Experience a slice of island life
Perched at the north-eastern edge of the Baltic, the ultra-cool Finnish capital has curiously mild climate, with particularly long summer days to enjoy – and plenty of coastline to explore. With graceful city streets and a vibrant mix of classical and modern architecture, it’s pleasing on the eye, too.
|Time zone:||GMT +2 hour (GMT +3 hours in summer)|
|Flight Time:||2h 40|
|Holiday type:||City break|
|Weather:||Average maximum temperature: 4.5°C (24 hour average)
Rainfall: 635.4 mm per year
Visit the pristine (and enormous) Helsinki Cathedral – you’ll be drawn to it, we promise – and discover why this symbol has helped the place become known as The White City of the North.
Must eat at:
Take Tram 1 or 1A to Havis on Etelaranta for the best fine-dining seafood restaurant in town.
Must be there for:
Head to Hakaniemi Square on 6 December to celebrate Finland’s independence from Russia. Later, parades take place through the main streets.
· Visit Sibelius Park to witness the 24 metric tonnes of metal and 600 pipes make up the awe-inspiring monument to Sibelius, one of Finland’s most renowned composers.
· The Church in the Rock is one of the city’s most visited spots – and you’ll see why if you go. Hewn from solid rock, it’s a peaceful and remarkable place of worship.
British citizens do not need a visa to visit Finland.
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