Finland

Tips and Articles in Finland

With the recent introduction of GoSleep napping pods, essentially closable pellets meant for escaping the stress and hubbub of airport terminals, it looks like Helsinki Airport is vying in earnest to become the best place in Europe to spend an eig...
Rock, paper, scissors. Aalto, Iittala, Marimekko. Rock, paper, scissors. Aalto, Iittala, Marimekko. Such was the refrain looping in my head in anticipation of a trip to Finland. It would all be there: rocky shores and handsome granite buildings, f...
You take an elevator up 60 feet and step out into your room, which is decked out with Eames chairs and plasma TV’s and has a panoramic view out over Holland’s Wadden Sea. Sure, the luxuriously appointed room has a touch-screen lighting system, a s...
Finland is a country of extreme contrasts—summers of dizzying, full-time light, followed by depressingly long, dark winters. The sauna regulates it all, offering the benefits of winter in summer and summer in winter, while reducing the anxieties o...
Pisa, Italy Designer Cecilia Iacobelli and chocolatier Paul de Bondt, husband-and-wife team behind Pisa’s De Bondt Chocolate: “This place is so much more than the Leaning Tower. There’s also a buzzing food and art scene.” 8 a.m.: The couple star...
"What were they thinking?" That’s what Paco Underhill, author of the books Why We Buy and Call of the Mall, says he wondered when friends presented him with a souvenir gift from Chile: a paperweight rendered from the hoof of a Clydesdale horse. "...
A few years ago, Canadians Terry and Carole Baker vacationed in St. Genis, France and stayed in a place with a kitchen, washer/dryer, and a balcony overlooking the Jura Mountains. They’ve also stayed in a 4,000-square-foot, 18th-floor condo in Pen...
"YOU SHOULD VISIT FINLAND IN SUMMER," says the Lonely Planet guidebook. Thanks for the tip, but the whole point of my "Northern Lights" package, set up by Norvista, Finnair's tour company, was to see winter at its most wintry—to spend six days fro...
Trek your way through the northern regions of Norway, Sweden, and Finland and experience life above the Arctic Circle. During your week-long trip you will build igloos, ride a snowmobile and ice-fish. The operator takes a "total approach" to respo...
Frank Nuovo, vice president and chief designer at Nokia, has spent his career developing communication tools for those on the go. As a man who has logged over a week of travel per month for the past 14 years, he’s no stranger to the concerns of t...
layover (lay-oh-ver) n. An unpleasant break in a journey, during which the traveler is subjected to bland, overpriced food, uncomfortable airport seating, and severe bouts of tedium. If this is your definition of a layover, read on. Your world ma...
I have almost always lived on islands. Islands rising out of rivers, such as Manhattan, my present address, and Paris's Île de la Cité, my postgraduate home. Or islands in the sea that are big in size, like Sicily, where I decamped after Paris; or...
As I head north out of Turku, red wooden farmhouses forming a visual Morse code on the roadside, I'm tallying what Americans believe about Finns: They love saunas; they make Nokias; they are design geniuses. And while names with too many vowels—...
Leave it to those innovative Scandinavians to improve simple strolling, with Nordic walking. In the sport, walkers use adapted ski poles with spiked bottoms to replicate the upper-body motion of cross-country skiing, and now it's spreading to ever...
Turku, Finland, is a quiet place. Until the Russians moved the capital to Helsinki in 1812, Turku enjoyed a good six centuries as Finland's most important city. But these days, it's a town of shipbuilders and university students, known for its med...