I had an amazing opportunity to stay in a state-owned holiday center in Lapland, one of the 10 existing across all Finland, and the northernmost of all. These holiday centers were created to host school children and students who travel to meet their own country. However, that one, named Vasatokka, is so far away on the North that very few school groups go there, so it’s mostly visited by international travellers, particularly exchange students who want to feel the exotic of polar lands.
Unlike Italy, France or any other Southern European country, Scandinavian countries do not have any famous traditional dishes. However, there are many tasty meals you can try when travelling over there, varying from particular foods such as salmon or reindeer, to creative interpretation of almost everything. Even the student cantinas have amazing food. Even the local “fast food” chains offer some dishes full of vegetables and tasty seeds, making the travel experience easier for healthy food eaters.
Lodging and gastronomy are two things that tell us a lot about a country and a culture. By travelling you see the present time and the current trends. It’s quite rare to find any museum that tell you stories how these services used to be in the past times.
Hotels and Restaurant Museum, Helsinki
So, the number 5 of our 6 Amazing Discoveries in Finland is definitely the Hotel and Restaurant Museum in Helsinki. Situated in a cultural center outside the city’s historical center, this is one of several museums that occupy these lively quarters.
The building is a part of the old industrial district, and it’s somehow similar to the LxFactory complex in Lisbon, Portugal. There are many creatives working here, so that’s a dynamic place, not just a museum center.
While discovering this Hotel and Restaurant Museum, you can do much more than just discovering. You can feel. You can try being a receptionist, which is specially fine if this is your actual job. You can smell the cooking ingredients, sing on a karaoke, see some historical hotel rooms, observe vintage kitchens.
You can notice how rising life standards improve the culture of joy and fulfilment. You can think about the quality of life in Finland. Maybe. Above all, this is another completely fun museum experience.