I’ve got you covered – 15+ Iconic and Adorable Cafes in Helsinki by Neighborhood. During our conference one of the evenings was held on the Teurastamo site and for us it will clearly remain one of Helsinki’s favourites! This Christmas wonderland takes place in front of the Helsinki Cathedral and you can visit Santa every day there. Excellent for any winterly city destination. I hope it is yours too because Helsinki is totally a foodie’s city. The most important thing to have is quality outerwear. Socks. We particularly liked the temporary exhibition on the floor dedicated to… California! On our MyHelsinki page you will find all the addresses mentioned in the article as well as some additional stuff we didn’t have time to talk to you about (even though this article is long, we weren’t going to knock you out any more). The material is miraculous; it never gets any makeup stains. Wild Nordic has brought wonderful winter of Lapland to Helsinki city. And the thing that’s really good is that since there’s only 2 hours by ferry to reach the Estonian capital, the visit to Tallinn can be planned for a day (although of course we would advise you to stay there for at least 2-3 days! No TV or radio advertising is normal, but no posters or event sponsorship. Let’s face it, even for AirBnB it’s still expensive. That being said, if we’re a little rational, it’s also a little bit our fault if we systematically come in winter, right? 30+ Finnish Restaurants in Helsinki that Make You Want to Lick the Screen. Also, there are lovely winter decor lights all over Helsinki, which make the city glittering urban hub. Admire the space, watch the quiet but bubbly local lifestyle and take a coffee with ‘pulla’ (Finnish cinnamon bun) because, *drumrolls*, there’s a coffee shop. In Finland, a law prohibits all advertising for alcoholic beverages that have more than 5.5% alcohol content. 😉, The Allas Sea Pool is located in the port of HelsinkiPrice: 12€ per adult (you will receive a bracelet valid for 24 hours, so you can enjoy it several times if you feel like it)Opening: All year round, from 7am to 9pm Monday to Friday, from 9am to 9pm on Saturday and from 10am to 8pm on Sunday.Advice: Try to come during the week instead… on weekends there are a lot of people! Even in bad weather Suomenlinna is really worth a visit! Hanging long-johns are not only ugly but uncomfortable with the other trousers you’ll be wearing. Our visit to Nuuksio Park was far too short for us to give you a real overview, but please note that less than 45 minutes drive from the centre of Helsinki you can find yourself immersed in nature… In short, it is clearly worthwhile to find out more about this area if you are in Helsinki and want to escape a little. Yes, sauna in Finland is almost a religion! Even if there’s little snow in Helsinki, there’s often up to a metre or more on the skiing slopes of Lapland. This afternoon we went for a snowshoe hike, ate salmon soup in a traditional “kota” and tried ice fishing. It consists of a small bar on the ground floor and a restaurant in the basement. In January, the average high-temperature is relatively the same as in December - a subzero cold … Suomenlinna Museum: open all year round (there are other museums on the island but they are closed in winter)Museum Price: 8€ per adultOpening: in winter (October to the end of April) from 10h30 to 16h30 and otherwise from 10h to 18h. Ferry: The ferry to Suonmelinna leaves from the east of Kauppatori SquareRide duration: about 15 to 20 minutesFerry fare: 5€ for a ticket valid for 12 hours which will allow you to make the round trip. The incredible exhibitions of Amos Rex museum are underground. On the other hand we are sorry, but we couldn’t find more information about the dates. In all, 8 small islands make up Suomenlinna (5 of which are connected by bridges) and you can walk freely around the fortifications and still see many remains of the time. 