About Us

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Welcome to travel the world with Meriharakat (Finnish word for oystercatchers)! We are a senior couple who love to travel with a special interest in collecting countries. The number of countries for both of us is already over 130 – and stories from all of them can be read in out blog (but mostly in Finnish only).

We explore the whole world, preferably visiting new countries, but for shorter trips Europe is our favourite. Finland is our scenery in the summer: it is green and beautiful – and not too hot!
In Finland we also visit interesting art exhibitions and enjoy an occasional play in the local theatres, sharing the experiences with our readers.

We are the only Finnish travel blog specializing in collecting countries. We offer  basic information related to the subject for Finnish readers and, of course, keep them updated on our own achievements!

On yearly basis we summarize our travels for the past year and keep updating our readers on our travel plans every now and then.

Together and competing

We participate in several blog communities: 40+blogit (adult bloggers), Rantapallo Travel Companions  and ParisRio.

TOP-10-MATKABLOGIT-2017In 2017 we were selected as one of the Top 10 Travel Blogs in Finland by Cision after being listed as one of the challengers already in 2015. Since 2018 the Top 10 Travel Blogs have not been selected by Cision.

Brandsome, which follows also blogs in Social Media listed us as number 43 for all blogs (not only Travel Blogs) and Blogit.fi, a Finnish service providing feeds from most blogs in Finland, listed us as number 1 for travel blogs at the end of 2018.


Our most popular posts

Of the stories written during first quarter of 2019 our readers loved these stories about our adventures in West Africa, the Principe inspired summary of 30 best tropical islands and us revealing the three next trips after we came back from Africa:

Popular posts over time include advice for packing, helping people to plan their trip to Lofoten Islands and visiting the charming island of Örö in the Finnish Archipelago:


  • Unique readers (for 2018) 74 524 (Q2 2019 35 109, i.e. 1 350 per week)
  • Page loads (for 2018) 197 971 (Q2 2019 103 747)
  • Female readers: 68 %
  • Biggest age groups:  25-34 (26%), 35-44 (21%) but we also reach 55+ audience (28%)
  • Meriharakka on Facebook  1835 / 1668 (end of Q2 2019/ end of 2018)
  • Meriharakka on Twitter 2 565 / 2 615 ((end of Q2 2019/ end of 2018)
  • Meriharakka on Instagram 10 808 ((end of Q2 2019/ end of 2018)

Twitter and Instagram numbers have been slightly affected by the fact that we are currently following much less accounts by ourselves than we used to at some point.

Most recent collaborations

Would you like us to tell your story?

We are always open for new ideas of collaboration – if you work within travel industry or are otherwise interested in our travels or us as story tellers, please be in touch!

  • pirkko.schildt(at)iki.fi
  • lasse.schildt(at)iki.fi


In Media

We are slightly famous in Finland regarding our interest in travelling, especially when we visit less common countries like Saudi-Arabia during 2017. We have given interviews to Helsingin Sanomat (the biggest newspaper in Finland) several times and have appeared in a number of different magazines, both as the object of the story or telling the story ourselves as writer/photographer.

During 2018 we were presented in Iltasanomat when we reached our goal to visit all the European capitals and we sold one of our Instagram pictures to a story about wasps.

We have also made appearances on the Finnish television several times promoting collecting countries as travel niche.

A couple of stories in English

Even if the majority of  our blog is in Finnish, we have written a couple of stories also in English, being:

Our story about Örö island is written both in Finnish and Swedish as Swedish is used a lot in that area of Finland.

So occasionally we can write a story also in other languages than Finnish, if needed.