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Helsinki — Long a strategic crossroads of the Baltic Sea, the capital of Finland has been at various times under the control of Sweden and Russia (Finland finally gained independence in 1917). Amid those influences Helsinki has developed a distinct, minimalist style all its own, with plenty of museums, hotels and restaurants in which to exhibit it all. As capitals go, it’s hard to find one more laid back, and the nearby countryside makes for easy, lovely escapes.

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For Finland’s laid-back culture, world-class art museums, saunas, theaters, and historical sites.

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3 Reasons Why You Should Sauna in Finland

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8 Great Cities for a Layover

September 05, 2014 by Christine Wei

If you're traveling internationally or even just across the country, chances are you'll have a layover somewhere during your journey. Rather than waiting for ... Read More »


5 Reasons Not to Order a $38 Sandwich in Helsinki

March 31, 2014 by Karen Gardiner

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 »


9 Great Airports for a Layover

February 25, 2014 by Karen Gardiner

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 »


Flight Alert: Fly to Iceland, Norway, Denmark & More R/T from $546

August 13, 2013 by Amanda Black

Your winter travel plans may not be on your mind yet, but here's some incentive to start thinking about (and booking) them now: amazing flight deals. From ... Read More »

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