Helsinki is not a major backpacking destination like some other European capitals. However, there is much to recommend it. Helsinki is a city that has much to offer those on a backpacking holiday. It is safe, with very little crime, and Helsinki’s backpacking accommodation is clean, safe and though not dirt cheap represents good value for money. The city is also compact enough to explore easily, especially on a budget. The public transport system is inexpensive and efficient and even the most hard-up of backpacking holidaymakers in Helsinki should be able to afford a refundable 2 euro deposit for a free bike during the summer. Apart from its beauty, Helsinki is a lively place for backpackers to visit and is an excellent gateway to the other Scandinavian countries and Russia.