Category: Finland

5 of the best hotels in Arctic Europe

5 of the best hotels in Arctic Europe

The region of Arctic Europe includes Finnish Lapland, Northern Norway and Swedish Lapland, the most Northern parts of each of the three countries. This is a region of spectacular natural beauty, gourmet food, Northern Lights and White Nights. The Arctic Circle is the land of the midnight sun. The Summer solstice in June is a […]

10 great reasons to visit the Arctic

10 great reasons to visit the Arctic

The Arctic is starting to pop up more and more on luxury travellers’ must-visit lists. Part of its appeal is that for a very long time Arctic cruises were so exotic that they were almost the thing of fantasy, meshed in with tales of explorers risking life and limb to find the elusive Northwest Passage. […]

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A luxury adventure experience beyond your wildest expectations

Picture this – you’re driving a beautiful Bentley in the most enchanting environment imaginable. Experience luxury adventure to the extreme in this winter wonderland, spectacular setting at the beautiful lakes of northern Finland. As the ice thickens there, an extreme and special circuit begins to take shape. This vast, frozen surface, on the edge of […]

Where to see the Northern Lights... and what to do if you don't

Where to see the Northern Lights… and what to do if you don’t

Sorry for the seemingly negative rider in the title, but we think it’s important to note that the Northern Lights – the eerily beautiful display of shimmering colour sometimes visible in the night skies over the Arctic Circle – are a natural phenomenon and so by no means guaranteed. I’m sure that’s stating the blindingly […]

Scandimania: the best of Scandinavia

Scandimania: the best of Scandinavia

After years spent travelling around Scandinavia (apologies to pedants – I’m including Iceland in here alongside Denmark, Norway, Sweden and Finland) I have developed a healthy case of what can only be described as Scandimania – a love of all things Nordic.  While we Brits seem to be succumbing to certain elements of the self-same […]

10 of the most unique hotels in the world

10 of the most unique hotels in the world

Hotels can no longer be defined only by the amenities they provide, it has become essential to have a theme,or a place with character which defines it. Business and casual travelers alike would prefer staying at a place with history, a back story or even something as simple as furniture which defines the place. With […]

Top 8 unusual luxury retreats

Top 8 unusual luxury retreats

There are countless beautiful hotels these days, with luxurious interiors and perfect locations making them pretty hard to beat. But we’ve been seeking something a little more extraordinary. From incredible tree houses you’ve always dreamed about to hidden underwater boltholes, we’ve uncovered the best places for a unique yet luxurious get away. A night in an igloo? […]

 Top 4 places to view the Northern Lights

Top 4 places to view the Northern Lights

Considered to be one of the world’s most magical natural resources, the Aurora Borealis is a breathtaking wonder that colours the sky in a multitude of ethereal hues. Best seen between November and March, their spectacular appearance is created by solar particles drawn towards the Pole then crashing into the Earth’s atmosphere. Here is my […]

Essential travel tips for the lottery winner

Essential travel tips for the lottery winner

For the traveling enthusiasts among us – winning the lottery promises us luxury travel nirvana. Our luxury travel dreams encompass the whole experience and not just the glorious end-destination. So naturally, the first thing to be ditched would be travelling commercial airlines (fondly described as ‘cattle class’). No more sitting like a sardine packed into […]

Short stay: GLO Hotel Ithaca, Helsinki, Finland

Short stay: GLO Hotel Ithaca, Helsinki, Finland

On a recent visit to Helsinki, I stayed at the GLO Hotel Ithaca – a moderately-sized hotel with an excellent city centre location, putting you in easy walking distance of many key sites. I arrived late at night (in fact, in the early hours of the morning), so please forgive the night-time shot of the exterior […]

5 unusual festivals to tick off your bucket list for 2014

5 unusual festivals to tick off your bucket list for 2014

The Bucket List: a selection of numerous flamboyant must-dos before you, well, “kick the bucket”. Everyone has one, each goal is different, but which is the most unusual? Take a look at 5 of the weirdest fesitvals from around the world and see which one could win the top spot on your wish list for […]

The top 5 places to go in December

The top 5 places to go in December

From hot chocolate in festive-fuelled New York to sipping sundowners on a beach in tropical Thailand – there’s something to suit every type of traveller who wants to get away in December. With Christmas fast approaching, there are plenty of beautiful locations around the world that make for wonderful December breaks. Whether you want to […]

Reflections on my trip to Helsinki, Finland

Reflections on my trip to Helsinki, Finland

Throughout my time in Helsinki, I’ve been on a mission with American Express to track down great customer service experiences and there has been no shortage of examples to call upon. I managed to pack a huge amount into my short time there, taking a ferry trip to (and a guided tour at) the UNESCO […]

Service with a smile at GLO Hotel Kluuvi, Helsinki

Service with a smile at GLO Hotel Kluuvi, Helsinki

In my final example of great customer service on my latest trip to Finland with American Express, I’d like to highlight the service I received at GLO Hotel Kluuvi in the heart of Helsinki. I stayed at the hotel for three nights and must surely have tested the patience of the receptionists with my many […]

Feasting on bear in Finland

Feasting on bear in Finland

In my continued hunt for great customer service on behalf of American Express, I wanted to try some traditional Finnish food during my stay in Helsinki and the Savotta restaurant, just a short walk from my hotel, was recommended to me. Located right on the Senate Square, this restaurant takes you back to the charm […]

Hockey in Helsinki

Hockey in Helsinki

On my recent trip to Helsinki, I wanted to not only see some of the main tourist attractions, but also experience what Finnish people do and so, when someone suggested I take in an ice hockey match, that sounded like a great opportunity to do just that. Ice hockey – or simply hockey as they […]

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