😉. In short, just for the film, we highly recommend this museum! We have to admit, that after having traveled to Lapland, Helsinki did not completely seduce us at first.Don’t misunderstand us, eh, but it’s true that it’s a city that didn’t “take us away”. Gloves. I’m talking about a super warm, thick coat, waterproof winter shoes, proper gloves, a winter scarf, and a reliable hat. There is snow in winter Helsinki but it’s super difficult to know when it will arrive. This site uses Akismet to reduce spam. Naturally, there are skates to rent. But I’ll explain right away that Benoit didn’t even suggest that we go to a bar…. Winter jacket. But here, I think we can say that we both left this museum being totally impressed. Finally I’ve found a blog that talks about Helsinki in winter without being an after blogtrip post. Your email address will not be published. Incidentally, by coming to see the statue you will then be right next to the little Regata café that is mentioned below in this article. The stats of Finnish Meteorological Institute tell that the permanent snow has arrived mid-January at its latest. * At its best, the stream of air flows at 300 kilometers per hour. 2 visits to Helsinki and 2 excursions to Suomenlinna for us! A guide to the Finnish capital with our favorites and good addresses. when ice skating to keep my feet warm. There is snow in winter Helsinki but it’s super difficult to know when it will arrive. That’s easy, wear your regular clothes. 😉. It’s not cheap at all, especially since the apartment was certainly cute, but downright tiny! Finland is one of the northernmost areas in the world with a permanent population. Helsinki City Museum is always free and has a huge, whimsical lounge to rest your tired feet. Also, there are more saunas than cars in Finland – yes, seriously. Experience winter and snow in summer! Psst… Follow me on Instagram and get more Finland into your daily life immediately! Be ready to pamper it during the night time. ❤️Ingrid. Beanie. I love to see all the local things they are selling, and I love to, well… low-key stalk people there. After spending a week in Helsinki last December, I decided to put together a list of all my favourite activities to do in the city in the colder months. Their “Children’s Town” permanent exhibition is a guaranteed hit with kids. I happily pay taxes for stuff like that. If you have a pair of trousers that are a bit too big for you, those are the best in winter Finland. Thank you for the tip with Jukka, I now discovered him. It is a great place to test your skating skills, and especially adorable in the evening lighting. The top floor is a must. For our part, we really didn’t find much special about it. Even a video of you flying. This sauna of traditional wood-burning style has been warming up since 1928 in the boho Kallio district. In the end it was a rather… interesting experience. But to tell you the truth, we had such a crush on Tallinn that we can only push you to go there! Also, if you’re from a warmer country, these jackets will most likely be more useful for you back home than a big fluffy down coat. But don’t worry, the blue in-between moments and darkness definitely have their charm. Receive the latest news from the blog directly in your inbox! During this visit we also learned that he had quite a bit of trouble making themselves known. Wondering what to do in Helsinki in winter? I’ve compiled here my local’s tips about visiting Helsinki during the winter months. In winter Helsinki, you’ll definitely feel the freezing cold on your skin. Pics are beautiful! I am enjoying the winter photos that people from Finland put on social media! We had the choice of registering for different programs. It makes me more sure that I should plan my holidays for this year in Finland. #1 Outerwear. Do remember to pay attention to the days of the week when you’re planning your restaurant visits as I mention in the post. I love the city! The best tip I have for surviving Helsinki in winter is to make like a Finn and drink all the coffee and take all the saunas. In winter, the mean temperature remains below 0°C, but warm airflows can raise the daily high above 0°C at times. Right at the entrance of the garden, you’ll also spot a beautiful 20th century inspired cafe, Viola. Thank you so much for letting me know that I’m not the only one who gets excited about local food stores! I’ve worn my luxurious cream-colored oversized one everywhere from Lapland to Helsinki Opera house to a long-haul flight. Some were gastronomic tours of the city, design tours, training on drones… But one in particular caught our attention: “Going to Espoo to discover nature“. Although I have visited Helsinki many, many times, I’m searching places to visit in winter. I’m so glad you are here and found this post helpful! In Helsinki, there are two lovely glasshouse gardens to explore. Here is my guide of the best things to do in Helsinki during winter. I also loved the easiness and attention to detail, from gear to hair bobbles. If you buy