Take a tour of Finland’s eco island

Take a tour of Finland’s eco island

With interest in eco-travel ­continuing to surge, many travel operators are jumping on the bandwagon. But going green was more than a mere whim for Pertti and Virpi Illi, who founded Rakinkotka eco-village in southeast Finland back in 2001. Today this island colony of cottages boasts its own hybrid power system supplying energy for the

Get hooked on Karelia

Get hooked on Karelia

A trip around Lake Pielinen – Finland’s fourth largest lake – can encompass thrills, relaxation, and memorable tastes of this distinctive region of eastern Finland. Emerging from a muscle-soothing sauna we plunge into the refreshing waters of Lake Pielinen, and float serenely while watching the sun set behind the wooded hills that line the far

2 x Helsinki kiddie chic

2 x Helsinki kiddie chic

Colourful, funky, and ethical – this coveted combination of qualities puts Nordic kidswear in high demand. These two Helsinki stores cater to a growing tribe of parents who want sustainability with a special touch of style. It’s a match Fun clothing that is ethically produced from organic materials: This sums up the philosophy behind Harakanpesä

Follow the Moomin trail in Finland

Follow the Moomin trail in Finland

Here are five must-visit places around Finland to get your Moomin fix. The new Moomin Museum opens on June 17 in Tampere Hall. Maintained by the Tampere Art Museum, the new premises display a unique collection of Tove Jansson’s original Moomin artwork including hundreds of her beloved illustrations and striking three-dimensional tableaux by her partner

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