Helsinki - Post Report Question and Answers
What have been the highlights of your time in this country? Best trips or experiences?
Nature is integrated into every part of life in Finland, even in Helsinki. You're never far from the forest or the sea. Nature isn't something I thought I needed before moving here, but I've learned how much regular access to it enhances one's life. Some say that Helsinki is a terrible place to visit but a wonderful place to live. That resonates with me. There aren't many international attractions or sites, but life is good and comfortable, and it's a wonderful city with everything one could want or need, from nature to culture to architecture to food to shopping to sports, etc. - Oct 2021
Finland is a terrible place to visit and a great place to live. It's not an extravagant city that makes for great stories or photographs, but it's an extremely well-engineered city that makes daily life easy. - Oct 2018
Great Winter and Summer sports (skiing and cycling). Moose hunting was a new experience for me. Very fun. The meat is plentiful and delicious. Very pedestrian and bicycle friendly. Going to Lapland for camping, snowmobiling, and dog-sledding north of the Arctic Circle. Spending the night in a hotel made completely of ice. Taking the cruise from Helsinki to Stockholm was very entertaining.
Liking snow is a must! Learning to cross-country ski was an addicting recreational hobby. It is great exercise. Every Finn from ages 6-70 participates in this activity. Every home or apartment has a sauna. The Finns invented the sauna. It is a great recreational and social activity. Many Finns host Sauna parties. Sauna for 10 minutes,followed by rolling outside in the snow, is a repeating process that goes on for hours. It sounds crazy, but it feels great and it has many health benefits. - Jul 2012
The people. Finns are great. Traveling around Finland, seeing a moose. - Jan 2011
Friendly people, although you might have to make the first move. Beautiful seaside scenery. Reindeer and Santa Claus - May 2010