A few weeks ago my business class and I took a trip to Finland and Latvia. I’ll go through some of the highlights of our time in Helsinki… with some tips as well! I hope you enjoy the post.
Visit the churches, cathedrals, and chapels
There are so many wonderful churches in Helsinki that you shouldn’t miss out on. Temppeliaukio Church is one that you absolutely must see. It costs 3 euro to enter but is definitely worth it. This Lutheran church was built 1969, and quarried out of the natural bedrock. The ceiling is also absolutely stunning.
Next is the Helsinki Cathedral, a white-walled Evangelical Lutheran church.
Another gorgeous cathedral is the Eastern Orthodox Uspenski Cathedral, built around 1868.
And finally is the Kamppi Chapel of Silence. This is a place where the public can come to get a few moments of peace and relaxation in one of the busiest parts of Helsinki.
Visit the Old Market Hall | Vanha Kauppahalli
This indoor market has been serving hungry Finns + travellers since 1889. This market offers Finnish cuisine but also more modern innovations such as a whole stand dedicated to selling products made of insects. Of course I had to try one and I have to say, you couldn’t taste the crickets at all. Perhaps this is the future of sustainable eating… it’s definitely also a good protein source. I recommend you give it a try 😉
There were all sorts of little goodies such as these cute candles. Apparently the Finns like to make humor out of their cold country with obscure amounts of darkness and sunlight.
Try visiting a startup when in Helsinki. There is such a booming startup scene here, and there is notably a place called Maria 0-1 which is an old hospital that now serves as a home for over 60+ ambitious startups and VCs. Getting a taste of entrepreneurship is definitely refreshing and hearing perspectives on why Finland is the perfect home for that is very interesting. One of the startups my business class and I visited told us that around 10% of all billion dollar exits come from the Nordics. This large percentage is partially a result of the social support the country gives its citizens. College is free so if their startup fails, they can return to uni with no hassle… whereas in the US it would be much tougher.
Stroll around the design district + pop into a cute cafe
The design district is the area around Punavuori, Kaartinkaupunki, Kruunuhaka, Kamppi and Ullanlinna.
Plootu, a design-store & cafe hybrid, is the place we chose to hide from the cold. At Plootu you can grab a tea or coffee and wander around and look at some cool furniture. There are so many fun items to spice up your apartment or to make your home more cozy. I also went to a similar concept store in Dublin called Industry.
Walk out onto the frozen harbor
If you are in Helsinki during the cold months, the harbor will almost definitely be frozen. It’s really a unique feeling to walk on a place that you would typically be swimming in!
I hope this gave you some ideas of main things you can do in Helsinki. I loved my time there and can definitely picture myself going back someday 🙂 xx