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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.

Klaus K Hotel

The Klaus K is a stylish hotel, epitomizing the country's penchant for clever design.

Sauna Hermanni

One of just three public saunas left in Helsinki. Hermanni has been sweating it out for over 50 years.

Hietaniemi Beach

Swimming is probably one of the last activities that come to mind for most people when they think of Helsinki, but "Hietsu" beach is a great (and popular) place to take a dip. That is, in the summer months.

Citizens' Square Park

This central park is the location of summer's Taste of Helsinki food festival. Delightful!

Best Western Premier Hotel Katajanokka

This former prison is one of the most interesting places to stay in Helsinki.


Historically Helsinki's number one summer restaurant, Kappeli is still a good bet with its smoked fish, salads, and even, for the more adventurous, reindeer mousse appetizer.


A great stop for a simple, affordable meal and lots of fun sweet and savoury pancake options.


Meaning "meeting-place", this island reserve is populated with friendly wildlife and features an open-air museum of wooden Finnish architecture and a nudist beach.

Fortress of Suomenlinna

Built on a group of islands located at the entrance of Helsinki's harbour, this fortress is on UNESCO's list of World Heritage Sites and is one of the city's principle sights.