Have fun in the world’s happiest and safest city!
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 feel the need of filling silences
- When Moscow invaded, little Finalnd defeated the huge soviet army in the battle of Tolvajarvi with huge losses for the invaders. This is when the Finns invented the Molotov cocktail.
- 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
- Unique Finnish Sports: Wife-carrying, Swamp football, Beer-floating, Mosquito-squashing, Milking-stool throwing, Rubber boot throwing, Ant-nest sitting, Hobbyhorsing, mobile phone throwing
- 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.
– Kotiharjun Sauna
Traditional Finnish sauna. Completed in 1928, it´s the oldest continuously working public sauna in Town.
– Arla Sauna
Another authentic tradition Finnish sauna, the second-oldest public sauna in Helsinki.
Stylish seaside sauna with a modern, glass-walled restaurant & spacious deck.
– Yrjönkatu swimming hall
Classical, historical, and traditional swimming hall with monumental architecture, saunas, and steam baths.
There are not many places left like this in Helsinki.
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 15€ (Vegetarian options, Finnish and international food)
2) Itsudemo 13€ (Sushi – Vegetarian options)
3) Golden bowl 9€ (Asian food and Sushi runned by a sweet family)
4) Loving Hut (Vegan Asian, they may not have buffet during covid time)
5) Onda Cafe 11€ (Mediterranean, vegan options)
6)Konstan Möljä 13€ (traditional Finnish cuisine)
* Remember to double-check the openings hours
** Wondering why I have listed sushi? Well, Finnish people love sushi!
** Wondering why I have listed buffets? Well, Finns grew up with it!
*** Buffet, or all-you-can-eat, does not mean that one should abuse the place, overeat, or waste food. Always be considerate, like a Finn! 😉
INTERESTING PLACES, all free!
The Worker Housing Museum – Free of charge guided tour in Finnish houses of 1900)
National Memorial – Winter War 1939 – Small modern artwork about Moscow invasion
Linnanmäki – Amusement park, ticket required only to use the attractions.
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 – 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
More Free Museums and attractions to visit on this link.
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)
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!