Backpacker’s Guide to Helsinki

HELSINKI is one of the world’s most extravagant cities, so before embarking on the trip to the capital city of one of the best countries in the world, bear in mind that it might not be as cheap as you thought.

When I landed on the trip, I was encompassed by a group of Finns, all conveying different boxes of beer and spirits under their arms, in trolleys, or in containers hauled along behind them. How extravagant must Helsinki be, I asked myself, if local people need to go over the Baltic Sea to stock up on reasonable firewater?

Accommodation
Just like every other place in Europe, the best approach for travelers who intend to spend less is hostels but this implies around 25€ a bed.
Suomenlinna Hostel is a different option for staying in the city. It’s in the UNESCO World Heritage post island region of Suomenlinna, which is simply a 20 minute ferry ride from Helsinki harbor. The islands are quiet, however, be mindful that the lodging is prevalent with school groups — you may have a spot assigned to you, and you will still be sharing the house with lots of people of younger age.

Attractions
Structural planning in Helsinki is incredibly famous and to a large extent allowed to take a glance at.
Prominent sights comprises of the Central Railway Station, Sibelius Monument, the Jugenstil structures around Katajanokka, Academic Bookstore, Finlandia Hall and Enso Gutzeit.
Some museums offer free section on specific days — the shocking Kiasma Museum of Contemporary Art and the Ateneum Art Museum are free on the first Wednesday of each month, while every Tuesday evening the National Museum of Finland is free.

helsinki_cathedral

Outdoors
Summer in Helsinki has been wonderful yet short.
So if the sun sparkles, try a few snacks from Stockmann Deli, the Old Market Hall, and head for Esplanadi or Alppipuisto Park (which has free events in the late spring), take a ferry over to Pihlajasaari Island, or simply splash up the sun sitting on the ventures of Helsinki Cathedral.

Getting Around
Helsinki City Transport offers a one-day pass — exclusive on trams, the metro, buses and the ferry to Suomenlinna — for 6,80€ in addition to 3,40€ for every extra day.
The best two trams are 3B and 3T and least expensive means of enjoying the city. The courses take around one hour and pass the vast majority of the city’s significant sights; with a day ticket you can get on and off anyhow you wish.

Discount Card
The Helsinki Card offers free admission to many museums, free public transportation, free passage to numerous attractions including the zoo, a free city visit, and discount at eateries, shows, and on the ferry to Tallinn.