A visit to Helsinki, Finland became the first thing on my Bucket list ever since my I made a finnish friend in high school. During break, I loved hearing stories about her home city. Eventually she left school and went back to Finland, but I never really forgot about Helsinki. I knew that I just had to go visit that place sometime in life. That wonderful time came after finishing college. Sarah, my friend from Helsinki had been asking me to visit for years. Finally I had enough savings to go on the long awaited dream trip. During my short two day trip, I was to stay at Sarah’s home, so thankfully I did not have to worry about Hotel expenses. With lots of money saved up, I decided to travel on business class. This way I wouldn’t get too tired during the flight and I could explore Helsinki without any delay. My dad had told me a couple of sites from where I could easily book an affordable business class tickets. After a few searches, I made my flight booking and instantly started to pack.
It was wonderful to breathe in the air of Helsinki. The weather was exceptionally good. After a quick breakfast at Sarah’s home, I took off with Sarah to discover Helsinki. Our first stop was at ‘Soumenlinna’ which is a UNESCO world heritage site. It is one of the most popular tourist destinations in Helsinki. Soumelinna is a fascinating sea fortress built on six islands. It was made back in 1728 to make sure that enemies would not attack the city. Travelling by Ferry with the wind blowing on our faces, we reached the island. The place is literally a small town. We had a nice picnic and visited some of the many museums located there. After a gazillion pictures, we finally headed back.
No matter how old we get, amusement parks are always fun. Sarah suggested a quick stop at ‘Linnanmaki’, an amusment park in Helsinki and the inner child in me quickly agreed. With over 40 different rides, games, arcades and restaurants, the park turned out to be very entertaining. Additionally, there is a Sea Life Aquarium near the entrance of the park. At the panorama tower, I truly enjoyed the view of Helsinki. Architecture and design always interested me. I was taken to Helsinki Cathedral next because Sarah knew of my fondness for beautiful buildings. The Helsinki Cathedral was breathtaking. With its tall magnificent structure, green dome surrounded by four smaller domes and unique design, this beautiful church held me in awe. It is definitely a must visit place in Helsinki.
On the next day which was also my last day, I visited the ‘Liesjarvi National Park’ and the ‘Market Square’. The park offers pure natural beauty. It is a heaven for nature lovers. I spent my last few precious hours before the flight at the Market Square. It was the perfect place for strolling and casual shopping. Market Square is located just beside the Marina. With the sea breeze blowing on my face and my best friend beside me, my last hours in Helsinki were truly amazing.