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Helsinki is a coastal city of diverse architecture, with glorious Art Nouveau buildings, modern museums and a touch of Scandinavian charm that's undeniably cool but not as self-conscious as its neighbours. Its geography is part of its appeal, with countless bays, inlets and islets speckling the coastline, where giant ferries and freighters pull into port at the cities heart, the bustling harbour. At first glance the city appears a curious amalgam of influences from neighbouring countries, with enormously extravagant state buildings seemingly exported straight from Russia sat alongside traditional Scandi-style houses and modern museums shimmering in steel and glass. Dig a little deeper and you'll find a fun and friendly population warmly embracing a steady influx of tourism. During the winter the city is blanketed by a tolerable chill that leads many to retreat indoors, but come summer the parks are full of life, pavement cafes bustling with trade and clubs and bars packed until the early hours.

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May through to September offers the mildest weather and the highest number of travellers. This is the time of the long, long summer days in the land of the midnight sun. Further north in Lapland, October to March are good times to visit to enjoy winter activities, such as ice swimming and dog sledding and it is the best time to see the spectacular Northern Lights. Helsinki is great to visit all year round.

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Hotel Kamp

Hotel Kamp, A Luxury Collection Hotel is a landmark in Helsinki and has been the choice of royalty and heads of state for many years. It was the first... Find out more

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Klaus K

The history of the Klaus K Hotel dates back to 1882, when part of the building, known as Rake Corner, was built as a German school for girls. After many... Find out more

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Holland America Cruise - Baltic Adventure

Nights: 13 | from £1,895pp

From the lavish glories of St Petersburg and the medieval charm of Tallinn to the whimsical appeal of Copenhagen and natural beauty of Stockholm, this... Find out more

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Regent SevernSea Cruise - Stockholm to Dover

Nights: 13 | from £5,100pp

Spend three days discovering the incredible treasures of St Petersburg and experience a fascinating transit through Germany’s Kiel Canal as you visit... Find out more

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