Helsinki in Pictures

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.

Check out the beautiful, Helsinki!

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.

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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?

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  • oh that Nasu looks good – did you get to try it ? I have heard great things of Helsinki – Thanks for giving a glimpse and your Scandanavian posts have been giving me inspiration.

    • Yes we did! I felt like we were eating ALL THE TIME, but then again, that’s vacation, right? Haha. So glad you’ve been enjoying the posts! Which Scandinavian country’s at the top of your travel bucket list?

  • Love looking at the pictures! Looks like a fun day!

    Belle | One Awesome Momma

    • The city had so much personality! It was a great day!

  • Those little pig desserts are too cute!

    • Right?! I love decorative desserts like that, but they’re almost too pretty to eat!

  • Steph Gregerson

    Scandinavia is definitely on our bucket list! We are heading to the Alps in a month and I’m so excited!

    • Yay! Anything in particular you’re most interested in seeing? A trip to the Alps sounds fab! That’s on my bucket list too :)

  • Emily Bendler

    These are great pictures. I especially love the food ones, lol.

    • Thanks, Emily! The food is definitely one of my favorite parts of traveling, haha.

  • Helsinki is where I want to go for my first overseas trip! I’ve always wanted to go there, a lot of my favorite bands start off in or near Helsinki. It looks beautiful! I bet you had an amazing time!

    • How cool! What are some of the bands you follow from Helsinki? I hope you’re able to plan a trip soon, it’s a great city!

  • Helsinki looks very cold, but it’s so beautiful! It is definitely on my bucket list!

    • It was pretty chilly, but relatively warm considering we were coming from Lapland (north of the Arctic Circle)! I hope you enjoy it as much as we did when you visit one day!

  • I love just walking around city centers. My only experience with Finland is from our overnight layover several years ago. I’m not sure if you experienced this but the flight attendants were all blonde and thin and wore fancy gloves. It felt very 1950s. HAHA.

    • Me too! Too funny about your flight experience. Our flight attendants weren’t wearing gloves but I definitely got the same 50s vibes, haha. I guess it was just an airline I’m not used to!

  • Robin

    I’m dying to go to Scandinavia – Helsinki included! Pinned a bunch of photos for when I do :)

    • You’ll LOVE it when you get there, Robin! Which country are you most excited to see?

  • PINNED IT! Girl, these pictures are absolutely gorgeous. I love following your travel adventures.

    • Thank you so much, Ashley!! What places are at the top of your travel bucket list?

  • great photos and it sounds like a wonderful trip! i’ve always thought this would be a beautiful city visit. can’t wait to see it myself (:

    • Thanks, Jessica! It definitely is! I hope you enjoy it as much as we did!

  • haha. I totally get what you mean… I definitely took 4 years of French in high school after 10 Things I Hate About You was my favorite movie in middle school. Funny the things that influence us. lol And I’ve always wanted to go to Scandinavia! Norway, particularly.

    • That’s too funny! Norway is beautiful. We only had a short time in the capital city, but I definitely want to get back to explore more of those fjords!

  • Beautiful photos!!! I would love to visit there one day. I feel that sometimes you just have to wing vacations as far as what to do/see.

    • Thanks, Mistle! It’s a great city to visit. I also think Finland as a whole is way underrated!

  • Such gorgeous architecture!

    • Yes! That’s one of my favorite parts of visiting Europe!

  • Helsinki has such neat architecture (my favorite part of a new city) I can’t wait to visit one day!

    • It really does! That’s one of my favorite parts about visiting a new city too – especially in Europe! I hope you’re able to get out there to visit soon!

  • This looks like an amazing trip. The architecture is lovely and I would love some of those pig cupcakes.

    • It was fantastic! So much history and incredible architecture in Europe!

  • Oh I LOVED seeing these photos! My mom is 100% Finnish and she and my grandma would talk in Finnish together. The idea of seeing Finland is something of a fantasy to me! I’d love to learn more about my ancestors and see where they lived. I have such Finnish pride (sisu) and have learned to bake several Finnish breads and want to learn how to do MORE! You lucky girl :) Very cool!

    • Thanks, Joy! I hope you’re able to plan a trip there to see it all yourself one of these days! I definitely know the feeling – my grandparents are from Germany and I was finally able to get there a couple years ago. It’s totally different from when they lived there now, but it’s still so fascinating!

  • Wow so much beauty in Helsinki. You’re lucky you got to explore what appears to be a beautiful European city!

    Jessica | notjessfashion.com

    • There definitely is! Finland is one incredible country!

  • Helsinki has been on my list for a few years now! I would love to go there one day and then head over to Tallinn.

    • I hope you can get there soon, Alex! We considered doing a day trip to Tallinn but our trip was so packed already that we decided a low-key day + a half in Helsinki was a better idea. Just an excuse to plan another trip :)

  • Beautiful! I love Christmas markets.