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Visiting Helsinki

Located on the southern Gulf of Finland, Helsinki is home to some fantastic shopping, gorgeous and plentiful parks and renowned museums that make it a favorite destination for visitors from across the world. Finnish design is beloved for its bold simplicity, a tradition that’s readily apparent in its stores and boutiques. Stores like Arabia let you outfit your house with beautiful and inventive Finnish dishware, glassware and pottery, while well-known outfitters like Marimekko (a favorite of Jackie O.’s) let you outfit yourself in bold patterns and elegantly simple designs. And when all that shopping works up an appetite, Helsinki’s Kauppatori (Market Square) sates your hunger with traditional Finnish goodies and fresh fruits and vegetables. One of Helsinki’s biggest attractions are its historic parks and monuments, perfect for long afternoon strolls, or just putting up your feet and people watching. Sibelius Park... Read More Located on the southern Gulf of Finland, Helsinki is home to some fantastic shopping, gorgeous and plentiful parks and renowned museums that make it a favorite destination for visitors from across the world. Finnish design is beloved for its bold simplicity, a tradition that’s readily apparent in its stores and boutiques. Stores like Arabia let you outfit your house with beautiful and inventive Finnish dishware, glassware and pottery, while well-known outfitters like Marimekko (a favorite of Jackie O.’s) let you outfit yourself in bold patterns and elegantly simple designs. And when all that shopping works up an appetite, Helsinki’s Kauppatori (Market Square) sates your hunger with traditional Finnish goodies and fresh fruits and vegetables. One of Helsinki’s biggest attractions are its historic parks and monuments, perfect for long afternoon strolls, or just putting up your feet and people watching. Sibelius Park is a popular destination, as is its Sibelius Monument, meant to honor the great Finnish composer. Esplanade Park is popular for lounging & people-watching, while Viikinlathi Park is considered the birdwatching capital of Helsinki. Panoramas abound in Helsinki, from Kaivopuisto’s (Well Park) sweeping view of the gulf of Finland, to Observatory Hill’s grand vistas. With established museums like the Helsinki City Museum, and popular newer troves like the Kiasma contemporary art museum, there’s no shortage of culture or history in Helsinki – a fact well-known to visitors of Helsinki’s most popular spot, Suomenlinna. This inhabited sea fortress stretches across six islands in the Gulf of Finland, offering a host of different museums and armaments and sweeping views that aren’t to be missed. Neither are the slew of restaurants and shopping hubs that pepper the city. So once you’ve booked your flight and picked a hotel, peruse our pages to create an itinerary inspired by fellow travelers who have had their fun in Helsinki.    Close

Stories and Tips Helsinki

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Bus

Written by LenR on 26 Feb, 2011

Internal bus routes can be found almost everywhere in Helsinki and for some parts of the city these buses provide the backbone of the public transportation system. While some buses operate in the central city, many of the buses operate as feeder lines for the…Read More


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Ferry

Written by LenR on 26 Feb, 2011

International ferries travel from Helsinki to Stockholm and Tallinn, and since 2010 to St Pertersburg. The ferries are a very popular way to arrive into or depart from Helsinki. The terminals are close to the centre of the city, a short drive from hotels. We…Read More


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Helsinki Harborfront

Written by MojoGoes on 07 Nov, 2008

Helsinki sits on a small peninsula of Finland, in amongst hundreds of tiny islands that dot the water. The town is easily navigable and it seems that most roads lead to water. The quay is home to the berths of a few major ships including…Read More


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A Day Trip to Helsinki

Written by SilentOnlooker on 07 Jul, 2006

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…Read More


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Shopping with a difference

Written by marif on 20 Dec, 2004

Shopping in Helsinki is like nowhere else. The items for sale inside the city's covered market halls are unique as are the artistic or traditional handicrafts which you can buy from design houses in Unionkatu, Aleksanterinkatu and Pohjoisesplanadi. The first shopping spot that catches your…Read More


Lorraine

Written by Villadon on 25 Feb, 2005

We landed to blue skies, sunshine, and 1 degree, but by the time we got into the city it had really ‘hotted’ up to 4 degrees - just as well; we brought our thermals, scarves, and gloves. Helsinki is such a pretty city, and…Read More


Florida grrl

Written by Florida grrl on 21 Sep, 2004

My first trip to Finland, also my first trip to Europe, was filled with questions - would I understand street signs? Would I make people mad with my terrible mispronounciations of the Finnish language? Would I be able to find the facilities in an emergency?…Read More


Natural Helsinki

Written by marif on 20 Dec, 2004

If you intend to take your next summer holiday in Helsinki, why don't you do as the Finns do? For a Finn, a relaxing holiday means spending a couple of summer days away from it all beside a lake or the sea having a sauna…Read More


The Nightlife of Helsinki

Written by Sofia R on 03 Jul, 2003

Ah yes, here we come to the subject dearly loved by young people. Bars, new people, excitement: nightlife! There is really an abundance of different sorts of nightlife in Helsinki, anything from grubby little bars, to big,trendy places. There are places for hippies and popsters,…Read More


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Helsinki on 4117 miles each way

Written by certils on 17 May, 2001

There isn’t a person I’ve mentioned this trip to who didn’t seem to think I’m crazy. “You’re going to Helsinki. In April? Why?!” I tried to keep my plans from most people. “I’ll…Read More


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