Finland is one of the most interesting countries to explore due to its rich history and strong culture. While officially recognized as a Nordic country, the Scandinavian and Baltic influences of the region are hard to miss, making it quite an interesting place to see. With over 10,000 years of human history, Finland’s museums and historical sites are easily among the best in Europe. If you’re feeling adventurous you can even sail the Baltic Sea to make port in the capital. Today, we’ll share a few of the reasons why we feel Helsinki should most definitely be on your travel itinerary.
Helsinki is filled to the brim with world-class museums any history buff could spend weeks browsing. Fans of traditional and classic artwork will enjoy the Ateneum Art Museum, which houses an astoundingly massive collection of Finnish art. The Finnish Museum of Photography is also an excellent place to venture.
For lovers of design and architecture, you’ll find museums on those subjects as well but you can always just take a stroll outside the Lutheran and Uspenski Cathedrals, both breathtaking examples of design and architecture. But no matter what, do not skip Suomenlinna. It’s the most famous military installation in the country, housing more than a handful of various museums within its confines.
The interesting geographical location also leads travelers to an abundance of unique cuisines that builds off of the diverse regional offerings. Seafood is a staple ingredient in many of the dishes in Helinski. Take for example, the blini, the savory pancake that diverged from Russian origins. Lingonberries are a regional favorite, too you shouldn’t have much trouble finding baked into a cake or pie at one of the cafes throughout the city. There’s also some excellent cabbage rolls and plenty of other delightful dishes to sate your appetite.
Another excellent way to pass the time in Helsinki is to do a little shopping. The market square and harbor is a thriving hub of business for Helsinki where you can find a bounty of locally-crafted treasures. Just a few items you’ll find to bring back home with you include reindeer pelts and handcrafted jewelry. If you like to take in the local fashion when traveling, be sure to visit the design district for it’s endless assortment of shops and boutiques that showcase elegant and understated Finnish attire.