Driving from the airport to the city, I was struck by the sudden realisation that there were few houses and lots of trees. Why the hell did I bring my family to Helsinki? I’ve stayed in some very bleak places in the middle of nowhere in Sweden, and wondered if that’s what I should expect. What do I know about Finland? Nokia, reindeer meat, vodka, saunas, and a high suicide rate.
What a relief when we got closer and a vibrant city appeared, beautiful architecture, wide open boulevards and squares, lively markets, leafy parks, and a harbour full of boats. What’s more, the weather was glorious throughout - 23°C with a mild sea breeze. Salmon with every meal, and lots and lots of cherries.