As I am here in Turku for one year, I have a lot of time to visit all the attractions in Finland and its surrounding area. I have planned to go to Lapland, St. Petersburg, Stockholm, Tallinn and Oslo. Up to now I have just visited the capital of Finland: Helsinki. I drove with Onnibus from Turku to Helsinki Kamppi early in the morning and visited all the tourist attractions, like the Cathedral, the old market hall, the senate square and the Rock church with one of the hop-on, hop-off buses. It was pretty interesting and fun to visit all these places. Later on I figured out that there is also a sightseeing tram which drives to almost the same places as the hop-on, hop-off buses and is much cheaper than them. So if you want to save some money as a poor student, I would suggest you to take the tram (number 2) instead of the buses.
I also did a boat trip to visit Helsinki´s archipelago which was pretty impressing. The coastal area of the city is really beautiful and definitely worth the price of the boat trip. Nonetheless, what I truly would recommend to everybody who visits Helsinki is the island Suomenlinna. It is one of the biggest sea fortresses in the world and also one of the most popular attractions in Finland. If you need further information about sights, current events or city maps you can go to the tourist office which is pretty central and offers its help for free.All in all I would say Helsinki is a really beautiful city which is worth visiting. There are not only a plenty of tourist attractions, you can also go shopping or visit the zoo. As it is pretty cheap to get there as well (I paid 8 Euros for the outward and return journey with Onnibus), I decided to visit the city more often during my stay here in Finland.
Text & photo: Lena Schlachtmeier