An enigmatic mix of a city set on a narrow peninsula jutting out into the Baltic Sea, the Finnish capital Helsinki offers a magical glimpse of other-worldly life.
Easy to explore, and easier to fall in love with, Helsinki is a great place to explore, its compact size and efficient public transport putting all of its main attractions within easy reach if you're on a weekend break or short break from The Co-operative Travel.
For example, the famous Rock Church and Suomenlinna sea fortress are both accessible on foot or by public transport, as are the two main streets, Esplanadi and Aleksanterinkatu, which are crammed with fashionable boutiques and designer stores.
Finland is making up for lost time when it comes to establishing its own distinct restaurant and gourmet culture, and now boasts hundreds of restaurants showcasing this alongside every other style of international cuisine.
The city's main sightseeing highlights can be seen in a single day on a tram tour, while - if you've still got the energy - you can round off a perfect day with a 'Captain's Cruise' out to the city's eastern archipelago, lit by the mystical midnight sun. For landlubbers, there are numerous trendy bars and clubs ready to help you make the most of those long days.
Few capital cities can boast being almost surrounded by sea and lush greenery, but Helsinki makes good use of its natural attributes to offer city breaks and short breaks where the emphasis can be placed on relaxation.
So for anyone looking for a city break where culture and beautiful landscape take top billing, a trip to Helsinki from The Co-operative Travel will be a delight.