When to Fly
In the summer months Helsinki enjoys long days and warm temperatures. Between May and August temperatures are at their highest, between 10 and 20 degrees Celsius, making this a pleasant time to book flights to Helsinki. During the summer, Helsinki experiences very long days, with over 18 hours of daylight. During one of the most popular months to visit, August, the Helsinki Festival takes place. This is Finland’s largest multi-arts festival which showcases a wide varied programme, from classical to pop music, contemporary dance to theatre and visual arts to children’s events. Various venues across the city host this event, which lasts two weeks.
Between November and February temperatures in the city can drop below freezing, making this a less popular time of the year for visiting. During winter daylight only lasts around 5 to 6 hours, with the cloudy weather making the city seem even darker. However, the cold, snowy environment can have its own distinct charm, so if you don't mind the weather you may be able to find better deals on city accommodation and cheaper flights, whilst still finding plenty of interesting things to keep you occupied. One such event which makes this a wonderful time to visit is the unique Lux Helsinki event which lights up the city during the darkest time of the year. Watch the magnificent light installations by Finish and International artists, free of charge, when the winter sun goes down, during January. This visually spectacular light art provides both visitors and locals a new perspective of the city.
Finland's capital is an intriguing city that blends a progressive lifestyle with outstanding contemporary architecture. Sitting on a peninsular on the shore of the Gulf of Finland, the city is surrounded by water on all sides, making it a popular destination for those who want to mix a bustling city life with attractive natural surroundings. Known as the "Daughter of the Baltic", the city incorporates a network of islands, each of which has its own distinct characteristics. Korkeasaari Island is the home of Finland's largest zoo, one of the city's most popular attractions, which is accessible by bridge from the island of Mustikkamaa. Another popular tourist attraction is Suomenlinna Island Fortress, a World Heritage Site that can be explored on foot with a guided tour. Many visitors to Helsinki are fascinated by the modern architecture within the city, and one of its most famous and unusual buildings is Temppeliaukio Church, also known as the Rock Church. This unique place of worship was designed to incorporate the bedrock into its structure and is famous for its incredible acoustics. At the heart of the city centre, Senate Square provides a dramatic sight for any new visitor. Incorporating four major landmarks within the square, including the majestic Helsinki Cathedral, it's a popular point on the tourist map. Alongside its architectural wonders, Helsinki is also a centre of contemporary arts and culture. Many visitors are drawn to Sibelius Park to visit The Sibelius Monument, a modern statue of the Finnish composer Jean Sibelius. This famous monument resembles organ pipes and is one of the city's most popular attractions. Following a busy day of sightseeing, you can relax in the leafy surroundings of Esplanade Park, where local residents enjoy various events, such as concert performances and folk dancing.
Getting around Helsinki
There is an excellent public transport system that operates within the city, allowing passengers to hop on and off the metro, trams and buses using a single ticket.
Once your flight arrives at Helsinki Airport (HEL), it is located 10.5 miles (17 km) north of the city centre. As the main international airport for the city and the rest of the country, there are plenty of transport options available. Buses make regular journeys to the city centre. The airport also has a major taxi station outside the arrivals area and several car rental companies can be found in the terminals as well.