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Behind this issue Tim Bird, Fabian Björk, Carina Chela, Mark Fletcher, Simon Fry, Laura Iisalo, Helen Korpak, Silja ­Kudel, Mirva Lempiäinen, Katja Pantzar, David Palacios, Maria Paldanius, Hannamari Rahkonen, Annika Rantala, Marko Rantanen, Jussi Ratilainen, Camille Romano, Vuokko Salo, Elina Simonen, and Rachael Vance Submissions and feedback bluewings@fokusmedia.fi Blue Wings online bluewings.finnair.com issuu.com/finnair_bluewings Editorial Offices Hämeentie 153 C, 00560 Helsinki, Finland, tel. +358 40 630 8253 firstname.lastname@fokusmedia.fi Advertising Sales Jaana Lindvall-Harki tel. +358 40 582 1416 jaana.lindvall-harki@fokusmedia.fi Publisher Fokus Media Finland Printed by Punamusta, Joensuu, Finland 2018 Paper UPM Valor 61g, Cover paper Stora Enso LumiArt 200g ISSN-0358-7703

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Bright northern star F I V E YE AR S AG O, Finnair was in the process of redefining itself. Through hard work, collaboration, and the dedication of our employees, we have turned around Finnair and put it on the path to growth. I’m very proud of the excellent work our employees have done over the past years. I announced in May that I would be departing Finnair within six months. Although I’m sad to leave the Finnair family, I’m fully confident that Finnair’s future is bright as the airline is growing faster than ever, flying to 19 destinations in Asia, six in North America, and over 100 cities in Europe. I’ve learned a lot about the power of working together and the importance of listening to our customers. It’s been a tremendous journey. I’d like to personally thank all our loyal ­customers who repeatedly trust us with their travel plans. It’s been a pleasure to serve you and I look ­forward to seeing you onboard Finnair again.

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Contents July–August

The famous Moon Hill crag in Yangshuo County (p. 54)

Frozen delights from wild Arctic blueberries (p. 19)

Dream

Three Helsinki chefs go waste free (p. 23)

Keep your curiosity alive

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G LO B A L PU L S E

Summer delights

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I C EL A N D

Handcrafted chocolate

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U P C LOS E

Arctic scoops

Explore

20 AG EN DA

Illuminated evenings

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Z ER O WAST E

Helsinki’s sustainable restaurant

Think beyond the box

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Urban adventures around town

24 N O RWAY

Climbing high

48 PR OFI L E

Susanna Pettersson transforms art

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Mirkku Kullberg on hotel design PR O DU C T I N S PI RAT I O N Colours of Lisbon

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SMAR T STUFF

Clever thinking 54 CHI NA

Classical countryside

3 3 G ER M A N Y

61 CONVE R SATI ON

Bundesliga fever

Explore the great outdoors of Stockholm (p. 38)

Happy days with Meik Wiking

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Contents July-August

Fly

Create

The world of Finnair

Celebrate accomplishments

6 4 P O RTU G A L

Lisbon’s love of music 76 INV E STIG AT I O N

Pod hotels are big in Japan 8 2 S ID E STEPS

Singapore’s arts scene 87 S H OWROO M

Ode to books in Helsinki 91

G LO B E TR OT T ER

Storytelling through images

Mariana Duarte Silva built the project of her life in Lisbon (p. 64)

The active side of Slovenia (p. 91)

What’s new Fly the short northern route 99 FI NNAI R PLUS Frequent flyer rewards 1 00 SHOPPI NG Wish list from the Finnair Shop 1 02 MY FI NNAI R Passenger stories 1 03 SKY FOOD Culinary options in the air 104 W E L L NE SS Comfortable flying 105 E NTE R TAI NME NT Stay connected 106 STAFF TI PS On and off the green 107 HOL I DAY SAMPL E R Southern Europe 108 SUSTAI NAB I L I TY Responsibility channel 109 FL E E T Modern fleet at your service 110 MAPS Helsinki Airport and destination check-list 114 FI NL AND FACTS Fascinating figures 9 4 FI NNAI R NE WS

98 FI NNAI R SE RVI CE S

Singapore’s visual arts cluster at Gillman Barracks (p. 82)

Johanna ­Gullichsen’s flagship store in Helsinki (p. 87)

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Keep your curiosity alive

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Icy delights

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EXOTIC FLAVOURS July is official ice cream month, with a range of funky ice creams – such as pickle – debuting around the globe. As Finland is one of the world’s top five countries per capita for ice cream consumption, there’s no shortage of original flavours on offer from more traditional exotic ones such as tar or salted liquorice to newly released creations such as salmiakki chilli (double-salted liquorice) – which may just give pickles n’ cream a run for its money.

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O N E O F T H I S YE AR ’S holiday hits is taking a short art course while on vacation. As July marks World Watercolour month, what better than a mini-painting course? Authentic Adventures, for example, offers painting in Umbria or painting & walking in Cinque Terre. A Monocle magazine favourite, the Newlyn School of Art in West Cornwall offers art courses and landscape painting holidays taught by well-respected artists. Added inspiration – the art school is housed in a gorgeous Victorian school building amidst picturesque West Cornwall in the English countryside. Meanwhile, the Barcelona Academy of Art offers a range of painting, sculpture, and drawing courses during the summer months.

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SWEET BENEFITS P OSS IB LY O N E of the world’s first black chocolates, Omnom’s recently launched Black n’ Burnt Barley Chocolate is made from brewer’s malt, barley, and hints of coffee. Activated charcoal, another trending ingredient in the culinary world, brings the dark colour. “This is truly one of the most unique flavours we’ve worked on,” says Kjartan Gíslason, who co-founded Iceland’s delicious Omnom Chocolate Reykjavik with Óskar Þórðarson in 2013. “Dark chocolate is trending and everyone is looking at it in a new

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GREEN WELLNESS

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Can spending time in nature or looking at images of nature help to improve body image? Researchers Viren Swami, David Barron, and Adrian Furnham in the UK recently published an article in the journal Body Image that tested a new approach to improving body image. Based on several studies, they concluded that spending time in green spaces or even looking at images of nature can help to diminish negative body image. By comparison, subjects who viewed only cityscapes were significantly less satisfied with their body image at the end of the experiment. So for wellbeing confidence boost, consider spending some time in nature instead of worrying about your beach body.

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Up close Off the beaten path

Flavours of Finnish nature are hits at the Arctic Ice Cream Factory.

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inns are famous for their love of ice cream, no matter how cold the weather gets. This is even true of the Arctic Circle, home of the world’s northernmost ice cream factory. “For us, winter is actually the busiest time of the year,” says Anna-Riikka Lavia, the sole founder of the Arctic Ice Cream Factory in Rovaniemi. Since 2014 the Arctic Ice Cream factory has been delighting customers with flavours of Finnish nature. Orange-striped cloudberry ice cream has been an all-time favourite among travellers and locals alike. For Rovaniemi-native Lavia, cloudberry and blueberry ice cream take her back to the berryteeming northern forests of her childhood.

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Other best-sellers in the range of 20 flavours are fudge, strawberry, and liquorice, the last of which has a curious grey-black colour and a very distinct flavour. Lavia describes liquorice as one of those flavours that brings back childhood memories for many Finns. The same goes for gingerbread. “Nearly every Finnish household bake gingerbread for Christmas,” Lavia says. Lavia believes that a product as simple as ice cream has the potential to work wonders. Much more than a sweet treat, it is a product that tells local stories and builds bridges between people. “Ice cream is an easy-sell food and a conflict-free topic that brings smiles to people’s faces,” Lavia states. Arctic Ice Cream goodies can be found in various cafés and supermarkets around Rovaniemi. The Arctic Ice Cream kiosk is open through summer on the River Kemi and an ice cream bike circulates around the city. 


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For the 28th year, Parc de La Villette will host a summer film festival. This year’s theme is music, and filmgoers can download lyrics for a sing-along. Entrance is free, while a sun-bed and blanket can be hired for €7. Films include La La Land, Jules et Jim, and Mars Attacks. Picnics are welcome!

BYR ON B AY Some of astronomy’s brightest brains will gather for Star Stuff II to study galaxies, globular clusters, and nebulas through up to 12 telescopes in a fivestar setting. Over two days, attendees will enjoy key speakers, vendors, a black-tie dinner, and even a VR Mars experience.

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Restauranteurs Luka Balac (left), Albert Franch Sunyer, and Carlos Henriques opened Nolla in the picturesque district of Kruununhaka.

Fabulous taste with zero waste Imagine if all people lived life in a zero-waste world. No plastics washing up on the beach, no toxic chemicals below us; a world in which all discarded material is designed to become resources for all of us to use. Inspired by this sustainable vision, restaurateurs Carlos Henriques, Luka Balac, and Albert Franch Sunyer opened Nolla (“zero” in Finnish), the first zero-waste restaurant in Finland, in February 2018. All three fine dining connoisseurs and chefs had previously worked at various Michelin star restaurants in Helsinki. “At first we were not true zero-waste guys but then we understood that waste should not be

normal. An average restaurant produces 70,000 kilogrammes of waste per year,” says Henriques. Radically reducing packaging has meant dealing directly with local producers. Any packaging entering Nolla must be reusable. A closed-loop composting machine turns food scraps into a nutrient-rich growing medium that is distributed to local farmers. Innovative mouth-watering dishes, infused with Nolla’s uncompromising attitude and pared down décor, have made the Helsinki establishment an instant success. “We are taking the zero-waste philosophy to the fine dining level,” Henriques says. 

