Swinghill Ski Area, Nuuksio National Park, Finland

Day trip from Helsinki: Nuuksio National Park

Advertisement with Visit Espoo. Within easy reach of the Finnish capital lies Nuuksio National Park, an area of crystal clear lakes, forests and rugged crags. Getting there by public transport from Helsinki city centre takes just over an hour with a car journey taking around 40 minutes. We bought Helsinki Day Cards €12 (£10.45) allowing …

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Tapiola Central Pool, Espoo

Day trip from Helsinki: Tapiola, Espoo

Advertisement with Visit Espoo. There are so many lovely places to visit in Helsinki and the surrounding area and one of my favourites is to spend a day in neighbouring Tapiola. With the opening of the western extension of the metro it's now possible to reach Tapiola from the city centre in only 15 minutes. …

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Tallink Megastar

Tallink Megastar: Helsinki – Tallinn

Spending time in the Finnish capital of Helsinki is absolutely lovely and one of my favourite places to visit.   As well as enjoying the city and surrounding area taking a ferry across to Tallinn in Estonia for a day is a very popular excursion as the journey time is only two hours. On our …

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Saaga Hotel, Lapland

Lapland Hotels Saaga, Ylläs, Lapland, Finland

Hotel Review Location: Lapland Hotels, Saaga is a year round resort hotel situated 175 km north of the arctic circle in Ylläs, Lapland.  The Ylläs area comprises the two villages of Äkaslompolo on the northern side of Ylläs fell and Ylläsjarvi to the south which are connected by a scenic road. Although it sounds remote, …

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Sky Suite Igloo Room, Levi Panorama Hotel

Hotel Levi Panorama, Levi, Lapland, Finland

Hotel Review  Location: Hotel Levi Panorama is a luxurious resort hotel located on the slopes of Levi Fell, 110 miles north of the arctic circle in Lapland, Finland.  Getting to Levi is quite easy as there are daily connecting flights from Helsinki international airport to Kittilä with Finnair (journey time 1 hour 20 minutes).  Levi …

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Midnight Sun Yllas, Lapland

Summer in Yllas, Finnish Lapland

I was recently invited to visit two of Finnish Lapland's top summer destinations, both of which are high above the arctic circle.  I've just published an article on Levi and now I am turning my attention to the equally beautiful village of Ylläs located one hour away by car. Getting there: I flew with Finnair …

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Midsummer in Levi, Lapland

Summer in Levi, Finnish Lapland

Lapland is well known as a winter destination and famed for its ski tracks, viewing the Northern Lights and of course for the magical experience of visiting Father Christmas in his snowy cabin.  However, did you know that Levi is an absolutely beautiful place to visit during the summertime when the sun never sets and …

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Helsinki Winter Garden and Palm House

Helsinki – Free things to see and do

In addition to a large selection of world renowned museums, galleries and attractions for which an entrance ticket is required, there are many inexpensive ways to enjoy a short break in Helsinki.  Listed below are my suggestions for some really lovely free things to see and do. Helsinki City Museum - located on the corner of …

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A Guide to Helsinki’s Best Seaside Cafes

Finn's love their coffee, consuming the most per capita in the world.  As you might expect, there's a vibrant coffee culture and to experience the best that Finland has to offer you really need to try an authentic cinnamon bun (korvapuusti).  Versions of these buns have been around since the 18th century and it has …

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Helsinki Market Square and Cathedral

Making the most of the Helsinki Card

A three day Helsinki Card might at first glance seem expensive as it costs €74 but as it covers a wide range of attractions and scenic boat trips that can cost at least €20 each then it's possible to make substantial savings whilst using the card.  It is also valid on public transport including trams, …

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