Heading off to...Helsinki.
VISIT Helsinki was established as a trading town by King Gustav I of Sweden in 1550 as the town of Helsingfors, its Swedish name is still in some use.
The city is spread across a number of bays, peninsulas and islands and boat trips are popular.
Helsinki is the world''''s northernmost urban area among those with a population of over one million.
If some of the buildings, especially the older, larger ones look familiar, it may well be you've seen them in the cinema.
Helsinki''''s neoclassical buildings were often used as a backdrop for scenes set to take place in the Soviet Union in many Cold War era Hollywood movies, when filming in the USSR was not possible. BOOK IT NOW Finnair fly twice daily to Helsinki from Manchester. More details at finnair.com.
. ? Find out more about the attractions and accommodation at visithelsinki.fi.
| The waterfront at Helsinki is a great place to watch boats come and go