Helsinki. A city best known for cold weather, architecture, and eating reindeer. Sounds enticing doesn’t it?
On the road, I found that quite a few people didn’t have the nicest things to say about it. “There’s not much to see.” and “It’s too expensive to do anything” were among the top negative comments I received about the capital of Finland and after going I totally understand.
It is really freaking expensive. I mean the price of a pint in a local pub is often around €7, which adds up really quickly. And after only a few days I felt satisfied that I had seen it all.
But there is so much about Helsinki that I loved.
I love that it is so close to nature and that you can take a short train to gorgeous parks to get lost in nature.
I love that the city is so modern and takes pride in architecture, art, and music.
I love that there are cute coffee shops everywhere and the fact that they take it so seriously.
I love walking by the bay and staring out at all of the sailboats.
I love the friendly people.
I even love laughing at how different the Finnish language is compared to others, including Swedish.
Basically, four days is all it took for me to love this beautiful city and make me want to come back for more.