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The largest city the country and the capital city of Finland, Helsinki is one of northern Europe’s major cities and its captivating noveau architecture gives the city a unique charm. HAPPYCAR is here to help you find the best car hire Helsinki has to offer so you can take full advantage of this modern metropolis, with a Helsinki Airport car hire also available. We check the prices of international and local providers so that you don’t have to check each website to provide you with the best deals to make your money go further on a rental car that fits your specific vacation needs.
Helsinki has a close historical connection with Tallinn, Stockholm and St. Petersburg due to their participation the medieval Hanseatic trading league, but since their hosting of the Olympic games in 1952 they began to emerge as an independent Scandinavian force. Everything about the city is infused with cutting edge design, from its buildings to its food and Helsinki was suitably named World Design Capital of 2012. Its winding coastline is a boon to the city, and the harbor remains a focal point of the Helsinki experience.
While Helsinki is cold all year round, there is plenty to do that takes advantage of the climate. Relax in the Harjutori sauna and experience the city like a native, or strip down and take a dip in one of the many public swimming halls. Helsinki’s design district draws in large crowds and features a delightful collection of interesting shops, galleries, restaurants and boutiques among the pretty streets of Punavuori. In the heart of the city you can don some skates and go ice skating on the Railway Square Ice park, or you can visit one of the many museums dotted around the city.
As Helsinki is framed by 60 miles of the Baltic Sea it is spread out over a number of bays and islands, and its maritime attractions are famous. The Suomenlinna is a gigantic maritime fortress that was built off the coast of Helsinki in 1748, and this UNESCO World Heritage Site is a great place to learn more about European military history and architecture. Check out Pihlajasaari and Uunisaari islands in the summer to relax on the beaches, or visit Helsinki Zoo on Korkeasaari island for nearly 150 different animals and 1,000 different plant species. Alternatively, you can discover Helsinki’s archipelago from the comfort of a boat, with sightseeing cruises sprinkled all over.
In recent years Helsinki has embraced and celebrated Nordic and Finnish ingredients in their gourmet restaurants and the local food is packed with delightful surprises all over the city. Food and design are married in the refurbished Kellohalli at the Abbatoir, while the city’s open air markets are a must-see for visitors. Helsinki is also a haven for coffee aficionados, as Finns drink more coffee per person than anybody else in the world. Helsinki features an enormous range of cafes, many of which can be found near Senate Square and Market Square.
A car hire in Helsinki is an excellent idea for day trips and more ambitious excursions. Beautiful towns dot the landscape around Helsinki, such as the star-shaped fortress town of Hamina or Fiskars Village, a center of Finnish art and design, both about an hour away from the city. For a touch of tranquility, take a Helsinki car hire to Porvoo, famous for its old town district. A couple of hours northeast and you will find Kouvola, a 19th century wonderland of verdant forests and a beautiful arboretum, and there are a host of gentle seaside towns along the coast.
Wherever you choose to go, booking a car hire through HAPPYCAR allows you to choose what kind of vehicle fits your needs at the best price around! Make your Finnish dreams become a reality and book today!