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07 05 2024 - 15 05 2024
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17 09 2024 - 30 09 2024

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15 10 2024 - 25 10 2024

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17 10 2024 - 21 10 2024

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17 10 2024 - 25 10 2024

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12 09 2024 - 22 09 2024

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30 09 2024 - 09 10 2024

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What to see and do in Helsinki

Helsinki Cathedral pictured on a bright blue sky day

Things to do in Helsinki

The quiet achiever of the Nordic gang of capitals, Helsinki tends to fly under the radar. But it deserves a wide audience - for its cool quirks, sauna culture, great design, and the gorgeous outdoors at its doorstep.

Architecturally, Helsinki is a unique blend of styles, putting its own spin on its Swedish and Slavic influences with a side order of splendid art nouveau.

Design aficionados may have heard of homegrown architecture and design heavyweights like Alvar Aalto and Eero Saarinen.

But there's also a photogenic face-off of the Lutheran and Orthodox cathedrals near Senate Square, nicely contrasted with the earthy pleasures of the remarkable Temppeliaukio Kirkko (Rock Church), built into a piece of granite.

Activities in Helsinki

If you want to get under the skin of this city's creativity, seek out Punavuori neighborhood, at the heart of Helsinki's design district. The area is dotted with whimsical boutiques, vintage stores, galleries, and workshops of young designers.

Marimekko, for example, is renowned for its bright, cheerful fabrics, made into clothing and home furnishings. Meanwhile, Iittala makes stunning tableware and glassware. The harborside kauppatori (market square) is a great spot for souvenirs, market produce and boat tours.

For a quintessential Helsinki excursion, grab picnic supplies and take the 15-minute ferry ride to Suomenlinna, a maritime fortress built over six small islands. Afterwards, end a perfect Finnish day with a sauna - modern at the beautifully situated Allas Sea Pool, or go old-school at the wood-fired Kotiharju Sauna, built in 1928.

Want to make the most of your trip? A Helsinki card will give you access to the city’s numerous museums and attractions, which is ideal if you’re spending a few days in the capital.

Two people stand in the Esplanade Park looking at a map together
People enjoy sitting with friends in Esplanade Park, Helsinki on a sunny day

Fly to Helsinki in the summer or winter

The southern Finnish capital of Helsinki experiences the extremes of typical Nordic weather, but this variety makes it a highly rewarding destination for tourists and locals alike.

Helsinki summers promise the phenomenon of near-midnight sun, with up to 19-hour days in late June.

Longer, warmer days bring with them ideal conditions for sightseeing, activities, and festivals – though we can’t promise it’ll be dry all summer long. If you’re planning on booking airline tickets to Helsinki between June and August, then make sure to plan your trip in advance as it can be pretty busy around this time.

Winter on the other hand brings darker days and icy temperatures, but it’s great for experiencing all the city has to offer.

This includes snow sports, saunas and a thriving nightlife scene, plus lots of festive events and markets in the run up to Christmas. You’ll likely be able to find the cheapest flights to Helsinki during November to March, except for December when the festivities are at their peak.

Travel to Helsinki in the shoulder seasons

To beat some of the crowds while enjoying more of the city by daylight, then planning your trip to Helsinki in spring or fall offers the perfect balance.

In spring, the days become longer, and you’ll witness nature coming into full bloom – from lush green parks to beautiful cherry blossoms. The stunning scenery and exciting events during this season fill the city with soul and vibrancy.

Similarly, in fall, days are shorter than in summer but there’s still plenty of time to witness the stunning changes in nature and scout out numerous festivals and events. Early spring and late fall are also among the best times to get a glimpse of the Northern Lights, making these seasons all the more magical.

Whenever you’re thinking about traveling, be sure to book your tickets to Helsinki in advance. Use the flight finder tool above to view the latest flights to Helsinki, Finland.

Suomenlinna island in Helsinki, as pictured from the back of a boat
People cycle in all directions in downtown Helsinki

Getting around Helsinki

It’s relatively easy to get around Helsinki city center. In fact, most major attractions, museums and sights such as Senate Square and the main harbor are within walking distance of one another.

Cycling is another popular way to get around (albeit in the summer), and it’s made easy by the 1200km network of bike paths that make up the city’s Baana corridor.

If you’re going further afield, then you can take advantage of Helsinki’s fantastic public transport system, HSL. Services include buses, metros, trams, trains, and ferries that you can board with a single ticket.

You can take the boat to the island of Suomenlinna with a HSL ticket but note that exploring most of Helsinki’s other islands requires buying tickets from separate ferry operators.

Dining in Helsinki

The new Nordic food movement spread to Finland, and Helsinki is home to some first-class fine-dining restaurants, where farm-fresh and forest-foraged ingredients shine. Look for menus that showcase local fish and some left-of-center meats like reindeer, moose, and even bear.

For dining like a local, make a beeline for a kauppahalli (market hall). Vanha Kauppahalli has been selling produce since 1888: Finnish favorites like smoked fish, cinnamon buns, rye bread and super seasonal harvests are all on offer in a gorgeous setting.

Seasonal wild mushrooms and berries are well worth seeking out. Try the revered, amber-colored cloudberry for a highly prized summertime treat.

For drinking like a local: grab a coffee, and then another. Did you know Finns drink more coffee than any other nationality? Sample unique blends at a variety of local cafes and coffeshops and immerse yourself in the ritualistic and unforgettable Finnish coffee culture.

People relax outside a dining establishment in Helsinki, Finland

FAQs about travel to Helsinki

Helpful information for Canadian travelers to Helsinki

How long is a flight to Helsinki from Canada?

The average length of a flight to Helsinki, Finland from Canada is 12 hours. However, this depends on your departure airport and whether you have booked a stopover as part of your journey.

Which Canadian airports offer flights to Helsinki, Finland?

When you fly to Helsinki from Canada with Icelandair, you have the choice of traveling from several Canadian airports, including Toronto, Vancouver, and Halifax. Browse flights above to find tickets to Helsinki from your nearest departure airport.

How do you get from Helsinki Airport to the city center?

Helsinki-Vantaa Airport (HEL) is located 11 miles (17 km) from the city center. You can reach central Helsinki by car, taxi, bus, or train. All journeys take on average 30 minutes.

Is it better to go to Helsinki or Oslo?

Both Norway and Finland are impressive Nordic countries, with stunning natural landscapes and plenty of outdoor activities to get involved in.

Their capitals both have lots to offer, though some travelers opt for Helsinki due to it being less expensive to visit. Find the latest flights to Helsinki above, or browse flights to Oslo to compare packages.