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Named the ‘Design Capital of the World’ in 2012, Helsinki is also known as one of the most liveable cities in the world. Almost completely surrounded by water, it sits on the shores of the Gulf of Finland, an arm of the Baltic Sea. Influences from both the East and West have fashioned the city’s architecture with an interesting combination of Nordic Minimalism, Modernism and Art Nouveau. The city has its own Design District with a number of walking routes and in summertime there are open-air markets which are a food lover’s paradise. Other notable attractions include the Temppeliaukio Church, quarried out of the natural bedrock, and the UNESCO World heritage-listed Suomenlinna, one of the biggest sea fortresses in the world.
A great way to discover the rich history of this city! See the highlights and hear the true story of Helsinki. Hop on and off as much as you like and to make your ride comfortable, there is free WiFi on the buses and experienced staff.
A sightseer’s best friend, you can see the whole city with just this one card which will save you time, money and energy. You’ll have unlimited travel on the metro, buses, trams and selected trains and ferries, plus you’ll receive great discounts around the city in restaurants, shops, saunas and concerts.
The delightful town of Porvoo is 800 years old which is evident as you stroll through the cobbled Old Town to admire the cathedral, the Town Hall and traditional, red-painted store houses along the riverside. Browse the charming crafts shops and boutiques for souvenirs.
This 1 hour live performance of Finnish composer, Jean Sibelius’ masterpieces is accompanied by projected images of unspoiled Finnish natural landscapes. You also receive a festive drink and a CD of Sibelius’ works. Shows are at 12pm daily.
Ride through the Finnish forests that exist inside the city borders. A guide will point out the fundamentals of Finnish nature and how their lifestyles and housing choices incorporate nature into their everyday life. Breathe in the fresh air and enjoy the flora.
Hop aboard a boat to view the shorelines and surrounding archipelagos of beautiful islands. Pass the UNESCO World Heritage-listed Suomenlinna Maritime Fortress, see Finland’s fleet of gigantic icebreaker ships, sail into the scenic Degerö Canal, and hear all about Helsinki’s eventful past from the onboard commentary.
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