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The Finnish capital is at once historic, modern, romantic, intellectual, grandiose and elegantly understated.
The capital city of Finland, Helsinki is an extraordinary seaside city with many unusual and intriguing aspects to it. For the first time visitor, there is so much to do. Helsinki is often regarded as one of the more expensive cities, but there are ways around this, with budget-friendly options everywhere.
It is an awe-inspiring trip to go and visit the Uspensky Russian Orthodox Cathedral, a massive and imposing brick building whose multiple towers are covered by 13 giant golden domes. There is also the Museum of Contemporary Art, as well as the Korkeasaari Zoo. This zoo is one of the oldest in the world, one of the grandest, and is open all year round. It has been exceptionally successful with its breeding programs, especially with the snow leopard.
There is also a thriving nightlife in Helsinki all year round.
Two of the most popular traditional dishes in Helsinki is the grillimakkara (grilled sausages) and the salmaikki (salted licorice) as a snack. The grillimakkara is enjoyed all over the city at roadside food stalls along with mustard and beer for adults, whole salmiakki is enjoyed by all as a snack. Helsinki abounds with fine dining options, but there are so many restaurants and takeaway options with traditional and Western-style food on offer that there is something for everyone. Should our clients want to explore the restaurant side of downtown Helsinki, we can plan, advise and accommodate any such ideas.
It is important to enjoy a sauna experience in Helsinki as it is such an integral part of Finnish culture. It is common to have saunas in private houses and apartments as a continuation of the culture into everyday life.
The Kiasma Museum of Contemporary Arts is another great place to visit in Helsinki and is part of the Finnish National Gallery. The Finnish people proudly display their art and they have a long and steeped history of artists and creatives through the years.
If you want to go large at night, then it is best to stay in the Kluuvi area, or central Helsinki, where all the fun goes down. There are shopping, dining, and entertainment all in the same small area, and it is a safe and friendly environment.
If you’re with a family however, then there are some great family options then a good option for accommodation is on Katajonakka, a mainly residential area on an island on the east side of Helsinki. It is quiet and almost rustic, and the fact that you have to get a boat off the island to go exploring appeals to many.
The city has one of the best public transport systems around, and their tramways and fast, frequent and efficient. There is also a very effective metro system as well as a train system. Many people use bicycles as well. There are walking tours, and there are bicycle tours, and the airport is a short taxi ride away from the city center.Share this tour
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