1. Language in Helsinki, Finland
Most Finns are fluent in English. But before you travel, we still recommend downloading a translator: some inscriptions or menus are not translated into English. If you don't know the Finno-Ugric languages, you won't be able to guess the meaning of words. For example, fruit juice in Finnish means 'hedelmämehu'.
2. Flight from the capital Helsinki
You can get cheap flights to other European cities via Helsinki on the Norwegian low-cost airline Norvidgin. If you catch a sale, a flight to France or the Canary Islands will cost from 100 euros one way.
3. Food in the city
Food in Finnish restaurants is either expensive or very expensive.
On average, pasta costs between €12 and €25.
Meat and a side dish: €25 - €35.
You can save a lot of money in a buffet - you are free to eat there for a fixed fee. For example, a meal at Haru sushi or Rax costs about €12. At Haru sushi you get Japanese food, at Rax you get pizza and fried chicken.
If you don't like fast food and want to save as much as possible on food, you can buy it at the supermarket. Everything is delicious and fresh:
A piece of smoked salmon for two costs €6.
A jar of pesto €1,5.
A large bag of Fazer bread is €2.
4. Saunas in the Finnish capital
Finns love to take a steam bath: there are 2 to 3 million saunas for every 5.4 million people in the country. One of the most popular saunas in Helsinki is Löyly. It is located on the shore of the Gulf of Finland.
A two-hour session costs €19. The price includes a towel, shampoo and a bench cloth. It's best to book in advance on the website: it's a popular spot. Floating saunas can also be rented in and around Helsinki. A sauna on the water with a rooftop terrace costs €150 for two hours. A sauna with a boat cruise for up to 12 people costs €1099.
5. Spending a day in Helsinki
Spending a day in Helsinki costs €87,5
Helsinki Music House: €30
Kiasma Museum: €15
Airport bus: €5,5
Temppeliaukio church ticket: €3.
6. 4 ways to get from Helsinki to Levi Ski Resort
The Levi Ski Resort is one of the most popular resorts in Finland. Located in the western part of Lapland, which is renowned for its very high mountains, it is a serious competition to another Finnish resort, Julläs. Levi regularly hosts competitions and rounds of the World Cup and European Cup in various downhill and alpine sports.
From Helsinki to Levi Ski Resort you can get there by the following transport:
Choose one of the options suitable for you by comparing ticket prices and journey time:
1) By plane: from Helsinki (HEL) to Kittila (KTT):
Price: €75 - €205
Travel time: 1 h. 30 min.
2) By Bus: from Helsinki to Levi Ski Resort twice a day:
Cost: €27 - €63
Travel time: 16 h. 37 min.
3) By Night train and bus from Helsinki to Levi Ski Resort:
The train goes to Kolari, then change to the bus at Rautatieasema to Levi Resort.
Price: €100 - €142.
Total journey time: 17 h. 23 min.
4) By car from Helsinki to Levi Ski Resort:
Cost: €200 - €300
Total time of travel: 11 h. 24 min.