell did the Vikings do it? Still, a pretty good day. Getting a bit homesick, and missing my bed.

Rob Moes
Tusenfryd definitely wins the gold medal for best aerobic workout park. Overall very high quality park with sophisticated rides. I love the triangular skeleton that makes up the backbone of the Intamin coasters–some great fake-out moments when you think the track will be taking you one direction and it ends up going the other way instead. Concessions were high-priced, even considering the rest of Scandi so far: 200 NKr for a T-shirt! Overall the day was much nicer than expected based on the iffy weather. Looking forward to Liseberg!

Mike & Kammy Sislofsky
This was our third visit to TusenFryd, and it has improved each time we have come, despite its hilly terrain. ThunderCoaster has definitely improved since our visit in 2003, but it is not quite as wild and smooth as it was in 2001. SpeedMonster is a very nice addition to this park, and the park seems to have added more food stands/restaurants, more flowers and shrubs, and more color. Dagen er din!

Torrence Jenkins
Tusenfryd built in very hilly terrain which was incorporated into the design of Thundercoaster. Thundercoaster delivered the most intense positive G forces yet. SpeedMonster contained a very interesting loop, nicked named the Norweigen Loop. The park was not very crowded and two hour ERS closed out yet another great day.

Kjetil Roste Ringen
good old Tusenfryd… rode the Loopen when I was 4 years old (my first coaster) and well… hard for me to say it kinda suck nowdays. SpeedMonster was (and IS) great. Thundercoaster‘s speed is like.. oh my god, but its not comfortable anymore 🙁 anyways, its very funny though. Teeny Weeny is always fun, as well as Dragon and Supersplash 🙂 great food, easy to understand the language, great park!!

Odd Arne Roste
Tusenfryd is my home park and I was happy to see Thundercoaster was better than the last year, and faster. But it still need new cars. Fun with ERS on Teeny-weeny. But SpeedMonster is now the really hot coaster here. I like it more and more. Excellent. really good food too I love “spekemat med eggerore”.

David Cornell
It was fun to return to Tusenfryd. SpeedMonster was worth the trip. It has the same seats as Maverick at Cedar Point but they did not insist on pushing the bar down farther than was needed to fasten the belt. The sound effects are similar to Top Thrill Dragster but the launch is very gentle. On this visit the Viking Village was open. The ring toss onto the erotic totem was interesting. I did not try the stilts. I did not want to risk an injury before the end of the trip. Thundercoaster has improved greatly since 2003. The retracking has increased the speed at least 10mph and there is air time on nearly every hill. Unfortunately the Vekoma cars with the metal bars on both sides of your legs make the ride most painful and unpleasant. I asked the two guys from GCI traveling with us if they can fix this coaster. They did not reply. Back to Sweden now.

Lisa Scheinin
So nice to be back at this park. Even nicer to find that ThunderCoaster is much better than it was a few years ago. It is almost — but not quite — as good as it was in its inaugural year. SpeedMonster is very good — a launch that doesn’t feel like it’s ripping your face off, nice twisting drops and even some air time. Even Warren liked it and rode it more than once (the acid test for a good coaster). BTW we both nominate Tusenfryd for the title of Park with the Most Trash Cans Per Square Foot.

Andreas and Mechthild Namyslo
Tusenfryd today! It was the third visit to this park for us. We enjoyed the park as we always did. What we are very happy about is that Thundercoaster is on its way back to the glory of its old days when we first rode it in 2001. This shows how much Tusenfryd cares about its coasters. It would be nice if other parks did the same. All in all Tusenfryd is a park we definitely want to come back to.

Bob Clark
Thundercoaster was a great coaster in a superb park. SpeedMonster has become my favourite small launched coaster – the transitions made for a great ride experience.

David Elvy
Tusenfryd today was great, the weather stopped play briefly but on the plus side of this, the Park was quiet which meant lots of rides. SpeedMonster was the highlight, a very unique rocket coaster. A great day.

Paul Hindle
The clouds kept the crowds away – the whole day was like an ongoing ERS. Enjoyed a rocket coaster that actually did something other than go up & down. The woodie Thundercoaster was great – odd to have one that rode better in the back than in the front – how do you get so much airtime in the back car??

Thomas Enders
Der heutige Tag in Tusenfryd hat trotz schlechtem Wetter viel Spass gemacht. Mit SpeedMonster und Thundercoaster hat hat der Park auch zwei Top Coaster zu bieten, die wir in der ERS zum Abschluss auch noch ausgiebig fahren konnten.

Alan & Owen Rees
Wonderful day, with a splendid scenery to add a touch of class, and buckets of good rides to die for. SpeedMonster was a big surprise – so smooth!! And Thundercoaster a classic contrast, loud and bumpy = loads of fun!!

Rob Derman
My best friend Dawn would be proud of me. a very hilly park gave me quite an aerobic workout, so I could get a good workout while getting my air time. an early rain in the day kept the crowds away from an amazing park with a great launch coaster (the best coaster of the trip so far) and a woodie with air time to die for. of course superb customer service as has been the case at all the nordic parks we have visited. Six Poles could certainly learn from them.

John Gasper
Today we visited Tusenfryd in Oslo Norway. They had an excellent steelie and and excellent woodie!!! SpeedMonster is super smooth and easily re-ridable. One of my top steel coasters with inversions. Thundercoaster was on the wild side with lots of air time. Rockin Ron would love this one since he is not bothered by the more rowdy ones. We had horse for lunch today. Patti would really like this. Last night was quiet and tonight will be also because of our late arrivals to the hotels, so I am way behind on my beer drinking. Lou aka Brit-chick, I forgot to mention that I rode the Tornado at Sarkanniemi for you a few times as you requested. Barbara, dont forget to pick me up at the airport on Tuesday night. Alexis, I love you. Bye!

Dirk Lather
Nach 2 Jahren war ich mal wieder in Tusenfrzd und bin abolut gluecklich. Der Park hat sich mit SpeedMonster einen grossen Gefallen getan, er passt hierher wie die Faust auf das Auge. Ansonsten braucht der Park dringend ein Transport System, denn nach einigen Runden bin ich hier genauso fertig wie im Fort Fun. Die beiden ERS waren absollut spitze, heute habe ich sogar alles richtig gemacht! (glaube ich) 🙂 Im Bus 2 ist uebrigens ne klasse Stimmung, zusmindest hinten.

Ray Topscher / Kevin Schreiner
TusenFryd is a lovely, well-landscaped park with a great selection of attractions. We liked SpeedMonster and SuperSplash and the novelty of VikingRaid. ThunderCoaster was a great choice for Rays 700th coaster. And who can forget Teeny-Weeny? A wonderful day at a wonderful park.

Tony & Ethan Conroy
Dad is feeling like a “Mercan Turrist” on a tour of Europe different day different city/country. Stockholm was brilliant since it was amazingly sunny .Our favourite ride was Fritt Fall ( we rode this a total of 15 times ) It gives a great view of Stockholm . Tusenfryd was really good particularly SpeedMonster. We got very lucky with the weather – overcast but no rain. And lets hope it stays nice for the rest of the trip.

Ole Bredesen-Vestby
Nothing new for me today since Tusenfryd is my homepark, but its fun to walk the park with the ECCers and hear their comments on rides and other stuff in the park. SpeedMonster is my favorite ride in this park, and I got another 10 runs on it today. Was lucky with the rain today too. Did the indoor Vikingtoktet when the heavy rainfall started, so that was good timing. The hospitality was as always very good, with 2 hours ERS in the evening, and a nice meal earlier in the day.

Mats Hummel
Enjoyed ThunderCoaster a lot. Much better than my last visit. Back seat got AIRTIME. SpeedMonster did not impress me on the first ride, but after a few rides I have to say that it has got many nice elements.The ride is really good! The ride-ops were great, running back and forth very quick. I think they actually started the hand slapping today. A really enjoyable day at the park.

Paul Freeman
A nice side effect of missing the hotel restaurant last night was a very nice Fillet Steak and a couple of beers in Karlstad. The park itself was very pretty, with plenty of trees and plants throughout. Loved the airtime on ThunderCoaster and SpeedMonster went up in my estimation as the day progressed.

Lars Sorensen
I have to admit that the first ride on SpeedMonster, wasn’t that great. But then I rode it again and it was great. It is a nice coaster, love the first loop. ThunderCoaster was really good also, especially when it is raining. There was a ride called Roll Over it is like a top spin, that ride was really intense! Had a really good day. A big thanks to Tusenfryd and Justin for the opportunity to get into the engine room, that was really really great!

Steve Fagin
SpeedMonster was great in the front row, and it was good of the park to let us play around in the engine room. ThunderCoaster was a touch jarring when seated over the wheels, but fantastic everywhere else.

Daniel Almer
We had a really good time at Tusenfryd. I liked SpeedMonster, especially in the front seat. The restraints are just painful. ThunderCoaster is now one of my favorite wooden coasters. It is very rough but I like that really on wooden coasters. Congratulations to Richard Bannister for his 1000th coaster credit!

Matthias Pies
I like Tusenfryd very much. SpeedMonster is a great Ride especially in the front. I also like Thundercoaster a lot. Great Airtime on all seats. A little bit rough but it was OK.

Ken Simmons
What started out as a rainy day didn’t turn out to be a total washout. I was able to quickly ride the five coasters before the rain came in. SpeedMonster clearly shows that an Intamin rocket coaster that is moderate in size can pack in far more thrills than the 400 plus foot high, 120mph plus rockets. ThunderCoaster is a really nice woodie, although it is a little bit rough. It sure does have a lot of airtime. Teeny Weeny is by far the smallest coaster I have ridden. The Vekoma was a credit. Overall day it was a good day at the park.

Lace Patton
A very nice park. I’ve never seen a park built into and on top of a mountain as effectively as this location. Thunder’ was a great wood coaster – terrific air time. Thanks to the Chef for the meal – although I wasn’t brave enough or hungry enough to eat the horse pepperoni. Hi Lisa & all.

George Greenway
The day started off soft again, we were greated at the park by very enthusiastic staff and the knowledge that the rain will keep the park quiet, yesterday it had 5000 visitors. the park is built around a hill similar to Dollywood, and made it hard going getting around. the 6 coasters were easily visited before lunch, this time we had chicken and horse. The afternoon saw part of the group go see the engine room on SpeedMonster, later on, the others had the opportunity to go see. The woodie was very lively, The ERS moved over to the woodie, I got a front seat and 2 near backs, you need to be fit to take the back, moving on to the smallest coaster in the world we had a hilarious time going round 8 times before someone else came over to ride. A long day is now ending with around 4 hours till the next hotel after 1am…. I’m glad I only do this as a hobby.

