10 p.m. Check out the Finnish rock scene at Tavastia, known as Helsinki's equivalent of CBGB. Unlike the New York club, the Tavastia is still alive with "Suomirock" bands and visiting acts.


10 a.m. - Go cross-country skiing at Paloheina recreational park in the northern part of the city. The park offers rental equipment including skis and snowshoes, and its well-maintained skiing tracks include those for beginners.

12 p.m. - Reward yourself with meatballs in brandy sauce at Tori, a restaurant in the Punavuori design district. The portions are generous.

1 p.m. - Had too much? Burn off the calories with a swim at the Yrjonkatu swimming hall, housed in a beautiful art deco building.

Bathing suits are optional and were in fact prohibited until 2001. Women and men have separate hours, so check ahead. http://tinyurl.com/69pp4m

Finish by relaxing in their wood-burning sauna and a glass of sparkling wine on the second floor.

3 p.m. - Check out the best of Finnish design at the Design Museum, including the iconic works of Finland's most famous designers including Alvar Aalto and Ilmari Tapiovaara.

5 p.m. - Shop for gifts at Stockmann, a landmark department store. Finns say that if you can't find it at Stockmann, you don't need it.

Both book lovers and design aficionados should check out the adjacent Akateeminen book store designed by Aalto.

(Editing by Paul Casciato)