There’s more to urban Finland than the capital city, so forget Helsinki for a second! Once Finland’s capital and forever Helsinki’s rival, Turku on the Western coast is definitely worth a visit. In 2011 Turku is the European Capital of Culture, but there’s plenty to see outside the official programme, too. According to these six local cultural figures, the city has laid-back bars, quirky shopping, and the best pizzas in the world—believe it!
Nopsa’s co-founder Liisa Jokinen reveals the best parts of her hometown Pori, located on the Western coast of Finland and known for its sandy beaches and jazz festivals.
This route works as a weekend trip: on Saturday, you can shop for Pori specialties, while Sunday’s reserved for museum visits and taking in the sights.
Liisa recommends traveling to Pori by train: you’ll get a quiet, easy chance to admire the wide and spacious landscapes, and prepare for your adventures in Pori.
Punavuori means, rather inexplicably, “red mountain”. To most of the funky and fashionable about town, however, it means the place to shop. Along this here-by-popular-request route, you’ll find the most interesting little shops filled with one-of-a-kind finds by local designers. Finnish design and manufacture for your browsing pleasure!