Author Archive

10 milestones from Finnair and Finnish design

10 milestones from Finnair and Finnish design

The story of Finnair and Finnish design share a closely linked history. We look back at ten highlights from the past five decades. Mad about Moomins Back in the 1940s, the Finnish writer and artist Tove Jansson created Moominvalley, a fictional haven populated by a gallery of irresistibly unusual characters. Today the timeless Moomins are

Navigating Vietnam’s magical Mekong

Navigating Vietnam’s magical Mekong

A short drive south-west of Ho Chi Minh City (or Saigon), the Mekong River is one of Asia’s great waterways. From its source among the snow-clad peaks of China’s Tibetan Plateau, it flows over 4,000 kilometres through the Indochinese peninsula before eventually emptying into the South China Sea. The so-called “rice bowl” of Vietnam, the

All you need to know about forest bathing in Japan

All you need to know about forest bathing in Japan

Only a few hours from downtown Tokyo, forest bathers wash away the cares of urban life. Autumnal weather on Mount Mitake is, according to many Japanese, a law unto itself. While residents of Tokyo, just a 90-minute train ride away, enjoy glorious sunshine, the forests around Mitake’s 929 metre-summit are frequently enveloped in a dense,

Hot tip: Experience a steamy layover at Helsinki Airport

Hot tip: Experience a steamy layover at Helsinki Airport

Sauna is such an essential part of Finnish culture that even the Helsinki Airport boasts one. Journalist Katja Pantzar takes a relaxing detour to find out how a pre-flight steam can boost wellness on the go. According to a popular Finnish saying, a woman is at her most beautiful after taking a sauna. With that

A complete guide to Austria’s wine and wellness practice

A complete guide to Austria’s wine and wellness practice

Pleasures are not always required to be guilty. The enjoyment of wine and the pursuit of wellbeing are synonymous among the vineyards of the Kamptal region. Viticulture in Austria is age-old. It predates even the arrival of the Romans and has enjoyed a healthy evolution ever since. Wine is both culture and agriculture in the

Take your pick: Havana six ways

Take your pick: Havana six ways

After 58 years frozen in a time warp, the Cuban capital is on the brink of sweeping reform. We present six reasons why now is the moment to catch a glimpse of post-Fidel Havana at the crossroads of change. Colour blocking Havana’s candy-coloured architecture forms a photogenic backdrop for the whimsical palette of its 1950s

Meet 9 Finnair employees who turned their passion into profession

Meet 9 Finnair employees who turned their passion into profession

For some it’s about the marshmallow clouds, for others it’s the thrill of the take-off. In Finnair’s multicultural workforce, everyone has different reasons that make their work special.               Text by Carina Chela  Photos by Interviewees  This story is published in Under the Northern Skies – 100 Stories Celebrating

5 x Melbourne from the best angle

5 x Melbourne from the best angle

Looking for a fresh perspective on the world’s most liveable city? The only way is up. 1 Point of view The urban sprawl of Australia’s fastest growing city is best appreciated from SkyHigh Mount Dandenong. Located some 40 kilometres out of town, this popular restaurant and vantage point serves up a main course of breath-taking

Where to see China’s longest graffiti street

Where to see China’s longest graffiti street

Soaring into the sky above the Yangtze’s muddy waters, muscular skyscrapers and multi-span bridges dominate the skyline of modern Chongqing. Yet despite the ubiquity of slick glass façades and massive concrete infrastructure, Bohemian whimsy is flourishing in south-western China’s largest city. You just need to know where to look. Home to a campus of the

What tastes good at 30,000 feet?

What tastes good at 30,000 feet?

As passenger palates change, so must inflight meals. Finnair collaborates with star chefs to offer a new-wave gourmet experience – but how do they work their magic when our sense of taste is impaired by up to 30 per cent when above the clouds? Finnair has always pampered passengers with indulgences beyond the standard bag