With your plane ticket in your pocket, take a flight to Helsinki, the capital of Finland!
The country's first city awaits you on a peninsula by the Baltic Sea in a beautiful setting.
A cosmopolitan destination, Helsinki is home to 53 districts and more than 130 different nationalities. This great European capital is full of monuments and historic buildings, from the merchant port to the Finlandia palace and the many green spaces.
Useful information about Helsinki
45 - 50 °F
Stroll along the waterfront
Water is ubiquitous in Helsinki and highlights the many panoramas of the city. A summer walk on the waterfront is a good way to enjoy the last rays of sunshine. The walk is also well worth the effort in winter, to go admire the boats in the harbor caught up in the ice. Quaint bars are scattered all along the docks where you can enjoy some excellent coffee.
Go shopping in the Design District
Design is so important in Finland that Helsinki has its own Design District. It's the perfect place to shop for unique items, whether to treat someone or yourself. In this district you will find the shops of most famous Finnish design brands such as Artek and Marimekko. Make sure you visit the National Museum of Design.
Discover the city's beautiful churches
Helsinki is home to many architectural wonders. Among all its incredible buildings, make sure you don't miss the three main churches of the city. Start with the most iconic, the Lutheran Cathedral, which rises above Senate Square, then visit the richly decorated Orthodox Ouspenski Cathedral, and wrap up your itinerary with Temppeliaukio Church, excavated out of solid rock.
Relax in a sauna
How could you imagine a trip to Finland without experiencing a sauna? After a grueling day, nothing will relax you more than a bit of warmth. You can enjoy a relaxing moment in one of the beautiful saunas on the capital's waterfront. And if you are among the bravest, end the experience with the traditional ice-cold dip in the sea.
Enjoy a salmon soup at the indoor market
Helsinki has a very old indoor market which is an ideal destination when the temperatures drop below zero. There you will find food stalls offering the finest Finnish cuisine. You have to stop at the Soppakeittiö soup restaurant, where you can choose from many delicious soups, including the inescapable and comforting dill flavored salmon soup.