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Traveling to Helsinki, Finland - seeking information please

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11. Posted by vilmalotta (Respected Member 95 posts) 11y Star this if you like it!

Hi again,

If you're staying a week in Finland I would recommend staying in southern Finland, since travelling to Oulu and Lapland means two days of travelling (one there, one back...) unless you find cheap flights (it's possible to get a flight Helsinki-Oulu for 39 EUR).

If you want to look around, I'd recommend Porvoo, Turku and Tampere. They're all less than 2 hours away from Helsinki by train.

It seems (just looked up) that it's possible to get very desent hotel room for a price of 79 euros/night (which is around 100 USD) (a nice hotel) in December. I'll send you a link.

12. Posted by gonlaz (Budding Member 10 posts) 11y Star this if you like it!

SOKOS HOTEL PRESIDENTTY

How is this hotel?

13. Posted by vilmalotta (Respected Member 95 posts) 11y Star this if you like it!

Yes, it's a hotel in Helsinki center.

14. Posted by gonlaz (Budding Member 10 posts) 11y Star this if you like it!

Just one more question, folks - How "busy" or crowded is it there in Helsinkin During Mid-December? Looks like I will be there from the 14th-21, I do not know how many people travel there during this month. Thanks again!

15. Posted by sunny1985 (Budding Member 12 posts) 11y Star this if you like it!

hi!
I think you really shouldn't worry about the crime sotuation - Finland is the most peaceful country in the world! well... almost. And i think Helsinki is completely safe in the night.
And if you are a student you can come to the raileway station and buy there for 6 euro special student card that give you nice discounts on buses, hostels and so on!!

16. Posted by gonlaz (Budding Member 10 posts) 11y Star this if you like it!

Hi there Sunny :)

I certainly didn't mean to imply that Finaland was dngerous, I guess I just think it's best to ask these sorts of questions when traveling to a new place.

17. Posted by sunny1985 (Budding Member 12 posts) 11y Star this if you like it!

I know that you didn't mean it! ;) I just tried to assure you more about safetiness in finlad!
as for being busy... well, i never been there during the winter, but i really don't think that there should be a lot of people. We've been there in the most (as i think) touristic season - august and didn't find a big crowd of creazy tourists. We even find a place in hostel the day we arrived.. i just comparing to Paris and here you should book hotel or hostel like month in advance during the summer! So i think Finland shouldn't be buisier during the winter! I think during the winter most tourists going to the direction of LAplandy to see the Santa!

18. Posted by juho (First Time Poster 1 posts) 11y Star this if you like it!

hei,
i am heading to finland next week to hitchhike for a month...i am from the U.P. in michigan where all the finns settled...(i see you lived here before..) i would recomend the zetor tractor bar in helsinki...very unique bar!! personally i stay away from helsinki when i am in finland..my family lives in etela pohjanma in town of koskenkorva(were kinda like yoopers in that part of finland) so i prefer country towns... helsinki is a must see though if youve never been to finland...also estonia would be a great trip..you could see why the estionians call the finns there 4 legged friends!!haha.. of course you should try some koskenkova viina(like vodka) and salmiakki kossu..after a night at the bars you could try some makkara (grilled sausage)...or some tuna fish pizza...oh and you have to take a few saunas while in finland!!
have a great trip
juha
where did you live in michigan?

19. Posted by gonlaz (Budding Member 10 posts) 11y Star this if you like it!

Hi Juho,

Da UP, eh?

I lived in Iron Mountain, worked at WIMK and WMIQ AM/FM radio, now called "the bear" Ted Nugent bought it.

I also lived part time in Manistique/Gulliver. My ex-wif'es family live there - to me, it's paradise. I prefer the country type towns too. I will probably end up spending 2 days in Helsinki, maybe 3, and then trael to Estonia and other parts of Finland.

I used to drive through Norway, Mi. daily and also "the Planet" Vulcan, heh.

Thanks for the advice, anything else you can tell me about would be appreciated; thanks for writing!

20. Posted by Ravvy (Budding Member 6 posts) 11y Star this if you like it!

Hei Tim,
I'd like to hear about your trip to Finland. I am of Finnish decent, grew up in Northern Minnesota, and we just took our first trip to Finland this past July. We spent two weeks in Pohjois Karjala region in a cabin outside Kontiolahti, and took day trips to Koli, Puijo Tower in Kuopio, Valamo monastery, and the castle in Savonlinna. Do you know any of the language? It is not a requirement as there are many english speakers in Finland, but knowing some Finnish really came in handy in a few situations. Good luck on your trip, and let me know about how it goes!