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Most travellers embarking on a Finland trip start with a tour of Helsinki.  The capital presents an in-depth look into the aesthetically-minded populace due to its well-designed buildings, monuments, and infrastructure.  And, most Helsinki vacations include a trip to Market Square, the National Museum of Finland, and the 18th-century sea fortress known as Suomenlinna.  But, during your next Helsinki trip, you can get an even better look into Helsinki’s design-oriented culture by checking out the Design Museum Helsinki and the Ateneum, which is a museum dedicated primarily to Finnish art.  It’s what to do in Helsinki when you really want an authentic take on Finnish culture.  But, if museums really aren’t your thing, one of the best things to do in Helsinki is to explore the many green spaces within the city or take part in the city’s vibrant café culture.  Whatever it is that you’re looking for, you’re sure to find it during a Helsinki tour!

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OUR TIPS FOR Helsinki

  • Tipping Point. There’s no need to tip your waiters or taxi drivers in Helsinki.A service charge is added to your bill at restaurants and bars.But, if you receive especially good food or service, then feel free to leave a little something extra.
  • The Sound of Silence. As you might expect, cultural norms in Finland deviate from those of other countries.For example, if you ask a Finn a question, you might encounter an uncomfortable silence before you get your answer.That’s because Finns don’t want to interrupt.
  • Salmiakki Koskenkorva. For short, this original, Finnish cocktail goes by the name of Salmari, which is much easier to pronounce.It’s a mixture of vodka and salty licorice.You should try it at least once.But, if you don’t like it, just know that you’re not alone!  

GOOD TO KNOW

Best Time To Visit

Because of Helsinki’s harsh winter conditions, the best time to visit the city is between June and September.  You’ll enjoy longer sunlight hours, happier locals, and a mild climate.  If you consider yourself an outgoing type of person, then the month of August presents the ideal atmosphere for meeting new people because most of the city’s festivals are held during this month.  Arriving in Helsinki during the shoulder seasons is pretty dicey because the weather can be rather unpredictable.  And, unless you are a winter extreme sports enthusiast or dislike the sun in general, the coldest months are to be avoided. 

Getting Around

You can explore Helsinki by using the city’s wide variety of transport options. Here are the most commonly used methods:

 

  • Helsinki’s tram represents a relatively inexpensive and convenient mode of transport.  It’s a rather quaint way to see the city while you’re going from Point A to Point B. Check out the Helsinki card for the best savings on transport and entry into over 50 Helsinki attractions!
  • Busses are also an option.  You’ll find them to be clean, safe, and quite reliable.  You also might discover that the busses will drop you off a little closer to major Helsinki points of interest than the tram does, too!
  • Helsinki’s heavily regulated taxi cabs present the most expensive option for getting around town.  The cabs are clean and the drivers know the city well; so, if you have the funds, go for it.  But, if you find yourself travelling on a budget, you might want to limit your cab fares.
Stay Safe

In regard to crime, Helsinki represents a very safe travel destination. However, it only takes one rotten apple to spoil the bunch…and your vacation. So, here are a few safety tips:

 

  • Serious crimes are rather rare in Helsinki considering the fact that it is a national capital and major tourist destination. But, do be on the lookout for pickpockets and purse-snatchers on motorcycles and bikes.
  • Plenty of people explore Helsinki during the nighttime.And, for the most part, this is a rather safe practice.However, you should probably avoid the railway stations and public parks during the wee hours of the night.
  • Perhaps the most dangerous aspect of travelling in Helsinki is the weather.Should you decide to visit during the winter months, make sure you have packed the appropriate clothing for freezing conditions.Hypothermia can set in rather quickly.

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