Learn to converse the Finnish way: Don't be alarmed by awkward pauses. Finns like to leave stretches of silence to ensure no one's cut off prematurely.
Seek out a sauna: Sauna, Finns' favorite pastime, is a good way to combat the cold. Löyly -- which means sauna steam in Finnish -- is an eco-friendly wooden sauna complex with views of the Baltic Sea.
Head to the pub: A popular option whatever the weather. Although when winter gets subzero, sitting inside makes more sense than outside.
Dress appropriately: Despite its location on Finland's southern coast, Helsinki's winter can drop to - 6 C (22 F). Packing the right clothes is essential, especially for those hoping to venture north to Lapland -- where temperatures can plummet to - 50 C.
Devour local delicacies: Reindeer is one of the local delicacies recommended for visitors to Finland.
Absorb the architecture: Finlandia Hall (the white structure by the lake) is one of the best known works by Alvar Aalto, the nation's most celebrated architect and designer.
See the Sibelius Monument: This welded steel sculpture resembling an enormous pipe organ is a monument to celebrate Finland's most renowned composer, Jean Sibelius. A bust of Sibelius stands next to the sculpture.
Take in art: Helsinki offers a range of museum choices for art lovers. Kiasma has an impressive contemporary art collection.
Dance -- the tango: The staple of Buenos Aires somehow connected deeply with the Finns. The Tango Frostbite Festival in Helsinki is a good place to show off your steps.
Rock out: Taking place at a former power plant site at Suvilahti, Helsinki's Tuska Open Air Metal Festival bills itself as the "biggest metal music festival in the Nordic countries."
Hit the ice: Helsinki is home to many hockey stars including Jari Kurri and Teemu Ilmari Selänne. HIFK and Jokerit are the two home teams to watch when visiting the city.