Finland

Nature, Muumins and pampering: My Side of Naantali

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I’m constantly on the search for brief Helsinki escapes, from busy times working and all that. I knew Naantali only by the comparison of it being “the Miami of Finland” (without the drugs) and heard plenty of stories about it from friends praising it, but only recently I got my own first glimpse of this magical seaside town. Nature? Food? Some pampering? MUUMINS? What else could you ask for.

City Escape VII: Vallisaari

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Only opened in May 2016, Vallisaari is a true treasure right in front of Helsinki’s coastline. The fairly big island was in use under the military until pretty much then, but finally opened up for visitors as well. The island combines history and nature beautifully with stunning views of the city from high above – for me the perfect alternative day trip for those seeking to avoid the crowds heading out to Suomenlinna in the summer, the season ends in late September.

Kemi: Olokolo or the Snowhotel?

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Kemi up in Lapland, right at the Gulf of Bothnia, is a place of magic: it’s home to the Snow Castle – yes, a castle and hotel completely built of snow and ice. Also, have you heard of the Olokolo?

Breaking the Ice with Sampo

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Did you know that you can go on an icebreaker cruise in Kemi, Northern Finland? The unique experience takes you on the retired vessel “Sampo”, who will also get you to plunge in the frozen water of the Arctic.

Lapland Getaway: Luosto

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Getting out into the nature of pure, deep Finnish winter is something that everyone should experience. It makes you fall in love with the season, understand why winter can be incredible and just be out and away from daily life for a while. Luosto is an ideal spot to do that, amidst a gorgeous National Park and the Fells. Some action? Snowmobiling, skiing and husky sled safaris are only a few ideas.

NBE phone recap

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The Nordic Bloggers’ Experience 2016 is over and out! The campaign officially concluded on Wednesday the 26th, and now I am processing the events and experiences of last week by simply putting down a little best of phone snapshots along with some thoughts of the week.

#helsinkilove: Christmas vibes

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I’m not wildly crazy about Christmas, but over the years I have learnt to appreciate the lights, the food, the vibes and the general coziness of this times of year. I also adore the Christmas markets, especially the one on the Senate Square in Helsinki is home to some wonderful gems.

The Getaway: 5 steps back to Sanity in Åland

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Åland really is one of the most beautiful spots I have ever seen and the perfect place to let your daily life behind you. Countless islands, magical bays, endless skies – what could you need more to let your mind reset. Apart from lounging about on the rocks behind our cottage, there are of course a few more things to experience!

Helsinki City Escape V: Kivinokka

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Nature time! Especially in busy times I find nothing more soothing and liberating than a trip into nature. Helsinki offers stunningly beautiful nature all around the city, with the Kivinokka area just a good 20 minutes from the centre is one of the hidden gems many miss out on. Let’s fix that.