through my links, at no additional cost to you, I may earn a small commission, which helps the upkeep of this blog. Winter is the longest season i… Check out all my winter clothing tips and downloadable Winter Finland Packing List. But, the sun doesn’t come up until late, and when it does, it’s only there to set early. In Asia we tended to visit quite a few temples and it is therefore quite naturally that in Europe we start visiting… churches! If you hope to see reindeer but aren’t going all the way to Lapland, you can see them in Helsinki area too. You’ll need water-resistant, warm, windproof gloves for winter activities. » Helsinki Winter Itinerary for 1 Week (Finland) Snow failed to visit Belgium (my current home base) last winter, and that was a huge letdown for me… So when the tourism board of Helsinki invited me to stay for a week in their wonderful city during the “white” month of February, it wasn’t hard to say YES! More Photos Exploring Helsinki You couldn’t possibly do an article on Finland without mentioning the sauna at least once! As the weather starts to get chilly, Helsinki slowly turns into a winter wonderland as ice skating rinks pop up throughout the city. I want! Walk indoors past the shop museum, and you’ll discover El Fant, a cute coffee shop. That’s why I made two very detailed and neatly organized food posts for you. In desperate times, I use it all over my face and hands and go to sleep like a balmed mummy, waking up all fresh the next morning. This building screams Nordic minimalism, in a good way. In the end, we bought 2 beers from the brewery at the small supermarket on the island and drank them once we got back to our apartment. Averages are for Helsinki Malmi Airport, which is 7 miles from Helsinki. Enjoy the Christmas light. For the moment we decided to opt for an AirBnB because we had a lot of work and wanted to be “quiet” in the evening. It’s just a matter of appropriate clothing.”. Hi Claudia! But back to Helsinki now. Since it is located in the heart of the city centre, you will have relatively little chance of missing it, but if it is mentioned in this article it is because you are also advised to take a look inside! We had chosen a studio and paid 47,7€ per night (including all expenses and a discount for stay > 4 nights). It was created by Eila Hiltunen in honour of the famous Finnish composer Jean Sibelius. In the end, Russia still managed to seize the fortress in 1808. 😉. Find a place on Airbnb, NB: If you are not yet on AirBnB do not hesitate to go through our referral link to create your account. I’ll show you some of the coolest things around the city. The coldness doesn’t stop me from loving Helsinki. Surprisingly, much more so than my hometown one hour north of Helsinki. This huge statue composed of nearly 600 steel tubes is probably the most visited statue in Helsinki. They are warm, waterproof, and have a special Vibram-sole, which works even in the worst weather conditions, like walking on slushy ice. A hidden sauna gem in Helsinki is Kulttuurisauna, which offers an esthetic and truly relaxing sauna experience without the hassle of modern life. I’m so happy that we have a dedicated place for Finnish fashion brands. It’s no coincidence if you want my opinion! Espoo is actually another city that is almost stuck to Helsinki, but it is also and above all the starting point for Nuuksio National Park. More infos and menus: The Lasipalatsi website. . It really depends are you a winter person and what type of activities do you want to do on your visit! If Alexander Street is lit up, Helsinkians know that the Christmas season has begun. In Helsinki the prices are respectively 49€, 61€ and 71€ depending on the duration. Usually, there’s at least a bit of snow in Helsinki before Christmas. So it was a 2-hour walk with a private guide who was very familiar with metal culture (he worked in the industry for a long time) and with many anecdotes about famous Finnish bands and international stars spent in Helsinki. It makes me very enthousiast about your country. Helsinki is foremost an archipelago destination and enjoying its winter landscape on a sunny day is a tradition for Finns. Built between 1862 and 1868, it is today Finland’s main Orthodox church (it is even said to be the largest Orthodox church in Central Europe… difficult for us to tell you if this is true). 