Last week I traveled to Sweden and Finland with other design students from my study abroad program. In between the Swedish meatballs and Finnish reindeer meals, I explored the town on foot. Helsinki was DA. BOMB. it reminded me a lot of Minneapolis with its bike corridors and running paths around the lakes. I would say it is the best running city I’ve visited in Europe so far!
Where to run:
For an urban experience surrounded by Finnish bikers and walkers commuting to work, try the Baana – a bike/pedestrian highway situated below street level in an old railway line (Where are my Minneapolis peeps at – remind you of the Midtown Greenway at all?) that is lined with old rock formations and funky playgrounds. Take it southwest and continue along the canal for views of boats and more playgrounds.
If you’re a lake lover like myself, hit up Töölönlahti for some open space and views of Finlandia Hall and other Nordic architecture. Veer off into any of the parks around its perimeter for extra green space fun.