When the snows fall and Helsinki is transformed into a winter wonderland, you can enjoy ice skating and then hit the network of cross country ski trails that are dotted across the city. There's around 100 miles of groomed trails to explore at places like Paloheina, Tali and Herttoniemi. With routes for all levels, skiing in Helsinki is fantastic.
Clad in white with imposing ornate pillars and green domes, Helsinki Cathedral is an impressive building. It's one of the city's must-see sights and a distinctive monument that rises above the land with neo-classical grandeur. This site is lovely when paired with a visit to the nearby Uspenski Cathedral, which has a contrasting, and elaborate, Gothic facade.
Spa treatments play a large part in Finland and the sauna is a touchstone in Finnish culture. What more of an excuse is needed? Take a day out from the sightseeing and find balance and wellbeing. Meditate on your adventures in the sauna and let your muscles relax with a massage. Discover true bliss with a luxury Finnish spa.
With over 4,300 paintings and more than 750 sculptures, the Ateneum Art Museum is home to the largest and the oldest collection of art in Finland. The museum celebrates renowned Finnish artists and celebrated international names as well. You'll find notable works by the likes of Goya, Modigliani, Munch, Van Gogh, Rodin and more. A truly amazing art museum.
Suomenlinna is a sprawling maritime fortification that began construction in 1748. It stretches across six islands and features six museums that explore the castle's rich history. It's a UNESCO World Heritage Site and a national treasure. Stroll across the islands and admire the impressive battlements, large parts of which take the shape of the land it rests on.