Finland

Baked Nisu, or Finnish Cardamom Bread, golden brown and sprinkled with pearl sugar and almonds. Image shows one loaf at an angle, with the other loaf in the far corner, cut off. The loaves are on parchment paper and a cooling rack, on a wooden table.

Nisu: Finnish Cardamom Bread

Stunning Nisu, or Finnish Cardamom Bread, has a delightful pearl-sugar studded crust and a pillowy soft crumb, spiced with freshly ground cardamom. Perfect with coffee and brunch!
Munkki Muffins (Cardamom Donut Muffins)

Munkki Muffins: Cardamom Donut Muffins in Honor of Vappu

Inspired by munkki, the cardamom donuts eaten in Finland to celebrate Vappu (the first of May celebration), Munnki Muffins (Cardamom Donut Muffins) have an intense cardamom flavor and come together in minutes. This post may contain affiliate links, meaning that I get a commission if you take advantage of the offer (thank you!).
Vappu, Kaivopuisto

Vappu in Helsinki: Finland Comes Out to Party

Vappu, or the First of May celebration in Finland, is something to experience. Vappu in Helsinki kicks off on April 30 (also known as Vappuaatto, or Vappu Eve) with a raucous donning of a graduation cap on a statue that I think the entire country comes out to watch. The celebration continues the next day with a giant picnic in Kaivopuisto, a lovely park near where I stayed. Vappu remains one of my top travel memories. Now updated with tips for planning your trip! Important updates for 2024.