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Travel Blogs from Helsinki
... our bags might not have made it. Eventually, with our bags on a trolley, we wheeled them out to be met by Maria's aunt, Sari, who would be putting us up for the night.
Sari works for Finnair at Helsinki airport and she told that we could already check in for our domestic flight tomorrow evening and even check in our hold bags so we didn't have to lug them around. Apparently this was to ease congestion in the airport in the run up to Christmas. We all made our ...
... getting lost.
Right outside of the cool art deco train station were several high end malls and we suffered through those streets to get to the harbor. There was a nice public art statue of a boy ******* (no worries Brussels, it's got nothing on yours). And there was some sort of clown/arts festival where a bunch of college age kids were dressed as clowns, or in one part of a park, as santa with several reindeer. Oh, that reminds me, reindeer ...
... which gets us free public transport and entry into a lot of attractions. We caught the subway this morning and trams the rest of the day. Despite all the signs being in Finnish, the people are pretty friendly and everyone speaks English so no problems finding the right tram or where things are. Tomorrow, all being well, we hope to head to Suomenlinna - which is the fortress island (World Heritage ...
This morning, I woke up to the sounds of jackhammers outside the hostel window, which is always fun when you're a bit hung over. Ah well, nothing some coffee couldn't fix. We went to the deli around the corner for some brunch, and I had what they referred to as a salmon bagel, which was actually smoked salmon with tomatoes and cream cheese on a black bread type baguette. Pretty close to a Montreal breakfast, actually, except for the bagel part.
... headed off to the zoo instead. Public transport is excellent here so we bought a 4 day pass which means unlimited access to trams, buses, the metro and some ferries. It would help to check things out more before setting off as we hopped on the first dark green tram we saw (thinking it was for the dark green line) but turns out they are all this colour and we needed to look at the number on the front - doh! Finding ourselves at the totally wrong end of town, we had a nice ...
Other places to stay in Helsinki
Taka-Töölö, Helsinki | 4 star hotelfrom $132
- If modern is your wish
- Excelente ubicación, personal agradable
- Excellent location, friendly service
Eteläinen, Helsinki | 4 star hotelfrom $110
- A bit over price
- Fantastic Hotel in a Fantastic City
- Fantastic hotel!...
Eteläinen, Helsinki | 4 star hotelfrom $120
- No towels in a EUR 169,-- room
- Very Nice Hotel for the money
- OK Hotel
Eteläinen, Helsinki | 4 star hotelfrom $142
- A truly wonderful hotel.
- OK for one night!
- Highly recommended
Eteläinen, Helsinki | 4 star hotelfrom $126
- Perfect location, adequate hotel
- Loved the Marski
- Very average
Eteläinen, Helsinki | 3 star hotelfrom $159
Pasila, Helsinki | 3 star hotelfrom $100
Eteläinen, Helsinki | 4 star hotelfrom $141
- One of the Best
- Fantastic time!
Eteläinen, Helsinki | 4 star hotelfrom $118
- Love this hotel
- Slightly above avarage 3 stars
- Great Location, Great Service
Eteläinen, Helsinki | 4 star hotelfrom $116
- Friendly Staffs
- Excellant hotel
- Excellent service perfectly located
Eteläinen, Helsinki | 3 star hotelfrom $127
- Good value for money hotel
- Terrible breakfast
Kampinmalmi, Helsinki | 4 star hotelfrom $106
Eteläinen, Helsinki | 4 star hotelfrom $132
Ullanlinna, Helsinki | 5 star hotelfrom $184
- Loved the Kamp!
- Great Experience, except for service in the bar
- Scandinavia's Best!
Eteläinen, Helsinki | 4 star hotelfrom $134
- Fantastisches Holiday Inn
- Modern and central
- Fantastic Holiday Inn
Keskinen, Helsinki | 3 star hotelfrom $121
Keskinen, Helsinki | 5 star hotelfrom $119
- Good location, dated rooms
- The other Helsinki Hilton
- Passabile, ma non fantastico
Eteläinen, Helsinki | 3 star hotelfrom $124
- Great rooms for great price in great location~
- We had a great stay at the Helka
- Very nice
Kampinmalmi, Helsinki | 4 star hotelfrom $159
Eteläinen, Helsinki | 3 star hotelfrom $159
Eteläinen, Helsinki | 4 star hotelfrom $137
- Not so good as they say!
- PERFECT IN EVERY WAY! LOTS OF ATTENTION TO DETAIL AND EXCELLENT FRIENDLY STAFF!
- Loved GLO!
Vironniemi, Helsinki | 3 star hotelfrom $93
- Buena relación calidad-precio en el Hotel Arthur de Helsinki
- Nice city-hotel
- Ich warte auf wiedersehen!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
Vatican City, Helsinki | 4 star hotelfrom $172
- Great hotel with good prices
- Very nice design hotel
- Hätte nicht besser sein können
Vironniemi, Helsinki | 4 star hotelfrom $139
- Preis-Leistung und Lage großartig
- Great value and location
- A very nice hotel
Veromaentie 1, Helsinki | 3 star hotelfrom $105
Eteläinen, Helsinki | 3 star hotelfrom $105