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How to Fall in Love with Helsinki on a Budget

With its vibrant neighborhoods, saunas, and innovative and minimalistic design, there’s a lot to love about Helsinki. Like other Scandinavian cities, however, this Finnish city has a reputation for being pretty expensive. Though Helsinki...

A Seasonal Guide to Visiting Helsinki

While the thought of Finland may conjure images of snowy, barren wastelands and the gray austerity of its capital city, the reality is that Helsinki — and the rest of the country — come...

Hidden Helsinki

From Helsinki’s waterfront views and breezy streets to its gorgeous archipelago and fresh seafood, this urban center is in constant movement. But its location also provides plenty of chances to explore outside the city...

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...

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