Helsinki

Helsinki Travel Guide

For a very inexpensive guided tour, try the Hop-on, Hop-off Sightseeing Tour. Ride around in an open-top double-decker bus that stops at certain locations throughout the city in which you are allowed to get out and explore. Then get back on the bus and ride to the next destination! There are generally 15 or so stops on this tour, so be prepared with comfortable clothing and walking shoes.

If shopping and dining is how you'd like to spend a day in Helsinki, walk right out of your hotel doors and onto the street. Downtown Helsinki is full of night life, ethnic restaurants, major shopping, theaters, music halls, and sightseeing.

Forage for cloudberries, lingonberries, pickled herring, and smoked salmon sandwiches among the stalls at Helsinki's harborside outdoor food market, open early morning to early evening.

Gravestones dot parks all over the city, and Finns find nothing morbid about strolling through its cemeteries, most of which were designed to double as picturesque spots for afternoon walks.

Built in 1969 and carved out of solid bedrock, the top of this modern
church (called Temppeliaukio in Finnish) hovers aboveground like a spaceship. It also does duty as a
choral and classical music venue and is known for its window-studded,

After strolling the park-lined Esplanade, claim one of the tables that spill out onto the sidewalk in the summer. Have a banana parfait with cardamom foam and chocolate sauce while the crowds of shoppers parade by.

The tiny, tucked-away bar at the top of the Sokos Hotel Torni affords the best views of the city. Ride up to the 13th floor, then take the little staircase from there to the rooftop.

Learn why and how Finland became a design mecca through the more than 35,000 objects on display, including orange-handled Fiskars scissors, early Ilmari Tapiovaara chairs, and Heikki Orvola's stark-white ceramic tableware.

A minimalist white box, it contains many of Aalto's iconic, sculptural pieces.

Jackie O. sported the company's togs in the 1960's, and their graphic, oversize patterns—which adorn everything from sundresses to slick plywood trays—have since become classics.

A showcase for the playful, feminine dresses from local designer Ulla-Maija Ourila. Done in fabrics ranging from gold silk to ribbed cream cotton, her creations are elegantly simple.