Helsinki

Helsinki,

Finland

The ‘Daughter of the Baltic’, as Helsinki is known, is the Finnish capital and one of Europe’s secret gems. In 1812 it was rebuilt by the Russian Tsars as a miniature St. Petersburg, and still retains that gloriously Gothic appearance overlaid onto a late-medieval layout. The result is an eclectic and unusual capital city that’s compact enough to explore on foot, yet with a modern and vibrant personality. Qatar Airways Holidays is delighted to welcome you to Helsinki, providing travellers with a fabulous experience in a city that has a small-town feel.

The best time to visit Helsinki is in the summer, when the café culture is at its height. Winter visits to the city show it in a very different light, with a unique Nordic charm that makes it a great spot for a festive break. With daily direct flights to Helsinki and great choice of boutique hotels, Qatar Airways Holidays to Helsinki give you the chance to discover the delights of this northern city.

Helsinki Holiday Packages

Helsinki is a popular destination at any time of the year, and with a great choice of hotels, boutique B&Bs, and apartments, it has all the accommodation you need for a perfect city break. Qatar Airways Holidays can put together a package holiday in Helsinki that will let you explore the best that this charming location has to offer, including culinary packages that will give you a real flavour of Finland, and activities that let you make the most of the great outdoors. 

Check out the selection of package holidays to Helsinki on offer from Qatar Airways holidays.

Good to know

Time Zone

GMT+2 hours , Summer GMT+3 hours

Languages

Finnish, Swedish, English

Dialing Code

+358

Electricity

230V 50Hz

Currency

Euro

Helsinki Experiences

  • Summer in Helsinki is when the city really bursts into life. With plenty of green spaces both in and around the city, it has a relaxed, open feel that is best explored by bike or on foot. If you are limited on time then book onto one of the Helsinki Itineraries, which will take you on a guided tour of the city’s best spots, including Senate Square, the Uspenski Orthodox Cathedral (an architectural masterpiece), the Market Square, and through the centre of the old quarter. Top of the must-see list during the summer is Suomenlinna. Referred to as the ‘Gibraltar of the North’, it’s one of the most impressive sea fortresses in the Baltic. The imposing site is now a living museum. Check out the catacombs, or picnic on the ramparts, watching the ships go by.
  • Helsinki is made up of a series of islands, and if you want to learn more about the native culture of northern Europe then the Seuasaari Open Air Museum is a must. A collection of authentic Finnish houses have been collected from across the country and lovingly restored, giving you a fascinating glimpse into the diversity of life in the north.
  • If you want to visit the beach then head to Pihlajasaari, which is popular with the locals. It has sandy beaches, cool, shallow water, and plenty of cafés and restaurants, making it an ideal spot for a great day out.
  • Back in the centre of the city there are plenty of parks to explore, such as Esplanadi park and the larger Central Park. On warm summer evenings, you’ll hear live music and get the chance to watch open-air theatre performances for free.