Prepare everyone for lots of walking. This itinerary takes you all over Helsinki.
Finland is very far north and can be quite chilly throughout the year. We last visited the town at the end of June, and it was cold enough to require jackets. Make sure you have warm clothes with you, as the weather can change rapidly.
If you are visiting in the winter, start at daylight. The days are short in the winter, and you'll only have about 6 hours to explore before dark. In the summer, it stays light until about 11 p.m., but the markets won't be open past 5-6, so plan accordingly.
Summer is a wonderful time of year to visit if you like sun and long days. Winter is gorgeous and special, but it can be harder with kids. The market is not open daily in the winter.
Most of the places visited on this itinerary are free, so there aren't opportunities to save money other than your choice of lunch.
Visiting Helsinki with kids and grandparents? This is a great day trip for the entire family. Start your day with a quick visit to Helsinki Senate Square and its most famous landmark, the Helsinki Cathedral. Refuel with fresh-brewed coffee and jump on the ferry to Suomenlinna Fort, a wonderful UNESCO World Heritage Site on an island close to the city center. Kids will love exploring the fort. It even has ice cream stalls. After the fort, head back to the city and grab a bite to eat at Kauppatori (Helsinki Market Square) and explore the food stalls at the neighboring Kauppahalli (Old Market Hall). This Helsinki itinerary provides a half to full day of exciting and unique experiences for which you’ll mostly pay in shoe leather. So, wear your walking shoes!