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The Finnish Islamic Centre Kirstinkatu 2 Helsinki 00530 Finland

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All prayers including formal jum'a

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  • A Scandinavian Escapade For 10D9N

    A Scandinavian Escapade For 10D9N   Representing the cultural and historical region of Northern Europe, Scandinavia is an often overlooked region by travellers who plan a trip to this part of the world. In fact, there is quite a number of Scandinavia attractions that are truly mind-blowing and are guaranteed to make your holiday experience a unique and unforgettable one. Since most of the Scandinavian destinations are somewhat spread out, you might find it a bit overwhelming to plan out your stay. To make your dream of enjoying a Muslim-friendly travel to Scandinavia we have put together a comprehensive Scandinavian travel itinerary planned for a 10D9N escapade that will help you embark on this amazing journey of a lifetime.   DAY 1-2: Helsinki Picture Credit - www.visithelsinki.fi   We recommend you begin your Scandinavia holidays from Helsinki, the capital and largest city of Finland. The city is packed with many things to see and do, and what is great is that most of their Scandinavian attractions are located in a compact radius. For accommodation, you might want to try the Crowne Plaza or Radisson Blu Plaza Hotel that will treat you to the finest luxuries of Scandinavia. Once you have settled down, you can begin your explorations by visiting iconic landmarks like the Helsinki City Museum and Suomenlinna sea fortress which is also a UNESCO World Heritage Site. On day two you can continue your sightseeing journey covering more attractions like the Design Museum and Hietaniemi Beach. To enjoy the perfect Halal tour to Scandinavia, lookout for some of the best Halal restaurants like New Bamboo Center, Fez and Singapore Restaurant located in the city.   DAY 3-5: Stockholm Picture Credit - www.routesnorth.com   As the next stop on your Scandinavian holiday, you can take a short flight to reach Stockholm. Stockholm could be identified as one of the most famous Scandinavian destinations you should definitely visit. As the capital and largest city of Sweden, the city will take you on a remarkable journey to discover the rich culture and heritage of Scandinavia. Because there is so much to see in this city, it is highly recommended to purchase a My Stockholm Pass available online. This way you can gain free entry to many top attractions, enjoy free boat and bus tours and even get a complimentary guidebook packed with useful information.   A trip to Gamla Stan or Old Town is a great way to begin your journey through this amazing city. The cobblestone lined streets and shops and buildings displaying medieval architecture provide great photo opportunities and ample amounts of entertainment. To keep you busy for the next few days are other main attractions like the Nobel Museum, the Royal Palace, City Hall, Vasa Ship Museum and the Stockholm Grand Mosque which boasts a proud history of over 100 years. For accommodation, you could consider the Sheraton Stockholm Hotel or Park Inn by Radisson Stockholm. There are also quite a number of Halal restaurants in and around Stockholm including Pakistani Dhaba, Lilla Karachi and Zartosht. Also, don’t forget to take a tram ride to reach the harbour shore which is truly an enjoyable experience.   DAY 6-7: Bergen On Day 6 you could arrive in Bergen a small quiet city that gives out a unique charm to help you enjoy a more relaxing time as part of your Scandinavian travel itinerary. As you walk bout this historic city you will be able to admire the beauty of the Bryggen Hanseatic Wharf which is a designated UNESCO World Heritage site. Another must-do activity is taking the Fløibanen funicular to the top of Fløyen and enjoy the breathtaking view of the city and the fjord from over 1000 feet above sea level.   DAY 8-9: Flam to Oslo Picture Credit - www.royalcaribbean.com As you travel from different points to another on the Scandinavia map, the various transportation methods you would take will make your trip even better. You can reach your next stop, the town called Flam by rail, bus or ferry and the board a train to get you to Oslo. The Kjosfossen Waterfall is an amazing attraction you can witness while at the Flam Railway. Be prepared to enjoy a journey that has been described as one of the most beautiful in the world as you pass through tunnels and steep tracks surrounded by picturesque landscapes.   Once you reach Oslo, the capital city of Norway, you will be greeted by many wonderful things including iconic attractions like the National Gallery, Norwegian Museum of Cultural History, Frogner Park, Viking Ship Museum and plenty of scenic hiking and walking trails. Since your trip is drawing to an end, you might want to catch up on your shopping at places like Akersgata, Byporten, Glasmagasinet, and Oslo City to grab some great things to take back home with you.   DAY 10: Copenhagen A ferry ride is one of the best options to get you to Copenhagen from Oslo. Copenhagen has many attractions but as the city is quite compact, you can cover much ground on the final day of your Scandinavia holidays. During this time you can remind yourself of the magical charm of Scandinavia by enjoying a walk through Nyhavn and visit popular sites like Amalienborg Palace and see the over 100-year-old Little Mermaid statue, Rosenborg Castle, and enjoy a calm evening at the Tivoli Gardens to prepare you for your journey back home. You can bid adieu to Scandinavia from the Copenhagen Airport, which is a great departure point for your Halal tour to Scandinavia.   Scandinavia facts to note before your journey   Language barriers are not something you need to worry about when you travel to Scandinavia because most locals speak English. The best time to visit Scandinavia is during spring or early summer when the Scandinavian weather is at its best allowing you to witness the true beauty of the scenic landscapes while spending more time outdoors. For more articles on travel itineraries, ideas and inspirations check out our travel blog. ...

