“We stayed at Anita and Helena's house in December 2009. For a long weekend. The house was a great base to discover Helsinki. We were spending hours walking in the city and 20 min bus ride would take us back home for a relaxing sauna! Luckily Anita and Helena had left us some clear instructions about how to find the house again; but also a lot of useful recommendations. About their favorite places to eat. We loved the small soup restaurant in the market place! The house is spacious and luminous and even if it was not the right time of the year, the kids enjoyed spending time in the well prepared garden. The neighbourhood is really peaceful with a lot of traditional family houses. We are now waiting for Anita and Helena to spend some time in our Granada home.”
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Where is it?
The area is regarded as an upper middle class townhouse area, and is very easy-going, safe, and quiet. Yet, there are many parks around for children, Vantaa-river within 1 km walk, and very relaxing green surroundings all over for those who like to walk, etc. Buses run every 15-20 minutes throughout the day and night to the city centre (ab. 30 min drive, depending on traffic).
Helsinki, "the pearl of the Baltic sea" is a situated on a seashore and has culturally rich life to offer. It is also a great base from which to explore other Scandinavian countries, Baltic countries, Russia (St. Petersburg and Moscow within few hours journey by train) and Lappland (1 hour by airplain), where the Santa Claus lives. :)
The possibilities for skiing in Finland are good in the winter time. Helsinki has often snow in January-March, but if the weather happens to be mild, there are several skiing centers within a 100km distance from the city. Summers are very nice, full of light and sun (mainly), and not too hot for anyone. We can also consider car exchange.
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