Finland is a hidden gem tucked into the far up North. It is a treasure waiting to be discovered. You will find thousands of reasons to fall in love with Finland; the people, arctic adventures and secrets. And four distinct seasons that continue to call you back.
Helsinki is the capital and most populous city of Finland.
The city is geographically situated on the southern peninsula by the Gulf of Finland.
Facing Tallinn (Estonia) across the bay, a number of islands, which are part of Helsinki, can be reached via boats and ferries.
A world of wild contrasts
The most obvious contrast is between the annual seasons. The same lake where people come to swim and sail in summer forms a perfect skating rink or skiing arena in the winter. Warm, light summer nights gradually lengthen, until the snow settles and the late dawn merges colourfully into the early sunset during the midwinter season known to Finns as kaamos.
Archaeological discoveries suggest that Finland was first inhabited by humans about 125,000 years ago.
There is no doubting that it is big. At 130,596 square miles, Finland is the sixth largest country in western Europe (behind France, Spain, Sweden, Norway and Germany). And it is certainly northern – only Iceland, in the shape of Reykjavik, has a capital city which sits further up the torso of the planet than the Finnish kingpin Helsinki.