Andy Dewar
Tusenfryd was a very likeable park on a large scale. The Mack watercoaster suprised me, it’s excellent. Thundercoaster was rough in a harsh way. It has a great layout and plenty of airtime but would benefit from lighter more forgiving trains I think as it hurts at times. SpeedMonster was brilliant though, I really loved it , the layout is great and the forces are just right… having a great time so far.

Matt Crowther
The Thundercoaster was great, the weather cooperated, another great day.

Richard Bannister
SpeedMonster, coaster credit #1000, and what a ride. Also really happy to have finally been on the smallest roller coaster in the world. Only major downside was prices; Id heard Norway was an expensive place, but wow.

Nick Bowler
Great day. Five rides on Thundercoaster. All on the front. If only some of the parks in England were so well run. Thanks for a wonderful day.

 

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Day 7 – Liseberg

Simon Baynham
Liseberg gets better and beter. Lovely atmosphere, great food and a wonderful selection of rides. Balder was good, Lisebergbanan was better. Can’t wait to get back there again.

Chris Hull
Wondeful vist to Liseberg as always. Balder was a little sluggish but still featured its trademark airtime. Warm welcome and hospitality from Lasse and the staff. Thanks to all!

Malcolm Marr
Liseberg was an awesome park even if Balder wasn’t quite there and Upswingett was Downswingett. I don’t think anyone minded the park being as busy as it was with thousands of Swedish girls from the local football tournament in attendance. Great planning from the trips monkeys there! 🙂

Keith Johnson
I just loved Liseberg as much as I did the first time that I visited the park. What better way to enjoy good coasters with good dancing at the dance pavillion.

andycoasterboy
a day at Liseberg is something that you will remember for a long time. Thanks Lasse and all the ride ops for a great time.

Jeff Holmes
Well done Sweden for having such a wonderful city of Gothenburg and a fantastic park Liseberg with a spectacular Balder woodie

Michael Horwood
Possibly the best park on the trip. But too bad for the crowds. Most amazing = 5 (sic!) trains on “Lisebergbanan“.

Celia Horwood
Liseberg is one great park. Lisebergbanan is such a classy and elegant ride and yes, with five, count them, five trains! Bonus was to be able to walk back and forth from the hotel. Doesn’t get much better than that!

Yvonne Janik
Balder was amazingly smooth and great fun with all that airtime — WOW!!! I loved all of Liseberg, and the park was everything I imagined it would be. It was also a hoot to have a huge dance floor and live band for dancing.

Jeppe Nygaard
I had a very good day at Liseberg. The weather was good, and the park was packed and at its best. I still love Lisebergbanan and had scary fun at Gasten. We had a fantastic night time ERS on Balder and Kanonen — one of the true highlights for me. I LOVE Liseberg!

Liz Fryer-Kelsey
Liseberg was busy all day, we were lucky to have the surprise first rides of the day on Lisebergbanan. Balder is an airtime machine. Kanonen seemed like a smooth ride until the first inversion, then it boxed my ears so badly that I just wanted the ride to end quickly, I only rode it once. I remembered from previous visits that the rapid river was one of the best I had been on, and I still enjoyed it, probably because the boat spins most of the time, and the water runs fast. Hello Mouse towers.

Mick Fryer-Kelsey
Balder: running as well as I remember, although a bit sluggish. We were told that it had been running at 53 seconds, but the wheels had been changed and now it is running at about 57 seconds. Kanonen: as good as when I rode it on the press day. Park in general lived up to expectations from our previous visits, although rather busy we had a good day and with our VIP passes we could ride everything and enter the gaston hausen.

Kats.
Liseberg’s coasters were some of the best on the trip. Talhat and I were treated to a rollback on Kanonen from the front seat! Balder lived up to its reputation as one of the best woodies, filled with airtime and an incredible sunset led to a thrill packed nighttime ERS.

Talhat Mahmood
Same as above just change Talhat for Kat before I was treated.

Andy Costin
Another great day at Liseberg! Balder was a little slower this year but it was still a great ride. A long tiring but great day.

Terry Jarvis
Had great day at Liseberg. The coasters are running well. Balder still has plenty of floaty airtime, though is running slower than four years ago! Launched coaster is also fun!

Coastin’ Carl Ragan
Liseberg, what a great park. Balder, Kanonen, and Lisebergbanan were great coasters. Lack of small eateries, but there are restaurants, Goteborg is a nice place, 30,000 kids were playing soccer tournaments there I saw while on my way to my Swedish massage. The best view can be found from the tower. Glad I’m back online BTW!

Rockin Bill BUckley
Liseberg was a fantastic park. Even the large crowds could not dull a great selection of rides. All in all, a real gem among the Scandi parks — one truly not to be missed!!

Darren and Mary
Liseberg- great park, Darren walked straight on to KANONEN with no hesitation, Balder was also great and we both went on several times.

Scott Planeta
Had a great time at Liseberg. Fun park and good coaster.

Mike & Bob Englander
Liseberg is a wonderful city park; Balder was running a little slow, but good.

Gordon Taylor
Liseberg. No time to write a full report but the usual 5 star park, 5 star treatment we’ve come to love, with the now familiar Balder ERS at night with nails and a hammer. All the coasters here ROCK, the staff are incredible, the food is gourmet in the restaurants and it’s always a VERY special day here. BIG thank-you! You get the picture….

Cal Jones
Liseberg is a wonderful park – probably my favourite of the trip so far, not so much for the rides but for the atmosphere. Lisebergbanan is wonderful and we had a great ERS on Balder and Kanonen. Brilliant lunch in one of the restaurants as well. Only bummer was getting absolutely totalled on the log flume, as I was sharing with Chris, Dan and Gordon and decided to take one for the team by sitting in front. Not such a prudent idea after all – a tsunami came over the sides at the bottom of both drops and I was soaked through from the chest down. Lucky the hotel was over the road! Funny though.

Mette Doving
Balder is still my number one Woodie. Great day at Liseberg, wonderful park. Lots of people, but the lines were not too bad.

Nina Kleppe
Had a great day at Liseberg. Shame the new Swing Uppsvinget wasn’t working. The evening ERS on Balder was superb, cool to ride it in the dark. Great woodie with lots of airtime.

Patrick Flumet
Liseberg est vraiment un de mes park favori. Lisebergbanan reste apres 25 ans un tout grand ride et Balder tient toujours sa reputation. L’addition de Kanonen en fait un tres bon spot pour les amateurs.

James “Spinner” Hannaford
Liseberg was amazing and one of the best on the Trip for me so far. I pride myself on having little if no information on Parks and rides on these trips which makes rides like Lisbergbanan a wonderful surprise a True Classic and I cant believe it’s 25 years Old. It’s a shame The Corkscrew at Alton is not so re-rideable. ERS on Balder was good and as for banging nails into the structure that has to be a first for me.

Rob Hill
Liseberg is one of the best parks I’ve ever been to. All the parks on this trip have been great, but this one is my favorite. Balder moved into my Top Ten Woodie list, and Lisebergbanan (my 600th coaster) moved into my Top Ten Steel list. Perfect weather made the day even more special.

Tim Galvelis
Liseberg! 4 coasters, and this place is still better than Cedar Point. 5 train operation on Lisebergbanan, and never a delay in the queue time. Looks like there will never be a need for Q-Bot here, with proper management like we had at Liseberg. Balder is still the best of the 3 pre-fabricated Intamins.

David Elvy 
Liseberg, a park I have wanted to go to for a while. It was a long day, but wow, great Park, great atmosphere and lots of great rides. Balder is an amazing Wooden coaster, faultless, fun and mountains of airtime, and the ers on this was a blast. Had a great meal at the Park too.

Paul Hindle
A long day (14 hours) at the park; completely different to the previous day. Now we had thousands of kids to content with! Anyway, ended the day with 10 rides on Balder in the dark from 11pm to midnight. Its a very smooth too smooth? ride almost had the feel of a steelie.

Richard Bannister
Lisebergbanan still has it after all these years, though if I could pray for one small modification, itd be nice to have magnetic fin brakes to replace the current simulated car crash at the end of the ride. The star attraction of the day was of course the local wildlife, but if were restricting ourselves to talking about the park then itd have to be Balder. I like Balder.

Thomas Enders
Der Tag in Liseberg ist ein Highlight der Tour. Angefangen mit der ERS am Morgen auf Lisebergbanan, die trotz ihres Alters immer noch viel Spass macht (besonders wegen der Lage am Hang), bis zur ERS am Abend im Dunkeln auf Balder, einer meiner Top 5 Wood Coaster.

Owen & Alan Rees
What can we say Balder, Balder, Balder.

Rob Derman 
Balder? Whats that? Sorry, just a little distracted from the ferry ride this morning I was explaining to my two new Swedish friends Sara and Trina what air time was. They are from Goteborg and were very impressed with the media reports on what our group thought of Liseberg (and even more impressed with our number 1 CreHos 1100th and I was very impressed with them but Balder wasnt bad either

John Gasper
Yesterday we visited Liseberg in Gothenburg, Sweden. They really know how to take care of their parks over here. This was a wonderful old park with a great assortment of rides!!!!! Lisebergbanan is the longest Schwarzkopf in the world and a great location. It runs up the side of a steep rock and then drops down around the hillside five times. Balder is an excellent ride!!!!! Most people (myself included) who rode it for the first time did not thinkit lived up to the hype , but it still delivers a lot of airtime! Kanonen was just OK, we only rode it once. The rapids ride is great fun has a crazy place where you bunch up and bounce around like bumper boats. The flume is also very good and wet a wild multi-level drop. One of the best ever dark walk through rides is here also. Its called Hotel Gasten!! Before ERS we walked under Balder and wrote our names with sharpies on the structure and pounded nails into it as well. They had a big wooden dance floor in the middle of the park where hundreds of people were swing dancing. Where are the usual suspects when I need them???? We took a ferry early this morning and are now in Denmark.

Ole Bredesen-Vestby
Yesterday was in my opinion the best day of this trip so far. I thought 14 hours in the park would be very long time, but it’s such a lovely park so the hours just flew away. And the ERS in the evening on Balder and Kanonen, wow… I had such a great time.

