Snow Hotels and Igloos – Alternative Accommodation in Finland

// // With the coming winter season now upon us, Discovering Finland looks at the myriad alternative accommodations that will be available in Finland for 2014 – 1015. Of all the many available choices of accommodation on offer this winter in Finland, perhaps the most exotic are those where visitors can spend a night in [...]

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New experiences in Helsinki

  One of the most visible novelties of the summer season is the Finnair SkyWheel by the Market Square. It is flanked by the events café of the Allas City Spa, due to open next year. This summer, a diverse range of city culture events from music to markets and live clubs to social dances [...]

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Sibelius and the World of Art

The year 2015 marks the 150th anniversary of the birth of Jean Sibelius, with a host of events planned throughout Finland to celebrate the occasion. One of the first of these celebrations is the opening of an extensive jubilee exhibition in the Ateneum Art Museum that explores the composer’s contacts with the art scene of [...]

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Helsinki Baltic Herring Fair

Helsinki’s oldest traditional festival has rolled around once again – the Baltic Herring Fair has been held annually since 1743, making this year’s festival the 271st time it has taken over the Market Square in the city centre. Every autumn at the beginning of October, fishermen from around Finland’s southern coast gather to sell their [...]

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Film festival Love & Anarchy 18.-28.9.

Finland’s biggest film festival Love & Anarchy presents over 170 feature films and about 150 short films during ten days in cinemas around the city. Helsinki International Film Festival Love & Anarchy takes place on 18-28 September. Love & Anarchy promotes the artistry of filmmaking alongside inventive, controversial and visually stunning new films and seeks [...]

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Helsinki Design Week 4.-14.9. – over 150 events

Helsinki Design Week, the biggest design event in Northern Europe, will celebrate its 10th anniversary on 4-14 September with more than 150 events. Helsinki Design Week is an event that invites all friends of design to participate in unique happenings throughout the city. This year’s theme is Take a Leap. The programme includes workshops, exhibitions, [...]

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Helsinki Archipelago

Dining out in the Helsinki Archipelago

Having once been accused of a lack of imagination, of being bland and boring, Helsinki cuisine has made great strides in recent years, garnering rave reviews from food critics in international media such as the New York Times and Le Figaro of France. Effectively managing the influences of neighboring Scandinavia in the west, and Russia [...]

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Tuska Open Air Metal Festival 2014 – Bring da noize!!!

3 days, 3 stages, 40 live performances by metal bands from 10 different countries. It can mean only one thing: Tuska 2014! Tuska Open Air Metal Festival is the largest metal festival in Finland, and one of the best music festivals of any kind organised in Europe. From humble beginnings back in 1998, when it [...]

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Tove Jansson jubilee exhibition at Ateneum

Ateneum Art Museum hosts a major centenary exhibition presenting Tove Jansson’s impressive career as an artist, illustrator, political caricaturist, author and creator of the Moomin characters and stories. This year marks the 100th anniversary of the birth of Tove Jansson (1914-2001), artist and writer. The exhibition at Ateneum is part of the official programme of [...]

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Midsummer in Helsinki

The streets of Helsinki fall silent during Midsummer, when many locals travel to the countryside to celebrate. Still, there is a lot to do in Helsinki under the midnight sun. Here are a few tips for celebrating Midsummer in Helsinki. NB! Many local restaurants and some of the main attractions remain open throughout the Midsummer [...]