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tip of Norway lies the mountainous island Kvaløya. Despite being part of the municipality of Tromsø, the island is rather remote. Known for its steep ­mountains, deep fjords, and 24/7 sunlight d ­ uring the summer, Kvaløya draws climbers from around the world seeking­­ ­adventure. But ­visitors should not let the magical landscape fool them; the rough and exposed terrain requires careful preparation, skill, and equipment.

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Boardroom bohemian Mirkku Kullberg dares people to dream big. After transforming Helsinki’s hotel scene, she returns “home” to the world of design. TEXT SILJA KUDEL PHOTOS ELINA SIMONEN

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irkku Kullberg whirls into the newly opened St George Hotel in downtown Helsinki and casts an approving eye over the décor. She smiles warmly at the sole occupant of the lobby: a giant silk dragon. The magnificent sculpture by Ai WeiWei elicits a double-take: “Is this a hotel or a high-end gallery?” The dragon is a classic Kullberg touch. Whenever she rolls up her sleeves on a design project, you can expect a big flair factor. As the recent creative director of the St George, she has spent the past two years fine-tuning the identity of the meticulously restored 19th-century edifice. The result is indeed something previously unseen in Helsinki: a one-of-a-kind fusion of art, storytelling, and Nordic luxury. “Everything here tells a story. The building is the former home of the Finnish Literature Society’s printing house, so we have paid tribute to Helsinki’s cultural history with special details such as a Poetry Suite and a salon full of poetry books dedicated to the poet Edith Södergran,” she explains.

THE RIGHT SHADE OF PINK When it comes to detail, Kullberg is a stickler for perfection. Everything must be “just so,” from the lighting of the spa to the wallpaper by Finnish designer Klaus Haapaniemi. A week before the grand opening, Kullberg was aghast to discover the smoke detectors were the wrong shade of coral. >

Learning to Fly is a six-metre sculpture by Pekka Jylhä.

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Take it home: The decor is available from the Finnish Design Shop’s St George Collection.

They were switched, of course. Kullberg has a warm air of authority and a “let’s do it” mentality that inspires respect and gets results. “I’m not always easy to work with. I don’t mind mistakes, but I expect people to push their boundaries. You never achieve anything remarkable without taking big risks or doing work that is just ‘good enough,’” she muses.

The guardian of the lobby is a silk dragon by the renowned Ai Weiwei.

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The whimsical wallpaper in the Wintergarden is by Klaus Haapaniemi.

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Kullberg’s knee-high boots and green nail polish reveal a bohemian streak that complements her boardroom clout. She is a visionary leader who has made her mark in industries from fashion to design, notably as the former managing director of the legendary Artek design company. Kullberg “knew nothing” about hotels when she accepted Kämp Collection Hotels’ invitation to become its strategic marketing director, but trusted her ability to inspire and connect people. “I was working for design firm Vitra in Switzerland, but I wanted to come home and do something special for Helsinki. The city was changing in exciting ways, and I wanted to be part of it,” she states. Her foray into the hospitality segment has been a gift to Helsinki. Kullberg was the brand driver at KCH group, which owns the city’s trendiest hotels including Klaus K, Glo, Lilla Roberts, and Hotel Haven. Winding down from the past year’s “once-in-a-lifetime” project, Kullberg divides her time between Loviisa and her second home in Berlin, which she shares with her partner, contemporary artist Ola Kolehmainen. Now that St George has found its dragon, Kullberg is hungry for new challenges. “I’ll be joining a project at Luminaire in Miami, a design company similar to Artek in its design values. I’ll also be working as a consultant in Finland. I’ll be starting new paths with fresh energy. The journey continues.” 


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toinen taas rentoutuu joogatunnilla tai yhdellä omamatka kansainvälisellä risteilylaivalla laivan hulppeista allasosastoista. Kaikki palaavat siintää monen haaveissa ja unelmat kotiin monipuolisten kokemusten kera”, Johansson ovat tehty toteutettaviksi, eikö niin? Risteilyt kilpailevat samassa hintaluokassa kertoo. Myös soolona matkustava löytää risteilyltä halutessaan seuraa ja säpinää – siitä pitävät huolen tasokkaiden rantalomamatkojen kanssa, palvelualtis henkilökunta ja laivalla järjestettävät mutta siihen yhteneväisyydet jäävätkin. Royal Caribbean Internationalin 25 risteilylaivaa risteilevät sinkkukohtaamiset. Kykkänen vertaa risteilijää kelluvaan kaupunkiin, muun muassa Aasiassa, Australiassa, Havaijilla, jossa on ripaus Las Vegasin viihdetarjontaa ja New Välimerellä ja Karibialla. Valittavana on elämyksiä Yorkin tyyliä letkeällä rantaelementillä maustettuna. kolmen yön risteilyistä parin viikon lomamatkoihin, ”Olin itse ensikertalaisena yllättynyt siitä, kuinka joten jokaiselle löytyy oma tapansa kokea monipuolinen ja kansainvälisen risteilyn laadukas kokemus taika. ”Vaikka kuinka olisi matkustanut risteily oli. Äärettömän Royal Caribbeanin eri lomakohteissa ja reppureissuilla, hyvä palvelu sai Perttu Kykkänen ja minut tuntemaan Misba Johansson tätä elämystä ei voi verrata itseni arvostetuksi pääsivät ensimmäisten mihinkään. Se täytyy itse kokea.” ja maailmanluokan joukossa tutustumaan viihde-showt tekivät maailman suurimman suuren vaikutuksen”, hän kertoo. Mikä parasta, risteilylaivan, Symphony of the Seasin tarjontaan. palvelut, esitykset ja ruoka kuuluvat matkan Kokemus osoitti, että risteilyt sopivat yhtä hintaan. Perinteiseen rantalomaan verrattuna hyvin niin nuorille reissaajille, pariskunnille kuin laivamatkustamisen ehdoton etu on, että yhden lapsiperheillekin. Jotkut viihtyvät koko matkan lomamatkan aikana pääsee kokemaan monta eri ajan rennosti shortseissa ja t-paidassa, mutta kohdetta joko itsenäisesti tai opastetuilla retkillä. halutessaan illalliselle voi pukeutua myös viimeisen ”Vaikka kuinka olisi matkustanut eri lomakohteissa päälle laitettuna. ”Laivalla jokainen löytää oman ja reppureissuilla, tätä elämystä ei voi verrata tapansa nauttia. Joku käy katsomassa kaikki showt mihinkään. Se täytyy itse kokea”, Kykkänen tiivistää. ja herkuttelee huippuluokan ravintoloissa, joku

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A weekend getaway in soccermad Germany offers unforgettable kicks for football fans. TEXT SILJA KUDEL

Punks and pirates

Berlin on the ball travelling with companions who yawn at the sight of goalposts, Berlin is always a safe bet. Hertha Berlin might not play the prettiest game around, but their home turf is the Olympic Stadium, where Jesse Owens won four gold medals at the 1936 Olympics. On match day, beerdrinking fans fill the city, but clashes between rival supporters are rare. True to the spirit of Berlin, the atmosphere is laidback and family friendly.

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W I THI N A FR E E kick’s range of Hamburg’s infamous red-light district lies the Millerntor Stadium, home to the cult team FC St Pauli. The underdog has yo-yoed between the second and third divisions for years but enjoys a loyal following across the globe. Fans in brown chant “woo hoo!” along with Blur’s Song 2 whenever the team scores a goal, waving the team’s iconic anti-establishment skull-and-crossbones flag.

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Midfield Munich Seven Nation Army blares over the loudspeakers and a boisterous crowd of 75,000 fans chants along as FC Bayern Munich scores yet another goal at the spellbinding Allianz Arena. Some of the world’s flashiest football is played in the German Bundesliga, and Munich makes a suitable destination for a fun football holiday. Tickets are easy to order online via official club sites, and compared to the UK, they are surprisingly affordable, the cheapest costing only 15 euros.

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MUNICH MONARCHY Many Germans have a lovehate relationship with FC Bayern Munich, loving the skill and passion, yet loathing their dominance. The team’s array of fan merchandise includes everything from dog bowls to musical toasters.

Rustbelt derby REEPERBAHN RADICALS If FC Bayern Munich are football royalty, FC St Pauli are the rocking rebels. Every match is a wild party, and attendance is always close to capacity. The pirate flag adorns fan shop items ranging from pacifiers to rubber ducks.

BUSY BEES Yellow and black are the signature colours of Borussia Dortmund, one of only three German clubs to have won the European Cup. Dortmund is also home to the German Football Museum, where visitors can relive magic moments in football history.

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S I ZZ L ING SAUSAG E S, raucous fans in sleeveless denim, and plastic steins brimming with beer add to the special buzz of match day in the Ruhr region. Nothing beats a rustbelt derby for turbo-charged pre-match atmosphere, as northwest Germany hosts the densest concentration of Bundesliga teams, including giants such as Borussia Dortmund, Leverkusen, and FC Schalke. There’s even an epic 800-kilometre road trip called the German Football Route that runs through football heartland from Bielefeld to Aachen. 


