Travel professional, blogger and metal music fan Anne Salmela wants to put Helsinki on the map as the international capital of metal. The Hellsinki for Headbangers travel guide is aimed at the metal music crowd, and the Metallia Matkassa blog travels around the world visiting heavy-friendly destinations (in Finnish).
TUSKA OPEN AIR METAL FESTIVAL
Tuska is my absolute favourite event in Helsinki and one of the yearly highlights of the Finnish metal scene. The old power plant at Suvilahti offers an incredible surrounding for the festival and it's been amazing to see how the festival has developed through the years. My best festival memories are from Tuska. Next year is the 20th anniversary of the festival - I can't wait to see what is in store!
HELSINKI'S HEAVY METAL VENUES AND CLUB FESTIVALS
Helsinki is the metal capital of the world. There are bars and gig venues of all kinds, with a band or other interesting programme happening in the city's metal venues on almost any given night. Different club festivals thrown at, for example, Bar Bäkkäri or Nosturi are a nice mood-lift especially in the winter when the summer festivals seem far away. Nice places to meet up before gigs, or just to spend the evening are The Riff and Base.
ROCK BISTRO BAR LOOSISTER
Bar Loosister A warm and inviting rock mood: this is a favourite go-to place for good drinks, food and company. Lately the menu has shifted to also suit vegetarians better, thumbs up for that!
WORLD WAR I FORTIVICATIONS
For those interested in war history (and why not others), there are plenty of World War I era city fortresses scattered around the metropolitan area. My own favourite ones to visit on day trips and outdoor expeditions are in eastern Helsinki and eastern Vantaa.
Guidebook to the first world war fortifications