What to do in Finland
A surprising number of: Finnish cuisine original and tasty, the design of the Scandinavians (and Finns!) - traditionally a strong point, well, Finnish nature, care and cherish that, apart from the competition! We talk about trivial leisure activities in the Lake District.
spend the night in the den
The Finns are equally fond of pristine game and high-tech, progress and hemp natural denseness. And then, and more happily side by side in the Nuuksio National Park. Practically nothing by car or bus from Helsinki, and here's 50 km² deaf, but at the same time, it is traversed by the forest (there is skiing, hiking, biking and horse riding, as well as children and for wheelchair users). Main locals - highly situated to tour deer.
Immediately - Museum, the largest wooden building in Finland, larded interactive objects from Pelevin in spirit exhibition "Two whooper swan playing chess life" to the dark little room, once in that, you have the opportunity to feel like sitting in the nest bird, gazing from a hollow in the wonderful, wild and dangerous world. If you come in Nuuksio for a couple of days as is usually done by residents of the capital, you can try the option "to spend the night in the bear's den." Or stay at the hotel a more conservative version. Plus, of course, warm up in the classic Finnish sauna with no less than a textbook, followed by diving into the lake. Good.
Buy Aalto vase
Continue on the classics and merging of modernity in Finnish. Perhaps his main character - Aalto vase (second name - "Savoy"), established in 1936 by the architect and designer Alvar Aalto. According to one version, he came up with it, looking at the folds of leather skirts Women Sami. According to another (on which he insisted wife and ally of the artist Aino), wavy design vases inspired by the contours of the lake. Thing looks trendy and classic at the same time utterly. Caught the eye ( "Savoy" all configurations sold in any self-respecting designer shops), almost hypnotizing and deprives the will. Fill the "Savoy" can be almost everything from flowers and fruits to the beverages and books. Buy - in the capital's Design Quarter, where temptation and common sense will converge in a duel on every corner.
To go to the village dreams of
Remaking served their industrial projects under the cultural space - a global feature (see the Moscow "Red October".). But Finnish Fiskars - a special case. Firstly, it is located not in the city, and relatively far from Helsinki; an hour away by car. Secondly, it is, naturally, the village of artists who live here, work and sell their products. Local ironworks closed in 1980 because of technical backwardness. The village where the workers lived, gradually died out, until it united in a cooperative, not settled in the city: the designers, potters, jewelers and other craftsmen.
At first, artisans settled in the houses (not very expressive, but nice, like 99% of Finnish architecture types) Do not just free. In general, everything was modest and easily. But over time, Fiskars matured, became a major cultural center and a venue for concerts, exhibitions, fairs and various festivals. However, with all the popular tourist destination (for you - hotels, restaurants, hiking and biking routes), the place manages to remain pastoral rural wilderness.
Arriving on the subject of shopping here and take a walk, clear, logical in the season. But the visit of chilly early spring has its own charm. Most shops closed and not crowded at all. Stitches-track, groves, ponds and creeks. Thoughtfully perched on the banks of Vasnetsov Alenka is proving to be a local resident. High-quality clothes, nice face, on which, however, it is clear that the long evenings offseason lady would not mind to miss a glass or two. Such nice people and skillful hands full and endangered Russian villages, for which Fiskars, where the case time and fun time, could become a role model.
Tact has never been a strong point of the former Italian prime minister Berlusconi. But in 2005, he particularly distinguished himself, insulting an entire nation. While in Helsinki on an official visit, called the Finnish cuisine terrible. Local first indignant, and then realized that Silvio just do not know how the Finns know how to cook. Are to blame: for centuries they mostly eat at home and do not pay special attention to gastronomic restaurants and leisure needs.
As a result, due to the political rudeness, in the cities in a few years blossomed restaurant business. Make sure that, had supper at the restaurant "Savotta", which is a major metropolitan street Aleksanterinkatu, exactly opposite the cathedral. Deliberate modesty of the interiors (the style of the house) and the proletarian spirit names (institution itself in Russian called "Plant", and the menu is up dishes like "Snack rafters") are misleading. Regularly in a snack "Savotte" can afford only secured riverman. But you're a tourist, so why should not gulnut. This is not only expensive (even by Helsinki standards), but very, very tasty.