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Glamping in the Swedish Archipelago at Fejan Outdoor’s Canvas Hotel Opposite page: Stockholm native David Kvart, a TV producer and director, is the co-founder of Fejan Outdoor.

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In Stockholm, the Nordic concept of friluftsliv – open-air living – is evident everywhere. We visit the Swedish capital to see how locals embrace urban nature. TEXT KATJA PANTZAR PHOTOS HELEN KORPAK

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city of water on the Baltic Sea, Stockholm stretches across 14 islands and is known for its hip cafés, boutiques, and museums. Yet alongside its healthy dose of arts and culture, the capital teems with accessible outdoorsy options. There’s no better ambassador for the active lifestyle than David Kvart. The Stockholm native is a TV producer and director, and co-founder of Fejan Outdoor, a kayak and outdoor centre in the Swedish Archipelago about 100 kilometres from Stockholm. We meet up on one of the 14 islands, Södermalm, (“Söder” to the locals), at Eriksdal utegym, or outdoor gym, one of Stockholm’s wellbeing signatures, which is tucked into a green recreation area that runs along Hammarby Slussväg and takes walkers or runners on a route that winds through forest and by the water. Nearby lies one of Stockholm’s biggest swimming centres Eriksdalsbadet. “One the best features of Stockholm is that it’s really made for enjoying the outdoors, for walking, running, cycling, and kayaking. Here you have one of these utegyms, which is a good example of what you can do in the city,” says Kvart, gesturing to an array of all-weather exercise equipment fashioned from wooden logs. This was the city’s first utegym, founded in 2009. The concept has gone on to flourish and now there are 38 outdoor gyms in the capital.

No Swedish person thinks it’s a big deal to go outdoors – whatever the weather.

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It embodies friluftsliv – open-air living – and to a certain extent another Nordic idea, the freedom to roam (allmansrätten), which is the general public’s right to access public or privately owned land for recreation or exercise. “Friluftsliv is accessible to everyone, with lots of large nature areas and parks in the city,” says Kvart. “It’s in our DNA, no Swedish person thinks it’s a big deal to go outdoors – whatever the weather.”

THE ISLAND LIFESTYLE Kvart grew up spending the summers in the Swedish Archipelago, which boasts about 25,000 islands. “I have always loved the idea of being outdoors and we’ve taken our daughter camping with us since she was 2 and half months old,” he says. Three years ago Kvart survived a life-threatening electrical accident in the archipelago. “It made me realise that I was spending a lot of time indoors longing to be outdoors,” he says. So he took the leap and co-founded Fejan Outdoor, which was initially focused on guiding kayaking tours. In 2016, it was complemented with the Canvas Hotel, a stylish example of “glamping,” a portmanteau of glamour + camping. “At the time, I didn’t even know glamping was a thing. I just decided that we should have hotel quality beds with luxury sheets inside the canvas tents as that would be a cool thing to do,” he says. Fejan Outdoor is popular with urbanites looking for a relaxing getaway that’s close to Stockholm – about a ninety-minute trip. >


This path leads to the refreshing waters of the Archipelago.

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In addition to the striking natural surroundings of water and woods, Fejan doubles as an Instagrammer’s dream, with picturesque wooden docks, small wood-fired stoves for cold nights, oil lanterns, and all the cosy elements that create serenity in the northern archipelago. Add to that the self-catering or dinner and breakfast package, which in true camping style includes, according to Kvart, “dinner provided with ingredients that can be cooked on a gas muurikka (a round-bottomed cooking pan for outdoor cooking over an open fire). In the morning a breakfast basket that includes granola and fruit with yoghurt is delivered to the tent.” Fejan, located outside Gräddö, the less crowded part of the archipelago, is “a bit like Lapland offering quiet, piece of mind. It is Stockholm’s closest wilderness,” he says.

BIRD’S EYE VIEW Without heading further afield, there are many ways in the city centre to sample open-air living. Takvandring Rooftop Tours started 11 years ago in the eastern Swedish city of Sundsvall and expanded to Stockholm, where it offers guided rooftop walking tours atop a historic building with views over the city. “We wanted to offer a totally new way to experience Stockholm,” says Robin Ringqvist, our Takvandring guide, who is also second in command

Fejan doubles as an Instagrammer’s dream, with all the cosy elements that create serenity. at the company. Indeed, 43 metres above the city qualifies as novel and quite friluftsliv. The excursion starts at street level, at Birger Jarls Torg 5 on Riddarholmen, a significant address: The city was founded in 1252 by Swedish statesman Birger Jarl and the building once housed Sweden’s first parliament. Today it’s Stockholm’s administrative court. We head up through the building to the top floor attic space, where a set of colourful safety harnesses and helmets line the hooks along the wall. Kitted out, we climb up the narrow wooden stairs, seemingly up into the sky. Once out in the fresh air on the rooftop, our harnesses are hooked into cables that run along the narrow catwalks for safety. Following Ringqvist, the reward is a stunning 360-degree view over the city that navigates the building’s rooftop, while our guide provides a factfilled tour of what’s on view at each turn. >

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Stockholm (ARN) eight times a day and to Stockholm (BMA) six times a day.

Open-air living at its best: catching the morning sun over breakfast.

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“Here you can see Stockholm’s Old Town (Gamla Stan) – and its four islands – Riddarholmen, Helgeandsholmen, Strömsborg, and Stadsholmen,” he says. As we carefully walk forward, there are great photo opportunities out over the wooded Långholmen Island, which was Stockholm’s royal prison in the 18th and 19th centuries before it was shuttered. The green space opened to visitors in 1975 and features one of the best spots to rent a kayak. “The tours are just as popular with locals as they are with visitors looking for something exciting to do,” says Ringqvist. “There have also been a few marriage proposals here,” he divulges.

URBAN SWIMMING Back down at ground level, another of Stockholm’s unique friluftsliv charms is that the capital boasts seawater clean enough to swim in and is peppered with dozens of city swimming beaches and docks. A favourite with locals, Hornsbergs strand lies close to the city centre. On the long boardwalk adjacent to modern blocks of flats are several spots to take a refreshing dip, either off the pier or by climbing down a ladder into the brackish and refreshing Baltic Sea. On a sunny day, Stockholmers Elin Joelsson and Rebecka Ellis are enjoying the warm weather at Hornsbergs strand. “We’ve been swimming in the sea around Stockholm ever since we moved here,” says Joelsson. “It’s always nice to cool off in the water on a hot summer day,” she adds. Both avid urban swimmers, Joelsson is from Småland, the southern part of Sweden, and works in human resources, while Ellis is originally from Täby, just outside of Stockholm, and works as a consultant manager and recruiter. >

Rooftop hiking offers a novel way to view the city.

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The Hornsbergs strand is easily accessible by the local subway or a 15- to 20-minute bike ride from the city centre.

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Takvandring Rooftop Tours are available on request, and regular tours are scheduled during the summer months.

Take the subway to Skanstul T-bana subway station and then walk for about 3 minutes downhill towards the water.

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Exhibition at HAM Helsinki Art Museum Explores Graffiti Culture and Ownership of Urban Space This spring’s major exhibition, Graffiti, explores the historical roots of graffiti and its present manifestations, with particular focus on the links between Helsinki graffiti culture and the international field. The exhibition also features contemporary artworks that bear an affinity with graffiti through their autonomous mindset and use of urban space. The exhibition includes artworks and documentary material by international and Helsinki-based artists. HAM Helsinki Art Museum Tennis Palace, Eteläinen Rautatiekatu 8, 2nd floor, 00100 Helsinki Open: Tue-Sun 11:00–19:00, Mon closed Tickets: €12/10. Under-18s free. www.hamhelsinki.fi


Elin Joelsson and Rebecka Ellis enjoy the warm weather at Hornsbergs strand.

Fans of Hornsbergs strand, they recommend it for people of all ages from families to couples and singles. “Plus, the view is gorgeous looking out on Ulvsunda sjön over to Traneberg and Huvudsta,” says Ellis. “Generally the water around Stockholm is very clean so wherever there’s a ladder down into the water we can recommend it for a swim. Some nice spots include Vinterviken, just south of Stockholm, and Långholmen,” says Ellis. As for the concept of friluftsliv, the duo says that it goes hand-in-hand with urban swimming, as one of its main points is to be outdoors connected to nature. “It’s just a natural part of daily life living in Stockholm,” says Joelsson. This far north there’s up to 18 hours of light during July, making basking in the bright sunlight an option late into the wee hours after an active day outdoors. 

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Susanna Pettersson leaves Ateneum in August to begin as the new director of the National Museum in Stockholm.

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Amidst the country’s urbanisation, rural communities prevail in Yangshuo County. TEXT AND PHOTOS TIM BIRD

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Bicycles, a traditional vehicle in rural China, are still a popular way to get around Yangshuo.

Locals from villages along the Li and Yulong rivers congregate on market day at Fuli.

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Chilis of every conceivable size and strength are on sale in Fuli on market days.

Bamboo rafts ­floating on the Li and Yulong rivers come with or ­without your own ­personal song accompaniment.

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No fun without sun?