  • Experience Halal Travel - 10 Destinations Every Muslim Globetrotter Must Visit in 2017

    Add these top destinations for Muslims in 2017 to your travel list when searching for some of the best vacation spots for 2017.  These amazing destinations have much to offer in terms of attractions, culture, cuisine and sights to see. Read HalalTrip's Muslim travel guide 2017 to get more information.   1) Helsinki - Finland     Helsinki - Finland's Southern capital - is one of the best places to travel in 2017 since Finland will be celebrating 100 years of independence and visitors will get to see a spectacular torch parade complete with celebrations. Places like the Helsinki Zoo which was established in 1889, Esplenadi Park or even the famous Linnanmäki Amusement Park make for great day out or for a relaxing stroll. Art enthusiasts can visit the well-known Ateneum Art Museum and travelers should not miss the UNESECO Heritage site -  Fortress of Suomenlinna. With interesting landmarks, attractions and unique architecture, Helsinki is definitely worth a visit. There are a few Halal restaurants in Helsinki serving Halal food, mainly located close to the main mosques in the city.         2) Seoul - South Korea    South Korea has plenty to offer both modern travelers and those who would enjoy authentic experiences in Korean culture – being one of the top 10 destinations in the world 2017. Travelers should drop by the beautiful Gyeonbokgung Palace and Bukchon Hanok Village and observe beautiful Hanok architecture. Experience a gorgeous view of Seoul and get immersed in Korean culture by visiting the N Seoul Tower, or more commonly known as the Namsan Tower. Seoul has countless places such as Myeongdong and Hongdae to shop for clothes, accessories and beauty products at any bustling retail outlet. Traditional carvings or handicrafts can be found at special weekend market a as well. There are quite a few restaurants and cafés serving Halal food, and a few mosques including the Seoul Central Mosque.       3) Port Louis - Mauritius    Being one of the top Halal-friendly destinations in 2017 - Mauritius is a breathtakingly beautiful island that should be visited at least once in your lifetime. Spend hours strolling surrounded by white sandy beaches and the blue ocean, or take a historical tour that includes a visit to the National Museum or St. Louis Cathedral. Halal food can be easily found at a decent number of restaurants in Port Louis and when it comes to prayer facilities, there are a number of mosques too. The famous Jummah Mosque that was built in the 1850s is an important part of history and has unique mix of Creole, Indian and Islamic architecture.       4) Kyoto - Japan   Immerse yourself in Japanese culture and history by first visiting the famous Fushimi Inari Shine. Entrance is free and be sure not to miss the Instagram-worthy vermillion orange gates that adorn the shrine. If you are feeling adventurous and prefer the path less traveled, take the scenic route up Mt. Inari with a breathtaking view of the Kyoto skyline. Be warned though, it is easily a 3 hour hike! Travelers can take a day out to the bamboo forest of Arashiyama for a morning walk through the serene greenery that surrounds you. Also not to be missed is a visit to the Kyoto Imperial Palace (just beside the Kyoto Mosque), Maruyama Park for an amazing view of cherry blossoms and the Kimono Forest during the night. Availability of Halal food in Kyoto has increased over the years and you can find Halal outlets as well as Muslim-friendly eateries in Kyoto.        5) Granada - Spain   Located in the Andalusian region of Spain, a holiday in Granada should include a visit to the UNESCO Heritage Site – the Alhambra (Alcazabac citadel) and the Palacio de Generalife garden where beautiful Islamic architecture can be seen. Granada has a rich Islamic history that dates back to the 13th century - Albaicín where the influence of Moorish architecture and structures can be seen. The Gothic style of Santa María de la Encarnación Cathedral and Renaissance architecture of Capilla Real is simply beautiful too. Finding Halal food in Granada will not be hard since there are several Halal restaurants in convenient areas. There are two mosques in Granada which are the Grand Mosque of Granada and Altaqwa Mosque.       