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Helsinki at a Glance

Helsinki excites visitors with its picture perfect colorful waterfront, historic churches, great food and happening cultural scene.

Helsinki's art nouveau architecture, city squares and cultural centers make it a real gem.  Look at contemporary art in the Kiasma, travel by ferry to the island that was once called "Finland's fortress," visit a living history museum with traditional Finnish buildings.

After you've visited the city's cultural and artistic museums, let Helsinki's fabulous shopping take you in. Buy house-ware, cookware and clothes all crafted with the Finn's particular sensibility to design and color. When you are hungry, sample New Nordic cuisine. No longer a meat and potatoes kind of city, Helsinki's restaurants will wow you with their fresh vegetables, succulent fish and creative recipes. Dig in.

What to Expect
High Season
May - September
Low Season
October - April
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      • Major Airport Helsinki-Vantaa Airport

      Passport / Visa Requirements

      American, Canadian and European Union citizens do not need a visa to enter Finland if they intend to stay there for less than three months. All travelers must carry a valid passport which could be subject to inspection at any time. Contact the Finnish Consulate for more travel information. American citizens can find out more information by using the U.S State Department website.

      Need to Know

      Severe Weather Helsinki gets winter snow and can be quite cold and dark. Drive cautiously in snowy weather and dress appropriately to avoid frostbite.

      Safety Concerns Helsinki is a safe city for tourists. Avoid flashing cash, protect your passport and don't leave belongings unattended.

      Health Concerns Practice good personal hygiene to stay healthy in Helsinki. The drinking water is clean and the city has good public health.