One Day in Helsinki – Once Upon a Journey

Author: , June 13th, 2019

Helsinki - Once Upon a Journey

Surprisingly, Scandinavian capital Helsinki (Finland) is often overlooked. It seems like quite some people visit or pass through the city but then forgets about it. We have no clue why; on our city trip to Helsinki we had a great time! The Finnish capital city has many things to offer but within a day you can already catch the highlights. So it’s perfect to go to Helsinki for a day trip from Tallinn, during a long layover or on a cruise of the Baltic Sea. Enjoy the sauna, one of many museums, some delicious Finnish food and coffee: all during your one day in Helsinki! Of course, you can spend as many days as you want to explore the city, but we will share the best places to visit in Helsinki with you.

Visit Sea Fortress Suomenlinna

When we were telling people about our Helsinki-travel-plans everyone said: go to Suomenlinna island. Every local told us the same thing. But what’s so special about Suomenlinna? It’s the ultimate dream island of the Helsinki locals. When we think about a dream island something tropical comes to mind, but for the Finnish, it’s a different story. Suomenlinna is located only 15 minutes away from Helsinki. It’s surrounded by water and nature and the island isn’t reachable by bridge, only by ferry. So it’s located close to the big city but when you are on the island it doesn’t feel like that at all! 800 ‘lucky’ people live on the island.

By Maartje & Roxanne – Full Story at Once Upon a Journey

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Lesbian Helinski, Finland –

Author: , March 18th, 2019

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As I alighted from the tram at the Kallio neighbourhood, mid-rise container buildings fill the compact streets, giving it an industrial, no-frills attitude to it.

The quarter strikes me as idle at first impression, a slightly grungier little brother to Helsinki’s glamorous city centre. It is no wonder since Kallio is a former working-class neighbourhood. Today, it is transformed into a trendy district for artists and students to hang out.

Kallio is the most densely populated urban area in Finland, and its streets are lined with a wide range of cafes, restaurants, bars and street-front boutiques.

I am on a mission to blend in with the locals and spot some of Helsinki’s grungy hipster gems and local hangouts.

Within the terracotta brick walls exists an assuming cafe-gallery. I push through the aged-mustard door and my eyes are instantly drawn towards the bold strokes of artwork that line the walls of Rupla, the communal space sparsely scattered with indoor plants to add to the atmosphere of homeliness.

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Win A Week in Finland For Two

Author: , January 26th, 2017

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Snowshoeing through frozen landscapes. Dogsledding through stunning National Parks. Skiing, snowmobiling and igloo building in a winter wonderland. Truly, the Finnish Wilderness Week trip from adventure specialists Exodus Travels has it all.

What’s more, the travel experts are giving away the chance to enjoy this unforgettable seven-night experience to one lucky Gay Star News reader and a guest.

You’ll be staying at the magical and remote Basecamp Oulanka in Northeast Finland. This self-sustained complex of wooden buildings is found in the the heart of Oulanka National Park.

What’s more, you’ll be teaming up with huskies to explore the silent snow-caked forests of the nearby Riisitunturi National Park. Plus, you’ll get to go ice-climbing across stunning terrain before going off in search of the astonishing Northern Lights.

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Exploring Lesbian Scandinavia

Author: , December 28th, 2015


Have you ever fallen for the myths about the Nordic countries? Do we have licorice? Are polar bears walking the streets? Is Norway the capital of Sweden? Is everyone blonde? Do we still wear Viking helmets? Does everyone buy their furniture at IKEA? Are we all very comfortable with public nudity and body hair? No. To all of the above. Except the blonde thing. There are a lot of blondes.

You may think our lesbians are like your lesbians. Well you are probably right. Ultimately the final goal is the same, but there are some things to remember. Instead of getting lost and missing signals in a tourist haze, I – a born and bred Norwegian will guide you through the local labyrinth of lesbian life in Oslo, Stockholm, Copenhagen, Reykjavik and Helsinki. You can’t Google this shit.

I’ve been dumped, kissed, loved, and judged on these streets, not necessarily in that order. We, spawn of the north, can be perceived as a bit cold, but trust me–under our skin it’s like a delicious sauna. Ice breakers: Hiking, skiing, soccer and Lise Karlsnes.

By Sandrea Olea Jakobsen – Full Story at Curve

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Bohemia Meets Working Class in Helsinki’s Traditional Gay Quarter

Author: , October 31st, 2015


Some say ‘I’m no racist, but…’ is Finland’s national motto, but Helsinki’s district of Kallio, with its liberal and slightly bohemian atmosphere, is only one of numerous places to resists this stereotype.

