Day 7.  Leppävaara and Glims Farmstead Museum in Espoo

Leppävaara is located in Espoo and is easily accessible by both bus and train from Helsinki.  Adjacent to the rail and bus station is a modern, attractive shopping centre called Sello which has a wide selection of shops and cafes.  As it was such a warm, sunny day we decided to take a stroll over …

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Day 10.  Haukilahti and Matinkylä

Haukilahti is a small coastal town in Espoo located between Westend and Matinkylä.  It's just a 20 minute journey from central Helsinki and is a lovely place to visit on a sunny day.  We decided to take a walk along the waterfront walkway / cycle path which is known as Espoon Rantaraitti and is clearly …

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Day 11.  Villa Elfvik and Laguuni Water Park

Villa Elfvik is located in Espoo close to the centre of Helsinki and it was from there that we started our countryside walk.  It's an art nouveau villa on the edge of the Laajalahti Nature Reserve, inside we found exhibitions relating to the diverse nature of Espoo as well as a children's adventure area 'Badger's …

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 Day 1.  My Journey to Helsinki

The start of our summer holidays and whilst most Britsh families head south to the Mediterranean we always head north to Finland.  You may find this somewhat strange but actually southern Finland generally enjoys warm sunny weather during the summer months, warm enough for trips to the beach and for swimming in the crystal clear …

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Day 2.   Tapiola the Garden City

A leisurely start to the day after arriving here late last night.  Waking to warm sunshine after so many cold days at home was just what was needed.  Our holiday home overlooks a sheltered bay where the air is fresh and all around it's so peaceful and green.  I call it my 'summer paradise' as …

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Day 3.  A Day in Tallinn, Estonia

During the night we experienced a thunderstorm with heavy rain but thankfully it had passed by morning although it was a dull start to the day.  After an early breakfast we travelled into Helsinki in order to take the 8.30 am Eckerö Line ferry across to Tallinn in Estonia.  Over the years we've made many …

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Day 4.  A Nature Trail from Oulunkylä to Arabianranta

After taking the bus into Helsinki this morning we walked across to the Central Railway Station and travelled the short distance to Oulunkylä from where we started our nature trail (local trains are included in the regional travel pass).  The gravel path passes the ornate pink Oulunkylä Seurahuone (a cafe, but currently closed for renovation) …

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Day 5. Exploring Helsinki

A brighter start to the day so after breakfast we took a bus into Kamppi and our first stop this morning was to the Laituri museum just across the square from the bus station.  This museum houses Helsinki City Planning Department's exhibitions and on display at the moment is an exhibition on cycling in the city so …

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Day 6.  Lauttasaari – Ferry Island

Back to sunshine this morning so we decided to take a walk around Lauttaasaari Island which lies between Espoo and Helsinki.  Lauttasaari means 'ferry island' but nowadays the island is connected to the mainland by a series of bridges and causeways. Today is National Poet's Day, and whenever it's a National Day in Finland, Finnish …

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Day 7.  Helsinki Rocks !

A sunny day in the capital so our first stop this morning was to the Helsinki University Botanical Garden in Kaisaniemi not far from the city's Central Railway Station.   Since our last visit two years ago the gardens have been undergoing a large rebuilding programme which is yet to be completed.  I was surprised …

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