Helsinki is an historic and handsome gateway to the northernmost reaches of Europe. It spreads across fragments of islets and little headlands that poke into the chilly Baltic Sea, meaning every street and square and design workshop (there are oodles of those) comes bathed in salty breezes. Highlights you won't want to miss include the formidable Suomenlinna fortress – a UNESCO site that was once protection against Russian invasions – and stunning Senate Square – topped with its domed cathedral and state offices. If you're lucky, you'll score cheap flights to Helsinki from USA on one of the direct links that go from cities like LA and New York on airlines like Finnair. If not, there are loads of other options, which might include a layover, but often cost considerably less.
Suomenlinna is a sea fortress that lurches from the Baltic. It's UNESCO tagged and once protected Finland from Russian expansion.
The Helsinki Cathedral is a symbol of the city. It's origins are in the 19th-century Russian domination of Finland.
Helsinki's Kamppi Chapel is a masterwork of modern design. It's intended as a place of meditation, sat right in the heart of the capital.
British Airways, Iberia, Finnair and American Airlines fly direct between the United States of America and Helsinki.
Qatar Airways is the best airline to fly between the United States of America and Helsinki. If you need non-stop flights then British Airways is the best. Norwegian is the best low-cost airline.