Adding on to my list of Nordic Countries is always reason for celebration. Who doesn’t love freezing their butt off inside one of the most beautiful destinations on earth? Ha, that was a joke, sort of. I’ve visited Norway, Denmark and Sweden in my day and can see why these countries always try and outdo each other as the Happiest Place on Earth each year. They are drop dead gorgeous with good governance, great economies and cold climates. I’m not entirely sure how the cold correlates with happiness, but you can use your imagination 😉
Thanks to VisitHelsinki and their insider knowledge, I was able to do one of my favorite things on earth: visit like a local. With two weeks to spend meandering the city streets, popping into food markets and playing the ever exciting game of Who Can Throw A Rock Further On The Frozen Lake, I felt like I truly got to know the city. Hell, I even went to see Beauty & the Beast on opening night with about 200 of my Finnish bffs. That’s when you know you’re officially localized!
How to Arrive: Helsinki International Airport is located about a 30 minute’s drive from the city. The most economical way to arrive is via the HSL train connection (P or I train) to the city center. A single ticket costs €5.50
1) Rent a bike
If you’re visiting in winter or spring, renting a bike in 30something° weather may sound a bit daunting, but you’ll undoubtedly be wearing a parka and many layers. And gloves. FOR THE LOVE OF GOD DON’T FORGE THE GLOVES. Summer time in Finland is lit so a bike will be your best travel buddy. Helsinki has Uber and a great tram system with many routes and is super easy to hop on and hop off. With that being said, I found a bike to be the most economical and health conscious way of getting around, especially after inhaling all of the Helsinki carbs, meat and potatoes on offer. Keep it right keep it tight.
12) Eat like a local
I can’t end this post without discussing what I ate while in Helsinki. That is the common denominator for travel. We must all eat!