Much like Stockholm, Copenhagen and other Scandinavian cities, Helsinki doesn’t have a designated gayborhood – but Kallio, home to Finland’s president Tarja Halonen, is still going strong as an LGBTI hotspot.

The long, cold winter nights, contrasting sharply with a summer shaped by the virtually endless daylight during the white nights, leave their imprint on the community, driving them closer together into a merry mix.

By Stefanie Gerdes – Full Story at Gay Star News | Finland Gay Travel Resources

First Time in Helsinki

Author: , March 22nd, 2015

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Confession: I feel like I only scratched the surface of Helsinki. I owe the city another visit. I had ambitious plans for my short few days in Finland’s capital, but the main purpose for my visit was the MATKA travel conference which took place in January, also not the best time of year to be out exploring for hours on end.

And as it is often the case with conferences: you just don’t get to see as much as you’d like of the city you’re in, especially when the sun rises only around 10am (!) and sets again six hours later already. Also: I got the chance to take a side trip to Stockholm which was amazing, but again, it took time away from exploring Helsinki.

I still think I got a good idea of Finnish culture during my visit. Of course I couldn’t go to Finland without visiting a Finnish sauna. The Finnish Sauna Society – Suomen Saunaseura ry – organized an evening in a Finnish sauna for us, which was the perfect way to spend a cold winter evening.

By Dani – Full Story at Globetrotter Girls | Finland Gay Travel Resources

Finland: Lapland Celebrates Gay Pride

Author: , February 26th, 2015

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Lapland’s LGBTI community took to the streets over the weekend for the region’s annual Pride celebrations.

Arctic Pride, which takes place in Lapland’s commercial centre, Rovaniemi, was set up to provide a safe place for sexual and gender minorities to meet in one of Europe’s most northern cities, which lies just six miles from the Arctic Circle.

The weekend offered attendees the chance to get a taste of LGBT theater, music, exhibitions and work shops, as well as the opportunity to take part in a Pride parade through the streets of Rovaniemi.

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Summer in Saimaa, Finland

Author: , August 20th, 2014

Saimaa, FinlandI’ve always bemoaned the fact that I have traveled to Finland twice and both trips were during the winter. I wanted to travel in Finland in the summer when the days are long and the landscape is not covered in snow.
You know me, I love Scandinavia. Or the Nordics. Whatever you want to call it. It is my favorite region in Europe. I am probably the biggest ambassador of it.

If heaven is a place on Earth, it’s Scandinavia in the summer.
You can quote me on that.

You see, summering in Scandinavia is quite special. I really can’t do the south of Europe in the peak of summer. Here’s a major eurotrip tip: Avoid the big cities like Rome, Barcelona, Madrid, Paris etc in July and August because it’s super warm, they are swarming with tourists and the locals are all on vacation somewhere. And maybe that somewhere is Finland.

By DJ Yabis – Full Story at Dream Euro Trip | Finland Gay Travel Resources

Would You Like Coffee, Tea or Sekamehu?!?

Author: , February 14th, 2014

Finland - DJ YabisAfter 45 minutes of snow mobiling through the wilderness to chase the Northern Lights, we arrived at a clearing where a man was having a bonfire by his teepee.

“Would you like something warm to drink?” he asked as we sat by the bonfire. He was pointing at the kettle warming up by the fire.

“YES PLEASE!” I shouted immediately before he even finished telling us what it was. I couldn’t think straight. All my brain wanted was to get warm. Driving for 45 minutes with the coldest wind ever that felt like it was wrapping your face with ice was not something I would do everyday.

Authored By DJ Yabis – See the Full Story at Dream Euro Trip

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It’s Cold in the Arctic Circle

Author: , February 4th, 2014

DJ Yabis in FinlandDJ, how cold is it in the Arctic? you asked. Well, pretty cold. But the coldness is dry so it doesn’t feel that cold. In Helsinki it’s just -12 degrees Celsius or so but it’s windy and humid so I felt a lot colder in the city than the -32 degrees Celsius in Saariselkae, Finland.

Negative 32 degrees Celsius was actually the coldest I have ever experienced so far. When I lived in Warsaw during the Ice Age (that’s how me and my friends call winter in 2010 and 2011), the coldest I’ve experienced was -30 degrees.

Authored By DJ Yabis – See the Full Story at Dream Euro Trip

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