Helsinki is the capital city of Finland and much like the Finnish people, it is the queen of understated chic. Slightly off the beaten track for your average city break, Helsinki is as cool as it is welcoming. This ultra-stylish city makes for a unique, bespoke addition to your skiLapland holiday in Finnish Lapland, allowing you to combine the tranquillity of Lapland with the vibrancy of a capital city.
Why Visit Helsinki?
Helsinki is a vibrant and modern city with a rich history and a great selection of things to do. It is arguably the home of the Scandinavian design movement and this dedication to modern and beautiful simplicity can be seen throughout the city, in its architecture, design districts, and fashion. As the unofficial capital of the Baltic and the meeting point for Europe with the far East and Russia, Helsinki has a fascinating and modern food scene. There is a stunning selection of food to suit all tastes, from traditional seafood and locally sourced wild-fare, to elegant Michelin stared cuisine and high-dining. The city's beautiful, sea-front location means there is a rich maritime history to discover. The imposing Suomenlinna sea fortress is now a modern mix of naval and residential uses, but the stronghold remains an impressive sight against Helsinki harbour.
What to do in Helsinki?
Historic Helsinki is packed full of interesting things to do. Shopping, dining and admiring the modern and historic architecture are all popular choices. For families there are fabulous museums, as well as the Olympic Park, and Suomenlinna sea fortress. The city is enchanting in the winter and there is ice skating, walks (and maybe a bit of sledging) through beautiful local parks, and of course the magical Christmas Markets every December.
Bespoke stopovers in Helsinki
Some of our Lapland resorts and departure dates can require indirect flights from the UK, which is the perfect opportunity to add a bespoke stopover to your skiLapland holiday. Helsinki is a beautiful and fascinating city, and a bespoke stopover as part of your skiing holiday in Lapland is the perfect chance to explore this often overlooked capital city. A few nights exploring Helsinki’s hidden treasures and cultural gems are an ideal complement to your skiLapland adventures in the magical wilderness of the frozen north.