well hei right back at you, helsinki!
the immediate word that comes to mind for finland = friendly.
from the second we arrived we thought this place was a happy,
bright, unexpected gem. i think this is because we hadn’t heard as
much about it, and we were happily surprised by all things finland.
i loved the quieter, cute city contrasted with the incredible nature
surrounding it. we just had a day and a half here coming off the boat
from stockholm before heading on to tallinn, estonia to do the baltics..
so below is a little sampling of some of the ways we experienced helsinki.
welcomed by helsinki tourism in the cutest way possible ^^
see what i mean about the friendly vibe? i am a fan!
there’s so much yellow sprinkled throughout this city – in the buildings, trams,
flowers, it’s everywhere you look! it’s part of why it seems like such a happy place.
since we were hitting our one-month mark of european travels here,
we celebrated the occasion by treating ourselves to (much-needed)
finnish facials at helsinki day spa. the finns know how to do spas right,
and don’t even get me started on the saunas (posting about that next!)
helsinki day spa was right next to our hotel and the best respite
after some grueling travel weeks. it is so gorgeous inside that just
being in this relaxation room was like a spa treatment itself! ^^
after some finnish spa time, we used our helsinki cards to take a 90 minute
canal cruise through the finnish archipelago. we didn’t know it would be 90 minutes
when we got on, (we were a little bit starving by the end :) but it’s okay because it took us
through the most beautiful shorelines and into degerö canal, with lots of helsinki history being
told along the way. although i loved stockholm’s archipelago, i enjoyed this tour even more
because it seemed so much more rugged and full of nature just a little bit outside the city.
our route! ^^
the water was so gorgeous. i told chase this is one place i want to come
back with our family one day and spend a month in the summer in a little cabin…
^^ like this one! this one is perfect! ^^
(chase had to tell me this is actually a tiny boat house.. but i’ll still take it!)
i also wouldn’t mind sailing on this green sailboat for a summer ^^
how charming can you get, finland?
the view coming back into helsinki. i love that pretty church! ^^
we wrapped up our 90 minute ride, and we (chase) were getting a bit hungry (hangry)
i realllllly wanted to go on this ferris wheel since we had arrived, and even
though the boat ride was longer than expected i was pushing for it.
chase wanted FOOD, so i told him we could compromise – he could go
get a table somewhere and put in our order, and i’d ride the ferris wheel
and then meet him! you can see what he thought of that idea…
hahah! what a cute husband. he came, even if he wasn’t happy about it.
but those views turned his frown upside down ^^
we walked into this other stunning church on the way back (by now i was
getting hangry), but this was worth seeing. i liked seeing a little of the soviet
style architecture after lots of european! it made me want to visit st. petersburg!thanks to helsinki tourism for welcoming us, as well as indigo hotel boulevard!
loved both, and i will be back for my summer in a finnish cabin like i promised above!