As We Travel » Finland http://www.aswetravel.com Traveling Tips, Destinations, Videos & Travel Blog Thu, 18 Dec 2014 14:07:39 +0000 en-US hourly 1 http://wordpress.org/?v=4.0.1 A Voyage to Helsinki, Finland – What To Do and See http://www.aswetravel.com/voyage-helsinki-finland-see/ http://www.aswetravel.com/voyage-helsinki-finland-see/#comments Mon, 11 Nov 2013 16:38:50 +0000 http://www.aswetravel.com/?p=45766 jQuery(document).ready(function(){ var options = { sites : new Array("facebook","twitter","gplus","linkedin","stumpleupon"), plugin_url : "http://www.aswetravel.com/wp-content/plugins/all-in-one-social/" }; load_all_in_one_social_banner(options); });

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Finland is a beautiful country and a great travel destination with many attractions any time of year.  Helsinki has been the capital of Finland since the early 1800’s, although it was founded in 1550. Helsinki boasts many interesting places to visit including the largest military sea fortress –  Suomenlinna Fortress. Take a look at a […]

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Finland is a beautiful country and a great travel destination with many attractions any time of year.  Helsinki has been the capital of Finland since the early 1800’s, although it was founded in 1550.

Helsinki boasts many interesting places to visit including the largest military sea fortress –  Suomenlinna Fortress.

Take a look at a few fun and interesting attractions in this beautiful country:

Kauppatori at Market Square

This colorful marketplace has a cheerful atmosphere that you will love. Located on the harbor, there are many vendors who sell fresh fruits and vegetables, a variety of sea foods, pastries and souvenirs.

Take your pick of the many outdoor cafes or enjoy lunch at a boat restaurant. Stroll along the Esplanade while you’re there to experience many of the historic sites in the city.

Suomenlinna Fortress

Catch a ferry from the harbor near Kauppatori to this military sea fortress that was built in the early 1700’s. It continues to be a royal residence and it a UNESCO World Heritage Site.

Visit museums, enjoy the unique architecture, go shopping and dine at the cafes and restaurants while visiting.

Seurasaari Island

Accessible by bus, you can experience life in Finland dating back to the early 1600’s on Seurasaari Island. After passing over a beautiful bridge to the island, be sure to visit houses set up with guides dressed in time period attire. Be sure to ask questions of the guides to get the most out of your visit.

Add a visit to the old church to your itinerary and on return to Helsinki, stop at the Bronze Age Village which is very interesting and well worth your time.

Linnanmaki Amusement Park

Wonderful fun for the whole family, the Linnanmaki Amusement Park has a variety of rides including a popular wooden roller coaster.

There are arcades and a variety of outside performances for you to enjoy. The park is open from early May through September.

Take a cruise

Helsinki, Finland is only one of many interesting ports in this area that you can enjoy when taking a cruise. If you’re planning on visiting Northern Europe or Iceland,  you may want to check out a cruise with a port stop in Helsinki.   Sea Enrichment Voyages. for example, combines learning with fun across unique destinations in this areas of the globe.

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Helsinki, Finland – Europe #30 [VIDEO] http://www.aswetravel.com/helsinki-finland-travel-video/ http://www.aswetravel.com/helsinki-finland-travel-video/#comments Sun, 27 Nov 2011 07:00:13 +0000 http://www.aswetravel.com/?p=24917 jQuery(document).ready(function(){ var options = { sites : new Array("facebook","twitter","gplus","linkedin","stumpleupon"), plugin_url : "http://www.aswetravel.com/wp-content/plugins/all-in-one-social/" }; load_all_in_one_social_banner(options); });

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Despite coming from Sweden, a neighboring country to Finland, and despite the fact that they even speak Swedish as a second language and that the country was once part of Sweden – I never had any real plans on visiting Finland. It seemed like a beautiful country, and the thought of visiting northern Finland and go […]

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Despite coming from Sweden, a neighboring country to Finland, and despite the fact that they even speak Swedish as a second language and that the country was once part of Sweden – I never had any real plans on visiting Finland.

It seemed like a beautiful country, and the thought of visiting northern Finland and go dog sledding would be an experience of a life-time, but it also seemed so… distant…

To read more about our time in Helsinki, make sure you check out:

We hope you enjoyed our Helsinki video – this is the LAST video from our Europe Train Challenge, but stay tuned for next week when we continue onto Estonia and explore more of Eastern Europe.

(Our Helsinki Episode was Sponsored by InterRail & Stadion Hostel)

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Helsinki, Finland – A Quick Meeting With Santa Claus http://www.aswetravel.com/helsinki-finland-a-quick-meeting-with-santa-claus/ http://www.aswetravel.com/helsinki-finland-a-quick-meeting-with-santa-claus/#comments Wed, 23 Nov 2011 13:00:14 +0000 http://www.aswetravel.com/?p=21343 jQuery(document).ready(function(){ var options = { sites : new Array("facebook","twitter","gplus","linkedin","stumpleupon"), plugin_url : "http://www.aswetravel.com/wp-content/plugins/all-in-one-social/" }; load_all_in_one_social_banner(options); });

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Despite coming from Sweden, a neighboring country to Finland, and despite the fact that they even speak Swedish as a second language and that the country was once part of Sweden – I never had any real plans on visiting Finland. It seemed like a beautiful country, and the thought of visiting northern Finland and go […]

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Despite coming from Sweden, a neighboring country to Finland, and despite the fact that they even speak Swedish as a second language and that the country was once part of Sweden – I never had any real plans on visiting Finland.

