Kuivasaari Coastal Artillery Fortress – standing guard over Helsinki

Kuivasaari

Of the coast of Helsinki, on the island of Kuivasaari (“Dry Island”), the Kuivasaari Coastal Artillery Fortress stands. Until not to long ago, Kuivasaari was a working coastal artillery fortress guarding the approaches to the capital city of Finland but the guns have now been removed from active service and … Continue reading

Christmas in Helsinki

Christmas in Helsinki

Christmas in Helsinki begins when the lights are turned on along the street Aleksanterinkatu on the 24th of November, a traditional start to the Christmas Season and to serious Christmas shopping for those so inclined….24 November 2013 was the 64th year in a row for these lights. Shopkeepers along Aleksanterinkatu … Continue reading

Söderkulla Manor Restaurant – Dining in a historic Finnish Manor House

Söderkulla manor

Formerly a landed estate, today Söderkulla Manor Restaurant welcomes its guests by offering them Finnish and international delicacies. Söderkulla’s kitchen specialises in meals made of fresh Finnish ingredients of good quality and served with carefully selected wines. The emphasis is on traditional Finnish food with an international influence. The Manor features a … Continue reading

Linnanmäki Amusement Park, Helsinki

Linnanmaki

Linnanmäki is Finland’s oldest and most loved amusement park – and if you’re in Helsinki with kids and a  lot of time, it’s not a bad place to take them for a day out. Even without kids, it’s  a lot if fun! Linnanmäki (“Lintsillä”) has a bigger selection of rides (43 in … Continue reading

Hotel Kämp: a History of one of Helsinki’s most famous Hotels

Hotel Kämp, Helsinki

Hotel Kämp: a History of one of Helsinki’s most famous Hotels Built originally in 1887 by the restaurateur Carl Kämp (1848-1889) as a luxurious hotel, and designed by the architect Theodor Höijer (1843-1910), Hotel Kämp is in an ideal location in central Helsinki. At the time of its opening and into … Continue reading

Helsinki Island Restaurants – a uniquely Finnish experience

Ravintola NJK Helsinki

Helsinki Island Restaurants With 100 kms of coastline and an archipelago of some 330 islands within the city boundaries, Helsinki is a maritime city that takes full advantage of its location on the Gulf of Finland. A unique component of Helsinki’s restaurant culture are the Helsinki island restaurants that can … Continue reading