Helsinki summer classics Top 10 – experience these experiences

1. Hietaniemi beach

The most famous beach in Helsinki is the Hietaniemi beach near the city center. The shallow sandy beach is popular with people of all ages, because on the beach you can see families with children, couples and groups of friends enjoying the warm summer days.

The beach has excellent services, because in addition to changing rooms and toilets, in Hietaniemi you can play beach volleyball, exercise in an outdoor gym, and play basketball.

2. Seurasaari barbecue place

Seurasaari, located a short distance from Hietaniemi beach, is a popular outdoor area all year round, but in summer the island is especially beautiful and atmospheric. There are numerous small beach strips and beautiful rocks along the walking route around the island, but there is also a barbecue area on the island.

In the heart of Seurasaari, next to Juhlakentä, there is a public and well-maintained barbecue area. The city provides firewood for visitors, so it is enough to bring snacks to the barbecue place.

3. Helsinki ice cream factory

The most authentic Helsinki ice cream experience can be found at the kiosks of the Helsinki Ice Cream Factory. In the summer of 2022, there will be three kiosks: one in Kaivopuisto, one in Taivallahti and one in Sello in Espoo. Large balls and delicious ice creams have been the strengths of the Helsinki ice cream factory since the beginning of the 20th century.

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Ice cream from the Helsinki ice cream factory crowns a summer day.

The ice creams are made in Koskelo, Espoo, and the ice creams are best tasted on a warm summer day right in front of the kiosk.

4. Linnanmäki roller coaster

The funniest experience of the summer in Helsinki is the roller coaster at the Linnanmäki amusement park in the heart of the city. The wooden roller coaster is Linnanmäki’s most popular device, and it’s worth experiencing at least once in the summer. The roller coaster, which has been in operation since 1951, is popular with people of all ages.

The roller coaster is open to passengers taller than 140 centimeters, and the length of the roller coaster made in Finland is 960 meters. In about two minutes, the carriage accelerates to a speed of up to 60 kilometers per hour, and the longest drop is 48 meters. One device ticket to Linnanmäki costs ten euros.

5. Picnic in Suomenlinna

A sure sign of summer in Helsinki is a picnic in Suomenlinna. Located in front of the city, the historic island that has been accepted into the UNESCO world heritage list is a beautiful destination and is at its best in the summer. It is an outdoor place loved not only by city dwellers but also by tourists.

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Suomenlinna summer day should be prepared with picnic food.

Suomenlinna’s picnic is a real summer tradition, and you can easily fill up your lunch basket before departure at the market square or market hall in front of the harbor, or in the nearby grocery stores. There are excellent ferry connections to Suomenlinna from the market square, and you can get there with the price of a regular HSL single ticket.

6. Sea Pool and Sky Wheel Helsinki

Allas Sea Pool, located on the market square, is the perfect place to enjoy a summer day in the heart of Helsinki. Merikylpylä’s pools and saunas pamper visitors both on warm and slightly cooler summer days, and it’s easy to make the most of a summer day on the sunny terrace.

The highest Ferris wheel in Helsinki, the 40-meter Sky Wheel Helsinki, opened in 2014, is located next to the pool Sea Pool. The Ferris wheel is open every day, and the scenery of the city center is worth seeing especially in the summer. A ticket for the ferris wheel costs 13 euros.

7. Coffee buns from the cafe in the blue villa

Located in Töölönlahti right next to the Helsinki railway station, the atmospheric Sininen villa cafe is one of the most beautiful summer cafes in Helsinki. As its name suggests, the cafe located in the courtyard of the blue villa spreads out into an atmospheric courtyard, where you can enjoy the sunlight until late in the evening.

The cafe, which has been operating since 1995, is a family business that has become a favorite place of Helsinki residents due to its wonderful location and tasty delicacies. Cakes, pies and other pastries are made on site. In addition to café delicacies, Sininen villa’s café also serves lunch soups.

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Cycling around Helsinki is an excellent way to get to know the city.

8. Bike tour in Arabia

Helsinki is a great cycling city, because the route network is excellent and there are plenty of city bikes available. There are plenty of good cycling routes, but during the summer you should at least experience the Old Town route to the Arabia district.

Vanhankaupunginkoski is one of the most beautiful views of Helsinki, and you can easily combine a visit to Lammasaaari with the same bike tour.

9. Ferry trip to the island

The Helsinki archipelago is the city’s trump card even though most tourists either stay on the mainland or only visit the most popular islands such as Suomenlinna or Seurasaari.

However, there are plenty of options in front of the city, and most of the islands can be reached either by ferries belonging to the public transport network or by private connecting vessels. Good island destinations are, for example, Vallisaari, Lonna or Pihlajasaari.

The best way to get to know the archipelago is of course with your own boat or kayak. Kayaking trips are organized around the city, and with the help of a guide who knows the islands, you can get the most out of the Helsinki archipelago even on a short trip.

10. Drinks in the Ateljee bar

One of the most famous landmarks in the center of Helsinki is the spectacular Sokos Hotel Torni, which can be seen in many places around the center. From the Ateljee bar located at the top of the tower, a beautiful view over the rooftops of the city spreads out in front.

The view is at its best on summer evenings, when the setting sun colors the landscape wonderfully. When visiting the Ateljee bar, you should also stop by the toilets, which also offers an impressive view.

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Text: Inka Khanji
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