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hen summer reaches the Nordic countries, everyone seems to awaken from hibernation and fall over themselves to find spots in the sun. Our love of the sun stems from our lack of contact with it from October to March. During this time, the only resource the Nordic countries seem to enjoy in abundance is darkness. To make matters worse, Denmark – my home country – additionally has 179 days of rain per year. Game of Thrones fans: Think Winterfell. For anybody who has experienced a Nordic winter, it won’t come as a surprise that weather plays a major role in driving happiness. But there is also an interesting body of research to back that gut feeling. One of the world’s biggest happiness studies, a project called Mappiness, has been collecting data on users’ happiness levels since 2010 via an iPhone app. Led by Dr George MacKerron at the London School of Economics, the Mappiness app pings users daily to ask how they’re feeling and uses satellite positioning (GPS) to ascertain their location while they answer. Response locations are linked to environmental data including features such as pollution, noise, weather conditions, and green space. The study shows that Christmas Day is usually the day of the year when people are happiest, while the unhappiest days are usually spent sick or at work. Political events also affect happiness levels in the UK study. Brexit was one

of the unhappiest days in 2016, while November 9 (when Europe woke up and Trump was elected president) came in as the unhappiest day that year. Dr MacKerron also finds that weather does affect how happy we feel. It turns out people are indeed happier on sunnier days. And rain does make people less happy. When it is raining, people are about half a point less happy if indoors, and almost one and a half points less happy if outdoors. But it’s not only the mood-boosting effect of sunshine that explains these findings. One of the reasons why people are happier on sunnier days has to do with how we behave and prioritise time. On sunnier days we are more likely to spend more time outside, for instance having a picnic in the park with family and friends – things that most people count as enjoyable and meaningful experiences – while the dark cold days of winter prompt us to race directly home from work and watch Netflix all evening. So, what do we learn from the Mappiness findings? Should we follow the Nordic lead and enjoy the sun to the fullest while we can? Yes and no. We should certainly make the most of the sunny days, but since the rainy days will eventually come too, we should also try and see how we could bring those enjoyable sunny-day experiences to any season. Remember this when a miserable day of drizzle calls you home to binge on Netflix. Maybe you could invite people over and make it an indoor picnic instead. 

Brexit was one of the unhappiest days in 2016.

ME I K W I KI NG is CEO of The Happiness Research Institute in Copenhagen and the author of The Little Book of Lykke: The Danish Search for the World’s Happiest People.

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Joanna Hecker and Ricardo Lopes organise living room concerts at their home.

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Village Underground is a true transit hub of creativity.

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lobal, diverse, and multicultural: This is the DNA of Lisbon and of its rich local music scene. The traditional fado, the soul of Portuguese music, today finds fresh expression in modern fusions combining rhythms from former Portuguese colonies – Brazil, Angola, and Cape Verde – as well as African influences. The recent music boom and wealth of exciting new venues is putting Lisbon on the map as a rising European cultural hub, with both young and established musicians making their mark in what is described as the new “golden age” of Lisbon’s culture scene.

HOP ON THE CULTURE BUS With an unusual architectural structure designed around shipping containers and double-decker buses, Village Underground (VU) is a true “transit hub” of creativity. Originally founded in London more than a decade ago and imported to Lisbon in 2014, this unique culture centre provides a stage where the local creative community can show off its skills to the world. After working in the UK for a few years, Portuguese entrepreneur Mariana Duarte Silva decided to import this project to support emerging young artists in her own city. Nowadays, VU is one of the most respected cultural institutions in town. “We are proud to be contributing to the scene. We love to see so many young and established artists coming here,” says Silva, who describes VU as one of the many things that Lisbon needed to become a “global creative city.” This co-working community space is not only a place to enjoy concerts by new local artists, but also a venue for conferences, socialising, and discussion within the creative community. >

Housed in containers and double-decker buses, Village Underground wants to become a hub for the local cultural scene.

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Village Underground’s founder, Mariana Duarte Silva, decided to import this project to support emerging young artists in Lisbon.

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Joanna Hecker and Ricardo Lopes want to offer a taste of the genuine music scene in Lisbon.

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The Lisbon Living Room Sessions want to keep everyone connected, engaged, and enthusiastic.

VU also plays an important role in helping local promoters organise festivals, parties, and music events all around the country by giving newcomers a chance “to perform and evolve.”

FEELING RIGHT AT HOME There’s no need for binoculars to see your favourite artist at this venue: the Lisbon Living Room Sessions project offers a truly unique setting for exclusive musical performances by local talent – every concert is hosted in a private home. It all started in 2015 when the leaders of this initiative, Joanna Hecker from Michigan and Ricardo Lopes from Lisbon, decided to organise the first concert at their own home. “We weren’t sure what to expect, but everyone loved the experience!” says Hecker. The aim of the project is to offer an intimate taste of the genuine music scene in Lisbon while helping promising musicians to grow in their professional careers. “Some of our artists are quite famous but others are not. We aim to bring unknown excellence to the attention of people who really care,” says Hecker. The concerts have rapidly gained popularity among locals. Hecker and Lopes take special pride in the fact >

Lisbon Living Room Sessions’ concerts are hosted in private homes.

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that one of the first artists to perform in the sessions was ­Salvador Sobral, winner of the Eurovision Song Contest in 2017. The Lisbon Living Room Sessions want to keep everyone connected, engaged, and enthusiastic about being part of something special. “If your experience of music is a wonderful one, then there must be something special about the moment that makes the magic happen. Maybe that’s what matters most,” says Hecker.

MUSICAL COCKTAILS Great music always tastes better when accompanied by a good drink. Professional bartender Constança ­Cordeiro, better known by the nickname Raposa Silvestre, has recently opened Toca da Raposa, a cocktail bar in the city centre with one strict rule: She only plays Portuguese hits that she personally loves. “The evolution of Portuguese music has been incredible. There are a lot of really talented upcoming Portuguese artists and I want to show their art and support them as much as I can,” says Cordeiro, who, despite having worked abroad for many years, considers herself “100 per cent Lisboeta.” >

Constança Cordeiro only plays Portuguese hits in her cocktail bar.

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With his fusion music, Silva wants to show a new side to the city.

Located in a former bakery and newsagent on the Rua da Condessa, her bar boasts a detailed menu of “100 per cent Portuguese” cocktail creations with suggestive names like O Golfinho (The Dolphin), O Lobo (The Wolf), O Corvo (The Crow), O Cavalo (The Horse), A Cegonha (The Stork), and O Porco (The Pig). “Toca da Raposa is a pretty chill, honest place where all your senses are stimulated,” explains Cordeiro. The new bar also endeavours to support “young passionate artists” such as fashion designers, illustrators, graphic designers, and architects.

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DJ Marfox is the pioneer of urban batida, an Afro-­ Portuguese genre of electronic music.

For a sample of Lisbon’s authentic ghetto sound, look no further than Marlon Silva (alias DJ Marfox), the pioneer of urban batida, an Afro-Portuguese genre of electronic music that has become huge since emerging in the Lisbon suburbs back in the early noughties. DJ Marfox incorporates various dance music influences with house and techno, such as kuduro, kizomba, funaná, and tarraxinha. With his fusion music, Silva wants to show a new side to the city and its diversity through songs that talk about his neighbourhood, his life, and his travels. “His style it is a perfect mix, both musically and socially, >

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DJ Marfox’s style, with a mix of genres and influences, is the new sound of Lisbon’s musical landscape.


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uturistic white round pods line the dark aisle of a 30-metrelong room, each lit up from the inside. There are 50 pods in total, stacked in double rows on both sides of the aisle. These are the sleeping capsules at the Nine Hours hotel located in the Shinjuku neighbourhood of Tokyo. Nine Hours is one of the trendy capsule hotel chains gaining popularity in Japan. Another new capsule hotel chain, Prime Pod, has opted for wooden capsules with TV screens and power sockets. Common to them all is clean and simplistic décor. Gone are the days when capsule hotels were the realm of Japanese salarymen who had a bit too much to drink and missed their last train home. This was the typical clientele when they first became popular in the 1980s, when up to 700 guests per room could be accommodated in pods.

CHANGING CLIENTELE The capsule hotels of today are popular with a new clientele, especially foreigners and women. “Our clients are 80 per cent foreigners,” says Kimoto Yoichiro, manager of Shinjuku Nine Hours hotel. The chain has opened six locations since 2009, including one at Tokyo’s Narita airport in 2014.

The receptionist at Prime Pod Kyoto quotes the same types of statistics. “Eighty per cent are foreigners in the high season, such as during cherry blossom season,” says Chiharu Ogita, who works at the front desk. Prime Pod is a chain founded in 2016. It now has two locations: one in Tokyo’s Ginza area, and one in Kyoto. The Kyoto outpost boasts Nordic style light-coloured wooden décor and a bright lounge area with wooden tables and big windows overlooking the city. Before the Prime Pod capsule hotel was built just over a year ago, trendy capsule hotels weren’t that numerous in Kyoto yet, says Ogita. Now there are at least ten in the city, many of those in the centre.

BUCKET-LIST ITEM Ogita predicts that capsule hotels will continue to gain popularity. Many guests take photos for Instagram or other social media sites, which in turn fuels recognition. In the off-season Prime Pod Kyoto attracts Japanese retirees, she says, noting that this is a new demographic. Sleeping in a capsule has indeed gone mainstream, even becoming a bucket-list item for many tourists visiting Japan. “We wanted to try it,” says German traveller Kevin Schwamberger, who is visiting Japan with his friend and fellow countryman Dominik Denzler. >

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At Nine Hours Shinjuku the women stayed for three nights in a room with 50 other people. They were on the women’s floor, which was impeccably clean and quiet. The shared bathroom facilities were nice, too, with multiple showers and even a bathtub available. Palkispää is no stranger to communal living – she has stayed in many youth hostels. The difference between capsule hotels and hostels, she says, is the cleanliness and the quietness of the former.