🙂. Oh and if you need to distance work in Helsinki, this is the place to do it. Fööni uses wind electricity to be environmentally friendly. Falkes are worth every penny. … There’s a reason that Finnish people drink the most coffee per capita in the world, and that reason is winter. If you want to make a day trip, you will find route ideas and tour suggestions on Getyourguide. Nevertheless for heavy metal lovers it’s still a good tour to know where the best bars in the city are to listen to concerts / have a drink with a “metal sound” (does my vocabulry show that I really don’t know anything about it???? Here are lovely island escapes in Helsinki: Suomenlinna Sea Fortress, Seurasaari and Lammassaari. The Hakaniemen halli (Hakaniemi Market Hall) is full of locals. We had the pleasure of visiting the HDCO (Helsinki distillery company) distillery and we simply loved the experience. ), We will not lie to each other, accommodation in Helsinki is not cheap! It’s peaceful and beautiful collection of glasshouses full of fascinating plants. As well as forests full of leafy trees and mushrooms, large numbers of birds have begun wintering in parts of Finland, owing to warmer temperatures. Something like these. I hope I can convince my family about the beauty of Finland’s nature and cities. 😉, In short, once the conference was over, we decided to extend our stay a little bit. Walking the magical streets … Then we are reassured, sometimes I drop my Excels sheets for a nice hike! It would be lovely to visit in winter but given my age (73) and being used to the mild temperatures of Canada’s west coast where I live, I don’t think I would enjoy Helsinki’s cold temperatures. I love visiting the indoor gardens in the winter. I’m Varpu. The stats of Finnish Meteorological Institute tell that the permanent snow has arrived mid-January at its latest. Like many European cities, Helsinki is lit up and decorated for Christmas. But now, let’s dive into my favorite winter activities in Helsinki. ), but I can reassure you that I will not give you a list of all the ones we saw. Finnish engineer driving this site. It thus takes about two months for winter to proceed from Lapland to Åland. If you have other things to do in Helsinki, good addresses or just want to say hello then feel free to leave us a little comment! Hi, im from Canada and I was thinking about going to visit a friend in Helsinki, is better for me to visit him in summer time? If you go hungry or get hungry while walking there, the fish soup of their bistro has all Helsinki dwellers on their knees. The audience gets to observe the flyer through a glass wall. )More Infos: The Allas Sea Pool Website. Psst… This infographic is perfect to save on Pinterest. We didn’t visit it from the inside, but it is clearly very photogenic and if you go up the hill you have a nice little view of the port. This is the second time we have come to Finland in winter and passed through Helsinki. After that, if you read us from time to time you can imagine that it would not have been our choice if we had not been invited to the conference. I left with a few a priori thinking that I would probably be the only one in the group that didn’t know any metal bands except Metallica and Nightwish. This is the second time we have come to Finland in winter and passed through Helsinki. Next to the railway station, you’ll find the Helsinki Ice Park. We admit it, we were leaving a little skeptical, haha. January is on average the COOLEST month. Since we had made our list before coming, we thought we would make it public. If museums are not your cup of tea, what about indoor free-flying close to the city center? You’ll be wonderfully warm even on the coldest of days but have options for warmer temperatures. The Trillby and Chadwick has a website, but no address… To find it you have to know it! Helsinki is booming. Address: Mannerheimintie 34 Opening: From Tuesday to Sunday from 11am to 6pm, on Wednesday the schedule is extended until 8pm (during the summer it is open every day) Price: 12€ More Infos: The official website. If you are allergic to wool, buy a thermal underwear set. 🙂. And remember to take your towel if you don’t want to pay for the rental in addition (8,5€ the rental! The saunas are a big part of Finnish culture. Join the class and jump to Finland with me! National Museum of Finland. And if you don’t like blinis… uh, no, actually I think everyone likes blinis, right? When it comes to regularly fantastic exhibitions, my favorites are Amos Rex, HAM, Design Museum, and Ateneum. 