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Sunday Herald Sun - Escape - - DESTINATION FINLAND -

It’s be­gin­ning to look at lot like Christ­mas. Es­cape heads in the di­rec­tion of the North Pole and dis­cov­ers the magic and en­chant­ment of this colour­ful, tra­di­tional fes­ti­val isn’t just for the kids.

EX­PLORE HELSINKI’S CHRIST­MAS TRA­DI­TIONS

Aus­tralian-based com­pany 50 De­grees North, which spe­cialises in tai­lor-made itin­er­ar­ies for re­gions be­yond the 50th par­al­lel north, can pro­vide you with pri­vate lo­cal guides to es­cort you around this coun­try’s Christ­mas treats.

Start in the Fin­nish cap­i­tal and head to the Old Mar­ket Hall, circa 1888, and taste the fresh lo­cal pro­duce Finns en­joy on their Christ­mas ta­ble. Think her­ring, pork legs, and sal­mon among the bear fat soap and rein­deer ke­babs.

Head to the sixth-gen­er­a­tion Ek­berg bak­ery for your Christ­mas cake; shop at Stock­mann for depart­ment store gifts; and stroll the shop­ping mall Kamppi or visit the pop-up Christ­mas mar­ket of 150 Fin­nish de­sign brands. FIFTYDEGREESNORTH.COM; LILLAROBERTS.COM/EN/

CROSS THE BORDER FOR CHRIST­MAS MAR­KETS

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