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Guide to Helsinki

The city that can’t stand still

Sitting across a series of islands in Finland's far south, Helsinki has a maritime feel and mood much like Eastern Europe and Russian cities as to anywhere else in Scandinavia. Busting with life, the Finnish capital is the ultimate yacht charter destination for those seeking world-class culture, impeccable architecture and delicious local cuisine.

Justifiably proud of its cutting-edge architecture, experiencing Helsinki’s unique buildings for yourself is a must when visiting the vivacious city. The Kamppi chapel of silence stands out to be one of the most renowned pieces of architecture thanks to its unique shape and striking wooden frame. Found in the heart of the city, the Kamppi chapel is a quiet sanctuary for self-contemplation, a place that offers guests a welcome and unexpected respite from the noise of the city that surrounds it. Other stand-out architectural sites that deserve a moment of your attention include the striking ​​Oodi Helsinki Central Library, the beautiful Temppeliaukion Church and one of the world's great railway terminal buildings, and one of only a few that embody an art nouveau aesthetic, the Art Deco Metro station.

Light-filled summer days are perfect for cruising around the Baltic archipelago and taking in the breathtaking scenery as you go. Be sure to visit the magnificent UNESCO World Heritage-listed Suomenlinna sea fortress, a unique monument of military architecture and a cultural treasure in Helsinki. This fortress, spread across eight islands three miles out to sea, bears testament to Helsinki’s history of subjugation and is a truly immersive experience that is highly recommended whilst visiting the area. 

Helsinki is a compact city and very easy to get around, however, for those wanting to explore further afield, hiring a bike is the perfect way to explore the area. For the nature and activity enthusiasts within your charter party, we highly recommend a day trip to Hanko, a divine town that offers over 160km of bike trails where you can explore through forested woodland and feast your eyes on the gorgeous vistas ahead. The forest trails also give you the opportunity to spot Finland's indigenous wildlife, including Moose and deer, making this an ideal activity for all the family, young and old.  

Helsinki feels like an utterly appropriate place to dive into traditional Finnish cuisine, with an abundance of high-quality restaurants and eateries to choose from, you definitely will not be disappointed with the standard of local dishes that are created here. Attracting diners with its Nordic mystique, the Kultá Kitchen is well renowned in Helsinki thanks to its exquisitely fresh and modern Lapland dishes which you can enjoy in a luxurious setting. Opt for the surprise tasting menu and let your tastebuds enjoy the delicious and unique flavors. For a more contemporary vibe, head to the restaurant at Löyly, the modernist, waterfront sauna complex, home to a gorgeous waterfront terrace and an open-air rooftop lounge. 

Saunas are an extremely important part of Finnish culture and there are numerous traditional saunas to choose from in Helsinki, each with its own special character. The Finnish practice of taking a refreshing dip straight away is an absolute must, once you have had your fill of the heat, you have the opportunity to soak in the Helsinki archipelago or enjoy the luxuries that a spa has to offer right at the heart of the city. Our top sauna experience recommendations in Helsinki include Allas Sea Pool, Löyly and Lonna Sauna. 

With such a diverse range of pursuits to enjoy and explore, Helsinki and its surrounding archipelago promise to be an exceptional vacation destination. If you are interested in a private crewed yachting vacation in the waters around Helsinki, view all superyachts available for Scandanavia yacht charters today and start planning your next vacation with a recommended yacht charter broker. 

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Reasons to Visit

Remarkable architecture
Outstanding Finnish cuisine
Breathtaking scenery
Bustling night life
Traditional sauna experiences

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  • Nightlife
  • Monuments
  • Nature
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  • Fine Dining

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Allas Sea Pool
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Allas Sea Pool

A sea spa and an oasis for well-being

Kamppi Chapel of Silence
Kamppi Chapel of Silence

A quiet sanctuary for self-contemplation in the heart of Helsinki

Klaus K
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Klaus K

A luxurious hotel boasting elegance and charm

Klaus K Sky Terrace
Klaus K Sky Terrace

A luxurious sky bar set high up above Helsinki's rooftops

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