Category: Finland

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 […]

First impressions in Finland

First impressions in Finland

As you will know from an earlier blog post, I recently visited Helsinki on behalf of American Express, on a mission to find examples of great customer service. Thankfully, I didn’t have to wait long. I arrived at Helsinki Airport late at night, not having been to Finland before, and needed to get into the city centre. […]

Heading for Helsinki - your recommendations, please!

Heading for Helsinki – your recommendations, please!

I have teamed up with American Express to go on a quest for great customer service… and I’m heading for Helsinki. I’ve been to Norway, Sweden, Denmark and even Greenland, but Finland is a first for me so I’m looking forward to the experience. And here’s what it’s all about; earlier this year, American Express […]

5 great European short breaks by private jet

5 great European short breaks by private jet

There’s a saying; ‘It’s not the destination, it’s the journey getting there’ – but with a short break by private jet, you truly can have the best of both worlds. Weekends away often sound appealing, but when you have factored in travelling time, antisocial airline timetables and queues, you find that it can take a day […]

5 of Finland's finest manor houses

5 of Finland’s finest manor houses

If the words ‘manor house’ conjure up visions of quintessentially English properties of a bygone era then think again. Finland’s manor houses are being restored and converted and attracting tourists. Be it noble families or industrial magnates, Finland’s wealthy have left a legacy of impressive estates in bucolic locations that are now open to all. […]

10 of the most popular travel videos of all time

10 of the most popular travel videos of all time

Here we’ve compiled a round-up of 10 of the most popular official tourist board videos to be found on YouTube.  We won’t claim to have identified them all, but hopefully we’ve picked out most of them. If you know of others, please let us know in the comments and perhaps we can do a follow-up […]

Don't miss The Wife Carrying World Championships in Finland!

Don’t miss The Wife Carrying World Championships in Finland!

If you happen to be in Finland next month, you might like to get yourself along to The Wife Carrying World Championships for a spectacle with a difference. The event – held on 5th and 6th July this year – sees male competitors race each other while carrying a female team mate to whom, perhaps […]

Win a trip to Scandinavia!

Win a trip to Scandinavia!

A new campaign offers a chance to win a trip to Scandinavia, or an iPad2, through a website devoted to bringing local passion for the Nordic region to US tourists. The website showcases the personal travel stories of well-known Nordic celebrities, as well as Scandinavian locals, with the hope of inspiring U.S. travelers to plan […]

Win with Radisson Blu!

Win with Radisson Blu!

Radisson Blu hotels – a brand we’ve mentioned a few times on A Luxury Travel Blog in the past – is getting into the festive spirit with the Radisson Blue Quiz – a fantastic opportunity to win a weekend away at one of its hotels, choosing from Milan, Madrid, Berlin, Helsinki or Hamburg.  But even if you’re […]

Beckhams put Turku in Finland on the map

Beckhams put Turku in Finland on the map

David Beckham’s recent visit to the Mehilainen Clinic for an operation on a torn Achilles tendon, and a subsequent visit from his wife, has put the Finnish city of Turku well and truly on the map, visiting prior to the crowds that are sure to visit in 2011 when the city is a European capital […]

Finland: spa treatments at 110 º below zero!

Finland: spa treatments at 110 º below zero!

If the idea of traditional winter swimming fails to excite you, try spending three minutes in temperatures of up to 110 degrees below zero! The luxurious Finnish Haikko Spa located less than 50km east of Helsinki has turned an old pain relieving method into an energising spa treatment subjecting the body to extremely cold conditions […]

Refreshing Finland

Refreshing Finland

Discover the captivating region of Kuopio in eastern Finland, home to holiday resort Rauhalahti and Golden Resort Tahko. Explore the lakes by cruiseboat, enjoying lunch aboard, or stop off at Puijo Hill, for a meal at the revolving restaurant in Puijo Tower, 150m above Lake Kallavesi.   On land, an ideal way to explore the […]

The world's most expensive Champagne

The world’s most expensive Champagne

Champagne is selling at a staggering $275,000  a  bottle  at the Ritz-Carlton in Moscow.   Not bad, I suppose, when you consider that a suite in the hotel will only set you back $15,000 a night.   But why the price tag, you might ask?   Well, this is no ordinary Champagne and it comes […]

Luxury travel links of the week

Luxury travel links of the week

A weekly pick of luxury travel links for your perusal… Luxury for less from Ultimate Retreats Delve into the JP Moser Hotel and Chateau Guide Dine  at  Bergamo’s Colleoni & dell’Angelo Discover a world of contrasts from a refreshing Finland