Helsinki, the capital city of Finland, is a modern metropolis with its origins in a charming medieval town. Cobblestoned streets with beautiful old buildings and artworks illustrate Helsinki’s exciting history and rich culture.
Influenced by the Baltic Sea, Helsinki features a humid continental climate that brings long, warm summer days with average temperatures ranging between 19 and 23 degrees Celsius.
Things to do and see
Helsinki hosts many festivals throughout the year, including Lux Helsinki, Vappu and Juhannus. To enrich its cultural landscape, the city also offers a variety of theatrical plays, concerts and film festivals. For nature lovers, Helsinki makes available a few surprises in the form of outdoor activities. Both travellers and locals can go to the beach, visit a local farm, choose a boat trip or try one of the trekking routes surrounding the city.
For the tourist looking for relaxation, the city has a few spas with body treatments, saunas and Jacuzzis. Families with children can opt for a great day out at one of the amusement parks. In addition, the city hosts a number of restaurants and bars that will make tourists feel at home.
Although quite expensive, accommodation is of a high standard. Several budget hotels are CheapSleep Helsinki, Eurohostel and Summer Hostel Karavaani. Travellers who can afford luxury accommodation are able to find a variety of options, including Radisson Blu Royal, Hotel Haven and Crowne Plaza.
The public transportation system, including taxis, trams, buses, metros, trains and ferries, covers all areas of Helsinki. A tourist choosing a direct flight from London can reach this beautiful city within three hours.
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