Helsinki is a sea-town par excellence and an exciting, dynamic place. Half the city seems to be water, and the tortured geography of the coastline includes any number of bays, inlets and a speckling of islands. The harbour is the heart of the city, and watching the giant ferries glide into port is a defining memory and essential Helsinki experience.

Helsinki is cool without - as yet - being self-consciously so. Unlike other capitals, you sense that people go to places because they enjoy them, not to be seen. Much modern décor is ironic and humorous, and achieves stylishness by daring to differ rather than trying too hard.

While not an ancient place, much of what is loveable in Helsinki is older. The style of its glorious Art Nouveau buildings, the spacious elegance of its cafés, the careful preservation of Finnish heritage in its dozens of museums, restaurants that have changed neither menu nor furnishings since the 1930s are all part of the city's quirky charm.

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Price guide

Price Indication: from £499 per person
Includes: two nights accommodation at first class city centre hotel with breakfast, top-category ticket for one performance and opera synopsis. Air travel not included - lowest air fares will be sourced at time of booking.

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    Klaus K

    Late 19C landmark building with 135 rooms. Located in the city centre about 10 minutes by taxi from from Finnish National Opera.