If you go
Tourist information from Helsinki City Tourist and Convention Bureau, tel: 9 3101 3300; email: tourist. info@ hel. fi Restaurant Juuri, Korkeavuorenkatu 27; Tel: 9 635 732 Hotel Fabian, 9 6819 3333, www. hotelfabian. fi Hotel GLO, 1 0344 4400, www. palacekamp. fi the world’s most beautiful Olympic stadium. The tower offers a spectacular view over Helsinki and the Sports Museum is a must for sports fans.
There are two other attractions that are not to be missed. Temppeliaukio Church has been quarried out of the natural bedrock and has become one of Helsinki’s most important tourist attractions. We are impressed as we walk in and are stunned by the dramatic architecture and lighting.
The other favourite attraction is the Sibelius Monument. We decided that it was a little far to walk here so we caught Tram 3T. The monument is a tribute to the Finnish Composer Jean Sibelius.
Trams are our transport method of choice in Helsinki and I recommend a day-pass or a Helsinki Card for ease of travel. You just jump on and off at will.
Helsinki has a huge range of accommodation but we found two places that met our mood perfectly. The Hotel Fabian is a new, 58-room boutique hotel with a uniquely welcoming atmosphere designed around a lush, verdant courtyard. It is not cheap but it is special.
So too is the Hotel GLO. This is run by the same owners as the adjacent Hotel Kamp and it has been designed around guests rather than the other way.
The best day trip is to Suomenlinna, an island marine fortress built on six islands in the 1700s. It is a UNESCO World Heritage Site. Ferries depart from Market Square and you need from two to four hours on the island.