Helsinki Winter Garden (Talvipuutarha) is a summery oasis of exotic plants and a delightful place to explore tropical greenery all year round.Especially on a cold and dark winter’s day when outdoor temperatures reach freezing cold, this elegant glasshouse feels like a hot tropical paradise of exotic Continue reading
We all know that Helsinki, the capital of Finland, is considered as an expensive city. There are however, plenty of free things to do in Helsinki, so it is possible to explore the city on a budget, too. Here are my Top 10 Free Things to Do in Helsinki, one of my favourite cities in the world.
1. Explore Helsinki City Museum
Located in the Tori Quarters, Helsinki City Museum takes visitors on a journey through time to bygone Helsinki with Continue reading
You may have read in my earlier post Island Escape in Helsinki Archipelago: Former Military Island Isosaari that the gorgeous island of Isosaari was very recently opened to the public after being closed for military purposes for over a century. Isosaari island is a must see for everyone in or visiting Helsinki. This is where history, military and wild nature meet and blend together harmoniously.
In addition to my informative previous post on Isosaari I want to share a few more captivating photos and mysterious details of the island with you. Hope you enjoy the photo tour!
Surveillance towers, fortifications, casemates, secret tunnels, artillery weapons
A couple of weeks back in mid June another former military island called Isosaari was opened to the public in Helsinki archipelago. Isosaari island was in military use for over a century until it was abandoned in 2012.Together with the other recently opened former military islands of Vallisaari and Lonna, Isosaari island is a great addition to the recreational islands of Helsinki archipelago. All these islands make a great Continue reading
What could be better than cruising in the archipelago on a sunny summer day! With over 300 islands and 100 km of sparkling shoreline Helsinki, the daughter of the Baltic Sea, is at its best on the water during the summer months.On a sunny Saturday afternoon last weekend, I decided to go on a sightseeing cruise in Helsinki archipelago on a whim. Most tour boats leave from Helsinki Market Square in the city centre. I opted for a 1,5 hour Continue reading
Lammassaari island just a short bus or tram ride from Helsinki city centre, in the protected area of Viikki and Vanhankaupunginlahti, is a perfect green getaway in the city.A canal full of fish divides Lammassaari (Sheep Island) from the mainland. Just by crossing the canal you can already feel that you are in another world. Surrounded by the sea and Continue reading
This revamped former dock yard Konepajahalli R24 in Telakkaranta in the district of Punavuori by the sea at the southwestern edge of the city, is becoming a bohemian cultural hub of Helsinki, the capital of Finland. This spot is still fairly unknown and makes an exciting place for urban adventures in historical industrial settings.Dock Yard Konepajahalli R24 was originally designed by Sune Maconi. Today the over 100 years old red brick building with rough looks and a massive Continue reading