Adam King
Hello everybody, absolutely everybody, everyone in the whole wide world!! Just got to Denmark after the ferry crossing (rough) ferry crossing from Sweden. Liseberg was great. ERS on the Schwarzkopf terrain coaster in the morning and night time ERSs on Balder and Kanonen. We were also allowed to scribble, graffiti, doodle, whatever on Balder and hammer in nails which was very unusual but great fun. Haunted walk through was very good too. Also, the women in the park were the best of the trip thus far, ding dang doo!!! Perhaps we were all too close to that Nitro?? Haha!! Quick side note hotels have been very good quality and weather (apart from Lauri’s which was a real shame) has been very good. Read you later, same bat time, same bat channel!!!

Bob Clark
Wonderful welcome from Liseberg and all the staff. Lisebergbanan was brilliant 5 train operation was a real joy. Thank you Lasse for another great day.

Mats Hummel
Fantastic day at Liseberg. Maybe a little bit too crowded, shall I blame the nice weather we had? 🙂 The drop tower, Hjdskrcken is the only ride I know that actually has a queue for the exit, amazing. Enjoyed Lisebergbanan, Kanonen and Balder a lot. Got 7 consecutive rides on Balder during the ERS. Unfortunately, I missed the rollback on Kanonen at midnight 🙂 Thank you Liseberg and Lasse for a very pleasant visit!

Paul Freeman
A great park with the highlight being Balder a great woodie with tons of airtime throughout the ride, the ERS on this and Kanonen ensured we got plenty of rides. The park was very busy but not a problem as we had plenty of time here. The actor based walkthrough Hotel Gasten was well themed with the route through it and the actors actions varying between rides, making several visits worthwhile.  Hello to everyone back home, back soon.

Lars Sorensen
Liseberg is a nice park. The ERS on Balder was really good, and what an opportunity to hammer nails into Balder. I had a really great day. Thanks Lasse for the great day.

Daniel Almer
Thanks a lot to Liseberg for that great day. Due to the sunny weather is was really crowded, but because of the ERS and the good capacity of Lisebergbanan we got plenty of rides on them. Kanonen should immediately have new restraints, they are very painful! AUUUU! Swedish girls are so cute! 🙂 Gothia Towers is such a nice hotel. The bathroom has a large window so everyone in your room can watch you having a shower, how strange!

Matthias Pies
Danke fuer den tollen Tag in Liseberg. Lisebergbanan und Balder sind zwei herrvoragende Coaster. Ueber Kanonen will ich keine unnoetigen Worte verlieren. Aendert was an den verdammten Schulterbuegeln. So macht das Ding Null Spass. Vielen Dank auch fuer die

Ken Simmons
It was nice staying at the Gothia Towers Hotel, directly across the street from Liseberg. This was so convenient for everyone needing a little break during the day. Besides the coasters, Liseberg has a few other attractions that are very entertaining, including a walk-through haunted house, with live actors, and the really fun Jukebox ride. The ride in the parks tower was long and provided a great view of Liseberg and the city. Two of the coasters at Liseberg are OK, those being Kanonen and Circusexpressen. Balder and Lisebergbanan are both excellent rides, though I understand that they weren’t running as fast as usual yesterday. Overall it was a really nice day, especially the weather, at another excellent park.

Lace Patton
So far I would say that I enjoyed Liseberg the most out of all of the parks that we have visited so far. I especially liked the terrain coaster. What a great park. Thanks for the dancing Keith. I’ll definitely make plans to come back here, not only to re-visit Liseberg but to enjoy the city also. The convenience of staying at the Gothia Towers was greatly appreciated. This mornings ferry ride was pleasant also. So far Denmark looks a lot like the mid-west of U.S.A. complete with cornfields.

Andy Dewar
I think my day at Liseberg was one of the best theme park days of my life. The park has a great atmosphere, looks beautiful, and is very well run. This trip and in particular Lisebergbanan has reinvented my perception of what the word capacity means. Far better run than any UK park. I’ve wanted to go there for many years and it lived up to my expectations. I loved all their rides, I thoroughly enjoyed the ERS. Balder is a brilliant ride, it feels quite strange for a woodie but fun nonetheless with much airtime. Anyhow I wish there were more parks like this in the world, the place just rocks.

George Greenway
Continuing from this morning, the view from the room, and also from the bathroom window, is Liseberg. we are in the park for an hour on the coaster built into the terrain of the hill, the park is compact and well laid out and has a family atmosphere, and today proved to be popular with the locals. being so close to the hotel allowed a break from the park to go sight seeing in the local cafes. the evening was prearranged for a work colleague who’d departed England last March to meet up for a beer (or 6) nice way to end the day back in the park on ERS on Balder. It’s a good woodie, smooth and fun, but not as relentless and breathtaking as the Voyage. still a top ten coaster and it would fit nicely into Altons terrain. Maybe one day.

David & Susan Ellis
Liseberg was as excellent as ever. The nightime ERS was amazing, with members hammering nails into the structure and signing their names on one of the best coasters in the world. A day of contradictions – Balder was hairy, Uppswinget was down. Weather started changeable but was sunny for most of the afternoon. Another great day. Next stop Denmark!

Torrence Jenkins
After seeing the park entrance, and the beauty of the park after dark with all the lights, it was like stepping back in time. Lisebergbanan is one great ride, Balder is a great ride also. The park staff was very frendly and let us into the structure of Balder before ride time.

Mike & Kammy Sislofsky
We had a great time at Liseberg and in Goteborg. Liseberg is a wonderful park. It has a lot of good rides and coasters, is beautifully landscaped (both architecturally and florally), and has many eateries (although the 4 Burger Kings that we saw don’t contribute to the quality of the food). Balder is a great ride for air time lovers! Lisebergbanan is a very long Schwarzkopf masterpiece and has great capacity (they were running 5 trains most of the day). Kanonen is a bit too abrupt in its transitions for our liking though. Other notable attractions are the Hotel Gasten haunted walk-thru, the Juke Box (a Schwarzkopf Polyp), the log ride, and the sky tower (which probably has the longest duration of any tower we have been on). Bye, bye Sweden. Hello Denmark.

Rob Moes
First visit to Goteborg. It’s a lovely city to explore on foot, even more perfect if you had a bike or a scooter… thanks to all the designated paths. The park was swarming within 2 hours, very reminiscent of DisneyAnywhere. Glad to get the coasters done quickly. Balder is obviously designed to be an air-time machine. Unfortunately for me, I could not enjoy this ride with my hands up because I hit a couple of my fingers on the overhead beams. In the modern age of computer-assisted coaster design there is no excuse for this flaw. The log ride with the double drop was probably my favorite ride in the park. Another lovely day for us in Sweden!

Allan Bonomi
Really enjoyed Lisebergbanan and the way it utilized the hilliside it was built on. Juke Box was a joy. The Peter Pan knock-off was charming.

Mike Thompson
Liseberg was a terrific, well-rounded park, but its coasters did not live up to the hype. While they were good, they were not outstanding on the windy day that we visited. I’d love to return someday.

Rendell Bird
Poor Liseberg! Goteborg, Sweden, was hosting a huge children’s soccer tournament at the exact same time that the ECC trip raced through town. 25,000 children were given free tickets to be used at any point during their stay. Unfortunately for us, a large percentage chose to take advantage of the windy-but-sunny weather to spend a day at the park. Some sections of this charming but small park were “standing room only”. Line-jumping was rampant. Trash was ankle-deep by the end of the day. Poor, poor, Liseberg; to have us visit on such a busy day. To make matters worse, the coasters failed to excite me to the level of my anticipation. Balder was good but not great. Kanonen was “meh” but not good. And Lisebergbanan was downright bad (in my humble opinion). On the other hand, the “Fantasy Castle Ride” was precious – and their haunted walk-through is the most elaborate one I’ve ever experienced. I enjoyed my day at the park since our hotel was directly across the street – and I could run back to the run to grab stuff and/or take a nap!

Martha and Al Amborn
Liseberg was as wonderful as I remember from 3 years ago! OK, so our photo was on the front page of the local paper today, but they have given me a new nickname “Coaster Mom”! Balder could run a lot faster, durnnit, but ride time was great. Loved the hospitality!

Tim Baldwin and Jeffrey Seifert
How to be short when there are so many cool things to talk about? While the two signature coasters didn’t meet up to the expectations set, Liseberg itself surpassed expectations. What a wonderful, beautiful, and well-run park. The flume was excellent and the haunted walk through was outstanding. I’m not sure if adding the fifth train on Lisbergbanan did much more than stack it, but what a marvel to see a coaster run with five trains! Loved the park and hope to return again. The Gothia Towers Hotel rocked – it had ice cubes!! I’m not so sure about the glass windows looking into the showers…..hmmm.

Andy Wright
What a great start no bus ride walk across road to hotel. We were treated to a morning on Lisebergbanan in the morning and what a ride. I never liked the Schwarzkopf Jetline at Grona Lund but this, I would say is great a lovely terrain coaster smooth and re-rideable. The whole day spent in this wonderful park in the city. I think I tried everything. The ERS they put on for us was the best I have seen so far on the trip. We hammered a nail into the ride and signed with our name on Balder, my new No 1 Wooden Coaster. I have never left my mark on a ride. I loved every ride on this coaster and I would return to this place to ride just that coaster it was great day and a great ride.

B. Derek Shaw
The best hotel on the trip is across the street from another favorite park on the trip. Liseberg. Lasse was again, a great host. The Lisebergbanan continued to deliver the goods, with five trains in operation! Their launch coaster, Kanonen, was OK, but nothing compared to SpeedMonster that we rode yesterday at Tusenfryd. Balder was almost as good as the first time I rode it on the CCT II trip. It still delivers massive air time. The Hotel Gasten, haunted walk thru was as good as ever. The Rock and Roll ride (themed Polyp with a jukebox playing American oldies and vintage American cars) was great. I have to go to Sweden to ride something that should be more prevalent in the USA! Mid-day we made a brief visit into Goteborg. It is a nice city that Im glad to have seen on this trip.

