Helsinki is the capital and largest city in Finland. The city is located in the Southern part of Finland, on the edge of the Gulf of Finland and the Baltic Sea. The urban areas of Helsinki include the cities of Espoo, Vantaa and Kauniainen, also called the Capital Territory with a population of 992,836 people. The Greater Helsinki area encompasses more of the surrounding towns and has 1.4 million inhabitants, making it the most populous municipality and the largest urban district in Finland. Helsinki is 80 kilometers North of Tallinn, Estonia, 400 kilometers Northeast of Stockholm, Sweden, and 300 kilometers West of Saint Petersburg, Russia. Helsinki has historical links close to these three cities.
Helsinki-Vantaa Airport is Helsinki's international airport, Finland. If you are coming from the Philippines, you can board a flight at Ninoy Aquino International Airport in Manila to get to Helsinki. You can get a deal from PHP 40,247 for a return ticket.
Traveloka is a travel search engine that makes it easy for travellers to find the cheapest flights to Helsinki. All you need to do is key in the information in the search box, and the application will recommend the best trip according to your budget. It compares flight prices across some trusted airlines to help you to get the best possible deal. Use Traveloka’s price alert feature to be notified of flights in your desired price range to get the best flight price to Helsinki.
The peak and busiest times of Helsinki are in June followed by July and January. Hotel prices, as well as flight tickets, will be higher than any other months. However, you can still get great deals if you book a flight or accommodation ticket earlier. The lesser month with travellers is in December. You can get cheap flight tickets and hotels if you are visiting Helsinki that month.
Helsinki has a humid continental climate. Due to the influence of the Baltic Sea and the North Atlantic Sea, temperatures in winter are higher than parts of the North, with an average temperature of January and February ranging from −5 °C. Winter in Helsinki is warmer than in the North and winter is also shorter. Temperatures below −20 °C can appear several times a year. However, because of its position, in the winter, the city only gets an average of 5 hours, 48 minutes of sunshine and cloudy weather adds to the darkness. However, in the summer of Helsinki, it enjoys prolonged sunlight, averaging 18 hours 57 minutes per day. The average maximum temperature from June to August is 19 to 22 ° C.
You can plan a trip to Helsinki to celebrate the Christmas and New Year’s Eve together with the locals there.
Suomenlinna Island – The fortified island of Suomenlinna is part of Helsinki, which seems remote, but is easily reached by a 20-minute ferry ride, using the same ticket as for buses and trams. Sveaborg Fortress or known as Swedish Castle dominates this island. It is built in the middle of the 18th century to ban Russian access to the Baltic. During the Sweden-Russia war 1808-09, it fell to Russia, which then enlarged and strengthened it. It is now included in the list of UNESCO world heritage monuments and is a museum, park and art venue. This area is open most of the year.
Helsinki Stone Church – The Hietaniemi area in the North along with Fredrikinkatu was the Helsinki Stone Church, designed by Timo and Tuomo Suomalainen in the late 1960s. The church underground was carved and built directly into ancient solid rock on the Helsinki peninsula. The inside is bathed in noble natural light that enters through the glass dome.
Linnanmaki Amusement Park – at the East of the Olympic Stadium in Helsinki, outside the railway line, is the Linnanmäki amusement park, with water towers, switchbacks and giant wheels. Along with the nearby Television Tower, it forms a vision that strikes the Helsinki skyline. The park opened in 1950 and has been continuously renovated and improved on rides, shows, shops and restaurants.