My plans for this weekend did not turn out. I had originally decided I would visit the Isle of Suomenlinna on Thursday and then Espoo on the Friday followed by a walking tour today.
I did visit Suomenlinna though and it was a very nice day out. The island itself is an old fortress from the Swedish occupation of Finland and is still used today as the Naval base and a home to 800 or so people.
After this, I came back to the hostel and looked up a visit to Espoo but there didn’t seem to be anything to do so I decided to change up my plan and focus my time on the centre.
Searching online, I found out that there was a free Art Gallery Tour celebrating Finnish artists happening on the Friday. I turned up to that to find that I was only 1 of 2 participants so it was very intense going to these galleries but ultimately a good experience to see these works. After this, I expected to come back to the hostel so I could update you all, but instead I ended up going with the other participant and he showed me some features of Helsinki, including a trip to a small Jazz show and when we went to a pub, we actually found out we had gatecrashed a leaving party for someone.
Then this morning I knew there was a Free walking tour around Helsinki so I joined in with that and learnt all about the history of particular buildings and their architecture, before heading back to the hostel to write all this down.