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Helsinki: Linnanmäki Carnival of Light in Photos

Dark and cold October evenings are here in Helsinki again, and so is the fun-filled Linnanmäki Carnival of Light. During the festivities of the Carnival of Light (Valokarnevaali) at Helsinki’s legendary amusement park Linnanmäki, thousands of colourful lights illuminate the park until late in the evening.

During the past few years it has become a tradition for me to go on a stroll in Linnanmäki during the festival, take photos and soak up the spectacular lights and colours. It is such perfect therapy for the body and mind during the dark and cold season.

This is what Linnanmäki amusement park looks like dressed in colourful lights this year, nothing quite as stunning as last year by very pretty, colourful and entertaining anyways: Continue reading

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Helsinki Street Art: Guide to Pasila Street Art District

The suburb of Pasila some 3 km outside Helsinki city centre has always been an eyesore to me. A sad and dodgy neighbourhood with large grey concrete blocks of flats and offices. A dreary place where I do not want to set my foot unless more than necessary. Here you can literally see more than fifty shades of grey. Continue reading


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Green Getaway in Helsinki: Kallahdenniemi Peninsula

Located in the eastern part of Helsinki, Kallahdenniemi is an impressive recreational peninsula that juts out from the area of Vuosaari. With nature reserves, tall pine forests, beautiful sandy beaches, shallow waters, natural meadows and rugged coastline Kallahdenniemi is a true hidden green gem of Helsinki and a perfect place to enjoy wild nature and  fresh outdoors. Continue reading


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Hidden Secret of Helsinki: Lapinlahti Former Psychiatric Hospital

One of the many hidden secrets of Helsinki that not even all locals know about let alone tourists and visitors, is the former psychiatric hospital area of Lapinlahti. With prime location right by the sea surrounded by a large leafy green park fairly close to Helsinki city centre, this place boasts fascinating history and depressing hospital stories all the way from the 1840s. Today Lapinlahti is a communal place that invites everyone to relax the mind and body as well as enjoy culture, arts and events. Continue reading


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Helsinki: Sightseeing Stroll Around Töölönlahti Bay

The peaceful urban park of Töölönlahti Bay is a true green oasis in Helsinki city centre. Many of Helsinki’s best attractions, landmarks and cultural institutions can also be found in this area. Having said that, Töölönlahti Bay makes a perfect place to enjoy nature, sports and cultural activities.

The other day I went on an expedition around Töölönlahti Bay and found so many attractive spots to explore, quiet corners to relax and so much more!A leisurely walk around Töölönlahti Bay takes no more than an hour. If you wish to explore the area and attractions you should reserve at least Continue reading


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Green Getaway in Helsinki: Helsinki Winter Garden

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


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10 Free Things to Do in Helsinki

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