Bob & Cheri Armstrong
Liseberg is a wonderful city amusement park with lots of flowers and trees. We loved Lisebergbanan, the Schwarzkopf steel terrain coaster. This is a long coaster, operating five trains. Balder was so much better in the evening, a very nice ride, and very smooth. The Gasten Hotel was a great walk-thru with live actors jumping out at you. Also, our first park with a live morning band for dancing. The dancing was ballroom style, and the participates were all over 70. Maybe we can do something like that when we get old! It was a great day and most enjoyable park.

Andreas and Mechthild Namyslo
Liseberg: again a wonderful day with great coasters!!!

Kim Varde Lassen
Liseberg….finally, always wanted to go there. Coasters where good, but my expectations where very high. Lisebergbanan is unique but not as fantastic as I thought. Best element in a launched coaster is still the launch itself. Kanonen was too rough for me, mostly bescause of the over-the-shoulder restraints. You do have to brace yourself not to bang your head on them, especially with the moves on Kanonen. Balder however is another story. Fantastic, rerideable and great looking…just superb. The hammer, nail and signing thing just made is better.

 

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Day 8 – Ferry, Fårup Sommerland

Chris Hull
Perhaps the biggest surprise of the trip so far for me. What a lovely park! No wonder it’s considered to be the Knoebel’s of Denmark. Clean park in the woodland with a surprise around each corner. Many ‘extras’ (rifle shooting, horse riding, mini-golf etc) all included in admission price. Falken appears to have become a bit of a Thundercoaster – a bit rough but obviously a good ride when it’s behaving – I’m sure by the next trip it will be smoother. 5-Star hospitality, great food and beer included in the dinner. Woo-hoo!

Darren and Mary
Somerland is a lovely family park with friendly staff and great food.

Scott Planeta
Sommerland was a also a good time and unique. Fun to explore and enjoy. Great hospitality.

Simon Baynham
Nice park. Falken would have been a great ride if it were not for the roughness, I rode it three times, it is a woodie after all. Rest of the park was great, and beautiful with the trees and flowers etc.

Keith Johnson
The trip just keeps getting better and better. Farup went far beyond my expectations. I consider this park to be the Knoebel’s of Denmark. Falken was a bit rough, but it didn’t take away from my experience at the park at all. They get an A+ for hospitality all the way.

Malcolm Marr
Farup was an awesome park but there’s no way we could have a park like this in the UK. Not a reflection of the park but more on our silly Health & Safety rules; most of the kiddy attractions wouldn’t be allowed back home. I chose not to do the Falken ERS, I value my knees too much to endure an hour of having them bounced within a metal restraint that wrapped around my legs. People raved about this coaster on the mini-trip. Could this be suffering the same fate as Thundercoaster?

andycoasterboy
Farup is a great park with loads of fun stuff including some coasters!! … thanks to all the great staff for a great day.

Jeff Holmes
Great hospitality in Farup their woodie Falken was quite good even though a little rough.

tomahawk
the obstacle course was crazy!

Michael Horwood
Crowds, crowds, crowds – all in the middle of nowhere. The ERS FINALLY got us a short queue. 😉

Celia Horwwod
A real surprise – where did all those people come from! Never seen so many trampolines and unique kiddy fun stuff! Obstacle course with climbing would never be found in North America. Best ERS of the trip. Oh yes, the food and drink were top notch!

Yvonne Janik
Farup was full of trees and lakes and was very different than any park I have been too. The relaxed atmosphere and beauty had an feeling of another world, and I loved it. It was also wonderful to be greeted by a national news crew filming our arrival. I greatly appreciated the generosity and hospitality of Soeren — we were treated like kings by the park and celebrities by the media.

Jeppe Nygaard
So I have returned back to Denmark – the final leg of our tour. Farup Sommerland was at its best: sunny, packed park, and really good atmosphere. I loved to see people enjoyed themselves on some of the park’s unique attractions. I am very grateful for all the gifts the park gave us and the fabulous dinner, which was by far the best of the whole trip. We ended the day with a superb ERS on Falken. I am very glad that the park managed to get so much TV publicity from our trip, so it was a benefit for the park too that we came. Thank you so much, Farup and especially Soeren.

Mick Fryer-Kelsey
Wasn’t sure what to expect, what a surprise! 4 coasters, a great selection of rides, a kiddle drop tower which rotated, I loved it. Park very busy, but I loved the setting in beautiful wooded setting, very much a family park. The hospitality was out of this world, the staff fantastic, reminded me of our first 2001 tour. Thanks for making our visit to your park a visit to remember.

Liz Fryer-Kelsey
A small park hidden in the wood. A good selection of rides. The meal was a buffet and should have suited everyone, even though those of us who find food selections ‘challenging’, (or to put it another way, those of us who are fussy eaters) The hospitality was great and we were made to feel welcome.

Falken, sadly not the most comfortable woodie that I have ridden. The middle seats, not over wheels were great fun, but when I sat over the wheels in the front or back of a car I was bashed by the lapbar after the second drop, and this did not make for a pleasant end section of the ride.

Tonny Schonewille
Falken’s great, despite everyone else’s comments. I wish GCI would build them like that.

Mike & Bob Englander
Farup Somerland is a great park with unusual things you don’t find in the States.

Kat S.
The hospitality was top notch at Farup Sommerland!! The park was a beautiful blend of both a garden play park and an amusement park. Loved the green bouncer!! ERS was energetic with treat double rides and plenty of cheers.

Andy Costin.
You can’t beat the hospitality at Farup! Great park, great food, free beer {but I’m teetotal! 🙁 and the ERS was FUN FUN FUN!

Terry Jarvis
What a wonderful park! Can’t remember better hospitality, and the staff very friendly. The coaster Falken is running insane and, is very wild! One of the best ERS’s of the trip!

Coastin’ Carl Ragan
Ahhh, Farup Sommerland, the Knoebels of Europe. Basically a huge picnic/playground with some rides thrown in for good measure. Definitely different, unique, and unusual playground equipment here. Falken was a bit jostling with little airtime. The power boats were loads of fun, and the BEST meal of the trip was had here. Thanks for the souvenir bag. Greatest improvement: make the park non-smoking. I’m glad you did well on your exam BTW!

Bill Buckley
Unrivalled hospitality from a gem of a park. Highlight of the park was the adventure course through the woods. Awesome fun! I, along with the GCII guys, had a front row view of Mattias Pies falling into the park’s lake. Crazy stuff.

Gordon Taylor
After a great ferry ride we hit Farup Sommerland. Almost lost for words here. In all my years of park visits, this probably was the pinnacle of the group trips. AMAZING hospitality that exceeded all expectations and anything that has gone before really. Far too much to say here, but a beautiful park, with well behaved families, kids, teens,a real gem. Food to die for, and staff who bent over backwards for anything.. even searching out that last fridge magnet! Words can express my thanks. Highlights were the Kiddie spinnie drop thing, the adventure playground and all the coasters…What a laugh…see below!

Cal Jones
Farup was a real gem. I had no expectations for this park but it turned out to be one of the best of the trips. So many fun things to do. Had an absolute blast on the obstacle course. Laughed hard all day. Good hospitality and meals too.

Mette Doving
After a boat ride it was off to Farup. Nice family park. Thanks for a great day.

Nina Kleppe
Had a good day at Farup, a nice little park. Friendly staff and a good meal. Great evening ERS on Falken.

Patrick Flumet
Malgre le declin de Falken, Farup reste le park familial que j’ai decouvert en 2004, fun de le voir rempli par la foule en ce jour ensoleille. Accueil absolument fantastique.

James “Spinner” Hannaford
Farup was a very nice park. I enjoyed the atmosphere here and it was nice to see a small park busy. I think it must be the first time I have seen Dogs in a Park. Whats next the dog lapbar Instead of screams its will be WOOF!!!

Robert Hill
Farup is a great park. Very family-oriented, and the different types of attractions (the big bouncer, for one) was really fun. The meal provided was excellent, and the ERS on the boats and Falken was a blast!

Tim Galvelis
Farup was an unexpected hit. Sorry that I missed the obstacle course, as it was completely amazing, from what I’ve heard, and seen. The bouncing giant airbubble thing was quite fun, but would’ve been better with a bigger crowd. Good luck Farup!

David & Susan Ellis
Another fantastic welcome from Soren (the top man) at Farup. On arrival we were all given a Falken goodie bag with baseball hat and other stuff, we had a tasty BBQ meal with free bar and 750ml glasses of beer! Finally we had a one hour ERS on Falken and the Speed Boats. The park is focussed on families, with Falken as the main attraction, a shame it had developed some roughness on the turns since we were last there on its opening day. Unusual for many parks, it allows dogs in the park – I even saw one riding the rapids! Fantastic hospitality. Hello to all at home.

Cheri & Bob Armstrong
What a wonderful park! We were greeted, and given goodie bags, including hats, belts and more. A very nice gift from Farup. We first rode all the coasters. Falken was running a little slow early in the day, but improved greatly by ERS. Lots of wooded areas, many, many picnic areas with gas grills. But most impressive were the children areas! Every corner you turned was another area for children to play. Also, great use of all the little lakes, with many paddle boats, canoes, power boats and speed boats. Also, the first park we’ve been to with air rifles and horseback riding (all included with admission). This is a great family park with many activities for young children. And the park provided a marvelous meal and free beer!

B. Derek Shaw
The last time I was at Farup Sommerland was a cold, wet and damp day three years ago during media festivities for Falken, the wooden coaster. Today couldn’t have been more perfect. The place was teeming with people – families having picnics, couples, teens and many dogs (yes they are welcome here, too!) Soren Kragelund, the President, was a first class host. He showered us with goodies and a fantastic outdoor Bar-B-Que meal with lots of good beer. This park has got to be in the running for the best children’s park. It reminds me of Idlewild Park – only expanded. Falken still has some good smooth airtime on the straight-aways, but suffers terribly from the Dinn shuffle on the turns and helix. Do we know anyone who can supply new trains? I think so…

Derek Cromarty
They told me I had a great time today.

Maggy Linka
Farup Sommerland treated our group of 132 coaster freaks as if we were VIPs. Very attentive manager, helpful and friendly staff, magnificent buffet dinner, park souvenirs, and media coverage–even a news helicopter circling the park. ERT on Falken was an ECC holiday with riders creating happiness with each hill and lateral. This creativity made the Falken‘s flight a happy happening, Power boat driving was an extra surprise provided by the management. Sweet, It was the most playful park so far, with something for all ages to enjoy. Even mint green cotton candy! I’ll be back!

