FINLAND 2016

FINLAND 2016
FINLAND 2016
FINLAND 2016
FINLAND 2016
FINLAND 2016
FINLAND 2016
FINLAND 2016
FINLAND 2016
FINLAND 2016
FINLAND 2016
FINLAND 2016
FINLAND 2016
FINLAND 2016
FINLAND 2016
FINLAND 2016
FINLAND 2016
FINLAND 2016
FINLAND 2016
FINLAND 2016
FINLAND 2016
FINLAND 2016
FINLAND 2016
FINLAND 2016
FINLAND 2016
FINLAND 2016
FINLAND 2016
Helsinki is an obvious choice when coming to Finland. Aside from being the capital and major Nordic city, it's also a major hub to get to and fro nearby countries. In our case: Estonia, Sweden and, particularly, Russia. Because of the Schengen rules, we had to be choosey as to which countries to spend more time in. Unfortunately, Finland is not one of them. =/ With that said, am I the only one who wishes we had more than the allotted Schengen time? Say, 6 months? A year?? There's no way to fit an extensive Eastern European and Scandinavian tour in just 3 months!

Major European travel gripes, people. I will forever complain about the Schengen rules!

We made the most we could in Helsinki, though. Did some touristy things and got some great PokemonGo play time in. Because of peak season, we weren't able to book a hostel the first few days in the city, but instead, an AirBnB. No regrets. I must admit, it's nice to splurge once in awhile! A much needed downtime from our very quick pass through The Baltics. We really just needed to relax. Take things slow. Our trendy Scandinavian 8th floor AirBnB overlooking the city is the perfect place to do so! Missed certain simple things like privacy, cooking whenever, free laundry, walking around in the undies!

There's not much more that I can say about Helsinki other than what you've probably already guessed or expect from a super modern city. Everything is just so nice and clean and nice here. How very Scandinavian. The design scene in Helsinki is amazeballs and it shows when walking about. Some things that we really enjoyed and find ourselves coming back to: Market Square, Esplanade Park, City Centre ... and the calming seaside!

As always, we're not doing any country justice by just visiting one city. Let alone, the capital. If it weren't for the wonky Schengen rules, I'd be exploring every inch of this country! Finland, I'm coming back for you!

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When: July 2016
Temp: 70-75F
Cities: Helsinki
AirBnb Stay: Jarno's. ~$83/night. Studio apartment. 8th floor. Comes with kitchen and washing machine. Beautiful patio with views overlooking the city. 10 minute walk from City Centre.
Hostel Stay: Eurohostel. ~31EUR/night for 2 bed private dorm. 15 minute walk from City Centre. 10 minute walk from Market Square. 5 minute walk from Kanava Terminal.

Recommend: Market Square, Esplanade Park, City Centre, Temppeliaukio Church, Kamppi Chapel of Silence, Helsinki Olympic Stadium, Magnum Helsinki.


-jin-