24 hours in Helsinki

Helsinki Travel Blog

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On the monday my boyfriend and i decided that as we had the weekend off together we would go over to Finland for the weekend. I managed to get a cheap flight and hotel and we were raring to go!

The hotel we booked was part of the Soko's hotel group, they have many hotels within the city. Once we had arrived at the airport a quick and easy process through security and passport control we went to get the number 615 bus into the city, it cost 4E one way each, it is quite a way from the airport.

On arriving and getting the bus from the airport to the city we started to realise that Sokos was not just a hotel brand name but a department store aswell, this was slightly confusing as we were unsure of where to get off. It turns out we got off at the wrong stop but had a pleasent stroll to the hotel.

From walking to the hotel it gave us time to view the area and see what was around our hotel, which we began to find was everything! There were bars, restaurants, the train station, cinema etc.

Once we had put our luggage away and got changed we were all ready for our night out, we went to Texas outback bar and grill for dinner, this was attached to other bars and pubs, we went to a put just along the road from there and then went into a bar called butterfly, this was more like a club, but didnt start to get busy until around 10.30.

We decided we wanted to try somewhere else so we left and began to follow other people in hope that they would lead us to a bar/club, there were a could of clubs behind our hotel and it was one of these that we eventually went to. There was a club with laser lights outside called circus and the one we went into was The tiger, above a shopping mall/metro station.

Although pricey (see the tiger review) it was a fantastic night out, we stayed until around 3.30 when we decided we needed to make our way back to the hotel as we needed to do some sight seeing the next day. On our way back we stopped off at the 24 hour mac Donalds outside the hotel.

We got up late the next day around 10 am and went for breakfast, just up on the roof of the hotel. - (see hotel review) Then headed out for a sight seeing day.

After about 2 hours i could say that we have seen all that the city had to offer, after visiting the cathedral and port and other builings of interest we headed for a coffee shop - not an easy task, as it was sunday all shops were shut and there were not many places you could get a coffee from.

WE headed to a restaurant for lunch and then we began to make our way back to the airport for the flight home.

I really enjoyed my time in Helsinki, it was cold, it was expensive and everything closed down on a sunday but i would reccommend it, i think it has to be one of the safest capital cities i have ever been to and we bever saw any trouble going on there.

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