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Year-round

Time difference

GMT +2 hour

Flight duration

2 hours 50 minutes

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Helsinki

Dramatic architecture in a striking capital

Finland’s coastal capital city is packed with dramatic architecture and undeniable Nordic charm: your Helsinki city break may well be a highlight of your holiday in Finland. The geography of this exciting city is no small part of its appeal, and a guided Helsinki tour gives you the chance to explore the countless bays, inlets and islets that speckle the magical coastline of the Finnish capital.

In winter the sea often freezes solid, creating an almost surreal landscape. Meanwhile, in summertime, countless ferries pull into port at the heart of this maritime hub, while the city’s parks are vibrant with activity.

Architecturally, Helsinki is an amalgam of influences from different cultures. Besides traditional Nordic houses, modern museums shimmer in steel and glass, while the extravagant state buildings look as if they’ve been dropped here straight from Imperialist Russia.

Expert guides are intimately familiar with the area. We can recommend a number of luxury hotels to give your visit the authentic Nordic touch. We’ll also show you the best bars and restaurants and the finest places to tuck into some local Finnish fare – country cuisine and fresh fish. But it’s you that will discover the fun and friendly population who offer the warmest of welcomes to visitors.

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