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The vibrant seaside city of Helsinki has so much to offer. As a holidaymaker in the city, if you want to get the most out of your trip, there is no better way than hiring a vehicle. When you rent a car in Helsinki, you get to sample everything that the city stands for at your own convenience and in an efficient and affordable way.

It's your choice: Where to go in Helsinki

The Sibelius monument was built in dedication to Jean Sibelius, a popular Finnish composer, who died in 1957. The monument was first unveiled in 1967. You can find it in Toolo, a district in Helsinki. The Rock Church of Helsinki is locally known as Temppeliaukio. This is a historically rich Lutheran church built directly into solid rock. Today, this rock church in Helsinki's central area is a popular travel destination for architecture lovers, no matter what their beliefs are. Suomenlinna is a UNESCO World Heritage site and a Finnish cultural treasure. It is a fortress with museums, restaurants, and a memorable site for various events. Home to about 800 locals, it's part of a group of islands off Helsinki. If you are a lover of history, culture, and adventure, Suomenlinna will definitely blow you away.

Things to do in Helsinki

Finland is famous for its saunas. In Helsinki, you will find many public saunas where you can have that authentic Finnish sauna experience. Helsinki has a thriving food scene. Expect to find historic Finnish cuisine like Karelian pie among modern and seasonal dishes. The food served in Helsinki restaurants won't fail to delight your taste buds. Hire a car in Helsinki to better explore its restaurant scene. Finns love to party and the night life is vibrant. There are numerous bars and clubs all within walking distance from each other in Helsinki. There are activities every night of the week to suit all preferences. Helsinki Zoo is one of the few zoos in the world located on an island. It's a memorable experience for people of all ages. You get to enjoy the beautiful natural environment, the majestic animals, and the area's rich history.

Important info about Helsinki

Helsinki is the capital city of Finland, located on the shore of the Gulf of Finland. The city is located on the tip of a peninsula, on 315 islands. It has a very well-developed road network, the core of which are the famous semicircular beltways: Ring I, II and III. The two main languages spoken in Helsinki are Finnish and Swedish. However, it is more common to hear Finnish when you walk around the city. Most people also have a basic understanding of English due to the cosmopolitan nature of the city. Helsinki’s climate is influenced heavily by the Baltic Sea and the North Atlantic Current. Winters are therefore warmer and shorter than in most other European cities.

Weather in Helsinki
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Country Finland
Language Finnish
Currency Euro
Time-Zones Eastern European Standard Time
Country Code +358-9

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Helsinki Airport is the largest airport in Finland. It is located in nearby Vantaa and is your best option for your flight into Helsinki. You can drive in Helsinki using your home country’s driver’s licence as long as you are over 18 years old. The speed limit in cities and towns is 50km/h and 80km/h outside built-up areas. If you drive drunk in Helsinki, and in Finland in general, you risk losing your licence, getting a hefty fine, or even a 6-month imprisonment sentence. There are strict winter driving regulations in Finland. Winter tyres are legally required from the beginning of December to the end of February. This also applies to rental cars, so be sure to check your agency for compliance before you commit. Be alert for moose and reindeer as you drive anywhere in Finland. They sometimes wander onto roads, especially at dusk.

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What to visit in the surroundings of Helsinki

Rent a car in Helsinki and drive to Seurasaari, east of the city. The whole island is an interesting open-air museum, with houses, farms, old churches, and other buildings that illustrate how traditional Finns used to live. The Korkeasaari Zoo is one of the oldest zoos in the world, founded in the 1880s. They have some of the best breeding programs in the world, having brought back several species from near extinction. You can get to Korkeasaari Zoo by simply walking to the island across a footbridge all year round, except for four months from June to September where you can get on the island by ferry. Located on Lake Vanajavesi, 100 kilometres north of Helsinki in the historic province of Hame, Hameenlinna makes for the perfect day trip destination. Rent a car in Helsinki and drive out to one of the oldest settlements in Finland. There is no better place to learn about Finland's rich history.

What to bring to your friends from Helsinki

Finland’s glassware is world-famous. One of their most iconic brands is Iittala. They make high-quality glassware that can be passed down from one generation to the next. For younger family members, their Moomin collection, combining two of Finland's finest products, makes for an ideal gift. For anyone with an artistic side, the kantele will make the perfect gift. It is a traditional Finnish wooden stringed musical instrument that looks like a long ukelele. A puukko is a traditional Finnish hunting knife that comes in a handmade leather sheath. You can find them in street markets all over Finland. Fathers traditionally gift puukkos to their sons, in the same way Swiss army knives are gifted. Sweets from the Fazer company are hugely popular in Finland. You can buy them in shops in Helsinki and take a small part of Finland home with you.