Beaches in Helsinki

Aurinkolahti

What could be a better way to spend a lazy summer day in Helsinki than trying one of the many beaches?  There are nearly 30 public beaches in Helsinki. Most of these beaches are along the seaside, but at least four of them rest on the banks of the Vantaa River. The majority of beaches in Helsinki are open from June until August each year. Some beaches are in the middle of bustling metropolitan areas […]

Kiasma Museum of Contemporary Art

Kiasma Museum of Contemporary Art

Helsinki’s modern art museum is architecturally one of the most interesting buildings in Helsinki and can be found right in the center near the Helsinki Central Railway Station. More than three million people visited Kiasma in 2011, and it’s one of the must see places for anyone interested in art and culture. Kiasma opened in 1998. The building was designed by the renowned architect Steven Holl. The name of the museum is derived from the […]

Helsinki Summer Festivals 2012

Tuska

Helsinki’s summer is full of music concerts and festivals. There are lots of world class artists on stage this year, such as Metallica, Sting, Kent, Björk, ZZ Top and many more. Music genres vary from electronic music to pop/rock and jazz, so everyone can find their own favourite festival in Helsinki. To make the selection easier, here’s a list of the biggest festivals in Helsinki and nearby areas. Name of the event What? When? Where? […]

Go-Kart driving in Helsinki

Karting

Go-karting is a wonderful way of enjoying competitive racing on a small budget, meeting friends and having a lot of fun.  Helsinki has several recreation centers that offer guests the chance to race go-karts with their friends and family. Go-kart amusement centers usually allow guests to rent the go-karts for varying lengths of time instead of charging them for individual races. Like almost anything else that charges for admission, group rates are usually cheaper than […]

Paddling in Helsinki

Paddling

Warm summer days are perfect for exploring Eastern Helsinki’s waterways. Calm waters and numerous resting places provide a wonderful kayaking or canoeing experience, even for beginners. Anyone interested in a water-fueled adventure should stop by Finland’s premier kayak rental company and lesson provider, Natura Viva Vuosaari Paddling Center. A leading travel advice website ranks the Vuosaari Paddling Center’s kayak tour of Helsinki as the city’s number one attraction. This three-hour guided trip leads paddlers through […]

Helsinki Samba Carnival

Samba Carnival in Helsinki

Every summer since 1991, the world-class Helsinki Samba Carnaval has filled the streets of Finland’s capital with excitement and delight. Similar to Rio’s world-famous Carnival, this event is Europe’s largest Samba festival. Approximately 25,000 people attend the Helsinki Samba Carnaval each year. The parade features performing groups, dancers and musicians from around Finland. Some of the entertainers include a children’s group, skilled Samba dancers and a percussion section. Each group of entertainers is called by […]

Havis Amanda

Havis Amanda

Helsinki’s Havis Amanda is a beautiful bronze statue of a nude mermaid rising out of a granite fountain. According to the statue’s sculptor, Ville Vallgren, the mermaid represents the birth of Helsinki and the city’s rise from the sea. Vallgren crafted this masterpiece in Paris in 1906, and it was erected in Helsinki’s Market Square in 1908. The name Havis Amanda was given to the mermaid by Swedish newspapers and Vallgren shortly after the statue’s […]

Linnanmäki Amusemenet Park

Linnanmäki

Open for business since 1950, Helsinki’s only amusement park is Linnanmäki.  More than one million people visit the amusement park each year to enjoy the games, arcades, thrill rides, performances and restaurants of Linnanmäki Amusement Park. The Wooden Roller Coaster, or Vuoristorata, is the park’s most well-known ride. It has been operating since 1951. The oldest ride in the park, the carousel, was built in 1896. It officially became part of Linnanmäki in 1954. Additional […]

Skydiving in Helsinki

Parachute

Extreme sports enthusiasts and thrill seekers alike love skydiving. Experienced skydivers claim there is nothing that can compare to the rush of a brief free-fall or the beauty of a controlled descent. Skydiving is much safer than most people think, with a fatality rate of around one in 10,000. To put the numbers into perspective, the odds of dying in a car crash are closer to one in 1,000. People who want to skydive in […]

Uspenski Cathedral

Uspenski Cathedral

The largest Orthodox church in western Europe is the Uspenski Cathedral in Helsinki. Resting on a hillside that overlooks the South Harbor as well as the city, this cathedral was built in the mid-1800s. Alexey Gornostaev, a renowned Russian architect, designed the church but passed away before seeing his vision come to life. During the time that the cathedral was being built, Finland belonged to the Russian Empire. A plaque on the back of the […]