It pains me that some of my friends and even my own mother struggled to find enough things to do in just one day in Helsinki. If only they’d asked me; I’ve been to Finland’s capital thrice (four times now, as of December 2017) and it has a special place in my heart. As my itinerary below will show, 4 days in Helsinki is enough to take in the city sights, as well as those sights just beyond the city limits and even an international border.
There was one “mistake” I have no regrets making on my visit to Porvoo. As the bus that I took from Helsinki approached the city, I saw the street sign that pointed to ‘Vanha Porvoo’. It caused me to panic a little. Instead of taking the bus all the way to the terminal, I alighted at the nearest stop.
The sign pointed down a wide undulating road that bisected a quiet neighbourhood. I followed it and soon enough, though, the picturesque scene that I expected to see appeared. It did not disappoint.