Finland has a long history of modern design, defined by such legends as Alvar Aalto and Eero Saarinen. Today, Helsinki lives up to its heritage as the World Design Capital for 2012. A new concert hall and emerging local talent beckon style-savvy travelers.
Picnic on Suomenlinna
Take a 15-minute ferry to Suomenlinna, a sea fortress built under Swedish rule in the 1700s that spans eight small islands. These days it’s a favorite spot for afternoon picnics. Clamber up the grass- covered stone fortifications to see massive ferries en route to Stockholm, Sweden, or Tallinn, Estonia. This appeared in the September, 2012 issue.