Kim Varde Lassen
Got out of the bus in what looked to be in the middle of a forest (which it was) and met up with the Danish TV crews. Where then wisked directly over to Falken where we occupied the front seats for three rides doing the necessary shots. The kids in the queue got a bit impatient. Anyway, never been on Falken before, but I was slightly disappointed. It must have seen better days – airtime was good, but what a shaker. Backseat was definatly the best, Mouse was very good, though.
The treatment we got in the park was outstanding, Best so far! Good food, presents and to top it all of we had the most entertaining ERSs to date. Just something about this place, deep in the forest with the water and everything, that made it into what it was. Loads of fun and cheering in the station. Falken suddenly got a lot better…

Torrence Jenkins
Farup Sommerland is one of the biggest kid playgrounds. The park train is not to be missed. The park staff was wonderful, and the meal was great. ERS on Falken was a true joy to ride, with nice air time and tunnel. The park also opened the Speed boats as an added bonus.

Mike & Kammy SIslofsky
Farup Sommerland is absolutely one of the craziest parks we have ever visited, perhaps only surpassed by Skyline Park in Germany. We expected it to be small with a few rides, but what a surprise we got. Their coaster lineup is not too impressive, but the rest of the park is filled with fun on every corner. They have 4 or 5 lagoons with different kinds of boats (canoes, paddle boats, power boats, etc). They have a nice long train ride around most of the park. There are kids playground equipment all over the park, including trampolines and large air-filled bouncing mattresses. They have a drop ride that spins around the axis of the pole while going up and down. Though it was a children’s ride, it was fun by all who rode it. Finally, they have an obstacle course that is the best we have ever seen — it took us 40 minutes to complete it, and we didn’t even do all of the things in it. Thanks to the management for the free gifts, great dinner buffet, and hospitality!

Rob Moes
Nice day at this park, very reminiscent of Knoebels and its `family-friendly fun.

Lisa & Warren Scheinin
What a huge park, so great for kids!! The trampolines were amazing — never see that in the States! The dinner was delicious and amazing, including the 0.75 liter glasses of beer and bottles of wine — all free!! The hospitality was incredible. Oh, and the coasters were fun, too.

Becky & Peter Jackson
Fantastic park! The hospitality was great & we enjoyed ourselves very much. Especially on the speed boats, as well as the ERS they had the speed boats open, which was great. We also tried our luck on the Treasure hunt & the obstacle course, which was so fun! Great day all round!

Odd Arne Roste
This was my second visit to Farup and the park is still really fun. The coasters are good, even though Falken had some problems in the turns. The ERS was special with many lining up for the racing boats. Excellent food, both at lunch, with pizza and pasta buffet for free, and the BBQ in the evening with free beer. When I become a grandfather sometime in the future I will take my grandkids here.

Kjetil Roste Ringen
grandkids? ouch, anyways, Farup is great! the trampolines are incredible, coasters is awesome, though Falken is a bit “Shaky” Balder is better 🙂 speed boats, also fun, all in all very very funny day!!

Tim Baldwin
Best kids park I’ve ever been to! How fun is it to see over a hundred adults laughing like kids – what a successful formula. Great hospitality and a wonderful meal.

Jon Richins
After a short (3 hour) ferry ride from Sweden, we arrived in Denmark, land of trampolines and bouncy things. Farup was such a nice park with a great dinner for us and the best obstacle course ever. It took everyone about 1/2 hour to complete, and only one person fell into the lake. If this had been in the States, there would have been a lawyer at every obstacle.

Mike Thompson
As some had said on previous trips, Farup is indeed the Knoebels of Scandinavia. Terrific park. They have a unique ‘kiddie’ drop tower that spins and bounces. The grueling obstacle course was a lot of fun. I wish we could have spent an entire day there. Oh, and the meal and free beer were terrific, too.

Jerry Willard
Another very nice surprise to the trip, and a welcomed day at your own pace. Strolled the park taking in the coasters and attractions and actually did Falken last of all. The hospitality was amazing! I never felt more welcome on the trip. What a wonderful park.

David Elvy 
Farup Sommerland was fun. A very nice Family Park, with some Coasters. Falken, while rough in places, is good fun, and the most memorable ERS of the trip so far. Thanks to the Park for the amazing food and wine.

Paul Hindle
Just had about 15 rides on the Falken ERS. WOW, Rough but a very memorable ride. Operator sent us round 2 or 3 times each time. Wont forget that in a hurry. Alcohol helps a lot !!!!

Thomas Enders
Farup Sommerland war wirklich eine Ueberraschung. Der Park ist halb im Wald gelegen mit vielen sehr guten kleinen und grossen Rides. Absolut empfehlenswert.

Matt Crowther
Enjoyed the park very much- neat to see the various boat rides on the 4 artificial lakes, and the landscaping was very nicely done with all the trees. The dinner with free booze was awesome, and so was the exclusive speedboat time. Falken had some really good airtime despite some shuffle.

Otto P. Dobnick
The streak of incredible parks and really fun coasters continues without a break including Grona Lund in Stockholm (must go back) and Liseberg in Gothenburg. Todays visit to Farup Sommerland presented a very unusual park like you would never see in the US with the most gracious hospitality.

Alan & Owen Rees
As Otto says, another wonderful combination of fun and nature a superb location. ALL the staff on this trip have been wonderful, but those at Farup today were exceptional, and made the day totally memorable. Thank you all!!

Adam King
Stunning in every sense of the word. Nuff said!! : )

John Gasper
We have to be quick tonight because the coach ride is short. Farup Somerland is another wonderful park with really crazy stuff, and lots of things to do where you can get hurt. I didnt get any new injuries, but I reopened an old one and I probably wont be able to walk in the morning.

Dirk Lather
Heute ist der Tag ins Wasser gefallen!…. Oh Nein, Sorry, der Mathias Pies ist ins Wasser gefallen, nun stinkt bestimmt das Zimmer heute Nacht nach den nassen Klamotten. Aber egal, ich bin ja trocken.
Farup Sommerland, = Farup Ueberraschungsland! Was fuer ein schoener Park, was fuer eine menge an gluecklichen Besuchern, trotz hoher Besucheranzahl. Hier macht es der Mix der Attraktionen, fuer jeden ist etwas dabei, aber die Kinder spielen die Hauptrolle, so das es den Erwachsenen aber auch Spass macht. Coastern, Grillen, spielen, schwimmen, Boot fahren, klettern, huepfen, alles ist dabei.

Mats Hummel
Fantastic park, amazing rides. The drop ride is a must so is the racing boats. Every age can have fun here, and we did. What a great hospitality and really really great meal with drinks. Thank you for having us!

Paul Freeman
Best hospitality of the trip so far, can’t think of a better person to be running a park. Not a great day for coasters for me personally as they aren’t to my tastes but the park itself and the other rides it provides were brilliant and easily filled the day without any pauses. On one level it has gigantic versions of childhood playground rides, picnic areas and free barbecues for guests to use, on the other level it gives us free beer and lets us drive power boats on the lake!
The 4D cinema and the children’s drop tower also proved good. One of the nicest landscaped parks I’ve been to, trees and plants everywhere creating a need to explore the park as you can’t see all the attractions from any one place.
p.s. For those back home I was surprised to find that for a park full of children I was still allowed access to a gun!

Steve Fagin
A Haiku for Farup Sommerland. Lush, verdant; nice staff, dogs, Lateral shocks on woodie. Warm welcome. Beer.

Lars Sorensen
Som altid er Farup Sommerland en rigtig fed park, virkelig flot park, og der er super rent. Ride op’sne var glade hvilket var rigtigt godt. Tak til Soeren for en rigtig god dag.

Andrew Lamb
A very nice park, lots of greenery and is very well kept. has some nice small coasters and well has side attractions that other parks charge extra such as mini golf. Falken I found in the most park quite rough. The first two drops were great but once it goes through the corners the trains start to vibrate wildly. It feels like the train want to continue going straight ahead. Hospitality was fantastic, can’t complain about the free beer!

Daniel Almer
We had such a nice day in Farup, it was just awesome. The ERS was the best on the trip. Non stop awesome fun! GO GO GO GO GO!!!

Ken Simmons
Farup Sommerland is a great park, especially for kids, or those who are kids at heart, as there is so much for them to do. Falken was a little disappointing, but still fun, The gift bag we all received was a nice surprise, and the hospitality was incredible.

Lace Patton
Thanks to Farup for a wonderful meal. This is a wonderful family park that has much more to offer than you would originally think. Hi Trips.

Andy Dewar
Farup was a great family park, thanks for the great meal and free beer.

Richard Bannister
Fantastic park with two superb one of a kind attractions. The crazy spinning drop tower, though geared at children, was an absolute hoot, particularly as it is the only ride Ive ever been on to give laterals and airtime simultaneously. Great as it was, though, the speed boats were even better. Ive never been in boats that move quite so fast before, and the rush was fantastic. After a little practice it was easy to bounce the boat next to those on the slower boat ride nearby, neatly soaking people. So much fun! Honourable mention to John Hall, who managed to drive his boat straight into the wall, and to Matthias Pies for proving conclusively that he cannot, in fact, walk on water.

George Greenway
Farup is a family park, something Drayton Manor should come look at, it would be great for them to pick up this parks theming. the rides are a good collection, sadly the woodie is a bit too lively for me with a fair bit of lateral movement in the train giving my shins a hard time on the hard lap bar. the meal was great, and we got included beer. A small group of us opted to fit in Tivoliland which is 15 mins walk from the hotel. With a small group we finished the park in 14 mins from gate  to leave. Then onto the hotel to prepare the keys for the arrival of the main group. Unfortunately all the keys were not programmed so we setup a new mini game, key reprogramming at high speed
an early start after a late finish so today we are taking it easy with 4 parks 3 ERSs and we leave Tivoli at midnight because the park lights up at night.

Matthias Pies
Farup hat mir sehr gut gefallen. Sehr viel groesser als ich gedacht habe. Falken schlaegt wie die Sau. Aber es war trotzdem die beste ERS die wir bis dahin hatten. Die Stimmung war einfach nur genial. Der Survival course wird mir hier besonders in Erinnerung bleiben, da ich im Moment immer noch nasse Schuhe habe. Mann sollte halt nicht jeden Scheiss ausprobieren. Vor allem Wenn es irgendetwas mit Wasser zu tun hat.

