City Breaks to Helsinki
If you´re searching for a once in a lifetime experience, a city break to Helsinki could be it. If the winter is sufficiently cold, the splendid Northern Lights or Aurora Borealis that can often be seen in Northern Finland make an appearance in Helsinki. This natural phenomenon is just one of many reasons why Helsinki is an ideal city break destination, with so much to see and do. It’s located on the shore of the Gulf of Finland, an arm of the Baltic Sea. The Finish capital is spread across a number of bays and peninsulas and over a number of islands. It’s an interesting city to visit and we can offer cheap city breaks, flights and holidays to Helsinki from Ireland all-year round.
Hotels in Helsinki
Club Travel offer its customers the best prices on hotels in Helsinki, listed below are just two hotels from our extensive list.
Scandic Grand Marina is a large 4-star hotel offering comfortable accommodation near the heart of Helsinki. Highlights include a gym, sauna, free Wi-Fi and a good location close to the harbour and Uspenski Cathedral.
Holiday Inn Helsinki West Ruoholahti Choose the sleek Holiday Inn Helsinki West-Ruoholahti hotel, close to bustling downtown Helsinki, the hotel has over 200 rooms.
Choose one of these or call us today and allow us to help find your perfect base for your city break to Helsinki.
Things to do and see in Helsinki
Helsinki Zoo, known as "Korkeasaari" among Finns, is one of the oldest zoos in the world (founded in 1889). In Helsinki Zoo you'll meet animals from the arctic tundra to the tropical rainforest. Approximately 200 different animal species reside in the Zoo, and there are almost a 1000 different plant species.
The National Museum of Finland illustrates Finnish history from prehistoric times to the present day. Workshop Vintti on the third floor is an interactive exhibition especially designed for children, where visitors can study the history of Finland and its culture using their hands and heads.
Olympic stadium, built in 1938 the stadium was designed in functionalistic style. The Olympic Games were held in 1952 in Helsinki. Today the Olympic Stadium hosts both national and international sporting events and concerts.
Esplanande Park Situated in the heart of Helsinki, the Esplanade serves as a promenade for tourists and a place to relax for city residents. The park and the Espa Stage host many popular events, including the Marimekko Fashion Show and raising of the midsummer pole accompanied by folk dancing in June and the Jazz-Espa concert series on weekdays throughout July.
Linnanmäki, The amusement park has an enormous selection of fun rides, from ultra-scary to more easy-going. The special wooden rollercoaster is over 50-years-old and remains the most popular ride.
Helsinki Climate The summer in Helsinki is bright with up to 19 hours of daylight per day. Autumn is cool and the hours of daylight become noticeably shorter. The winter begins in either November or December depending on the year. The average temperature between December and February is around -4°C. The coldest time of the year is usually at the end of January, when the mercury can fall to below -15°C and the ground is covered by snow. Spring arrives in Helsinki usually sometime in April. The days grow rapidly longer and warmer, attracting people to the city while the nature blossoms all around.
Helsinki Airport by Bus which takes around 40 minutes and taxis which are slightly quicker but are quite expensive.
Currency Finland’s official currency is the Euro
Visa Requirements Irish citizens do not currently need a visa for Finland