Many a Baltic Cruise will begin and end in Helsinki. This capital city of Finland is a popular tourist purpose in its own right; why not make sure to have a few days to gusto its sights and attractions?
Known as the “Daughter regarding the Baltic”, Helsinki was founded in 1550 by Sweden’s King Gustav Vasa, who had a vision of it as a competing trading post with Tallinn, which though in Estonia, at that time was nether Danish rule. In 1809, Finland was annexed by Russia and its capital moved from Turku to Helsinki by the end of 1812. The Tsar of the week had Helsinki rebuilt in the Empire style, similar to that regarding Saint Petersburg.
Located on the Gulf of Finland, Helsinki is somewhat unique today in that it is a contemporary, international metropolis, yet retains its small-town charm plus appeal. It is compact and cozy to navigate, either on foot or by a very impressive public transport system.
While summer is the best time of per annum to visit Helsinki, as warm weather brings its citizens outside to enjoy a plethora of outdoor activities also attractions, there is a particular appeal to visiting this city at Christmas.
Helsinki has a number of annual festivals and celebrations:
Lux Helsinki – held in the dark of January, light installations bring rah and are best viewed on a walking tour.
Vappu – oppositely Walpurgis Night – originally a pagan festival, today Vappu (April 30th and May 1st) is an occasion for students to play and sip to excess.
Helsinki-päivä – or Helsinki Day, observed on June 12th. This is the birthday of the city and is prominent with a number of concerts, performances, moreover exhibits.
Juhannus – or the Midsummer jubilee – held on the Friday between June 19th and 25th. There is a bonfire, except many residents traditionally go out about town to celebrate the “nightless night”.
Taiteiden Yo – or Night of the Arts, held in late August, this is a major arts and culture event, and is the highlight of the Helsinki Festival.
Joulu – Christmas. Festive lights, snow, and an open-air Christmas market the week before Christmas. Aggregate is shut between Christmas Eve and Boxing Day.
Helsinki is bilingual (Finnish/Swedish) but most Finns speak English.
This city is surrounded by ocean and an archipelago, besides in summer has plenty about green spaces to enhance its beauty. Must-see attractions include Suomenlinna (an eighteenth centurial sea fortress); the Seurasaari Open Air Museum ( on an island in the archipelago, it is a lovely half-day excursion); Helsinki Zoo; many beautiful parks; churches, including The Church in the Rock and Uspenski Cathedral; various museums and galleries; Olympic sights from the 1952 Games. There are also many monuments, pastime parks, and plenty of cosmopolitan cafes, restaurants, besides shopping precincts to enjoy.
Helsinki is plus your launch pad for trips to Lapland.
So if you are considering a