Monday, October 3, 2016

The herring fishers are in town

It is the time of the year again where Vanha Satama at Kauppatori turns into a floating market. At the Silakka Markinat small and big boats from Åland come to Helsinki to sell their fresh fish, delicious Saaristoleipä bread and much much more. It is a century old tradition that started in the 1700s.

Silakka Markinat

With the beginning of October the boats come to the Finnish capital and stay for a week. And it's worth to drop by. Step onto one of the big sailing ships for a warm salmon soup or get a little fish snack from one of the many small merchant boats and enjoy the fresh sea breeze.

The market is still on until Saturday. And the weather looks quite promising as well. So go and check it out!

Wednesday, September 7, 2016

The world's most public sauna

Have you been to Helsinki's only free sauna? It is called Sompasauna and is located in Sompasaari a few hundred meters away from the Kalasatama metro. Sompasauna is run by volunteers and hence completely free to use.

Timo Wilderness made an excellent video about the place. Check it out.

And come to Sompasauna as long as it is still in its location. And if you have an idea or suggestion where a new location for it could be in the next year and want to help rescue the world's most public sauna, leave a comment below or get in touch with the Sompasauna peopled directly through their website.

Thursday, August 25, 2016

Night of the Arts

We are in the middle of the Helsinki Festival (Juhlaviikot), the biggest art festival in Finland and one of the best festivals in Helsinki. Until September 4 there are countless big and small events taking place around town.

Juhlaviikot in Helsinki

One of the absolute highlights of Juhlaviikot is the legendary Night of the Arts which is on tonight. Tonight the city if filled with free arts performances, exhibitions, music, kids program and much, much more. Check out everything that happens on the map on their website.

Enjoy the Night of the Arts and the rest of Juhlaviikot and have a great time!

Sunday, August 21, 2016

Sunday island fun

Summer came back to Helsinki. At least a little. This Sunday gives the best oportunity to still enjoy one of those beautiful Finnish summer days.

Helsinki Archipelago

How about a trip to an island for that? Today is Vartiosaari-päivä. On the island in the Eastern part of Helsinki a whole day of music, art, water and family activities and more awaits you. A free water shuttle from the main land operates the whole day through.

For more information check out the Facebook evnet.

Have a nice Sunday!

Tuesday, July 26, 2016

No need for an own car in 2025

Helsinki is already an excellent city to get around in by public transport, bike or even on foot. But the city's ambitions are bigger than that. The long term plan is to make privately owned cars completely obsolete.

traffic in the city center

And that vision is not too far in the future. Already 2025 this should be reality. For more information on those plans check out the article on Fastcoexist.

Sunday, July 24, 2016

Sunday Salsa in the park

The summer nights in Helsinki are still long. And the weather today should be warm and sunny as well. How about ending the weekend by moving your hips to some cool salsa beats?

Salsa Boeralis at Hesperian puisto

Sounds good? Then head to Hesperian puisto. Every Sunday during the summer a live band turns the amphitheater next to the opera into a salsa dance floor. The Oopperasalsat by Salsa Borealis start at 18:00 and is free to join for anyone who is up for some salsa moves.

Drop by and enjoy!

Friday, July 15, 2016

Cycling around the city

Helsinki is obviously the most beautiful city in the world. But for those who still have doubt, this video might give a good impression to convince you.

Hop on and join a cycling tour around the city.

Have a nice start into the weekend!

Sunday, July 10, 2016

BBQ and music

Today is the second day of the Grillimaisteri tour on Narinkka. Apart from the main event, a grilling competition with prominent Finnish chefs in the jury there is much more happening today.

Grillimaisteri Helsinki 2016

A great lineup of Finnish bands and singers is awaiting you with gigs from Roope Salminen ja Koirat, Sanni and many more. And don't worry about getting hungry when watching all that cooking. Throughout the day Lidl provides free grilled food like sausages and steaks for everyone. Be prepared to queue for a while though.

The event starts at noon and goes on until nine in the evening. Entrance is of course free. Check it out and have a nice Sunday!

Friday, June 24, 2016

Hyvää Juhannusta!

It is Juhannus again! The brightest time of the year. Are you somewhere in the countryside on a cozy summer cottage or rather celebrating with friends in the city? If you decided to stay in town check out the big midsummer party in Vuosaari.

summer night in Helsinki

But in any case, have a fantastic Juhannus weekend!

Sunday, June 19, 2016

Helsinki's coolest sauna

After months of construction a new pearl on the Helsinki coast has opened a couple of weeks ago. Löyly, the new sauna and terrace in Hernesaari is worth a visit. Its builders spared no expense to make the place as nice as possible.

view from the top of Löyly

The philosophy behind Löyly is to have a sauna next to the sea that is open for everyone. For that reason the owners also decided against a VIP opening party with selected guests but just opened for public right away.

Löyly's beautiful summer terrace

Apart from the sauna Löyly is also home to a beautiful new restaurant and bar overlooking the Baltic Sea. During the summer months visitors can take advantage of the spacious terrace and enjoy food and drinks in the sunshine. During the winter months a cozy fireplace in the middle of the restaurant and the sauna heat up the guests.