While looking forward to vacation, choosing a stress free destination is one of the most important factors. Right from planning the journey to the ease of movement while there, everything makes for an ideal vacay. And if you’re looking to head for a stress free vacation, Helsinki, Finland is the destination. According to a recent survey by William Russell, Helsinki is the least stressed city in the world, followed by Vienna and Munich. With favourable factors such as lowest pollution index, Helsinki becomes one of the favourable cities for a stress free vacay. Located on the shore of the Gulf of Finland, Helsinki is also Finland’s capital city. One can reach the city not just via flights but also via the sea route through the Baltic Sea from St. Petersburg, Estonia and Sweden. The Helsinki Archipelago also consists of over 300 spellbinding islands, giving one plenty of options to explore while there. And if you’re planning to head to Helsinki, here are 4 experiences that you should put on your bucket list:
Ski in Winters
When there is ample amount of snow, Helsinki can offer unto 200 kilometres of groomed cross country ski trails. While one can begin with trails in Central Park, head to to the Old Town Bay for the best scenic views.
Visit the Nuuksio and Sipoonkorpi National Parks
Both located within the Helsinki Metropolitan areas, these national parks give travellers the options for both — day trips as well as overnight camping. Equally delightful for hikers and wildlife enthusiast these forested areas are well endowed with nature’s bounty.
Go for a Coffee Trail
If you devour your morning/evening cuppa, you are in heaven when in Helsinki. On one hand the traditional filter coffee will woo you and on other premium single origins from small producers as well as local artisans with different roasts will get you hooked. One can find many micro roasters as well as trendy cafes serving that delicious cuppa.
Sustainability is at the heart of Helsinki. And if you’re on the page as the city, plan a visit to Vallisaari, a former military island and now a natural attraction off the coast of Helsinki. With rare butterfly species, reed warblers and nightingales as the main attractions you’ll find yourself in a different zone altogether here.