8) Ice SkatingHelsinki is home to one of the nicest ice skating rinks! They give you the right kind of boots and the access to the rink for 12 euros as long as you want in a day! We fell, we crawled, and we learnt. It was so much fun!
Solo travel gives you a golden chance to meet new people and get a taste of unique cultures around the world. Finland is a country warmest at heart towards the visiting travellers with their local food leaving you deliciously directionless in the best walking trails. And if you are at a countryside during Midsummer celebration, chances are that you have a time of your life.
After the Ice hotel visit, I wanted to meet the Santa for which I had to fly to Finland. Due to the airline strike my flight from Kiruna (closest airport to Ice hotel) to Stockholm got cancelled. I had to pay double the price on the spot and take the flight to catch my next flight to Helsinki. You see I was so desperate to say Hi to Santa! Finally I reached Helsinki in the night and I was not left with any time to roam around in the city. I just picked up some Indian food as I had not had it for some many days then and hit the bed. Next morning I took the flight for Rovaniemi.
We took a cruise ship from Stockholm to Helsinki (for 42 euros a person, it was a steal.) After Stockholm, Helsinki can come across as a being a little bland. Use it as a rest day in your journey, and walk around looking for places to eat. Ravintola Kuu is a great place to try reindeer if that's on your wishlist. Cafe Ekberg is the oldest cafe in Helsinki, and a good place to have coffee and the local specialty of Napoleon pastry.
To get there, we took a two-hour ferry ride. Looking back on the picturesque town of Tallinn from the ship. We claimed a round table at the front of the ship. I took advantage of this time to catch up on my sleep! Helsinki is in the Baltic Sea. Founded in 1550, it is the capital of Finland. It was ruled by Russia from 1089 to 1917, the year it proclaimed independence. Today it is a very prosperous city and has a high standard of living. It is one of the World's northernmost capitals and has a lengthy and very cold winter, which lasts from October to April. Winters are also very dark with the sun setting around 3:15 the days we were there. They also had a fun outdoors Christmas Market and a special art show going on the weekend we were there. We bought two beautiful coffee cups made of ceramic with a felt cozy they sit in.