June is a great time to visit Helsinki. When the sky is brilliantly clear and the weather is nice, Helsinki makes a stunning backdrop for the Scandinavian lifestyle. Though you can walk most of Helsinki, you might be better off taking one of the trams here and there and only walking to sites that are close together.
We visited the Helsinki tourist site beforehand and requested a tourist package—turns out this was a great idea as we were able to plan where we’d visit before the trip and save precious time while we were there.
Not a planner? That’s fine too, but here is a short list of some of the site you just can’t miss:
Uspensky Catheral at Katajanokka—Beautiful architecture!
Senate Square and Cathedral—Probably Helsinki’s most popular and recognizable attraction. It is more stunning in person than in any picture.
Temppeliaukio Church—Don’t worry, you wouldn’t be required to pronounce it as it’s commonly called the Church in the Rock. The walls are the earth natural bedrock and the copper dome ceiling makes for some of the best acoustics I’ve ever heard. From the altar, I could hear other visitors whispering at the back of the church!
Annie Souvenir Shop—I’m not a big souvenir shopper, but there is something in there that you simply cannot resist; it’s the department store of souvenirs. Just check it out (it is right outside the Temppeliaukio Church)!
Sibelius Park and Monument—We had to step back as a German tour buses pulled up and emptied at Sibelius Park – its’ that popular. The abstract monument honors Finnish composer Jean Sibelius and looks like suspended organ pipes—the Finns definitely have a little edge to them! Go Finland!
A Stroll through the Design District—Want to see Finnish design first hand? Take a stroll through the design district and experience Scandinavian sophistication for yourself.
Market Square—Feel the pulse of Helsinki in its colorful Market Square. Sample reindeer meat (no, it’s not from Rudolph) and fresh fruit. Though the official languages here are Finnish and Swedish, English is so commonly spoken that you’ll feel right at home.