21.02.2021

Winter holiday offers a lot to do in Finland

In winter time you can go skiing, skating, snowshoeing or just enjoying the nature. Holiday weeks of the Finnish primary schools in 2021 are weeks No. 8, 9 and 10. Photo: LikeFinland.com

 

We collected some tips for you to spend a winter holiday in our article in Finnish. Here is a summary also in English!

These tips consist mainly of LikeFinland Star Destinations, which have been our media customers during last 12 months, and they can be found among the first at www.likefinland.com.

Nice pictures of southern Tuusula cross-country skiing tracks in January. Tracks are maintained by Myllykylän Mylly ry. Photos: LikeFinland.com

Nice pictures of southern Tuusula cross-country skiing tracks in January. Tracks are maintained by Myllykylän Mylly ry. Photos: LikeFinland.com

 

Did you know that there are hundreds of kilometres cross-country skiing tracks in capital area, of course depending on weather conditions. You can check the current situation here: Ulkoliikunta.fi (incl. skiing, ice-skarintg, swimming in Helsinki, Espoo, Kauniainen, Vantaa).

 

One of the well-maintained downhill ski resorts near Helsinki is Talma Ski in Sipoo, north of Vantaa and east of Kerava. There are 5 ring lifts pulling you up and even 2 carpet lifts, which are easy for beginners. One of them is located in Werneri Park for kids and families. There you don’t need any slalom skis or snowboard or any equipment, because there are sledges and snow tubes for sledding and playgrounds also.

Remember to wear a mask if you go inside. A restaurant, rental equipment and ski school (in many languages) are also serving.

We were enjoying and practicing in Talma Ski in January. Photos: LikeFinland.com We were enjoying and practicing in Talma Ski in January. Photos: LikeFinland.com

 

Suomenlinna is worth to visit in winter time also. Suomenlinna Sea Fortress is a UNESCO World Heritage Site, such a cultural treasure of Finland with its long history! The fortress is also a district of Helsinki with about 800 inhabitants.

Suomenlinna is located in the Helsinki archipelago near the city and can be easily reached all year round by HSL ferry from Kauppatori in just 15 minutes.

Here is more info of Suomenlinna. In winter time you can enjoy the cafés and restaurant as well as HAA Gallery, or take a look to the Blue route for you own exploration!

Suomenlinna ferry and Rantakasarmi barracks. Photos: Super Otus / The Governing Body of Suomenlinna

Suomenlinna ferry and Rantakasarmi barracks. Photos: Super Otus / The Governing Body of Suomenlinna

 

Flamingo Spa in Vantaa is a warm destination, where you can feel like to be on sunny beach! It’s +32 Celsius degrees both in the air and in the water. There are both Water park for families as well as Sauna and treatment world for adults in Flamingo Spa, not forget delicious meals to enjoy.

 

All over Finland there many cosy accommodations we can recommend. Here is a list of our Star Destinations with links to a destination page on our site as well as Booking.com page (if exist).

 

SOUTHERN FINLAND

  • Park Alandia Hotel, Mariehamn  --  www --  Booking.com
  • Restaurant and B&B Kansakoulu (a former elementary school), Kemiönsaari  --  www --  Booking
  • Apteekinmajoitus accommodation (a former pharmacy), Asikkala  --  www --  Booking

 

CENTRAL, EASTERN AND NORTHERN FINLAND

Nice accommodations around Finland. Park Alandia Hotel in Åland (left up), Kolin Keidas in Eastern Finland (right up), Apteekinmajoitus accommodation near Lahti (left down), and Farmhouse Sipilä in Central Finland (right down). Photos: destinations and LikeFinland.com (Park)

Nice accommodations around Finland. Park Alandia Hotel in Åland (left up), Kolin Keidas in Eastern Finland (right up), Apteekinmajoitus accommodation near Lahti (left down), and Farmhouse Sipilä in Central Finland (right down). Photos: destinations and LikeFinland.com (Park)

 

Text: Henri Elo

You can check more contents and pictures at our Finnish article here.

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LikeFinland.com is a nationwide leisure time media and search service of Finnish destinations. You can like us on Facebook or follow on Twitter and Instagram. Our main website in Finnish is KivaaTekemista.fi.

