Helsinki – Finland

With over 620 thousand inhabitants, it is the capital of the Republic of Finland and the largest city in the country. It is located in the southern part of the country, on the Gulf coast of Finland, and is one of the most livable and socially developed capitals in the world.

I simply loved getting to know Helsinki; it is small, cold even in summer, nice and beautiful.

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Ferry back view.

How To Get There

I went from Estonia to Finland via ferry, it’s 2 hours and 15 minutes by ferry, and it’s the most practical way to travel between the two countries.

The ferry route Helsinki Tallinn connects Finland to Estonia and is currently operated by 3 ferry companies.

  • Tallink Silja with crossing up to 6 times a day.
  • Viking Line and Eckerö Line are available up to 3 times a day.
    • So I advise you to compare everything to ensure that you have the best rate at the time you want to travel.

I chose the Viking Company, because at the time I got a round trip promotion of 20 Euros.

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Ferry | Helsinki

Usually you will find prices with a maximum of 60 Euros round trip. Travelling by ferry is an incredible option, within the ferry have pubs, free shopping, and restaurant and if you plan your trip for the summer, you can take advantage of the ferry deck and go enjoying the view by taking a sunbath. The two hours pass and you do not even know you arrived in Helsinki and for those who want to travel with your pet, entrance is allowed.

What To Do

As soon as I arrived in Helsinki I was walking around the city, just next to the port already have several interesting places to visit. Walk through the city, there is no better way to get to know and feel the local culture.

I will tell you a little about the places I found interesting and worthwhile.

  • Allas Sea Pool

The complex is equipped with three swimming pools built on the sea, one of warm water and one of salt water, as well as sauna and coffee. The complex is open all year round and in winter the pools are covered by sea water and freeze.

Access is free, and there is a beautiful rooftop bar that provides a beautiful view of the Gulf of Finland. For swimming you must pay for the day use or the monthly fee. It’s a nice place to sit on the sun loungers at the bar / cafe.

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Ferry | Swimming pools

  • Uspenski Cathedral

Uspenski Cathedral is the largest Orthodox Church in Western Europe. By its style of construction, the church is one of the clearest symbols on the impact of Russia on the history of Finland.

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Helsinki street | Uspenski Cathedral

  • Market Square

It is a central square with several stalls that exposes various products for sale, such as souvenirs from Helsinki, fruits, vegetables and you find there many typical foods and many smoked fish.

  • Old Market Hall

Open since 1889, merchants sell everything from cheese, fish, molluscs, vegetables, fruits, cakes and spices.

  • Esplanadi Park

Known as Espa, it is an esplanade and urban park in the center of Helsinki, located between the Erottaja square and the Market Square.

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Senate Square

  • Senate Square

It is the most important tourist spot in the Finnish capital. From it, the main streets and monuments are oriented. The square was designed by the architect Carl Ludvig Engel and houses an architectural complex, which was built between 1822 and 1852, where some of the most important institutions of the city and country take place: the Cathedral, the State Council, the University and the Library National.

  • Helsinki Cathedral

It is an Evangelical Lutheran cathedral of the Diocese of Helsinki. Originally built as a tribute to Tsar Nicholas I of Russia, known as St. Nicholas Church until Finland’s independence in 1917.

  • Kamppi Chapel

It is also known as the “Chapel of Silence” as it is intended to be a place to calm down and have a moment of silence. It has a super curious architecture.

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Kamppi Chapel (right)

  • Helsinki Museum of Design

Dedicated to the exhibition of Finnish and foreign design, including industrial design, fashion and graphic design. It is in a beautiful building in the neighborhood of Punavuori, which is the design district in Helsinki.

  • Sibelius Monument

It is dedicated to the Finnish composer Jean Sibelius, built in 1967 by the Finnish sculptor Eila Hiltunen, the abstract monument resembles a sound wave made up of clusters of organ pipes. The cut-out monument consists of more than 600 steel pipes unevenly grouped at various heights. The landmark was designed to embody the spirit of Sibelius’ music, but its abstract nature made many critics of the statue note that it did not directly honor the composer. To this end, a large bust of Sibelius was added at the foot of the monument so that the spectators were not confused.

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Sibelius Monument

  • Coffee Regatta

The Regatta is a beautiful little cottage right next to the sea, reminded me of a small farm, its internal area is tiny, but the outside area is inviting to sit.

There you will find typical Finnish food. The place itself seems to have come out of a fairy tale. A few steps from the Sibelius monument.

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Coffee Regatta

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Coffee Regatta

Important Points About The City:

Transport:

Because the city is small you can get around easily, it’s not worth to take transportation. But If you need to has a simple and extremely efficient public transport system though, classified as one of the best in Europe.

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Safety:

I felt safe all the time through the city. I walked without fear for the city that is very comfortable.

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Food:

Prepare the pocket, because anything you think about eating will be expensive, not just food but also the drink is expensive too.

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One Comment

  1. Well-written and exact information, although two main sights forgotten. Why to stay in Helsinki, why not make cool side hops? Why not visit Porvoo by bus, which takes about one hour and admire this charming town. Why not visit Hämeenlinna, by train in one hour and visit its old castle. Why not visit Hyvinkää by train, which takes about 45 minutes and visit its railway museum? Why not visit Riihimäki by train in 50 minutes and visit our gorgeous glass museum? Or why not fly to Rovaniemi in 1 hour and 10 minutes and spend hours at the Arctic Circle and at the same time see Santa.

    Winter example:

    Santa Claus Village at the Arctic Circle

    Happy and safe travels!

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