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Helsinki, the capital of Finland, is one of the great trendsetting cities of Europe, and beyond its enticing bays and inlets is an urban space full of style and panache. It’s a fascinating port of call on your Scandinavian touring holiday, and its super-cool yet friendly atmosphere is bound to win you over.
Finland is known for its pristine, natural attractions (think summer’s endless light stretching across epic forests and plateaux), but our Scandinavian holidays by rail and boat focus on the more human qualities of Helsinki – the country’s design-led capital. This is a city where cultures collide: the centre is a spectacular ensemble of both modern and stately architecture; and Uspenski Cathedral, the largest Orthodox church in Western Europe, wouldn’t look out of place in central Moscow.
Helsinki, one of the most forward-thinking of European cities, has much to offer. The ‘Design District’ bursts with boutiques, workshops and galleries, and our self-guided walking tour takes in a traditional kauppahalli (market hall) and the incredible, excavated Temppeliaukio (‘Rock Church’), among other sights. With two full days here on our Nordic Cities Explorer journey, you can also take your pick from a plentiful array of vibrant bars, cafés and restaurants.
Travelling from outside the UK?
To give you a good idea of how we can tailor our trips to your individual requirements, take a look at the section of the website specifically devoted to travellers from outside the UK.
What to expect from your touring holiday via Finland
To take one of our Scandinavian touring holidays is to experience life at its contented best: northernmost Europe offers a rewarding blend of high-quality accommodation, attractive cityscapes, and lots to see and do. The ‘new Nordic’ cuisine, meanwhile, is justly renowned across the globe.
Lovingly crafted journeys
Europe’s most inviting corners are the ones we know best. Here, we have chosen hotels, restaurants and places to visit that we know you will love. We’re also committed to finding the best way from A to B to C, meaning that you can take in the highlights – both on and off the beaten track – in the most practical way.
The ultimate in flexibility
We handle each booking individually, meaning that we can shape your trip so that it’s just right for you. We can tailor the itinerary to your needs, add extra nights or even combine it with another holiday or Inntravel hotel. Don’t hesitate to talk to one of our travel experts – you will be surprised at how flexible we can be.
Our detailed documentation
The carefully compiled information pack you take with you on your journey is second to none. There’s background cultural information, detailed directions, practical advice, plus recommendations on where to walk, explore, eat and relax – all written by our travel experts who have done all the hard work for you.