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Journey to Helsinki, Finland (Podcast)

Travel to Helsinki - What to do, see and eat in the capital of Finland

Hear about journey to Helsinki, Finland because the Novice Traveler talks to Inna from the Finnish Household Journey Weblog about her hometown.


“In Helsinki, the ocean is round you on a regular basis. You might have an incredible alternative to create a vacation with nature and concrete life. You’ll be able to expertise the ocean simply with out your personal boat in Helsinki as a result of we’ve got a lot of islands right here by the shore the place you may take a day cruise and even the general public bus ticket is legitimate on the boat. You’ll be able to simply take a 20-minute journey to Suomenlinna Island which is likely one of the UNESCO Heritages. There are many eating places on the island and many of the eating places have their very own boats. Most of them have a shuttle service each hour.”

We speak about among the different websites in Helsinki like Rock Church, the Lutheran Cathedral, the Orthodox Cathedral, and museums. We additionally speak about totally different eating places it’s best to attempt.

Helsinki is a  walkable and bikeable metropolis. Inna bikes in all places, all 12 months lengthy, and recommends you based mostly your self downtown for simple entry to all of the websites. Inna additionally recommends you get out of city to expertise nature in among the End Nationwide Parks close by. And, in fact, no journey to Finland is full with out a sauna.

Inna says that the Summertime is the most effective time to come back to Finland, from Might to September., however whether or not it’s on a protracted summer time day or a brief winter one, come see what Helsinki has to supply.

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Present Notes

Finnish Household Journey Weblog (not in English)
Metropolis of Helsinki
Helsinki Metropolis Centre
You Are Right here Helsinki
Nationwide Museum of Finland
Uspenski Cathedral
Temppeliaukio Church
Nuuksio Nationwide Park
Haltia, the Finnish Nature Heart
Carnival of Mild 2016
First of Might
Jean Sibelius
Circulate Pageant
Restaurant Gaijin Helsinki
Gula Villan
Putte’s Pizzaria
Avenue Gastro
The World’s Most Public Sauna


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Travel to Helsinki - What to do, see and eat in the capital of Finland


Chris: Novice Traveler episode 532. Right now, the Novice Traveler talks about rock church buildings and island fortresses, rhubarb, and plenty and many a lot of espresso as we go to Helsinki in Finland.

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Welcome to the Novice Traveler. I’m your host, Chris Christensen. Keep tuned in a while after we’ll hear extra about our sponsor and we’ll additionally hear in regards to the two Novice Traveler journeys in 2017. However first, let’s speak about Helsinki. I’d prefer to welcome to the present Inna, from Finnish Household Journey Weblog, who has come to speak to us about Helsinki. Inna, welcome to the present.

Inna: Thanks.

Chris: And that is an odd interview for me as a result of I feel it’s the primary time that I’ve interviewed any individual whereas they’re retaining watch on their boat.

Inna: That’s true.

Chris: In the course of the evening, too, I ought to point out. We’re doing this about 3:00 a.m. Finnish time. However why ought to somebody come to Helsinki?

Inna: As a result of there’s the ocean, in fact. That’s additionally the explanation that I’m sitting right here. So in Helsinki, the ocean is round you on a regular basis and you’ve got the superb alternative to create a vacation with nature and the city life.

Chris: Okay. Once you discuss in regards to the sea, let’s give attention to that first earlier than we speak about different issues to do in Helsinki. How can I, as somebody who doesn’t have a ship in harbor, expertise the ocean of Finland? And when ought to I try this? When is the most effective time for me to come back to Finland?

Inna: The summer season which suggests from mid-Might till perhaps finish of September. This 12 months, we’ve got had extraordinarily great Might and in addition now September with heat temperatures over 20 levels. You’ll be able to expertise sea simply with out your personal boat in Helsinki as a result of we’ve got a lot of islands right here by the shore the place you may take only a day cruise. And there may be even like the general public bus ticket is legitimate within the boat additionally.

Chris: I didn’t know that.

Inna: So you may simply simply take like 20 minutes journey to Suomenlinna Island, which is likely one of the UNESCO Heritages as nicely. And in addition our very well-known Pokémon Go place the place yow will discover a lot of Pokémons these days. So there are many eating places additionally on the islands and many of the eating places, they’ve, in fact, their very own boats. After which naturally, it’s additionally a possibility to take a non-public boat and even rent a crusing boat for a day.

