With a magical landscape that dramatically transforms with the seasons, you can explore Helsinki in the sun or wander a snow strewn wonderland. The city has lots to offer with stylish architecture, renowned art galleries, impressive museums and lavish cathedrals. A luxury holiday in Helsinki offers both an exciting city break and a relaxing escape to nature.
The capital city of Finland, Helsinki is nestled by the shore and fringed by islands. It's a chic place famed for its influential design scene, with leading pioneers like Aino and Alvar Aalto who transformed the city's landscape. The Design District of Helsinki celebrates this heritage with a network of 25 streets that host around 150 creative outlets selling glassware, jewellery, and textiles, among others - a shopper's dream! The fantastic Helsinki Design Museum is here too.
The heart of the city is the Kampii district, where you'll find the designer stores of the Kamppi Shopping Centre, Helsinki City Art Museum, the National Museum of Finland. Take a stroll to Katajanokka and explore quaint buildings that typify Finnish Art Nouveau. It's a great place to wander and an even better opportunity for you to capture a towering photo of the impressive Uspenski Cathedral.
Journey to the Toolo neighbourhood and walk amongst stylish pastel coloured apartments. This area is home to several beautiful parks that echo the sublime natural landscape that surrounds Helsinki. With long stretches of grass and tree-lined avenues, enjoy long walks in Hesperia Park and Toolo Bay. Visit the Winter Garden and explore an oasis of over 200 exotic plants and be sure to relax on the lovely golden sands of Hietaniemi Beach.
Finland is a year-round luxury destination that offers something different and unique with every season. For pleasant temperatures around 20 degrees Celsius and a chance at experiencing the midnight sun, visit during the summer.
For the snow, wrap up warm and travel to Helsinki from November to March when the city is transformed into a stunning winter wonderland. From April to May, spring blossoms burst with colour creating a vibrant landscape and from September to October experience the golden colours of autumn. Both are excellent seasons for sightseeing.
Helsinki is very cosmopolitan, and you'll find that the dining scene here reflects that. You can choose from a variety of international cuisines, whilst still getting a chance to taste traditional Finnish dishes and Scandinavian specialities.
Enjoy a la carte tasting menus, barbecues and prime meats cooked on a Japanese Hot Stone. Then try freshly caught seafood like Baltic herring and crayfish, which are local favourites. Just make sure there's room to indulge in some coffee and pulla, sweet cardamom flavoured bread.
As with any holiday, it's a good idea to carry some identification with you and to keep a photocopy of your passport. British passport holders don't need a visa to visit Finland and can stay for up to 3 months. Visit GOV.UK for more advice on passports, visas and travel.