😉 Create an account and enjoy 25€ free. Icebreaker undershirt and leggings are my favorites for quality, fit and cuteness. Helsinki's 'snowhow' keeps city open during harsh winter ... Helsinki's winter maintenance budget is approximately 25 million euros ($30 million). My favorite city winter boots are by Ecco. If you like Blinis, this is the address for you! Nevertheless, the main museum of the island, which presents the history of the islands, is open all year round. Hi! Leikkiluola in Hakaniemi is one of the most popular, with a separate area for younger kids in the underground play area, a trampoline area, ball pool, slides and more. I have a couple more posts about Helsinki and the area nearby. MyHelsinki is in fact a platform that lists everything there is to do in Helsinki (museums, attractions, restaurants, bars, etc.) Personally, I love my beanie with a pompom on top. We Finns just love libraries. If you love to admire the architecture and enjoy the feel of museums rather than spending a lot of time in the exhibitions, I recommend popping into the lounge and museum shops of the following museums in the city center area: Kiasma, HAM, Ateneum and Design Museum. The sea and large lakes slow down the progress of winter. You’ll definitely need a reliable beanie in Finland. As in many cities, there are City Cards in Helsinki. Let’s start with non-alcoholic and cute if you don’t mind. To be honest I think you still have to be a big metal music fan to enjoy this tour. I’d love to know in the comments! The skinny version is perfect if you don’t want a chunky look. 50 Things that Help You Understand a Finn, Henkilön Varpu Her Finland Blog (@her_finland) jakama julkaisu, these cushioned wool-blend socks by Falke. One thing you should know before we go further: eating is definitely one of my favorite activities. In all there are 3 different saunas: 2 wood-fired saunas and a smoke sauna. Just a wooden door that leads into a small room. Go figure, religious buildings are often among the most beautiful buildings in a city so it would be a shame not to see them. First month of winter brings spectacular Northern Lights and about -2 °C (28 °F) of daytime average temperature. Thank you for your question. Scandinavians are known for their sense of design (and not only Ikea!). The cold season lasts for 3.8 months, from November 26 to March 20, with an average daily high temperature below 36°F. The particularity of the place is on the one hand that the light enters it only through the ceiling but also its very particular acoustics which makes it a regular place for concerts. Thank you so much! These don’t. It is located in the heart of the city centre and dominates the port from its small hill. Basically there is the option for the cozy (including me, let’s say) and the option for the brave (implied Benoit). The best beanies are cuffed wool-blend or fleece-lined beanies. The exit from the bar is not through the front door, but through a small back door that opens onto an inner courtyard and joins another street. If you are more interested in youth hostels (or if you travel alone on a small budget) you can find dormitory beds from 22€ per person per night on Hostelworld. If you like stats as much I do, here’s how snowy Christmas has looked in Helsinki since 1911 (see the last graph: “Lumensyvyys = snow depth,1911-2014”). Löyly is a modern sauna & restaurant on Helsinki’s waterfront. But at the same time it’s a good teaser, isn’t it? Then we won’t lie to each other, our beer consumption has been relatively limited in Finland… Yes, in Scandinavian countries alcohol is VERY heavily taxed and as a result it is easy to pay something like 8€ or 9€ for a beer in a bar. It is located on Katariinankatu Street, near the port. Did you know that the word “sauna” is the only Finnish word that has been exported? If you’re now wondering what’s this thing with the sauna and the Finns, check out my helpful post about the Finnish sauna etiquette. I used to skimp on socks, but then I tried these cushioned wool-blend socks by Falke, was walking on lukewarm clouds for a day, and now I have five pairs of them. So here I’m going to tell you a secret… participate in a heavy metal walking tour it was clearly not my idea! hahaha). The list of museums that are included includes the art museum (17€), the design museum (12€), the history museum (12€), the hotel and restaurant museum (10€), Suonmelina (8€), the guided tour of Suonmelina (11€), the rock church (3€), the photo museum (10€), a cruise on the city’s canals (25€, in