Unique things to do in Helsinki

Discover the best things to do in Helsinki

A charming seaside city located on the shores of the Baltic Sea, Helsinki blends its quirky urban culture with countless green spaces and coastal nature. Friendly, laid back locals and the easy-going Nordic lifestyle make it easy to understand why the capital of the happiest nation in the world is also considered one of the most relaxing cities to visit. There is always something new to see, do, and experience in Helsinki, whether it’s great food, fascinating new design, unique architecture, or its many interesting museums, like Sinebrychoff Art Museum presenting old European masters, or Ateneum, Finland’s premier art museum, showcasing an impressive array of Finnish Art.

Helsinki is also ideal for families, with lots of activities and attractions to keep everyone amused and happy. Little naturalists will enjoy SEA LIFE’s ocean views and the Museum of Natural History, with its dinosaurs and lifelike tableaux. Or experience the stories and joy of sports at TAHTO Sports Museum in the Helsinki Olympic Stadium. The museum’s interactive exhibitions offer enjoyable activities for the whole family, and visitors can break a sweat if they wish.

The city is dotted with parks, and with islands in the archipelagos waiting to be explored. Nuuksio National Park provides an easily accessible escape from urban life into the wild, where you can enjoy typical Finnish scenery, with lovely lakes, green forests, a much loved hiking destination for locals and visitors and you can step back in time at Suomenlinna Sea Fortress, a UNESCO World Heritage Site steeped in history and charm. Explore ancient fortifications, stroll along picturesque shores, and dine in style at Adlerfelt Restaurant, where Finnish delicacies are served with a side of seaside ambiance. Or embark on a journey across the Baltic Sea aboard Tallink Silja Line’s luxurious cruises to Tallinn and Stockholm. Relax and unwind as you sail between iconic cities, indulging in world-class amenities, gourmet dining, and captivating entertainment onboard. Discover the serene beauty of Lake Tuusula, nestled near Helsinki. Dive into sustainable hospitality at Krapi, where guests indulge in eco-conscious lodging and dining delights. Embark on guided tours unveiling the rich cultural legacy of the region, wandering through the homes of famed Finnish artists.

In 2024, Helsinki will serve as the stage for many splendid food events, hosting an appetising series of gastronomic celebrations over the course of this special year devoted to food. One of the highlights will be the ceremony unveiling the latest Nordic restaurants to be awarded MICHELIN Stars on May 2th. Feast Helsinki, a multi-week summer food festival, will showcase Helsinki’s diverse food culture, and illustrate how seasonal ingredients and traditional Finnish recipes are a source of inspiration for many Helsinki restaurants.

From art and culture to nature and gastronomy, Helsinki’s diverse attractions promise an unforgettable holiday experience for every traveller.