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15

Sep

Goodbye to cars: Why we should take a good look at Finland’s phone-based mobility systemHelsinki is experimenting with a plan to match people with rides, making cars unnecessary.

Goodbye to cars: Why we should take a good look at Finland’s phone-based mobility system
Helsinki is experimenting with a plan to match people with rides, making cars unnecessary.

13

Sep

Northern lights shimmer over FinlandSolar flares can amplify aurora light shows and, during extreme events, make the northern lights visible to regions farther south than typical displays.

Northern lights shimmer over Finland
Solar flares can amplify aurora light shows and, during extreme events, make the northern lights visible to regions farther south than typical displays.

03

Feb

One of the most popular wellness practices in North America has its roots in Northern Europe. Saunas, those sweat-inducing rooms found in hotels and health clubs around the world, were invented in Finland. Some Finns still use the historic method of heating rocks with a wood fire in an enclosed room for several hours before letting out the smoke and entering the room. Many locals also use vasta, a bundle of birch leaves and twigs that are gently slapped against the skin. Even without these traditional extras, the detoxification benefits of saunas are well documented.7 destinations for a wellness getaway

One of the most popular wellness practices in North America has its roots in Northern Europe. Saunas, those sweat-inducing rooms found in hotels and health clubs around the world, were invented in Finland. Some Finns still use the historic method of heating rocks with a wood fire in an enclosed room for several hours before letting out the smoke and entering the room. Many locals also use vasta, a bundle of birch leaves and twigs that are gently slapped against the skin. Even without these traditional extras, the detoxification benefits of saunas are well documented.
7 destinations for a wellness getaway