22.12.2020

Amazing Sipoo with its new restaurants and destinations

Bistro Burken is one of the new restaurants in Sipoo with its beautiful surroundings. Photos: LikeFinland.com

 

It was so nice to visit two new small family companies and destinations, but find out the situation of other restaurants too, in Sipoo, 30 minutes east of Helsinki.

 

Sipoo municipality is geographically quite long from south to north, even so that you can feel the sea and admire the sunset as well as hike in a national park!
 

Located on the seafront in Gumbostrand, a tiny idyllic village near Söderkulla, there is one of the new restaurants, Bistro Burken. The restaurant opened in the summer, but it is open also in winter weekends. See more detailed opening hours on the website or FB.

Bistro Burken serves fish meals, delicious pizzas and also salad meals as well as cheese cakes and raw cakes. Burken is run by Santtu Salmelin and Catharina Fallström. Also Catharina’s parents and outside employees are working when needed.

In Gumbostrand you can also find an art gallery, Gumbostrand Konst & Form.

 

Did you know that one can manage in Sipoo at least three languages or even more. Finnish and Swedish are commonly spoken, and of course English is well-spoken too among younger people.

 

Elina and Milla on the left, Santtu and Catharina on the right side. Photos: LikeFinland.com

Elina and Milla on the left, Santtu and Catharina on the right side. Photos: LikeFinland.com

 

In southern Sipoo there is a cosy villa, like a tiny hotel - renovated a few years ago - run by new entrprenereus Elina Suomi and Milla Sohlstöm.

They are sisters and they started in Villa Sibbe in February-March 2020, but just after a few weeks the covid situation changed the plans.

Still, there has been a moderate number of guests, but parties, business meetings etc. not so many of course. It was nice to hear that Café Sibbe in the marina, below the villa, has been popular in sunny summer days.

There are many activities nearby like swimming pond, SUP board, kayaking, beach volley, frisbeegolf to name a few. In winter time you can go hiking in the forest, walking or skiing or skating on the ice if it’s cold winter and thick ice. More info on the website and FB and Booking.com.

There are also cross-country ski tracks in Söderkulla and alpine skiing and snowboarding in Talma Ski, located 25 minutes north of Villa Sibbe. Talma restaurant has served also a delicious Thai-menu since 2018!

Villa Sibbe has a unigue history; the Nobel-winner A. I. Virtanen has owned it and spent time there with his family in the early 1900s. Photos: LikeFinland.com

Villa Sibbe has a unigue history; the Nobel-winner A. I. Virtanen has owned it and spent time there with his family in the early 1900s. Photos: LikeFinland.com

 

I was surprised that there was also other news and rather new destinations on Sipoo’s "restaurant map".

Restaurant Tila near Sipoonkorpi National Park has been operating since 2018, including also cheese production in small scale nowadays. The restaurant is open mainly on weekends in winter season but closed in Dec.

 

By the way, Sipoonkorpi with its magnificent forests is one of the newest national parks in Finland, founded in 2011.

 

In Box village, east of Söderkulla, you can find organic-based Guesthouse Box & Handelsman Café with its new web shop, and a newer one, 3-year old Box Café & Grill with weekday lunch and delicious burgers, which are popular among drivers and motorbikers.

In Sipoonranta, near Helsinki border, an Italian-style Portside Trattoria opened its doors in November 2020, and it has been popular too, say the locals.

 

The late lunch in Restaurant Veljekset was tasty! Photos: LikeFinland.com

The late lunch in Restaurant Veljekset was tasty! Photos: LikeFinland.com

 

Restaurant Veljekset ('Restaurant Brothers') is a Turkish-twisted modern lunch and dinner restaurant in Söderkulla, open from Monday to Sunday. Veljekset moved this fresh new location and building just over a year ago.

 

Did you know that there are two 'conurbation-centres' in Sipoo, Nikkilä in the middle and Söderkulla in south. Other areas consist mainly of beautiful countryside with lakes, fields, forests and hills – not forget the seaside and archipelago in the south.

 

A picturesque and relaxing seascape in Gumbostrand before Christmas '20. Photo: LikeFinland.com

A picturesque and relaxing seascape in Gumbostrand before Christmas '20. Photo: LikeFinland.com

 

Text: Henri Elo

You can check more contents and pictures at our Finnish story here.

