Helsinki Journals

Oh, Go to Hel-sinki!

A May 2005 trip to Helsinki by KDKerr

Quote: Ah, summertime in Helsinki. The constance of sunlight makes it hard to tell when one day ends and another begins. Following a bitterly cold winter, Finns emerge from their hiding places to spend as much time as possible outdoors. At first, Helsinki's residents may seem to be somewhat standoffish, but they're just waiting for an opportunity to share their fondness of Finland with you. The natural beauty and famous sites will make Helsinki memorable but getting to know the Finnish people will make your visit fulfilling.

Oh, Go to Hel-sinki!

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Overview

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Visiting the Land of 1,000 Lakes and not enjoying a cruise on the Baltic Sea is unacceptable. To truly appreciate Helsinki, you must view it from the land and the water. As far as waterfront property is concerned, you would be hard pressed to find another city that bests Helsinki. The 1 1/2-hour cruise I took around the city's exterior was one of my most memorable Finnish experiences. Wear layers so that you are well prepared for the chilly breeze coming off the Baltic! I went on a cruise on a very sunny day in late May, and the wind chill was downright frigid at times. Helsinki is a walking city. Traversing its streets on foot is the best way to discover the Finnish-Swedish-Russian architecture...Read More

Radisson Sas Plaza Hotel

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Hotel | "Radisson SAS Plaza"

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The Radisson SAS Plaza is an affordable hotel tucked away in the corner of downtown Helsinki. It is close to the central railway station and near bus, subway, and streetcar stops. The hotel has 291 rooms, and I stayed in one with standard accommodations. The standard room is very compact and includes two twin-sized beds, which can be pushed together to make a full-size. There is an armoire that contains a color TV, refrigerator, safe, and iron/ironing board. A large closet and suitcase shelf help keep the room from being cluttered with luggage. It takes a rocket scientist to figure out the shower controls and a giant leap for mankind to step up and into the tub. The bathrooms are also heated to ...Read More

Member Rating 3 out of 5 on June 9, 2005

Radisson Sas Plaza Hotel
MIKONKATU 23
Helsinki, Finland 00100
358 9 77590

Helsinki Club

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Attraction

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At the first nightclub I visited in Helsinki, I was standing alone at the bar ordering a Koff beer. A somewhat short and mostly drunk guy overheard me speaking in English, so he came over to introduce himself and spark up a conversation. His name was Janne, and he had learned English during a few years spent in Ireland. If he hadn't said that he was a Finn, I would have assumed he was Irish based on his heavy brogue. Since I get bored easily, I was considering the conversation as my entertainment until the club got lively. Minutes passed and things remained dull. Janne finally got tired of talking to me, and he asked if I had seen two hot girls. He was looking for his friends. Suddenly, Janne se...Read More

Member Rating 5 out of 5 on June 20, 2005

Helsinki Club
Yliopistonkatu 8
Helsinki, Finland 00100
358 020 1234601