What is Vappu?
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After a long winter, the rays of sunshine start to lure the Finns out of their caves. The winter has been survived! The climax of spring is Vappu, which marks the beginning of summer. It is always celebrated on 1st of May. The Finnish name for May Day, “Vappu”, originates … Read More

It’s finally here! – Explore Helsinki and Espoo by the new metro line
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The Helsinki Metro is one of the easiest metros in the world to travel with. Really. The route map looks like the letter Y, it’s hardly possible to take the wrong line or get lost. Until now, the metro has connected the eastern parts of Helsinki with the city centre. … Read More

How to do Juhannus – the celebration of midsummer in Helsinki
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Juhannus started from the pagan midsummer festivals which focused on a prosperous upcoming harvest after a long cold winter. It was said that witches and ferries would be confused by the short nights and often let slip visions of the future. Moving to more modern time, the new name Juhannus comes from associating the date with celebrations … Read More

Lapinlahti Former Psychiatric Hospital – unique Helsinki experience
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City Secret The city center of Helsinki and surrounding streets contain lots of undiscovered must-be-visited places. One of those Finnish gems, attracting not only tourists but locals as well, is Lapinlahti hospital area. All kinds of fascinating, unbelievable stories, from desperate to heartwarming, tragic to hilarious are part of its … Read More

Green Cap Hints: Outdoor Cafes
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When in need of that dark elixir of life, consult this list of cafes. These places have good terraces for outdoor seating but most of them have indoor spaces as well. List of the best indoor places will be posted a bit later. All the places mentioned here can be … Read More

Helsinki Day – Discover the Capital at Its Finest
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It’s coming up again folks! Helsinki Day, on the 12th of June, is the perfect day to enjoy all the quirks the city has to offer. Go traditional and pop into a yurt sauna on Töölönlahti. See the Finnish National Ballet for free at the Opera house square. Dance Finnish … Read More