Travel conventions and trade shows can be quite an intimidating experience with dozens of maze-like alleys connecting thousands of travel companies and vendors. Even for the most intrepid travelers with excellent navigational skills, you will get lost a couple times.
This past January, I was at MATKA, one of the largest Nordic travel conventions held in Helsinki, Finland as part of the Nordic Bloggers Experience, and right away, there was a smaller, more intimate feel to this convention. While it is relatively small compared to ITB Berlin or World Travel Market in London, still, there was a more laid back vibe which permeated this trade show. That laid back Scandinavian vibe I’ve come to know so well.
From Hungarian pastry chefs whipping up sweet puff pastries and funnel cakes to Finns from Rovaniemi teaching us how to make wooden gnomes as ornaments for Christmas trees, here are a few fun snapshots from MATKA in Helsinki, Finland.
View more photos from MATKA and the Nordic Bloggers Experience in my imagebank.