SPOTLESS STANDARDS The Finns were particularly impressed by the hygiene standards. Every morning they were given an amenity kit containing two towels, a pair of slippers, a toothbrush, toothpaste, and a black pyjama set. “It’s really clean. Nobody takes their belongings into the capsules. Everything is kept in lockers,” says Palkispää. While staying in a capsule hotel works out well for solo travellers, it’s more complicated for couples who may not want to sleep on separate floors. Couples looking to try out capsules together do have at least one option: Tokyo Kiba Hotel. This capsule hotel has a combined floor for men and women where the pods are big enough to accommodate two people at a time. In most other capsule hotels men and women can only socialise in the hotel’s common areas. A peculiar aspect of capsule hotels is that if you stay several nights, you will most likely still need to check out in the morning and check in again at night. In between you can keep your luggage in the lockers, but you can’t spend your whole day lounging in bed. This is because the rigorous cleaning team needs to do their job and keep the capsules nice and tidy. 

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The heartbeat of OULANKA NATIONAL PARK is its flowing water, which presents plenty of opportunities for canoeing, stand up paddling and river rafting. Oulanka is also a nature photographer’s paradise: foaming rapids, peaceful rivers and silent pine forests offer magnificent views of Kuusamo and its surrounding nature. Oulanka’s 82-kilometre Karhunkierros Trail is the most famous hiking route in Finland. There are also shorter trails, including the 12-kilometre Pieni Karhunkierros Trail.

RIISITUNTURI NATIONAL PARK is famous for its photogenic hills scenery which offers spectacular views of the changing seasons. Alluring trails suitable for day trips or longer treks welcome hikers during the summer. Riisitunturi has 42 kilometres of wellmarked trails for all levels of hiking. When autumn arrives, Riisitunturi is an ideal location to witness the scenery turn from green to vivid red, yellow and orange shades of Lapland’s autumn colours. And if you are lucky, you might see the Northern Lights dancing in the dark night sky.

HOSSA NATIONAL PARK was established in celebration of Finland’s centenary in 2017. The park is full of history with stories dating back 4,000 years. The rock paintings at Värikallio Cliffs are the largest prehistoric paintings in Finland and the breathtaking Julma-Ölkky is Finland’s largest canyon lake. The forests and waterways of Hossa are accessible to everyone, inviting visitors to hike, bike, canoe and fish. Reindeer herding is a vital part of culture in the north, and during summer it is common to see these Arctic animals roam free in the whole Ruka-Kuusamo area.

RUKA.FI You can reach KUUSAMO with a Finnair flight nine times a week during the summer season.


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Celebrating creative outcomes

Shhhh… it’s a library! are busy cutting their library budgets, Finland is spending 98 million euros to build the new Helsinki Central Library, a state-ofthe-art monument to the nation’s passion for books. Looking at this amazing landmark by ALA Architects — incorporating a cinema, sauna, and recording studio — “musty” is definitely the last word that springs to mind. Finland’s love affair with libraries is also celebrated by Mind-Building, the Finnish exhibition at this year’s Venice Architecture Biennale showcasing Finland’s leading role in shaping the libraries of the future. The entire Pavilion of Finland will be transformed into a temporary library space from May 24 to November 25. The Helsinki Central Library opens in December.

PHOTOS COURTESY OF THE BRANDS, ALA ARCHITECTS

W H I LE MOST COUNTR I E S

HEAVY NETTLE It seems almost ironic that nettle — a barbed plant painful to touch — is l­uxuriously skin-friendly as a textile fibre. Aino Kovalainen has ­created a new ready-to-wear eco-brand called Nokonen, which combines nettle fabrics with bold prints, transforming “unwanted weeds” into breezy summer clothing.

BAGS OF SUNSHINE Sun’s out, surf’s up: Pack a picnic and carry your cares to the beach in a fun, fresh tote.

V EN JA leather bags are popping with poppies. The classic Unikko pattern finds subtle expression in embossed leather. €295 from Marimekko

VASE L L A straw bags have a striking sculptural form. The open-top basket comes in sage, gold, and black, with a soft shoulder strap. €180 from Samuji

NE ULOMO canvas carriers have a one-off painted look. Each bag is unique: Choose between a black or white background. €25 from Weecos


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Globetrotter On the road with a travel blogger

Remote living in the Faroe Islands

Early morning adventure in Lake Bohinj, Slovenia

Greeted by local wildlife in Torres del Paine, Chile

Magical mountain views in Værøy, Norway.

Picture this Self-taught photographer Daniel Taipale documents life along the way. W H AT M AD E YOU FA L L I N LOV E

From the first time I picked up a camera, I knew this would be my medium of choice for ­storytelling. I think my father’s photo albums have been my ­biggest i­nfluence. It’s amazing to see stories come to life through images.

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W H AT CAP TIVAT ES YO U W H EN ­TA K I N G P H OTOS? I’ve always loved mornings and sunrise. The moment when the longawaited light first hits the mountain peaks is just magical. It usually requires an early

wake-up call. These moments are often the highlight of a hike or an excursion, so in that sense, they’re rather meaningful. W H AT’S YOUR TRAVE L PHI LOSOPHY?

Go! Adventure is out there! S H AR E THE SECR E T B E HI ND A G R E AT L A N DSCAPE PHOTO? I spend a lot of time researching. It might take a few tries to get the image I had in mind. But at the end of the day, it’s a combination of skill, luck, and putting yourself out there that gets you the great photo. 

DANI E L TA IPALE is a passionate outdoor, travel, and landscape photographer based in Helsinki, Finland. He documents a wild and adventurous lifestyle with a captivating and inspiring style.

dansmoe danieltaipale.com

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World of Finnair Destination of the month

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Edinburgh is one of those c­ apitals that doesn’t feel like a big city. Yet, there’s so much to explore by wandering through the wee alleyways that are packed with intriguing tales. The rite of passage to embrace the Scottish legends calls for a brisk walk up to Arthur’s Seat, the highest hill of the city. The extinct ­volcano offers 360-degree views over the capital of literature with the smell of sea in the air. Finnair flies to Edinburgh daily.

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DISCOVER THE GEM OF CATALONIA T H E N O R D I C WAY

BE CHARMED BY FASCINATING BARCELONA

Welcome to Barcelona! Stroll along La Rambla or take in the mesmerizing beauty of the Sagrada Familia. After sightseeing, treat yourself to fresh sea food and get ready for a lively night in one of the many beach bars. Book your flights to Barcelona at finnair.com


LOMATEEMANA

HYVÄ OLO Hyvään oloon -lomateemamme hemmottelee joogan tuomalla zen-mielentilalla, Crossnature-tuntien adrenaliiniryöpyillä sekä upeilla maisemilla golf-viheriöillä ja patikointipoluilla.

HYVÄÄN OLOON

Jos tiedät mitä lomaltasi haluat, mutta et vielä minne lähteä, ota avuksesi Lomateemat-haku osoitteessa aurinkomatkat.fi/lomateemat


World of Finnair

TH T E IP M O O F N TH

Highlights of the month

Smooth travels Seoul food onboard FINNAIR’S newest Signature Menu is a unique fusion cuisine designed by Korean chef Sung-Yeol Nam. “My inspiration comes from the ingredients and the food I grew up with. The menu represents my food philosophy – a twist on traditional Korean that also focuses on the fresh and seasonal,” says Seoulbased Chef Nam.

The first menu (available until September) serves up a starter of beef roll with mustard sauce, followed by a main course of sea bass Jeon served with grilled spring onions and Romanesco sauce. Chef Nam’s Signature Menus are served in Business Class on Finnair’s flights from Seoul to Helsinki.

“HOW YOU PACK does make a difference,” advises Eveliina Huurre, Vice President, Inflight Experience at Finnair. Many passengers consider only the weight restriction of their baggage. “In the overall scheme of things, the lighter you pack actually makes you more of an ecosmart traveller,” notes Huurre. Another misconception is to bring everything with you into the cabin. “You may be surprised to hear that placing baggage to the cargo hold makes your travels smoother since there is less hassle at the boarding gate and onboard,” she says.

FINNAIR ON SOCIAL MEDIA

We’ve been flying between Helsinki and Seoul for 10 years. Image: Pasi Salminen.

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Nanjing’s latest architectural feat, the Porcelain Tower, is now a futuristic Buddhist-themed temple. Enter and be amazed.

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F EELF I NNAI R Hong Kong is more than a concrete jungle. Take the ferry to Yung Shue Wan & enjoy the hike to Sok Kwu Wan. @veerabianca #FinnairHolidays

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World of Finnair Services

STAY CONNECTED

Fly the short northern route

Finnair Live chat is available on weekdays 7 am to 10 pm, on Saturdays 9 am to 6 pm, and on Sundays 10 am to 10 pm (Finnish time). F I NNAI R CHAT

MEET F I NNAI R ’S chatbot, affectionately known as Finn, who is ready to help plan your journey via Finnair’s global Facebook Messenger account. F I NNAI R APP Tap your way through your journey. Log in with your last name and booking reference or your Finnair Plus username and password.

