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Helsinki's Tuomiokirkko cited in '8 Gems among Europe's Lesser Known Cathedrals and Churches'

  Dimitry B   The neoclassical Lutheran "Domesday Church" (top) in the gracious, laid-back Finnish capital was finished in 1852 and is notable for its striking white, green and gold exterior, contrasted with a simple wooden interior. It's perched on top of a long flight of steps, which in the summer become the city’s favorite public bench: a place to have some fresh Finnish strawberries and catch street buskers doing their thing. With a Greek-cross layout, its interior is elegant but simple…

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Finland's ephemeral winter lake art

An architect-designer in southern Finland has returned to a frozen lake with a snow shovel to draw a large animal on the ice for the sixth year in a row, creating an artwork that he hopes will “make people happy and encourage them to go out to hike in a beautiful nature.”  Great stuff, I hope he does it again next year so I can go see it!  Read the article here.    

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Muoinio cited in '7 Top Spots to Spot the Aurora Borealis'

Northern Lights, also known as Aurora Borealis are one of the most breathtaking sights one can ever experience. The mixture of unearthly colors display including magenta, emerald green and turquoise is so worth watching. You would be lucky enough if you get to see pink, red and purple also. It is not at all easy to spot the northern lights, however the best time to see them is from late September to late March. During these months, the nights are longest and skies are darkest. Seeing the…

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  • Here's a cool little Travel+Leisure piece about staying in a "secret treehouse" in the town of Fiskars, just over an hour from Helsinki (and I've actually been to this picturesque town, which is best known for its Finland's oldest company and one of the oldest in the world, also called Fiskars, founded in 1649 as a scissors manufacturer and now greatly expanded in terms of products and acquisitions - it also owns Royal Copenhagen, Wedgwood and Waterford crystal): https://www.travelandleisure.com/finland-koja-treehouse-polestar-su...
    I Stayed in a Secret Tree House in Finland — Here's What It Was Like
    In Finland in a tree house owned by electric car company Polestar and learned all about sustainable travel.
  • The annual "World Happiness Report" compiled by various international groups using Gallup polling recently came out for 2022, and Finland came in first place! Does that make you more interested to visit? https://worldhappiness.report/ed/2022/happiness-benevolence-and-tru...
    Happiness, Benevolence, and Trust During COVID-19 and Beyond
    The World Happiness Report is a publication of the Sustainable Development Solutions Network, powered by the Gallup World Poll data.
  • We don't often think of Finland as a winter destination, but Forbes just recently ran a (literally) cool article on how Helsinki in the cold months can be a pretty fetching destination: https://www.forbes.com/sites/davidnikel/2022/10/23/finland-travel-1...
    Finland Travel: 10 Things To Do In Helsinki This Winter
    If you like the idea of exploring Finland in the winter, here are ten must-visit places and experiences in and around the capital city, Helsinki.
  • In observance of Pride, The Guardian just came out with a piece on Europe's ten best gay-friendly destinations - and Helsinki made the cut. Here's why: https://www.theguardian.com/travel/2022/jun/23/europe-best-holidays...
    10 of Europe’s best destinations for LGBTQ+ travellers this Pride season | Gay and lesbian travel |…
    From Madrid to Mykonos our writer picks the most queer-friendly holiday spots in Europe
  • From Helsinki to Turku, we loved Finland! http://inspiringtravellers.com/tag/finland/

  • I am featuring Finland this week on my Food & Travel website (www.foodandtravel.com.au) Come on over and take a look!
    Food and Travel Website - the best place to come for worldwide food and travel information - Food a…
    Food and Travel website - the best place to come for food and travel information.
  • kuusamo sunrise

    After the long, dark winter months in Kuusamo, northern Finland, the bright summer days are real tonic to the soul. And the amount of light we get is incredible. At the end of May it’s already light for 24 hours a day, although the sun does officially set for around two and a half hours.

    Kuusamo Finland - Sunrise sunset dawn and dusk times



    nRead more: Ruka Kuusamo

  • The big freeze has begun in northern Finland, with our lakes already frozen enough to walk over. This is a video I made about the eerie noise the ice makes as it is forming. not what you'd expect at all!

  • To reach the best ski resorts in Finland you need to travel above the Arctic Circle into Lapland. Although Finnish resorts are at low altitudes compared with those of the Alps, snow is always guaranteed and conditions are nearly always perfect. Skiing is ideal for beginners and intermediates, although advanced skiers will be challenged by the off-piste opportunities. Finnish "tunturis" offer excellent opportunities for snow sports, and the country’s long periods of frost-weather and clean white snow favors both alpine and cross-country skiing. The first snow usually falls in October and piles up until the end of March - lasting as late as May.
    Choose to ski under the stars and Northern lights in mid-winter, or with 20 hours of often sunny daylight in April. Apres ski is something else, with a choice of Reindeer safaris, Husky dog-sled trips or turn up the adrenaline with a snowmobile adventure.

  • This week on the Tripatini blog, check out our post on Helsinki's summertime "pub tram"!
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