More than just a city, the capital of Finland Helsinki is in fact an archipelago made up of more than 300 islands, which between them provide an abundance of outdoor experiences, cultural events and gastronomy. Aside from its small islets, the city itself is easily explore on foot, with design, architecture and cultural sites alongside sprawling parkland, patches of forest and lakes, with a vibrant restaurant and bar scene to uncover too.
Bringing together a wealth of cultural sites – from the Neoclassical architecture of Helsinki Senate Square and modern design of Temppeliaukio Church, to informative museums such as the National Museum of Finland – Helsinki is as culturally rich as it is a haven for the great outdoors.
A number of world-class art galleries are dotted throughout Helsinki, too, of which perhaps the best known is Ateneum Art Museum. Within this grand space, Finnish and international artworks are on show, with temporary showcases in addition to the permanent collection; past exhibits have focused on artists such as Pablo Picasso and Carl Larsson. Tours, workshops and lectures also take place here.