Helsinki is a city with a strong maritime tradition and it's reflected in its provincial aesthetics, its gastronomy and its coastal terrain. It's surrounded by an archipelago of over 300 islands that allow residents and visitors to enjoy fantastic days full of relaxation. A relaxed lifestyle along with hundreds of events held each year in the city. When visited, it doesn't come as a surprise that it has been chosen as one of the best cities to live in the world.
Finland is a cold country, specially in winter. Helsinki, being in the south and at sea level, enjoys milder temperatures than the rest of the country. In summer, the average temperature is around 20°C (68ºF), while it’s usually -5 °C (23ºF) in winter. The outrageously cold days can reach -20°C (-4ºF) but don’t panic, those usually last for a maximum of 2 weeks.
Because of its latitude, days are very short in winter, with less than 6 hours of sunshine, while being very long in summer, with almost 20 hours of daylight.
When to go
Summer is the best time to visit the city and enjoy its greenery and its islands. Temperatures are pleasant and the streets are full of life. Besides, 20 daylight hours allow you to experience a unique phenomenon in this part of the world and make the most out of it and extend the tour through the city.
Still, a wonder happens in the sky of Finland in autumn: the Aurora Borealis. Some amazing light effects that can be seen only at this latitude of the planet. To live this experience we recommend that you get a little into the countryside to see the spectacle of nature at its best.