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My travels in Helsinki have all the time come after seeing someplace extra thrilling, be that the reindeer forests close to the Arctic Circle in Finnish Lapland, or the islands of the nation’s Gulf archipelago. Certainly, they’ve been perfunctory: I’ve spent an evening in Helsinki, right here or there, as a result of it made sense to take action.

I body the dialogue like this to start out with an admission: Helsinki is many issues, however a vital journey vacation spot isn’t one in every of them.

On the identical time, I gained’t go as far as to saying Helsinki isn’t value visiting, even when I’d most likely solely advise you to take action if it is sensible inside the parameters of a extra thrilling journey to Finland.

The place to Keep in Helsinki

One motive I do really feel Helsinki is value visiting, no less than when you occur to seek out your self within the metropolis for an evening or two, is that the city core isn’t very huge. If you happen to keep central—resulting from Helsinki’s dimension, most locations you’d select to remain are central—you’re both 15-20 minute walks to most locations (on hotter, dryer days) or handy rides utilizing town’s trams when the climate is much less hospitable.

nother superior factor about spending a while in Helsinki? Accommodations are surprisingly low cost, given the commonly excessive price of residing in Finland. Even in peak season, it’s uncommon to pay greater than €150 for a room at boutique properties resembling Lodge Mestari and Scandic Helsinki Hub. Even when you resolve to splurge on one thing extra luxurious, you’ll be shocked at how far your cash goes in Finland’s oft-maligned capital. Alternatively, go for one of many Baltic cruises which can be on provide, which let you go to Helsinki both for a day or in a single day, along with different Scandinavian capitals like Copenhagen and Stockholm.

What to Do in Helsinki

Get the traditional cathedral selfie

Of the only a few correct “vacationer sights” inside Helsinki, the Helsinki Cathedral is at first amongst them. I think about you’ll be stopping by right here no less than as soon as, and taking no less than one selfie, albeit most likely not from any boats you occur to take throughout your Helsinki journey.

(Or simply get misplaced)

Certainly, sights aren’t most of what makes Helsinki value visiting. As a substitute, it’s typically simply sort of good to get misplaced in an ostensibly European metropolis that’s extraordinarily secure, even when there was few landmarks of be aware, other than church buildings and small city inexperienced areas.

Take a cruise to Suomenlinna

Getting out of Helsinki, oddly, is likely one of the finest methods to have a very good time whenever you’re in it. Head right down to the waterfront, for instance, and take a ship to Suomenlinna, an island simply outdoors within the bay with an previous fortress constructed onto it.

(Or into the Helsinki Archipelago)

Touring into the Helsinki Archipelago is a little more sophisticated than doing the identical in, say, Stockholm. Whereas private and non-private cruises can be found, it’s actually finest if you recognize somebody who has their very own boat (and favourite islands). I did, and it’s a giant a part of why I discovered Helsinki (or no less than the Helsinki space) so value visiting!

See the remainder of Finland

Finally, Helsinki is nothing if not an introduction to the remainder of Finland, and Scandinavia extra broadly. If you happen to don’t fly north to Rovaniemi and keep in an aurora-exposed igloo, you may as an alternative head to Stockholm or Oslo, and even throughout the water to underrated Tallinn, Estonia.

How A lot Time Do You Want in Helsinki?

Until you might have a particular motive to be in Helsinki, my recommendation could be to maintain your time right here temporary. On condition that the amount of issues to see in Finland’s capital is fairly low, you possibly can supercharge the standard of your time by limiting the variety of days you keep right here. In observe, this implies only a night time and a full day, or possibly two nights when you occur to reach fairly late within the night.

What’s the finest month to go to Helsinki?

Like most different Nordic capitals, Helsinki will be chilly and wet nearly any day of the 12 months. Merely visiting between June-August doesn’t assure heat or sunshine, even when you will be the night time shall be quick. Worth-wise, winter is a superb deal cheaper than summer season, so if that’s a motivator for you shoot for January as an alternative of July.

Can I see Northern Lights in Helsinki?

No. Along with being marred by comparatively unhealthy gentle air pollution, Helsinki is far too far south to see the Northern Lights on a traditional night time. Even when the aurora are seen at decrease latitudes than traditional, you have to to drive a minimal of 20-Half-hour outdoors town to see them.

Robert Schrader

Robert Schrader is a journey author and photographer who’s been roaming the world independently since 2005, writing for publications resembling “CNNGo” and “Shanghaiist” alongside the way in which. His weblog, Go away Your Every day Hell, supplies a mixture of journey recommendation, vacation spot guides and private essays overlaying the extra esoteric elements of life as a traveler.



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