Steve Gzesh
Some good Danish pastries for breakfast … must mean we’re in Denmark now. Had a great day at Farup yesterday. Falken had some great airtime, albeit the tracking was a little wobbly. The meals and gift bags they gave us were superb. What a great family park with super-friendly staff. Well, today we are off to FOUR more parks, so it’s sure to be another spectacular day! As we are travelling to the first park now, the weather forecast looks like it indeed will be a great day!

Bob Clark
Farup is the ultimate family park. Plus a great ERS on Falken and the speed boats – wow. Thanks to Soren and all his staff for a wonderful day.

Ray Topscher – Kevin Schreiner
After another miserable ferry trip, the day was brightened by our reception at Farup Sommerland. It was an amazing family park. Everywhere you looked there were things to climb, jump on and play with. The moon buggies were adorable. After a few bumps and bruises, we learned how wonderful the middle seat was on Falken. The souvenir bags, meal and free drinks were an unexpected pleasure. I think the highlight of the day was on the way to ERS, when a lot of ECC members took over one of the bouncing areas. Truly an incredible park.

 

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Day 9 – Djurs Sommerland, Tivoli Friheden, BonBon-Land

David & Susan Ellis
Bon Bon Land was our third park of the day. We had visited twice before, so had done most of the coasters on previous trips, however we were looking forward to riding the new Gerstlauer spinning coaster, Han Katten. After an hour perusing the rest of the park, and having another excellent hot buffet meal, we had an ERS on Vild Svinet and Han Katten. We only rode Han Katten during the ERS, partly because we enjoyed it so much, and partly due to Vild Svinet getting a bit rougher than on previous visits. Han Katten, like many rides at this quirky park, was really fun, and “interestingly” themed. The spinning was amazing, by far the most “spinny” coaster we have done for a long while, and the music in the station was addictively catchy too. The park’s owner greeted us, shook our hands and gave us all complimentary park baseball hats. We then left for Copenhagen, with many of us heading out for an hour in Tivoli Gardens to take in the magical atmosphere. Four parks in one day…tiring, but real Scandi fun!

Becky & Peter Jackson
We visited three parks today, although we think Bon Bon Land was one of the best. We has a fantastic ERS on Han Katten, which was great fun. We enjoyed experimenting with the amount of people in the cars depending on how much you want it to spin. We found all the weight on one side worked best! Everyone will agree, the music and theming in the park was fantastic too! Very very addictive! The park owner was very nice, greeted us on the way in & gifted us with hats too. What a tiring but fantastic day!!

Lisa Scheinin
Han Katten is unquestionably the best spinning coaster I’ve ever been on!! When you get someone who unbalances the weight excessively (like, say, Martin Valt), you spin like crazy. Awesome!! The dinner was good too, and our host, Michael, was truly gracious. It’s just a bit too bad we didn’t have more time here, but how can you argue with spending an evening at Tivoli?

B. Derek Shaw
Bon Bon Land is a great, wacky park. Having ridden the other three coasters on three previous visits, I concentrated my efforts on Han Katten, arguably the BEST spinning mouse on the planet. Once you figure out the weight distribution, you’re in for a dizzying experience. Basically picture a waltzer (tilt-a-whirl) on a coaster track. It was great to meet park owners Michael, Linda and Teddie (their dog). Always a good time at this place!

Derek Cromarty
Have we stopped spinning yet?

Maggy Linka
I’m still spinning from my single ride on Han Katten! Staggered off the ride, never to return. WOW. Bon Bon Land was a good-weird sort of place with some of the strangest statues I’ve seen in an amusement park The Butterfly (Hvin & Hyl Rutsch) coaster and Dog Fart (Hundeprutterutchebane)  kiddie coasters were truly unique. Bon Bon was the third park of the day for this fun-filled adventure. Doing a bit of shopping now for “must have” souvenirs before flying home tomorrow.

Odd Arne Roste
BonBon-Land. Too much to do, not enough time. But ERS on two great Coasters Miaooooo!

Mick Fryer-Kelsey
Djurs, a beautiful park. We had a walking tour to the mouse, Thor’s Hammer, rather like G’sengte Sau at Tripsdrill. A topple tower called the Eagle, very different and great fun. Did all the coasters, definately need more time here. Frieden, full of rides. 3 coasters and good theming, a beautfiul park.

Bon Bon had certainly changed since my last visit, what a difference, they have some great rides and a fantastic spinning mouse we both loved. Again, not enough time, but a great park.

Liz Fryer-Kelsey
Djurs: great themed park, could have spent longer here.
Frieheden: small park, with a good selection of rides, for all ages.
Bon Bon; very colourful theming, we could have stayed there for longer.

Malcolm Marr
Djurs Sommerland was an awesome park but we did not spend enough time there. Tivoli Friheden was an awesome park but we did not spend enough time there (deja vu?). Bonbon land was an awesome park but we did not spend enough time there (Deja deja vu?) I look forward to the next trip there where we’ll hopefully have more time to enjoy all these parks. A final stop at Tivoli gave us the opportunity to see the park at night, and yes, this park was awesome too, but you already knew that!

Chris Hull
4 really nice park in one busy day. Djurs Sommerland and Tivoli Friheden had a lot to offer but we didn’t really have enough time to appreciate them fully. Still we’ll be back I’m sure. Bonbon Land was as wacky as ever. A final evening at Tivoli to chill out ended a busy day.

Cal Jones
Three great little parks today – could have spent half a day at each of them. Djurs had great theming and Thor’s Hammer looked really good. Managed to skin my knee when Chris knocked me off the swinging log with his fat ass but hey ho, all part of the fun! Great ghost train at the second park, and the swinging Mondial ride was a lot of fun with the lunatic ride op. Bon Bon Land was the highlight, though! Had an absolute blast there and they have a real winner with Han Katten. My head is still spinning!

Gordon Taylor
(Parks X 3) + ECC = FUN. Great fun but it has to be Bon Bon for the most laughs generated in such a short time. From poo and fart jokes to the amazingly spinny Han Katten MEEEEIOOEE!! What a hysterical time. Can we rebrand the magazine to FIRST PLOP please?????

Martha Andrews
I laughed lots!!! All the parks were great, and very cute. Great day!!!!!!!!!

Chris & Dan (CGI GUYS)
Crap, big tits, farts, and vomit pretty much sums up and exciting hour at BON BON LAND. Very cleverly themed almost like Benny Hill meets LOONEY TOONS. The other two parks were great too but I’m too busy playing with my Dog Fart Farting Machine.

Bill ‘Voodoo Amps’ Buckley
A very LONG but fun day. All the parks were brilliant fun. Only draw back was the sheer lack of park time to explore all the nooks and crannies. BonBon Land was a great way to close out the day’s trifecta.

Mette Doving
3 parks day today. All nice parks, but way to little time in all of them. First time at Bon Bon Land, it’s a great fun park. Loved the theming. Now it’s of too a late hour at Tivoli.

Nina Kleppe
First we went to Djurs for a morning ERS on Thor’s Hammer. Than it was Tivoli Friheden. Had a fun time in Bon Bon Land, and got my first Butterfly Credit. Great ERS on Vild Svinet and Han Katten, a fun spinning Coaster.

Patrick Flumet
Longue journee aujourd’hui. Djurs Sommerland pour commencer, Tivoli Frieheden ensuite, et enfin Bon Bon Land. Les trois sont supers mais le dernier est le meilleur. dommage d’avoir eu si peu de temps pour visiter chacun d’eux.

Coastin’ Carl Ragan
Djurs Sommerland and Tivoli Friheden were neat little parks nestled away which indeed deserved more time. Bon-Bon Land however did not deserve any more time and perhaps the time we had was appropriate. I rode my first butterfly coaster today. I like Heege’s rides. I bought you some candy at the famous Bon-Bon Land BTW. Tivoli Gardens tonight – supposed to be a sight to see at night. 4 parks today, wasn’t too bad, a little weary though before Ireland and Norway up next.

Andy Costin
Great parks, far too little time to explore them 🙁 Hopefully we’ll be back sometime. more good hospitality from Bon Bon land and more free beer for those p**s-heads amongst us.

Terry Jarvis
Four parks in one day? Too much fun, not enough time!

Rob hill
I could easily spend a full day at each of the three parks we went to today. The weather was perfect, too. So this was one hell of a great day! Tivoli next!

Tim Galvelis
3 parks in a day, wish we had more time at each, but the weather cooperated, and we managed to have fun. The first 2 parks were complete surprises to me, and I’ll definitely be back. Bon Bon Land will always be the craziest park that I’ve ever been to.

James “Spinner Hannaford
4 Parks in one day Must be a first for the ECC but don’t quote me. All parks today were good and deserve future visits maybe spending more time in each. Bon Bon Land was Mad but had an excellant spinning coaster. It was nice to see that they had it back up and running after the fire last month. Last was Tivoli Gardens at night and what a sight and really puts all theme parks to shame Keep up the good work and I believe we have saved the best for last.

Peter Oakes
Thor’s Hammer was good at Djurs. Troubled waters was well themed. At Tivoli Friheden the Pinfari was rough, the fire brigade roundabout was fun. Lots of dead roaches in the boating lake. BonBon Land Han Katten was very good, and the Dog Fart coaster was well themed. Tivoli’s Rutschbanen was very spectacular even though it was very old. Demonen was fairly good, the dark ride the effects were good on the snow queens palace.

Torrence Jenkins
Bakken scenic railway was a true joy to ride. The amusement park was truly like stepping back in time. It was intersting to find out that all the rides and restaurants were individually owned. Tivoli Gardens once again a true joy all around.

Andy Wright
This was one of them parks which reminded me of Paultons UK a nice childrens park with a Gerstlauer Bobsled coaster called Thor’s Hammer. We had a ERS on this and like Cobra it was smooth and slow but I liked that more as it was early. It could have had more time maybe return. I also must say like yesterday’s park, which I wrote nothing on, the familys were in having breakfast and picnics.

The second park of the day and just a short time. I manged to get the 3 coasters in and watch as others did the Sky Drop ride where you are dangled and dropped into a net. The park was nice and one I could do again if more time.

David Cornell
Today is coaster credit day. 3 parks, 10 coasters, with no time to really enjoy the parks. I do like to do this type of run, especially wen the coasters are all new. Too bad I did not work up my nerve early enough to do the SCAD tower before we had to leave Tivoli Friheden in Aaborg. It was only 50DKK which is about $9 US. Now we are driving to Bon-Bon Land. My long awaited ride on the Dog Fart coaster is near.