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Sipoo municipality (www -- FB) is a Star Destination and media customer of LikeFinland.com. (commercial cooperation)

Accommodations in Sipoo at Booking.com

LikeFinland.com is a nationwide leisure time media and search service of Finnish destinations. You can like us on Facebook or follow on Twitter and Instagram. Our main website in Finnish is KivaaTekemista.fi.

17.07.2020

The Pearl of Summer Finland north of Lahti: Heinola

Heinola view from the railway bridge towards River Kymi and Restaurant RantaCasino. Photo: LikeFinland.com

 

Could you imagine a Finnish town with hills and bridges, historical cafés, cosy accommodation, and a bird garden with no fee.

Not forget a long beach right next to the city center - and other swimming and spa possibilities.

Yes, Heinola is that all! The former center of Kymenkartano county, but nowadays a suitable-sized town for your summer visit! Of course there are museums and art for you: Art Museum (more info in Finnish here) and the unique Aschan's House from 1700s (www) are open also this summer! Then there is a special Dork Park 'Dorkin puisto' near the railway (freight) station of Heinola.

Just a short distance away from the Dork Park, there are two cafeterias: Café Tower and Café Harjupaviljonki. The later one was founded for Russian spa guests 120 years ago for their refreshment. The spa itself was located near the beach, and that's why the name of the beach is still Spa Beach 'Kylpylän ranta', just close to the center. :)

 

Café Harjupaviljonki 'Hill Pavilion' is specialized in waffles, both salty and sweet. Photos: LikeFinland.com

 Café Harjupaviljonki 'Hill Pavilion' is specialized in waffles, both salty and sweet. Photos: LikeFinland.com

 

When you continue walking accross the high railway bridge (see the view in the first picture!) and the River Kymi - well, there is also a walking side - you'll arrive on the Siltasaari island. However, you should come back maybe a hundred meters after crossing the bridge.

And there it is, Café Kailas, with its own little world and atmosphere. The name Kailas comes from a former Finnish poet Uuno Kailas (1901-1933). On Siltasaari you may meet a happy hostess of Café Kailas, Päivi Niemiaho. :)

 Café Kailas building has been a sauna for its original purpose some 100 years ago. The River Kymi flows very close to you. Photo: LikeFinland.com

Café Kailas building has been a sauna for its original purpose some 100 years ago. The River Kymi flows very close to you. Photo: LikeFinland.com

 

Walking back to the town along a nice footbridge, and you may take a lunch at Restaurant RantaCasino. Or would you like some live music, f.ex. in July 11th there was Celtic Music night at RantaCasino ('ranta' means coast). The restaurant is hosted by a Finnish-Irish couple Marika and Stephen Cronin.

There are more nice restaurants in town, and places for spend a night, like a cosy Villa Hulda for 1-2 families, ca. 1 km from the center.

 Pictures from RantaCasino, Marika left down, and right down there is Villa Hulda's Elina in Heinola center. Photos: LikeFinland.com

Pictures from RantaCasino, Marika left down, and right down there is Villa Hulda's Elina in Heinola center. Photos: LikeFinland.com

 

What is amazing and imoprtant for the whole town, is that there exist many shops and stores alive in Heinola! Well, the amount of inhabitants, nearly 20.000, and thousands of "summer cottagers" (with their villas) as well as tourists make it possible that you have quite a numer vital services in Heinola - such as clothes, shoe, decor and toy shops!

 

Here you can see Karoliina from Visit Heinola (left up), Hannamari from Roosamari clothes shop (right) and Jenni from Kenkä-Jenni (Shoe-Jenni) serving you. Photos: LikeFinland.com

Here you can see Karoliina from Visit Heinola (left up), Hannamari from Roosamari clothes shop (right) and Jenni from Kenkä-Jenni (Shoe-Jenni) serving you. Photos: LikeFinland.com

 

I visited Heinola in early summer 2020, and really enjoyd the feeling after the 'corona spring'. People are nice, open and friendly, there is enough air to breathe in this historical town.

