The Lakeland region of Central Finland around the city of Jyväskylä, is famous for its countless lakes, its Sauna culture, the home of architect Alvar Aalto. Our summer trip took us through the most beautiful parts of the region to experience the best parts of all of it. An area best explored with the flexibility of a car, it’s a great destination for a Finland roadtrip.
Who doesn’t love breakfast? Helsinki has a bunch of just delicious breakfast cafés all around town, so make your pick! I’m more of a savoury kind of breakfast gal, so you can always win me over with good break, well-prepared eggs and of course – strong coffee. Coming from Central Europe, bread and pastries are my weakness – there is nothing that makes me happier than a buttery croissant, or a loaf of crusty bread. Luckily, the last years have brought us some amazing places to enjoy baked goods. Of course many overlap in these categories, so go and check them out yourself!
Whether you have family visiting or if you are new to Helsinki, this itinerary to spend 3 days in Helsinki is showing off the Finnish Capital at its best, from sights, to nature, relaxing, local things to do! This is a very relaxed schedule, taking an afternoon siesta into account as we all need to take some downtime when it’s so warm!
Stretching all the way from Munkkiniemi along the coastline of Espoo all the way to Saunalahti, the scenic road with mystical parts through birch woods, swampy forests and hidden bbq-places on rocks by the water, but leads also along luxurious residential areas and small harbours. Nature is at your doorstep, people, get out there. Everytime again I am amazed by how close everything actually is and yet how far from civilisation it seems at times. Somewhat seasonal, it’s a great way to explore the shoreline on foot, but especially by bike.
The traditional Mayday celebrations around Vappu start on day before, on April 30th and is something everyone should experience! It’s probably the biggest street party you’ll see, and it’s the closest Finland comes to a carnival. Things are different in 2020, but despair not! This post includes a list of delicious Vappu options.
The concept of Staycations is one of my favourites, I’ve always believed in the idea of experiencing your own city as a tourist every now and again, and keep your eyes open for things that might pass you by in your day-to-day life! Helsinki is a lovely city for a Staycation, with beautiful hotel properties for everyone’s taste, vacation style and budget!
Helsinki is a city for biking, and rightfully so! With April, the season is starting, and locals are getting their bike fixed up and ready to get outside. Whether it is for your commute or leisure, if you want to go mountain biking in the forest or just out to the shops, everything is possible and accessible for everyone, no matter if you live here or are just visiting. All you need to know here!
The best time of year is Blini season! January marks the month that Bliniviikot are all around the city, which means many wonderful restaurants have the wonderfully buttery Russian delicacy on their menus. The Finnish interpretation is made with buckwheat flour and baked in a cast-iron pan until crisp and sinful, and is served with a variety of different toppings, along the sides of smetana, red onions and pickles.