24 hours in Helsinki
24 hours in Helsinki is just enough to get into the mood of this easygoing capital that you might not want to leave. Words by Milla Visuri.
The city of Helsinki, located at the Northern coast of the Baltic Sea, has stood here nearly 470 years still being a people-sized city where one can easily feel at home. It may seem like a curious choice for a holiday destination but once you get to know it, you will love it. Explore some of the best Helsinki has to offer as it must neither be exquisite nor expensive.
Helsinki is buzzing with happy energy. It is easy to get around with a public transportation day-ticket covering metro, bus and tram routes plus the Suomenlinna ferry – children under the age of seven travel for free. Transfer time is smooth: 30 minutes to and from the airport, whether you hop on a taxi, bus or train. There are comfortable yellow city-bikes for rent and ferries will take you out to some of the 330 nearby islands. Navigating on foot is easy too – it only takes 40 minutes to get from one side of the city to the other.
Helsinki is a modern, pocket-sized European city known for design and high technology. Helsinki’s attractive and unique character comes from its proximity to the sea, as well as its location between the East and the West.