Helsinki Vacation Travel Guide | Expedia

Helsinki Vacation Travel Guide | Expedia

Finland’s thriving waterfront capital, Helsinki, is situated at the northeastern edge of the
Baltic Sea. Nestled snugly between Sweden and Russia, the city overlooks more than 300 islands in
the waters of the archipelago. Known as The White City of the North for its
traditional use of light granite, the city is a seamless blend of traditional
and modern design. There is no better way to start delving into
the culture of this city, than by starting at a landmark which epitomizes
the style and sophistication of Finnish design. Kamppi Chapel, or The Chapel of Silence, is a multi-faith sanctuary in one of the busiest
parts of town. Settle into one of the ash-wood pews and meditate
before you explore the rest of this delightful city. In Helsinki, creative minds and innovators
are revered. Their statues, monuments and sculptures stand alongside architectural masterpieces, old and new. Start voyaging through history by taking the
ferry from Market Square to the city’s guardian, Suomenlinna Fortress. These battlements were built upon six islands
in the archipelago and have protected the Gulf of Finland for
almost 300 years. The fortress and Helsinki itself endured a
long and bloody tug of war between neighbouring Sweden and Russia, until
the nation won its independence in 1917. Today, sunbathers have replaced the soldiers of old, indulging in naps on the warm rocks while
listening to the lapping waters of the Baltic Sea. Back on the mainland, visit St. John’s Church
in the Ullanlinna district. In the past, Helsinki’s citizens would make
bonfires here on midsummer’s eve, otherwise known as Saint John’s day. Helsinki has a passion for creative invention
and isn’t shy about showcasing it. There is an abundance of museums and galleries
across the city, including the unmissable Helsinki Design Museum. Explore the permanent exhibition devoted to
the great moments of Finnish design from 1870 to the present. Knowledge is the DNA of creativity, and Helsinki’s unmatched education system
has nurtured some of the finest creative minds in the world. The renowned University of Helsinki runs the
Natural History Museum, which is dedicated to the study and celebration
of the greatest designer of all; Mother Nature. Continue your design journey to a sublime
marriage between mankind and nature. Temppeliaukio Church,
otherwise known as the Rock Church, is quarried into the city’s natural bedrock. Its copper dome ceiling is surrounded by glass
skylights and appears to float above the subterranean hall. The cavernous basin has otherworldly acoustics, and is a favourite for touring musicians. Helsinki is home to many structures dedicated
to theatrical and musical productions. One of the most iconic, is Finlandia Hall. Designed by one of Finland’s finest, Alvar Aalto, the building harmonizes wonderfully with the
city’s landscape and is another fantastic display of Helsinki’s
phenomenal design stature. Across the street from the towering pillars
of the Parliament building, and looking very much like a magnificent glass
house is the Helsinki Music Centre. This is the home of the Sibelius Music Academy, which celebrates Finland’s most beloved
composer, Jean Sibelius. During the long march for independence, his epic orchestral works provided a rousing
chorus of national pride. An enchanting celebration of this esteemed composer is the Sibelius Monument in the Töölö district. Look up at the bright Finnish sky through the organ-like steel pipes and consider
Sibelius’ thoughtful frown. Discover art of a more modern nature at the
Kiasma Museum of Contemporary Art, a unique gallery, designed to illuminate the
treasures within by Finland’s natural light. Wander through Esplanadi, often referred to as the living room of the city. From here, walk north to Senate Square, which fans out from the fatherly gaze of Emperor
Alexander the second. Climb the stairs to the foot of Helsinki Cathedral, a breathtaking whitewashed structure which
towers above the rest of the city. Stare up at the twelve apostles, whose ten-foot-tall, zinc statues stand like wise custodians. Inside, the cathedral is just as bright, with a central dome that lets Finland’s
ethereal light flood in. In stark contrast to Helsinki Cathedral, is its brooding younger brother, Uspenski
Cathedral. Built with dark bricks, the cathedral is powerfully
conspicuous as it rises from the surrounding white granite
of the Katajanokka district. Roam through the area’s streets and along the shore, and watch the church light up with a golden
Helsinki sunset. Celebrations of education and creativity mean
Helsinki is a city, designed for life. Its long-held reputation as one of the world’s
happiest places lures people from all over the world. And now, it is calling to you.

100 thoughts on “Helsinki Vacation Travel Guide | Expedia

  1. Please make one about Astana the cpital of Kazakhstan
    It is one of the world most beautiful city
    I would love to see a vedio about it from you guys?

  2. Like there is no something Special like other european cities.Seems there is no life ?I prefer going to rovainemi(i could write wrong lol)

  3. Hi y'all at expedia. It would be great if you guys could release videos of Marseille, Lyon, Toulouse, Bordeaux, Annecy. those are very beautiful cities from France.

  4. wow??thay was really good i am exciting i like evrything but specially i like buildings ♥️♥️?❤❤❤and columns was really good i love this country so much♥️♥️♥️♥️?????

  5. oh my god!??.
    Helsinki is very beautiful?? I want go here? and left whole my life .I like here beach?? lots of beautiful palaces? I think that here must go everyone??. also I like square⛺⛲. it is very good and beautiful I love very much animals????? and beautiful.i think that it is really good Drea???

    buildings ????
    I Love you Helsinki ???

  6. so many monuments and architectural masterpieces for a seriously underrated city. Helsinki is more beautiful than one would think of it prior to visiting it.

  7. Helsinki seems like a really great and cool place to visit. Don't understand why people are telling me it's the most boring city in Europe and not worthy to visit.

  8. Helsinki what a beautiful country. The islands and the lakes are what did it for me. From the UK so i don't get to see stuff like this. Honestly it's soon beautiful. You have to go and see to understand. Finlands natural beauty is unbilivably amazing. If you go spend time visiting the islands and lakes. It's very similar to Canada in that respect. If you live in Europe it should be first on your list to visit. Got more then what I expected when I went there. But do go in the summer because Finland has some long winters. It's also very cheap to visit. I paid a little over a 100 pounds

  9. How nice. Beautiful video I have to say and nice that it's during the summer. Finland is other things than snow and cold and dark. 🙂

  10. We spent 2 nights only in Helsinki and we were glad to spend a day at Suomenlinna Fortress, amazing place! Helsinki is a beautiful city and we would go back anytime! Thanks for one more great video!

  11. I spent only a day in the city, but it was an amazing experience. The Helsinki skywheel is also kind of okay to have a good view of city. Hopefully I visit it again soon.

  12. I have a finnish friend from finland resides in dubai. She said UAE should be developed country if to be compared to her country of birth

  13. I’d love to do a trip someday where I could visit Finland, Estonia and Russia. I think that would be a great trip, though really expensive I’m sure!

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