WITH A MODERN FLEET, extensive route network, and world-class service, Finnair offers a comfortable and convenient way to travel. Finnair is one of the world’s oldest airlines. Since then, the company has grown from a small carrier to one that is a respected member of the international airline industry. Finnair’s route network includes 19 destinations in Asia, 7 in the Americas, and 100 in Europe. In E STAB LIS H E D IN 1 923 ,

2017, Finnair carried almost 12 ­million passengers. And during the 2018 summer season, Finnair will operate 97 flights a week to Asia, of which 38 flights are to China and 38 flights to Japan. Finnair’s modern and ecofriendly fleet consists of over 60 aircraft, most of which are Airbuses.

SKY HI G H W I - F I All Finnair A330 and A350 aircraft offer Wi-Fi connections. W ECHAT

Scan and follow Finnair’s official WeChat account.

SMART PACKING

TIPS FOR A SMOOTH TAKEOFF

Pack too much? Avoid excess baggage fees by paying in advance for extra allowance at special pre-paid prices directly from finnair.com.

Carry-on allowance

Discover Finland

Self-service bag drop

Finnair customers can take onboard one carry-on baggage and a personal item such as a backpack that must be placed under the seat in front of you.

Why not book a Finnair Stopover on your way between Europe and Asia! To book a stopover ­ package go to finnair.com/stopover.

Print your bag tag at the self-service kiosk, go to the self-service bag drop, scan your boarding pass, scan your bag tag, and send your bag through.

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Liquids rule Liquids are allowed through security in containers (max 100ml) packed in a transparent resealable 1-litre plastic bag.


World of Finnair Frequent flyer program

Finnair Plus membership

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A WORLD OF BENEFITS

WHAT’S NEW THIS MONTH?

BEST FROM PARTNERS

DREAM HOLIDAY free by filling in the form attached to this magazine or online at finnair.com/plus. As a Finnair Plus member, you get access to valuable benefits and rewards. Earn points for flights and services and use them both at home and abroad. You can use your Finnair Plus award points for additional Finnair services such as seat selection, meals, and extra baggage payments. The number of points you pay depends on your flight and the chosen service. You can pay for travel extras at the time you book your reservation or later through the Manage Booking tab. Go to finnairshop.com to find Finnair gift cards, partner services, and award vouchers. J O IN FINNAI R PLU S F O R

Finnair has lowered Finnair flight award prices, making it easier to reach your dream reward. Book online to get the best point price: flights in the Nordics for 15,000 points, flights to Europe for 30,000 points, and intercontinental flights for 90,000 points. ­Finnair has also revamped its Finnair Plus J­ unior membership. Finnair Plus Junior members can now earn tiers and get the same great benefits as regular Finnair Plus members.

Receive 60,000 Finnair Plus award points when you buy a Mercedes-Benz campaign model series. And when you test drive the campaign model, you will be put into a draw to win one million F ­ innair Plus award points. The c­ ampaign is valid only in Finland until August 31, 2018. kampanja.mercedes-benz.fi/ unelmaloma

NEW PARTNER Finnair Plus members are now able to use their points for CTrip vouchers that can be used for domestic flights within China. finnairshop.com

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World of Finnair Deals of the month

7 reasons to love finnairshop.com

CHÂTEAU MIRAVAL ROSÉ Côtes de Provence organic wine. Available at finnairshop.com for seat delivery.

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BALMUIR CROSSBODY Elegant and versatile leather bag. Available at finnairshop.com for seat delivery.

€149

RAY-BAN CLUBMASTER Retro and timeless sunglasses. Available at finnairshop.com for seat delivery.

€125

IITTALA AALTO BOWL Gift from Finland travel edition – turquoise blue, 75 mm. Available at finnairshop.com for seat delivery.

€37

JULY-AUGUST DEALS

15% SUMMER CAMPAIGN! During July and August, receive 15% off tax-free prices on selected onboard and pre-order products. Please see the leaflet in the seat pocket in front of you or ask a crew member for more information.

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World of Finnair Deals of the month

RETAIL THERAPY

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SHOPPING MADE EASY!

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Now you can use your Finnair Plus points to pay for your pre-order products and o ­ nboard purchases! Go to the complimentary Nordic Sky portal onboard – the ­pre-order webshop is always open on Wi-Fi connected Finnair flights. Find the best deals on ­tax-free ­products and enjoy special Finnair Plus offers.

Kitchen Set birch cutting board plus owl trivet. Available at finnairshop.com for home delivery.

€35 + 1,000 p

4X WAYS TO SHOP ONB OARD

Shop online via your own mobile device during the flight using the complimentary Nordic Sky portal.

HAPPY PLUGS

€50 + 1,000 p

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Sound Piece Mini bluetooth speaker. Available at finnairshop.com for home delivery.

PR E- OR DER

Pre-order online before any Finnair flight. finnairshop.com

GRÖNA LUND

HOME DELIVERY

Use Finnair Plus points to shop for products delivered directly to your home.

Redeem a Ride Pass wristband voucher with your ­Finnair Plus points or with a combination of money and points (available at finnairshop.com).

€23.40 + 2,000 p

VOUCHER S

Use Finnair Plus points to redeem a voucher for restaurants, hotel stays, car rentals, and much more.

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World of Finnair Flying stories

Every seat has a story

3X #FEELFINNAIR

IT’S THE CUSTOMERS who make Finnair and that’s why we’ve dedicated this page to your travel stories.

Share your Finnair moments on Instagram using @feelfinnair. If you want to be featured, use #feelfinnair.

MEET THE FREQUENT FLYER

kirstiina Vacation is on! #feelfinnair #bali

HA NNU KRO GE RU S

W H AT A R E YO U R

W HAT I S THE MOST

Finnair Plus m ­ ember since 1992 from Finland

A L L-T I M E FAVO U R I T E

IMPRESSIVE ­A IRPORT?

­D EST I N AT I O N S?

I would say Hartsfield– Jackson Atlanta International Airport in Georgia. It’s an extremely wellfunctioning airport irrespective of its size.

M IL E S FLOWN

My first flight was from Kuopio to Joensuu in 1967. Since then I’ve probably flown close to 3 million miles.

Bridge cities such as San Francisco, Sydney, and Vancouver W H I C H F I N N A I R PLU S B EN EF I T DO YO U U S E M OST ? I mostly use the lounge benefits.

AV E RAGE FL IGH TS P E R Y E AR

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NE X T D E STINATION S

Zürich, Sydney, New York, and Kittilä

estervandamphotography Palacio Nacional da Pena seen from Castillo dos Mouros, Sintra, Portugal. The views were spectacular! #visitportugal

I read, do a bit of ­writing, plus chat with the cabin crew.

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SHAR E ONE TI P TO COMB AT JE TL AG .

Don’t ever go to sleep before 10 pm local time on your arrival day. aarokeipi Ever wonder why Swiss chocolate and cheese is so good? It’s the friendly cows. #visitswitzerland


World of Finnair Sky food

Eat well FANCY A SNACK ONBOARD? Finnair offers a wide selection of seasonal and healthy options that combine the best of the Nordics, Europe, and Asia.

3 WAYS TO A TASTY MEAL Complimentary beverages Complimentary coffee, tea, water, and Finnair’s signature blueberry juice are always served on Finnair flights.

SI G NATUR E ME NU.

Business Class passengers on Finnair longhaul flights can enjoy Signature Menus prepared by chefs from top restaurants.

S KY B I STR O.

Pick of the month When travelling to a European holiday destination, you can always pre-order a meal. Younger passengers can enjoy a Kids Meal — a traditional macaroni and minced meat casserole. Just like at home!

Passengers on Finnair flights within Europe and the Middle East can mix and match favourite tastes from the onboard Sky Bistro menu.

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CHEF OF THE SEASON sensation awaits long-haul Business Class customers departing from Helsinki. Swedish top chef Tommy Myllymäki’s ­summer Signature Menu ­emphasises the fresh flavours that reflect his Nordic and Finnish heritage, and of course, bring out the best of the ­Nordic summer. A NOR D I C TASTE

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Passengers on Finnair flights within Europe and the Middle East can choose sandwiches, salads, breakfast, or dinner in advance from the Nordic Bistro menu.

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World of Finnair Wellness & comfort

Onboard wellness

3X TIPS FOR CABIN COMFORT

STAY HYDRATED It is recommended to drink 1-2 decilitres of water every hour. If possible, minimise the amount of tea, coffee, and alcohol you drink. HEALTHIER AIRCRAFT

The Finnair A350 combines the latest technology with advanced passenger comfort features to help you rediscover the thrill of flying. An advanced HEPA filtering system changes the cabin air every two to three minutes ensuring comfort and health for all passengers. Large windows let natural light flow into the cabin and LED technology emits lighting and colours that are customised to fit the time of day, destination, or season. The noise level is 16 decibels below the standard requirement, so resting and relaxing while onboard is easy.

GET SOME SLEEP The best way to tune out is to wear an eye mask and ear plugs. Keep warm, too – have a jacket or blanket handy in case you need it.

2X COMFORTABLE UPGRADES NORDIC BUSINESS CLASS Finnair’s Business Class seats let you fully recline on your intercontinental flight. The seats transform into a 200 cm (6’6”) horizontal bed, so you can enjoy a good night’s sleep.

