One of my goals for 2018 is to cut down on long-distance travel and explore more of Finland. While my favourite way to explore is normally to wander on foot, the winter temperatures in Helsinki are now frequently below -15*. So I’ve decided to use the tram network as a cheap way to explore whilst not returning home frost-bitten. This method also provides me with inspiration on where to explore as I plan to venture to a different neighbourhood each weekend, working my way through the tram lines. Below are the 10 districts I plan to explore over the coming months.
1. Kumpula & Käpylä – wooden houses and ‘garden city movement’
2. Pasila – residential & commercial hub.. indoor bouldering!
3. Merisata & Eira – waterfront walks, parks, expensive and sought-after old apartments built in Jugend style
4. Munkkiniemi & Seurasaari – peninsula & island popular for outdoor activities & open air museum
5. Katajanokka – elegant art nouveau buildings
6. Punavuori – Trendy ‘design district’, full of arty shops & cafes
7. Kruununhaka – stately buildings, vintage shops, University buildings, Senate Square & Helsinki Cathedral
8. Hietaniemi – what the Finns call ‘a beach’
9. Ruoholahti & Jätkäsaari – harbour areas
10. Ullanlinna – observatory (+ park), Design Museum & Museum of Finnish Architecture.