Here comes already the first post of this fall! And for such occasion, I wanted to share with you all our last weekend-trip: Helsinki. Both Erikas and I were quite excited about this weekend as it was our first-timer exploring Finland! From Stockholm, the trip takes less than one hour, so it is really convenient.
We got to enjoy 4 days in beautiful Helsinki, just last week. Even though it was still September when we got there, it was already freezing cold!
So, to be honest with you all, we over-heard that Helsinki wasn’t the prettiest city or that there are not so many sights to visit. Well this, in my opinion, is not fully true. Yes, the city is not filled with stunning architectural masterpieces, but there are a few gorgeous sites and it is also pretty relaxing to visit a place without feeling rushed to see it all. We had 4 full days there and we got plenty of time to… party, rest, visit, walk around and relax in saunas! Can it get any better than that?!
Helsinki is just about 45 min by plane from Stockholm, and flight tickets are rather reasonable (we flew with Norwegian and it was perfect!). So there was no excuse not to go! Also, as you may know, Helsinki has always been – for some unknown reason – on my bucket list! So I am now very happy I got to go to Finland!
Down below are some pictures illustrating our stay there. Note, that the weather has been pretty good to us, the first day has been quite grey and super raining at night but apart from this, it’s been a bright blue sky all the time!
What’s better than walking in a city for the first time? Everything is new and different, you want to go in and on every building and capture the best view of the place. Helsinki is a rather small city, where it is easy to walk from a place to another. Thus, there is no need to get a public transport card. However, keep in mind that, there isn’t really an old town like in other major European cities.
Visit the Chapel of Silence, Rock church & walking along the seaside
If we had to do it all again, I wouldn’t go back to the chapel of silence, as I didn’t find a great architectural or historical interest. However, the rock church is definitely worth the 3€ entrance fee.
So we started by walking around the city to visit these different religious buildings and then went towards the seaside. From there, we enjoyed a nice sunset and walked all the way back to the centre for dinner. The sea-side is really beautiful and no matter how cold the wind is, the view is worth it! Also, it gives a good excuse to grab a warm tea or coffee!
Suomenlinna island & Market hall
Suomenlinna is a former military fortress located a 10 min boat ride away from the city centre. You can walk pretty much all over the place and discover former military treasures and buildings. This island is definitely worth a visit, especially when the weather is good!
The second market place where we’ve been is located a bit out of the city centre and is more local than touristy. It is a great stop for lunch where you can enjoy a warm soup.
Walking around the city, bus tour and Löyly
Nothing better than walking in a city when the weather is good! I spent some time gathering a few postcards and we were off to a bus tour! These touristic bus tours are actually quite nice as they give an explanation of sights, and a lot of fun facts about the city, the people or anything else!
The last thing we did before heading back to the airport, is having a drink at Löyly. This place is a sauna, but also a restaurant and a bar, with a superb view. Here are some pictures of the view from the top of the building and another one from the building at night.
So here is our experience in Helsinki, and for the first time there it has been great! The best thing about this trip was probably the time we had spent with our friends. As well as enjoying different cafés, bars or eating out while discovering a new city and country!
⇒ Please let me know in the comments what you think of it! And if you’ve been there, what are your top things to do?!
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