Helsinki is the capital city of Finland and is located in the south of the country in the region of Uusimaa. This exciting and vibrant city has a unique charm that offers something for both the outdoorsy type of holiday maker and for those who just want to relax, unwind and soak up the atmosphere.
In the winter, Helsinki is the ideal place to visit for those who want to enjoy any number of winter sports. The city’s own Icepark has a range of activities on offer, including ice skating. For those looking for somewhere to escape the pressures of the modern world, then spas and saunas are in abundance here. All year round, Helsinki’s nightlife is as vibrant as in any other European capital.
A 4x4 is ideal for driving in snowy or icy conditions, which can often last between November and early April depending on the severity of snowfall.
The Linnanmäki theme park is an excellent way to spend the day with the family. Kids will enjoy the range of rides and roller coasters on offer. If you stay in the park until nightfall, then you can also enjoy an impressive firework display.
Sibelius Park is a great place to take a relaxing stroll and discover the range of stunning monuments and sculptures that are on display here. A steel monument honouring the famous composer Jean Sibelius is the main attraction – creating its own music via the breeze blowing through the stainless steel pipes of the sculpture.
Learn about the fascinating history of the city by visiting the group of museums known as Helsingin Kaupunginmuseo. Each museum focusses on a certain aspect of the city’s history through a series of exhibits and historical artefacts.
Take a trip to Hietaniemi beach only stone’s throw from Sibelius Park where the golden sands are gently washed by the tide. If you’re visiting the capital during the summer, then the beach is the ideal place to go soak up the sun.
Parking in Helsinki is very limited and parking fees can be very expensive. It’s generally recommended to park outside the city limits and travel into the centre via public transport.
Zone 1 parking can be very expensive during working hours, however during certain hours of the weekend, Zone 1 parking is free. It’s advisable to observe parking restrictions to avoid getting a fine.
Be sure to give way to trams at intersections and to buses when pulling away from a bus stop. You must also take care to give way to pedestrians and cycles, as at many intersections, they will have right of way.
Helsinki Airport is located approximately 10 miles from the centre of Helsinki and is accessible via the E12 and Route 45 motorways.