This modern European city offers a colorful history, beautiful natural surroundings, cultural diversity and everything in between.
When you travel to Finland's capital of Helsinki, you are technically in Scandinavia. But throughout this northern capital you can experience an interesting blend of the East, North and West.
Finland, land of a thousand lakes
We would recommend you book a flight to Helsinki and experience this unique land for yourself. Up in the high Arctic, Finland has borders with Sweden, Norway and Russia. Russian influences on Helsinki are obvious and although the relationship between the two nations has had its ups and downs throughout the centuries, today bygones are bygones. Many Finns are generally more related to the Russians and the Baltic nations than they are to the Scandinavians. Their language, totally unlike any of the other Nordic languages tells the story. Although sharing Icelandic’s hard “r”-‘s and Icelanders sometime being taken for Finns abroad, the resemblance ends there. Icelandic is closest to the original of all the Nordic languages, while Finnish is a totally different matter with its Eastern origins.
It's unique culture is just one aspect of Finland's appeal. Often called The land of a thousand lakes, Finland is one of the most scenically beautiful coutries in the world. The Finns love to rent a cabin on the wooded banks of one of the thousand lakes and spend some days in total tranquility, sitting on the porch in the hot summer sun, taking walks in the forest to cool down and then catching some trout or perch for a barbeque dinner in the evenings.
Enjoy your time in Helsinki
Helsinki itself is architecturally a blend of styles, it's buildings mixing Swedish and Russian modes. Helsinki is brimming with life during the hot summer months. Outdoor cafés, restaurants of the highest order, shopping streets, and most of the scenic sites are within walking distance of the city center. Need we say more? Isn’t it time you booked your flight to Helsinki?
Good to know
Trains and buses are numerous and reliable in Finland. By train you can quickly reach all parts of the country and buses depart frequently. A plane flight over Finland takes two hours. All transport companies offer special child and family discounts and a variety of ticket packages. The Finnish Railways timetable can be found here
A ferry trip to Tallinn in Estonia is only two and a half hours. You can make your flight to Helsinki a two-in-one, Helsinki – Tallinn, as you can sail to Tallinn in the morning, spend the day there and sail back to Helsinki in the evening.
Helsinki is not least famous for its unique architecture. Old buildings can be toured in the Töölö and Punavuori areas. ”