Food and drink
Finnish Food Culture: Runeberg Cake
Every year on 5th February, Finland celebrates its national poet and author of Finland's national anthem - J.L. Runeberg, by eating famous Runeberg cakes (Runbergin torttu in Finnish). This raspberry jam-toped muffin-like cake was invented by his wife, Fredrika Runeberg, and later named after him. If you are visiting Espoo during early February, you can taste this famous pastry in most of the local Cafés - here are our 7 Espoo Café tips!
One of the Finland Bucket-list activities and a fun way to explore beautiful Finnish nature during wintertime. Snowshoeing is a great activity for anybody who can walk and want to explore local trails during snowy winter. Snowshoes make it easier to walk the trail and prevent breaking down through the snow.
Once the temperature drops to zero for several days, locals know that the Ice Skating season is here. In Espoo, you can choose from over 90 natural and artificial ice rings, the most famous being Tapiola Ice Garden. Ice rings welcome all types of skaters, from beginners to professionals. Artificial ice rings are perfect for anybody wanting to play ice hockey or bandy, besides that Espoo is also home to plenty of Figure Skating competitions and events annually!
Winter Swimming Areas
Winter (Ice) swimming is a popular bucket-list activity for visitors in Finland and a ritual for many Finns. Having a short dip into ice-cold water or even taking a quick swim helps to cleanse your body and soul – it alleviates stress, leaves you feeling fantastic and refreshed, and gives you an energy boost that lasts the rest of the day. Will winter swimming be your thing? There is only one way to find out, and plenty of locations to choose from!