David & Susan Ellis
Today’s the big three-park day…Djurs Sommerland, Tivoli Friheden and later today Bon Bon Land. Djurs treated us to an ERS on Thor’s Hammer, a Gerstlauer mouse. We then had an hour to explore the Big Apple coaster, the Huss Topple Tower and the many other attractions. Djurs is a lovely family park and it will be nice to spend more time there on another visit. Friheden is a town park, located in a beautiful wooded part of Aarhuus. Three coasters ridden including a Zamperla spinning mouse and a painful Pinfari looper. Now headed to Bon Bon Land for more crazy fun.

Lisa Scheinin
Credit Hound Heaven today! Two new parks with a total of 5 new coasters (plus one more yet to come tonight)! Even better, both parks were surprisingly good: large, well landscaped, and full of surprises. I could easily have spent much more time at each. Djurs Sommarland has a gorgeous mini golf couse I was aching to try. Tivoli Friheden has a short but superb dark ride we were lucky enough to squeeze in. Well done, Justin!

B. Derek Shaw
Today we visited three parks, two that were new for me. (That feat getting harder and harder for me these days.) Djurs Sommerland is really quite nice with a great assortment of rides inluding the new Gerstlauer mouse, Thor’s Hammer. The Jungle Cruise was old, but fun. Tivoli Friheden is located within a city park. It has three OK coasters, a short but superb Ghost Train and a bizarre scout jump tower. Didn’t have time for that, although it looked fun. More later.

Derek Cromarty
Three parks in one day? I thought you said we’re having three pints in one day! Cheers. In a nutshell, great, good and I’ll get back to you after we visit the third one.

Cheri & Bob Armstrong
Today is our busiest day for visitng multiple parks. We have gone to the first two. Djurs Sommerland was similar to Farup, lots of great activites for families with children. The Gerstlauer mouse was fun, a nice ride for that park. The second park was Tivoli Friheden. We had about 1 1/2 hours to ride the three coasters. Luckily the park was not crowded, and we had no problems riding all three coasters. It was a small city park, very nicely kept up. We would have enjoyed more time at each park, but are glad for a short visit.

Kim Varde Lassen
Three parks in row. I never get to Jylland, so this was special, even for me as a Dane. Definitely the shortest I’ve ever been to a park with a wristband. Liked Tivoli Friheden best. It’s more of a “ride” park than Djurs is. Last one is Bonbon. Went there a couple of weeks ago to try out Han Katten. It had me laughing – good ride. Interesting to see how the rest of the gang feels.

David Cornell
BACON CHIPS!!!!!!!

Rendell Bird
Since it’s been a while that a computer’s battery lasted long enough for me to get a chance to type – I have some serious catching-up to do. First up is Farup Sommerland. I can honestly swear that I’ve never said “You’ll NEVER see THAT at an American amusement park” more times in a single day: paddle boats for children with no life jackets; an obstacle (sp?) course where it was easy to get hurt; huge green bouncy mats where kids were literally flying all over the place. I loved this park. I especially liked the fact that dogs were welcome (they had to be leashed, however). Next up was Djurs Sommerland. We only had a two hours here, but I liked the place quite a bit. It was beautifully landscaped and the place was spotlessly clean. Next was Tivoli Friheden. This was a small ride park in the middle of a larger city park. Some of the rides were very unique and the fun house had some cute effects I’ve never seen in any other fun house. Now, we’re on our way to BonBon Land. I have high-hopes for this park. More soon. Missing everybody back home.

Mike Thompson
Some days are leisurely and some days are rushed. Today is the most rushed day yet. 3 parks in one day and about 6 hours total on the bus. We began at Djurs Sommerland where we experienced some very unique attractions: Thor’s Hammer Gerstlauer coaster before the park opened, a well-themed Topple Tower (my first) and a Jungle Cruise-like boat ride that was long and entertaining. Terrific theming throughout the park. Tivoli Friheden was our next stop. We had less than 2 hours to experience its 3 coasters and other rides. Plus, most of us needed to get a bite to eat since we won’t be fed until 7pm. Tivoli Friheden is a beautifully landscaped park with great rides in a forest setting in the middle of a city. In addition to the coasters, there was Pegasus, a spinning ride that resembled a Chaos … but better. Very good fun house and a unique dark ride, too. Next stop, BonBon-Land and my 600th coaster.

Debbie and Dennis Martin
Today has been terrific so far but a bit rushed. The first park today was a lovely family park and we could have used more time there. We did ride the coasters and take a realy nice train ride around the park to see everything it had to offer. The second park we had enough time for the coasters and the fun haunted dark ride. We grabbed a burger on the run at Mr. Big – Eat the American Way. The logo was of a guy that looked like he had WAY too many burgers. We are currently on our way to park number 3 for today which looks like a very interesting place. Hopefully I can write again before the trip is over – if the laptop gets back to me in the back of the bus! Deb

Torrence Jenkin
Today two parks down and one to go. At Djurs Summer Land we had an ERS on Thor’s Hammer a very long wild mouse type coaster, then we had one hour free time in the park. Next was Tivoli Friheden, once again another quick stop to ride, the Dragen, Rutschebanen, and Tyfonen. Tyfonen lacked the spinning. The park has a very good dark ride which is not to be missed.

Odd Arne Roste
Two parks (so far) this day. We started at Djurs with an ERS on Thor’s Hammer, a really nice Gerstlauer bobsled coaster. one hour in the park to get the credit from Karlo’s Taxi and do some other rides. Next stop Tivoli Friheden with three more credits. I would have liked to have some more in these two parks to do more of the non coaster rides.

Kjetil Roste Ringen
2 parks so far and oh my God what a rush. Its like 2 hours in one park and you NEED to get all the coasters! It can turn a bit frustrating but I think most made it. Djurs is quite much the same as Farup, much stuff for kids Yay! Thor’s Hammer was OK, but a bit slow. The coaster with a loop in Tivoli Friheden was very horrible (lets just say that the loop in Tusenfryd is better, ouch!) But the wild mouse; like thing was quite good. With the right, or wrong – depends how you see it, you could get a quite nice spinning going on. BonBon-Land, here we come!!

 

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Day 10 – Bakken, Tivoli Gardens

David & Susan Ellis
Had another great visit to Bakken. The Rutschebanen coaster was as airtime-filled as ever, and the usual beer inside the structure went down well! This was our third trip to Bakken, the world’s oldest amusement park, and so we had ridden most of the rides and attractions before, but Mine Train Ulven was again one of the highlights in this park. Susan decided to give the fun house a miss, given her slight mishap at the one at Grona Lund. Meal was nice again, albeit with a long queue of hungry people. Can’t get the Han Katten music from Bon Bon Land out of my head! I hope all on Bus 3 enjoyed the singing! Coming close to the end of the trip now. Hitting Tivoli Gardens tonight and tomorrow. Hi to Puss and Geri back home!

Becky & Peter Jackson
Great day at Bakken which has a nice scenic railway. Gorgeous views from around the lakes & lots of wildlife! 5D Cinema was fantastic, we went to the Haunted House show. Food was really nice, ribs were particually messy! Peter, me & many others on the trip agree, this was the worst hotel of the trip. Looking forward to Tivoli tonight!!

B. Derek Shaw
Day number 10 at the Fun Factory and what a great day it was! Bakken is always a fun place. It is basically a permanent carnival with great rides that are independently owned. There must be 30+ restaurants as well. The scenic railway, Rutschebanen, continues to deliver great fun. (I knew when we first entered the area underneath the ride this morning for a welcome by park boss Ole and smelled the fresh creasote, it was going to run well.) Bakken really maintains their coaster quite well. Mine Train Ulven was again good. The auto ride (Indy 500) was a find, as they are rapidly disappearing. The fun house was lively with things you will never see in America again. The ghost train was fun. The only disappointment was the walk thru (which is 20 additional kroners). Most of the stunts didn’t work. All in all a great day out. Tonight – Tivoli Gardens – yahoo!

Derek Cromarty
What time does the pub open?

Cheri & Bob Armstrong
What a great day at Bakken. The scenic railway is a real treat. The brakeman always talked with us when we rode in the back. The coaster appears to well taken care of by the park. The mine train and the flitzer were also great. The flitzer is one the best I’ve ridden. Lunch, as other park meals have been, was very good. A fun time at Bakken, and now looking forward to an evening at Tivoli Gardens. This has been a great trip for us. Thank you ECC trip planners. We look forward to more fun and traveling with you in the future.

Kim Varde Lassen
Just reading back what the others thought of Bakken, and I guess the reviews are good. Been there a million times, so I’m finding it hard to review it. The Rutschebanen session this morning was a first. Never been inside the structure.

Mick Fryer-Kelsey
Bakken: my third visit to Bakken, not changed much, a few new rides. We had a fantastic ride on the scenic and beer was flowing in the garden, and one of the ride ops, took us up the exit, in the ride, where he made the coaster fly, without too much braking. we had a fantastic time.

Tivoli: As beautiful, as ever. Some great rides, the floorless, Demonen is a good ride, but Rutschebanen is still the best ride on the park, it was wet and going very fast. Saturday night, the one and a half hour ERS on the four rides was incredible, riding at night makes a difference.

Thanks to everyone for organising this trip, we’ve had an incredible time, met new friends, including Hakan our coach driver, another great trip. THANK YOU.

Liz Fryer-Kelsey
Bakken: Third visit, park much the same as last time. Rutschebanen, still a great ride.

Tivoli: The ERS was great, and two surprise evening visits to soak up the atmosphere-excellent.

Another great trip. See some of you at Oakwood in 12 days time!!

Andy Costin
Another great day, more free beer (Hell, I’ll have to start drinking alcohol again-I’m missing out) more great coasters – i liked the little Flitzer “Racing.” More good food, and weather wasn’t too bad. Night time at Tivoli was a dream – midnight riding on Demon and Rutschebanen for 1 and a 1/2 hours!

Malcolm Marr
Bakken was an awesome park but I felt we spent too much time here. We ended up spending a significant amount of time sitting in bars enjoying the alcohol. The hospitality at this park was great particularly the brakeman making his way to work who shouted “coaster geeks!!” at us. Evening was spent with a killer ERS at Tivoli where we had the shaky Demonen, Crazy dodgems, Sublime Scenic & shit scary starflyer to keep us busy from midnight to 1.30 in the morning.

