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Rail route of the month: gliding past Finland’s pristine forests and lakes
Our slow travel expert explores Finland’s borderlands with Russia as she embarks on a 300-mile journey from Helsinki to North Karelia

Nicky Gardner

02, Aug, 2022 @6:00 AM

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A local’s guide to Helsinki, Finland: delicious seafood, islands to explore and a dash of Arctic cool
Former tour guide Heidi Johansson leads us to great local food, unisex saunas and fab cocktails in the Finnish capital

Interview by Matthew Brace

25, Apr, 2022 @6:00 AM

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Away from it all: island hopping around Finland’s Turku archipelago
With Finland now open to vaccinated travellers, the 20,000 pristine islands off its south-west coast make for an appealing post-pandemic tour

Tristan Parker

29, Jul, 2021 @6:00 AM

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Helsinki's huge VR gig hints at the potential of virtual tourism
Finland’s biggest online event – a gig by JVG – was ‘attended’ by over half a million but Helsinki has even more ambitious plans to become the virtual capital of the world

Sarah Baxter

05, May, 2020 @12:34 PM

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What the Moomins creator can teach us about small worlds
Tove Jansson’s The Summer Book tells of people on a tiny island off Finland, living together with tact, grace and delightful attention to their surroundings

Melissa Harrison

11, Apr, 2020 @10:00 AM

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Swimming under the ice: 'There's nothing. You are completely alone'
Freediver Johanna Nordblad first took to cold water as a cure for pain after a severe injury. This month she attempts to break the world record for swimming beneath ice

Matteo Fagotto

15, Mar, 2020 @7:00 AM

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A local’s guide to Helsinki, Finland: 10 top tips
The Finnish capital, which has committed to being carbon neutral by 2035, is great for island-hopping, nightlife, cool design and steaming saunas

Kaisa-Reeta Koskinen

23, Sep, 2019 @10:00 AM

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City break in Turku – where the Finnish started
Finland’s oldest city and former capital is well worth a visit, with buzzing bars, restaurants and museums, plus 20,000 islets to explore

Rachel Dixon

01, Jun, 2019 @9:00 AM

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Seasonal city breaks: 10 of the best pre-Christmas European getaways
From a bedecked Zagreb to twinkling Turin, here are the best places to spark your festive spirit

Joanne O'Connor

25, Nov, 2018 @7:00 AM

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Let’s visit Lordi’s Square: what to do if you’re stuck in Lapland with no snow this Christmas
Tourists heading to northern Finland to see Santa are likely to be disappointed because of the unseasonably warm weather. But there are other ‘fun’ activities on offer

Stuart Heritage

21, Nov, 2018 @5:14 PM

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Five of Europe’s best wildernesses for spotting big beasts
Even on our crowded continent, there are remote regions where you can still spot bears, bison, lynx, wolves and more

Rhiannon Batten

07, Oct, 2018 @10:00 AM

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20 of the best Baltic beach holidays
The water may be colder but with its grand bygone-era resorts, wild islands and white sand beaches, these northerly shores are a great alternative to the Med

Caroline Eden

11, Aug, 2018 @6:00 AM

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