Helsinki city break, winter sports & gastronomy

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Responsible tourism

Responsible tourism: Helsinki city break, winter sports & gastronomy

Environment

All our activities take place within the capital region so no further traveling is needed. The activities are man powered sports and even the culinary tour takes place on foot. The visitors will get to experience what a real winter feels like: how it is to walk on the ice or walk in a snowy forest. Real winters are in danger of disappearing from southern Finland due to the change of climate. Experiences like this might not be possible for the next generation. Ecology and sustainability is a key factor in all the operations of a sports resort.

The hotel in Helsinki has an ecological certificate called Ekokompassi which means a systematic way of following material efficiency, energy efficiency and communication of environmental topics both to their personnel and clients and offering environmentally sustainable services.

Fresh water is available everywhere and food ingredients in Finland generally come from close by and local vegetables and grains are used where possible and we select partners who use local ingredients as much as possible.

Walking is our preferred mode of transport but when needed public transportation can be used. The return from Helsinki to the airport takes place by public transportation now that there is a train connection between the city center and its airport which opened in summer 2015.

Community

This tour can be tailor-made to meet your interests. The basic structure is the same: Helsinki and one destination at the country-side. You can go west, north or east from Helsinki and get to know the local culture from a different point of view. Any direction you choose, you will see more or less of Finnish nature.

In each destination local guides are carrying out activities. During the activities you will hear about the local cultural history, nature and the way of living. You will meet people and are able to do something, not just look around.

Finnish culinary culture is a mixture of influences from the east and west. Our guide, who has lived in Helsinki for many years will tell you stories about Helsinki and its culinary culture. You will meet local vendors and hear their stories. You will visit a grocery store with a huge variety of produce as well as a one of the tinniest grocery stores around. You will hear about the alcohol production and you will taste local beers. You will visit cafeterias selected by Heather and taste their delicacies. In Helsinki you will also visit a restaurant specializing in local pure ingredients and local food.

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