48 hours in: Helsinki
This is technically under 24 hours in Helsinki as we started off our journey in Finland through Helsinki but only planned for an overnight stopover. Arriving at Helsinki at 330pm we stepped out of the airport to watch the sun already setting as we waited for our bus to the city centre. Upon arriving at the city centre we trudged our way through snowy slush to get to the apartment (I won't even mention where we stayed as it was such a dump - and not by choice! We have since complained about said apartment to the relevant powers as such), dropped off our bags & piled a few more warm layers on to conquer the cold and explore the city in the short amount of time we had.
Slipping and sliding our way through the snow filled streets (I recommend getting snow boots when walking in snowy cities - there is an in-built crampon esque contraption that you can flick over to help with grip in these situations) and we walked past Senate Square where you can spot Helsinki Cathedral, Uspenski Cathedral, towards the harbour at which point we decided it was too cold for us and retreated into Johan & Nystrom, a lovely cafe with high ceilings and great coffee. For coffee lovers, they sold all things coffee (think cold press drips, coffee beans, you name it) so be sure to check it out if you're looking for a great spot to rest in while in Helsinki!
When we finally decided we were able to brave the cold again we wandered around Helsinki Cathedral once again and made our way towards our tasty dinner at Restaurant Ask - a cosy little restaurant that sources food & produce from local suppliers & farmers, offering set menus for lunch and dinner at a very reasonable price. With our bellies very full and satisfied from our meal we called it an early night - enjoying central heating and a proper shower, getting ready for our husky sledding adventure!