Category: Finland

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 […]

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 […]