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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.

 



SOME THINGS TO SEE AND DO IN FINLAND




Helskinki Hop On Hop Off Bus Tour HELSINKI HOP ON HOP OFF TOUR

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.

Helsinki Card HELSINKI CARD
 

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.

Visit Porvoo TAKE A TRIP OVER TO PORVOO
 

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.

Expereince Sibelius Finland Live music EXPERIENCE SIBELIUS FINLAND LIVE MUSIC AT HELSINKI NATIONAL HALL
 

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.

Cycle Helsinkis Forest CYCLE THROUGH HELSINKI'S FOREST
 

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.

Admire Helsinki on a Canal Cruise ADMIRE HELSINKI ON A CANAL CRUISE
 

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.




FINLAND ACCOMMODATION



Here's a taste of some of our favourite hotels and lodges in Helsinki, Finland.
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Hotel Helka Helsinki
HOTEL HELKA
★★★★
Situated just 10 minutes walk from the main train station and within easy access, on foot or by tram, to all of the main city attractions. At the end of a busy day sightseeing, relax and refresh in the hotel’s sauna complex on the top floor overlooking the city.
GLO Hotel Art
GLO HOTEL ART
★★★★
A modern hotel set in an iconic 1903-built Art Nouveau castle, right in the heart of the very lively Design District, a 10 minutes stroll from the centre of the city. Be sure to stop for dinner in the hotel’s GLO Art Kitchen, located in the original cellar.
Radisson Blu Plaza Hotel Helsinki
RADISSON BLU PLAZA HOTEL
★★★★
Located in the centre of the city, next door to the central Railway Station and close to the Botanical Gardens and the Grand Casino. Set in a 1917 structure, the hotel provides a great blend of historic tradition with modern design and clever use of colour.





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