Despite coming from Sweden, a neighboring country to Finland, and despite the fact that they even speak Swedish as a second language and that the country was once part of Sweden – I never had any real plans on visiting Finland. It seemed like a beautiful country, and the thought of visiting northern Finland and go dog sledding would be an experience of a life-time, but it also seemed so… distant…Finland is a beautiful country and a great travel destination with many attractions any time of year. Helsinki has been the capital of Finland since the early 1800’s, although it was founded in 1550. Helsinki boasts many interesting places to visit including the largest military sea fortress – Suomenlinna Fortress.
We’ve arrived in Helsinki, and we’re going to explore Helsinki- the capital city of Finland. We’re going to start by visiting the Ouspensky Cathedral built in 1869. The five domes on top are actually covered in 22 carat gold. It’s the largest Orthodox Church in Western Europe, which is kind of funny because only 1.1% of the Finnish populations are actually Orthodox. Let’s have a look inside. Helsinki Cathedral which has become sort of like the icon of Helsinki and I think it looks really cool from the outside…and white.
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What To Do and See on A Voyage to Helsinki Finland
Take a look at a few fun and interesting attractions in Helsinki this beautiful country:
Kauppatori at Market Square
This colorful marketplace has a cheerful atmosphere that you will love. Located on the harbor, there are many vendors who sell fresh fruits and vegetables, a variety of sea foods, pastries and souvenirs.
Take your pick of the many outdoor cafes or enjoy lunch at a boat restaurant. Stroll along the Esplanade while you’re there to experience many of the historic sites in the city.
Catch a ferry from the harbor near Kauppatori to this military sea fortress that was built in the early 1700’s. It continues to be a royal residence and it a UNESCO World Heritage Site.
Visit museums, enjoy the unique architecture, go shopping and dine at the cafes and restaurants while visiting.
Accessible by bus, you can experience life in Finland dating back to the early 1600’s on Seurasaari Island. After passing over a beautiful bridge to the island, be sure to visit houses set up with guides dressed in time period attire. Be sure to ask questions of the guides to get the most out of your visit.
Add a visit to the old church to your itinerary and on return to Helsinki, stop at the Bronze Age Village which is very interesting and well worth your time.
Linnanmaki Amusement Park
Wonderful fun for the whole family, the Linnanmaki Amusement Park has a variety of rides including a popular wooden roller coaster.
There are arcades and a variety of outside performances for you to enjoy. The park is open from early May through September.
Take a cruise
Helsinki, Finland is only one of many interesting ports in this area that you can enjoy when taking a cruise. If you’re planning on visiting Iceland or Northern Europe, you may want to check out a cruise with a port stop in Helsinki. Sea Enrichment Voyages. for example, combines learning with fun across unique destinations in this areas of the globe.