• Happenings in Helsinki, Stockholm and Oslo

    by  • October 4, 2013 • Copenhagen, Festivals, Film, Food & Drink, Helsinki, Music, Oslo, Sport, Stockholm

    It’s been a little while since our blog round-up took us to Scandinavia, so here’s a quick overview at upcoming events in Helsinki, Oslo and Stockholm over the next few weeks and beyond.

    Baltic Herring Fair

    Helsinki’s oldest event, known locally as stromming, the annual Baltic Herring Fair dates back as far as 1743 and marks the end of the Finnish fishing season. Whilst the fishing boats gather at Helsinki’s main port to trade their catches of herring and sprat, the main event actually takes place in the Market Square, where you can try and buy herring in all many of different guises – salted, sweet-pickled, or marinated in lemon, rowanberry, garlic and cayenne pepper. You’ll also pick up the freshest breads, woollen clothing and other handicrafts. Running from the 6th to the 12th of October, the fair is open daily from 7am to 7pm (3pm on Saturday).

    Bob Dylan

    Performing two intimate concerts at Stockholm’s Waterfront, Bob Dylan comes to town on the 12th and 13th of October. He’s also in Oslo just before on the 10th of October, performing at the Oslo Spektrum and in Copenhagen on the 15th and 16th at the Falconer Salen.

    If Stockholm Open

    The If Stockholm Open is one of Sweden’s biggest annual and international sporting events and part of the ATP tour’s international series. Running from the 12th to the 20th of October at the Kungliga Tennishallen, this men’s only indoor event features both singles and doubles competitions with some literal big hitters including David Ferrer, Jerzy Janowicz, Mikhail Youzhny and Fernando Verdasco competing for the coveted trophy, not to mention Jonas Björkman returning for to attempt a fourth doubles title. Previous champions include Tomas Berdych, Roger Federer and David Nalbandian.

    Oslo Horse Show

    Each year over the second weekend in October, Oslo’s Telenor Arena dedicates itself to all things equestrian with horses and riders from around the world competing in eventing, international dressage and show jumping. Running from the 11th to the 13th of October, this is one of Norway’s most popular shows in the equestrian calendar.

    Carnival of Light

    Signifying the end of summer season for Helsinki’s legendary amusement park, Linnanmäki, the Carnival of Light provides a fantastic illuminated carnival atmosphere. There’s free music, stage performances and entertainment for both the young and young at heart, together with a wide variety of dining options, all set again a riotous and kaleidoscopically-colourful background of lights. The Carnival of Light takes place over the weekend of the 12th and 13th of October and from the 16th to the 20th of October. Admission is free and weather permitting, many of the 38 rides will still be operating.

    Stockholm International Film Festival

    Running from the 6th to the 17th of November, the 24th Stockholm International Film Festival presents some 180 films from all genres of the world of cinematography. From unestablished filmmakers to big Hollywood hitters, the films on show offer something for everyone, and you never know, you might just spot a silver screen A-lister doing the promotion rounds. As yet, the full movie programme has not yet been released, but to whet our appetites, the organisers have announced the first five films which include Blue is the Warmest Colour, The Lifeguard, Only Lovers Left Alive, Harmony Lessons and Child’s Pose.


    With a French grandmother, childhood holidays on the continent and a degree in French and Spanish, a love of languages and travel has always been in my blood. Fresh from university with an unfettered enthusiasm to show off my linguistic ability and first-hand knowledge of the world beyond the UK, I entered the travel industry and, 16 years on, I’m still there! With several years spent in the luxury sector planning escorted holidays across Europe for the American market, followed by an even longer tenure designing short breaks with a difference in the must-see cities of Paris, Barcelona, Rome, Amsterdam, Madrid, Prague, Florence, Brussels, Venice, Salzburg, Milan, Krakow and Berlin (to name but a few), it’s fair to say that Europe is my passion! Today my travels have taken me far beyond the boundaries of Europe with so many destinations still to discover, yet the continent abounds in such a wealth of treasures – historical and architectural, cultural and musical, gastronomic, artistic and linguistic – that its appeal, for me, will be eternal.