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Top 5 Things to do while you are in Helsinki

Check out our guide for things to do in Helsinki to make the most of your holiday.

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Helsinki, the capital of Finland, is a popular destination for cruise enthusiasts. This Scandinavian vibrant seaside city is well-known for its greeneries. The port of Helsinki is a natural seaport surrounded by water on three sides. Cruise ships make their way to the port through the marvelous Ice Age formations of small rocky islands and give the visitors a chance to capture some great landscape.


So, if you are planning to visit this city, you should be aware of the things to do in Helsinki during your time here.

5 Best Things to do in Helsinki  

1. Visit Helsinki Senate Square and the Cathedral

As Finland's most renowned and photographed landmarks, the Senate Square and Helsinki Cathedral hold immense historical significance, and it is one of the main Helsinki tourist attractions. The square demonstrates Finland's remarkable design and neoclassical architecture with four monumental buildings that Carl Ludvig Engel designed. A statue of Alexander II, Tsar of Russia and Grand Duke of Finland, is situated in the middle of the square.

On the other hand, the beautiful white cathedral of Helsinki is a pleasure to the eye. The Lutheran church took inspiration from Russian architecture as statues of the twelve apostles embellish the spectacular green rooftop. All visitors are welcome to visit the cathedral free of charge. Most interestingly, a virtual reality tour of the cathedral is also available.

2. Visit the Winter World

Winter world should be on top of your list of things to do in Helsinki, Finland. This enormous indoor ice hall resembles Lapland beauty, and you can experience it whenever you visit Helsinki.

Special winter jumpsuits are offered before you enter the hall due to their extremely cold temperature. Igloos and ice hotels are found inside, with several rooms designed in various styles. In Winter World, you can ride on well-trained Alaskan huskies. You can ski and slide down the hill.

3. Explore the Kauppatori Market Square

Kauppatori Market Square is located at the harbor end of the Esplanade, and it is one of the main meeting points for tourists as well as locals. The locale is very colorful and lively, with fruits, flowers, vegetables, and local handicrafts. You can get the taste of some of Finland's cuisine here, such as salmon soup or traditional fish dishes.

4. Go to the Sea Fortress "Suomenlinna"

Suomenlinna is one of the famous things to see in Helsinki. This famous Sea Fortress is situated 3 kilometers from Helsinki harbor. Taking a ferry from the market square, you can visit this marvelous man-made fortress in Scandinavia.

Built-in the 1800s by the Swedish Kingdom, Suomenlinna is a fortress laid out across seven islands. This place served as a military base during World War II. Moreover, the fortress was used as the base of Finland's submarine fleet. Presently, this fortress is home to 800 residents and serves as the workplace of 400 people.

5. Pay a visit to the Rock Church – Temppeliaukion Church

One of Helsinki's most popular tourist attractions is Rock Church; a unique structure carved out of solid rock. It is a working Lutheran Church. Also known as Temppeliaukion, designed by two Suomalainen brothers, Timo and Tuomo in 1968 is a pleasure for the eyes.

Parting Thoughts

The city of Helsinki is one of the most vibrant places in Europe. So, if you are planning to pay a visit here, bookmark this write-up to know the things to do in Helsinki. Also, to book your trip there, head over to to find your ideal option.

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