In this video I explore Helsinki, the capital of Finland and show how much things cost.
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How Expensive is Traveling in FINLAND? Exploring Helsinki
I have been to Sweden, Norway, Denmark.
Very advanced Countries.
Living in Europe it's easier for me to travel to other parts.
Also Europe has thousands of years of. history.
may I ask how much money you spent on the 6 month journey around the world that you mention in this video? 8,000$, 10,000$ or what? I've seen quite a few of your videos but I don't think you have ever said what an entire tour costs. Be good to know.
Good question but I really don't know. I make money online while I travel, so I don't keep track of exactly how much I'm spending. I'd say a good guess at an average amount per month is $2,000, not including airfare. So in total somewhere between $12,000-15,000 for the six months.
I don't travel as much as you. But every year I choose a couple of countries and cross the atlantic. Last year was Berlin, oslo, Stockholm, Copenhagen, Helsinki, Warsaw, kiev, Sofia, Skopje, pristine, Istanbul, valetta, Rome and Lisbon
Helsinki really isn't that expensive, I found it to be much cheaper than Los Angeles or Seattle. There might be a blog/thread out there that can give you tips on how to do Helsinki on the cheap. Even without this, my wife and I were spending about $15-20 each on very good meals and about $5 per meal from the grocery store. Also found a bar with $5 pilsners (cheaper than other cities mentioned above).
I think that those prices were pretty standard and not tourist prices. Of course you can find cheaper places too, but many places are like that. Alcohol law just got looser than it was before, so you can find more places with happy hour prices, because they can advertise those now. Too bad you didn't come here few weeks later. The warmest summer maybe ever and spring turned into summer really fast.
Thanks for sharing! You're very gifted. I really like to travel as well:)I not too long ago shared my first ever video - My travel diary in Queenstown. Eep!Would certainly adore your feed-back on my video/editing so I can also develop like you!
I've been to some of those: Slovakia, Slovenia and Montenegro, and would love to visit the others. I've seen quite a bit of eastern Europe, here are a few of my videos from there: https://www.youtube.com/user/gabejedmo/search?query=Balkans
Restaurant Sea Horse (the last one you visited) is nice classic place, it has huge food portions (when compared to Helsinki standard). It actually happens to be about the only restaurant where you need to leave your coat and pay for it. (It's because they want to be old school and have the man in the front as they did 80yrs ago). Only other places for mandatory coat-charge are the late-night discos. Also due to the fact that tipping is not mandatory in Finland, these prices are not even as expensive as in NYC.
I live in Europe in the north of France next to Germany l have my own home and car and I live in carpinteria California Santa Barbara in the winter time on the beach I have been looking at your videos and I live like that from Chris 😎
Living in Helsinki, its not that expensive if you know where to go.. Like 1 mile outside of central all prices are like half from that, what was in video.. Ofc if want to go to 4-5 stars restaurants, it will cost more :D Like that König was 4 stars in 2017, but seriously, you will get same or even better food from small restaurants outside from central.. And there is Kämp near of König, there small coffee cost 10e and its like served in golden cup.. Sandwich 15-20e.. Hotel room to night 400e, small one... Penthouse - 20,000e per night.
For food, go to Lidl, dont use restaurants. For sleep over, go to someones home. That K shop is the most expencive in here! The seawater is safer than it looks. If you want to live cheap, make friends in Finland and they tell you where is the cheapest places!
Here are some words you might need if ever visit Finland.😀
Hello👋 - hintti👋
How are you doing? - vedä kätees kyrpä?
Can you help me? - mennääkö panemaan?
Thank you - painu vittuun
You look good - vitun läski
This is so good - täyttä paskaa
I love your country! - tää mesta on perseestä!
Where can i find toilet? - haluatko turpaan kusipää?
Hope i helped you out🤗🤗.
Yes, Helsinki is very pricy especially in the center where tourists visit. Come to the countryside and I'll grill you a salmon straight from a river with baby potatoes right from the backyard. Just bring your own beer.
You could have had reasonable priced meals at Unicafes which few of them are located right at the center. They are catering mainly for university students as you would guess by the name and for them the prices are ridiculously cheap by any standards, full set of meals starting around 2.5 euros. Can't remember from top of my head how much the regular price is but should still be good value for the money.
You can very likely count Finnish billionaires with one hand. Heck, probably with 2 fingers haha. Finland has progressive and aggressive taxation for people who make insane amounts of money, because no one needs money like that.☺️ The restaurants he showed were likely some of the priciest basic restaurants in Helsinki center. Of course you can spend a lot less or a lot more too. But yeah, it's no secret that the Nordic countries are a bit pricey in some things.
@13:15 "Finland is not cheap"
Correction: Helsinki is not cheap, you need to travel further inland.
I'd also recommend rentals as opposed to hostels, provided you're willing to commit to something, Finland can be an amazing place to live. For example, optical internet (300Mbps or 35MB/s) can be as little as €60 per month.
