Up, up & around!

We’re just back from an extended stay in New Zealand where we had a wonderful time with family and friends.

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Leaving New Zealand

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Arriving in Finland

Part of the joy of returning home to NZ is also seeing the landscape with a new appreciation. I particularly like how Auckland is home to around 48 volcanoes, all within 20km of the city centre.

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Volcanic rock on Takapuna beach & its birthplace (Rangitoto) in the background

These volcanic cones provide a great vantage point to get a good view of the city, something we don’t have in natural form here in Helsinki. Our favourite places to enjoy an aerial view of the city here are from Ateljee Bar (14th floor!) and the Panorama at Linnanmäki (open April – October ).

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View from the Panorama at Linnanmaäki

So it was lovely to get an email inviting us to be guests of Finnair’s SkyWheel this Easter weekend.

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The SkyWheel opened in 2014 and allows visitors to overlook the city from a peak of 40m.

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Based at Market Square it affords views of the harbour, Katajanokka, Uspenski Cathedral and on a clear day, the islands out towards Suomenlinna.

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Jugend architecture in Katajanokka

As guests we were treated to a trip today in the VIP cabin, which comes with leather seats, a glass floor and soft music. All the cabins are heated as the wheel operates year round, but one extra advantage of the VIP one is clear windows, as the others are all blue.

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Uspenski Cathedral

Being Easter there was also an egg hunt, face painting and free drinks for children, all of which Miko thoroughly enjoyed.

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And just as we left the sun came out, reminding us this view will only get better as we welcome more light and clear sunny days.

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We were guests of Finnair SkyWheel today and received free tickets to travel in the VIP cabin. No other payment was received and all opinions & photos are my own. We may have taken all the Easter eggs from the egg hunt though, for which I apologise on behalf of my four-year-old…..

Finnair Sky Wheel

 

 

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