Helsinki is the small yet proud capital of Finland. The character of the city is well-represented in its geographical location. Even though the city is pure Scandinavian, a lot of Russian influence can be seen especially in the architecture. The city has over 315 islands and a coastline running over 60 miles. The Suomenlinna sea fortress is one of the prime attractions of Helsinki and also a UNESCO World Heritage Site. During the summer months visitors can enjoy fishing, hiking, cycling and many other activities. The winter too has a lot in store for visitors to Helsinki; ice skating, snowboarding and skiing are quite common in the area.
The city is home to a large array of museums. The Design Museum exhibits the Finnish art and style. The Helsinki City Museum gives visitors an entire tour of the old buildings in the city. The National Museum of Finland gives details of the Finnish history and exhibits various archeological finds. For those who enjoy being close to nature there are several parks dotted all around the city. When the sun shines, the beaches around Helsinki come to life. The Hietaniemi Beach is a great place to spend some time in.
Helsinki is also an excellent destination for shopping. The Asematunneli complex is an underground shopping complex in the city. The main shopping streets in Helsinki are Mannerheimintie, Aleksanterinkatu,Pohjoisesplanadiand Fredrikinkatu. There are several shopping malls and centers dotted across Helsinki. Some good shopping centers in the city are Forum, Kluuvi, Kamppi, Mannerheimintie, etc.
Helsinki is served by the Helsinki-Vantaa International Airport. The airport is located in Vantaa about 18km from the city center. From the airport visitors can take buses which cost between 3-6 Euros depending on the bus taken. Taxis from the airport to the city center cost around 30-40 Euros.
There are quite a number of halal restaurants in Helsinki. Some of the well-known halal restaurants in Helsinki include RavintolaHabibi, RavintolaGrecia, Singapore Restaurant, Fez, Maharaja Restaurant, New Bamboo Center, TurkkilainenRavintolaHalikarnas, etc.
There are several mosques in Helsinki. The main mosques in the city include Helsinki Moskeija, Masjid al-Iman, Masjid DarulAman, HelsinginMuslimit, etc.