If you take your flight to Helsinki in August, then you might find yourself attending one of the city’s biggest cultural attractions – the Helsinki Festival. This is a vibrant, eclectic celebration of all things artistic, featuring opera, ballet, music and art. To support the festival, many art galleries open until midnight. You can visit places such as the Helsinki Contemporary, the Ateneum and the Napa Gallery long after they would normally close.
Helsinki features a maze of meandering paths, which is perfect, if you want to do your sightseeing on foot or on a bicycle. The National Museum of Finland is the best place to go to familiarise yourself with the country’s history. It is easy to spot, thanks to its sky-scraping spire and the bears, carved out of stone, sitting outside to welcome guests. Inside, you’ll find a broad range of collections from Finland’s prehistoric past to modern times.
One of the most popular tourist attractions is the Sibelius Monument, built to commemorate the life and works of the Finnish composer Jean Sibelius. The monument, located in Sibelius Park, comprises more than 600 steel tubes linked together to evoke the impression of a wave.