It seemed like a beautiful country, and the thought of visiting northern Finland and go dog sledding would be an experience of a life-time, but it also seemed so… distant…

I’ve traveled to all corners of the world, all the way down to the other side of the globe to New Zealand – but for some reason Finland seemed harder to reach.

I know it doesn’t make any sense at all, and luckily, with the Europe Train Challenge, I finally – at the end of the whole thing, managed to reach Finland.

I didn’t know very much of the country.

All I knew was that in Sweden you call it ”the land of the thousand lakes”, that they are the kings of Heavy Metal and that they speak the loveliest, most adorable Swedish accent.

The one thing which surprised me on our visit to Helsinki, was the atmosphere. I had heard that the Finnish people were distant, cold and hard to reach (just like my view of the country itself had been), but they turned out to be quite the opposite: warm and welcoming.

The people acted more like people do in small towns and on the countryside.

They were more than happy to speak English, the open-air markets seemed more like those in eastern Europe, and a small question to a guy in a bakery led to him excitedly telling us all about the Finnish cuisine, its tradition and what his mother used to make for him as a child.

But I think the absolute best memory I will have of Helsinki was that of 5 am in the morning on the day we were leaving.

Stepping off the tram on the way to the ferry, we had just realized that we were completely lost when we heard someone yelling:

Where are you going?!

Turning around, we saw an old man with a long, white beard and a large round belly standing in the doorway.

He held up the door as we ran across the street in the rain, and entered a small room packed with unorganized papers and dolls from floor to ceiling.

He introduced himself as Santa Claus – and there was no doubt in my mind that it was actually him.

He had it all; the beard, the body, the potato nose, the round glasses and that gruff grandpa voice – it was the most unexpected ending to our stay in Helsinki, but where else would you meet Santa than in Finland?

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Week 11 – Sweden and Finland – The Europe Train Challenge Is Done! http://www.aswetravel.com/week-11-europe-train-challenge-is-done/ http://www.aswetravel.com/week-11-europe-train-challenge-is-done/#comments Wed, 20 Jul 2011 11:00:00 +0000 http://www.aswetravel.com/?p=20662 jQuery(document).ready(function(){ var options = { sites : new Array("facebook","twitter","gplus","linkedin","stumpleupon"), plugin_url : "http://www.aswetravel.com/wp-content/plugins/all-in-one-social/" }; load_all_in_one_social_banner(options); });

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Europe Train Challenge – 30 Countries In 11 Weeks: This week we can proudly say – WE MADE IT!! Not only did we make it in time, we actually finished earlier than the 3-month mark – 75 days through 30 countries in Europe. Countries This Week: Sweden, Finland What a journey it has been – we’ve had […]

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Europe Train Challenge – 30 Countries In 11 Weeks: This week we can proudly say – WE MADE IT!!

Not only did we make it in time, we actually finished earlier than the 3-month mark – 75 days through 30 countries in Europe.

Countries This Week: Sweden, Finland

What a journey it has been – we’ve had many questions throughout the challenge, all from how we planned the trip to if we were having fun traveling at such a high pace.

It has been an experience of a lifetime, and we will make sure to share everything we have learned and our experiences from the past 2.5 months on here soon.

Helsinki was a random place to end the challenge.

Being in the far northeast corner of Europe, neighboring with Russia, we sort of ended up in the place of nowhere, with no place to go …

But first things first: Sweden.

Stockholm was as beautiful as always: the old town with its charming streets, and the islands with its fresh, nature-bound vibe.

This capital city is unlike any other capital I’ve seen.

Usually capitals are stressful, busy and polluted. In Stockholm that vibe is strictly limited to a few streets, and you can easily escape this and completely forget that you’re even in a city.

Wherever you go you’re never far from the water, and often completely surrounded by it.

Where else can you not only swim, but actually go fishing in the middle of the city?

In Stockholm it’s a common sight to see people getting off the subway with fishing rods in their hands, on their way to the parliament – to go fishing…

Looking over the amazing views over the city from Herman’s cafe in Södermalm, I felt rather proud over my country, with the beautiful nature and lovely people.

The next stop was our final destination on the Europe Train Challenge journey.

It was a strange feeling taking the ferry over to Finland.

For so long this challenge had been our certainty, and we were getting so used to it that the thought of not having it was more uncertain than anything else.

We thought we would be completely exhausted, celebrate that we made it through and stay put for a while.

But when we finally arrived in Helsinki, we felt two sided about everything.

We had no idea of what to do next, so we did what we were most used to doing: we just carried on traveling.

Helsinki was much better than I had expected.

Now I feel like I have a better idea of what this country, which for me has been a  bit of a blurry spot on the map, is really about.

We had a great time and met some people who made a big impression on us, and Suomelinna island was beautiful!

The Europe Train Challenge is over, we have succeeded in visiting every single country on the InterRail passes – but that doesn’t mean that we’ve seen every country in Europe – 50 countries aren’t there?

Estonia, for example, is a place we still haven’t seen – so next week you’ll hear from us in Tallinn!

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