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The Best Time to Visit Helsinki, Finland

The Best Time to Visit Helsinki, Finland

Whether you’re planning a long vacation or just traveling through, Helsinki should be at the top of your list of places to visit in Europe. Considered the capital of Finland, it’s also the largest city and offers plenty to see and do. When you travel there, you can expect to have an excellent time no matter when you arrive, though there are some times that are better than others based on what kind of activities you plan to do during your stay. Here’s an overview of when the best times are to visit Helsinki, Finland so you can get the most out of your trip.

Why visit Helsinki in the Spring

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Finland’s capital city of Helsinki has a relatively brief springtime window, which is greeted by bright skies that last just long enough for the city to refill its expansive expanses of lush green parks and trees to eventually shoot forth their leaves. Its large Central Park, which is located just outside the city centre, is especially lovely right now. Temperatures start to rise to 10 °C (50 °F) or higher.

The Vappu festival takes place on May 1st, not just in Helsinki but all over the nation. The Memorial Day of Saint Labor is observed by students and ex-students who dress in white student caps, make a lot of noise with whistles, wear ornaments, sip traditional Sima (Mead), a non-alcoholic beverage, and munch on Finnish fritters, which are often consumed on May Day.

If you go there in early June, you may mistake it for Rio. A samba parade, dancers, and music reminiscent of the Brazilian Carnaval are all part of the city’s own Carnaval.

It’s Helsinki-päivä on June 12. (Helsinki Day). Expect to become involved in the city’s birthday celebrations, which will include concerts, performances, some exhibitions, tours, and a cup of coffee with the mayor, if you chance to be in the area at the time.

Why visit Helsinki in the Summer

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In Helsinki, summer (July and August) is the busiest travel season. The café culture is thriving, temperatures may reach a balmy 20 °C (68 °F), and beaches and parks are overrun with people.

This season, which lasts for around two months, has unusually late sunsets and gradual colour changes from day to night to dawn.

Why visit Helsinki in the Autumn

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The autumnal reds, browns, and yellows that the trees release in September, known locally as “ruska,” provide the woodlands 90 days of unaltered colour.

You may collect some of the naturally occurring mushrooms and berries that grow in Mustikkamaa, often referred to as the “Edible Park” (Syötävä puisto).

Why visit Helsinki in the Winter

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The northernmost city in the world, Helsinki, experiences extreme cold during this time of year. Temperatures in January and February can drop below minus 6 °C (22 °F), but because the Helsinki peninsular is so close to the water, it often seems colder—sometimes as low as 20 °C (4 °F)—due to the wind chill and humidity.

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Particularly in November and December, there is sometimes a drizzle of snow that melts into slush. This is less common in January and February, when it is still chilly but at least the sun comes out occasionally. The days are still brief.

But all is not doom and gloom. From 5 p.m. to 10 p.m. for many nights in January, Lux Helsinki’s joyful light works illuminate the city. The venue for the event in 2018 will be in the Kaartinkaupunki neighbourhood.

The Helsinki Burlesque Festival follows in February. Many people attend in costume to see the sensual stage performances of both men and women.

At this time of year, ice skating is extremely prevalent. There is an ice rink in the centre of the city, close to the Central Railway Station, as well as ice rinks on the Tuusulanjärvi Lake and the sea off Vuosaari.

The chance to go cross-country skiing during a winter holiday in this city may be its best feature. There are over 200 kilometres of designated paths all throughout the city, but picture the enchantment of the adventure in Central Park’s snow-covered winter woodland.

Simply put, dress appropriately and take advantage of this very atmospheric moment.

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