Sunday, December 21, 2014

Seurasaarenselkä in December

So far the snow hasn't come. But as every year this time of the year has been quite dark with clouds and fog. Will the real snow come in January?

Seurasaarenselkä in December

To see how the view from Seurasaarenselkä changed during one year you can see the pictures of the previous months here.

Saturday, December 20, 2014

Learn Finnish with Santa

How good is your Finnish? Not that good? Well, there is someone that can help you. At least with the most important phrases. And pretty surely you know that someone quite well. It is Santa Claus.

Friday, December 19, 2014

Bright light in the streets of Helsinki

The sun doesn't show up too often these days. But when it finds its way through the clouds Helsinkians appreciate it even more.

Bight light in the streets of Helsinki

Especially in the morning and the evening the sun beams paint some beautiful pictures.

Have a nice weekend!

Thursday, December 18, 2014

The train to Santa

Everyone knows that Santa Claus lives in Lapland in the northern part of Finland. But did you know that there is a train that gets you straight to Santa's home?

Santa Claus Express to Lapland

The so called Santa Claus Express starts in Helsinki and brings you all the way up north where you can meet Santa in person. This night train travels through Tampere and Oulu and after 15 hours brings you to Rovaniemi. Here you can pay a visit to Santa in his Santa village.

By the way the train operates not just during Christmas time but the whole year around and is also a good option if you want to visit Lapland during the summer time.

Are you up for the ride?

Wednesday, December 17, 2014


In cooperation with Visit Helsinki the photographer Jussi Hellsten has captured local moments in Helsinki for one year.

On Helsinki365 all his amazing pictures can be found. They give a great impression of the beauty and diversity of the city. Check it out and explore Helsinki in a little different way through Jussi's eyes.

Tuesday, December 16, 2014

Good coffee at the airport

The security check at the airport Helsinki Vantaa normally goes quite fast. That leaves lots of time for a hot drink and a small snack. And the probably best place for that is Johan & Nyström. The Swedish coffee chain that also sells its coffee through other vendors runs a really nice little café here at Terminal 1.

Johan & Nyström at Helsinki Vantaa Airport

You can find delicious hot and cold sandwiches with e.g. egg and caviar, peanutbutter and tomatoes or cheese and melon here. And of course you can get their delicious coffee as cappuccino, espresso or just black.

Enjoy and have a good flight!

Monday, December 15, 2014

Dutch delicacies for the Christmas time

Are you up for some cheeses, sausages and other delicious food from the Netherlands? Then don't miss out on the Dutch and Delicious stand at Joulumaailma.

Dutch and Delicious at Joulumaailma

Here you can find a wide selection of fresh Dutch products. Have a look yourself and find a few nice extras e.g. for your Christmas dinner.

Have a good start into the week!

Sunday, December 14, 2014

The sea is still open

The temperatures are still too high for an ice cover over the Baltic Sea. During the day the sun should come out. Maybe you have time for a nice walk.

Sun over the still unfrozen Baltic Sea

Have a nice Sunday!

Saturday, December 13, 2014

56 Reasons You Should Move to Finland

If you read this blog from abraod and are still wondering wether or not to move to Finland those 56 reasons should help you make your decision.

Have a nice weekend!

Friday, December 12, 2014

Welcome to St. Thomas Christmas Market

It's weekend again. The perfect time to go to the Christmas market at Senaatintori. The so called St. Thomas Christmas Market is the biggest Christmas market in the city. The whole square is filled with nice small huts that sell handicraft, as well as delicious food and drink (non alcoholic though).

St. Thomas Christmas Market

The Christmas market is open daily from 10.00 to 19.00 and will be at the Senat Square until December 21. The entrance is of course for free.