Helsinki, and Finland generally, can seem a little cold.
Icy, efficient, and clean, it’s easy to write off Helsinki as just another city in Northern Europe, but dive beneath the glassy veneer and there exists a warm and spirited destination with some surprising hidden depths.
Plunge straight in with a bracing ferry ride to the fortress of Suomenlinna, a UNESCO World Heritage Site that dates from the 18th century. The area is made up of a cluster of islands with the sprawling fort spread across several areas and visitors can explore cannons, bunkers, and period gates.
From a walk through history, move into the present with a trip to the Kiasma Museum of Contemporary Art. The museum houses works by over 4,000 artists with an emphasis on modern Nordic Art known for its minimalist and sometimes almost glacial design aesthetic.
If you want to warm your cockles in this cooler corner of the world then look no further than Kotiharjun Sauna than has been serving customers in need of a little heat since the 1920s. A traditional Finnish experience, the toasty sauna environment is achieved with wood fires, and you can also choose from a selection of other typically Finnish treatments such as luxurious massages.