Finland is a Nordic country known for its shifting clouds and frosty climate. Helsinki is the capital and largest city of Finland, and it is the world’s northernmost metropolitan city with over one million people. Everything the city has to offer combined with the proximity to nature means that there are a lot of things to do in Helsinki for people visiting. The city has been named the “Pearl of the Baltic” and it has the ability to melt your heart with its ever friendly citizens, awesome architecture and bustling markets.
Helsinki was awarded the World Design Capital status for 2012 due to wonderful art and design contributions all over the city by Finnish artists and designers. Great works of design are scattered throughout the city, from quirky high-chairs for little nippers at Kiasma modern art gallery, to Eliel Saarinen’s magical central station guarded by lamp bearing giants carved in granite, which inspired the fictional Gotham City in the first Batman film.
Suomenlinna is a sea fortress that has been built on six islands. The fortress of Suomenlinna is today a Unesco World Heritage Site and thousands of tourists visit the fortress every year. Suomenlinna was originally known as Sveaborg, Fortress of Svea, but got a new name in 1918 for patriotic reasons, a Finnish name that translates to Castle of Finland. Guided walking tours in English are held every day at Suomenlinna.
The Finns are fanatical about saunas, with 1.6 million saunas for a population of 5 million people. Of all the things to do in Helsinki while on vacation in the beautiful city, a sauna experience is a must. Most hotels in Helsinki have saunas, and there is also a lot of public saunas where one can enjoy the sweaty experience.
Helsinki ferries whisk you away to pleasure islands, housing craft shops and museums. One of the most popular islands to visit is Pihlajasaari where one can enjoy swimming and sunbathing.
From Helsinki one can easily get to the northern part of Finland, Lapland. The pure, inland air of Finnish Lapland makes it one of the best places in the world to witness nature’s most beautiful light display of the Northern Lights. The Husky safari makes the Arctic winter a magical one with the swishing of the sled runners breaking through the snowy ice. It’s exciting to see the local wildlife like moose, arctic foxes, lynx, wolves and even brown bears.
The city has a humid continental climate. The mildest weather and the highest number of visitors come in the months of May through September. The average maximum temperature from June to August is around 19 to 23 °C (66 to 73 °F). Make sure to visit someday this wonderful city in August when you can enjoy the Helsinki Festival, including the Night of the Arts.
Helsinki Airport (HEL) is the main international airport of Finland. The airport is located about 30 minutes’ drive from the city which you can reach by bus or cab.
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