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Finnair Flaunts Plans for Their Brand New Airbus A350s

Where: Finland
August 21, 2014 at 6:43 AM | by | Comments (0)

Earlier this summer we were finally able to check out FInnair and their up in the air abilities, but now it looks like we’ll have to try them out once again—we know, so difficult. That’s because the carrier is anxiously awaiting some brand new planes from the folks over at Airbus. The planes are some A350-XMBs to be specific, and in advance of their arrival the airline is showing off and sharing some images of the cabin.

The design, look, and feel of things are all thanks to the dSign Vertti Kivi & Co firm over in Helsinki. Travelers can expect a more spacious cabin, but that’s probably more the airplane than the design team—think larger windows, ambient lighting, and an improved air filtration system.

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Big Brother is Watching You Fly Through HEL

August 7, 2014 at 7:43 AM | by | Comments (0)

Here’s something new when it comes to airport technology, and it’s all taking place over at Helsinki Airport.

The airport is going to be the first in the world to actually kind of track passengers, as well as each and every movement that they make as they progress through the terminals and concourses. If WiFi is enabled on your mobile phone then they’ll be able to see where you’re going; however, thankfully it does sound like you need to opt-in to things before airport officials will be checking you out.

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Finland Will Finish Its Version of 'La Sagrada Familia' Before Spain

Where: Finland
July 14, 2014 at 3:06 PM | by | Comments (0)

It's a must-do on a visit to Barcelona, and tourists can usually immediately identify the most iconic church the city has to offer: La Sagrada Familia. This Gaudi masterpiece stands tall in the metropolis and, despite the fact it's been 131 years since construction commenced, it still remains shrouded in safety tarps and scaffolding.

Now the Spaniards have a little competition thanks to some post-graduate students from Eindhoven University in the Netherlands and their quest to recreate the famous Gaudi structure in ice. This winter, the pair plans to carve an ice castle replica of the cathedral in Juuka, Finland, where the average temperatures hover around -4 to 5 degrees Fahrenheit.

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The Newest Fancypants Airline Lounge Amenity Will See You in HEL

Where: Finland
May 12, 2014 at 10:01 AM | by | Comments (0)

When we think of awesome airport lounge experiences, our mind typically turns to big, bad international carriers like Lufthansa or Cathay Pacific. However, there's no reason to overlook the smaller major carriers from other regions, such as Finnair, especially now that the airline is installing a full-fledged sauna right into the hustle and bustle of the terminal.

Finnair just released details on their new premium lounge at their home in Helsinki, schedule to open its doors on July 1, which is perfect timing to delight the summer tourist rush to Scandinavia.

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Throwback Thursday: Finnair Celebrates 90 Years of Nordic Aviation

Where: Finland
August 1, 2013 at 10:53 AM | by | Comments (0)

Sure, we love all the speed and comfort of modern travel, but it didn't that way overnight. Every Thursday, we're going to take a look back at travel the way it used to be, whether that's decades or centuries ago. This is Throwback Thursday, travel edition.

This year, the world's northernmost airline, Finnair, celebrates 90 years of flying from here and there, bringing happy Finns to foreign lands for almost a century. Naturally with a huge milestone birthday like this, the folks over at the airline will dig into the archives, and they've already unearthed some fun television commercials bragging about their history and roots.

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Video Interlude: A Time-Lapse Trip on Scandinavia's Ultra Fancy, Duty-Free Ferry

Where: Finland
February 21, 2013 at 1:30 PM | by | Comments (0)

If you think cruise shops are pretty fancy, then you haven't stepped onboard a Scandinavian ferry. Indeed, ferries aren't what they used to be—they're so much better, as musty waiting room-like spaces are being replaced with comfortable lounges, entertainment spaces and even airport-style shopping.

The latter is the highlight of the crossing between Stockholm, Sweden and Turku, Finland onboard the Viking Line ferry M/S Grace. The boat stops in Marihamn, a port town which sits pretty on the Åland Islands between the two Baltic Sea cities. These islands are one of those weird territories travelers love to visit, as they have their own government, flag, stamps and patriotism, but still come under some jurisdiction of another country (Finland, in this case). The draw for the ferries and their duty-free shops is that these boats are exempt from Europe's VAT tax. It's literally a booze cruise—buying it, not so much consuming it.

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So You Want to Spot the Northern Lights This Winter.

