The Southern part of Finland is not just a beautifully rugged coastline, but it offers so many things to do and see, that really surprised me. The Kotka-Hamina region is only about 1,5 hours from Helsinki: certainly one of the destination for a day or weekend trip, that I really wholeheartedly want to recommend to everyone!
The Lakeland region of Central Finland around the city of Jyväskylä, is famous for its countless lakes, its Sauna culture, the home of architect Alvar Aalto. Our summer trip took us through the most beautiful parts of the region to experience the best parts of all of it. An area best explored with the flexibility of a car, it’s a great destination for a Finland roadtrip.
Whether you have family visiting or if you are new to Helsinki, this itinerary to spend 3 days in Helsinki is showing off the Finnish Capital at its best, from sights, to nature, relaxing, local things to do! This is a very relaxed schedule, taking an afternoon siesta into account as we all need to take some downtime when it’s so warm!
Little getaways from the city, especially in the summertime for day hikes and exploring the areas closeby Helsinki, are my favourite thing to do! I had seen so much of Porkkalanniemi on social media, and I’m not sure why it took me this long to get there. I knew it looked nice, but it totally exceeded my expectations! Magnificent views, rocky shores – actually reminding me a lot of the Åland Islands where I had been recently. Porkkalanniemi is now my favourite spot for a day hike, and let me show you why.
I’m not gonna lie, Midsummer always gets me. After all these years, and being super content with my Finnish life, the FOMO is heavy around Juhannus. For us foreigners, it can be a tricky time. We don’t have the strong traditions, the family mökki, the associations with Midsummer, the stories of our youth. It doesn’t have this presence in our mind and calendars, so by the time we notice that it’s midsummer time, cabins are unavailable and rental cars all booked up. While last year was particularly difficult for me, I’m more than happy with the plans for 2020, just getting out of the city and being away, just for a little bit, taking a deep breath and start to actively make my own Midsummer memories.