Posted by: Debra Kolkka | September 22, 2018

Happy in Helsinki

I love my stopovers in Helsinki on the way to Italy. It feels like coming home. I am now very familiar with the city and enjoy visiting my favourite places.

The weather was a bit overcast, but the temperature was good, perfect for wandering.

First stop was Johan and Nystrom for a coffee and an interesting breakfast.

Johan & Nystrom Helsinki

The view of the harbour is lovely from here.



Esplanadi park never disappoints. Summer is over and it is officially autumn, but the gardens are still looking pretty.


The change of season is coming.


Street plantings in Helsinki are beautiful.


Lunch at Fazer.


There is always something new for me to discover in Helsinki. This time it is the new gallery Amos Rex. It is underground on the site of an old bus station. The above ground bit is stunning and creating a lot of interest…a novel way to get light into the gallery below.

Amos Rex Helsinki

Here is the entrance to the gallery. The guide book I was given is written in Finnish, so I can’t give too much information, but come for a walk through the rooms.

Amos Rex Helsinki

The first room is called Black Waves. Ever changing waves surround you.

Amos Rex Helsinki

The next is called Graffiti Nature: Lost, immersed and Reborn. Here in an enchanted garden the viewer, part of the scene, wants to reach out and touch the plants and wandering creatures.

Amos Rex Helsinki

Amos Rex Helsinki

Walk on to the Vortex of Light Particles. I felt as if I was inside a jellyfish.

Amos Rex Helsinki

In the last of the special effects rooms…Crows are Chased and the Chasing Corws are Destined to be Chased as well, Transcending Space…the audience is invited to stand for 4 minutes and listen and watch.

Amos Rex Helsinki

Amos Rex Helsinki

Amos Rex Helsinki

There is a more traditional room with impressionist art, the collection of Sigurd Fosterus. He admired and collected Colourism that emerged in Europe in the first half of the 20th century.

Amos Rex Helsinki

Amos Rex Helsinki

The collection is amongst the earliest significant private collections of foreign and domestic modern art in Finland mostly gathered between 1905 and 1915 when Fosterus was an active art critic and essayist.

On the way out I noticed a few things I had not seen on the way in. The ceiling is stunning.

Amos Rex Helsinki

Amos Rex Helsinki

Amos Rex Helsinki

Now I am now in Italy for the next part of my adventure.


  1. Fascinating gallery and exhibition. Great photos.

    • Helsinki has a lot to offer.

  2. What a fantastic stop over!! The gallery looks so inventive and the city never looks crowded …. I’d like that I’m sure!!!
    See you in the summer! Jxx

    • Helsinki has wide streets and, yes, it is not crowded. I like it a lot.

  3. Thanks for this privileged visit – as I will never make it to Finland. I look forward to your time back in Europe, we all benefit. Regards Kevin Palmer

    • I am pleased you come along.

  4. Enjoy that beautiful smell of lavender as it lingers on your hands. Happy pruning. BTW do you fly with Finn air and if so, what is it like.

    • I always fly Finnair. It is very good.

  5. Amos Rex looks visually stunning! I always love it when museums incorporate modern technology to help convey a message — people will always pay attention more to something that is more appealing to their senses. This new gallery certainly is not to be missed when one visits the Finnish capital.

    • Amos Rex certainly appeals to the senses. I have not seen anything like it before.

  6. Enjoy your stay and have a lovely time!

    • I am now at Casa Debbio and the garden is great.

  7. I’ve only been to Finland once but I really liked it. What was the breakfast? It looks like beetroot dip and pickled cauliflower?

    • It was a type of beetroot dip. The cauliflower was just blanched I think. It was served on rye bread…delicious.

  8. Hi Debra,we are leaving Bagni on the 26th having had the most glorious three weeks of sunshine.The locals can’t guite believe as they have had rain every day all summer,although only for a short time.
    Back via London ( to see my son and his wife ) and then home to Glasgow.
    Might pop over at Easter for a few days depending on flight costs and then for a couple of weeks in May,so might catch up then at Bar Italia.
    Safe journey xxx

    • I am here now at Casa Debbio. I will be at Ponte Monday morning to go to the post office and will be at Bar Italia for a coffee. I hope we catch up sometime.

  9. Have not yet visited Amos under the ground, only ground floor. Must visit in the near future.

    • It’s great. I’m sure you will like it.

  10. Oooh, Debra! Helsinki continues to surprise with new discoveries. This underground art gallery is really a fascinating place! I can imagine snowflakes falling on those giant funnel windows during Winter and the afternoon sun’s glow during Autumn.

    • It is a great addition to Helsinki.

  11. Wow! What a fun trip! Great photos, as always.

    • I love my visits to Helsinki.

  12. hai Debra…i’m nabilla from Indonesia
    I will recommend you to visit Indonesia to your next trip

  13. very masarap your food…and if you want it keep it

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