I didn’t expect to be going back to Europe so soon, but in just a matter of days I’m heading back to Finland!
I always thought my second trip to Finland would be in the winter time – a visit to Santa and his reindeer, maybe a trip up to Lapland to see the Northern Lights – but life is full of surprises and it looks like I’ll get to experience yet another wonderful summer under the Midnight Sun.
Last year’s trip introduced me to Finland’s Great Outdoors. I got to do a lot of cool things like kayak on the Archipelago Sea, enjoy the slow country life, eat at Farmers’ Markets, explore a Viking village, and even spend the night in a jail hotel. Finland reminded me of Canada in many ways and it was a very easy country to travel through, so I’m thrilled to get to do it a second time with the help of Visit Finland.
While I’ll once again be exploring Southwestern Finland, this trip is going to have a bit of a different schedule and I’ll be visiting places that I missed the first time around.
Here’s a little sneak peek at what I’ll be doing:
- Going on a biking tour of Helsinki
- Kayaking under the midnight sun (that’s the cool thing about travelling to Finland in the middle of the summer – it’s hardly ever dark!)
- Trekking in Nuuksio National Park
- Experiencing a Finnish Sauna
- Visiting the Bengtskär lighthouse which sits out at sea
- Kayaking and island-hopping around the archipelago
- Enjoying some beach time in Hanko
- Going on a cycling tour of Hanko’s local farms
- and much, much more!
After that I’ll be staying back in Helsinki for a few more days to do some exploring on my own. I really enjoyed the city during my last visit, and I’m looking forward to revisiting some favourite spots like the Farmers’ Market (where you can get a delicious meal of salmon, potatoes and veggies at a bargain!), and Suomenlinna for a relaxing day outdoors. I also want to visit the Kamppi Chapel of Silence, catch some live music at Esplanade Park, go inside Temppeliaukio Church which is carved into the rock, and eat my fill of Karl Fazer chocolate bars.
I likely won’t be blogging about the trip until I get back to Canada, but if you want to keep up on social media, you can follow the #OutdoorsFinland and #VisitFinland hashtags. I’ll be posting lots of photos of the Finnish shenanigans on Instagram.
Have you been to Finland?
What should I eat / do / see during my free days in Helsinki?
I’d love to hear your suggestions. 🙂