Friday, November 28, 2014

Skating at the Main Station

Last weekend the IcePark opened again. The big ice rink on Rautatientori is one of the main attractions in the winter in Helsinki.

IcePark at Rautatientori

For 6€ you can buy a ticket to skate the whole day. For another 6€ you can rent a pair of skates if you don't happen to have some yourself.

And after some heavy skating relax in the small cafe right next to the ice rink and enjoy a warm cup of tea, coffee or glöggi.

Enjoy the weekend!

Thursday, November 27, 2014

Time for Glöggi

It is not as cold as it could be around this time of the year. Still it's definitely cold enough to start the glöggi season. You can get them in white and red at Alko and the alcohol free version at any supermarket. No matter which one you prefer don't forget to put some raisins and almonds in.

White Glöggi

Have you had some already this year?

Wednesday, November 26, 2014

First real electronics store in the city center

It was one of the big downsides of the Helsinki city center. There was no big and well sorted electronics store in the city center. But those times are over. With the new lower level of Forum Gigantti finally came to the center.

Gigantti at Forum

Normally Gigantti can only be found in industrial areas outside the city and only be reached by car. The new one at Forum spreads across two levels though and has a pretty decent selection of electronics.

Check it out!

Tuesday, November 25, 2014

Hockey Champions League

After a long break this season the Champions Hockey League is back. Several rounds have already been played and Helsinki's IFK is doing quite well. They are now in the quarter finals where they have to play the Swedish team Frölunda Gothenburg.

HIFK in their CHL game against Fribourg

Why not join it live in the stadium? The good thing is that tickets to the CHL games are relatively cheap. For just 17,50€ you get a seat anywhere.

The next game will be in one week on December 2 here in Helsinki. Check it out and cheer for HIFK to win.

Monday, November 24, 2014

Seurasaarenselkä in November

The first snow has come and already melted again. As usually in November it is pretty grey and the sun didn't show up too often.

Seurasaarenselkä in November

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

Sunday, November 23, 2014

Christmas lights are coming

Yes, many shopping centers and stores have switched on their Christmas lights already. But the Christmas street lights on Aleksanterinkatu are still missing.

Christmas lights on Aleksanterinkatu

But today that will change. With a big Christmas parade through the center the city celebrates the illumination of the most important shopping street today. 

Christmas parade

The parade starts at 14.00 from Senaatintori. Of course also Santa Claus will be there.

Santa at Christmas parade

Also don't forget to pay a visit to Stockmann's Christmas window which also will be opened today.

Have a nice Christmassy Sunday!

Saturday, November 22, 2014

Lots of snow

And here it is. The snow arrived in Helsinki. After a first flakes already a few weeks earlier this time the real snow came. 

Snow in the capital region

Have a nice and white weekend!

Friday, November 21, 2014

Finnish-American art of brewing

Beer fans listen up. There is something you should try. The Finnish Sinebrychoff Brewery started a cooperation with the Brooklyn Brewery from the US.

Two Tree Porter

Together they created the Two Tree Porter. This dark malty and fruity beer has a slight taste of chocolate and coffee. It is one of the finest Finnish beers you can find. Give it a try and enjoy!

Thursday, November 20, 2014

Camping for The Hobbit

You might have wondered what tents are doing in front of Tennispalatsi these days? The reason is that the third The Hobbit movie named "The Battle of the Five Armies" will soon come to the theaters. 

camping for the hobbit

Tickets are sold already in advance and fantasy fans around the world do almost anything to get into one of the first shows. In Finnkino the sale will start on Saturday and to make sure they are the first those first people started queuing already days before.

Hobbit tickets available on Nov 22

Let's hope the movie justifies the long queing. Thanks for the hint and the pictures to matwin!

Wednesday, November 19, 2014

First Christmas trees

The first Christmas trees arrived in the city center. You can see them, decorated with lots of small Christmas lights, on Keskuskatu in front of Stockmann.

Stockmann Christmas trees on Keskuskatu

Not long anymore till the Stockmann Christmas window will be opened as well.