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The proximity to St. Petersburg had a strong influence on the capital of Finland, Helsinki. It is likely that you will immediately notice their general similarity (not to mention the piercing cold most of the year) as soon as you get off the plane.

Partly Scandinavian, partly Russian city combines east and west. There is always a cool and relaxed atmosphere, such a "hipster paradise." There is always room to relax and enjoy the northern Finnish atmosphere.

Helsinki-Vantaa International Airport, HEL

The main airport of Finland is located 17 km from the center of the capital. 90% of international flights arrive here. Despite this, there are only 2 terminals, between which you can quickly walk on foot.

 

The airport is not only convenient and clean, but also functional. In addition to standard shops, lounges, you can find a full-fledged spa center. There are 4 saunas in it, and the shortest session lasts only 10 minutes. So, just getting off the plane ladder, you can quickly freshen up and recover.

 

And a 15-minute walk from the airport is the aviation museum. So tourist experiences start right here.

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How to get from the airport to the city center?

You can get from Helsinki airport by buses number 620N, 415 or 451. Or by Finnair’s own shuttles. Travel time is about 40 minutes. The fare is $ 6–8, depending on the time of day.

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In 2015, the airport was connected by rail with the Helsinki station. High-speed trains leave every 10–20 minutes. For $ 6 you get a comfortable and quick trip to the center of Helsinki in half an hour. True, between midnight and 5 o’clock in the morning you still have to go by bus.

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No less quickly, in the absence of traffic jams, you can get to the center by taxi. But get ready to part with about 50 dollars, because in Finland everything is quite expensive, including a taxi.

Quick facts about Helsinki

Car rent

from $ 24 per day

Hotel booking

from $ 35 per night

Currency

EUR
Euro

Reference average prices in Helsinki

🌭 Meal, Inexpensive Restaurant

$ 13,48

🍕 Meal for 2 People, Mid-range Restaurant, Three-course

$ 73,04

🍺 Domestic Beer (0.5 liter draught)

$ 6,74

🚌 One-way Ticket (Local Transport)

$ 3,15

🏠 Apartment rent per month (1 bedroom in City Centre)

$ 1064

Best time to visit Helsinki

Best season to travel: May to September
Prices
Hotel from $35
Temperature
The average temperature during the year ranges from -8°C to 20°C
Precipitation
The average rainfall per year is 676 mm

Weather

Helsinki is a typical northern city. It is frosty and snowy in winter, so it is best for tourists to come to enjoy the short warm summers.

Helsinki Sightseeings

The capital of Finland was founded in the 16th century, but the city that you will see today was formed in the 1800s under the influence of the Russian Empire.

 

Shortly before the capture of the Russians, the Swedes built in Helsinki an ambitious sea fortress, which still remains in excellent condition. But this is just one small point from the Helsinki tourism program, which has room for both modern architecture and unique public spaces.

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Modern Art Museum

The city’s most popular art gallery is filled with works of art from around the world. This ultra-modern building, designed by Stephen Hall, is also an exhibit in itself. Although initially the project of the museum was considered controversial and many did not like it.

 

Now the Museum of Modern Art regularly updates the exposition, showing the work of both eminent artists from around the world and local artists.

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Helsinki Cathedral

The giant green dome of this building rises above the Helsinki city line, and at night by the water it shines like a lighthouse. The snow-white cathedral is a representative of the neoclassical architectural style.

 

The cathedral was built in the middle of the 19th century. By that time it was called Nikolsky in honor of the Russian Tsar Nicholas I, who was also the Grand Duke of Finland. After independence in 1917, it became just Helsinki Cathedral.

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Church of Temppeliaukio

There are not many unique churches in the world. Yes, some of them are very old and valuable, but there are not so many truly “one-of-a-kind” ones. For example, the Temppeliaukio church, built in 1969.

 

Part of the building is underground, which forms the inner walls of the church. Every piece of furniture and interior is designed by professional architects. And outside the dome looks like a kind of alien object.

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Finnish sauna

There are 1.3 million saunas throughout Finland. Choosing one of them will be quite difficult. However, the essence always remains the same: take off your clothes, sit down in a room filled with hot steam and expel toxins from yourself.

 

One session in a sauna in Helsinki will cost about 10 euros. At the same time, in most saunas you pay for entry and bathe as much as you want. The main thing is not to turn health benefits into harm.

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Nuuksio National Park

When you arrive in Helsinki, spend one day to escape from the city to nature. In Nuuksio National Park, you can wander through the northern forest, meet deer in wildlife, go to a traditional sauna.

 

In addition, the park has several lakes of amazing beauty. Here you can take some stunning photos and breathe in the freshest air.

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Market Square

On this busy square you can and should eat. And there is a lot! Here you can taste various Finnish dishes. And look at traditional handmade souvenirs.

 

From here, ferries depart to Fort Helsinki, so you can get enough of not only delicious food, but also be impressed with the past of Finland.

What to eat in Helsinki

Helsinki is the center of Finnish national and international cuisine. Everything is prepared with products of excellent quality, so you can safely try even the most unusual-looking dishes.

 

The first rule of a gastronourist in Helsinki is to order as many seafood dishes as possible. About 60 edible species of fish live in the waters near the capital of Finland. In any restaurant or cafe there is something from salmon, herring or crayfish.

 

Do not like fish? Well, order another local meal. For example, pancakes that came here from Tsarist Russia and successfully adapted. Or stuffed cabbage with meat, onions and lingonberry jam, no matter how strange it may sound. One of the most popular street dishes in Helsinki is grilled sausages.

 

For sweets, be sure to try Finnish Pulla cinnamon rolls, Runeberg Torte cookies made from dough based on almonds and rum, as well as anything made from a typical Finnish lingonberry.

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