Christmas at the Sinebrychoff House Museum

The Sinebrychoff Museum is hosting a special Christmas exhibition at the House Museum. The exhibition features the original tableware that was used by the Sinebrychoff family in the late 19th century. In addition to the replicating the original table settings, there will be an assortment of Christmas fare, along with beautiful flower arrangements. The House […]

Independence Day

Happy Independence Day Finland!  December 6th marks Finland’s anniversary of independence and the day is celebrated across the country with both joy and solemnity. Independence Day Traditions The occasion is typically marked by church services and tributes at war memorials. In continuation of a wartime tradition, candles are lit in the windows at 6 pm. […]

Haunted Helsinki

It’s Halloween – what better time to tell the tales of haunted Helsinki? Over the centuries Helsinki has gathered its fair share of specters and spirits, and here we highlight three places where the visiting ghost-hunter might be fortunate enough to spot something otherworldly. Finnish National Theater The Finnish National Theater is a good place […]

Baltic Herring Market 2019

The Baltic Herring Market has made its annual return to the Helsinki Market Square. The Herring market has been ongoing every autumn since 1743 and is the oldest traditional event in Finland. Not just a fish market Given the name, you might believe that the Herring Market is simply a large fish market, but this […]

5 Reasons to Visit Tampere

Tampere is located just under 200 km north of Helsinki and can easily be reached by train or by car in around 2 hours. Here’s a five reasons to visit this compact and charming city. 1. Natural Beauty You have probably heard about Finland’s lakes, which number in the thousands. In Tampere alone there are […]

Island Hopping

Helsinki is surrounded by over 300 islands, several of which are easily accessible by waterbus from either the Market Square or Hakaniemi. Here, we take a look at three of the most popular islands – Lonna, Vallisaari and Suomenlinna. Despite their closeness to each other, each island is different and has unique features worth exploring. […]

Midsummer in Helsinki

Happy Midsummer or Hyvää Juhannusta, as the Finns would say! Apart from Christmas, Midsummer is the biggest celebration of the year. If you’re in Helsinki you’ll undoubtedly notice how quiet the city is, as many of the locals are away at their summer cottages in the woods and islands around Finland. Here are a few […]

Vanhankaupunginlahti – Oasis in the Heart of the City

Vanhankaupunginlahti means the “old city bay”. Helsinki was originally founded here in 1550 by King Gustav Vasa I, just a 20-minute tram drive away from the current city centre. An equally easy and rewarding way to get here is by cycling. Nowadays, the mouth of the Vantaa River serves nature lovers, tech freaks and culinary […]

Visit St. Petersburg Visa-Free via Helsinki

Helsinki’s location makes it a great starting point for anyone who wants to explore the nearby cities. From Helsinki, you can visit neighbouring St. Petersburg and it is possible to do so without a visa. Finland borders Russia on the eastern coast and Helsinki is just under 400 kilometres away from St. Petersburg.  Perfectly located […]

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