Helsinki Travel Guide

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Photo of Helsinki Photo: Tirri Matti/Helsinki City Tourist Office

Plan Your Helsinki Vacation

If you like majestic open spaces, fine architecture, and courteous locals, Finland is for you. Mother Nature dictates life in this Nordic land, where winter brings perpetual darkness, and summer, perpetual light. Crystal clear streams run through vast forests lighted by the midnight sun, and reindeer roam free. Even the arts mimic nature: witness the music of Jean Sibelius, Finland's most famous son, which can swing from a somber nocturne of midwinter darkness to the tremolo of sunlight slanting through pine and birch, or from the crescendo of a blazing sunset to the pianissimo of the next day's dawn. The architecture of Alvar Aalto and the Saarinens—Eliel and son Eero, visible in many US cities, also demonstrates the Finnish affinity with nature, with soaring spaces evocative of Finland's moss-floored forests.

Hotels

Helsinki Hotels

Expect private baths in rooms unless otherwise noted. Prices almost always include a generous breakfast and sauna privileges. ... Look for room-rate discounts...read more

Restaurants

Helsinki Restaurants

Most restaurants open at 11 for lunch, switch to a dinner menu at 4, and close their kitchens around 11; virtually all non-hotel restaurants are closed...read more

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Helsinki Experiences

  • Saunas

    An authentic Finnish sauna is an obligatory experience, and not hard to find: there are 1.6 million saunas in this country of just more than 5... Read more

  • Marimekko

    When the world's fashion-conscious think "Finland," they think Marimekko. Founded by a Finnish couple in 1951, the company got its big international... Read more

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