The urban area of Helsinki offers a variety of historical, cultural and outdoor attractions to explore. Most of the city sits on a granite peninsula on the north coast of the Gulf of Finland, facing the Baltic Sea. The peninsula has numerous offshore islands and rocky islets and many little coves and inlets.
Helsinki is a great city to explore on foot or on a bike. A compact size and handy public transport placing the main attractions within an easy reach make Helsinki a perfect destination for a short city break.
The high tourist season in Helsinki falls within May and September, since most of the Finnish festivals take place in summer. In autumn you can still enjoy the nature changing colour, explore the Baltic herring market and treat yourself to freshly picked mushrooms and berries. The winter brings the Christmas atmosphere in the city, launches skiing and ice skating activities, along with Lux Helsinki Light festival and Helsinki Christmas market.