All Our Finnish Portfolio Adventures

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a city of contrasts, Helsinki defies easy categorisation. An eclectic mix of east and west, new and old, set on a peninsula in the Gulf of Finland: a neo-classical gem but with one of Europe’s best preserved art nouveau quarters contrasting with slivers of Alvar Aalto's spectacular modern architecture. Restaurants with unchanged menus from the 30’s and edgy gastro eateries like the Michelin starred Demo; the brothers Suomalainen’s Kirkko hewn out of rock and Carl Ludvig Engel's neo-classical cathedral in Senate Square; Kiasma’s modern art trove and the heritage collection at Ateneum. There’s water everywhere giving the city an indelible maritime atmosphere that seems to fuse with the Baltic. Helsinki has beer that beats Amsterdam's; boulevards that rival Paris; architecture to match Rome's and street life you'd find on Barcelona’s La Rambla. If you’re not for being pigeon holed, you’ll love the city that can’t be either.

Our Plus

is that we have people who’ve lived in Helsinki, go there all the time, have checked out each and every hotel and know the place like the back of their hands. It’s that simple: we know where you’re going better than anybody else so you can get more out of it when you're there.

Seurahuone Hotel

Possibly the only hotel in the world with a 5 pillow menu: a unique choice of a synthetic filled firm one and medium & soft ones with either down or synthetic filings. A far cry from 1914 when the hotel in its second incarnation opened to plaudits for having running hot water and telephones in all rooms. Each advance though, speaks to the hotel’s timeless pursuit of elegance, style and occupant comfort which the most recent renovation in 2006 spectacularly continued, melding Carl Ludvig Engel’s neo classical legacy with contemporary style. Superbly central for a short stay, the hotel is opposite Helsinki’s landmark granite central rail station, 300m from the airport bus terminal and perhaps more importantly just round the corner from the Karl Fazer Café. All our rooms come with (of course) private WC/shower or a bath tub (your choice), LCD TV, security safe, hair dryer, coffee/tea set, WI-FI and a telephone updated from those in 1914. Not forgetting the pillows.

The Fabian

Central, but in a quiet part without the bustle of the other designer hotels, this place gets everything right. Elegant standard rooms with whimsical lighting and restrained modern design are extremely comfortable; they vary substantially in size. Higher-grade rooms add extra features and a kitchenette. Staff are super-helpful and seem very happy to be here. All the 58 individually decorated rooms have private WC/shower, TV, WI-FI and the memory foam beds are made up with Egyptian cotton sheets.

Hotel Torni

The domed ceiling and art deco inlaid wood panelling in the Torni’s reception speaks of something special. Once Finland’s tallest building the Ateljee Bar at the top of the building’s tower has the best views of Helsinki as do the loos which have outside glass walls. The rooms take you back to twenties elegance with tile stoves, wood flooring, claw feet bathtubs, all mod cons and are furnished in either art deco style or national romantic style. Twin rooms come in Art Deco and Art Nouveau styles with private WC/shower, TV, mini bar, tea/coffee tray. Not quite up to the Seurahuone on the pillows front, none the less each bed has 3 sizes and a memory foam mattress that adapts to your body based on your body heat and weight. Unmissable from Mannerheimintie Street, the Torni couldn’t be better placed for a short stay.

Hotel Kamp

In the hands of new owners and GM Mark Skvorc who took over in 2014 the Kamp has definitely got its mojo back, having been on a bit of life support for a few years. A grand, stylish Helsinki emblem with an antecedence laced with several, day long booze ups with Sibelius and his mates, the hotel is as stylish as they come. The romantic marble lobby leads you up to rooms furnished with antiques and marble bathrooms with their trademark rubber duck. The Brasserie is part of the Helsinki foodie scene and a place for brunch even if you don’t stay here. There are 8 different room types including the Mannerheim Suite: twins come in at 33sqm and have Relyon queen beds (made in Somerset believe it or not), a pillow menu, marble bathroom with bath tub & shower and lots of other goodies you’d expect of a Starwood Luxury Collection hotel including an umbrella!!

1st Day UK – Helsinki

fly to Helsinki’s Vantaa airport and transfer to the city by flybuss. Stay for 2/3 or more nights at your chosen hotel: the Torni probably our favourite; the Seurahuone with a similar timeless elegance; the Fabian for a designer hotel that doesn’t know it is, or the Kamp which to Finns what the d’Angleterre is to Danes.

2nd & 3rd Days Helsinki or Beyond

explore the city at your own pace just hopping on and off one of the city’s trams or with an audio guided tour which leaves Esplanadi Park 3 times a day. A must see of course is Senate Square, and amongst our others are the water bus trip out to Suomenlinna, lunch at Kappeli (try the venison meatballs) or Vanha Kauppahalli (for cod hotpot); and for that quintessential Finnish experience, a soft, scented smoke sauna at Kotiharju Saunaat. Just along the coast is Porvoo with its signature ochre clapboard wooden buildings lining the river bank to which the M/S Runeberg a traditional high funneled steamer cruises in the summer months from the President’s Quay. And just across the Gulf of Finland is Tallinn Estonia’s medieval capital, a couple of hours away by high-speed ferry. There in one of Europe’s best preserved medieval cities, you’ll find a profusion of shops, bars and restaurants lining the cobbled streets of the old Town which nestles beneath the imperious gaze of Toompea Castle.

4th Day Helsinki – UK

take breakfast in your hotel before transferring to the airport for your return flight to the UK.

What’s included in your ScanAdventure:

Return scheduled flight(s) from the UK to Helsinki’s Vantaa airport
All passenger service charges and airport departure taxes
Carriage of luggage (1pc Cabin & 1pc Checked) Complimentary tea, coffee, berry juice & Pay on board food service
Pre-seating on flights (adjacent aisle, aisle & middle or window & middle)
Airport/hotel return transfers by Flybus or Train
Hotel accommodation at selected hotel
Lodging in twin room(s) with private WC/shower & room amenities
Buffet breakfasts for the duration of your stay.

Departure Dates & Prices:

Fridays All Year Round
Guide £385pp (2 nights) £445pp (3 nights)
*Guide Prices are based on our mid-level contract air fares which are real time variable unlike our ground costs. We don't do fancy lead in prices and always use the lowest air fare available at the time you confirm your booking. This may mean your holiday being slightly less or more in which case a proportionate reduction/supplement will apply. Carpe Diem = the earlier you book the better, especially for public & school holdays. 

Safaris included or available on request

Helsinki Bespoke

Bespoke short breaks to Helsinki by ScanAdventures

Your Helsinki holiday will be designed by our own Finns who know better than anybody how to showcase the best of their native land, reach the parts that others can't, and who take a modestly chauvinistic pride in doing so. And Our Experience goes well beyond them, being augmented as it is by literally hundreds of other Finns; members of Finn-Guild, the cultural exchange organisation of which we are part. So if you want the inside dope on the city, we're for you.