With Estonia being only a few hours away from Helsinki I took the chance and visited its capital during my trip to Finland. The ferry ride there was cold and windy and maybe not the nicest part of the day trip¬†(but hey, I got to see some very Finnish cottages) but the time I had in Tallinn was much, much better. I spent¬†the day just walking around, exploring every corner of the old town (which, admittedly, looks like a real-life-fairytale-town), having vegan burgers with a view over the city and simply enjoying the atmosphere.
If you like cool, fancy places, want to see where the locals work on their MacBooks and don’t mind spending 5‚ā¨ for a cappuccino Helsinki is heaven. (I mean, not only then, there are other¬†reasons as well but let’s say there are these kind of places all over the city!) We had lunch at this super nice caf√©/bar¬†called “Why Join The Navy When You Can Be A Pirate”, located in Helsinki’s Design District, Kamppi, and besides the perfectly fitting¬†paintings, beautiful walls and massive windows my roasted veggie sandwich was pretty great¬†as well.
Not only is¬†Helsinki packed with nice places and neighbourhoods and caf√©s and museums, it also has an incredible location making it super easy to experience Finland and its beautiful nature without really having to leave¬†the region. With water all around the city exploring the area by boat is by far¬†the coolest thing to do (go¬†and quickly make¬†some Finnish friends!)¬†and Nuuksio National Park, less than an hour away from the city, seems like the perfect picture book Finland.
My first journey up north, (further north than Kiel in Germany that is). ¬†Spending 10 days in¬†Finland was such an amazing experience: exploring Helsinki with my¬†Finish friend Peppi, a day trip to Estonia, hiking in national parks and cruising around the Archipelago on a speedy boat. Helsinki as a city is just beautiful, packed with cool caf√©s and inspiring people, cute boutiques, restaurants, museums – and so, so much water everywhere. So here is to my first time up North, my great Finnish host and nordic summers spent on a boat.
It’s been a while now but spending the last few weeks far away from my laptop, without any (well-working) Wifi and only limited mobile data I hadn’t had the chance to post anything. Until now, I’m back home for a few days, with the post-travel depressions setting in and many new posts planned.¬†London is already a month ago (feels like 5 though), but I still managed to take some notes and show you some of my favourite places I have discovered while spending the weekend there. So here we go, a small city guide to a city, where probably half a million city guides already exist for.