Scandinavian Airlines offers one-stop flights from Washington Dulles to Helsinki.
Uudenmaankatu 9, Helsinki
Homey, affordable backpacker’s hostel in the center of town, just a couple of blocks from Jansson’s longtime studio at Ullanlinnankatu 1. Rooms from $36 for a bunk.
Kluuvikatu 4, Helsinki
Beautifully designed boutique hotel with an excellent Basque restaurant. Rooms from about $205.
Nunnakatu 5, Naantali
A charming waterfront inn in old town, steps from Moominworld. Singles from $80; doubles from $107.
Kapteeninkatu 11, Helsinki
A terrific lunch buffet. Entrees from $22.
Meritunllinkatu 13, Helsinki
Russian restaurant with delicious blini and czarist tchotchkes. Entrees from $25.
Korkeavuorenkatu 4, Helsinki
A lunch-only restaurant that’s in the vanguard of New Nordic cuisine. Entrees from $23.
Ateneum Art Museum
Kaivokatu 2, Helsinki
National museum where Jansson studied painting. Tuesday and Friday 10 a.m to 6 p.m.; Wednesday and Thursday 9 a.m. to 8 p.m.; Saturday and Sunday Sun 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. $16, students and other discounted visitors $13, younger than 18 free.
Island cottage rentals
Tourist information on the area near the Pellinki archipelago, including a listing for cottage rentals.
Kailo island, Naantali
Aug. 11-24, daily noon to 6 p.m.; Feb. 14-22, daily 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.; June 6-Aug. 10, daily 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. Tickets start at about $35 for one adult or one child older than 2.