Helsinki: in a league of its own
Helsinki is the capital of Finland and the northernmost capital city in the EU, and is recognised as one of the world’s most liveable cities. Read more.
Helsinki: in a league of its own
Helsinki is the capital of Finland and the northernmost capital city in the EU, and is recognised as one of the world’s most liveable cities. Helsinki is situated on the tip of a peninsular and 315 islands, providing around 11,000 boat berths and taking in a huge area of marine fishing. The city delights its visitors all year round, with midsummer festivals and icy winter beauty. The wonderful combination of natural landscape and cityscape makes for a unique metropolitan experience.
Adult-sized playgrounds, scintillating food and romantic day trips
Even a short stopover in Helsinki can include many of the major attractions. Jump on Tram 2 for the day as it travels around the city and get a view of most of the important sights. Even better, trams in Helsinki have Wifi, so a more detailed explanation of each point of interest is right at your fingertips. The majestic Cathedral of Helsinki with its blindingly white walls is a must see, particularly when the Christmas market is set up in the adjoining square. A more unusual approach to religious worship can be seen in the Lutheran rock church, built into the side of hill and boasting soaring glass ceilings. The Suomenlinna group of islands can be easily reached by ferry and hold the World Heritage listed Suommenlinna Fortress built in 1748; perfect for a day trip or picnic. Sticking with the island theme, a visit to the Seurasaaren Ulkomuseo island museum provides more than a touch of nostalgia with a stunning collection of historic traditional houses and buildings, relocated there from around Finland.
Closer to the centre, the Helsingin Kaupunginmuseo, the group of museums scattered throughout the city, focuses on Helsinki itself. Visitors to the Kotiharjun Sauna, a traditional wood-fired sauna built in 1928, are ensured a classic and relaxing experience. Vanha Kauppahalli market hall, dating back to 1889, proffers an outstanding selection of traditional Finnish delicacies and other tasty treats. If you’re up for something a little adventurous, join in Helsinki’s popular craze and stop by Taitoliikuntakeskus, a grown-up playground fully equipped with trampolines, bouncy airtrack, foam pits and more. Midsummer in Helsinki is an unbeatable experience with bonfires, bathing, festivals and a general high-spirited vibe.
Helsinki transport options
Helsinki Region Transport offers public transport options between Helsinki-Vantaa Airport and the city centre, including a tram to and from the West Terminal. Once within the city limits, a single Helsinki transport ticket gets you a ride on trams, buses, the metro and even the ferry to Suomenlinna. Regional tickets are valid for travel to the surrounding areas of Espoo, Kauniainen and Vantaa. Within the city centre, bicycle hire is a most pleasurable way to view the sights and natural scenery. Well-maintained bike paths are plentiful in Helsinki and easy to locate. Accessibility for everyone is a high priority in Helsinki and as such, moving throughout the city and its attractions is generally a breeze.