Chris Hull
A return visit to Bakken for me. Much the same as in 2003 but an enjoyable day with good hospitality as always. Perhaps the time spent there was a little more than necessary but it was nice to have a beer and snooze in the Rutschebanen “Garden”! An unprecedented 90 minute ERS on four rides followed at Tivoli which was superb. Seeing the lights of Copenhagen at 1.00am from 180′ up the Starflyer was very memorable. B&M Deamonen was compact fun but a little juddery. Bumper cars and scenic were fun too.

Yvonne Janik
Beginning the day on the scenic railway was a delight. The airtime in the back seat was amazing, and I loved my visit to the world’s oldest amusement park. Thanks, Bakken managers and owners, for a great day.

Tim Galvelis
Bakken was fun, touring with a group of newbies who simply loved Mine Train Ulven, even with a strict, nun type, ride operator who simply refused to let us choose a seat. After lunch I hit the tired wall, and unfortunately was ready to depart.

An evening in Tivoli is just the perfect way to spend a night, but throw in an hour and a half of ERS an it became unforgettable. The Star Flyer is one intense ride that was quite a test of my nerves. Then came the bumper cars marathon which Keith Johnson respectfully declined to join in on; CHICKEN! Ending the night on the Rutschebanen was a must, and completely incredible in the backseat.

Patrick Flumet
Bakken merite largement la journee que nous y avons passe et le Rutschebanen reste un de mes scenic railway favori. La surprise du soir, le parc pour nous tous, seul sur quatre attractions ouvertes jusqu’a 1h30 du matin: wahouuuuuuu

James “Spinner” Hannaford
Today Bakken and a classic Scenic railway. A bit rough for me but still enjoyable. As a local to Dreamland in the UK this is what I love about being a coaster enthusiast and that’s finding other parks with similiar rides of the same make. The unexpected surprise was the runaway mine train that didn’t look much but was impressive once we were on it. Also had an amazing Lunch. Tonight it back to Tivoli Gardens and a few ERS Surprises looking forward to that..

Peter Oakes
Another spectacular scenic railway, and a good after burner spinner. Bakken also had a great Fun House. Scenic smells of creosote. Tivoli they had a great firework display with brilliant colours, including the striking reds. K.wheels on top of the theatre.

 

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Day 11 – Tivoli Gardens, Flight

Malcolm Marr
The last day at Tivoli was chilled and relaxed, for me the trip ended on a high note with the ERS in the early hours of the morning. My favourite ride and biggest surprise of the trip was Han-Katten at Bonbon, biggest disappointment would have been Falken. Too many parks were great to pick a favourite, and they really put the parks in the UK in a bad light. I think the group size was perhaps too big and two coaches may have been a better number. The large group meant that it fragmented into smaller camps a lot of the time and I didn’t get a chance to speak to friends from previous trips (sorry Mike, Kammy and Maggie!). There were also comments made along the lines of favourites being on coach 1, which were unjustified. Also some members need to learn how to ride the front row of a scenic coaster rather than getting upset and throwing their toys out of the pram when people jump into their seats further up the queue line.

Chris Hull
A relaxing morning at Tivoli for the final day. Weather started to close in and we left in the rain. Hard to sum up the trip in total. I can’t pick a favourite ride (I don’t do Top 10 lists!) but the whole trip was very enjoyable for me. Nice to meet some new people and put well known names to faces. Thanks Maggie and Kat for showing concern for my foot and ribs! I’m fine – honest! As with all trips a few ‘moments’ along the way but nothing that I could consider important enough to warrant some of the actions or comments from some members. Thanks as always to all concerned (Trip Monkeys, Park Staff and Owners, coach drivers etc).

Yvonne Janik
WOW!!!! Tivoli! I have wanted to come to this park since I first heard of it, and it was all that I ever dreamed it would be and more. ERS until 1:30 am was too amazing for words, and I loved the food, rides, and beauty all around me. I am so glad we had 2 evenings and part of a day there. It is officially one of my favorite places in the world. Thanks, Andreas, for all your generosity and hospitality – you are TOO fun!

Tim Galvelis
The last day was spent in the most perfect place you could spend a day, Tivoli Gardens. A great lunch followed what was a fun day of repeat riding.

David & Susan Ellis
Last night we visited Tivoli Gardens for a late ERS, possibly the latest ERS in club history… midnight to 1.30am! Rutschebanen in the dark was fantastic, and the ERS also included Daemonen, Star Flyer and bumper cars. Susan did her first (and possibly last) star flyer…200 ft tall chair-o-planes! Today we had more time in the park, and a lunch, before our journey home. All in all it has been a great trip, with some fantastic parks, many we will want to come back to in the future. Thanks to all involved in the organising of the trip.

Becky & Peter Jackson
A fun night at Tivoli mostly riding Daemonen and then the bumper cars over and over until 01:15. A lovely park with a firework display and a late Multi ERS session. Thank you to most members for making Becky, my wife, feel so welcome on her first Club trip, I appreciate not all members approved of the age difference but hey love is love. This trip was part of our honeymoon which now continues in America. Hope to see most of you on future Club trips. Many thanks to the drivers and staff of all the parks and to all who helped organise this trip.

Odd Arne Roste
Tivoli at night is excellent with a really good firework. And 4 open rides for us from midnight til 01.30. I did at least two rides on Daemonen, Rutchebanen, Bumpercars and the biggest thrill, the StarFlyer. I loved these ERS’s that Tivoli gave us.

The whole trip was excellent, with a slow start, but a veeeeeery hectic end, Liseberg to Denmark. I can’t imagine how much time Justin and all the trip team used to make this an unforgettable trip. Thank you very much!

Andrew Lamb
A night to remember. when the park was open although it was busy the queues were managable. The the mine train I found to be great, going round over and over again (something like 5 or 6 times) despite a largish queue. after a fab fireworks display they opened up 4 rides just for us. I was happy enough staying on the floorless coaster called Daemonen. I only got off once during the ERS. I don’t count rides but I reckon I must have down over 20 consecutive rides mostly on the back and front seats.

The whole trip was great and produced loads of very great moments and rides. A big thanks to all people envolved in organising and running the trip, see ya all at Oakwood in 2 weeks’ time!

Andreas and Mechthild Namyslo
A great trip is over now and the last part of it was a brilliant ERS in Tivoli. We never rode a coaster after 1 am before. It is a great experience in a park that is only open to the club. It is time to say thank you to all the people in the parks who were responsible for the great fun we had, especially a very big thank you to John and his trips crew, our coach captain, David “Miau” Ellis, and of course Justin.

Andy Costin
Tivoli and flight home-more good food, a last hurrah on the woodie, now we have to snap back to reality and fly home 🙁 I’d like to say a big thank you to all the trips team, and everyone who made this trip a brilliant one. Hats off to you all! 🙂

Dave Hall
Another excellent and tiring trip over with. I need a holiday now! Thanks to all the people, both club and park who made this experience possible. Roll on the next adventure…

andycoasterboy
Thanks to all involved in making this a truly memorable trip – Hakan and the other coach drivers, Kevin, John and obviously Justin and everyone on the best bus #1 🙂 Thunderbird, go-karts and Mathias falling in the swamp are the highlights of which there are many – 4 Koff please…..

Jeff Holmes
A huge thankyou to everybody involved in organising yet another succesful trip. This was my first time in Scandinavia and thoroughly enjoyed the coasters, parks and the fantastic hospitality of the park staff you should be proud of your parks. Beer obvously flowed well…. 4 Koff !!!!!!!!!!!!!!

Kat S.
Hard to believe the trip is over, each day more surprising and fun filled than the day prior. The night ERS at Tivoli was an unprecedented opportunity and a true mind blowing experience. Dancing with Keith to the swingband was a highlight. A perfect evening and a great ending to a wonderful tour. Thanks to all who planned such a great experience and the folks from coach 1 who made the long rides pass quickly. P.S. George keep your hands to yourself!

Martin Valt
Huge thanks to everyone involved but I thought that the drinks were included. Enjoyed Malmen Parken the most. 4 Koff everyone 🙂

Richard Bannister
Greatly enjoyed the trip. Some stunning attractions; coasters, drops, dark rides, and local wildlife (especially in Sweden), though the real highlight remains hearing about Martin taking two days to visit a closed park in Estonia. Malmen Parken absolutely fantastic. Over a thousand coasters now with an imaginary count of at least forty-seven. Looking forward to the Schwarzkopf Inverted Log Flume on the next trip. All your base are belong to us. Quidquid latine dictum sit altum viditur. C’est tout!

Ethan Conroy
This was my second trip and the longest and most tiring. I liked all the Swedish blondes and most of the Copenhagians. My most favourite ride was the free fall at Grona Lund and my favorite park was Linnamaki in Hellsinki (due to the fact that I think it was the sunniest day ) I would like to thank all the people who organised the trip …. It was EXCELLANT! p.s there is a blonde over there and she is really good looking.

Patrick Flumet
Voila le dernier jour. Nous avons eu le repas pour nous dire au revoir avec James et les autres, et a la prochaine en faisant encore quelque tours sur les coasters. J’ai encore une nuit ici donc avec l’entree de la journee je vais passer encore une soiree dans ce parc abolument fantastique. Merci encore mille fois a l’equipe qui s’est chargee de l’organisation, c’etait parfais comme d’habitude. I have to translate that one: Many thanks to the team in charge of the trip, it was perfect as usual.

B. Derek Shaw
Two evenings and half a day Sunday at Tivoli Gardens is the best way to end this great journey. This is the place where Walt Disney snagged all his ideas for Disneyland, etc. Tivoli is the first themed attraction in the world, dating back to the 1550s. This gem continues to shine. I was impressed with The Star Flyer at 200 feet tall was quite an experience. What a rush! The Rutschebanen was as good this time as my first visit in 2001. Demonen was fine too. My only negative was that there were quite a few burnt out light bulbs throughout the park (on signs, strings of lights, chase lights, etc.) (Dont worry Knoebels, you continue to have the most working lights of any park I’ve visited on three continents!)

Derek Cromarty
Is it time for a pint yet?

Cal Jones
The last couple of days have been really hectic but really great as well. Tivoli was amazing. Ill definitely be returning.

Thanks to everyone who helped organise the trip Ive had a blast. Ready for a good nights sleep now!

 

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