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The founder of Her Finland, a Finnish MSc and cinnamon bun expert.
I help you experience Finland like a local, get to know the Finnish language and travel in my home country like a pro!
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Glass igloos of Finland became a worldwide phenomenon after a photo of Kakslauttanen glass igloo resort went viral a couple of years ago. As a Finn, I couldn’t be happier about the fact that travelers all around the world are discovering Lapland…read more
My mission with this Helsinki post is simple. After reading this guide, I hope Helsinki feels like a second home to you! Helsinki has always been a magical city to me. When I was a kid, she and I got to know each other through snow leopard cubs and mighty brown bears...read more
Do you know the saying “There’s a time and place for everything”? This saying is so true when it comes to seeing Northern Lights in Finland!
Finns love to catch the Northern Lights too. As locals, we know a thing or two about them. I want to share that knowledge…read more
When it comes to finding a Finland guide book, there are surprisingly many options even though Finland isn’t the most popular travel destination. As my mission is to help you with all things Finnish, I have spent the last couple of weeks researching the most popular Finland guide books on the market.read more
Many people might not realize that with freezing temperatures, we don’t just have to make sure that we have enough clothes. We must take extra good care of our skin, too. Especially us women because our skin is thin. Let me tell you the best winter beauty hacks and essentials from Finland!read more
Are you feeling excited but a tiny bit worried about how to be prepared for the Finnish winter? Getting ready for another climate is difficult. I bet the most headache is due to the winter’s extreme cold, right? This post aims to give you a massive sigh of relief!read more
Woohoo! You have a Finnish sweetheart and you are ready to let the cat out of the bag by saying your true feelings. So, what’s the best way to say “I love you” in Finnish? How Finns go about this topic in general? I’ve got you covered! This article goes through twenty...read more
The Finnish language is full of sayings and wisdom. I feel that Finnish proverbs are the backbone of the Finnish culture because they offer a way of saying your thoughts without being too pushy. Finns hate to be pushy! help you understand others help you do the right...read more
Finnish language basics are fascinating for two reasons. First, Finnish seems so random to most people. Second, the language explains many hidden cultural things. I think it's always a good idea to learn a little bit about the language of any country if the...read more
Put your pain au chocolat or Lucky Charms aside, here comes Finnish breakfast! What are Finns eating at breakfast? The most significant difference between Finnish and many other breakfasts is that Finns rarely eat anything especially sweet, like pastries or sugar cereals, in the morning time.read more
Who loves Finnish buns? I know I do! If you want to try all the different bun versions we have in Finland, Shrovetide is the perfect time to be in Finland. That's because it is the season of the Finnish cream bun, called laskiaispulla in Finnish (literally: Shrovetide...read more
The Finnish oven pancake (pannukakku in Finnish) is an ordinary dessert in any Finnish home. But when I say ordinary, I mean it in the most loving way. You see, there isn’t a Finnish kid who doesn’t have a warm memory of a just-baked crispy-on-the-top and...read more
Loving a Finnish man is awesome. Take it from the horse's mouth. This topic needs no further introduction, l will happily prove my point with ten reasons! Ten Reasons to Love a Finnish Man #1 Housework They participate in plenty of housework. (My) empiric studies show...read more
The Finnish sauna etiquette may feel like a mystery before your first visit to Finland. It's totally understandable if the whole Finnish sauna culture in general sounds intimidating. There might be several questions on your mind! Seriously, are you naked in a sauna,...read more
It is the culture that makes a place unique and, as we are talking about Finland here, a little bit weird. It is the culture that makes you say what? Whaaat?! I feel that our relatively odd habits are a part of our charm. A major part of our charm. Actually, now that...read more
Destinations You Don’t Wanna Miss
There are a couple of things in which we Finns are exceptionally talented. For example, not minding the weather, making cinnamon buns and enjoying stress-free family holidays. The traditional Finnish vacation includes packing all family members into the car and...read more
What’s the weather like in Finland? That must be the most common question I hear as a Finn. And no wonder! It's hard to know what to expect. Snow and coldness are the first thoughts to many. But wait, isn't there supposed to be warm summers too? How confusing! Well, I...read more
A day trip in the Oulanka national park is a fantastic bucket list item for your Finland visit! Luckily, this is no secret to many foreign visitors. Getting out of our car in the parking lot makes a blogger like me smile happily. First, I spot a French family...read more
Let Me Show You My Helsinki!
Helsinki is a pocket-size Metropolis – a mix of Finnish straightforwardness and Nordic functionality with a dash of continental elegance.
Over the years, I’ve explored the city inside out. I put together a local’s ultimate guide to give you 100 ideas that you can do when you visit Helsinki!
After reading this guide, I hope that Helsinki feels like a second home to you.