Chris: You say the eating places have their very own boats, you imply that may come and get me if I needed to go to the restaurant?

Inna: Sure. Most of them they’ve like a shuttle service like each hour, or if you’re a bunch, then they will even set up it by your schedule.

Chris: And that’s going to the principle harbor space there in Helsinki?

Inna: Yeah. There are totally different spots the place they go away. As quickly as you get right here, I’m certain your lodge will aid you to seek out out the easiest way to seek out your personal favourite island and the most effective vacation spot of what you wanna uncover from the seaside.

Chris: Fascinating. And also you talked about coming there in the summertime time, and the one time I’ve been there which was this summer season, I used to be there in July. And one of many issues that I really like about that space in Europe in the summertime time is simply the attractive lengthy days as a type of individuals who craves daylight. The solar was happening I wanna say 10:00 at evening or one thing like that.

Inna: The solar goes down after 10:00, however the mild is not going to disappear throughout June and July. Even in Helsinki area, many of the nights, it’s mild. So now in September, we’re already getting darkish hours. However in fact if you go extra up north, then there may be…truly the solar is basically shining till midnight.

Chris: Proper. Wonderful. So what else would you advocate for an itinerary after we’re in Helsinki? The place is the nice place to base ourselves to start with?

Inna: I might advocate to remain within the metropolis heart as a result of then you’ve gotten a strolling distance to in all places. Helsinki just isn’t a too massive metropolis, so you may simply stroll from one place to a different or you may take the tram, you should buy a one-day or a three-day ticket which is inclusive of all of the trams and buses, and trains. And in addition an excellent alternative is to take the bike. I personally, I bike in all places right here round. And with the bike, it’s also possible to see how inexperienced town is. I personally, I’m dwelling truly on an island which is simply 10 minutes away from town heart. Should you take the bike from town heart, you can also make a pleasant let’s say 20 kilometers bike journey round Seurasaari-selkä which is likely one of the in-bays round right here and you may have a look to totally different islands additionally that are related with bridges to town heart. And you will get to look how the individuals are truly dwelling not far-off from town heart, however completely center of the character.

Chris: Wonderful. And after I choose up my information e book for Helsinki, they’re gonna advocate a variety of websites. What are the websites that you just advocate for people who find themselves coming to town? And what are those you simply would skip?

Inna: I personally I’m not a giant fan of like websites, websites. I reasonably go simply to town and really feel the vibe and attempt to meet some native folks and simply to sit down in a restaurant and see how the individuals are going round you. Now we have truly a reasonably new journal referred to as “You Are Right here Helsinki.” They usually have additionally a web site which they only opened I feel like a month in the past or one thing like that. And they’re having great suggestions about bars and websites. And this autumn truly is a good autumn in Finland to expertise arts as a result of we’ve got many, many alternative worldwide artist having the exhibition right here in Helsinki now.

So if you’re on the lookout for artwork, we’ve got, in fact, totally different museums. Now we have our fashionable artwork museum, Kiasma. Now we have our classical artwork museum, Ateneum, or Nationwide Museum the place yow will discover, in fact, the Finnish facet. Additionally an attention-grabbing factor for artwork lover is EMMA, which is the museum a bit of bit outdoors from town heart in Espoo. As a result of Helsinki area is definitely three cities mixed, Helsinki, Espoo and Vantaa. And all these three cities are providing totally different actions and alternatives for vacationers. An attention-grabbing chance might be additionally to reside in Espoo as a result of it’s solely like quarter-hour by bus from town heart. And I do know that these days yow will discover fairly good Airbnb residences from Espoo the place you may…for instance, Tapiola area is great. That’s an previous backyard metropolis construct in Nineteen Fifties and so they have been renewing it now currently, and there’s a lot of stunning gardens and locals, and so they have additionally a pleasant metropolis heart the place you’ve gotten all of the outlets and coffees, and even within the winter, they’ve a skating rink there.

Truly, we’re additionally having a…as a result of in Finland and in Helsinki, that’s perhaps the simplest metro on this planet as a result of there is just one line and now they’re about to make it longer. And really right here, reverse of my harbor, they’ve now the brand new metro station. And this metro will now, for the primary time, go additionally to Espoo. So it’s even simpler to get from metropolis heart to the suburbs, additionally to the western components of town.

