Welcome Summer, our shiny friend!
Can you feel it in the air? Summer is near. Now it’s time to enjoy the awakening nature and warm winds. Read our tips on how to welcome the summer; what to do and where to go.
Get ready for the outside swimming season
If the beach and the sea are still too cold for you, take a dip at Allas Sea Pool. It’s an outside spa, just next to the Market Square and Skywheel Helsinki. It has two pools for adults, a heated pool and a seawater pool, and a children’s pool. In addition to swimming, you can worship the sun while watching ferries coming and going to the Suomenlinna Sea Fortress. And of course, it has also saunas. Allas has a nice café and restaurant on the second floor. You can rent swimming suits and towels at the Allas shop.
Allas Sea Pool, Katajanokanlaituri 2a, Helsinki
Water fun at blue lagoon
Our next location isn’t in Helsinki but Espoo, but who cares! The Helsinki metro brings you there in minutes. Laguuni is a floating water centre for various watersports. It offers great conditions for Stand Up Paddling, SUP polo, wakeboarding, kayaking, and flyboarding. It also has a floating restaurant Blägä offering quality burgers, fresh salads, and tasty drinks. Enjoy the Baltic sea!
Laguuni, Keilalahdenkatu 8, Espoo
The island of animals
Korkeasaari Zoo is located on the eastern side of Helsinki, on the Korkeasaari island, which explains the name. The zoo houses over one thousand plant species and animals of 150 different species, including various mammals, birds, and reptiles. Take a step into a tropical rainforest and meet the monkeys and parrots in the Amazonia house. See some snakes, frogs, gundis, and mongoose in the Africasia house, and get to know the natural wonders of the cold mountain regions. You can take a bus to the zoo, but also enjoy a ferry ride from the city centre.
Korkeasaari Zoo, Mustikkamaanpolku 12, Helsinki
Secret garden in the middle of the city
Kaisaniemi Botanical Garden maintains a collection of live plants for use in research and teaching. The outdoor garden, covering approximately four hectares, attracts visitors to experience the world of plants. In the summertime, perhaps the most beautiful part of the grounds is the central garden, an open area with ponds and flowers, bordered by the glasshouses and rose bushes. A historic stone building envisioned as the king’s castle now houses a herbarium in the middle of the garden. Ten glasshouses open to the public offer a glimpse into the plant life of torrid deserts, humid rainforests and tropical wetlands.
Kaisaniemi Botanical Garden, Kaisaniemenranta 2, Helsinki
Everyone should experience a canal cruise once in their life
Why, you ask. Well, it’s just a fundamental part of experiencing the city. It is usually the most relaxing way to enjoy the sceneries of the archipelago and find out more about this amazing city. On the Beautiful Canal Route sightseeing cruise, you will get to see the most beautiful shorelines in Helsinki and residential areas of the archipelago. Along the way, there are many beautiful sights, including the historic Suomenlinna Maritime Fortress, Helsinki Zoo on Korkeasaari island, the impressive fleet of icebreakers and – of course – Degerö Canal. And you will also hear about the fascinating history of Helsinki.
Another option to have a tour around the city, is Helsinki City Highlights cruise. The tour shows you the urban shorelines of Helsinki. During the cruise you will see summer terraces, beach cafés and beautiful parks as well as both older and newer city architecture. The boat passes by the many residential areas and offers a nice way to see different districts of Helsinki by the sea.
Departure point Helsinki Market Square, by the yellow flags.