Looking for the most Instagrammable places in Helsinki to fill your feed with beauty? Then look no further. Here’s our Helsinki Instagram spots guide.
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Getting around Helsinki couldn’t be easier. There are generally 3 options:
By Public Transport:
The most convenient way to explore Helsinki, is with a little help from public transport.
You can buy a Helsinki City Card, which allows unlimited use of Helsinki public transport for 24, 48 or 72 hours.
The Helsinki Card also gives free entry to the main sights and museums, a free sightseeing tour and discounts on dining, shopping, and tours, so it’s certainly worth the investment.
By Hop On Hop Off Bus:
Standard buses are available around Helsinki with the Helsinki Card.
However, there is also of course the famous Helsinki Hop-on, Hop-off Sightseeing Bus.
Take a full loop of the route in just 90 minutes to get an orientation of the city, or jump off at any of the 13-15 stops to explore the attractions that interest you the most.
The bus lets you explore monuments such as the Helsinki Cathedral, the National Museum, and the Sibelius Monument.
This option is always popular among tourists, and a is great way to see many famous landmarks around Helsinki at ease.
Some of the best days out we’ve had in Helsinki have been on private tours.
For those short on time, or that prefer everything to be organised for them, there are some awesome tours on Get Your Guide available to book in advance.
From food tours, to river cruises and walking tours, there’s plenty to keep you busy in the Finnish capital!
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Senate Square, and Helsinki Cathedral in particular, is the most photographed place in the city.
Which is why the striking white church comes in first on our Instagrammable places in Helsinki list!
We recommend heading down there early as it can get pretty crowded, especially at lunch time.
The huge steps are a hot spot for both tourists and locals to enjoy their lunch at, and watch the world go by. So if you want a clear shot, the earlier the better!
It’s also pretty popular for tours, the Small Group Walking Tour being the most popular.
The highly regarded tour take 3 hours, and starts at either 10:00am or 2:00pm, giving tourists a great orientation of the city.
So for this Helsinki Instagram spot, sunrise may be the best option.
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This little red cabin has become quite the spot on Instagram due to it’s sheer cuteness.
Many photographers and Instagrammers head just outside of the city centre to make sure they don’t leave the capital without a shot of it. Cafe Regatta is definitely worth a visit.
That’s without mentioning the incredible hot chocolate they serve inside!
It’s hard not to capture the beauty of Helsinki Christmas lights. Especially on Alexander Street.
Starting at Stockmann department store, they trail through the city and make for a beautiful night shot!
This was definitely our favourite of the Instagrammable places in Helsinki.
If you don’t fancy walking the streets at night, then the streets by day can be just as stunning.
We captured this shot down a quiet street, just as the first flakes of snow were starting to settle.
The cosy atmosphere and lights around the city make for some great Helsinki Instagram spots!
A slightly unusual looking monument, but an artsy one non the less.
Sibelius Monument is another of the Helsinki Instagram spots that people are desperate to find, after seeing the weird and wonderful photos of it online!
The monument itself consists of more than 600 hollow steel pipes welded together in a wave-like pattern.
It’s dedicated to the Finnish composer Jean Sibelius, and it can be found just around the corner from Cafe Regatta, in the middle of Sibelius Park.
Who knew these giant still pipes would be one of the most popular Helsinki Instagram spots!
Newly opened, this futuristic building and central library is incredible!
It was something quite different for us to post on our Instagram, and we enjoyed getting creative down one of the aisles filled with books.
Library Oodi is a three floor thriller with everything from 3D printers to music recording studios!
On 5th December 2018 it opened its doors to the public, and acts as a living room or work hub for locals and tourists in the capital.
Plus if you’re getting a little cold from the weather, it’s makes for the perfect place to warm up.
These mole hill like sculptures are an iconic spot within the design centre of Helsinki.
Amos Rex Museum is known for its funky exhibitions, and amongst the children sliding down the hills on sledges, we managed to grab a quick photo.
If you plan on visiting the museums, don’t forget to grab your Helsinki City Card that gives unlimited use of Helsinki public transport, and free entry to the main sights and museums!
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Luxury – Hotel Kämp – Established in 1887 as Finland’s grand hôtel, Hotel Kämp is located in the heart of Helsinki opposite the beautiful Esplanade park. The hotel features 179 spacious rooms, 15 of which are luxurious suites. The spacious rooms combine historical elegance with high-quality facilities. All rooms feature comfortable beds, marble bathrooms and Chromecast-streaming systems. Guests can also order in-room dining and enjoy the lovely view over the park, the city or the inner courtyard. The Brasserie Kämp a la carte menu boasts a wide range of European dishes and an extensive list of beverages.
Mid-Budget – Radisson Blu Plaza Hotel – Featuring the Plaza Restaurant, this historical hotel from 1917 is next to Kaisaniemi Park, 150 yards from Helsinki Central Station. All rooms come with Finnish design items. All rooms come with a flat-screen TV, tea/coffee maker and Magic Dream beds with a pillow menu. Some rooms offer city views. Free fitness centre access and modern air-conditioned rooms with free WiFi are all available. Plaza Restaurant also serves drinks, while snacks and light dishes are available at the 24-hour lobby bar.
Budget – Eurohostel – Located on ’s Katajanokka island, this hostel is a 5-minute ride from the city centre. Kauppatori is ‘ walk away. It offers guest kitchens, free WiFi and a . Bed sheets and towels are also inclusive of your stay. Eurohostel’s fresh, simple rooms have shared bathroom facilities. Additional communal areas include kitchens and lounge rooms. Guests can enjoy a daily breakfast buffet onsite. Eurohostel’s lobby also has vending machines with drinks and snacks. The 24-hour reception sells city passes and tickets to attractions. Staff can also recommend area activities.
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