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.

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

    Belle | One Awesome Momma

  • Those little pig desserts are too cute!

  • Steph Gregerson

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

  • Emily Bendler

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

  • 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!

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

  • 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.

  • Robin

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

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

  • 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 (:

  • 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.

  • 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.

  • Such gorgeous architecture!

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

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

  • 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!

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

    Jessica | notjessfashion.com