Best outdoor escapes close to Helsinki

Best outdoor escapes close to Helsinki

A beautiful archipelago and easy-to-reach woodlands make Helsinki the ideal destination for a one-day winter escape. So bundle up and head outdoors!   A refreshing dip A ten-minute tram ride (plus a short walk) from the city centre brings you to Uunisaari Island across from Kaivopuisto Park. During the coldest months, the island is connected

100 days in Lapland: can winter novices survive the ultimate Arctic expedition?

100 days in Lapland: can winter novices survive the ultimate Arctic expedition?

Five lucky explorers experience the magic of polar darkness and learn to master the Arctic wilderness. The darkest season in Finnish Lapland lasts for about 100 days. A daily glimpse of twilight sets a magical mood that has inspired filmmakers, explorers, and outdoor enthusiasts for decades. The combination of wild, frozen landscape and breath-taking silence

Life’s a beach!

Life’s a beach!

Finally I’ve come into to the point that I can chill out without longing to travel at home as well. It’s easy to got into the traveling mood when you’re always traveling with a band. On the other hand staying home for a while makes it possible to put something into the savings, and fly

The best of seasonal Oslo

The best of seasonal Oslo

So what gets Norwegians in a holiday mood? Powdery snow, fairy lights, frosty evenings: the scene seems created for Christmas, doesn’t it? Nowhere is this more evident than in the cosy Norwegian capital of Oslo. Once the snow falls and the lights dim, the city centre is abuzz with holiday shoppers, decorated streets and trees,

7 places to love this holiday season

7 places to love this holiday season

What are the world’s best places to spend the holidays? Blue Wings asked seven of our contributors to share sneak peeks into their favourite getaways. From skiing to surfing – here’s where they recommend a visit. Pssst: you don’t have to travel in December and January. These destinations are perfect any time of the year!

Chocolate meets art in Brussels

Chocolate meets art in Brussels

The pastries and chocolate delicacies sold at Pâtisserie Sasaki in Brussels are nothing short of an art form. Yasushi Sasaki’s diminutive pâtisserie-chocolaterie located in the quiet residential neighbourhood of Woluwe-Saint-Pierre has been named among the best in ­Brussels by influential restaurant guide Gault&Millau and travel guide Guide BrusselsLife 2015. This is a remarkable achievement for

5 Scottish castle stays that ooze history

5 Scottish castle stays that ooze history

Check into one of these national treasures in Scotland.   1 Stairway to castle heaven Anticipation builds as you drive the wooded approach towards Culzean Castle. Designed by noted Scottish architect Robert Adam, this storybook Georgian castle stands dramatically on a rocky promontory on the Ayrshire coast, with spectacular views across the sea to the