Whether bedding down in a wacky hotel, camping at a dizzying altitude or indulging in an unforgettable back-to-nature experience, your accommodation choice can sometimes be one of the most memorable parts of your vacation. Looking to add a unique twist to your trip, impress a loved one with a spectacular hotel or just dare to […]
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While travelers flock to the world’s northernmost countries for a glimpse of the Northern Lights, seeing them is no exact science and there’s no guarantee. From the snow-enveloped wilderness of Siberia to the northernmost tip of Canada, here are some of the best places to see the Northern Lights. So wrap up warm, pick a […]
Santa Claus, Saint Nicholas, Father Christmas, Papa Noel. Whatever name you give to the portly man in red, there’s no denying the magnetic charms of everyone’s favorite Christmas character. With daily meet-and-greets in his many workshops and grottoes around the world, Santa is just as busy in the run up to Christmas as he is […]
Finland is famous for its natural beauty, from its jagged coastline and strings of rocky archipelagos to bleak, scrub-covered fells and soundless expanses of northern snowlands. Over half of Finland lies within the Arctic Circle, forest covers 86 per cent of the land, there are 37 national parks, 187,888 lakes and almost as many islands […]
Scandinavia’s northernmost capital city is elegantly sprawled around its Baltic Sea waterfront on a peninsula scalloped by inlets and scattered with rocky skerries. Today Helsinki is one of the coolest cities in Europe, with a pounding modern heart, buzzing seaside restaurants and bars, innovative contemporary architecture, fashion-forward shopping streets and an edgy nightlife. That it […]
At first glance, some of Finland’s traditions and rituals may seem more than a little peculiar, even relative to Europe’s wacky standards – self-flagellation with branches, seafood-themed parties and it’s really quite incredible how many occasions it has been deemed acceptable to wear coloured overalls. In fact, many stem from Christian festivals, just with vestiges […]
Helsinki is cold at the best of times, and for travelers this usually means winter visits are out of the question. For those brave enough to bare the cold, Helsinki offers a whimsy that only arrives in the dead of winter and can charm cold-haters into blissful warmth.
What point is there trying to run away from winter’s cold embrace? At some point you must hunker down, snuggle up, and give in to the hibernating spirit of snow and ice! In the spirit of winter, here are some of my favorite off-beat ideas for making your own alternative winter fun.
In the absence of hot water to submerge in, I find lolling in steam a good alternative. Great for the skin, relaxing for the muscles and all-round soothing to the soul. Unless, of course, you’re in Russia. In which case it can just be traumatic (although very relaxing in hindsight). The following are a few […]
Reindeer – the Finnish Icon I was drawn to Helsinki by tales of an art lecturer about the wild and wonderful world of Finland, and a childhood love of Tove Jansson’s stories about the Moomintroll family. Their adventures included a summer floating in an abandoned theatre, the strange things that happened after a comet landed […]