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Finland: Things To Do While In Helsinki

Thursday, May 23, 2019
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Your Guide To Things To Do In Helsinki

Some of the best guides we’ve had are from our travelers on our TJD trips into Scandinavia. So, we decided to gather them all up on an article and list the top things to do in Helsinki through the eyes of our travelers. Feel free to add some of yours in the comment box below! 

WALKING TOUR OF SUOMELINNA ISLAND

World Heritage Site Suomenlinna is a cultural treasure. Its construction began in the mid-18th century, when Finland was still part of Sweden. Today, the fortress and its museums, restaurants and events are a memorable experience for visitors of all ages. Suomenlinna is a popular visitor attraction and also a home of 800 residents. 

TEMPPELIAUKIO CHURCH

Excavated directly into solid rock, the Temppeliaukio church is situated in the heart of Helsinki, at the end of Fredrikinkatu. Because of its special architecture, the church, completed in 1969, is one of the main attractions in Helsinki. The church hall is covered with a dome, lined with copper and supported on the rock walls by reinforced concrete beams. The interior walls are of rugged rock and rubble wall. Before noon, the light spreads from the row of windows surrounding the roof periphery to the altar wall, where an ice-age crevice serves as the altarpiece. Due to its excellent acoustics the church is a popular venue for concerts.

HELSINKI CATHEDRAL

The Cathedral, by Carl Ludvig Engel, rising on the northern side of the Senate Square is the stage of national and academic festive services and one of the most popular tourist sights. The church is part of Helsinki’s Empire era centre and a landmark for those arriving by sea. It has become the symbol of the whole of Helsinki. Earlier called St. Nicholas Church and Great Cathedral, the current main church of the Helsinki Diocese was completed in 1852. Sculptures of the twelve apostles guard the city from the roof of the church. Exhibitions at the Crypt (Kirkkokatu 18), in summer also a souvenir shop Cathedral Shop.

Make sure you check timings before you go!

SOMPASAUNA

Sompasauna is a unique hippy sauna for locals, could be difficult to find but worth it! A woodheated self-service public sauna, built and maintained by a group of volunteers in Helsinki. Visitors enjoy the sauna and swim in the sea at their own risk; there is no lifeguard or staff on-site. The sauna is open around the clock and free for everyone to use.

KAMPPI CHAPEL

Kamppi Chapel is located in a corner of the Narinkkatori square in Helsinki, at the entrance of the Kamppi shopping center. The Chapel offers an opportunity to calm down in the middle of perhaps the busiest area in Finland. The curved shape of the small-scale Chapel building allows the space and views to flow in the urban surroundings. At the same time, the soft shape of the inside of the Chapel embraces the visitor in its safety. Exhibitions are being displayed at the entrance area. The chapel, from 2012, was designed by architects Mikko Summanen, Niko Sirola and Kimmo Lintula from the Helsinki-based practice K2S Architects.

USPENSKI CATHEDRAL

Completed in 1868 in the Katajanokka district of Helsinki, the Uspenski Cathedral is the largest orthodox church in Western Europe. With its golden cupolas and redbrick facade, the church is one of the clearest symbols of the Russian impact on Finnish history.

OLD MARKET HALL

The Old Market Hall in Helsinki has served its customers since 1889. Merchants sell everything from cheese, fish, shellfish, vegetable, fruit and cakes to spices, coffee and tea. They are also more than happy to help with any special orders. 

Old Market Helsinki is located just across from Allas Sea Pool, in the main ferry dock of Helsinki.

It is around a 10 minute walk from Helsinki Central Railway Station.

If you don’t fancy walking, the closest tram stop is Kauppatori. Just a 100m walk to the entrance.

SIBELIUS MONUMENT

The world famous composer Jean Sibelius’ (1865-1957) monument by Eila Hiltunen is located at the Sibelius park. It was unveiled 7 September 1967. The Sibelius Monument, resembling organ pipes, is made of welded steel with over 600 pipes and with the bust of the composer on one side. The monument is one of Helsinki’s most popular statues and one of the most well-known tourist attractions.

ATENEUM

Ateneum Art Museum houses the largest collections of art in Finland with more than 20,000 works of art. It has paintings, sculptures, prints and drawings from the 1750s to the work of artists who began their career in the 1950s. Ateneum Art Museum is part of the Finnish National Gallery. The collections are on public display on the first and the second floor of the museum. Temporary exhibitions are on display in the exhibition halls on the third floor. Ateneum also organizes various workshops, guided tours, lectures, dance, theatre and music performances as well as an interdisciplinary art programme.

The Ateneum building was designed by the architect Theodor Höijer and it was completed in 1887. It has housed the collections and Drawing School (now the Finnish Academy of Fine Arts) of the Finnish Art Society as well as the School of Applied Art (now the Aalto University School of Art and Design) and the collections of the Finnish Society of Crafts and Design. The art collections were opened to the public on 13 October 1888. This date is still celebrated as Ateneum’s birthday.

DAY TRIP TO ESTONIA

The Baltic states (Estonia, Latvia and Lithuania) in northern Europe are a fascinating trio. This Medieval underrated town will leave you speechless! Definitely worth a visit and only 2 hours by ferry very comfortably!

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