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Helsinki Airport Opens Free Lounge With Real Beds

Helsinki Airport Opens Free Lounge With Real Beds Photo: Juho Suoperä If you've ever tried to sleep on one of those hard airport terminal chairs as announcements blare over the PA system and passengers jostle into you with their luggage, you know how hard it is to get any decent rest while waiting for your flight. ...

Why Do We Give Countries Different Names?

Why Do We Give Countries Different Names? EndonymMap.com You booked a trip to Germany, so why does your passport stamp say Deutschland? Your name didn't change from John to Johann, so why should the country's name change? If you've ever wondered why countries go by different names in different languages, you can...

Call An Ice Cream Truck On Demand Today With Uber

Today is the hottest day yet in New York City's latest heat wave, and the summer weather is no less forgiving in many other cities in the western hemisphere. To help beat the heat, car service app Uber is offering ice cream trucks on demand, today only from 11-5 p.m. in...

Better Know A Holiday: St. John's Day (And Eve)

Better Know A Holiday: St. John's Day (And Eve) f_jensen_at_sdr.vinge, Flickr AKA: Fete Nationale du Quebec (Canada), Kupala Day (Russia, Ukraine, Belarus, Poland), Festa Junina (Brazil), Foguera de San Xuan (Brazil), Jaanilaupaev (Estonia), Saint Jonas' Festival (Lithuania), Jani (Latvia), Dia de Sao Joao (Portugal),...

New Finnish Passport Is Also A Flip-Book

Your passport has many uses beyond getting you in and out of a country. It can serve as a travelogue of sorts, showing you where you've been and taking you back in time as you relive trips stamp by stamp. It can also be a form of identification, or a way to remember...

VIDEO: The Wife Carrying Championships In Finland

Last week we reported on kiiking, an extreme swing set that's popular in Estonia and surrounding countries. That area of the world seems to breed weird sports. Perhaps the weirdest is the increasingly popular sport of wife carrying. Guys, it's pretty simple: hoist your...

Discover Scandinavia In Washington DC: Nordic Cool 2013

Discover Scandinavia In Washington DC: Nordic Cool 2013 Aurora Borealis, new Nordic cuisine, ice hotels, hot springs, fjords, moose, meatballs and music? Scandinavia is at the top of the list for a lot of travelers these days. But if you can't book a ticket to the northern countries this year, Washington, D.C., might be your...

The Northernmost Castle In The World

The Northernmost Castle In The World I'm in a northern state of mind. Perhaps it's the hail tickity-tacking off my window, or maybe it's because Gadling is sending me to Estonia this February. That's right, I'll be freezing my butt off for your edification and entertainment. Reading about the great...

Audio Slideshow: From Helsinki To Suomenlinna

Gadling Labs takes the ferry out to Suomenlinna, the historic fort on the outskirts of Helsinki, Finland. Click to watch the audio slideshow above. [Photos by Stephen Greenwood and Grant Martin]...

Embedded Into Finnair's Flight Safety School

Embedded Into Finnair's Flight Safety School Safety is top priority for airlines around the world, and each crew member goes through weeks of recurrent training to prepare for emergencies. They do it in an a flight training center, where situations such as fires, bail outs and all sorts of other crises can be...

A Tour Through The Best Airline Lounge In The World

Nordic countries are often well regarded as the design hotspots in Europe, and their airports are no exception. Helsinki is a prime example. In addition to its well laid out and spacious construction, the airport is also home to the top voted airline lounge in the world....

Helsinki, Finland By Bicycle

Why fret over taxi fares, bus schedules and confusing subway maps when you can bike an entire city, street by street? Helsinki is the perfect size for navigation by bicycle. You can cross the downtown stretch in a matter of minutes, and jumps from the raucous bars in...

8 Languages You've Never Heard Of (And Who Actually Speaks Them)

8 Languages You've Never Heard Of (And Who Actually Speaks Them) As anyone who follows my articles here on Gadling knows by now, I don't travel to relax poolside at a resort or sip a fancy drink with coconut oil. I travel because this world is a fascinating place. While everyone has their own travel philosophy and reasons for...

How To (Legally) Stay In Europe For More Than 90 Days

How To (Legally) Stay In Europe For More Than 90 Days Planning an extended stay in Europe, travelers are often focused on what it takes to be there longer than 90 days, what is commonly believed to be the limit for tourists. Armed with a desire to stay longer, travel blog Nomadic Matt found a way and shares it in a recent blog...

Traditional holiday beverages from around the world

Traditional holiday beverages from around the world Americans aren't very creative when it comes to traditional holiday beverages (do, however, look for my upcoming story on Boulder's banging mixology scene, which includes some killer contemporary winter cocktails). Historically, though, we're more of an eggnog/mulled...

Towering cow sculptures made from cars scattered throughout Finland

Towering cow sculptures made from cars scattered throughout Finland If you've been penning a list detailing your reasons to visit Finland, here's another brick for that rationalization wall: cow sculptures. Miina Äkkijyrkkä is a Finnish sculptor who previously spent time studying dairy farming. Now she constructs gigantic...

10 unique experiential hotels from around the world

10 unique experiential hotels from around the world A trend in the travel world that is becoming increasingly popular is the "experiential" hotel. Many travelers are no longer looking for a basic room in a premier location, but instead for an experience that will allow them to get to know an (often remote) area, or at least...

Brand Finland, Finnair, and Blue Wings

Brand Finland, Finnair, and Blue Wings Finland is widely recognized for having an amazing brand, which draws substance from several sources: its educational system, its technological strengths, its tradition of modern design and architecture, its physical environment (forests, water, and the extreme north),...

Arktikum: Finland's extraordinary Arctic museum

Arktikum: Finland's extraordinary Arctic museum Rovaniemi is one of the world's most northerly cities. Located just a few kilometers south of the Arctic Circle, it is the biggest city in Finland at its latitude, with a population of 60,000. There are bigger cities at more northerly latitudes in Norway and Russia, to...

Visa-free travel by the numbers

Visa-free travel by the numbers Visa-free travel is easy travel. Procuring visas takes time, energy, and money, and is beyond debate a pain for frequent travelers. The erection of visa barriers responds to a number of factors, though it can be said without too many qualifications that the citizens of...

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