6) Wellington - New Zealand   With a relaxing environment surrounded by interesting galleries, charming cafés and a great view of the natural harbour - Wellington is one of the best vacation spots for 2017. The Museum of New Zealand also known as Te Papa Tongarewa should be visited to experience the culture and heritage of the country. Taking a cable car ride promises an amazing view of the city, and visiting the Botanical Garden, Zealandia Ecosanctuary and the Space Place observatory is also a great way to view other attractions too. Wildlife and nature enthusiasts can take a drive to Wairarapa that located in North Wellington. Wellington is also known for some great eating outlets with a number of restaurants serving Halal food and a few mosques in convenient locations.       7) Taipei - Taiwan   Taipei is one of the busiest cities that is also an interesting place where cultural and historical landmarks and unique attractions can be found. The Confucius Temple built in Minnan style and the Chiang Kai-shek Memorial Hall including Zhongshan Hall are some of the main attractions that should be visited. To see the beauty of Taipei city, travelers can ride to the top floor of the famous Taipei 101 Tower. There are more restaurants and eating outlets serving Halal food that can be found and the majority of the mosques in China are situated in Taipei – the main Taipei Grand Mosque is a famous historical landmark too.       8) Xi’an - China   Contrary to popular assumption, China has a significant Muslim population found in the city of Xi’an. Also home to the popular attraction – Terracotta Army – the Muslim quarter in Xi’an boasts a wide variety of authentic Halal Chinese food that you will not be able to find anywhere else. Not only are things cheaper here than in bigger cities in China like Beijing, you will also be spoilt for choice. It is said that the snacks here are a must-try and the souvenirs a must-buy! Islam was first introduced to China by Arabian and Persian merchants during the Tang dynasty. Remember to drop by the Xi’an Great Mosque, home to the largest mosque in China. Its architecture is a mix of traditional Chinese and Islamic art typical of that period which makes it a sight to behold.     9) Florence - Italy   It’s no surprise that Florence is one of the best vacation spots for 2017 with beautiful historical buildings such as The Florence Cathedral, Palazzo Vecchio, National Museum of Bargello and much more. The architectural styles are something to be admired and Florence is full of historical wonders - art enthusiasts should not miss the Uffizi Gallery and the Accadamia Gallery too. There is a small selection of restaurants and cafés serving Halal food and a small number of mosques too.        10) London - United Kingdom   Traveling to the United Kingdom will be more affordable for foreign travelers with the British Pound declining in value. London falls on the list of top Halal-friendly destinations in 2017 with a growing Muslim population, easier access to Halal food and prayer facilities or mosques. For a cultural experience, take a tour of Buckingham Palace and Kensington Gardens or visit the famous wax museum Madame Tussauds. The Sea Life Aquarium is a fascinating place to observe marine life or learn something new by visiting both the Science Museum and The British Museum. London is an interesting and exciting place to visit - you can get an amazing panoramic view from the London Eye too.     The HalalTrip iOS and Android App is a great tool for Muslim travelers who find it difficult to calculate prayer times and find the correct Qibla direction while traveling to an unfamiliar location.    ...

