Hit Finland’s glassblowing trail

Hit Finland’s glassblowing trail

Finnish designers have been creating modern marvels with molten sand since the 1950s. Among the top spots to see contemporary glassblowers in action are Fiskars and Nuutajärvi, two creative hubs on Finland’s glass trail. Blown away Fiskars is a postcardesque ironworks village, roughly one hour’s drive west of Helsinki. When Fiskars Corporation – makers of

Enter at your own risk in Berlin

Enter at your own risk in Berlin

Derelict hospitals, abandoned military installations, and other artfully crumbling ruins make the German capital a treasure trove for urban explorers. Leon, Marvin, and Dennis arrive at the wrought-iron gates of Ballhaus Grünau, a boarded-up dance pavilion on the sleepy outskirts of Berlin. Ignoring the “NO ENTRY” sign, they slip in through a gap in the

4 x outdoorsy Iceland

4 x outdoorsy Iceland

Bundle up and head out for these four magical must-sees on the Nordic island country where lunar landscapes meet urban delights. Wonder of the world Savvy travellers pre-book the airport bus so that on arrival at Keflavik International Airport they can head directly to Iceland’s Blue Lagoon for some soothing post-flight hydrotherapy. Unlike many popular

All aboard London’s Mail Rail

All aboard London’s Mail Rail

England’s capital opens a hidden train line to the public in 2017. Visitors to the English ­capital will soon have another must-see on their list if plans by London’s Postal Museum run to schedule. The museum (formerly the British Postal Museum & Archive) is converting the Mail Rail – a subterranean London railway mothballed in

Experience the art of Arctic floating

Experience the art of Arctic floating

Floating in an icy lake sounds extreme if not outright painful, but for intrepid adventurers snugly wrapped up in a custom-made ice rescue suit, the experience is either relaxing or fun. Depending on the bather, some like to dive right in, while others prefer taking their time to enjoy the weightless feeling. “Many guests have

Treat yourself to the Lapp of luxury

Treat yourself to the Lapp of luxury

From treehouse suites to snug glass igloos, the options for maximum comfort in Finnish Lapland are impressive throughout the year. For many people, just being in Lapland is a treat. Crouching by an open fire with the aurora borealis or Northern Lights dancing above provides a unique comfort for the soul. Others combine this spiritual

Where to indulge your sweet tooth in Finland

Where to indulge your sweet tooth in Finland

Finland is spoiled for choice when it comes to chocolate temptations. Blue Wings set out on a pre-seasonal mini-tour of three Finnish chocolate makers. Located next to the factory where bread, porridge, biscuits, and of course chocolate are manufactured, the Fazer Experience Visitor Centre in Vantaa, Helsinki’s neighbouring city, offers a multisensory exhibition and introduction