Chris: And also you talked about…truly, I went over it if you have been speaking about it. You talked about getting out to the island that’s a UNESCO World Heritage fortress. We didn’t truly see what was on the island.

Inna: It’s an previous fortress. I don’t know when you visited that in your go to.

Chris: I didn’t know. Truly, I went out to Porvoo after I was in Helsinki, one of many proposed UNESCO World Heritage websites, the previous Metropolis of Porvoo. However not, I didn’t spend fairly as a lot time in Helsinki. I feel we had an opportunity to get to the Lutheran Cathedral and the Orthodox Church whose title is the escaping me, the Uspenski Cathedral.

Inna: We name it Onion Cathedral.

Chris: Nicely, and I can see why, it’s received the onion domes. And each of these I assumed have been very attention-grabbing. “The Lutheran one being extra attention-grabbing on the surface, the within is reasonably plain and protestant,” says the Lutheran. However it stands up there in a outstanding place downtown. We didn’t get…talking of church buildings, we didn’t get to the church of the rock, the Rock Church.

Inna: Yeah. That’s a ravishing…yeah, the Rock Church. That’s what I simply needed to say that when you wanna go to just one church throughout your go to in Helsinki, you positively ought to go to the Rock Church. It’s referred to as Temppeliaukion kirkko. It’s very stunning and distinctive of a form.

Chris: And you’ll discover throughout this, I’ll attempt to get by the whole episode with out talking any phrase of Finnish as a result of Finnish is a tough language. As you bought to pronounce Finnish phrases, I don’t even know spell them typically, however not a simple language to be taught both for these of us who didn’t develop up talking it, however in fact, so many Finn converse English. Not tough to get by in English in Finland.

Inna: Yeah. In Finland, you may go in all places and you may converse English. And I feel that probably the most…largest cause for that’s we’ve got subtitles in our films and TV collection. So all the youngsters already they know a very powerful phrases in English. And naturally these days after I’m trying to my youngsters who at the moment are 7 and eight, and 13, they’re virtually fluent in English even earlier than they begin to research it as a result of the entire recreation enterprise, they’re talking English daily.

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After I get again to Helsinki and have extra time to discover it, what’s gonna shock me in regards to the metropolis?

Inna: Should you have been solely within the metropolis, it’s best to make it possible to the character. So bounce into the bus and take the half-hour journey to the Nuuksio Nationwide Park. It’s truly solely half-hour and you can be within the wild forest the place you’ve gotten probably the most stunning lakes and rocks and paths. They usually simply opened three years in the past the Finnish Nature Centre, Haltia, the place we truly visited final January with our Nordic Bloggers’ Expertise which is a good journey bloggers program in January in Helsinki.

This nature heart offers you a beautiful view to the entire Finland’s nature, and naturally, they will even aid you to discover a appropriate path to your day journey in Nuuksio Nationwide Park. They’ve additionally an exhibition you may actually expertise the totally different seasons of Finland. It’s superb when you’re standing within the exhibition corridor and the all corridor round you’ll change from autumn to winter, from winter to spring, from spring to summer time and you may see the broad screens round you exhibiting you the way the character will remodel totally different seasons. And, in fact, there are many details about animals and even if you’re planning an extended journey let’s say to Lapland for the lapland holidays or to a different nationwide park in Finland, you’re going to get all these info from this nature heart.

Chris: Wonderful. And talking of different seasons, we talked about moving into summer time. What would you advocate otherwise if I have been there as an example in winter?

Inna: I positively advocate you to come back in winter as nicely. And I feel that the most effective time to expertise Finland or Helsinki area in winter is both round Christmas and New Yr when we’ve got a lot of lights and in addition some occasions. Like to start with of January, we’ve got the sunshine carnival. So even this massive, broad Lutheran Church which you talked about, they’ve a beautiful mild outdoors of the church the place you’ve gotten the music and lightweight. And since it’s so darkish throughout that point, all of the totally different type of mild installations across the metropolis, they’re actually stunning. And when you wanna ensure that you wanna expertise the winter, that’s, in fact, one thing that we can not extra assure right here in Helsinki as a result of the occasions are altering and the winters are usually not extra yearly. So winterly, how I’ll say.

