5 things to do in sunny Helsinki
It’s time to enjoy the bright days and nights, the warmth of sunshine, and the green nature.
Take a dip at Allas Sea Pool
An urban spa, Allas Sea Pool is ideally located next to the Kauppatori Market Square and the Finnair Skywheel. It features a large heated pool and a children’s pool, plus a seawater pool that is particularly popular during the winter. In addition to swimming, Allas Sea Pool is a great spot for watching ferries to the island fortress of Suomenlinna and other island locations come and go at the Kauppatori quay. Adjacent to the pools, the Allas Café & Terrace and Allas Wine & Dine with their cozy outdoor seating are open for business. Various well-being events are held at Allas Sea Pool and, in the summer, it also serves as a live music venue.
Top tip: Allas Sea Pool is also open for Midsummer!
Katajanokanlaituri 2 a, www.allasseapool.fi. Open Mon-Fri 6.30-21, Sat 9-21 and Sun 9-20. Tickets 14 €/9,50 €/7€.
Go kayaking with Natura Viva
The sea is an inseparable part of Helsinki, and what could get you closer to it than kayaking? On the Natura Viva kayaking tours, you will become closely acquainted with the nooks and crannies of the Helsinki shoreline, regardless of whether you’re a beginner or a more experienced kayaker. Natura Viva organises bus transport to its kayaking centre in Vuosaari from the Kiasma bus stop in central Helsinki. The Helsinki by Kayak tour is a great intro- duction to the relaxing world of kayaking.
Top tip: Do you fancy taking a sauna and a dip in the sea after a kayaking tour? With Natura Viva, you can also book a private seaside sauna.
In May every Saturday and Sunday, 1.6.–31.8. every day. Departure at 10, back downtown by 14.30. Price 78 € / person (incl. transportation, guide, kayak, paddle, life jacket, spray skirt, water bottle and snack). More info at www.naturaviva.fi
Linnanmäki Amusement Park
Linnanmäki amusement park is definitely one of the most traditional summer destinations in Helsinki. “Lintsi” has been located in the Alppila district since the 1950’s. The most daring thrill-seekers won’t be disappointed this summer when Lintsi launches the new ride, Taiga. It’s a roller coaster-style ride, rises up to a height of 52 metres and has a top speed of 106 km/h. However, riding the old wood frame roller coaster dating back to 1951 is an absolute must at Lintsi. At the end of each set of cars, there is a brakesman responsible for braking. Concerts and other events for the whole family are held at Lintsi throughout the summer.
Top tip: Entry into the Linnanmäki area is free, so you can come in and just enjoy the atmosphere. The Panorama scenic tower is a great spot for taking in Helsinki, and entry to the tower is also free.
Tivolikuja 1, www.linnanmaki.fi. Check the opening hours and tickets at the website.
I’m walking on sunshine
The best way to get familiar with a city is to take a walk around it. The older districts in particular are very beautiful and quiet, and they are great for taking in Helsinki’s architecture and history. The Kruununhaka district located behind Senate Square is a small and idyllic part of Helsinki with Art Nouveau buildings, small boutiques and cafés and great restaurants. From the eastern side of Kruununhaka, you can access Tervasaari, a small island connected to the shore. Tervasaari features a pleasant walking route circling the island, a nostalgic pier used for washing rugs, green areas and the restaurant Savu operating in an old tar-painted granary.
Top tip: Dine in the historic Kolme Kruunua restaurant on Liisankatu.
Beautiful Archipelago of Helsinki
Helsinki is surrounded by many islands dedicated for recreational use. Of course, the most popular island is Suomenlinna which is also the most popular tourist destination in all of Helsinki. You can also explore the archipelago on a ferry. The Stromma’s Beautiful Canal Cruise will take you along the Helsinki shoreline and during the cruise you will hear about the history of the archipelago and see many popular sights from the sea. If you wish to enjoy as many islands as possible in one day, we recommend Island Hopping which will take you to the small Lonna isle, untouched Vallisaari isle and to Suomenlinna. On the other side of the city, one must-see is Uunisaari isle adjacent to the Kaivopuisto park.