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Helsinki, Finland

My general impression of Helsinki is that it feels not as modern nor grand as I expected it to be.  It has a bit of Eastern European feel and I was not really expecting it to be 'not' that progressive.  Personally a day is more than enough going to this place. Airport: Helsinki Vantaa Transportation: Bus 615: takes around 30 minutes and you reach the main train station. Tip: If you are doing a day trip, just get the 12 Euro ticket, it is good to go back and forth to the airport, and you can use in all the trams and buses in Helsinki.  Otherwise, one way costs around 5 Euros (as of April 2015). Where we stayed: We stayed in Hilton at the airport and the hotel was really comfortable and nice.   Places to Visit and Eat Hakaniemi  Market Square It's a fish and street covered market.  You can get fresh produce and 'ready to eat' meat.  They also have small coffee shops and food places you can eat. Nice Coffee shop in the covered market

Hotel Kakslauttanen and Saariselka (Ivalo, Finland)

Link: How to get there:   Taxi which will costs 90 - 100 Euros Taksi Jukka Kumpula in Saariselka - 0400 661935 You can ask the hotel to book you a taxi Otherwise, the hotel provides a coach for 25 Euros pp. Nearest Airport:  Ivalo Airport.  You can fly from Helsinki to Ivalo for around 1.5 hours. Activities: So it seems that the hotel doesn't really allow them to meet you in the hotel since the hotel wants to monopolized activities and any of these have to go thru them.  And booking thru the hotel is really expensive. What you can do is try calling them and arrange some transportation of some sort.  You can save like around 50 Euros per person per activity if you just go there and book directly with them than thru the hotel.  We looked for Antii, he was great! And just to share the difference, during 2014: hotel was charging 231 Euros while husky was 165 Euros for