Chris: Winterly, okay.

Inna: Yeah. However perhaps February is my favourite month. As a result of in February, you have already got this brilliant and sunny winter days as a result of the times are already longer. However usually, the temperatures and the snow state of affairs remains to be actually like feeling the true winter. Typically, we’ve got the winter from the start of November till the mid-April. However currently like previous three years, the winter has been kind of January, February after which March already, kind of boring months with out winter, however no hope for spring but.

Chris: Okay. And do you’ve gotten a favourite day, the at some point of the 12 months that you just wouldn’t plan any travels, you’d should be residence in Helsinki?

Inna: Residence in Finland, I might say, positively mid-summer. However that’s usually a type of days that each one the vacationers additionally say that it’s so odd to be in Helsinki as a result of nobody is there. And that’s true as a result of all people are escaping to the countryside celebrating the midsummer. So when you occur to be in midsummer in Helsinki, it’s best to positively go to a type of islands round Helsinki as a result of the general public will escape to the islands. However a type of days that I want to be in Helsinki yearly is the first of Might. As a result of that’s a type of great celebration days the place all the scholars and wanna be college students are celebrating. The start of spring, we’re having a giant picnic in one of many massive gardens, Kaivopuisto, which is probably the most stunning backyard in metropolis heart. There are literally thousands of folks coming collectively, there are bands taking part in and really conventional, very enjoyable and really neighborhood social gathering.

Chris: Wonderful. You talked about connecting with the locals is likely one of the issues that you just love to do if you journey. After I journey or one of many listeners travels to Helsinki, what’s the most effective place for us to go to attach with locals or the most effective exercise for us to do?

Inna: I feel perhaps to go to a type of espresso outlets is enjoyable factor. And now additionally this summer time, we’ve got been very fortunate as a result of you recognize that in Finland and in Helsinki, sauna is a really massive factor for us.

Chris: I’ve questioned how far we’d get into an episode on Finland earlier than sauna got here up.

Inna: And I’m very comfortable to let you know that in this summer time, we’ve got simply opened two new very good public saunas. And of them is known as Löyly. And really the entire space the place Löyly is positioned it’s close to to town centre, it’s referred to as Hernesaari. They usually have opened a lot of new eating places and it’s type of new space the place the vibe is simply rising. And Löyly is open daily all year long and you may simply stroll in or you may reserve your sauna expertise from the web site upfront which is a good factor to do particularly through the summer time months or weekends. And for €19, you get all towels and shampoos and all the pieces, you simply go there together with your swimming fits. They usually have two massive saunas, one smoke sauna and one like regular sauna. And you’ve got additionally the chance to swim within the sea. And the entire constructing could be very, very stunning and it’s all constructed from wooden outdoors. They usually have additionally a pleasant restaurant and superb terrace simply going through to the ocean. So I extremely advocate to expertise your sauna expertise in Löyly.

Chris: Wonderful. And also you talked about espresso outlets, and I feel loads of us who’re listening don’t notice the attraction for espresso in Finland. I didn’t know that Finn’s drink, I wanna say extra espresso than another nation.

Inna: Yeah. I feel so.

Chris: Or one of many prime two. There’s some debate about it. However I feel positively within the operating for probably the most espresso consumed.

Inna: That’s true, that’s true. In Finland, espresso is a part of the tradition and truly we simply had this 12 months additionally in our Nordic Bloggers’ Expertise, we had even a whole slot in regards to the Finnish espresso tradition. As a result of it’s so evident that when you type of not provide espresso to your visitor, it’s type of impolite. So in Finland, espresso is in all places and to sit down in a espresso store, I feel that it’s type of like high quality of on a regular basis life you could provide your self a while simply to loosen up, sit down and luxuriate in a extremely good espresso. There in California, now, we’ve got a Finnish man referred to as Kalle Freese who is definitely one of many prime 10 baristas on this planet. And he has now developed an immediate espresso which is top quality. In order that’s one thing that hopefully quickly the entire world will know the way good the espresso from Finland is.

Chris: And after we speak about good, and I’m not a espresso drinker so I want some assist right here. My understanding is that Finnish espresso is in power nearer to American espresso than, as an example, espresso that I’d get in Italy, it’s not likely a powerful espresso since you’re ingesting a lot of it.

