Finland

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Finland — Finland stands quietly, but proudly, at the far northern crossroads of East and West. Long influenced by both Sweden and Russia (its alternate rulers until independence in 1917), it ultimately maintained a very distinct culture, language, and mindset. While Helsinki couldn’t be hipper and hotter these days, with booming architecture, film, fashion, and music scenes, the Finnish soul resides within the cool and timeless countryside beyond. The Germans, who have long cherished Finland’s tranquil beauty, fittingly call the country Natur mit Unterhaltung – nature with amenities.

Why Go

For the unique (and uniquely sincere) culture, fantastic museums, quirky art scene, and exquisite natural beauty.

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5 Reasons Not to Order a $38 Sandwich in Helsinki

March 31, 2014 by Karen Gardiner Dion

A survey conducted by TripAdvisor has just revealed that the most expensive city in the world to order room service is Helsinki, where a simple club sandwich ... Read More »

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9 Great Airports for a Layover

February 25, 2014 by Karen Gardiner Dion

Ah, airport layovers. Few of us will ever actually look forward to them, but there are some airports where top-notch facilities make waiting for a connection ... Read More »

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11 Otherworldly Snow & Ice Festivals Around the Globe

December 16, 2013

The Harbin International Ice and Snow Festival in northeast China - one of the world's biggest - boasts more than 11.5 million cubic feet of life-sized castles, ... Read More »

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Inspired Travel Ideas

July 24, 2013

Covering over 4,000 square miles, the world's largest salt flats are situated near the crest of the Andes. The flats are nearly 12,000 feet above sea level and ... Read More »

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The Four-Hour Layover: Helsinki

July 17, 2013 by Karen Gardiner Dion

Upon arrival at Helsinki-Vantaa Airport, you may be tempted to while away your four-hour layover at the airport. It is, after all, theBest Airport in Northern ... Read More »

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“On an open-seating flight, head for the back of the airplane. If the flight's not full, it'll likely be emptier back there.”

Karen Dion Freelance Editor

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