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Our holiday slideshow contradicts the idea that the northern winter is a time of lingering darkness. Bring on the light!
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Photo: One of the many tiny islands you see on your way into #Helsinki by boat. #travel #lp http://t.co/SQZfjNcwTn
The Finnish capital is where Art Nouveau buildings, centenarian cafes and harbourside heritage meet modern aesthetics.
In late summer, Finland’s largest arts festival will be treating audiences to an exciting line up of world premiers and mega productions as well as the chance to see a number of artists on their debut visit to Finland.
The full programme is available at www.helsinginjuhlaviikot.fi/en.
http://on.fb.me/YHQG3C - Photo: Elena Ristovska Mussalo
All footage is shot with a Nikon D80 over the course of past two years
An interactive installation at Lux Helsinki. (2 See Helsinki: Reveal http://t.co/115hwghF)
The moment it gets cold and the daylight dwindles, Nordic destinations such as Helsinki tend to fall off a traveller’s radar. But having gone when the weather was miserable, I can vouch for the fact that the Finnish capital is a lot more fun than you might assume: the price is right, tourists are minimal and the cool temperatures offer the perfect excuse to find comfort in retail therapy and rich foods.
Helsinki's fantastic Uimahalli sauna and (inside) swimming pool complex is tucked away on Yrjönkatu, a short walk from the main railway station and the center of town.
At five euros for a single visit, it's one of the cheapest—and most authentically Finnish—things you can do in this otherwise expensive city.
The sexes alternate between the days—Monday, Wednesday and Friday are for the ladies, while Tuesday, Thursday and Saturday are gents' days. Sunday's split between the two, with gents from 8-9 in the morning and ladies for the rest of the day.
Leave your swimsuit at home (you can swim with yours on, but be daring and bare it all)! Your entrance fee includes a towel, and then you hop in the shower to rinse off before steaming along with a dozen or so of your new closest Finnish friends in the saunas.
I had a bit of time in the morning, so I went for the Temppeliaukio Church or better known as Church in the Rock. This astonishing church was built in 1969 and right into the rock of this hill in Helsinki.
Yet it is still full of natural light which comes in from huge window panels under the copper dome.
The showcase of minimalistic design. Since 6th to 16th September, eleven days of minimalistic design will cheer up the distinct capital of Finland, Helsinki.
The Frugal Traveler asked locals in Helsinki where to go. Here's where they sent him.
Seeing a city “like a local” may be a battered cliché. But it’s also a valid goal. And it’s considerably harder to do if you don’t know any of these “locals.”
I didn’t know a soul when I got to Helsinki. And it has been my experience that concierges or innkeepers or hostel staff members who field frequent questions like “Where do the locals go?” or “What’s your favorite?” end up reciting the same answers they give everyone else. Guidebooks and Web sites often point out “local haunts,” though if their audiences are big enough, there goes the neighborhood.
Helsinki is a trendy city designed for the avant-garde traveler. Flea markets, fashion boutiques and delicious local cuisine only begin to scratch the surface.
During my trip to Finland I quickly fell in love with everything that Helsinki is – inspiring, bohemian and green. Here is my latest “Boho Guide” for the avant-garde traveler. Whether you have one day in the city or an entire year, these 5 ways will help you see the indie side of Helsinki.
If you’re planning a trip to Finland this autumn, you might be wondering what some of the must-visit places in Helsinki are. You’ll be pleased to know that Helsinki won’t be too cold at this time of year, with average temperatures of around 14 – 16 degrees centigrade. That doesn’t mean you shouldn’t bring your winter woollies though, and make sure to pack some comfortable shoes for walking, as there are so many must-visit places in Helsinki that you could find yourself on your feet all day! Here are some places you simply can’t afford to miss during your trip.
Would you pass the wallet test? World's most honest cities revealed after researchers dropped purse containing £30 to see if it would be returned.
Test by Reader's Digest dropped wallets in 16 cities worldwide and counted how many were given backHelsinki in Finland topped the survey, handing back 11 of 12 wallets, while only one was returned in Lisbon, Portugal. New York was joint third while London came joint ninth in the test.
Lasse Luomakoski, a 27-year-old student who returned a wallet in Helsinki, thought that her people were naturally disposed to be honest.
He said: 'Finns are naturally honest, it’s typical for us. We are a small, quiet, closely-knit community. We have little corruption and we don’t even run red lights.'
Finnish Furniture Design Gallery @ Helsinki International Airport - Vantaa (March 2012) Sit Down and Seize the Moment
Shabby surroundings and roads can put off anyone and visitors are bound to take home negative impressions of the place. So, we introduce you top 10 cleanest cities in the world.
The capital city of Finland takes the visitors in its awe with picturesque landscapes, wonderful sights and well-arranged architecture. The city is a brimming hub of culture and education and its authorities leave no stone unturned to maintain the beauty of the city.
Sizzling in Helsinki New York Times There was a time when Kallio, a working-class district north of central Helsinki and somewhat akin to the old, grittier iteration of the Bowery in Manhattan, was considered off-limits to visitors.
Helsinki: Admiring the afterglow on Eteläinen Uunisaari, an island near the district of Kaivopuisto.
see all the pics here http://taivasalla.net/2013/01/130112_1551_photos_eng.html
Helsinki, Finland. twitter.com/amazing_sights…— Amazing Sights (@amazing_sights) January 6, 2013
Helsinki, Finland. twitter.com/amazing_sights…
“@amazing_sights: Helsinki, Finland. http://t.co/fE2Xel0M”; why can't I live here
An A to Z guide to Helsinki, Finland, including tips for the design district, places to eat and shop, and where to listen to music.
Oslo may have the Nobels, and Stockholm girls with dragon tattoos, but the real hidden gem of Nordic Europe is Finland’s capital city, where the furniture is futuristic and the reindeer… well, everywhere
Muru Pops Down, a project that's part of World Design Capital Helsinki 2012, is a pop-up restaurant that literally takes place underground: 262 feet underground, to be exact. Running for two weeks between September 10 and 24, Muru Pops Down is an offshoot of Helsinki restaurant Muru.
The dinner takes place in the Tytyri Mine Museum, and diners are given helmets to wear as they navigate the mines to the restaurant. (They don't have to wear the helmets while they eat, though.) The dinner costs €128 (US$161) and includes transportation to and from Helsinki to the event, dinner, drinks, and museum admission. Alas, would be gastronomic spelunkers, it's sold out.
Together with the surrounding Design Museum and the Museum of Finnish Architecture, the Pavilion is the heart of the World Design Capital Helsinki 2012. An open and easy to approach building designed by Aalto University Wood Studio students and specialists, their design enables the organization and integration of many types of functions and events through its physical shape and function. The pavilion, which will be open until September 16, offers free of charge program and recreation for everyone during the 105 days it will be open. More images and project description after the break.
The Economist Intelligence Unit's survey scored cities across six criteria including political and social stability, education and health care.
THE TOP 10
1. MELBOURNE2. Vienna, Austria3. Vancouver, Canada4. Toronto, Canada5. Calgary, Canada5. ADELAIDE7. SYDNEY8. Helsinki, Finland9. PERTH10. Auckland, New Zealand
The urban summer event Lasipalatsi Design Markets & Fashion Film Festival brings fresh design, fashionable movies and summery vibes in the middle of Helsinki for five days in the beginning of August 1-5, 2012.
Organised for the fourth time, Lasipalatsi Design Markets hosts 38 brands which are represented by interesting up-and-coming designers at the Lasipalatsi square. Their unique pieces – clothes, accessories, jewellery and homeware are all for sale during the event.