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 […]

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. […]

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 […]

Helsinki’s Talking Statues

Statues and sculptures abound throughout Helsinki, and these statues tell interesting stories that are often lost on passersby. Now, Helsinki has developed an innovative way of telling you the stories behind each statue – by letting the statue do the talking! Currently there are fifteen statues which have this feature. When you visit the statue […]

Lapinlahti Mental Hospital and Park – Hidden History in Helsinki

The Lapinlahti former psychiatric hospital stands poised on the edge of Lapinlahti Bay, a naturally beautiful site noted for its richness in biodiversity.  Much like the rare butterfly (Depressaria Chaerophylli) that can be found in the area, its future is uncertain, but its history certainly deserves preservation. The Lapinlahti estate is comprised of several structures, […]

From Rococo to Realism

Profane art (or secular art) had its hesitant origin in Finland in the 18th century Isak Wacklin’s rococo portraits and in Nils Schillmark’s paintings, which employed the Neoclassical idiom. Elias Martin’s landscape paintings documenting the fortification of Viapori represent a unique curiosity from the same period. At the turn of the nineteenth century, Finnish artists absorbed influences from the […]

National Fervour and Symbolism in Finnish Art

The influence of plein-air painting The adoption of the plein-air method drove Finnish artists out into the midst of the peasantry and into the natural landscape. Artists, who usually had an upper-class background, began to make excursions into the “original Finland” that was supposed to lie in the forest wilderness of Karelia. Romanticism Landscape painting […]

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