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