Set on the northern shore of the Gulf of Finland, Helsinki is an attractive city that is both sophisticated and welcoming. Its rich history is interwoven with cutting-edge design, striking architecture and contemporary culture. The northernmost capital in the EU, Helsinki is surrounded by countless islands and a charming archipelago, giving it a distinctive charm that's all its own.
Visit in summer and you'll experience endless bright nights when the sun doesn't set - perfect for setting out on hiking trails and mountain bike rides. In winter, Lapland really comes into its own, becoming a sparkling wonderland where the Northern Lights dance in the night sky above snowy forests and rolling white hills that stretch to the horizon.
Things to do on a Helsinki holiday
Start your visit in the heart of the city with a visit to Senate Square, where you'll find the magnificent Helsinki Cathedral. Explore the thriving design district, filled with boutique shops and art galleries, then delve into the city's history at the National Museum. Take a stroll through Esplanadi Park and along the waterfront promenades, and sample healthy Nordic food and traditional Finnish delicacies at the city's many excellent restaurants. Don't miss the Suomenlinna Sea Fortress, a UNESCO World Heritage Site where you can learn more about Finnish history and enjoy breathtaking coastal views.