Inna: The traditional espresso, it’s kind of near the American espresso. However I might say that in Finland additionally, the brand new espresso tradition, particularly the brand new espresso outlets and in addition this immediate espresso, what Kalle Freese is now creating, it’s extra the espresso fashion. So the standard of the espresso these days in Finland is coming from the particular roasteries that are positioned additionally right here in Helsinki. So the roasting of the espresso is essential a part of the method and in addition the origin of the espresso. So in Finland, we’re an increasing number of speaking about from the place the espresso is definitely coming from and the way are the situations in these international locations that the espresso is coming from.

Chris: Okay. Ethically in addition to taste.

Inna: Sure.

Chris: Okay. Wonderful. If I wanna be taught extra about Finland whereas I’m there, as a result of that’s the type of man I’m, are there any specific experiences or museums or one thing that you’d advocate?

Inna: I might positively advocate you to expertise some music. As a result of I might say that for Finns, music is a part of not solely the tradition, but in addition a part of the identification. Like our massive grasp has been…Sibelius, who has been like our nationwide composer and they’re organizing totally different type of like, I feel, quick excursions to Sibelius. Additionally in our new music corridor, we’ve got a beautiful nationwide opera with prime quality worldwide well-known stars and naturally the Finlandia Corridor with totally different type of concert events. However not solely that, I might say additionally the city music. For instance, the Circulate Pageant organized at all times within the second week of August is to create expertise to learn the way the competition life seems like in Finland. And naturally we’ve got additionally many different festivals through the summer time round music, however experiencing Helsinki and assembly the locals, I might say this Circulate Pageant is a good alternative to do this. And in August, we even have the Helsinki competition weeks. And through this time, we’ve got a lot of totally different arts, a lot of totally different music, concert events, theater, circus, road artwork. Now we have, it’s referred to as “Artwork Goes to the Bars.” Now we have an evening of choirs, we’ve got evening of arts. So perhaps if I ought to select one of many months of summer time to come back to Helsinki as a vacationer, I might some in August as a result of there may be a lot occurring.

Chris: Fascinating.

Inna: After which if you’re planning to remain in Finland for an extended time and expertise the evening of midnight solar, then I might come ultimately of June or starting of July.

Chris: Wonderful. You talked about very early on going out to one of many islands or the eating places which have boats, are there specific eating places or are there specific dishes we must always attempt after we’re in Helsinki?

Inna: There are many great eating places in Helsinki, and that’s additionally one thing that has modified so much through the previous, I feel, 10, 15 years. So the standard of the eating places in Helsinki generally has raised so much. And you will get great tasting menus with 5 programs like round €60, €70 euros, which I feel is an efficient high quality to your cash.

Chris: Nicely, and at that stage, do you’ve gotten one or two eating places that you’d say if that’s what I wanna spend it’s best to go right here?

Inna: I feel that one of many locations I’ve to advocate is Gaijin. It’s positioned in Bulevardi in the identical constructing with the Klaus Okay Design Resort.

Chris: Okay. And that Gaijin, just like the Japanese phrase for a foreigner?

Inna: Sure.

Chris: Okay.

Inna: The opposite suggestion I may give is likely one of the islands, it’s referred to as Gula Villan which means yellow villa. It’s on an island, Iso Vasikkasaari, it’s on Espoo facet. However it’s also possible to go there with the…so that you don’t should have a non-public boat. And it’s a really stunning island, you’ve gotten a soccer court docket, you are able to do a nature stroll, after which they’ve this very stunning restaurant in an previous yellow picket villa there. And you’ll simply spend your afternoon having a drink on the terrace after which the cooks are serving you an incredible meal. You will get recent fish caught by the native fishermen, and naturally, they do a pleasant barbecue as nicely. In order that’s considered one of my favourite locations the place I attempt to go at the very least as soon as in each summer time.

Chris: After which if we’re in a extra of a backpackers’ finances and that’s method out of our worth vary, any type of easy native locations that you’d advocate?

Inna: I feel that for this vary, you’ve gotten heaps to select from. In fact, generally, Helsinki just isn’t probably the most most cost-effective metropolis on this planet. However I might say that, for instance, we’ve got a pleasant new type of pizzarias. One which involves my thoughts proper now could be Putte’s Pizzaria which is true within the metropolis centre and so they serve even pizza from reindeer meat.

