3 + 1 things to do when visiting the Capital region of Finland

It is the middle of my summer vacation and let me tell you, it’s been great to take it slowly and just enjoy. During June I got to spend a long weekend with my cousins in Helsinki and Espoo and we managed to do a little exploring.

I’ve spent some time in Helsinki over the years when I’ve been visiting some family members every now and then. As the current capital of Finland, the features are both historical and modern – and everything in between. It is also the center of everything happening in Finland – which sometimes irritates everyone living “in the provinces”. A common joke is, that there is no life outside of Kehä III (Ring III) – the outmost of the three beltways surrounding Helsinki.

Now it is clear that there is way more than just a few things to do and see when visiting the Capital region – which consists of three municipalities in addition to Helsinki: Espoo, Vantaa and Kauniainen. However, these are things I got to do during my visit, so hope you like!

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Piles of stone

While I was staying in Sweden, my friend told me, that if one wanted to play tourist, all there is to be done is to choose from different piles of stones. Though she was essentially joking, I did get to see my share of stones and rocks around the area. One of the closest ones was Stenbyborgen in Eskilstuna.

Stenbyborgen is one of the over 1000 hillforts found in Sweden. The area looks like a random pile of rocks on top of a hill. It’s filled with wild pansies and trees and doesn’t look like much, but some 1500 years ago it used to be a defensive fort, strategically situated along an important waterway at the time. The fort would have had high stone walls with wooden structures on top. If needed, the people living nearby could be taken in for protection.

Some of the other interesting stones are some of the runestones I saw in the area. They’re not much, but what other word is there to is there to explain the feeling when you’re standing beside them, other than ‘cool!’

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