What to do in Helsinki

 

Day trips

Helsinki has a central location so if you have a day or even a half to spare, consider visiting these places:

Porvoo

This charming small city of only 50.000 inhabitants is less than an hour away from Helsinki and is easily reached by bus from Helsinki city centre.

Porvoo is well known for its old town which has been mainly built in the 19th century. The city offers much to see and is very lively during the summer months. In the old town you will find art galleries and museums, such as Holm’s House and the Town Hall.

You could also just walk around the old town visiting cafés and boutique shops. If you are travelling with family, Porvoo Doll and Toy museum could be just the place for you. For more information go to Visit Porvoo website.

Nuuksio national park

If you wish to take a break from the hectic city life you could visit Nuuksio national park, located in Espoo and is easily reached by public transport or by car. More information about planning your trip to Nuuksio see Nuuksioon trip planner.

It’s possible to go on a guided tour or explore the park by yourself. The park has more than 30 kilometres of hiking trails. Haltia - The Finnish Nature centre and Nuuksio Reindeer Park offer a different approach to Finnish nature.

Helsinki hoods

No need to travel further than the city itself for a day trip. The suburbs of Helsinki offer something for everyone depending on your interests.

Punavuori is called the Brooklyn of Finland and you will know why when you get there. Small cafes, unique shops and relaxed atmosphere create a perfect place to spend a summer day.

Kallio in Eastern Helsinki is the hub of the growing hipster culture. Here you will find Hakaniemi Market Hall, a blooming bar and bistro culture and some of the best saunas in the city.

Katajanokka is a well kept secret among its residents. Separated from the mainland by the Katajanokka channel this small neighbourhood has kept its distinct atmosphere. Here you will also find the ferries to take you to Tallinn of Stockholm.

 

Restaurants

Helsinki offers a variety of Finnish restaurants. You can find anything from traditional Finnish dishes such as Karelian stew to locally sourced vegan treats. Explore the city’s culinary options here.

 

Shopping

Helsinki is a great place to do some shopping – treat yourself or find some unique souvenirs. Esplanade and Boulevard are both the places to be if you are searching Finnish design. Shopping centres all around the city offer a more affordable selection of goods.

 

Saunas

Sauna is the best way to dive into the Finnish culture. Even in the busy capital the Finns have time to just sit back and relax with a refreshment or two. You will find public saunas all over Helsinki to suit your need, for example you might want to head to Allas Sea Pool. This oasis is located by the sea next to the Market Square.

 

 

Image: Visit Helsinki / Jussi Hellsten

Image: Visit Helsinki / Jussi Hellsten

Image: Visit Helsinki / Jussi Hellsten