Pohjoisranta (The Northern Shore) of Helsinki at Night.

Pohjoisranta (The Northern Shore) of Helsinki at Night.

photo by Petteri Sulonen via Flickr Creative Commons

Helsinki Motorhome Holiday

Fortress of Suomenlinna photo from WikiMedia Commons (author unknown)Fortress of Suomenlinna photo from WikiMedia Commons (author unknown)

Being the capital of Finland, Helsinki is home to one tenth of the country’s population; however this is still only around 5 million, much less than other cities in Europe.  The city is compact and east to visit, however the cost of living throughout the country is relatively high so having a motorhome rental or campervan hire is s a good option as the hotels and restaurants can be rather on the pricey side.

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There are 7 ‘official’ campsites situated around Helsinki, enough choice for anyone, and there is even one that is open all year round.  Campsite Rastila just outside Helsinki is in Uusimaa, with 190 pitches including those suitable for campervan hire and motorhome rental vehicles.  Situated in a wooded area by a small lake it’s a popular place to rest for a day or so and as a base to visit the sights. 

The City

The neoclassical city is young and attracts many visitors for its beautiful buildings; some say the best examples of pure neoclassical architecture in the world.  If you’re not into architecture there are other things to appreciate in the city such as open city parks, wide streets and walks along the seafront.  The city also has a good selection of indoor markets; one of the biggest is Kauppatori which sells flowers, crafts and local food.  This is where you should stock on food for your journey, there is a lot of choice and at more reasonable prices, Hietalahden Tori is the alternative market to try.

Shopping for food done, you now have time to explore the city a little.  The one place you must visit is the UNESCO World Heritage Site of Suomenlinna, a maritime fortress just off Helsinki.   You need to take the 15 minute ferry or a waterbus across to get to the site but it’s worth it.  The fortress it great to wander round but if you have an interest in history then join a guided tour to get a better insight in what went o here in the past.  If you don’t want to take a tour, walk up to the Kings Gate for a wonderful view out to sea. 

Back on dry land there are a number of museums and galleries to visit, including the Presidents Palace or Presidentinlinna, Museum of Foreign Art or Sinebrychoffin Taidemuseo, the Rock Church Taivalladenkirkko an underground church blasted out of the rock and the Arabia porcelain manufactory museum in the old town. 

If you just want to relax then there are a large number of pools, both indoor and out and saunas to choose from, if you’re brave you could try the most famous of them all the Yrjonkatu Uimahalli where swimming is in the nude! 

You haven’t come all the way to Finland to spend a week in Helsinki, but a couple of days here seeing the sights and gathering provisions should be enough before moving onto the next part of your outdoor adventure. 

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