He found all the most expensive places in the center of Helsinki. He found the burger for 16,90 euros at a michelin star restaurant. At a Burger King around the corner you get two whopper meals for 10€. The weak dollar also makes everything expensive for Americans. A beer will cost 8 € in the center of the city, but if you take the tram to Vallila or Kallio they sell you a pint for 3,5€, and at Musta Härkä in Vallila the pint costs only1 € at happy hour from 9-11.
Yeah and I forgot to mention that you can explore Finland really cheap with Onnibussi. They have 1 € euro fares to Tampere and Turku if you book thru the internet, and even if you buy the ticket from the bus the fares are about 5-25 euros to anywhere in Finland. Yees and the rest of Finland is much cheaper than the tourist area in Helsinki.
Hesburger has a great hamburger sauce and mayo. At Restaurant Lappi you can eat reindeer. I suggest that you move out from Kauppatori and the city center, so you will not get ripped off. Explore Helsinki and Finland. Everything costs half the money outside the tourist area in the city center, and you will get to know the culture and people that way.
Jussi Karlstedt For sure burger is a burger, but it would be better to at least have one at Hesburger which is a Finnish burger joint, rather than in BK which is American.☺️ Oh well, just my thoughts. Reindeer with mashed potatoes would be the must have Finnish dish for a traveler imo, though the downside is that it isn't very cheap...
A burger is a burger. A 17 euro burger is not that different from a 5 euro burger. If you wanna eat traditional Finnish food you can go, and eat at Restaurant Lappi, or Helmi grilli. Lunchplaces also have traditional Finnish food on their menu. There is more ethnic food in Helsinki than Finnish food.
A quick city tour in Helsinki really gets on your wallet, but its not that bad when you travel into any smaller town and avoid buying too much from the main streets like you should always do while travelling. Barcelona for example is a great one for this, 1 liter beer on the mainstreet restaurants was 13 euros, but you can walk into a bar next block and pay only 1-2 euros for the same.
Went to most expensive part of Helsinki... and to one of the most expensive grills in the *TOURIST AREA* to say that its one of the cheapest. (I get that its your first time in finland but still there are much cheaper places literally 500m away.) and the beer... basic beer is from 4 to 7€ and premium beer and imports go up to 12€ or something (but yes is very expensive that I will not deny)
It is really nice to see videos from foreingners about Finland and especially Helsinki. I'm living in capital area and there is also way more cheaper places also in Helsinki if you travel little bit away from city centre :) I hope you had nice trip in Helsinki, Finland!
It frustrates me when I see videos from Helsinki city center and tourists looking at the expensive prices! I can say Finland is not that expensive.. You just need to know places where to go!
Altought what a nice video! :)
Next time I can give you some advice :)
I live in finland but not in a Helsinki.
you have to go outside of helsinki explore the contry maybe there is more interesting stuff! like our nature, animals, lapland, sauna, food culture,education, many others thinks!
The reason why there wasn't many people in the cold pool: It was too warm spring day so you might just as well go into the warm pool. It has to be -20 Celsius so that people enjoy the cold pool. Otherwise it's just boring... XD
Also, you can get cheap food if you don't go to fancy restaurants (I mean, they are literally the fanciest restaurants, because they are in the capital city of Finland). Maybe we should make a guide for every country, for different experiences and budgets. That way it wouldn't require that you know someone from the country who knows all the prices and culture habits and so on.
Helsinki is as expensive as San Francisco if you are acting like a tourist. Almosta everything was more expensive in SanFran. And btw. The places you loojed for meal in arestaurant are almost the most expensive in Helsinki ;)
You just didn't know where to find cheeper options :D In the heart of Helsinki there are restaurants with a really good price-quality-ratio..Next time try this: https://www.ravintolailves.fi/en/
There are plenty of little restaurants/pizza places/pubs/cafes in the center area that are quite inexpensive. You just have to find them, they are located in the side alleys.
If you take a bus outside city-center, you'll get a pint of beer like 3-5 euros or so.. And I mean you don't have to travel far, a couple of kilometers or 2 miles...and there's food being served also!
Finland and Helsinki get significantly more reasonable if you live here (permanently). There are many things that are considerably cheaper than other 'cheaper' European countries that you won't encounter until you live here. For example, district heating and heated water, which are produced from the excess heat of power stations and 'piped' into apartment blocks. This is a lot cheaper and included in electric bills. Permanent residents also get cheaper travel cards (the train trip from the airport costs €4.20 for a local with a travel card - 80 mins unlimited travel in 3 city regions). If you live here, you also know where to go shopping and where to avoid (e.g. the difference between visiting the tourist-geared Old Market Hall near the Market Square and the local-geared Hakieniemi Market Hall). Lol, and not going to centrally-located expensive restaurants (in Helsinki terms), and places in the tourist Market Square when staying in hostels. Decent tourist guide books will tell you this! Oh, and there is free wifi EVERYWHERE, even the airport. Yes, many things are more expensive, but pay is proportionally higher, and the higher taxes are used very well compared to non-Nordic countries.
Helsinki is the capital of Finland and more south you are the more expensive it is. Ofc turist attractions are also expensive anywhere so best thing is go up north and buy your food from places that dont look so glamore
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