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Member since 22 Dec 2015
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I have taken advantage of the Finnair RTW business class deal currently on offer (and nicely timed for the Qantas double status points deal!) and booked a trip for October (the US domestic flights are booked on separate AA tickets): SYD - MEL - LAX - ORD - LGA/JFK - HEL - LHR - HEL - HKG - BNE - SYD. Part of the deal is that I must spend at least one night in Helsinki. I have never been to any Scandinavian country so am excited at the prospect of exploring a new city.
Member since 24 Oct 2010
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Hmmm, it's been quite some time since I visited Helsinki, but for what it's worth:
PS I love Scandinavia, and this quick visit will give you just a taste of it, I'm sure you will be eager to come back for more. Three days in Helsinki would be a good start next time, then perhaps fly to Stockholm and after a few days there, catch the train to Copenhagen. They're all very different cities.
Member since 13 Sep 2016
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Member since 17 Aug 2012
Total posts 47
I am in Helsinki a couple times a year - will be there again in 2 weeks, lovely city and people. I second the above suggestions, PLUS: easy transport is to take the train from the airport. There are two frequent trains that go in opposite directions (I and P) - take either - both end up at Helsinki mainstation, and take the same time, as it is a loop. Make sure you buy your tix in the terminal, there is a machine at the top of the escalators that lead down to the station.
Can recommend from personal experience Hotel Fabian and F6, both close to Esplanadi, and a few minutes from the waterfront. Both small boutique style. Also checkout Hotel Lilla Robers. This location is next to the design area, and the Design Museum, usually worth a visit.
Try a sauna - two new public saunas are on the waterfront, one near the markets on the harbour (2 mins walk from Esplanadi) and one past the ferry terminal (need a taxi).
Try a lunch at the Heitalahti Market Hall (Hietalahden kauppahalli) - it’s at the sea end of Bulevardi (itself a continuation of Esplanadi). The building looks a bit dilapidated from the outside, but definitely a good Helsinki lunch experience. Take a tram from the top of Bulevardi, or about 20 minutes walk. You will pass a reindeer restaurant in Bulevardi on the way!
If you walk around central Helsinki you will find many cosy bars and small restaurants, very inviting at night. Enjoy!
Member since 14 Oct 2016
Total posts 129
Helsinki is an amazing city (love Scandinavia) but it’s been some years since I’ve Last visited. Did you take advantage of the promo offered through AustBT? We’re planning some travel and I wouldn’t mind the chance to get back there as part of our wider plans but can’t see it on the finnair website.
Member since 07 Feb 2015
Total posts 143
Have a look at Helsinki Cathedral at Senate Square, one of the most recognisable icons in the city. While you're there, take a walk through the National Library of Finland (opposite the west side of the Cathedral). It has very beautiful interior. From there, it's an easy walk to Market Square and the Old Market Hall, which is a great place for lunch. There's a shop there called 'Story' in the middle of the hall. They have very nice food and coffee. And agreed with others above, try a Finnish sauna, it's a must!
Oh forgot to mention Temppeliaukion Church (The Rock Church) very fascinating architecture. It's not in the city centre but a short tram ride (you can buy 1-day ticket which is very cheap). Or just walk (about 30 mins each way) and enjoy the city scene along the way.
Member since 30 Jul 2017
Total posts 10
Was there a few weeks ago. For getting to/from the airport, the new rail link to Helsinki Central is definitely the way to go. I stayed hotel Klaus K, which was very new and minimalist and Scandinavian, though the room was rather small. Breakfast was included and was all locally sourced. Location was unbeatable. On balance, I'd still recommend Klaus K since Helsinki doesn't have too much variety with hotel accommodation.My favourite restaurant there was Ravintola Aino, which is near the esplanade and does Finnish food. The salmon soup was one of the best things I've ever eaten.
Member since 21 Mar 2013
Total posts 11
Glo hotel was quite cool. An old convent I believe, but now an art hotel. Great Italian restaurant around the corner with nice Nordic design. Design museum was interesting, as was Suolmenlinna.
Member since 31 Jan 2018
Total posts 15
I would tend to agree with rowwdy, the GLO Hotels are great. I have stayed at the GLO Hotel Kluuvi previously along with the the two Radisson Blu hotels in the city centre, which are a good option as well.
Member since 22 Dec 2017
Total posts 7
Sorry to be a pedant, but Finland is not part of Scandinavia. It is Nordic but not Scandinavian.
Member since 31 May 2018
Total posts 2
Helsinki isn't really in Scandinavia. Finland is a Nordic country, not Scandinavian. I suggest the F6 hotel. It's in a great spot.
Member since 09 Jun 2011
Total posts 40
The Helsinki 'eye' (ie, the Ferris wheel) has one car that's a sauna so you can mix saunas and sightseeing :) Also, there is a sauna at HEL with access from the Finnair non-Schengen lounges.
Member since 26 Nov 2016
Total posts 1
If the weather is nice, you'll probably enjoy a walk along the coastline as well. Start from central market place (Kauppatori, touristic place) and follow the coastline towards Eira, Mattolaituri (nice place for a glass of champagne while watching people and small boats pass by), to Kompassitori, Cafe Carusel, Birgitta, and finish at LÃ¶yly Helsinki for some nice architecture and sauna.October is well into the autumn and almost early winter so the weather can be pretty chilly and unpredictable -- small chance of snow, even!If you're into fine-dining, there are plenty of reasonably priced options. GrÃ¶n has been ranked as the best restaurant in town for a few years and received Michelin-star recently, Restaurant Ask never fails, among the new ones is Ravintola Nolla (Zero) that focused on minimizing waste (chefs are of Spanish and Portuguese origin and have worked at Ravintola Olo). FinnjÃ¤vel was replaced with Restaurant Ultima (as planned, not because FinnjÃ¤vel was unpopular, they announced the closing date when FinnjÃ¤vel was opened).As far as hotels go, you may also want to check Haven and St. George, both downtown and often have pretty good prices despite being top hotels. St. George was just recently opened. GLO's are best bang for buck, though.
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