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The capital and largest city of Finland is one of Europe’s most handsome, personal and charming capital cities. The city maintains a personality that is markedly different from that of other Scandinavian capitals, and in many ways is closer in temperament (and certainly in looks) to the major cities of Eastern Europe. It’s the understated yet glorious art-nouveau buildings, the spacious elegance of its centenarian cafes, dozens of museums preserving Finnish heritage and restaurants that have changed neither menu nor furnishing since the 1930s.

Make sure to visit the beautiful and historically significant Helsinki Cathedral, Uspenski Cathedral – the largest orthodox church in Western Europe, Market square - the home to Helsinki’s most international and famous market, the rock church of Temppeliauko and the historical buildings of Tori Quarters in the heart of Helsinki. If you have time, hop onto a frequent ferry to the nearby islands of Suemonlinna and Pihlajasaari, which provide historical heritage, beautiful beaches and fantastic settings for camping trips.

Finally, Finns love to party and weekend nights in central Helsinki is where it’s most evident. From sweaty rock shows to classy cocktail lounges, there’s enough supply in night-time Helsinki to cater for all preferences.

Fly directly from Edinburgh to Helsinki on a NEW Finnair service (starting 18 April 2016) and connect to over 30 Finnair’s destinations in Finland, Russia and Far East Asia served from Helsinki.

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