  • Visiting Helsinki? Here's Why You Need to Visit Seurasaari Open Air Museum

    Wondering what top attractions in Helsinki to see during your visit to Finland? Find out why the Seurasaari Open Air Museum is a must-visit attraction in Helsinki and what makes it such an amazing depiction of Finish lifestly, culture and history. Make sure you pay it a visit!/p>   What is it and where is it? Located on a picturesque green island just a few kilometres from the city centre of Helsinki is the Seurasaari Open Air Museum. The museum is a depiction of the customary Finnish lifestyle, which is displayed throughout the museum, offering visitors a fascinating insight into the culture of Finland. Established in the year 1909, the Seurasaari Open Air Museum is at its best during the summers when you can see the craftsmen showcasing their art.   The Midsummer Bonfire - The highlight! The highlight of the Seurasaari Open Air Museum is the Midsummer Bonfire that is lit on a small island off the main Seurasaari. The bonfire is lit by a newly-wed couple and attracts numerous local as well as foreign visitors. Thousands of people flock to witness the massive bonfire each year, making it the most anticipated time to visit the Seurasaari Open Air Museum.   What else is there to see? There are numerous small buildings throughout the museum and every building represents a province of Finland and represents the lifestyle from the 18th to the 20th century. The Seurasaari Open Air Museum comprises of as many as 87 buildings. The major attractions of the museum include the Niemela tenant farm showcasing Central Finland and the Antti farmstead representingSouth-western Finland.   What facilities are available? Seurasaari Open Air Museum also offers a shop for visitors as well as numerous farmhouses and cottages. Guides are available to take visitors around the various cottages of the museum for a comprehensive tour. Guided tours at Seurasaarri Open Air Museum are available in a number of languages - including Finnish, German, Swedish and English.   What's available for Muslim travelers? Unfortunately, there are no known mosques located on the island for prayers. Halal facilities are also not available at the museum. However if you head out a bit, you can find good Halal restaurants not too far away and the Masjid Al Huda within close reach of the museum. Travelers may also want to avoid some of the beaches on the island, as they happen to include some of Finland's nudist beaches.     Click Here for a Complete Muslim-Friendly Guide to Helsinki ...

  • 10 of the World’s Safest Travel Destinations

    Make some plans to visit some of the safest travel destinations in the world for your next trip and experience a hassle-free holiday. The safest holiday destinations are usually places that are peaceful with a low crime rate and good security. However, it is always better to do some research on the country you are travelling to. There are many unusual and beautiful safe places to travel where you can still have a great time and enjoy your holiday. So what are the safest countries for tourists to visit? 1. Iceland Iceland has a very low crime rate and a low conflict level too, so this country still holds the top ranking in safety and is one the safest cities in the world for tourists and locals. Iceland is famous for the Northern Lights phenomenon, with beautiful colors lighting up the northern hemisphere, its thermal springs and its natural scenic beauty with places like the Blue Lagoon. As one of the safest holiday destinations,personal safety is high in Iceland. 2. Denmark Traveling is quite simple here as most people cycle or walk even though Copenhagen is a busy metropolitan city. Cities like Copenhagen and Aarhus are some of the safest cities for women to travel alone too, as there is a low crime rate and travelling around is quite convenient. There are interesting historical places to visit like Kronborg Castle, Tivoli Gardens, the National Museum of Denmark and much more.  3. New Zealand New Zealand is one of the safest holiday destinations to travel to, and Auckland is also one of the safest cities for women to travel alone as well. The scenic rural beauty of the country gives a peaceful impression, and all you need to take are just general safety measures and to be aware of the weather conditions. 4. Sweden The city of Stokholm has been ranked in the top five for personal safety and is one of the safest holiday destinations. The third largest city Malmö is also one of the safe places to travel to when visiting Sweden, and Gothenbergis quite small with a low crime rate as well. 5. Czech Republic The Czech Republic is a small country and its capital Prague is one of the safest cities in the world for tourists with a very low crime rate too. Travelling is convenient for everyone with plenty of entertainment and historical places to visit such as castles, museums and other attractions. 6. Finland The capital city Helsinki is one of the safest cities for women to travel alone and is also one of the safest holiday destinations with a low crime rate. There are galleries, museums and many other beautiful, secure places to visit in Finland and the usual safety measures can be taken without much worry. 7. Australia Melbourne and Sydney are some of safest cities for women to travel alone and some of the safest cities in the world for tourists as well. There are beautiful beaches and place to visit. In addition, travelling around main cities is relatively easy. However precautions against wild animals should be taken when travelling through rural areas. 8. Japan Japan is considered as one of the safest holiday destinations as the crime rate is low and is a low access to weapons. Travelling around is easy in places like Tokyo and it is one the safest cities for women to travel alone. General safety measures need to be taken, but there are very low risks for tourists. Japan has both traditional and modern places to visit and there is something for everyone. 9. Canada Canada is a large country with a high ranking of peace and safety for locals and tourists alike. The city of Toronto is one of the safest holiday destinations where public transport and travelling is easy. There is a very low risk of violent crime towards tourists. 10. Austria With a low crime rate and convenient travel options, Austria is one of most peaceful andsafest holiday destinations. Even in the larger cities like Salzburg and Vienna, there is a very low risk of violent crime towards tourists, since tourism is very important to Austria.  Check out for best 10 places to visit in 2016...

