Truly, if I had to choose one favorite city, I would pick Helsinki. I happily had the chance to live one full summer there, sharing an apartment with a Finnish friend and studying Finnish at Helsinki Summer University. This was my first proper experience in Helsinki, since the first time I chose to visit Helsinki, it was empty.
In 2006, my family landed at the Helsinki-Vantaa Airport, spending one night in the capital before taking the train to Seinäjoki the following morning. We arrived in Finland on midsummer, Juhannus, which is an important holiday. People leave the city and flock to their summer cabins. No joke, the streets were basically empty.
However, now I have ample experience both living in and short-term visiting Helsinki to advise you on what to do in this wonderful city that is not usually so empty!
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thanks for the ideas! I’ll definetly check it out :P
You’re welcome! I hope you enjoy these places as much as I have!
Nice post and great images!
Great article, Leah. I have never visit Helsinki or Finland. But I really hope to do when I am back in Norway again. I found really cheap tickets to Helsinki, and to visit Finland will be one of my priorities when I am back again. And I will have this list with me, so I do not miss out on anything :)
By the way, did the towel you won in the photo competition arrive?
Thanks, Hanne! I look forward to when you visit Finland and then I can hear your thoughts about it too. :) You’ll have to give me some tips when I finally make it to Norway!
The towel hasn’t arrived yet (though I am not very surprised… the mail can take awhile), but I will let you know when it arrives!
Yes, please let me know if you visit Norway. I will be happy to give you any tips :)
Oh, that is too bad that it did not arrive yet. The second place got theirs some weeks ago. That was sent to Germany. It might take even longer to the US. But let us give it a bit more time for see if it arrives.
I will definitely let you know. :)
Yeah, sometimes the mail to here takes some time, I think. We’ll see!
Good news! The towel came today. Seems like the mail to here is just slower. Thanks so much! I am sure I will use it during my travels and camping excursions. :)
I am really happy to hear that Leah! I was afraid it might got lost in the mail! But now it is there :D
Great to hear you will use if for your travels and campings :)
Cute Blog!! Love it. I want to go to Finland now. You should check out our blog too!