summer only), the tourist buses (30€), the Sea Life (16,5€), etc…. I'm the female part of the pair. Sold either for 24H, 48H or 72H, they are really great for people who want to visit a lot of museums. In most locations north of Equator, the shortest day of the year is around this date. The Old Town is one of the Tallinn’s best attractions and can obviously … Address: Lutherinkatu 3Opening: Schedules vary from week to week and the church is closed during masses. You really don’t see many heals here during the wintertime. In this room you have to knock on the door to your right and wait for the small hatch to open. With average of -4 °C (25 °F) and plenty of snow Helsinki is as beautiful as it is cozy, especially when there is no wind. On the coast of the southern and Western parts of the country and in Helsinki these figures are slightly higher – from -3 -10 °C (27-14 °F). Actually, they were better than us adults in our group. You’re traveling to Helsinki in winter? Hello Varpu, If you’re planning a trip, you’ll definitely want to take a look at these! The middle layer? Why? In itself the museum is nothing crazy, but at the end of the museum there is a small film of about twenty minutes which passes in loop (with headphones in 9 languages available) which is very well made and explains perfectly the history of the place. Because we’re really nice, we put a picture of the door on you. Personally, I love all the seasons in Finland. Curious for more? Teurastamo are in fact former slaughterhouses that have been completely redeveloped into a huge complex that combines gastronomy and urban culture. Click here if you want to know more about us! Brrrrrr……, the Löylö sauna is located in the south of the city (see map at the end of the article)Price: 19€ for 2 hours of access (this includes a towel, shower gel and shampoo).Opening: Monday to Wednesday: 4pm to 10pm, Thursday from 1pm to 10pm, Friday and Saturday from 1pm to 11pm and Sunday from 1pm to 9pmImportant: to come to the sauna you have to book your session online Information and booking: on The Löylö Website. In other words, we went back on a day when the weather was somehow nicer. For us it was by far the best Helsinki beer we have ever tasted. Even Benoit will have admitted that he is not “knowledgeable” enough to have enough questions to ask him. travel-loving, No price is indicated on the menu, but all cocktails are at 14€ unless otherwise stated. In fact, the fortress was built in 1748 by the Swedes (to whom a large part of Finland belonged at that time) in order to protect themselves against the Russian empire. In fact, Finland is a country that is VERY well known for its “metal” scene (there is even a part of the national museum dedicated to it, that is to say!). In short, the National Museum is definitely a must if you come to Helsinki! The snow season in northern Finland begins in November and lasts at least until May. Or at least it looked nicer when we left in the morning. Required fields are marked *. Wool or thermal underwear set. A fascinating educational place to visit in Helsinki. #2 Wool or thermal! The restaurant stalls of Hietaniemen market hall offer delicious lunch. Now, when it comes to restaurant recommendations, I have so many delicious ideas for you. You can get free or discounted entrance to these museums with the Helsinki Card. We won’t recommend many restaurants in Helsinki because we had an apartment (and because restaurants are quite expensive in Helsinki) we cooked a lot and ate a lot of picnics. I already thought about going to Kaisaniemi´s garden, maybe I’ll take a look! Insights into … Learn how your comment data is processed. NB: This article contains affiliare links. However, last month temperatures were between 3-6 degrees warmer than average, leading to the Finnish Meteorological Institute labelling the beginning of the winter as "exceptionally" warm. Helsinki Knows Exactly What Type of Traveler Visits in Winter. I sincerely do not have the memory of having already visited such a well-made, interesting and above all varied history museum. While I was wondering if it wasn’t going to be a little long to see the history of Finland from prehistory to modern times, I quickly got carried away by this exhibition. I’m a Finn, so you probably guessed that there was no way I’d write an article without mentioning the sauna. So maybe we will meet this year Finland’s rich cosiness, Hei Kees! 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