City Escapes

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.

Helsinki City Escapes IV: Out on the sea

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Helsinki is surrounded by water, and in the summer season the cruise offers are a great way to explore seaside Helsinki. While it might seem like a very touristy thing to do – I go on a sunset cruise every summer. Touristy or not – it’s just stunningly beautiful and always lovely. Take some friends, get dinner or just some drinks on the boat and enjoy the scenery!

Helsinki City Escape III: Lammassaari

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A short 20 minute busride from the centre lies Lammassaari, an island that is quite densely populated by summer houses (Mökkis), a bird-watching tower and a little forest path around the island. In this case though “the journey is the destination”, as the way to Lammassaari itself is a hidden path of wooden planks through the marshy swamplands that surround it. Always a little adventure, and you can visit the sheep as well. Wonderful year-round.

Helsinki City Escapes II: Espoo waterfront walkway

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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.

Helsinki City Escape I: Kruunuvuori

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The area of Kruunuvuori is a foresty area on the Laajasalo peninsula, on the south-eastern shore of Helsinki. The wooden villas that had already been built there all the way from the 1800s onwards were hence abandoned but not taken down, so during the last decades those beautiful houses had been left to decay in the woods. It’s a bit like visiting ghost town, however, at this point in time (2019), many of the houses have been burnt down, so this post is more a collection of impressions of what it used to be. City views and forest walks are still worth visiting though!