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Discover Helsinki’s Islands

Helsinki’s archipelago is one of the most beautiful in the world. Dispersed from the city’s shorelines are roughly 330 islands of all shapes and sizes, decorated with captivating forests, historic fortresses, and sandy beaches....

Pursuing “Juoksentelisinkohan” in Helsinki

Like the Danish term hygge (meaning a feeling of coziness, comfort, or warmth) or the Swedish word  lagom (meaning not too much and not too little), the Finnish expression juoksentelisinkohan evades a direct English...

An Instagrammer’s Guide to Helsinki

Yksinkertaisuus — it’s not a word that’s easy to pronounce, but it is one that’s fairly easy to understand. It means, simply, “simplicity.” A focus on chic minimalism and an emphasis on less, rather than...

Helsinki is Home: A Conversation With @eevamakinen

Eeva Makinen grew up in Liminka, a small village in central Finland on the northern banks of the Bay of Bothnia. For the last decade, the photographer and wilderness guide has lived in Helsinki,...

A Guide to Finland’s Favorite Pastime — Saunas

There’s nothing quite as traditionally Finnish as sauna, and many Finns believe that you can’t truly understand the country or its culture without first experiencing sauna. These wooden structures are an integral part of daily...

An Introvert’s Guide to Helsinki

It’s not often that we associate introversion with wanderlust. The two seen inherently incompatible. Introverts avoid human interaction, often preferring the coziness and comfort of that which they know. So what right-minded introvert would...

Exploring the Colors of Helsinki with Omar El Mrabt

If you know what you’re looking for, the colors of Helsinki are as bright as a 64-crayon box. Luckily, photographer Omar El Mrabt has a passion for capturing the vivid cityscapes in the Finnish...

A Guide to Helsinki’s Markets

Helsinki is said to offer one of the best snapshots of Finnish culture. As the capital of Finland, the city plays host to a whole slew of artistic events, iconic landmarks, cultural museums, and...

A Guide to Finnish National Parks

Whether you’re a city dweller or a country lover, a visit to Helsinki won’t disappoint. After you’ve gotten a chance to traverse the city streets of the Finnish capital, take a day trip to...