Jasper Pääkkönen

Jasper Pääkkönen

Biking is an amazing way to see the different faces of Helsinki. Something is always happening somewhere, whatever the hour.

Jasper Pääkkönen is an actor and entrepreneur from Helsinki. Together with Antero Vartia, he owns the seaside public sauna and restaurant Löyly in the city's Hernesaari district, sharing the secrets of Finnish sauna culture also with tourists from abroad. 

Pääkkönen's acting career includes a part in the History Channel produced tv series Vikings. He also played a Ku Klux Klan member in Spike Lee's feature film BlacKkKlansman. 

Pääkkönen grew up in Kumpula and has lived his adult years in the city centre – partly because he hasn't wanted to own a car. Often on a summer night, he'll jump on his bike and ride through the city streets with friends. 

Jasper Pääkkönen's Helsinki is a small village where almost everyone seems to know one another. At the same time, Helsinki is blooming with lively urban culture. On his trips abroad, Pääkkönen misses people's honesty most of all. 

"When I have visitors from Los Angeles, I take them to a karaoke bar. A karaoke evening has become a must-do thing that everyone wants to relive. Karaoke bars crystallise the Finnish mix of craziness, weirdness, and a honest hillbilly vibe."

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