Archipelago cruise and Fotografiska

After the ferry docked in Nynäshamn and driving for about an hour we arrived in Stockholm and located our hotel on Södermalm. The NoFo hotel was lovely and had an excellent wine bar and terrace. I can warmly recommend this hotel housed in a building from 1780 that was originally built as a brewery. The rooms have different designs depending on what floor you are, the themes are Scandinavian design, La belle époque, Uptown classics and Industrial vintage. We stayed at a Scandinavia design room and the only minuses were that there was no aircon, which could be a problem in hotter weather and the storage for clothing was very limited, which would become annoying if staying for more than a couple of days. The breakfast was also lovely.

La belle époque floor
Room numbers on the Scandinavian design floor
The courtyard with terrace

Since we have visited Stockholm several times before I had looked for something new to do and we landed on an archipelago cruise. I had bought the tickets online and after breakfast we headed to the place where the cruise would start. We bought our tickets through Get Your Guide for a 2.5-hour sightseeing tour with a live tour guide. The ships used are old cruise ships from 1906 and 1931. In order to get good seats on deck you should arrive early as there was already a short line when we arrived some half hour before departure and the line grew exponentially as we waited to board the ship. The route was beautiful, and we saw several of the islands outside Stockholm while listening to interesting stories about the history of the islands. When the cruise was over, we headed to lunch and then walked around the upscale shopping streets like Biblioteksgatan and Birger Jarlsgatan. I actually ended up buying a new handbag from the sale at Michael Kors, I seem to always be able to justify why I need a new bag if I find one I really like. After a refreshing afternoon coffee, we headed back to the hotel. Before dinner (which I will tell more about in a separate post) we had a drink at the hotel wine bar.

Old mill, Kvarnen Tre Kronor from 1898 in Stockholm that has been converted into apartments
There were plenty of boats out this Saturday
The archipelago is full of lovely villas
Old customs house
Crane giraffe
We came across a royal horse guard while roaming the streets
Cocktail at the hotel’s terrace

For our second day in Stockholm we had decided to visit Fotografiska, a museum of contemporary photography. I have wanted to visit this museum for years but never managed a visit until now. The museum was definitely worth a visit and as a lover of photography, I know I will come back to see other exhibitions in the future. Fotografiska also opened a new museum in Tallinn in summer 2019 and I can’t wait to visit it. Fotografiska is also currently planning new locations in London and New York City so in future, there will be a chance to visit these locations as well. After spending a few hours at Fotografiska we set out to explore some of Stockholm’s malls. This time we didn’t end up buying anything. Before dinner we again took advantage of the wine bar at the hotel. The next morning, it was time to head back to Finland with the ferry. We had a great vacation on Gotland and in Stockholm with loads to see, good food and nice weather. Next we will head to Florida for Christmas.

Katarina kyrka (Church of Catherine) in Stockholm’s Söder.
On our way to Fotografiska
Fotorgrafiska had some amazing photographs

WeeGee & Moms

Last Saturday we visited the WeeGee exhibition centre in Espoo to see the civil war in Espoo exhibition at the Espoo City Museum, KAMU. The exhibition was very interesting. We also took a look at the Futuro house, which I had wanted to see for some time but it was rather disappointing and I wasn’t even able to get a picture of the house even though I tried. This time we didn’t visit the exhibitions of Emma (Espoo museum of modern art). On the way to the exhibition centre we jumped off the metro at Koivusaari to check out the only metro station in the world located under the sea and that houses Finland’s longest escalator 76,2 meters.

Civil war exhibition
Civil war exhibition
By J-P Kärnä [CC BY-SA 3.0 (https://creativecommons.org/licenses/by-sa/3.0)%5D, from Wikimedia Commons
Inside the Futuro house

Back in Helsinki, we decided to stop by a rooftop terrace at Restaurant Loiste for a refreshing drink. Unbelievably this was our first time for terrace drinks this summer, somehow there just hasn’t been the opportunity until now. Then we took the train to Kauniainen where we had an early dinner at Moms. This is now our closest bar/restaurant where we had lunch once but never before tried the a la carte menu. I had Ceasar salad with crayfish and hubby had a turkey sandwich with grilled turkey, focaccia, chili mayonnaise, mozzarella and rocket pesto. The food was really tasty and made with high-quality ingredients. We will definitely go back here for dinner.

View from Loiste rooftop terrace

HAM, Salve & Clarion Sky Room

This Saturday we headed into Helsinki to check out the Modern Life exhibit at Helsinki Art Museum (HAM) as the exhibit was closing on Sunday. The Modern Life! – Finnish Modernism and the International Dimension exhibit showcased highlights of architecture, design, visual art and photography that contributed to the construction of a modern and international Finland between 1917 and 1968.

After an interesting tour of the museum we had planned on heading to Bar Runar at hotel F6 for drinks but after walking to the hotel we realized the bar would not open until 4 p.m. which I could have seen on their webpage had I bothered to check. I did snap a few pictures of the courtyard, however. We will definitely head back to Runar for cocktails some other time during opening hours.

We were heading to Salve, an old sailor’s hangout that has been operating since 1897 but that quite recently moved to new premises, for an early dinner. So we decided to walk there and stop at a bar on the way. However, as it was July and Finland is practically closed and apparently no one needs or wants a drink before 4 pm we could not find an open bar on the way. This meant we simply went to Salve and had some food. I chose the fish hash with smoked salmon, prawns, tuna fish, onion, potato, dill and egg yolk and hubby opted for Salve’s special with a breaded pork schnitzel, fried egg, sausage, choron sauce and fried potatoes. The food was tasty and the portions were huge, I barely ate half of mine.

As I still wanted a cocktail we decided to walk to the Clarion hotel just across the dock basin from where we had dinner. This hotel that opened in October 2016 has a rooftop bar called the Sky Room on the 16th floor. We stepped into the hotel and I immediately liked the lobby with huge windows opening up to the sea. Then we headed to the elevator that took us up to the 16th floor that also hosts a rooftop pool & terrace. We peaked into the pool area and I absolutely want to come spend a night at the hotel and enjoy the facilities. The Sky Room bar had a nice vibe, excellent views and tasty but pricy drinks. As the bar was quite full I could not really take any pictures of the views.

The Clarion
Lobby. Picture from booking.com
A Rhubarpickle and a Napue & tonic
Sky Room at night. Picture from http://www.nordicchoicehotels.fi
View from elevator