After clearing customs in Helsinki, we took a cab from the airport to our hotel. The best way to get from Helsinki Airport to Helsinki is the Finnair City Bus. It’s much cheaper and it drops you off at Helsinki’s central train station. Our hotel faced the train station, but there is also an extensive tram network to move around the city. It cost about $50 USD to take a cab and the driver was confused when I tried to trip him.
- Airport-City: Finnair City Bus
- US citizens need Visa? No
- Weather: Perfect in Summer
- Thank You in Finnish: Kiitos
- Fun Fact: Finland drinks the most coffee per capita
We stayed at the Hotelli Seurahuone Helsinki and saved 10% booking through Hotels.com. Helsinki is not a big city and we easily walked everywhere. We were there during Midsummer and the city was empty as Fins visited family in the country.
We started by walking to the Helsinki Cathedral (cover photo) and took a few pictures before heading to dinner. We ate at Kappeli, located on the Esplanadi and I had moose for the first time. Tenderloin is always delicious.
After dinner we walked around the Esplanadi and then headed to Bryggeri for beer. Here’s my list of restaurant/bar recommendations in Helsinki.
- Bryggeri (restaurant downstairs)
- Market Square (great dill salmon)
- Liberty or Death
- Kafe Moskova
- Trillby and Chadwick (hidden)
Time changes when you experience perpetual sunlight. You can explore the city 24 hours/day and it makes it hard to find time to sleep. Here are a few cool places: