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Summer in Helsinki
Long cold winters mean that Helsinki, the capital of Finland, comes doubly alive in the summer. The snow melts away from the bike trails lining the city and outdoor cafes spring up everywhere. This is the best time to visit Suomenlinna, a fascinating sea fortress dating to the mid-1700s and major attraction. Visit a traditional sauna for a cleansing sweat, perhaps necessary after partying on Helsinki’s islands and peninsulas during one of its summer festivals like Midsummer's Eve, where you will party the night away at the bonfires, or Taste of Helsinki, where you can gorge on some of the city's finest cuisine. To everything there is a season, and in Helsinki that's summer.