  • A Guide to Finding Mosques in Finland

    Finland, known for being home to vast green forests and beautiful landscapes, and thousands of stunning lakes, as well as for the Aurora Borealis or Northern Lights, is a magical country like no other. Also featuring art-filled cities and a variety of attractions for young and old, it is surprising that Finland is not as popular of a holiday destination as it should be. Because Muslim travelers are now venturing out of their comfort zones and visiting destinations that are known to be less Muslim-friendly in comparison to cities such as Dubai and Kuala Lumpur, this guide aims to show Muslims that Finland can be a wonderful site for a memorable holiday, by providing a list of Finland’s mosques in the pre-dominantly Christian county. Muslim tourists should know that while finding mosques in Finland will be quite difficult, it is not impossible.   . Helsinki The vibrant city of Helsinki is Finland’s capital and is also the most Muslim-friendly city in the country. Housing a variety of museums and parks, and featuring stunning natural landscapes, shopping sites, and impressive architecture, Helsinki absolutely must be explored. The city also houses a sizeable number of Muslims; consisting of both, immigrants and Finnish reverts, and while there aren’t many mosques in Finland, a number of the few prayer facilities that the country does have, can be found in Helsinki. Masjid al-Iman, Masjid Darul Aman, the Helsinki Islamic Centre and Suomen Islamilainen Yhdyskunta are just a few prayer facilities in Helsinki. Muslim visitors will also be able to find a handful of Halal restaurants in Helsinki, many of which are sure to be situated in close proximity to the mosques and Islamic centers in the city. Click here for a Muslim-friendly city guide to Helsinki   . Vaasa Vaasa, on Finland’s West Coast, is a city that played an important part in the time that Finland was ruled by Sweden. Today, residents of the city are bilingual, and speak both Finnish and Swedish. Also consisting of a number of great museums and parks, like Helsinki, Vaasa differentiates itself by being known as one of Finland’s sunniest cities. With regard to finding mosques in Vaasa, Muslim tourists will be able to find prayer facilities in Vaasa, at the Vaasa Islamic Society. After a fun day of sightseeing, Muslim tourists can then head to Kaavya Cuisine, a restaurant known to serve Halal food in Vaasa.   . Tampere The scenic city of Tampere might just be one of Finland’s most-loved destinations. Home to picture-perfect countryside’s, lakes and parks, and fascinating museums, this lively city has become a favorite amongst visitors from across the globe. The city also consists of a small Muslim population, which means that Muslim tourists will be able to find prayer facilities and mosques in Tampere, namely the Tampere City Centre Mosque or Tampereen Islamin Yhdyskunta. Muslim visitors will only be able to find one or two Halal restaurants in Tampere. Click here for a Muslim-friendly guide to Tampere   . Turku Known for its rich cultural history, Finland’s Turku is another must-visit destination. Turku Castle, the Market Square, Aura River and the Forum Marinum Maritime Centre are a few highlights of the city. For travelers in search of mosques in Turku, the Madina Masjid Turku or Turun Islamilainen Yhdyskunta is the one known prayer facility in Turku. While Turku is filled with a variety of fantastic restaurants, Muslim visitors will discover that only a couple of them serve Halal food. Click here for a Muslim-friendly guide to Turku . Other mosques in Finland include Masjid Al-Huda in Kuopio, Masjid Al Taqwa in Espoo, Masjid Abu Bakr Al-Siddique and Masjid An-Noor, which are also located in Espoo and Islamilainen valistusyhdistys Al-Hamd ry in Lahiti. ....



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