I am currently planning my Scandinavian adventure for next year, and as usual I am scouring the internet for your suggestions and ideas on what to do. Today I have gathered some great blog posts that give an overview of the best things to see and do in Helsinki, Finland.
This blog recommends staying for 4 days which is good to know, as I think we have time for three full days so that seems like a reasonable length of time. They suggest the nicest areas to stay are Eira, Ullanlinna, Kamppi and Punavuori so I will have to keep them in mind when booking accommodation.
They explain that there is not really one major monument to see, but plenty of points of interest including the Helsinki Cathedral that looks very impressive in pictures! It is also noted that the public transport is great and the main city is walkable, although it is very expensive.
Getting hot chocolate in a “huge bucket cup” sounds delicious. I want to try at least one of these places.
This is a really detailed post about where to eat and sleep on a budget, as well as where to get into a free sauna. I will definitely be coming back to this post as I plan more of the specifics.
Krista seems to agree with most posts I have read, that Helsinki is not about sights or structures but more about embracing the culture which is an interesting concept. They mention the Cathedral again and a number of other activities to do.
They recommend getting the HSL app for buying transport tickets which is a good tip! The Winter Garden also sounds amazing and it is free. They also mention the Sibelius monument that was mentioned in a few of the previous posts so I think I will add that to my list.
Another very detailed post I will need to come back to. I must say I wasn’t really interested in visiting a sauna but this post really sells it for me as a nice way to relax.
A few other websites I have come across which might help you plan your Helsinki trip –
- 15 best things to do in Helsinki – The Crazy Tourist
- Top things to do in Helsinki – Lonely Planet
- Highlights of Happening Helsinki – Rick Steves’ Europe
What are your must-do tips for Helsinki?