There is a soecific nude beach area in the south tip of the second eastern island. Both descreet We were there in May and planned to have lunch there but most places were still closed.
In the seemingly constant quest to find the next, must-visit hidden gem before everyone else does, Finland is set up to gain fans in the simplest of ways: being its family-friendly self. Short of Helsinki, the typical U. But that sense of not knowing makes for an even better first impression.
To preserve these articles as they originally appeared, The Times does not alter, edit or update them. Occasionally the digitization process introduces transcription errors or other problems. I HAD roasted baked, broiled and fried myself so thoroughly that by the end of my visit to Helsinki, I was beginning to think I was edible. But it was in a worthy cause.
My other Finnish coworkers, from the school in Helsinki where I teach, nodded in agreement. They had just finished critiquing one of my habits, and they could see that I was on the defensive. Is that really such a bad thing?
Finland is a thoroughly modern welfare state with well-planned and comfortable small towns and cities, but still offers vast areas of unspoiled nature. In the northernmost part of the country the Northern Lights can be seen in the winter and midnight sun in the summer. Finns also claim the mythical mountain of Korvatunturi as the home of Santa Claus, and a burgeoning tourist industry in Lapland caters to Santa fans.
You are invited to take off all your clothes and go to a little room heated to almost degrees Celsius, where you will sit, naked, with others for a while and sweat. Then you will go outside and jump still naked through a small hole in the ice on a lake, the sea or whatever and refresh yourselves in the freezing water — or roll in the snow instead. The answer should be simple. Saunas have existed in other cultures, but it is in Finland that they have become entwined in the national culture.
November 29, Jaana Savukoski is so Finnish that one of her relatives was born in a sauna. Jaana herself was raised in the Finnish quarter of this former New England textile town.
Happy New Year! This post went nuts thanks to my sister-in-law Ilona and her baking tips on how to make three Finnish sweets with one dough. I could have come up with more reasons but, like dalmatians, is a pretty good start. I can see on my stats page the search terms entered into google that lead people to Hey Helsinki.