Helsinki Market Square and Cathedral

Making the most of the Helsinki Card

A three day Helsinki Card might at first glance seem expensive as it costs €74 but as it covers a wide range of attractions and scenic boat trips that can cost at least €20 each then it's possible to make substantial savings whilst using the card.  It is also valid on public transport including trams, …

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Senate Square, Helsinki

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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Arabia, Helsinki

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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Glims Farmstead Museum, Espoo

Day 7. Leppävaara and Glims Farmstead Museum, 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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Flyboarding at Laguuni watersports centre, Keilaniemi, Espoo

Day 11. Villa Elfvik and Laguuni Water Park, Espoo

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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Hietalahti Market Hall, Helsinki

Day 12. The Museum of Journalism Helsinki

Our plan today was to explore Helsinki's Boulevard which starts from Erottaja in central Helsinki.  Strolling along this elegant avenue we admired the beautiful buildings, many of which are now high class shops, cafes, restaurants and galleries.  We passed The Old Church and its garden which always seems a popular venue for young people to …

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Lake Tuusula, Espoo

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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Futuro House, WeeGee, Tapiola, Finland

Day 15. The WeeGee Exhibition Centre, Tapiola, Espoo

A stroll by the sea into Tapiola and a visit to the WeeGee Exhibition Centre which includes four museums, a cafe and museum shop.  Entrance is €12 but is free each Friday between 5.00 pm and 7.00 p.m.  The WeeGee building was constructed in the 1960's for the Finnish printing company Weilin and Göös as their …

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Helsinki Tram Museum

Day 17. Helsinki Tram Museum and Pub Tram

Being a lover of transport museums around the world, I couldn't resist a visit to the Helsinki Tram Museum which is located in the Töölö district of the city in a former tram depot.  Admission to the museum is free and it is open each day between 11.00 am and 5.00 pm. Starting our tour around the …

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National Museum of Finland, Helsinki

Day 21. The Church in the Rock and National Museum of Finland, Helsinki

The rain was heavy when we woke but not to worry, there are always interesting places to visit in the city even if the sun isn't shining.  Our first stop was at the Temppeliaukio Church also known as the 'Church in the Rock' located in the Töölö district in the city centre. The church opened …

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