How to Claim your VAT Refund at Helsinki Airport

VAT Refund

Non-EU Citizens Can Claim VAT Refund on their Shopping in Finland: If you’re shopping in Finland and are a non-EU citizen, you are eligible to claim VAT refund on your shopping. To qualify for the sales tax refund, your purchases must be made in shops which display the Tax Free sign and the minimum total […]

Esplanade Park – Helsinki’s Central Park

The Esplanade © Helsinki Tourism/Marita Haukemaa..

Helsinki’s Esplanade Park – A Place for Promenades Esplanadi Boulevard, Esplanade Park… however it’s called, no visit to Helsinki can be considered complete without a visit to The Esplanade. Without doubt, that this section of Helsinki near the centre of town is a tourist delight. A hundred years ago, and for the hundred years before […]

Korkeasaari or Helsinki Zoo

Helsinki Zoo

Helsinki Zoo Animals Come All the Way from the Frozen Arctic to the Sweltering Tropics: Known as Korkesaari to the Finns, Helsinki Zoo is far from the largest, even in northern Europe, but it is one of the oldest zoos, having been founded in 1889.  It may not be the largest, but Helsinki Zoo is […]

Helsinki – Finland’s Capital City

Helsinki main square with Tuomiokirkko Lutheran Cathedral

Helsinki, A Fascinating Mixture of Historical and Ultra-Modern: Helsinki, the capital of Finland, has the distinction of being the second northern-most capital city in the world. Although its main attractions and monuments are a stark reminder of its past history, Helsinki today is a very modern city. Although Helsinki has been the capital of Finland […]

Kansallisooppera – The Finnish National Opera

Finnish National Opera House - Helsinki..

Kansallisooppera – Finland’s National Opera Company: Founded in 1911, Finland’s national opera company was originally known as the Domestic Opera and then the Finnish Opera until a name change in 1956 when Finnish National Opera (Kansallisooppera in Finnish) was adopted. Although opera has been performed in Finland since the late 19th century, the opera company […]

Helsinki’s Market Square or Kauppatori

Delicious food in the Market Square - Helsinki

Kauppatori Offers Visitors Great Food, Great Views and Lots of Local Atmosphere: At Market Square, known locally in Helsinki as Kauppatori, visitors and locals alike can get everything from fresh salmon steak to reindeer meat. The Market Square is located on the shoreline and offers great food, great views and outstanding atmosphere. The bright orange […]

Uspenski Cathedral – Helsinki's Orthodox Church

Uspenski Cathedral - Helsinki..

Uspenski Cathedral – Modeled after a 16th century church near Moscow: There are many churches in Helsinki city centre and one of the most notable is the Uspenski Cathedral. A visit to this landmark cathedral in Finland’s capital is certainly worthwhile and should be included in your Helsinki things to do list. Completed in 1868, […]

Tuomiokirkko – Helsinki Cathedral

Tuomiokirko, Helsinki Lutheran Cathedral

Helsinki’s Cathedral Architecture is reminiscent of its time under Russian rule: Tsar Peter of Russia had a well-known impact on St. Petersburg, Russia, the city that bears his name. What is less well-known is the flow-on influence he had on Helsinki. Tsar Peter had been dead for more than a hundred years by the time […]

Airport Transfers – Helsinki-Vantaa (HEL)


Airport Transportation to and from Helsinki-Vantaa Airport: There are 30 airlines operating out of Helsinki-Vantaa Airport which caters for about 90% of Finland’s international air traffic. For airport transfers into Helsinki city centre, travellers have a choice of public buses,  Finnair’s city bus or car rentals. By Bus From Airport to City – The bus […]

The Rock Church or Temppeliaukio Kirkko – Helsinki

The Rock Church, Temppeliaukio Kirkko, Helsinki

The Rock Church – an interesting piece of modern architecture: Temppeliaukio Kirkko is more commonly known by its English name The Rock Church or Church in the Rock. It was designed by two architect brothers Timo and Tuomo Suomalainen, who chose a rocky outcrop as the site for their church. The underground Rock Church was […]