 

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Text: Henri Elo

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Contact Information: 

 

Visit Heinola (www)
Kauppakatu 4, Heinola (Tourist info)
p. +358 (0)3 849 3615
matkailu(a)heinola.fi

Café Kailas (www)
Siltasaari 1, 18100 Heinola
p. +358 (0)44 74 77 001
info(a)kailas.fi

Café Heinolan Harjupaviljonki (www)
Kauppakatu 30, 18100 Heinola
p. +358 (0)40 5619 522
harjupaviljonki1(a)gmail.com

Restaurant RantaCasino (www)
Maaherrankatu 2, 18100 Heinola
p. +358 (0)40 192 1027 / 03 718 8666
info(a)rantacasino.fi

Villa Hulda (www)
Puistokatu 20, 18100 Heinola
p. +358 (0)40 726 5582
info(a)heinolatravel.fi

 

- More about Heinola destinations and services (www), and events (www)

- Our article of Heinola in 2019 (www)

 

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Heinola municipality, Harjupaviljonki, Café Kailas, RantaCasino and Villa Hulda are the Star Destinations and media customers of LikeFinland.com.

LikeFinland.com is a nationwide leisure time media and search service of Finnish destinations. You can like us on Facebook or follow on Twitter and InstagramOur main website in Finnish is KivaaTekemista.fi.

10.04.2020

Spring flowers, Easter - and Gift cards to adventure parks!

Hyacinths, bead lilies and other summer flowers arrived in Kivapiha! Photo: Kivapiha garden shop 2020, Mäntsälä

 

It has been completely different spring season both for us LikeFinland as well as our customers. Most of them are suffering from COVID-19 and its limits, set by authorities.

These are for example adventure parks and destinations, restaurants, guest houses, hotels as well as small shops. Some of them are forced to be completely closed like indoor parks and restaurants (excl. take away).

At the same time, these places are those, which are offering important possibilities to kids and teenagers to meet each other and have a nice time together.

Now you can support these by buying a gift card/voucher. It would be a very nice Birthday present also! Joy for receiver, support for the destination, and a small price for you. We collected these webshops in our Finnish article:

  • Rush Helsinki (www) – buying gift card "lahjakortti" at phase 2, valid 1 year
  • Suomen Tivoli (www) – mobiile tickets beforehand, ticket valid forever if you can show it on your mobile!
  • Megazone laser tag ja Prison Island, Helsinki, Vantaa, Tampere, Jyväskylä (www)
  • Treetop Adventure Huippu and Adventure Golf Huippu, Espoo (www) – gift tickets valid until the end of October 2020
  • Talma Ski ja Talma Active Park, Sipoo (www) – gift tickets for skiing and summer adventure- / climbing park
  • Flamingo Spa, Vantaa (www) – tickets and gift vouchers from the web straight to your email.

 

Enjoying Birthday party at Prison Island Vantaa in the fall of 2019. Photo: LikeFinland.com

 Enjoying Birthday party at Prison Island Vantaa in the fall of 2019. Photo: LikeFinland.com

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Luckily, it's spring now - bright and relaxing to enjoy the sun and flowers.

Our Star Destination, unique garden shop Kivapiha in Mäntsälä - some 40 km north from Helsinki area, along the high way 4 - has been completely renewed!

There are available garden stones, stone yards, walking stones, summer flowers, soil, shell covers, play sand for kids, pots for garden flowers, small trees and so on by Kivapiha company, but now there is also Garden statue and fountain sales by Art Bouffant as well as Motorbike sales and maintenance by W-bike. Both in Kivapiha premises from 2020 onwards.

Kivapiha is located at Vuolteenmäentie 7, Mäntsälä. (www)

 

Kivapiha is located at Vuolteenmäentie 7, Mäntsälä. Photo: LikeFinland.com

Kivapiha is located at Vuolteenmäentie 7, Mäntsälä. Photo: LikeFinland.com

 

HAPPY EASTER TIME FOR YOU! :-)

 

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Text and photos: Henri Elo / LikeFinland.com 

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LikeFinland.com is a nationwide leisure time media and search service of Finnish destinations. You can like us on Facebook or follow on Twitter and InstagramOur main website in Finnish is KivaaTekemista.fi.

15.03.2020

Sipoo and Talma - northeast of Helsinki - offer great outdoor and skiing possibilities!

Nice view in the afternoon from the platter lift line of the practise slope in March 2020. Photo: LikeFinalnd.com

 

We spent a great time in Talma in March 2020. Talma Ski is a skiing and outdoor resort in Sipoo municipality, near Helsinki and Vantaa.

