Helsinki, in Finland, is a captivating Scandanavian city. Its location on the Baltic Sea means that it has had a long reliance on maritime activities and the Suomenlinna naval fortress is an example of this (world heritage listed). For wonderful views of the city, the Helsinki Olympic Stadium Tower is worth a visit. Finnair fly from London Heathrow and Manchester to Helsinki, with Easyjet flying from London Gatwick and Blue1 from London Heathrow. Flight time from Manchester is around 3.5 hours.