Discover autumnal colours and feelings of Helsinki
Autumn is the season for enjoying sunny and chilly days, and admiring the autumnal reds, yellows and oranges of the nature.
In Helsinki you can really see the autumn foliage bursting into bright colours. Whatever the weather, autumn months are the time to enjoy the beauty of the nature and the mystical feeling in the darkening city. Here are some of the best tips to experience Helsinki during Autumn.
Walking around Töölönlahti Bay
Take a nice walk around Töölönlahti Bay along the popular walking path that circles around the bay area. See the Finlandia hall, beautiful wooden villas, maple trees in wonderful colours, and pop into the Winter Garden, located just north of the bay.
Carnival of Light 10.-20.10.
Enjoy the chilly autumn air and the lovely darkening evenings at Linnanmäki Amusement Park. The Carnival of Light illuminates the area with thousands of lights, and offers also fun rides, live music and sweet & salty treats.
Linnanmäki, Tivolikuja 1. Free entrance to the area. Read more at www.linnanmaki.fi/en
Berry picking and mushroom hunting in Nuuksio National Park
Finnish forests are full of wonderful and tasty treats, especially in autumn. Wild berries and mushrooms are healthy, and you can pick them almost anywhere in the forests of the city. A great way to go and explore the forests is to take part in a guided berry picking and mushroom hunting trip at Nuuksio National Park!
Feel the Nature tours, on Fridays in September and Saturdays in October. This 5-hour trip includes three hours of hiking and return transportation from the city centre.Tickets 85 €. More info at www.feelthenature.fi/en/
Ballet: Alice in Wonderland
Dive into a fairy tale with lovely classical ballet and beautiful music. Jorma Elo’s wonderful choreography marches Lewis Carroll’s colourful characters from the pages of Alice in Wonderland and Through the Looking Glass to the Main Stage of the Finnish National Ballet.
Finnish National Opera and Ballet, Helsinginkatu 58. Tickets 15-99 €. Total duration 2 hours 30 minutes with an intermission of 30 minutes.More info at www.oopperabaletti.fi/en/
Uutela nature trails
Uutela area is the largest and most varied recreational area in eastern Helsinki. It’s easily reached and offers some amazing sceneries, such as huge rocks and cliffs, forests and marshlands, flood meadows and old villas. The Forests and Grazing Lands of Uutela Tour is about 2,5 kilometres long and the Gloe Lakes and Flood Meadows Tour is about 1,5 kilometres.
Starting point at Uutelantie 1. Easily reached by foot from Vuosaari metro station. More info at www.hel.fi/helsinki/en/culture/recreation/in-helsinki/uutela. A guide book at www.hel.fi/hel2/HKR/esitteet/uutela_en.pdf