Think of a place that offers you the magical blend of modern design, architecture, Scandinavian culture and luxury shopping, clubbed with large park areas, forests, lakes, and a sprawling coastline, and the most fitting answer you’d have is Helsinki. Finland’s stunning capital city located on the southern tip of Scandinavia in the Gulf of Finland region is the perfect place to be during this winter in Europe. Also augured as the seat of modern architecture, Helsinki is a compact city with most of the major attractions in the walkable range.
A cluster of 300 plus islands, cheerful and welcoming people, amazing restaurants, and throbbing nightclubs offer tourists everything they could be probably looking at. If you are around you looking for some exciting touristic places to visit Helsinki then Espoo, Vantaa, Porvoo Loviisa, Lake Tuusula make the perfect fit. However, there are plenty of Helsinki day tours available, and you can easily explore the best restaurants, clubs, and touristic hotspots nearby if you are planning a stop-off in the magnificent capital city of Finland.
We present you with this tailor-made day tour recommendation that will enable you to explore the best of the pretty Scandinavian city at its glorious best!
1. Temppeliaukion Church
The day tour of Helsinki starts with a visit to the magnificent Temppeliaukion Church right in the heart of the city. The Lutheran church was excavated from the rocks and stands as one of the primary tourist attractions in the city that came up late in the 20th century. A pretty dome mounted on the top of the main building, and other building parts lined with copper and supporting rocks make for a visual delight for the onlookers. The church is also famous for the concerts and you can certainly attend one if you manage to get a booking in time.
2. Tuomiokirkko or Helsinki Cathedral
Tuomiokirkko or the Helsinki Cathedral is Finnish Evangelical Lutheran cathedral located right in the centre of Helsinki Square. The mid-19th-century monument draws hundreds of thousands of visitors from around the world every year and is an architectural marvel depicting the finest of the modern architecture. Helsinki Cathedral is certainly one of Carl Ludvig Engel’s finest creations. And the perfect monument to be included in your Helsinki day tour.
3. Seaside Market Helsinki
Of the 6 major market squares in Helsinki, the seaside market square which is also known as Helsinki Market Square, is pretty famous and wide. Besides a wide range of products (traditional Finnish), there are plenty of commercial market place activities and events organised in the square area. Tourists can find their matching interests from a wide range of activities which is a perfect allure for a wonderful day tour of Helsinki. You can buy yourself some traditional Finnish products from the Market area while appreciating the magnificent landscapes around.
After having a close acquaintance with the market local culture and traditional Finnish architecture, it’s time to move further closer to the nature of Finland.
4. Sibelius Park
A perfect recreational area built in the honour of Finnish composer Jean Sibelius, the park trip is a must-do activity when you are in Helsinki. The seaside park cum memorial is Helsinki’s major tourist attractions. There is a beautiful musical sculpture in the park that draws a large number of tourist around.
So this structure is a bundle of 600 steel tubes that capture the wind like a pipe organ. Today, Sibelius Park is a major tourist attraction in Helsinki by the seaside offering some stunning landscape around. This place is ideal to spend an hour or two. Next up we have a forest hike awaiting us!
5. Nuuksio Forest Hiking
Nuuksio National Park is well within the reach from the city centre, about 40-minute drive. It’s a welcome escape into the famed greenery of Finland. We go hiking in the lush forest experiencing the best of Finnish nature. There are wonderful hiking trails in the national park region with proper markings and adequate information.
While walking one of the forest trails you will come across that typical Finnish scenery comprising of lakes, green forests and rugged crags. Tourists mostly prefer the national park for a perfect family picnic or campout. Finnish Nature Centre Haltia is nearby which is also worth a visit.
Find out more about the tour on our website here!
You have to explore Helsinki on foot to see how this one of the most livable cities in the world looks like. Also lauded as the perfect seat of modern architecture, Helsinki is the perfect place to kickstart your superambitious trip to Finland! Do share your experiences from Helsinki.