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ECONOMY COMFORT Finnair’s Economy Comfort seating in the front of the Economy Class cabin makes intercontinental travel even more pleasurable with 8–13 cm (3–5 inches) more legroom.

GENERAL WELLBEING Try to bring something to snack on. Fruit and veggies are always a great healthy option. And remember to wear comfortable clothing.


World of Finnair Flight mode

Stay connected THE NORDIC SKY Wi-Fi portal is available on all intercontinental flights and gives you access to news, destination information, and Finnair services. You can use the portal to connect your own devices to the internet.

HOW TO GET STARTED FINNAIR APP – YOUR TRAVEL COMPANION

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WHAT’S PLAYING THE AVE NG E R S The Avengers and their allies must be willing to sacrifice all in an attempt to defeat Thanos before his blitz of devastation and ruin puts an end to the universe.

95 (Finnish) Final weekend of the 1995 Ice Hockey World Championship Games in Helsinki and Stockholm. Who will bring home the trophy?

I SL E OF D OG S When all the canine pets of ­Megasaki City are exiled to Trash Island, Atari sets off alone in search of his bodyguard-dog, Spots.

THI S I S US The series details the lives and ­families of two parents, and their three children born on the same day as their father’s birthday.

LOVE , SI MON Simon Spier keeps a secret from his family, his friends, and all of his classmates. When that secret is threatened, Simon must come to terms with his identity.

2 B R OKE G I R L S Two

young women waitressing at a diner strike up an unlikely friendship in the hopes of launching a business together.

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World of Finnair Staff tips

Yas Golf Links in Abu Dhabi

Sheep on the North Island of New Zealand

Aerial photo of Queenstown Golf Club in New Zealand

Tee-off time There’s more to golf than the fairways. First officer Jari Pietilä shares five tips for planning a golf holiday on or off the greens. F I V E STA R L I N KS

I suggest visiting destinations that also offer activities other than golfing. Look into hotels with deals for nearby golf courses (some even offer an unlimited golf package)!

My favourite golf ­destinations are in the United Arab Emirates and New Zealand. The UAE boasts several fivestar courses, while the golf courses in New ­Zealand range from smaller countryside courses all the way to fivestar cliff-top courses.

M ID NIG H T S UN G O L F

Although the golf season is quite short in Finland, we make the most of it while it lasts. This means playing golf around the clock during the summer.

BR I N G YO U R OW N

Rental clubs can be pricey (and you never know what set you get) so if you plan to

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play more than a single round then it’s smart to take your own clubs. I highly recommend a proper travel cover to keep your precious clubs safe throughout the flight. FLYI NG W I TH CLUB S

When you book your ­Finnair flight, check your baggage allowance – golf equipment is considered one piece of baggage. The maximum weight is 23 kilograms and comprises a set of clubs, bag, and shoes.

JAR I PI E TI LÄ is an

Airbus A330 First Officer and a golf enthusiast. In his spare time, he likes to ­capture the beauty of light through photography. Follow him on ­Instagram @jaripietila

PHOTOS JARI PIETILÄ

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World of Finnair Holiday sampler

Experience more with Finnair

TOP 3 GETAWAYS The best of Southern Europe from Finnair Holidays. Choose your experience at finnair.com/holidays.

D UB R OVNI K. It’s easy to see why this ­ roatian city is referred to as the Pearl of the C Adriatic. Stroll through the charming streets of old town or dive into the shimmering sea.

EXPLORE FINNAIR HOLIDAYS THE STORY OF A LIFETIME is waiting for you. Flights, hotel, unique experiences, and triple amount of Finnair Plus points can now be found from one place. Finnair Holidays is available in Estonia, Finland, and Sweden. Find your story at finnair.com/holidays.

Intriguing destinations

Triple Finnair Plus points

Finnair Holidays opens the door to the most intriguing places in the world. Choose a theme for a unique holiday experience.

You can earn three Finnair Plus tier and award points for every euro used on your Finnair Holidays experience.

Busy markets, trendy bars, and golden sand make this Catalonia city ideal for a weekend — or even longer!

B AR CE LONA.

Flights, hotel, and a holiday experience Finnair Holidays is an easy way to find flights, hotels, and unique experiences all in one place.

The Portuguese capital is Europe’s sunniest city. So make the most of a visit by exploring the colourful and vibrant quarters.

L I SB ON.

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World of Finnair Sustainability

New channel on responsibility continuing our significant reporting acts, but we’re pleased also to be able to offer ‘easier to approach’ material about responsibility and sustainability matters in modern channels.” Finnair was one of the first ­airlines in the world to communicate on its corporate responsibility issues under the Global Reporting Initiative (GRI) reporting framework, accessible on the Finnair website’s Responsibility pages. These renewed internet pages offer easy-to-read information about our sustainability activities and measures, as well as facts and interactive options, such as the online emissions calculator. Varja adds, “Customers want to monitor the responsibility of a ­company’s operations and give ­feedback. We want to respond to this demand.”

AS PART O F A continuing drive to increase information about its ­sustainability actions, Finnair introduces a Responsibility channel in its inflight entertainment selection. “Responsibility is Finnair’s ­second nature,” says Laura Varja, Communications Specialist, ­Corporate Responsibility. “Customers increasingly want digital entertainment services during flights, and we’re proud that we can provide a Responsibility channel. The channel offers new themes that matter to us, in a new format. This includes high quality videos about sustainability issues, and interesting material from our responsibility partners.” UN Media has been included in the selection of inflight entertainment since 2017. “Now we’re happy to add more videos linked to responsibility matters,” says Varja. “We are

BETTER PLANET Finnair’s sustainability strategy is built on three principles – cleaner, caring, and collaborative. DO GOOD Finnair Plus members can make point donations via finnairshop.com to • The Finnish Association for Nature Conservation • Crisis Management Initiative (CMI) • The Association of Friends of the University Children’s Hospitals • The Cancer Society of Finland • The Finnish Red Cross • UNICEF Finland • Hope • UN Women

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World of Finnair Fleet

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Number 11 + 8 on order Seating capacity 297-336 Length 66.8 m Wingspan 64.75 m Cruising speed 903 km/h Maximum cruising altitude 13,000 m AIRB U S A330-3 0 0

Number 8 Seating capacity 289/263 Length 63.6 m Wingspan 60.3 m Cruising speed 870 km/h Maximum cruising altitude 12,600 m AIRB U S A32 1

Number 19 Seating capacity 196–209 Length 44.5 m Wingspan 34.1 m Cruising speed 840 km/h Maximum cruising altitude 11,900 m AIRB U S A32 0

Number 10 Seating capacity 165 Length 37.6 m Wingspan 34.1 m Cruising speed 840 km/h Maximum cruising altitude 11,900 m AIRB U S A31 9

Number 8 Seating capacity 138 Length 33.8 m Wingspan 34.1 m Cruising speed 840 km/h Maximum cruising altitude 11,900 m E M B RAE R 1 9 0

Operated by Norra Number 12 Seating capacity 100 Length 36.2 m Wingspan 28.7 m Cruising speed 850 km/h Maximum cruising altitude 12,300 m

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Operated by Norra Number 12 Seating capacity 68/72 Length 27 m Wingspan 27 m Cruising speed 463 km/h Maximum cruising altitude 7,620 m

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Arrival of ­ irbus A350 A

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NORT HER N SKIES – 100 STORIES CELEBRATING

FLYING –

| VIEW FROM THE COCKPIT | KING | STYLE IN THE CRAB FLIES CARGO SKIES | DISCOVERIES | WELCOME TO WITH | FINNISH SNOW-HOW NOBEL LAUREATE BENGT HOLMSTRÖM HEL | | BEHIND THE SCENES | LOVE IN THE AIR | AT THE AIRPORT |

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World of Finnair Airport info

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Border control

CHECK YOUR GATE and departure time on the airport monitors. All Finnair and Nordic Regional Airlines (Norra) departures are located in the same terminal. If you do not have a boarding pass for your connecting flight, please contact the transfer service desks in T2.

31x 31 31a-e 30

SCHENGEN AREA

Border control

Security check

29

1ST FLOOR

28

T2

CHECK-IN 240–270

27 GATE

26

FINNAIR CHECK IN/ SERVICE DESKS 201–229

11

CHECK IN 101–114 GATE AREA

12

Security check

TRANSFER SERVICE 1

25

Security check

13

14

15

16 17 18 19

20

21

22

23

PHARMACY

T1

TOURIST INFO BAGGAGE STORAGE

has 35 automated border control gates for travellers flying to or from destinations outside of the Schengen area. Fifteen are located in the departure hall; 15 are located in the upstairs arrival hall; another five are available in the downstairs arrival hall (for EU/EEA/CH citizens only). Passengers from the EU, EEA, CH, Japan, and South Korea with biometric passports can use the automated border control gates. Australian, Canadian, New Zealand, and U.S. citizens with biometric passports may use the automated border control upon departure only. All other nationalities must use the manned border control booths in the departure and arrival halls. Those passengers travelling with infants, baggage trolleys, or wheelchairs must use the manual control lane.

HELSI NKI AI R POR T

GROUND FLOOR

2ND FLOOR

HAPPY LANDINGS

GROUND FLOOR

FINNAIR LOUNGE

24

THE F I NNAI R CI TY BUS

to the Helsinki Railway Station leaves from T2 every 20 minutes, stopping also at T1. Travel time is approx. 30 minutes. €6.30

3RD FLOOR

THE R I NG RAI L LI NE

connects Helsinki Airport to downtown Helsinki via train. There is direct access from the corridor between T1 and T2.