Among the hits - creamy soup with venison and deer as, for example, language. But in general, all well, including karyalanpiirakka (in translation - "Karelian pies"), baked with rice, one of the pillars of the Ugric cuisine. If salmon soup lohikeytto - poem, the karyalanpiirakka - Sonnet. Finns famously rhyme variety of ingredients, almost universally introducing berries and cooking mushroom pate in such a manner that it can not be distinguished from the fish, and vice versa. Proud (justifiably) their slightly salty butter, insisting that the fry can only and exclusively on it. In response to the thesis that in sunflower or olive is cheaper skuchneyut. But animated, if we recognize that served for dessert ice cream with tar great - and it really is as follows.
Make a marriage proposal
About Raseborg castle can not be said that it seemed from the Disney screen. Neither you soaring towers, no special grace, only some very pragmatic Scandinavian impressiveness. At the bottom - huge smooth boulders; at the end of the XIV century, when the castle was built around the sea lapped. At first Raseborg served to protect trade routes. Later - the center of administration. In our time in the courtyard and the surrounding area spend costume shows and performances.
As well as weddings. If while traveling in Finland, you suddenly lights offer the girl a hand and heart, it is logical to do it here. Not too romantic texture Raseborg compensates for a love story. In the middle of the XV century, King Charles VIII was missing in the castle in the next link (the owner of a violent temper and a living, he had to correct Sweden and Norway and has repeatedly expelled). And I fell in love with the beautiful Christine, the governor's daughter, but by the standards of almost monarchical commoner. Royal relatives, naturally displeased hiss, but the lovers were happy and caught on two children. After 10 years, they finally officially married, even six months later, Karl is dead, and Christina was deprived of all dynastic rights. However, this part of the story the girl, you can not tell.
Drink Finnish whiskey
During the summer in Finland is good, and the cooler times of the year - almost like us. That is kind of the window has to melancholy. Finns treated her so intensely that in the 10-ies of the last century, the authorities introduced a "dry law". Like all such precedents in the history of the world, the idea turned into a failure: the law lasted until the early 1930s, and then the state introduced a monopoly on the sale of alcohol. Spirits are sold at a price somewhere in the third above the European average, and not until late in specialized stores. State monopoly extends to trade, but not for the production of: private distillery - one of the newest trends of small and medium-sized domestic business. In addition to the usual "Aquavita" berry vodka and gin, recently gaining momentum production of local whiskey. It is still "Finnish whiskey" sounds like an anecdote, albeit amusing. But trained in Scotland and Ireland distillers, an impressive man if this moment from filming the show "The Vikings", assured that the world recognized the drink - it is the next few years. I believe, because whiskey is not bad.
Take a swim on the ferry
The Baltic countries and peoples, as a happy family alike. But there is, as stated in a classic film, and small differences. Finns are generally quite phlegmatic Swedes - sociable. Estonians - still our largely. Briefly acquainted with the Helsinki, Stockholm and Tallinn allow regularly plying between the cities of cruise ferries Viking Line. Depart from, say, Finland today, night sailing, a day walk on the Swedish capital, and in the evening back.
Finns, Swedes, Estonians (as well as an impressive number of our compatriots) ferries appreciate not only as a means of transportation - although they are comfortable, and the pitching is minimal even in bad weather. Not only as a luxury item (the price of the said three-day cruise Helsinki-Stockholm - from Є30 to 288). Not only as an opportunity to solely eat and drink (several restaurants, including the brilliant and democratic "buffet" food for all tastes), changing the dance floor, dance a night or overnight protorchat for slot machines (in case of loss console yourself that by all means go to charity). And even not only for large duty-free, which is hard to leave, do not buy a couple laps wonderful brie cheese on Є7 5 per kg. The main thing that needs to be done to slowly drifting from one country to another ferry - this is the night to go to the upper deck, under the starry sky merges with the sea black to make as huge, beautiful and united world, and how ridiculous lined with people border - flimsy chalk "classics", an illusion and nothing. From going ashore the feeling passes, and the daily reality covers again, but thanks to this.