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Why fly to Helsinki?
It is the capital of world design and with that lays a city that is harmoniously crafted to ensure the best quality of life for the people that live there. Helsinki is Finlands's capital.
The city has many galleries and museums like the Helsinki Museum, the Museum of Contemporary Art for modernists, the Finnish Museum of Photography and the National Museum of Finland, which has an extensive collection of Finnish artifacts and is housed in a stately old castle. The National Gallery is also a venue of great importance and hosts some treasured pieces from old Finland.
The little city has numerous parks for those long days of summer that residents try to squeeze the most of. You can head to Kaivopuisto Park for a picnic on the harbor. Local families also enjoy hanging out here so you could make some new friends and get some recommendations for dinner later that evening. The locals always know some of those secretive old places to get the best of this or that.
Helsinki cuisine is super fresh with dishes based on the availability of the seasons, there is a heavy seafood lean and flavors are more reliant on the natural food taste rather than additional seasonings.
Enjoy a gorgeous dinner of herring and chanterelle with an escort of lingonberry and you will go to sleep with a smile on your face. Other local favorites include burbot and Mammi, which is a Finnish pudding. Reindeer, goose and lamb are also a few dishes with a special Finnish twist that you must try.
The Central Market is a great please do some shopping. You can find some Finland-made treasures as well as sample some more local delicacies or purchase fresh produce for a picnic. If you had there in the morning you can find some fresh Finnish pastries to go with your morning coffee.
Helsinki provides a lovely introduction into Scandinavia, the style is laidback and you will get a taste of the lifestyle in this part of the world - stylish without fuss.
Temperatures in Helsinki range from the low 20s in the warmest months to the minus 20s in the coldest months. The long days of summer are enhanced by those higher temperatures and on the other side the winter temperatures hover in the low tens and drop further during the nights, this is also when the city gets the least amount of daylight at around six hours
When to fly to Helsinki
The longer summer months are not only a draw due to the climate but also due to the adventure-seekers looking to fill their days with as much sunlight as possible. The high travel season also means flight ticket prices can be fairly expensve during these months.
The winter months with their frigid temperatures tend to keep most tourist away, however if you love the thrill of a land you can explore quietly without the hubbub of tourists as well as the satisfaction of getting a goof flight ticket price than this would be an optimal time to explore Helsinki.
Getting into Helsinki
Helsinki airport is located approximately half an hour outside of the city and is your gateway to all that is Helsinki. From the airport you can use bus, shuttle or taxi to get into the center.
Getting around Helsinki
The city has a number of options for getting around. You can take the public transit buses for getting to most places around the city. The trams are a good option for visiting some of the prime sites. Additionally, there is also rail and subway service. The ferries are an option for not only getting across the water but they are also an inexpensive way to take a boat ride and see the city from the water. Taxis and fixed-rate luxury sedan services are also available.
- For an interesting look at how this thing we called the postal service came to be, visit the Post Museum. Here you will learn neat things about the beginnings like "sled service" and how it evolved to what we know it as today (although with email taking over the post may have already seen its peak).
- Take a day trip to the islands. There are many to choose from and ferries will get you around. One of the really neat islands is Porvoo where you will find an artistic community that will amaze you with their talents. A visit to Suomenlinna is also a great choice as here you will find an 18th century fort. The island also has beaches and parks to relax at after you are done exploring some of the cute side streets.
- Visit the Sinebrychoff Art Museum for a taste of old Europe. The museum houses a good selection of paintings as well as photographs. Additionally, you can also take a tour of the old residence and in turn is a piece of history you can actually live.
- Helsinki also has some beautiful old Scandanavian churches and cathedrals like Uspenski Church. If you see a red structure perched on a hill, walk toward it as this will be the church. The Eastern Orthadox chatecteristics are obvious and the domes are quite beautiful.
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