Collected by Harriet Sanford
Sveaborg, 00190 Helsingfors, Finland
A popular excursion for both locals and visitors, Suomenlinna, a fortress built across a group of islands in Helsinki’s harbor, is just a short ferry or water-bus ride from the city center. Begun in 1748 and now a UNESCO World Heritage Site,...
Lutherinkatu 3, 00100 Helsinki, Finland
Located at the end of Frederikinkatu Street, Temppeliaukion Church is one of Helsinki’s architectural masterpieces. Completed in 1969, the church was excavated directly into the bedrock and uses nature’s raw elements to convey divine inspiration....
Sibeliuksen puisto, Mechelininkatu, 00250 Helsinki, Finland
Constructed in honor of Finnish composer Jean Sibelius (1865-1957), this seaside park and memorial is one Helsinki's major attractions. The abstract monument, entitled Passio Musicae, was created by pioneering artist Eila Hiltunen and is actually...
Yliopistonkatu 5, 00100 Helsinki, Finland
The Arctic Icebar is the perfect place to immerse yourself in the Scandinavian tradition of celebrating winter. Formed out of ice and snow, the fully functioning bar is also a living, temporary sculpture that uses frozen water to create a truly...
Unionsgatan 29, 00170 Helsingfors, Finland
Completed in 1852, the Helsinki Cathedral is a gleaming neoclassical icon situated at the top of a grand flight of stairs in the middle of Senate Square. Designed by Carl Ludvig Engel, the central dome rests on a towering templelike colonnade that...
Erottajankatu 15-17, 00100 Helsinki, Finland
Intimate and open until 4 a.m., Errotaja has a quirky interior that was designed by local art school students. Go late, when the Finns loosen up. Perhaps the best part of all in this boozy city, it’s also just a couple stumbles away from a taxi...
Mannerheimplatsen 2, 00100 Helsingfors, Finland
Finland is home to some of the world’s best health care, literacy rates and education services. Finnish women were the first in the world to have full voting rights. And the capital Helsinki repeatedly receives honors as one of the most livable...
Iso Roobertinkatu 14, 00120 Helsinki, Finland
Bar Llamas has an inconspicuous presence on the pedestrian street Roobertinkatu in Helsinki's design district. The patio outside is small, but often crowded with Helsinki hipsters. Inside, it's a whole other world than you might expect. Tricked...