5 Reasons to Visit Tampere

Tampere is located just under 200 km north of Helsinki and can easily be reached by train or by car in around 2 hours. Here’s a five reasons to visit this compact and charming city. 1. Natural Beauty You have probably heard about Finland’s lakes, which number in the thousands. In Tampere alone there are […]

Island Hopping

Helsinki is surrounded by over 300 islands, several of which are easily accessible by waterbus from either the Market Square or Hakaniemi. Here, we take a look at three of the most popular islands – Lonna, Vallisaari and Suomenlinna. Despite their closeness to each other, each island is different and has unique features worth exploring. […]

Vanhankaupunginlahti – Oasis in the Heart of the City

Vanhankaupunginlahti means the “old city bay”. Helsinki was originally founded here in 1550 by King Gustav Vasa I, just a 20-minute tram drive away from the current city centre. An equally easy and rewarding way to get here is by cycling. Nowadays, the mouth of the Vantaa River serves nature lovers, tech freaks and culinary […]

Visit St. Petersburg Visa-Free via Helsinki

Helsinki’s location makes it a great starting point for anyone who wants to explore the nearby cities. From Helsinki, you can visit neighbouring St. Petersburg and it is possible to do so without a visa. Finland borders Russia on the eastern coast and Helsinki is just under 400 kilometres away from St. Petersburg.  Perfectly located […]

Public Transport

Update 13.3.2020: Helsinki Regional Transport has advised that bus tickets will not be sold on board, effective today. Use of the HSL app and travel cards continues as usual. HSL advises that routes continue to be operated normally, but asks the public to avoid unnecessary use of public transport. Helsinki is served by an efficient […]

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