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Discover the beauty of Helsinki

Helsinki

A beautiful capital city with a small town feel, Helsinki is the border of east and west. And while it is considered Scandinavian, it is in fact more akin to its Baltic brothers in both style and manner.

Built on many islands and peninsulas, this creates a captivating harbour-side setting along the northern coast of the Gulf of Finland – only 80 kilometres from Tallinn across the strait. Helsinki is a hip, design-friendly place, with fantastic architecture and a stylish and welcoming populace. In the dark winter months, you’ll be met by arctic conditions perfect for ice skating and trips to the sauna. But in the spring’s thaw, expect picnics in the park, bustling streets and lazy days on the beach. Helsinki’s bohemian bars and Russian-style cafés are juxtaposed with Scandinavian design, creating a quirky combination of old and new. It is definitely a city that needs to be seen to be believed, so book your flight to Helsinki now.

 

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Kamppi & Kluuvi
Kamppi and Kluuvi.

Kamppi & Kluuvi

Considered to be the city centre, these two neighbourhoods are where you’ll find museums and galleries, such as the superb Helsinki Art Museum (HAM) and the Museum of Contemporary Art Kiasma. Also here is the recently renovated 1930s Stockmann department store, whose ‘Stocky's clock’, has been the meeting point for generations of Finns. Go for coffee sat at the famous outdoor cafes on Market Square and see the old American cars on display. In Kluvvi, venture up to the beautiful gardens of Kaisaniemen Park, whose botanical gardens showcase the world’s different environments – rather strange during the winter when it is -17 outside.

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