Fun facts about Finland
- Saunas – Some Finns may even have two of them: a private and a shared one
- Top for Minimum Wage and Average Salary
- First European Country giving Women vote Right
- The Finnish Language has the longest words you can imagine
- Finns are the world’s biggest coffee drinkers
- Finns don’t fill silences
- Santa comes from the door in Finland, and the kids can meet him
- At the world’s top for second-hand-shops number in proportion with the population, and at the same time, one of the wealthiest country on the planet
- Tattoos, Piercings, & Skateboards are quite common
- The highest proportion of Metal bands in the world music
- Unique Finnish Sports: Wife-carrying, Swamp football, Beer-floating, Mosquito-squashing, Milking-stool throwing, Rubber boot throwing, Ant-nest sitting, Hobbyhorsing
- Linux (the OS) was invented by a Finn called Linus (Torvalds) who said about it: “just a hobby, [it] won’t be big and professional“
- One of the SMS technology pioneers was the Finnish Matti Makkonen, who said: “I did not consider SMS a personal achievement”
WHAT IS IN THIS GUIDE
- Transportation, bikes and public transportation
- Sauna’s , the two best ones
- Buffet Food, (all you can eat) for a budget
- Attractions, iconic, representative, and unmissable
- Souvenirs, ecological and affordable
- Going out, the coolest & most authentic places
Want to have a guided bike tour?
Here the Helsinki Airbnb Bike tour!
One app for all public transportation (bikes, scooters, bus, taxi’s…)
5 euro day
10 euro week
30 euro month
The best way to buy tickets is with the app.
Donation & collaboration-based sauna community. Which can be almost defined as a commune too
Stylish seaside sauna with a modern, glass-walled restaurant & spacious deck.
FOOD – BUDGET ALL-YOU-CAN-EAT
In Helsinki, restaurants may be expensive, but if you eat before 15:00 (on weekdays), you may get great prices with ¨buffet¨ options (all you can eat).
My favorite buffets (<15 euros) are:
1) Caverna (Vegetarian options, Finnish and international food)
2) Itsudemo (Sushi – Vegetarian options)
3) Loving Hut (Vegan Asian)
4) Onda Cafe (Mediterranean, vegan options)
5)Konstan Möljä (traditional Finnish cusine)
* Double check the openings hours
** Wondering why I have listed sushi? Well, Finnish people love sushi!
*** Buffet, or all-you-can-eat, does not mean that one should abuse the place, overeat, or waste food. Always be considerate.
The Worker Housing Museum (free of charge guided tour in Finnish houses of 1900)
Linnanmäki (Amusement park)
Keskuspuisto (Central Park)
Seurasaari (Open-air museum)
Sibelius Monument (the most representative musician)
Regatta Café (iconic cottage-café)
Cafe sininen (Panoramic café-terrace)
Hietaniemi area (historical cemeteries, parks, and a cool beach)
Lapinlahden Lähde (an exciting art gallery in a psychiatric house in a charming green area)
Eira Beach (classy residential area)
Parliament (free visit by simply entering on the building’s right side, B entrance)
Central library (rated as one of the most beautiful and high-tech libraries in the world)
Kampin kappeli (mini invisible chapel)
Suomenlinna (fortress island, you can simply take the regular ferry to there, it costs like a standard ticket for transportation)
Kumpula Botanical Gardens (eclectic, historic, and absolutely charming botanical gardens)
GOING OUT IN THE EVENING/NIGHT
KALLIO (Hipster young Finnish area)
– Café Siltanen (alternative cafe)
– Café Mascot (karaoke and chill out)
many cafes can be found in the Helsinginkatu (near Sörnäinen metro).
CENTER, NEAR TRAIN STATION
– Tavastia (Heavy metal)
– Bar loose (rock)
– On the rocks (rock bar)
– Cafe Oluthuone Kaisla (mix)
– Molly Malone’s (Irish pub)
Yes! A lot of rock!
Second-hand shop (with authentic Finnish articles: iittala, Arabia, Marimekko)
MadeBy Helsinki (Handmade souvenirs)
Hakaniemi Market Hall (local market)
Eurokauppa (inexpensive shop)
You will find many reviews on google maps that can help you decide.
Enjoy your time in Finland and leave me a comment with your thoughts about this guide!