It has been hard winter for skiing resorts in Southern Finland because of warmer weather than normally. Still, Talma has been able to be open over 100 skiing days also in this season, even if the all slopes have not been open.

We visited first time in Talma this season at the end of December. That day the family slope and main snow park were closed due to snow making by snow cannons. The system is very developed in Talma; in this kind of winter they make new snow by snow cannons almost every time, when the temperature goes under zero.

That's the way the resorts can offer great downhill skiing and snowboarding circumstances for people also in Southern Finland!

 

From left up to down right: the view from the center towards the hill; the family slope lift line; a new building for 'take a break' in Werneri Park; and a snowcat at the top of the hill, as a mark that back slopes are closed. Photos: LikeFinland.com 

From left up to down right: the view from the center towards the hill; the family slope lift line; a new building for 'take a break' in Werneri Park; and a snowcat at the top of the hill, as a mark that back slopes are closed. Photos: LikeFinland.com

  

It was really nice to enjoy winter, speed and sun in Talma in the middle of March 2020! 

The snow, sun and outdoor are so relaxing. My - and the most of us in Southern Finland - winter experiences have been limited in this season, even if the alpine skiing resorts, municipalities and cross-country skiing clubs have done a great job to offer circumstances on a smaller scale.

In Talma's Werneri Park area there is a totally new building. Werneri Park is an area for children with sleds, toboggans, tubes and an easy carpet lift. The building is very practical; there are more rooms and tables for birthday parties, sausage frying and enjoing own food. In Talma there is also a nice restaurant with delicious Thai menu as well as hamburger, pizza and ´home-made food´ like meatballs with mashed potatous.

And yes, I think it's safe to experince outdoor actiivites also in this 'korona time'. You can keep a wise distance to other people, take care of hand hygiene, and stay home if feeling sick. 

 

 In Sipoonkorpi National Park one can really feel the nature and peace. The park was opened in 2011. Photos: LikeFinland.com

In Sipoonkorpi National Park one can really feel the nature and peace. The park was opened in 2011. Photos: LikeFinland.com

 

I had a great possibility to participate a hiking trip in Sipoonkorpi National Park in the beginning of January 2020. The length of the hike was around 20 km and 7 hours, from Nikinmäki, Vantaa to Landbo in Helsinki area, across the park from north to south.

There are also routes with guide signs in Sipoonkorpi. You can get more info here (National parks in Finland), and choose "Sipoonkorpi". The park is one of the newest national parks in Finland. The Finnish Nature Center Haltia in Espoo offer much infromation about national parks in Finland.

Did you know that there are nice art exhibitions - like Gumbostrand Konst & Form - restaurents and B&Bs (Visit Sipoo) as well as REKO local food service (FB group) in Sipoo, last one connected to Guesthouse Box & Handelsmans Café every other Friday.

 

Back to Talma! :) Talma is also a summer destination, called 'Talma Active Park', including many activities like paintball, climbing park, minigolf, frisbee golf and Werneri Park. Photos: LikeFinland.com (in winter 2020)

Back to Talma! :) Talma is also a summer destination, called 'Talma Active Park', including many activities like paintball, climbing park, minigolf, frisbee golf and Werneri Park. Photos: LikeFinland.com (in winter 2020)

 

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Talma Ski contact info:

Talma webpages in English (incl. opening times in March 2020)

Prices in Finnish

Tickets +358 (0)400 716 882 info(at)talmaski.fi
Rental and Ski Shop +358 (0)400 716 866
Ski School +358 (0)44 574 9070, hiihdonopetus(at)talmaski.fi
Restaurant  +358 (0)400 716 856, ravintola(at)talmaski.fi

Talmantie 341
04240 SIPOO
(for navigator: Norantie 1, Sipoo)

Talma @ Facebook (www)
Talma @ Instagram (www)

 

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Text and photos: Henri Elo / LikeFinland.com 

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Sipoo municipality, Talma Ski and Guesthouse Box & Handelsmans Café are the Star Destinations and media customers of LikeFinland.com in Sipoo.

LikeFinland.com is a nationwide leisure time media and search service of Finnish destinations. You can like us on Facebook or follow on Twitter and InstagramOur main website in Finnish is KivaaTekemista.fi.

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