E33***72We went in winter and it has such a great Christmas vibe. Santa Claus office is as expected quite touristy with long queue of people waiting to see Santa Claus himself - photos are expensive though (EUR45 a print). Kids would definitely love this place. Remember to get the certificate showing you’ve cross the arctic circle line!
E23***71I really like Senate Square. It's arguably the most iconic place in Helsinki and it's a lovely square that I never get tired of visiting. The square does host different events, like a Christmas market during the winter season. The cathedral at the top is opened, but I think the exterior is more stunning than it's interior. The steps leading to the cathedral is also a great place to chill and relax. Head on over if you're in the city.
E33***72A refreshing design from the usual European churches/cathedral. This church is carved out from a rock and its unique UFO exterior design is a must see for architecture buffs! Doesn’t take long - about 30mins to explore and right in town.
关裕年guanyunianHelsinki, near the Baltic Sea, is beautiful and has unparalleled geographical advantage, land can reach St. Petersburg, Russia, and Moscow, so Finland is a very important country in Europe, as many world wars have seen Finland important.
E31***18This is not a fancy train station but it is perfectly located in the city center and has all the amenities you would want, including cafes and a pub. Check out the food trucks around the station on weekends.
Viktor_LeeThe Finnish Polar Museum is 2 kilometers away from the center of Rovaniemi, built by the river. Next to it is the Science Center. Going on weekends in summer, very few people. There are various polar animal models, the Komi people in northern Finland, which simulate aurora, and a room where the temperature can be adjusted to simulate low temperature. There is no Chinese in the introduction, but English is not a big deal. Overall it is good.
Just north from the town of Askola, About 9 km north of the center are located the Ice Age Glacial Potholes. The place is called Kirnukallio, where the word kirnu comes from Finnish language and it means a wooden churn used to make sour milk and butter in the old times. The glacial potholes (called also Giant’s Kettle) were formed when a subglacial gravel or stone has been rotating over the rock moved by the melting waters.
It’s amazing how a stone or a gravel has been able to dig such a deep holes to the rock. In Askola the deepest pothole is over 10 meters deep!
The glacial potholes are accessible via a natural path and the required walking distance is about 500 meters from the parking area. I recommend to take good shoes with you when going there. The rock can be slippery and the ground is humid. There are stairs around the potholes but walking in the area is not very easy for those who have difficulties in moving in the forest and climbing steep hills.
You can access the parking using car via road 1635 about 9 km north from Askola. The parking is marked with the street signs and the path is easy to find and getting lost almost impossible. There is an entrance fee to the area which is 2 euros per person and 4 euros per family. There is no staff in the area, paying is voluntary.
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Helsinki, capital of Finland, also the most populous city of Finland. Helsinki is within close distance with Estonia, Stockholm and Saint Petersburg, it can be accessed via Baltic Sea, and has close historical ties with these three countries.
The rhythm of Helsinki is laid-back and the city is easily approachable, literally. The public transportation system is one of the best in the world – with that one beautiful metro line – and it is also easy to walk and bike everywhere.
When visit Helsinki, you can also visit the old fortress islands of Suomenlinna, which is only 15 minutes by boat from the city. A UNESCO Word Heritage site, Suomenlinna is one of Helsinki’s most popular attractions.
Ateneum is an art museum in Helsinki, Finland and one of the three museums forming the Finnish National Gallery. It is located in the centre of Helsinki on the south side of Rautatientori square close to Helsinki Central railway station. It has the biggest collections of classical art in Finland. Before 1991 the Ateneum building also housed the Finnish Academy of Fine Arts and University of Art and Design Helsinki. The collections of Ateneum include Finnish art extensively from 18th-century rococo portraiture to the experimental art movements of the 20th century. The collections also include some 650 international works of art. One of them is Vincent van Gogh's Street in Auvers-sur-Oise (1890), which when deposited to Ateneum in 1903 made it the first museum collection in the world to include a Vincent van Gogh painting.Other notable works include Albert Edelfelt’s The Luxembourg Garden (1887), Akseli Gallen-Kallela’s Aino Triptych (1891), Eero Järnefelt’s Under the Yoke (Burning the Brushwood) (1893) and Hugo Simberg’s Wounded Angel (1903).