1ST FLOOR

WIRE LE SS I N T E R N E T

PL AY R O O M

NON- SMOKI NG

Helsinki Airport offers free Wi-Fi throughout the airport.

Children’s playrooms offer toys, videos, and baby care facilities.

Smoking is prohibited outside of designated smoking rooms.

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World of Finnair The Nordic way

Fly the short northern route FLY VIA HELSINKI and take the most direct route between Europe and Asia. Thanks to Helsinki’s location, Finnair’s northern route is a geographically convenient way between Europe and Asia. The northern route also offers competitive travel times to destinations in the US from many European cities. The Helsinki Airport is efficient, compact, and easy to navigate, making it ideal for transferring between Europe, Asia, and the US with short transfer times.

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World of Finnair

Domestic and European destinations

Tromsø Reykjavik

Russia

From Helsinki

Ivalo

Iceland Kittilä Rovaniemi Kemi Oulu

Finnair Destinations New Finnair Destinations 2018

Norway Oslo Bergen

Saint Petersburg Tallinn Tartu Estonia Latvia Riga

Stockholm Visby

Denmark Billund

Dublin Ireland

Manchester

Gdansk

Amsterdam Poland Hannover Berlin Netherlands Warsaw Brussels Germany Düsseldorf Belgium Kraków Prague Frankfurt Czech Republic Paris Stuttgart Vienna Salzburg Munich Zurich France Geneva Innsbruck Austria Budapest Hungary Switzerland Slovenia Venice Ljubljana Lyon Milan Croatia Biarritz Verona Pula Rimini Nice Pisa Split Italy Dubrovnik Rome Barcelona London

Spain

Portugal

Madrid

Lisbon Malaga

Ibiza Menorca Palma de Alicante Mallorca

Ivalo 931 01:35 Joensuu 360 01:00 Jyväskylä 235 00:50 Kajaani 464 01:20 Kemi/Tornio 609 01:35 Kittilä 823 01:25 Kokkola/Pietarsaari 391 01:10 Kuopio 335 01:00 Kuusamo 667 01:15 Mariehamn 282 00:55 Oulu 514 01:05 Rovaniemi 697 01:20 Tampere 143 00:35 Turku 150 00:35 Vaasa 348 00:55

Lithuania

Copenhagen Hamburg

United Kingdom

Kajaani

Finland Kokkola Kuopio Joensuu Sweden Vaasa Jyväskylä Tampere Turku Helsinki Mariehamn

Gothenburg

Edinburgh

Kuusamo

Moscow

Belarus

Varna

Bulgaria

Greece Skiathos Mytilene Preveza Athens Kos Zakynthos Santorini

Turkey

Alanya Dalaman Cyprus Rhodes

Malta

Chania

Heraklion

Canary Arrecife Islands Tenerife Norte Fuerteventura Tenerife Sur Las Palmas

Alanya/Gazipasa 2722 03:45 Alicante 3034 04:25 Amsterdam 1525 02:35 Arrecife 4518 05:55 Athens 2490 03:40 Barcelona 2632 03:55 Bergen 1112 03:30 Berlin 1123 02:00 Biarritz 2581 03:45 Billund 1060 01:50 Brussels 1651 02:40 Budapest 1481 02:20 Catania 2636 03:45 Chania 2756 03:50 Copenhagen 895 01:40 Corfu 2329 03:25 Dalaman 2639 03:40 Dublin 2030 03:10 Dubrovnik 2027 03:00 Düsseldorf 1512 02:25 Edinburgh 1717 02:40 Eilat 3457 04:45 Frankfurt 1543 02:35

Samara

Corfu

Madeira Funchal

Great Circle Estimated distances / km flight times

Yekateringburg Kazan

Minsk

Naples

Catania

From Helsinki

Great Circle Estimated distances / km flight times

Paphos Israel Tel Aviv-Yafo

Eilat From Helsinki

Great Circle Estimated distances / km flight times

Fuerteventura 4578 06:05 Funchal 4310 05:45 Gdansk 768 02:00 Geneva 1994 03:00 Gothenburg 785 01:25 Hamburg 1 172 02:00 Hannover 1278 2:15 Heraklion 2777 03:55 Ibiza 2897 04:00 Innsbruck 1701 02:35 Kazan 1521 02:30 Kos 2620 03:45 Kraków 1 186 02:00 Las Palmas 4700 06:10 Lisbon 3369 04:50 Ljubljana 1713 02:40 London 1863 03:10 Lyon 2081 03:10 Madrid 2950 04:25 Malaga 3357 04:35 Malta 2822 04:15 Manchester 1817 03:00 Menorca 2688 04:05

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From Helsinki

Great Circle Estimated distances / km flight times

Milan 1953 03:05 Minsk 734 01:15 Moscow 876 01:40 Munich 1577 02:30 Mytilene 1471 03:35 Naples 2283 03:25 Nice 2202 03:25 Oslo 766 01:30 Palma de Mallorca 2777 04:00 Paphos 2898 04:00 Paris 1900 03:05 Pisa 2093 03:20 Prague 1322 02:10 Preveza 2397 03:25 Pula 1865 02:55 Reykjavik 2429 03:50 Rhodes 2668 03:45 Riga 382 00:55 Rimini 1993 03:00 Rome 2235 03:25 Saint Petersburg 301 01:00 Salzburg 1592 02:30 Samara 1698 02:35

From Helsinki

Great Circle Estimated distances / km flight times

Santorini 2660 03:40 Skiathos 2353 03:30 Split 1956 02:55 Stockholm 400 01:00 Stuttgart 1637 02:45 Tallinn 101 00:30 Tartu 245 00:50 Tel Aviv-Yafo 3230 04:25 Tenerife Norte 4691 06:10 Tenerife Sur 4745 06:10 Tromsø 1078 01:55 Varna 1911 02:55 Venice 1847 02:55 Verona 1903 02:55 Vienna 1462 02:30 Vilnius 633 01:15 Visby 481 01:25 Warsaw 940 01:40 Yekaterinburg 2098 03:05 Zakynthos 2526 03:55 Zurich 1781 02:45

Winter season 2018–2019 Finnair adds flights to popular winter destinations in Lapland, including new non-stop flights from London, Paris, Tallinn, and Zurich London Gatwick – Ivalo 2 weekly flights London Gatwick – Kittilä 1 weekly flight Paris – Kittilä 1 weekly flight Tallinn – Kittilä 1 weekly flight Zurich – Kittilä 1 weekly flight


World of Finnair

Intercontinental destinations

Beijing Seoul South Korea

Xian

China

Nanjing

Nagoya Osaka

Japan Tokyo

Fukuoka

Shanghai

Chongqing Delhi Dubai United Arab Emirates

Guangzhou

India

Hong Kong

Thailand Bangkok

Goa

Vietnam Ho Chi Minh City Phuket

Krabi

Singapore

Chicago San Francisco

From Helsinki

Great Circle Estimated distances / km flight times

Bangkok 7912 09:45 Beijing 6325 07:55 Chongqing 6736 08:40 Delhi 5229 06:50 Dubai 4537 05:55 Fukuoka 8060 09:30 Goa 6328 08:50 Guangzhou 7693 09:30 Ho Chi Minh City (Saigon) 8510 10:50 Hong Kong 7821 09:35 Krabi 8350 10:20 Nagoya 7780 09:40 Nanjing 7165 09:35 Osaka 7751 09:30 Phuket 8312 10:05 Seoul 7050 08:40 Shanghai 7410 09:05 Singapore 9272 11:30 Tokyo 7849 09:45 Xian 6421 07:50

New York

United States From Helsinki

Miami Mexico Puerto Vallarta

Havana

Great Circle Estimated distances / km flight times

Chicago Havana Miami New York Puerto Plata Puerto Vallarta San Francisco

7139 09:15 8703 11:15 8342 11:10 6626 08:45 8410 11:15 9960 12:30 8724 10:45

Cuba Puerto Plata Dominic Republic

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FINLAND FACTS Nature

188,000 lakes

75%

land covered by forests

Government

1917

Sovereign parliamentary republic

1995 area

Monthly temperatures in Helsinki (2017):

390,908 km2

Member of EU since January 1995

200 members

elected for four-year terms

Parliament

whooper swan

land used for agriculture

Population

5.5

million

Languages SÁ

President

SE

FI

Economy

Education

Universities

15

GDP

(2017*)

€224 billion

the annual change in volume 2.6% *preliminary

88% speak Finnish 5.2% speak Swedish 0.04% speak Sámi

elected every six years; current president is Sauli N ­ iinistö, who was re-elected to a second term in January 2018

Currency

EURO

Fun facts

71% of students who have ­studied beyond basic ­education Consumption of coffee per capita

9.9kg

12.3 l

National food: rye bread

Ice cream consumed per capita

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2,000,000* saunas

*estimate

(Feb. 2018)

*preliminary

600,000*

overnight stays by foreign travellers

SOURCE: STATISTICS FINLAND ILLUSTRATION: ANGELINA LUZHINA

7%

National bird


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Blue Wings Bright issue July-August 2018  
Blue Wings Bright issue July-August 2018