Chris: Fascinating. Okay. Nicely, and I bear in mind seeing reindeer meat. I imply, that’s not that uncommon. We noticed reindeer meat sausages out there, within the Metro Sq. there, and we noticed reindeer meat sandwiches. So reindeer meat is extra widespread there than it’s the place I reside unusually sufficient.

Inna: Yeah, that’s true. However then additionally, perhaps it’s best to attempt Avenue Gastro, and that’s additionally one thing that has modified the restaurant life. In Finland, we’ve got this so referred to as Restaurant Day, I feel three years in a row. And it’s organized like I feel thrice a 12 months and even 4 occasions a 12 months. And which means all people can open a restaurant for a day, hundreds of eating places across the metropolis. And that’s additionally one thing that it’s best to test if you’re planning your journey to Helsinki. It’s a beautiful expertise to come back over throughout a Restaurant Day when you can select…

Chris: It’s performed in a selected time of 12 months or…?

Inna: I feel they set up like at all times in August and November, and in March, after which I feel in Might.

Chris: That feels like loads of enjoyable.

Inna: So like 4 occasions a 12 months. Yeah. And it’s at all times like I feel a Sunday, after which you may actually get a great road meals. And for instance, this Avenue Gastro has began throughout like one Restaurant Day after which they’ve developed it to an actual good idea with simple and reasonably priced check meals idea.

Chris: Wonderful. You have been speaking about Finnish meals and it simply jogged my memory…I imply, I’ve to indulge myself right here as my present, inform a narrative. I solely know one phrase of Finnish and I knew that as a result of we had a Finnish alternate pupil, Marakatsantavaree [SP], who was in my hometown after I was in highschool. And my greatest pal truly invented his personal holidays at one level, August seventeenth, was, “Hop When Somebody Says Rhubarb Day,” and she or he taught us say rhubarb in Finnish, raparperi. Years later, 20, 30 years later, I used to be in Tanzania and there was any individual who I used to be speaking to who was a Finnish-American and he was pleased with his Finnish heritage and he mentioned, “Have you learnt what vegetable Finland gave to the world?” And I assumed, “Nicely, I solely know one phrase of Finnish, it occurs to be a vegetable.” And so I answered him the proper reply in Finnish, raparperi, that rhubarb comes from Finland. And the look on his face was priceless. A type of ineffective details that’s knocking round in my head.

Inna: Once you come to Finland particularly when you’re right here to start with of the summer time, Might, June, even July, you will get great rhubarb pies in all of the espresso outlets or with locals. And in addition speaking about locals, I feel they’ve now this new idea you could dine with locals additionally right here in Helsinki. You’ll be able to e book your dinner desk from a house of a Helsinkian folks, and in addition you may go I feel jogging with locals. So there are totally different like kinds of new enterprise the place you may bounce into an area’s life and that method expertise a bit of bit greater than…

Chris: And the way would I join with a type of applications?

Inna: From the reception of your resorts, most of them find out about these applications. I don’t assume that there’s like one web site for everyone.

Chris: One warning you’ll give, one factor I ought to know earlier than I come to Helsinki. Security in all probability just isn’t as a lot a difficulty in Helsinki as another locations we speak about.

Inna: No. I feel that’s one of many causes that Helsinki is rising amongst these vacationer. Helsinki and the entire Finland could be very secure place to go and to reside. Final week, we had some bloggers from Australia and Italy right here and so they visited my residence, and so they have been simply saying that, “Is your bike there simply with out a lock?” Or, “Are you simply leaving your door open if you go for a stroll?” And for us, it’s so pure that typically we overlook to understand that. However if you come to Helsinki, perhaps it’s good to know that despite the fact that we converse English and we perceive, the Finnish nature is reasonably a bit of bit reserved, I might say sure. So for instance, when you have been coming to a convention being a keynote talking and on the lookout for heaps questions after you converse, don’t be disillusioned if there will likely be not dozens of questions from the viewers as a result of that’s simply the character of Finnish folks. And perhaps typically you may really feel that additionally as a vacationer, so the primary feeling may be in order that we’re not so vigorous or open to discussions or small discuss.

Chris: Earlier than we wrap up with our final 4 questions, what else ought to we all know earlier than we come to Helsinki?

