Helsinki, Finland - Modern, Friendly, Fun!
by Roy Witman © 2008
It doesn't make international news. It's doesn't
suffer from many of the problems other European
cities do. It's typically a quiet town. You might
that Helsinki, Finland was not a very interesting place
to visit. You'd be wrong!
Helsinki actually has several claims to fame. An
award-winning city, Helsinki ranks highly among
tourists as offering the best winter experience,
conference place and family resorts.
Award-Winning Winter Experience
When you think of winter, one of the first images
your mind conjures is that of ice skating. You'll find a
wonderful rink in city center at the Helsinki railway
station. This outdoor rink is open from November to
March and offers skate rentals as well as a café. It's
loads of fun for the entire family.
Linnanmäki Winter is a season of events that
from October until February. To kick things off, the
Children's Day Foundation hosts the Carnival of
Lights. The entire Linnanmaki amusement park is lit
with Christmas lights creating a winter wonderland.
There are also exciting shows to watch and craft fairs
offering all sorts of Finnish handicrafts. Kids and
adults alike will also enjoy Ice Pearl Show, glacier
race simulator, ribbon skating and other activities.
The St. Thomas Christmas Market takes place in
November and December for those who seek to find
unique gift items. But if your interests include more
than winter adventures, you can visit Helsinki in the
spring or summer.
Convention and Business Meeting
Helsinki is also internationally recognized as
being a central point for business meetings and
conventions. With two primary convention centers,
there's plenty of room for groups of all sizes.
Finlandia Hall is an elegant building with all the
modern amenities business travelers would expect.
This waterfront center has facilitated political,
business and cultural meetings since 1975. An
interesting architectural piece, Finlandia Hall is as
much a tourist attraction as it is a business
The Best of Helsinki website applauds the Marina
Congress Center by saying, “Marina Congress Center
is a [unique venue for conference and gala events]
located right in the heart of Helsinki.” With its ocean
view, the scenery can only be outdone by the
exceptional cuisine prepared by its in-house
However, if you're traveling for pleasure rather
than business, you'll be glad to know Helsinki is also
praised for being a family resort.
One thing you'll notice immediately is that Helsinki
is a clean city! Its residents take great pride in the
appearance of their town. That's always appreciated
by families traveling with small children. Something
else you'll appreciate is the delightful array of activities
you'll find here.
Camp grounds, amusements parks, historic
children's theater and so much more make Helsinki
excellent place for family fun. Museums at the Cable
Factory offers three museums in one building
permanent as well as revolving exhibits. And you
won't want to miss Suomenlinna.
Suomenlinna is an inhabited sea fortress built on
six islands and is a UNESCO World Heritage Site.
Construction began in 1748 with the intent of
defending against Russian expansions. Today,
Suomenlinna is a popular tourist attraction especially
on warm summer days.
If you've never visited the capital of Finland, make
a point to find a cruise itinerary that offers stops in
Helsinki. You'll find this modern, urban, seafront city
offers a great deal for business and personal
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