Helsinki, the capital of Finland, is a very interesting place to visit, not least because it is just so different from other holiday destinations, yet people who come return again and again because it is such a special city. It is a northern city which means that the daylight hours are limited in the winter and yes, it can be quite cold, (although with such a warm Finnish welcome, you don't usually feel the cold). However, in the summer months, particularly around June, it is endlessly light and the sun shines and it is hard to think of a nicer place to be in the whole world. The temperature may not get that much above 20 celsius in summer, but that it comfortable.
There is also a lot to see and do in Helsinki no matter when you visit. Since this is Scandinavia there are some interesting cultural aspects to the city and somehow there is a real sense of fun and frolics around Helsinki, perhaps as a defiant gesture to the cold dark winters. One of the most popular attractions is the Fallkulla Animal Zoo, where you get to meet domestic animals, such as goats, sheep and pigs and see a real working farm. Great fun for all the family. Families will also have a really superb day out at the Linnanmaki Amusement Park which has been thrilling guests since 1950. You can also take a trip to Sea Life Helsinki, which is a voyage around different seas and oceans, looking at the various marine life which inhabit them. Culture lovers will be delighted by the Sinebrychoff Art Museum, which is a massive range of artworks, which date from the 14th Century up to the 19th Century and is a very impressive collection. Senate Square, in the centre of the city is a very impressive example of the style of Neoclassical architecture so popular during the 19th Century. It still looks very imposing, even today and the Cathedral which is built as part of the square is also a definite must see' when in Helsinki. The Temppeliaukio Church is also a very important tourist destination, with over half a million people visiting this Church each year. With a population of around half a million this is not a huge city, but it is relatively easy to get around. Due to the fact that so few people live here the public transport system is not as advanced as in other capital cities and most of the residents have a car. However, that being said there is a subway and tram system as well as a commuter rail system and buses, as well as two ferries. Walking is also a good way to see Helsinki. Due to the fact that it is a very coastal and marine influenced city, food is very seafood orientated, with some very different takes on traditional fish and seafood dishes. So for a holiday which is really different and very personal to your own tastes, why not take a trip to see the Midnight Sun in Helsinki towards the end of June. The light itself and lack of darkness will leave you itching to return! Flights to Helsinki are operated by most major carriers, including SAS, Klm, Finnair and British Airways
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