Helsinki, the capital and largest city of Finland, is a vibrant seaside city of beautiful islands and great green parks as well as lakes and forests. Design, architecture, culture and shopping are all great exploration angles and large park areas, and the coastline with numerous islands sprinkled off it make certain that there’s no shortage of natural presence. Adding a spice, there’s something going on in Helsinki every day of the year. Also, one cannot forget the natural enchanting beauty of the “Aurora Borealis” and the “Midnight Sun’. And everyone knows that Santa – the one and only – comes from Finland. Although the exact location of his private retreat in Korvatunturi, Lapland, is unknown, his official hometown is Rovaniemi, where he greets visitors all year round.
Established by King Gustav I of Sweden as a trading town in 1550, Helsinki has a population density reaching 16,494 inhabitants per square kilometer. The archipelago of Helsinki consists of around 330 islands, providing beautiful set-ups for days at the beach or weekend camping trips. The fortress of Suomenlinna is a UNESCO World Heritage Site and one of Finland’s most popular sights. There are two large national parks named Sipoonkorpi and Nuuksio. As the snow falls, the idyllic summer town is replaced with something completely different with the activities from skiing to swimming in the frozen sea. The eastern end of Helsinki, particularly the densely inhabited Kallio has sparked to life in recent years. Another cool place to look out for is Punavuori in the center of town. Both are home to the most inspirational array of bars, vintage shops, boutiques, galleries and more. Porvoo is most famous for its charming old town that dates back to the middle ages and is filled with adorable cafés, restaurants and handicraft boutiques. Beautiful manors, museums, churches and chapels also characterize Porvoo.
Helsinki, which is also known as the “Daughter of Baltic” is a city easy to navigate as it is a compact city which can be easily explored on foot. This is where sightseers will find the country's finest architectural masterpiece from historical eras, museums and art galleries, parks, zoo, church (Temppeliaukio, Cathedral Uspenski, and Helsinki Cattedrale), Fortress, amusement park, restaurants and shopping. Influenced by Classicism and modernized by Functionalism, Helsinki is possibly best known for its Art Nouveau architecture. In 2009, The International Council of Societies of Industrial Design chose Helsinki as the World Design Capital for 2012.