Helsinki Holidays 2019 / 2020
Helsinki holidays transport you to an enchanting coastal city which offers its visitors a simply magical time. Helsinki is also Finland’s capital city and the third largest city in the Nordic countries. A city which culminates modern architecture with fascinating churches and cathedrals. Explore all Helsinki has to offer by discovering its neoclassical buildings and public squares.
Helsinki is also home to a UNESCO World Heritage Site, a unique sea fortress which can be accessed by ferry. This highlights the diversity of Helsinki in relation to the landscapes and sights the city has. Finland’s capital has a lot to offer, making Helsinki well worth a spot on your city break destination list.
Things to do in Helsinki
Helsinki has a range of things to do, so if you like taking in all the sights from famous monuments and landmarks to churches and cathedrals, there’s always something in the capital to tickle your fancy. Whilst you explore these monuments, there’s always time to appreciate Helsinki’s outdoor areas too.
- Suomenlinna – This UNESCO World Heritage Site is accessed by ferry and features a sea fortress which includes tunnels, museums and a brewery.
- Temppeliaukio Church – This church is a well-known concert venue, but its true uniqueness lies in the fact that it has been excavated into rock.
- Helsinki Cathedral – This majestic cathedral has a beautiful exterior with its whitewashed look, topped off with a significant green dome.
- Sibelius Monument – An abstract landmark formed of over 600 steel pipes creating a wave-like shape as a symbol of music.
- Helsinki Zoo – Based on an island accessible by ferry and a footbridge, this zoo has a collection of animals to admire.
Places to eat
Helsinki holidays are full of fascinating meals thanks to their ability to cook up a mixture of local and international dishes. One of the great things about eating out in Helsinki has to be the fact that many of their dishes include locally sourced ingredients. As you can imagine fish is a popular staple in all Finnish kitchens due to the country’s large amounts of lakes and stretches of coastline along the Baltic Sea. Helsinki has food markets which sell kauppahalli (Baltic herring) which are often served with potatoes. On the other hand, grillimakkara (grilled sausages) are a popular street food often accompanied with mustard and not forgetting a chilled beer. Great places to eat in Helsinki include:
- Finlandia Cavier
- Olo Ravintola
With a stroll around the city you can experience the culture and history of Helsinki and Finland as a whole. The Finnish people are strongly rooted in their country’s culture by attending and participating in cultural celebrations and events. In addition, art plays a big part in Finnish culture, which can be seen in various museums across Helsinki.
- Kiasma – This contemporary art museum is also a cultural centre within Helsinki. Known to hold numerous exhibitions and events.
- National Museum of Finland – To learn all about Finland, visit this museum to discover a collection of artefacts and treasures.
- Ateneum – Another museum which features artwork from Finnish artists as well as international pieces.
When to go
When you mention Helsinki along with weather, many will get the chills but it’s not only cold weather that the Finnish capital experiences. In fact, despite its geographical location, Helsinki has quite a mild climate. However, during the winter, you can definitely expect the colder weather it's so well known for. Rainfall is quite constant throughout the year, although it is quite moderate too. Therefore, if weather is a big factor for you when it comes to enjoying a Helsinki holiday, the best time to visit the capital would be during the summer. The months of June, July and August are the warmest time of the year for the city, although this would also be a busier time to visit.
Average monthly temperatures (°C):
- January: -2° / -7°
- February: -2° / -7°
- March: 2° / -4°
- April: 7° / 1°
- May: 14° / 6°
- June: 19° / 11°
- July: 21° / 14°
- August: 20° / 13°
- September: 15° / 9°
- October: 9° / 4°
- November: 4° / 0°
- December: 1° / -4°
Helsinki has a buzzing nightlife which is great to experience during your city break. There are plenty of different venues to choose from, whether it be bars, pubs, nightclubs or even live music venues. There are also a number of brewpubs allowing you to have a taste of a variety of different beers. Perfect if you’re looking for a funky and trendy venue and love a beer or two! Check out these top Helsinki nightlife venues:
- Clarion Sky Room
- Torni Ateljee Bar
Helsinki City Breaks
Helsinki city breaks are a unique experience. With plenty of sights to see and things to do, you’ll no doubt be preoccupied throughout your whole city break getaway. From grandeur churches to interesting museums, there’s something for everyone in Helsinki. Whether you’re thinking about heading to the city with a loved one or as a family, Helsinki is a suitable choice. Luckily enough, with our great deals on flights and accommodation, it’s never been easier to book a Helsinki city break, so get searching and book the trip of a lifetime!