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A bird view of Finnish archipelago in Espoo

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Discover Finland's biggest water sports center, visit the recently designated UNESCO Global Geopark in Salpausselkä, sail on one of the world's most climate-smart vessels and check the new hotel openings.
Credits: Michael Matti

Meet us in IMEX Frankfurt and The Meetings Show in London

We will be exhibiting at IMEX Frankfurt and at The Meetings Show in London and would be happy to see you.
IMEX Frankfurt will be held live on 31 May – 2 June. Visit our stand F250 and update your information on this Nordic country that is both a winter wonderland and a serene summer haven – and, according to the UN, the world’s happiest country – 5th year in a row!
In London you will meet FCB and partners on stand B31 during The Meetings Show on 29 – 30 June.

Meet our IMEX partners:
Great DMCs: Arctic Incentives by Lapland SafarisElämys DMC FinlandSafartica, The Travel Experience
Wonderful venues: Finlandia HallHelsinki Expo and Convention Centre (Messukeskus)
Outstanding hotels with meeting facilities: Sokos Hotels & Radisson Hotels, Finland
Unique destination: Helsinki Convention Bureau
Group Air Charter: Euroflite

To visit IMEX Frankfurt, register here.
To visit The Meetings Show, register here.

Happy people in swimsuits jumping in wintery sea
Credits: Mikko Huotari

Scandic Helsinki Hub will open in September

Scandic Helsinki Hub is transforming from 1920´s former printing house to an urban hotel for the modern traveler in the centre of Helsinki next to the Old Church Park. Housed in a property which is over a 100 years old, modern and stylish décor meets the old and industrial, equipped with all the services for the international traveler’s needs. The hotel has an unparalleled location in the crossroad of the Helsinki City Centre and the picturesque southern Helsinki. The hotel offers events spaces and services for entertainment, unique events and inspiring meetings.

The new hotel, which will open in September, has 352 rooms with a modern interior, decorated in warm tones. Courtyard terrace is a nice addition to the hotel facilities. Hotel services include a gym, saunas and a yoga room. Scandic Helsinki Hub offers the traditional conference rooms as well as modern, flexible and unique event and coworking spaces. Community spaces are designed for creative teamwork, various workshops and social events. Number of meeting rooms is ten. Maximum capacity in the largest meeting room is 520.

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 Courtyard terrace of Scandic Helsinki Hub in a sunny day
Courtyard terrace is a nice addition to the Scandic Helsinki Hub.
Credits: Scandic Hotels

Espoo coast and archipelago offers water fun

Have you heard that Finland´s archipelago is the largest in the world? In Espoo alone, there are 165 islands, which is more than in Hawaii. Five of the islands are in recreational use and reachable by archipelago boats in the summertime. If you would like to get to know more about the history of the Espoo archipelago, head to the archipelago museum on Pentala island. In addition to the islands, Espoo boasts 58 km of shoreline, of which the 40 km long Espoo Waterfront Walkway welcomes you to enjoy the marine vibes. Hop on a city bike and get to know the city from a marine perspective. The archipelago cruise combines the scenery with interesting stories and the delicious cuisine of the restaurant boat.

Experience good vibes at Finland´s biggest water sports center – Laguuni. You can spend an active summer day full of water activities and try your skills on wakeboarding, SUP polo or flyboarding. Or how about having fun at the giant floating water park? Book a guided kayaking safari or e-biking tour for your customers. At the end of the day get acquainted with the Finnish sauna experience.

Laguuni – The biggest water sport center in Finland.
Espoo is located in the capital region at the south coast of Finland. Read more about organising a business event in Espoo.

A person enjoying wakeboarding in the water sports center
In Laguuni Keilis, you can choose among two wakeboarding cables depending on your experience level. Plus, the cables run exceptionally on solar energy.
Credits: DSP Media / Visit Espoo

Solo Sokos Hotel Torni - the most iconic hotel in Helsinki - opened completely renewed

Designed by architect brothers Jung & Jung, modeled on 1920’s American skyscrapers, Finland’s first skyscraper and world-class hotel rose in the center of Helsinki in 1931. Hotel Torni was built in a prominent location in central Helsinki bringing with it permanent changes to both the cityscape and the atmosphere of the city. It has been a meeting place for artists, journalists, friends of gastronomy and politicians: Torni’s history is the history of Helsinki.

The new Torni is a top-class hotel and restaurant experience. It is art for all senses. It is the best view in the city with top-class food, drinks, furnishing, art and enjoyment. There are 154 rooms, and they are situated in Art Deco and the Art Nouveau parts of the hotel. The bohemian, luxurious ambience of the rooms is the result of a unique ambience, quality materials, carefully designed details and attentive service. Many details, such as carpets in the hallways and rooms as well as mosaic tiles in the bathrooms, are designed and unique to Torni.

Facilities include five restaurants and an art collection. The rooftop bar, named Ateljee Bar, has two floors, both of which can be reserved for private use. The hotel also offers a Concierge service.

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A fancy hotel room with cozy furniture and fireplace
Credits: Sokos Hotels

UNESCO Global Geopark designation to Salpausselkä Geopark

UNESCO has designated Salpausselkä Geopark as a Global Geopark. The designation recognizes sites and landscapes of international geological significance, and the designated territories form a global network of sustainable travel destinations with outstanding geological features. The newly designated eight destinations bring the number of UNESCO Global Geoparks to 177 in 46 countries.

In the southernmost part of the vast Lakeland of Finland, Salpausselkä Geopark features a diverse landscape of forest-covered ridges and hills, hundreds of lakes, rolling fields and outcrops of a nearly two billion years old bedrock. The geopark stretches from the First Salpausselkä ridge in Lahti to the southern Lake Päijänne.

Breath-taking sceneries, easily accessible nature attractions, diverse outdoor activities, pure local tastes and four distinct seasons make the area ideal for recreation and memorable experiences all year around – whether enjoying the endless summer days or the peaceful darkness of winter. The area can be reached in less than an hour by train from Helsinki, the capital.

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A bird view of forest along the road in the middle of the lake in Lahti
Salpausselkä Geopark tells the story of the best-known geological entity of Finland, created by water and the course of time.
Credits: Janne Käyhkö / Visit Lahti

Viking Line introduces Viking Glory

On March 1, Viking Line’s new flagship, Viking Glory, was launched in service on the Stockholm–Mariehamn–Turku route. It is one of the world’s most climate-smart vessels and offers passengers top-class comfort and a wide range of experiences. More than 70,000 passengers have already enjoyed wonderful vistas through the large windows that provide views of the world’s most beautiful archipelago.

Viking Glory’s conference facilities are something special. Small meetings, large meeting — there are 14 flexible conference rooms here that can be adapted to your needs. All in all, nearly 400 people can be accommodated. The new addition to the Viking line fleet offers modern comfort with daily cruises between Stockholm, Mariehamn and Turku.  They bring you the sea — rocky islets, swelling waves and the bright blue horizon. Thanks to large panoramic windows, you’ll always feel you have a ringside seat — no matter where you are on board.

“With the big windows, the sea is present everywhere on Glory. We’ve also placed various elements borrowed from nature in the archipelago here and there on the ship: waves, beacons, flags, skerries and lighthouses. These are seen both as moving images on giant LED screens and as abstract figures, for example, in carpets and lighting fixtures. The colour palette on the vessel was inspired by the sea, the cliffs, the forests and the nuances of the different kinds of wood.”
Niclas Makowsky, Koncept’s architect, who led the work on Viking Glory’s interior design.

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A conference room with large panoramic windows on Viking Glory
Credits: Viking Line

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