Skirted by islands and skerries, Helsinki is a waterfront capital in commune with nature. In winter solid sheaths of ice stretch across the bay to the island fortress of Suomenlinna; in summer Helsinki Harbor and the Gulf of Finland glisten in near-perpetual sunlight.

Scandinavian savoir-faire and Finnish style are showcased in the city’s Design Museum, and the interactive displays and experimental exhibitions at the Kiasma museum of contemporary art inspire Helsinki’s budding innovators.

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