Win A Week in Finland For Two

Author: , January 26th, 2017

Exodus Travels

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

Globetrotter Girls - Finland

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.

Full Story at Gay Star News | Finland Gay Travel Resources

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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The First Sunset of the Year in Arctic Finland

Author: , February 1st, 2014

Finland Sunset - DJ YabisI am currently in Arctic Circle, specifically in Saariselkae, Finland to experience the Northern Lights and I promised to live blog our trip here for a change. We just arrived today and apparently today is the first sunset ever in Lapland.

As you all know, winters are long and dark here and normally they have their first sunsets on January 3 but this year it arrived late. So today it is. January 10.

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

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Chasing the Northern Lights in Finland

Author: , January 31st, 2014

Northern Lights in Finland - DJ YabisYES. THIS IS IT. I am starting 2014 with a BANG!

I celebrated New Year’s Eve in Berlin with friends and now I’m heading to the Arctic Circle to experience the Northern Lights in what could be my most adventurous trip yet.
I AM SO STOKED TO CROSS THIS OFF MY BUCKET LIST. And happily with a great travel partner, Michael.

We flew to Helsinki yesterday with Air Berlin and today I am currently in Helsinki Airport writing this quick update. They have free wifi which is still ridiculously rare in most airports these days.

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

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Pride Season 2013 Updates – 5/26/13

Author: , May 26th, 2013

San Francisco Gay Pride Parade 2012With Pride Season getting into full swing in June, we have a number of updates for you.

Chicago Celebrates International Mr. leather Contest Tonight

Chicago’s annual leather festival reaches its peak tonight – reports:

The 35th Annual International Mr. Leather Contest begins at 6 p.m. (door open at 5 p.m.) at The Harris Theatre, 205 E. Randolph, and will be emceed by Lenny Broberg, a proud, openly-gay San Francisco Police Officer and internationally recognized leather personality. Beverly McClellan, who made the final four on NBC’s The Voice, will provide entertainment. Each finalist will be judged on a variety of criteria including community involvement, speech, presentation and overall presence.

Chicago Pride Starts June 28th

Chicago is also planning its own gay pride celebration in June. Seasons of Pride reports:

Each year, parade entrants, as well as groups sponsoring Pride Month events, have the option of using an international theme, or using a theme or slogan of their own choice… Chicago commemorates and celebrates Pride with more than one hundred different events during June Pride Month. This year, the Chicago 44th Annual Pride Parade is scheduled for Sunday June 30 at 12 Noon stepping off from the corner of Montrose at Broadway.

Harlem Pride Celebrates “Harlem Through The Years” June 28th-30th

In New York, harlem’s pride celebration includes various events between June 28th and 30th. Seasons of Pride reports:

Come march with Harlem Pride in the NYC Pride March on Sunday, June 30, 2013. This year our theme is “Harlem Through The Years”. We’re turning 5th Avenue into our very on Harlem Style Runway as we sport hi-style fashion honoring the illustrious LGBT/SGL history of Harlem through the years. So join us, feel free to strut your stuff and showcase your gear! Oh yeah, of course we’ll also be doing the REAL HARLEM SHAKE!

NYC Pride to Be Led By Edie Windsor

NYC’s gay pride parade on June 30th will feature one of the main plaintiffs for marriage equality. Seasons of Pride reports:

The first March was held in 1970 and has since become an annual civil rights demonstration. Over the years its purpose has broadened to include recognition of the fight against AIDS and to remember those we have lost to illness, violence and neglect. The March is a celebration of our lives and our community. We are pleased to announce Edith Windsor, Harry Belafonte and Earl Fowlkes will be leading the 2013 March down Fifth Avenue.

Helsinki Pride Kicks Off June 24th

Helsinki is set to celebrate gay pride in a week long festival next month. Seasons of Pride reports:

Helsinki Pride is the Helsinki region Seta Association’s bi-annual week-long cultural and human rights event in the heart of Helsinki. It is also Finland’s leading sexual and gender minorities, and their loved ones gather together at the event and one of the biggest events of the week-long summer. Helsinki Pride 2013 will be held June 24 to June 30, 2013. Helsinki Pride visitor numbers have increased every year. In 2012, the entire week, visitors to the event was close to 32 000 and the Pride parade was attended by about 8,000 people. This year’s Pride parade held on Saturday, 29.6. The procession begins in a Senate Square and the parade of the programmatic Park Festival Hakasalmi in the park. Throughout the week the program is built on a wide range of mm. culture, debates, parties, meetings, workshops, and art around.