Suomenlinna (Finnish; until 1918 Viapori), or Sveaborg (Swedish), is an inhabited sea fortress built on eight islands about 4 km southeast of the city center of Helsinki, the capital of Finland. Suomenlinna is popular with tourists and locals who enjoy it as a picturesque picnic site. Originally named Sveaborg (Castle of the Swedes), or Viapori as referred to by Finnish-speaking Finns, it was renamed in Finnish to Suomenlinna (Castle of Finland) in 1918 for patriotic and nationalistic reasons, though it is still known by its original name in Sweden and by Swedish-speaking Finns. The Swedish crown commenced the construction of the fortress in 1748 as protection against Russian expansionism.
There was a very lucrative Valentine's Day offer for the Executive Suite. The price was just 209 euros instead of the normal price of 489 euros. The offer included a bottle of sparkling wine. The rate was flexible and breakfast inclusive.
Some suites have a jacuzzi. We asked for it and got it, this time on the 6th floor.
The suite is spacious and stylishly decorated. The famous Finnish interior designer Vertti Kivi has done a great job also here.
The only minus side was the views. They were not so special. At this hotel, only a few rooms have great views.
Suites and Business class rooms have complimentary room service breakfast. This time, it was possible to add omelets to it without an extra charge.
Hotel Lilla Roberts is a high quality hotel in the Design District of Helsinki. It provides luxurious modern comfort in an elegant yet homey atmosphere. Situated in between the commercial center and up-scale residential area, with several embassies in the neighborhood, it makes a perfect base for both business and leisure travelers to explore Helsinki. Hotel is on a quiet street but still very close to lively restaurant and bar scene favored by locals.
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Finding an ideal family-friendly hotel in Helsinki does not have to be difficult. Welcome to Scandic Paasi, a nice option for travelers like you.
Close to some of Helsinki's most popular landmarks, such as Helsinki Cathedral (0.6 mi) and The Esplanadi Park (0.8 mi), Scandic Paasi is a great destination for tourists.
As your “home away from home,” the hotel rooms offer a flat screen TV and air conditioning, and getting online is easy, with free wifi available.
Guests have access to a 24 hour front desk, room service, and express check-in and check-out while staying at Scandic Paasi. In addition, Scandic Paasi offers a fitness center and free breakfast, which will help make your Helsinki trip additionally gratifying. And, as an added convenience, there is paid public parking available nearby.
While visiting Helsinki, you may want to try some tapas at one of the nearby restaurants, such as Juuri, Copas y Tapas, or Maya Bar & Grill.
During your visit, be sure to check out popular attractions like Rock Church (0.9 mi), Old Market Hall (0.8 mi), and Hakaniemi Market (0.1 mi), which are all within walking distance of the hotel.
Scandic Paasi looks forward to welcoming you on your visit to Helsinki.
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The Helsinki Cathedral is a distinctive landmark that adorns the center of Helsinki, and was built in 1830-1852, in a neoclassical style. It was originally designed by Carl Engel, and later modified by his successor Ernst Lohrmann.
Today the cathedral is one of the most famous tourist attractions in Helsinki. Every year more than 350,000 people visit this church, some to attend ecclesiastical events, but most of them just as tourists. The church is used regularly for services and special events such as wedding ceremonies.
On the roof of this cathedral are statues made of zinc depicting the twelve Apostles. It is the largest uniform collection of zinc sculptures in the entire world.
This cathedral is often used as a symbol of the entire city of Helsinki. In the same way, Turku's castle often symbolizes Turku, the Tammerkoski bridge represents Tampere and a large bridge called Jätkänkynttilä ("Woodcutter's candle") represents Rovaniemi.
Market Square is the central square in Helsinki and is famous for its harborside market with various food stalls, handicrafts and cafe tents.
This place is full of visitors who just take a walk or buy various shopping needs. When you are at Market Square, you can buy various kinds of clothes, souvenirs, handicrafts, vegetables, medicines, and of course delicious food. In addition, you can spend time looking at the sea view while enjoying food or sitting relaxed in the cafe that has been provided.
in addition to food, medicine and supplies of various needs, here are also available various kinds of ornamental flowers that you can enjoy to buy.