Welcome to Helsinki, the charming capital of Finland and the host of the ISU World Figure Skating Championships 2017!
Helsinki is a unique and diverse city, where interesting history meets contemporary Scandinavian style – a city whose urban cosmopolitan lifestyle exists in perfect harmony with nature. Helsinki has something for everyone!
Helsinki is a compact and lovely city that offers visitors an endless number of possibilities. Even if you are staying in Helsinki for a short time you can easily have a quick look at the main attractions. Here is our guide for spending three hours or six hours wonder around Helsinki, which is also a great city to visit with children.
If you are interested in going outside Helsinki and want to see more rural views take a daytrip for example to charming Porvoo with its beautiful wooden old town.
Seasons in Helsinki and urban nature
March and April will be beautiful and crisp spring months in Helsinki. You’ll see the city waking up after a long and dark winter. If you’re interested in staying outdoors and maybe getting to know better the historical sites in Helsinki better, take a small trip to Suomenlinna which is one of UNESCO’s World Heritage Sites.
Depending on weather it’s possible to try ice skating at the Icepark in downtown Helsinki, or cross-country skiing at several different spots. The unique Lapland Winter World offers multiple selection of winter activities all-year-round. At the Winter World you can for example visit the igloos or try tandem skiing.
Urban nature is around wherever you go in Helsinki. The sea is close by and there are lots of nice parks and relaxing nature spots around. For ultimate relaxation you should try one of Helsinki’s multiple saunas. You can find cozy traditional saunas all around Helsinki. Go ahead, step in and enjoy the sauna steam!
Food in Helsinki
In just a short time Helsinki has developed into the home of delectable food. “New Nordic Cuisine” has taken over the scene and found a truly receptive audience among the trendy small restaurants that have been established in recent years by up and coming chefs.
Helsinki as a city of design
Design culture is really strong in Helsinki and there are multiple design shops around Helsinki. The design district in Punavuori is absolutely worth seeing!