Aerial view of the Suomenlinna Fortress in Helsinki, Finland
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Cruise to Helsinki, Finland

Finland's capital is a laid-back but vibrant seaside city, surrounded on three sides by sea and tiny islands. Stroll to the heart of Helsinki to its bustling kauppatori, or market square. Admire the graceful 19th-century buildings and Havis Amanda, the lovely mermaid statue commonly regarded as the symbol of Finland. Continue to Temppeliaukio, an astonishing rock-carved church. Finish the day at a local restaurant with a dish of fresh-caught white fish with new potatoes. Join a Helsinki cruise and head to the hip Kallio neighborhood to explore Helsinki's nightlife — you'll discover a host of spots ranging from cocktail lounges to rock music venues all within walking distance from each other.
National Language Finnish, Swedish
Currency Accepted Euro (EUR)

Things To Do in Helsinki

A grass covered building in Suomenlinna Fortress in Helsinki, Finland

Helsinki, Finland, Grass Covered Buildings Suomenlinna Fortress

Back in Time

Back in Time

Take the ferry 15 minutes to the fortress of Suomenlinna, a UNESCO World Heritage Site and one of Finland's most popular sights. Visit the museums, bunkers and fortress walls, built by the Swedes in the 18th century. Then, enjoy a picnic and hike along the cluster of car-free islands that are all connected by walking bridges.

View of the front of the Finish Design Museum in Helsinki, Finland

Helsinki, Finland, Finnish Design Museum

Innovative Designs

Innovative Designs

The Kiasma Museum of Contemporary Art in the city center, with its quirky metallic design by Steven Holl, is a symbol of Helsinki's modernization. Inside is an eclectic collection of Finnish and international contemporary art. There are excellent facilities for kids and a popular glass-sided cafe and terrace. Check out more of Helsinki's aesthetic history at the Finnish Design Museum.

The interior of a wooden sauna

Helsinki, Finland, Wooden Sauna Interior

Sweat It Out

Saunas are immensely popular in Finland — the nation claims to have about 3.5 million of them. In Helsinki, you can go to Kotiharjun, the city's only original public wood-fired sauna, dating from 1928. Cruise to Finland and try Loyly Sauna, a traditional smoke sauna set in a charming art deco complex.

A fish sandwich paired with a glass on wine in Finland

Helsinki, Finland, Fish Sandwich

Local Cuisine

Helsinki has a wide choice of restaurants, from chic Michelin-starred spots to creative bistros and even food trucks. Fresh, seasonal and locally sourced ingredients are the norm here. Famous Finnish dishes you should try during your Finland cruise include salmon stew, forest mushrooms, and reindeer. Smorgasbord is a popular buffet, with hot and cold dishes featuring plenty of seafood. Enjoy a piece of lingonberry pie or some cloudberries for dessert.

An outdoor market in Helsinki, Finland

Helsinki, Finland, Outdoor Market

Shopping

Helsinki is a design mecca. Head to the Stockmann department store in the art nouveau building at Esplanade Park, and stop by Finnish designers like Markimekko, Iittala and Artek. Head to the Helsinki Design District or Toriquarters for unique pieces of clothing, design objects, art, antiques, books and homeware.

Insider's Tips
Insider's Tips
1 Many sights are within walking distance here, but in case of snow or rain, a DIY tram tour is a great alternative.
2 Some cafes and restaurants offer an all-you-can-eat lunch buffet for a fixed price that's cheaper than dining a la carte.
3 Purchase a Helsinki Card if you plan to be visiting a lot of museums; it also includes free city transport.

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