Spending a Magical Midsummer in Helsinki
Enjoy the nightless night on a cruise, go to a dance, head to Pihlajasaari island or Seurasaari Open-Air Museum to see the bonfires. Many great events to choose from, here are our tips for your magical Midsummer in Helsinki!
Seurasaari Midsummer Eve’s festival
One of the most popular and traditional ways to celebrate Midsummer Eve is joining the Midsummer festival at Seurasaari Island. Organised in a beautiful setting at Seurasaari Open-Air Museum, this festival gives you a real feel of Finnish national and cultural heritage. The festival programme features e.g. music, folk dances, horse cart riding, artisan shows, and sauna. You can also take part in a nature tour at 20:00, register beforehand here. The highlights of the festival are the raising of the Midsummer pole and, of course, the Midsummer bonfires are lit at 21. Celebrations continue to midnight.
Seurasaari, Fri 21.6. at 17-00, more info at www.juhannusvalkeat.fi
These Midsummer cruises take you to the beautiful archipelago of Helsinki. See the impressive bonfires and enjoy refreshments and snacks on board. Departure point at the Market Square, by the yellow flags. Departures Fri at 20:00 and 20:45.
Music festival of Midsummer
Stadin Juhannus is a 2-day music festival that is celebrated at the beautiful little Lonna island. There’s music, drinks, sauna and fun on Midsummer Eve at 15-23:30 and Midsummer Day at 14-23:30. Waterbuses to Lonna island depart from the Market Square and the trip takes only 10 minutes. Afterparties on both Friday and Saturday at the legendary rock club Tavastia, in the heart of the city.
Get your tickets from www.tiketti.fi and read more at www.stadinjuhannus.com
We love Helsinki Midsummer dances
Hugely popular dance evenings at Kuudes Linja are organized by the urban group called We love Helsinki. Three nights filled with old-fashioned couple’s dances with an urban twist. Enjoy the tunes of folk, tango, jazz, fox, pop, rock and ever-greens!
More info at www.facebook.com/welovehelsinki
Live music in the heart of the city
Go and party! Pop, rock and disco music by The Bilebändi band at the legendary summer terrace Mummotunneli, right in the city centre. The party goes on until the wee hours of the morning.
More info at www.raflaamo.fi/en/helsinki/mummotunneli/events
A traditional spot to enjoy the nightless night. Bonfire is lit at 21.00. Boats to Pihlajasaari island leave from Merisatamanranta, close to Café Carusel in Kaivopuisto Park. The boat ride takes only about 15 minutes.
More info about Pihlajasaari www.pihlajasaari.net/front-page/ and the boat rides www.jt-line.fi/eng/pihlajasaari/
Dancing and fun rides at Linnanmäki Amusement Park
Experience the rides and fun at Linnanmäki. There’s also Midsummer music and dancing on Midsummer eve at 19-21. Entrance to the amusement park’s area is free of charge and so is the dancing! Linnanmäki is open throughout the Midsummer weekend, Fri at 11-21, Sat 11-22 and Sun 11-22.
Read more at www.linnanmaki.fi/en/
Helsinki Cathedral open through the night
On Midsummer Eve the Cathedral is open all night, starting from 18:00. A short prayer time every hour in Finnish and tea is served through the nightless night. Helsinki Cathedral, Fri 21.6. starting from 18:00 until Sat 22.6. 9:00.
More info at www.helsinginseurakunnat.fi/en/
Allas Sea Pool activities
Wellness classes, sea views, swimming pools and good music by Radio Helsinki DJs. What more could you ask for? Enjoy the tastes of special treats and drinks. Allas Sea Pool is open on Midsummer eve until 01.