As some of you may know, I am a person who loves planning and creating lists. Sometimes I wish I was not like this but what can I do! On the other hand, when it is related to travelling, having a good time and enjoying life I don’t think it can be a bad thing right?
For the upcoming summer I have created a list of things to see and do, both locally and internationally, however, I have not locked any final plans or booked tickets yet. So I almost already know what to do this summer and my calendar is filling up with summer plans. Let’s take a closer look at my travel bucket list for summer 2017:
1. Exploring hidden secrets of Helsinki
Even though I have lived most of my life in Helsinki, I still get excited exploring my hometown and discovering the city’s hidden gems and new places. Besides, local adventures are the utmost best as you get to see your city from a completely new perspective.
2. Discovering Helsinki’s street art scene
Last summer I was totally blown away by some street art pieces that I found in Helsinki. So I want to discover the street art scene even further, knowing that this summer lots of street art will be created to make the city more vivid and colourful by several urban art projects.
3. Island hopping in Helsinki archipelago
The archipelago around Helsinki consists of more than 300 islands, providing a great escape from the bustling city. Every summer a day trip to Suomenlinna Sea Fortress is a must. I also want to head off to Kaunissaari island, which is one of the most remote islands in the archipelago.
4. Hiking in Sipoonkorpi National Park
This fairly recently opened national park located in Sipoo, less than 10 km from my house, has been on my bucket list for a couple of years already. I think that by now they have already created marked nature trails making Sipoonkorpi National Park a perfect place to do some hiking and enjoying fresh air.
5. Day trip to Fiskars village
I recall visiting this little village back in the days but cannot wait to revisit and get to know the history and traditions of Fiskars, which is popular among artists, artisans and designers.
6. Midsummer in Hanko
I am hoping to spend Midsummer in the small coastal town of Hanko, the southernmost place of continental Finland enjoying quiet beach life and exploring the archipelago.
7. Enjoying the Midnight sun
Midnight sun. Nightless night. White night. This is by far the best thing about summer in Finland. I absolutely love spending time in the outdoors enjoying serene light and warm summer nights just sitting by the water listening to silence and taking in the glow over the landscape.
8. Sunset spotting
I am a serious sunset lover so this is what I do everywhere and every night, always trying to capture beautiful moments.
9. City break in Tallinn
We are so lucky that the medieval city of Tallinn is easily reached from Helsinki in less than two hours by boat. I am planning to spend at least one long weekend in Tallinn exploring the city’s hidden gems especially in the hipster district of Kalamaja, taking in the medieval charm of Tallinn Old Town and also visiting some of the city’s museums and other cultural attractions.
10. Island hopping in Greece
After many many years, last summer I spent 2 weeks in Rhodes and instantly fell back in love with Greece. So this summer I certainly want to return and do island hopping in the Greek archipelago for at least a couple of weeks if not even longer.What do you have on your travel bucket list for this summer?