Traveling to Helsinki for the first time in December. I have 3 days to go around. Do you have any tips?
Any tip would be great!
For drinks, I would suggest the bar on the top floor of Ravintola Torni, which has a great view of the city. The weather will be around 0 degrees centigrade, so bring warm clothes, e.g. a down parka. Many of the must-not-miss places are not really that attractive this time of the year, in the summer e.g. Suomenlinna is great. You can visit at this time of the year, but it will not be as pretty. Have a great visit!
When in December, kaibigan? The 6th is Independence Day and nothing is open. It's not a celebration like in other countries, more a national day of mourning.
The weather will be a shock, coming from the Philippines. Temperatures around freezing, snow, sleet or chilly rain likely. You will need gloves and a hat that covers your ears. Hours of daylight are very short - a couple of hours of twilight around midday, basically.
Get a 3-day ticket for transport in Helsinki. This is the cheapest way of getting around, and you probably won't want to walk much due to the weather. A Helsinki city 3-day ticket costs €16. This will not include transport to the airport as that's outside Helsinki city area, but it does include the Suomenlinna ferry, trams, city buses and metro. Details: https://www.hsl.fi/en/tickets-and-fares
Where to drink depends on your age. There are many bars in the compact city center (Helsinki is not like Maynila) and there is something for everyone, though some places have a minimum age of 24.
Take the ferry (25 minutes) to Suomenlinna fortress islands, Finland's own Corregidor. In winter it looks like this: https://www.flickr.com/photos/johnthefinn/sets/72157648667424138 . You may not want to explore the island but the trip is worth doing for the harbor views. If you're lucky the water will be frozen, very exotic for you. You can get close to the ice by going on the car deck.
Sights: Kauppatori Market Square (where the Suomenlinna ferry sails from), the Russian-built Orthodox cathedral, the Lutheran cathedral, Presidential Palace, indoor market (good place to eat), Sofiankatu museum street and Senate Square are within a couple of minutes' walk of each other.
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