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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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.