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Why Fly to Helsinki?
Picturesque Helsinki sits at the tip of a peninsula teetering into the Baltic and surrounded by an impressive archipelago of 315 islands. With no real skyscrapers to speak of, a sophisticated neo-classical city centre that sits happily beside ultra-modernist 21st century buildings and a mass of boats plying their routes between the city and the islands, Helsinki attracts tourists in their millions, all after a piece of cool Finnish city life. A visitor’s first point of call is usually the city centre to see the Market Square, the bustling heart of Helsinki where regular crafts and produce markets take place beside the stern obelisk which commemorates a visit to the city by the Russian Empress Alexandra. You can use Travelzoo’s SuperSearch to find cheap flights to Helsinki
Flying to Helsinki from the UK
Direct flights operate to Helsinki out of London Heathrow, London Gatwick, Manchester and Dublin. If flying from Scotland, you can pick up a service at Edinburgh but there’s a change of plane at Stockholm.
Popular Flight Routes to Helsinki
Which Airlines Fly to Helsinki?
It shouldn’t be too difficult to find a cheap flight to Helsinki as there is a good range of competing airlines flying direct from the UK. Easyjet, Finnair, SAS, BMI, British Airways and Scandinavian carrier Blue 1 all fly out of the UK direct to Helsinki. Aer Lingus will fly you to Helsinki from Dublin directly.
Mini Travel Guide to Helsinki
Come the summer when Finns enjoy 20 hours of sunlight, the city of Helsinki emerges from winter hibernation and the bars and restaurants are alive with laughter and discussion. With boats dashing to and from the islands, sunbathers taking advantage of the more temperate climate in the city’s parks and tourists exploring the sights of the centre, this is a lovely summer city. Engel’s masterpiece the Helsinki Cathedral dominates Senate Square where bell chiming is played daily and is best heard if you sit quietly next to Alexander II, his statue a major draw in the city. You’ll also come across all sorts of events in the square, from theatre and art shows to snowboarding competitions.
You can’t come to Helsinki without taking a stroll along The Esplanade, a famous promenade where anyone with a show comes to wow the crowds and busk a few bob. Nearby Esplanade Park, which links the city centre with the market place, is lined with cafes and restaurants and is a fabulous place to picnic in the sun between sightseeing or stop for a punsch.
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