Inna: It is best to put together for all type of climate. Even if you’re coming in the summertime, it could possibly rain anytime of the 12 months. The nights are at all times cooler than like for us after we go to the Mediterranean, for instance, the most important distinction for us is that additionally through the darkish occasions, it’s heat. As a result of in Finland, usually, we don’t have like heat nights. So it’s best to at all times have at the very least one thing heat to put on and to be ready additionally for the rain. Should you come to Helsinki, don’t go solely to the websites and to the artwork museums, and to the eating places, go additionally at the very least to the central park or to Nuuksio Nationwide Park or to the islands or the ocean shore so as to actually really feel the true nature of Helsinki and Finland.

Chris: Wonderful. One factor that makes you chortle and say, “Solely in Helsinki.”

Inna: I might say the sauna. Now we have a lot of public saunas the place you’ve gotten like girls facet and males facet separated, and also you simply go there. I feel the character and the sensation of these evenings, the ambiance of these sauna evenings is basically particular. Truly when you wanna see a pleasant video in regards to the Finnish sauna tradition, considered one of my YouTuber buddies, Timo Wilderness has simply made a pleasant video in regards to the public saunas in Helsinki.

Chris: Okay, we’ll put a hyperlink to that within the present notes so that individuals can test that out. You’re standing within the prettiest spot in or round Helsinki, I’ll provide you with round, the place are you standing and what are you taking a look at?

Inna: I’ve to be trustworthy to my residence area which is Lauttasaari. Lauttasaari is an island simply 10 minutes from the Helsinki metropolis heart, and if you go to the southernmost level of this island, there’s a great rock going to the ocean. And also you sit on the rock and also you watch the solar happening to the ocean. That’s probably the most stunning view that I can think about. And that is obtainable to all of the folks coming to Helsinki. You simply should take the bike or the bus to Lauttasaari and shortly the metro, after which you may stroll by the shore. It’s 10 kilometers when you stroll across the island and there’s a good strolling method by the shore on each spot.

Chris: Wonderful. End this thought, “You actually now you’re actually in Helsinki when…” What?

Inna: If you find yourself experiencing the character, the artwork, the tradition and the prime quality meals throughout one single day.

Chris: Okay. And if you must summarize Helsinki in three phrases, what three phrases would you employ?

Inna: Sea, smile, nature.

Chris: Wonderful. Our visitor, once more, has been Inna from the Finnish Household Journey Weblog. Inna, do you’ve gotten any put up that you just’ve written about Helsinki that we must always notably underline and ship folks to?

Inna: Sure, youareherehelsinki.com.

Chris: Wonderful. And we must also say that when you’re thinking about doing any advertising and marketing or social media advertising and marketing within the space and does that as nicely, and your organization title there may be?

Inna: Innastus.

Chris: Wonderful. We’ll put a hyperlink to that within the present notes as nicely. Inna, thanks a lot for approaching the Novice Traveler and sharing with us your love to your personal hometown of Helsinki.

Inna: Thanks, Chris, for inviting me. And welcome to Helsinki and for you additionally through the winter time.

Chris: In information of the neighborhood, as I discussed, we’re doing two totally different Novice Traveler journeys in subsequent 12 months, 2017. There will likely be a visit to Japan within the first a part of June. I’ll be placing up the main points on that in a pair days right here. First, I’ll be saying it on the Novice Traveler Journeys Group with the ultimate numbers for the worth. Appears prefer it’s gonna be costlier, a bit of greater than $2,000 for that journey. And you’ll be part of the Novice Traveler non-public Fb group, amateurtraveler.com/journeys, to be the primary individual in line for these. We’ve opened up the journey, November 4th for India and that’s a lot inexpensive journey as nicely. So take a look at, that’s already on the web site beneath the Guide Journey tab.

With that, we’re gonna finish this episode of the Novice Traveler. You probably have any questions, ship an e-mail to host at amateurtraveler.com or higher but go away a touch upon this episode at amateurtraveler.com. You’ll be able to comply with me on Twitter, Pinterest or Instagram, or discuss to me within the Novice Traveler Journeys Group. The transcript of this episode is sponsored by JayWay Journey, consultants in Japanese European journey who I thank for his or her continued assist. And as at all times, thanks a lot for listening.

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