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.

Thursday, June 16, 2016

Blooming Rhododendron

Rhododendron at Alppiruusupuisto

If you like flowers and gardens, you should head to Haaga over the next days.

Azalee at Alppiruusupuisto

The Rhododendron at Alppiruusupuisto is blooming there at the moment. And since May was exceptionally warm, the plants are much further than they would normally be around this time of the year.

Rhododendron at Alppiruusupuisto

Enjoy the beautiful colors and flowers!

Saturday, June 11, 2016

Helsinki Päivä

Tomorrow is June 12, Helsinki Day. And as every year the city's birthday is celebrated with a lot of activities around town.

View over Helsinki

The program is huge and spans the whole day starting at 8 in the morning, going on until 9 in the evening. Enjoy e.g. a free swim in one of Helsinki's public swimming pools, do design orienteering through the Helsinki Design District, join the fishing competition in Vuosaari, listen to one of the many concerts around the city or come to the dinner under the Helsinki sky on Esplanadi.

For more information and the whole program visit the official Helsinki Päivä website.

Thursday, June 9, 2016

Helsinki's new island

Another part of the beautiful Helsinki archipelago has been opened to the public. Since mid May the Vallisaari island is accessible to anyone.

View from Vallisaari towards the city

Just like Lonna is used to be a military island but was now turned into a recreational area. Vallisaari is located right next to Suomenlinna and has around the same size. It is way less crowded and due to being closed for decades has very wild nature. You can go for hikes through the woods or enjoy sitting next to the water.

Vallisaari coast

So far Vallisaari only has one small cafe serving waffles. If you want to have anything else, you'll have to bring it along.

You get there with the JT line from Kauppatori that operates hourly and continues from Vallisaari to southern Suomenlinna. A return ticket costs 7 €.