Helsinki, the capital of Finland, is a modern city with over half a million residents and situated on the Baltic Sea. Helsinki’s climate is typical of its northerly situation. Its intermediate climate combines characteristics of both a maritime and a continental climate.
Around 200 international flights a day arrive at Helsinki-Vantaa Airport, which is situated 19 kilometres from the centre of Helsinki and can be reached by car in approximately 25 minutes. You can also take taxi, the Finnair city bus or Bus 615, as well as Ring Rail Line trains I and P to the Central Railway Station. A taxi to city centre costs approximately 35-40 euros.
Main attractions in Helsinki
Suomenlinna is a UNESCO World Heritage site and popular with both tourists and locals. The inhabited sea fortress is perhaps the most famous attraction in Helsinki. Accessible only by ferry or water bus from the Market Square. Guided tours are offered by the Ehrensvärd Society. Information and tour reservations at www.suomenlinna.fi/en.
Helsinki Cathedral is the most distinctive landmark in the Helsinki cityscape. The cathedral was designed by Carl Ludvig Engel and functions as the crown jewel of the Senate Square in downtown Helsinki. Visits to the church and crypt are not possible during services and other events.
Market Square & Old Market Hall
Market Square is located in the South Harbor at the eastern end of Esplanade Park. During the summer the market is lively and crowded with outdoor cafés and vendors selling food, souvenirs and handicrafts. The Old Market Hall is located next to the Market Square and is famous for its high quality viands.
Uspenski Orthodox Cathedral
Located upon a hillside on the Katajanokka peninsula overlooking the city, the Uspenski Cathedral is the largest Orthodox Church in Western and Northern Europe. Admission to the cathedral is free of charge. The cathedral is not accessible during ceremonies.
The open-air museum of Seurasaari is located on a serene island only a few kilometers from the city center. Traditional ways of living in Finland are exhibited through cottages, farmsteads and manors relocated from different sites in Finland. Seurasaari is full of nature and a perfect destination for everyone who loves the outdoors.
Kayak tours in the beautiful archipelago of Helsinki
Take a kayak tour in the beautiful archipelago of Helsinki. Natura Viva’s professional guides will teach you the basic skills and take care of your safety. You can just enjoy the beautiful nature and relax.
Public saunas in Helsinki
Kotiharju sauna (Kotiharjun sauna)
Address: Harjutorinkatu 1, tel. 09-753 1535
Entrance: Tue-Sun 2pm-8pm. Saunas open until 9.30pm. Payment by cash only.
Prices and more information at www.kotiharjunsauna.fi
Address: Hernesaarenranta 4, tel. +358 9 6128 6550
Entrance: Mon 1pm-10pm, Tue 4pm-10pm, Wed-Sun 1pm-10pm.
Reservations and payment must be made online.
Prices and more information at www.loylyhelsinki.fi/en/front-page
Big events in Helsinki in August
URB Festival 3-12.8.2016
Taking place in Kiasma Theatre, the URB Festival showcases the work of international young artists and practitioners. The festival programme includes dance, theatre, exhibitions, workshops and events in the public space.
The Etno-Espa event seeks to introduce contemporary Finnish folk music to all audiences. The event is free of charge and takes place at the Espa stage in the beautiful Helsinki Esplanade Park.
Helsinki City Marathon 13.8.2016
Helsinki City Marathon is the largest marathon event in Finland and attracts over 4500 runners from all around the world. The route shows off both the seaside and city life of beautiful Helsinki.
Flow Festival 12-14.8.2016
The highly popular music and culture event Flow Festival gathers both local and international performers to the industrial milieu of Suvilahti. Due to the popularity of the event, tickets are advised to be bought in advance.
The Helsinki Tourist Information offers free information about the city and its sights, events and services. Pick up brochures and maps, and get the tips and advice for making the most of your stay in Helsinki.
Telephone +358 (0)9 3101 3300
Fax: +358 (0)9 310 13301
Opening hours: Mon-Fri 9am-8pm, Sat-Sun 9am-6pm
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