Where: Finland
November 9, 2012 at 7:16 PM | by | Comment (1)

It's that time of the year again, when Scandinavia touts its reindeer meat and hotels made of ice. Luckily they've got a few other good qualities to keep attracting tourists even in the depths of dark winter...like the Aurora Borealis!

We may have previously told you about viewing the phenomenon from a plane, and Finnair knows that their flights are the best for Northern Lights-spotting. That's why they not only wrote a giant blog post about how the Finns sometimes take it for granted, but they're reminding travelers what side of the plane to sit on for the best viewing (hint: whichever side will face north).

Some other Aurora Borealis tips from Finnair:

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Finnair Flight Crew Flip the Pages of Their Own Storybook

Where: Finland
October 5, 2012 at 4:37 PM | by | Comments (0)

It's not often that an airline comes out with its own book; actually, it's been damned rare since Pan Am ended production of their regional and world guidebooks. Still, it does happen and one such instance is now, with Finnair's publication of Airborne: Tales from A Thousand and One Flights [in Finnish, the title is Taivas mikä työpaikka].

The book, a 256-page collection of flight crew stories, was conceived of and written by Finnair's own people. The stories themselves are short and often with a quip, making for light and quick reading. Here's one such story we nipped off its site:

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Say HEL-lo to Helsinki: Inside Finland's Deserted Aviation Museum

September 14, 2012 at 12:37 PM | by | Comments (0)

HEL-lo Helsinki! Hilarious puns on the city's airport code (HEL) aside, our man about the world John "Yes, That John" Walton has been spending some down time in Helsinki this year, and has some great recommendations all this week for things to do in the world's most northerly capital!

Who can turn down an afternoon poking around a completely empty aviation museum, with old planes just waiting for you to clamber around them?

Not us! Ee spotted the Suomen Ilmailumuseo while taking the hotel bus to a Helsinki Airport hotel earlier in the summer, so on our return to HEL, with a carefully crafted morning free, we made sure to stop off.

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Say HEL-lo to Helsinki: Yes, You Can Eat Reindeer on a Tractor

September 13, 2012 at 1:02 PM | by | Comments (0)

HEL-lo Helsinki! Hilarious puns on the city's airport code (HEL) aside, our man about the world John "Yes, That John" Walton has been spending some down time in Helsinki this year, and has some great recommendations all this week for things to do in the world's most northerly capital!

Does your country's main tractor manufacturer have its own restaurant in the capital city? If not, you're totally slacking behind Finland, because tractormaker Zetor has a tractor-themed restaurant in the center of Helsinki. Reindeer ahoy!

If you want a wide range of traditional Finnish food in a hilariously kitsch olde-tyme restaurant, with well-translated menus in a variety of languages—yes, tractors as part of the décor—you've come to the right place.

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Say HEL-lo to Helsinki: Boating to the Baltic Sea's Suomenlinna Guardian Fortress Islands

Where: Finland
September 12, 2012 at 12:33 PM | by | Comments (0)

HEL-lo Helsinki! Hilarious puns on the city's airport code (HEL) aside, our man about the world John "Yes, That John" Walton has been spending some down time in Helsinki this year, and has some great recommendations all this week for things to do in the world's most northerly capital!

The history of Helsinki and Finland is fascinating, caught between the Swedish and Russian Empires—and later the Warsaw Pact and Nato.

Naturally, back in the day someone thought it would be a fairly good idea to defend Helsinki's natural harbor with a fort, and that fort's called Suomenlinna, covering numerous islands just off the coast.

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Say HEL-lo to Helsinki: A Dip at the All-Nude Uimahalli Sauna and Swimming Pool

September 11, 2012 at 12:02 PM | by | Comments (0)

HEL-lo Helsinki! Hilarious puns on the city's airport code (HEL) aside, our man about the world John "Yes, That John" Walton has been spending some down time in Helsinki this year, and has some great recommendations all this week for things to do in the world's most northerly capital!

Splish, splosh, splash...if you're in Helsinki, go swim like a Finn: in the buff!

Helsinki's fantastic Uimahalli sauna and (inside) swimming pool complex is tucked away on Yrjönkatu, a short walk from the main railway station and the center of town.

At five euros for a single visit, it's one of the cheapest—and most authentically Finnish—things you can do in this otherwise expensive city.

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