My impression of Helsinki: compact, cultural, clean and cool. I stayed in the city for a few days in winter, yet I found the city was welcoming and charming. Helsinki’s city center is compact and easy to navigate, while tourists could basically go anywhere on foot. Here is a 2-day easy going itinerary of the major attractions in Finland’s Daughter of the Baltic.
We landed in Saint Petersburg in April and it was still freezing cold with flakes. We explore the refined Russian historical architectures in the outskirt area: Peterhof Palace (a.k.a the Summer Palace) and Catherine Palace.
I wondered was there somewhere outside Las Vegas that we could see? and so we had a 2-hour drive to Utah’s Zion National Park and magic happened at the end of the day as I saw a multi technicolor light show – If only a man-made light show could have such a scale.
Sure, the district would look much more lively and energetic during summer time, it does not necessarily mean it is a bad time to visit the fall. It has another kind of snowy charm at Christmas.
Canada is my memory lane… and it was a frozen one. It was the most frozen moment I had in my life as I was NOT prepared for this! Traveling my way up to Quebec City we stayed in Montreal, the largest city in the Quebec province Canada. It was a romantic but frozen experience
Snowshoeing in the Wild – This is how we do, yeah. I saw overwhelmingly magnificent pictures on Facebook of my friends’ exciting expeditions in the Northern Europe and all the flashbacks of my own experience in Lapland, Finland flooded in. Nellim is about 40km away from the city, Ivalo, and it’s less than 10 km
I heard a lot of “compact”, “stylish”, “cultured” when people are talking about Helsinki. Still, it seemed challenging to visit all museums on the list within 48 hours. Here are my recommendations of the 7 museums that I saw and it sort of explained how the “compact”, “stylish” and “culture” keywords are translated into the Finnish lives.
Well, I went to Tallinn just because it was a detour from the nearby Helsinki, and it was nice to add one more country in my “been-to” country list.
Estonia – the “former Soviet” country was actually something more than dull and grey. The city has a legacy from the Russian culture. Anyway, does it worth going? I would say based on the following two reasons…
I was completely not expecting this and so I stood there for a second, felt so touched with tear in my eyes.
Northern lights are just a dream. Viewing the lights during the peak season Finland was on the top of my list mostly – there are direct flights from my hometown to Helsinki, closeness to the Arctic Circle, and state-of-the-art facilities and infrastructure. After my amazing trip to the Arctic Circle, I would like to share 4 afterthoughts and 8 photo-taking tips with you.