When I started planning my trip to Scandinavia with my mom, I knew Helsinki was a must stop for us. To be honest, I didn’t know too much about Finland’s capital city beforehand, but it was referenced quite a bit on one of my favorite shows (BBC’s Orphan Black) and as silly as it is, that reason + visiting another country/city was good enough for me!
While I’d love to share a detailed itinerary like I usually do with cities, the truth is, I don’t have much of one for Helsinki. Since we had a pretty packed schedule for the rest of the trip in Oslo, Copenhagen, Stockholm, and Levi (Lapland), we decided to have a more laid back/”wing it” type of plan for Helsinki. But not totally by choice.
Our stay in Helsinki (where Hotel Lilla Roberts was our “home base”) took place on a late Sunday afternoon/Monday, where many things (e.g. museums, old churches) were closed and no walking tours were available, so we spent our time wandering the city’s streets and doing a lot of shopping and eating!
It ended up working out really well too, since Helsinki ended up being a pretty stellar place for us to shop for local goods! Plus, the main Christmas market was one of my favorites on the trip!
Here’s a glimpse at our time in Helsinki in pictures.
While we didn’t get to do as much as we did in other cities, we loved exploring Finland’s capital and taking in the city’s culture, and of course, eats. I’m hoping to get back to again soon – preferably on a day where so many things aren’t closed!
Have you visited Helsinki? If not, is it on your travel bucket list?