Helsinki Travel Guide
Welcome to Helsinki, the trendy vibrant capital with beautiful green locations and an unique seaside.
Helsinki is close to the Baltic Sea with a 100-kilometre-long shoreline and around 300 islands. It's on UNESCO`s "15 most beautiful designed cities in the world", and design is embedded in the Finish soul and Euro Saarinen and Alvar Aalto are two world-famous architects coming from here.
Modern trendy Helsinki
Helsinki is internationally known as a modern and trendy shopping city. The compact, vibrant city, is both highly cultural and has an incredibly relaxing atmosphere with beautiful nature that surrounding the capital, which offers excellent possibilities for various outdoor activities. You will find picturesque boulevards, trendy cafe culture, beautiful architecture, modern and impeccable Finnish design.
Helsinki, Espoo, Kauniainen, Vantaa, Kerava, Sipoo and Kirkkonummi form an integrated public transport area, where travelling is easy and affordable. The entire area has an integrated ticketing system, and HSL’s tickets are valid on all buses, commuter trains, trams, Metro and the Suomenlinna ferry.
Not far from Helsinki, the famous city of Espoo can be worth a visit. Espoo with large green areas and lakes is easy to reach by bus and train. Big companies like Nokia is located here, and one of the reasons that Helsinki is the fastest growing city in Finland.
Helsinki is also known for the many shopping opportunities and markets. The marketplace Kauppatori is crowded with fresh fruits, vegetables, fresh fish, furs and souvenirs.
In just a short time, Helsinki has developed into the home of good food. “New Nordic Cuisine” has taken over the scene, and have now a receptive audience among the trendy small restaurants, which have been established in recent years by upcoming chefs.
Sightseeing tours include the Senate Square, Uspenskin Cathedral, the Parliament Building and the Olympic Stadium. Stops are made at the Sibelius Monument and, when possible, at Temppeliaukio Church. The church is underground and carved out of the rocks.
Suomenlinna Sea Fortress, only 15 minutes boat trip from the centre of Helsinki, is one of the most popular excursions for tourists as well as locals. The fortress is on the Unesco World Heritage List.
Cruises to Helsinki
Helsinki is Finland's leading seafaring town with several ports used by several cruise companies, among other Silja Line, Tallink, Viking Line and cruise ships.