Helsinki - Great unknown destination
Helsinki, the capital of Finland, has lots to offer for any foreign and domestic visitor. The city used to be called "The Daughter of the Baltic" for the simple reason that it is located by the southermost point of Finland, just 70 km from Tallinn, which is the capital of Estonia.
Helsinki has around 600.000 inhabitants but combining the population of its neighbouring cities, Espoo and Vantaa, the population goes all the way to ca.1.300.000. Take in mind that the whole population is abot 5,4 million people, so this means simply that almost 25% of the population is right by where Helsinki is.
Helsinki is very easily reached from any part of the world. The Helsinki international airport receives direct flights from all over Europe and the flight connectcions to Asia are very good. No surprise that visitors from China have gone up during the last years. The city has a good offering of hotels and the best thing is that the majority are located in the city center. And from Helsinki you can take a train and go all the way to Lapland. In the summer season the sun does not set so you will be able to enjoy the scenery 24 h.
Helsinki is a very easy city to "take control" as the commercial center is not that big. The public transportation covers the whole city, so this makes easy to explore the Finnish capital in just a few days. The city is full of public parks and one can enjoy, specially in the summer time, the nature right in the middle of the city. And if you want to explore Helsinki from the seaside do not forget to make a tour by the islands of Helsinki. It is really worth it.
Gastronomy forms a very important part of any travel experience. In this aspect Helsinki is a great destination as due to the history the restaurant offering is wide offering culinary delicacies from Finland but also from Russia. After all Finland was a Grand Duchy between 1809 and 1917 as an autonomous part of the Russian Empire.
So next time when you are thinking of a city break, why don´t you choose Helsinki?
Writer: Jukka-Paco Halonen/Owner of Viada Ltd.