Helsinki is a city based around the water. Its very heart is the thriving market on the harbour front. From here, you can set sail for many of the tranquil islands, or perhaps visit the island zoo or even dine in the former Russian yacht club, set tantalisingly close to the shore, but don't miss the last boat back. The massive dome of the cathedral makes an impressive back drop whether arriving or departing by sea. Grand, classical architecture reflects the city's significant past and innovative, modern buildings reflect its current optimism. Snow, bright lights and enticing shop windows give short winter days a festive feel and the sharp, clear light of long summer days discourages sleep in favour of more exciting occupations!