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The 7 best things to do it Helsinki

Helsinki is an eclectic seaside city - all parks, islands, culture and nightlife. With the many attractions you expect of the capital city of Finland, this is a great place to spend a few days of stylish living. Enjoy our list of what to see when you visit.



Helsinki sightseeing starts in earnest at this spectacular sea fortress. The World Heritage Site offers guided tours, six museums and more. Arrive by ferry or waterbus.

Temppeliaukio Church

Temppeliaukio Church

Known as the Rock Church, this unique structure is carved into the granite, and offers amazing acoustics. As popular for concerts and performances as it is for worship.



The contemporary art museum's building is a work of art in itself, chosen as part of a Nordic design competition. Kids engage easily with modern art - here they can enter for free.

Uspenski Cathedral

Uspenski Cathedral

From ultra-modern architecture to this historic cathedral. This is the largest Orthodox structure in western Europe, and reflects the Russian influence on 19th century Finland.

Helsinki Cathedral

Helsinki Cathedral

For another architectural left turn, visit this Lutheran place of worship. Its neoclassical style has an imposing impact over the port. Lots of steps also offer a workout!

Sibelius Monument

Sibelius Monument

This intricate monument to Finnish composer Jean Sibelius is located in the park that also bears his name. The powerful tribute is designed to visualize the essence of his music.

National Museum of Finland

National Museum of Finland

Learn all you need to know about Finnish history and culture at this exhaustive attraction. The exhibits cover more than 10,000 years - half a day will let you cover a few hundred!

Planning Your Helsinki Visit

How to get there

Flights to the city land at Helsinki Airport, which is half an hour's drive into the city center. Car hire is available at the airport and for the best prices, book and pay in advance. Trains leave the airport for the city every ten minutes, while the 620 bus offers an even cheaper option, but takes a little longer to arrive - perfect for backpackers.

What to do after dark

The nightlife in Helsinki is vibrant and varied, with many bars, restaurants and nightclubs on offer. There is also a growing gay scene, a popular rock and metal scene and a wealth of live music to experience. Check local listings to see what's happening when you visit.

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  • Best time to visit
    May, June and September are the best months to visit, because the days are longer, the outdoor markets are open, the city is in bloom, and you'll avoid the higher prices, driven up by the tourists visiting during July and August, the peak months.

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What people are saying about Helsinki

Great tour from knowledgeable and fun guide!

Great way to go for a woman traveling alone. Mikhail was a great tour guide from the very beginning. He contacted me to set the time and place of meeting and offered to help with locking up my luggage at Helsinki airport beforehand. He was at the designated meeting spot right on time, helped me buy my train ticket into Helsinki and took me on an interesting guided walk of the old town of Helsinki then took me back to the airport. All in all it was a seamless and interesting way to spend a 9 hour layover!

Helsinki 3-hour Layover Tour Reviewed by Anonymous, 10/09/2019

My day hike of Nuuksio was wonderful, and Mikhail is a great guide! A+

I did a full day hike of Nuuksio National Park, and every bit of it was wonderful. Mikhail is a great guide, very personable, incredibly knowledgeable, and has a knack for quickly ascertaining the interests of the participants, and modifying the tour accordingly. I would certainly recommend taking a day hike with him. Thanks again Mikhail!

Nuuksio National Park: Full-Day Hike from Helsinki Reviewed by Christopher, 10/12/2019

Interesting day out with nice scenery and knowledgeable guide

Mikhael was a great, informative guide, he knew the answer to every question we had - about Porvoo and Helsinki and Finland in general! It was great having a local take us around and get a sense of the Finnish people. The tour was very relaxed and we stopped for lunch at the end at a lovely historical cafe.

Porvoo: 5-Hour Town Tour from Helsinki Reviewed by Anna, 10/13/2018

This is an excellent tour for those with little time available.

For those with limited time this is an excellent way to have a quick and interesting time in Helsinki. The selection of attractions was good and the guide excellent. The convenience of door to door transport with a driver and guide was wonderful

Excellent guide given that he had to stand in a last minute

We sadly had to make our tour short because of the change of arrangement. Meet made us feel very welcome and in the time gave us plenty information. We also appreciated the call from Toronto the previous evening to inform us of the change.

Helsinki: Private Tour with a Local Guide Reviewed by yvonne, 09/14/2018