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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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

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.

Helsinki Pride Coming June 27th

Author: , May 12th, 2011

The 2011 Helsinki Gay Pride weekend will be held on the last weekend of June; this year it will be held from the 27th June to the 3rd of July.

Helsinki Pride Weekend is Finland’s biggest GLBT (Gay, Lesbian, Bisexual and Transgender) event and will as usual attract more than 19,000 visitors to the city.

The event will consist of meetings, discussions and of course exciting parties, all of which will finish spectacularly with the Pride Parade.

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Finland: Where to Dance in Helsinki

Author: , April 28th, 2011

Gay Clubs in HelsinkiBallroom Dancing in Helsinki: The centrally located in Wanhan Tanssikellari (Kaivopiha, Mannerheimintie 3) has a restaurant and offers ballroom dancing with DJs or live orchestras. From Tuesdays to Saturdays, you can waltz to live music or try the very popular (and very unique) Finnish tango.

Helsinki Nightclubs: Many Helsinki nightclubs have several dance floors and most clubs stay open until 4 in the morning. Club YK (Pohjoinen Rautatienkatu 21) has two floors and some of the best DJs in Helsinki. DTM, or Don’t Tell Mama (Iso Roobertinkatu 28), is a hugely popular gay club but accepts straight clients too. There are two dance floors and on Saturday nights the second floor is for ladies only.

Lost & Found (Annankatu 6) used to be a hetero-friendly gay club but is now more a gay-friendly hetero club, and has a busy dance floor. Manala and Botta (Dagmarinkatu 2/Museokatu 10) have several dance floors and bars and are popular with students and a young crowd.

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