Day 1.  A walk to Tervesaari island, Helsinki

With Finland celebrating its centenary this year and the country being a firm favourite of ours, it seemed only natural that we should make a return visit this summer.  On arriving into Helsinki airport late the previous evening, we spent our first day enjoying a walk around the market square which is always a beautiful …

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Day 2.  The National Library of Finland and the Bank of Finland Museum

Dominating Senate Square is Helsinki Cathedral, built in the neo-classical style this landmark building was completed in 1852 and its tall green dome can be seen from many parts of the city.  Senate Square was designed by Carl Ludvig Engel in 1852 and the cathedral was his masterpiece, majestically dominating the surrounding buildings.  The large …

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Day 4.  The Arabia district of Helsinki

Just north of the centre of Helsinki and at the terminus of the No. 6 and 8 trams lies the Arabia district where we found much of interest to occupy us for several hours.  Starting off by the tram terminus is the Iittala and Arabia design centre and outlet store where we were able to …

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Day 5.  Kamppi and Herttoniemi, Helsinki

A MasterChef type outdoor cooking competition was taking place in Narinkkatori square just outside Helsinki's Kamppi shopping centre so we decided to join lots of other inquisitive people and take a look at what was happening.  The event was hosted by Lidl and was the national finals of their Grillimaisteri barbecue competition. Lidl Grillimaisteri barbecue …

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Day 13.  Lake Tuusula, Järvenpää

A day I had been looking forward to, meeting up with my Finnish blogging friend Suvi, author of the lovely blog Destination Everywhere whom I first met on my visit to Finland last year.  This time we planned a day out together exploring Lake Tuusula in Järvenpää, about a 30 minute drive from Helsinki.  Suvi …

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Helsinki Esplanade

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 …

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Lauttasaari Seaside

Day 6. Lauttasaari, Helsinki

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. On National Poet's Day, and whenever it's a National Day in Finland, Finnish flags …

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Vuosaari Marina, Helsinki

Day 9. Beside the sea at Vuosaari, Helsinki

Another sunny day so we planned a trip to Helsinki's eastern suburb of Vuosaari.  To get there we caught a bus into Kamppi from where we connected to the metro for our journey, Vuosaari being the final stop on the line taking just 20 minutes. Leaving the metro station we glanced in the Columbus shopping …

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Katajanokka waterside, Helsinki

Day 10. A Walk to Katajanokka, Helsinki

The day began with a farewell to my older son who was leaving on a Finnair flight to Rome this morning to meet up with his friends and embark on a sailing holiday along the Italian coast.  This meant I had most of the day to myself before my husband was due to arrive later. …

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Munkkiniemi beach

Day 18. Beach life at Munkkiniemi, Helsinki

Another warm, sunny day so a day at the beach was planned.  We took a No.4 tram to its terminus at Munkkiniemi.  It's a very pleasant suburb of Helsinki with an attractive bay, a peaceful spot with a long seafront walkway alongside tall reed beds and wild roses.  Nearby you will find a 'Mattolaituri' meaning …

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