Best alternative sights in Helsinki?

By Traveller June 11, 2018
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Best alternative sights in Helsinki?

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By Claudio Traveller June 11, 2018

Taking a detour through the most common tourist attractions won't take long and I need to guide a few of my friends in Helsinki for 4 days in total (one day includes a half-day-trip to Porvoo). They want to spend as much time outside as possible, so most museums are out-of-question. What would be some alternative sights to see or experience while in Helsinki, or would it just be better to do busy 2,5 days in HKI and take a day-cruise to Tallinn?

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Hi Claudio! For a truly alternative experience, try Sompasauna in Sompasaari, Helsinki. This is is an alternative sauna by the sea built by volunteers. It is totally free, you can buy your own drinks from the grocery to take there and overall the atmosphere is super laid-back, even anarchist. For a very idyllic beach experience, go to Kivinokka beach near Herttoniemi and Kulosaari. It is a small beach in a very beautiful setting amidst a forest and tiny, old wooden holiday cottages that were once built for workers that couldn't afford a summer villa like the bourgoise.
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Local June 19, 2018
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Local June 11, 2018
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Tallin is an good idea it's an wonderfull summer city. We also have a wonderfull nature just few steps away from city center... our fleamarcet Is also one of a kind...cafee regatta at the chore of Helsinki next to Sibelius park. Linnunlaulu at töölö bay Töölönlahti. Restaurant löyly with finsh sauna. Sea pool in center of Helsinki also with sauna.
Local June 11, 2018
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I would take guests to try kayaking or stand up paddling in Rajasaari. There is melontakeskus and kayaks or other equipments can be rented by hour. Walk to Maunulan maja, cottage cafeteria, through Keskuspuisto. Take your guests to see Vanhankaupunginkoski. Walk to there from centrum is beautiful as well.
Local June 11, 2018
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My 18 year old son will be in Helsinki this summer in July and August and I am researching some things for him to do...it would be nice if he could meet some people his age. How far is Rajasaari? I think he would enjoy kayaking or paddle boarding. He is also very into music (he will be starting music college for music production in the fall). Are there any local venues you might recommend?
Hello Kate, I’m sure your son will enjoy Helsinki! Rajasaari is only 2 km from city center. Check Helsingin Melontakeskus for example. :) I went to their three evening course and it was very much fun! But you can rent kayaks without course too. We Finns love to arrange summer events and there is plenty in Helsinki. I recommend you to check this website https://www.myhelsinki.fi/en/see-and-do/events
I hope it’s useful!
Thank you so much for these sites! It looks like there are lots of summer events:)
Local venues for music would be Ääniwalli in Vallila, the most famous "rock-club" Tavastia and it's little brother Semifinal, another rock club Loose. On the Rocks maybe. Depending on his music taste and gigs that are going on of course. Music house worth the visit, though not much going on in July. In Esplanad park there's an open air stage.
(and also Kuudes linja (6th line) and Kaiku next to it, and Nosturi)
And the G-livelab with Genelec sound system. And Korjaamo. These things come to mind one at a time it seems.
Go to island of Suomelinna it wery nice u can swim, take a picnic basket or go to island restaursnt there are old sells ehere u can walk easily goes one day👌🏻 all so the porvoo cruisings are nice and the old town of porvoo is perfect take a latte or light lunch there your day 2. Then go to the tram number 3 it rounds hole city u can check out tje amousment park linnanmäki and its free entrance all so lot of siggts on the round kalli chirch etc. There is tour day tree and last day go underground church called temppelinaukio rest of the day is nice to settletd ny the hietaniemi beach✌🏻️👊🏻
Local June 11, 2018
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Island oh Suomelinna its old military island ferry goes at Kauppatori every 20 min
Local June 11, 2018
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Ciao Claudio!
Are you Italian? I ask that as i speak Italian too and go often there - i just came back from Rome last week.
I would recommend to do that 2,5 days in Helsinki and one day in Tallin - as it’s special place too. In 2,5 days you’ll walk around Helsinki and even visit Suomenlinna island that is a must too, if the weather is good.
Best regards, saluti
Päivi
Local June 11, 2018
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Instead of Tallinna ferry, you could take some boat trips in Helsinki and Espoo. There are several islands to visit (in Lonna you can go to a public sauna e.g.) and there's also sightseeing tours by boat. In Pihlajasaari there is an escape room kind of game set in an island.

I would also recommend the zoo if you want to spend time outside. You should also check any outdoor events on those days they are visiting. Tomorrow there is a free outdoor concert in Kaisaniemi park with many finnish artists.

Within a bus distance:
In Nuuksio national park you can have a nice outdoor activity day, if you like nature. You can choose a route from 4km to tens of kms. Just take your own snacks to cook on a fire!
In Kuusijärvi there is a finnish smoke sauna and possibility to swim in a lake. That's something very traditional finnish way of life :)

There is plenty to do and experience in Helsinki for three days :)
Local June 11, 2018
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Linnanmäki amusement park has a free entry. Then, if you find an interesting ride, you can buy a one ride ticket. The wooden roller coaster is a legend and i highly recommend trying that :) some other nice ones too, e.g. with a free-fall!
Inga Local June 11, 2018
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