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There is supposedly one sauna for every three people in Finland, but hot steam isn’t the only thing rising in this Nordic hot spot. The land of reindeer and father Christmas is also home to what is fast becoming Europe’s new capital of cool, Helsinki. Although the city is steeped in old fashion gentility, it is juxtaposed with a cool, quirky contemporary scene with a wealth of attractions and activities. It’s also earning a reputation as a design mecca and source of the minimalist movement in furniture and fashion. 

One of the must-do’s on your Helsinki bucket list has to be one of the regions famous saunas. But be warned you’ll need to check your modesty at the door. Finnish saunas can be naked, although many in Helsinki have designated men’s and women’s areas. One of the most picturesque venues for a steam is Löyly sauna. It’s found on the waterline jutting out of Helsinki’s harbour made up of an eye-catching array of wooden logs. In winter, temperatures plummet leaving solid swaths of ice stretching across the bay to the island fortress of Suomenlinna which you can reach by boat for a short day trip.

In Summer the harbour and gulf of Finland is bathed in near constant sunlight making for a great rooftop dining and drinking culture. The culinary scene in Helsinki takes a lot of direction from the great relationships chefs have with farmers, they even decide what to plant together. The recently renovated Old Market Hall, is the best place for an introduction to Finnish food. You can’t go past a sampling of cloudberry jam, baked rye porridge known as Mämmi, smoked salmon and a range of cuisines that remind travelers of the country’s proximity to Russia.

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