Baltic Herring Market 2019

The Baltic Herring Market has made its annual return to the Helsinki Market Square. The Herring market has been ongoing every autumn since 1743 and is the oldest traditional event in Finland. Not just a fish market Given the name, you might believe that the Herring Market is simply a large fish market, but this […]

5 Reasons to Visit Tampere

Tampere is located just under 200 km north of Helsinki and can easily be reached by train or by car in around 2 hours. Here’s a five reasons to visit this compact and charming city. 1. Natural Beauty You have probably heard about Finland’s lakes, which number in the thousands. In Tampere alone there are […]

Island Hopping

Win two island-hopping tickets to visit the islands of Suomenlinna, Vallisaari and Lonna! We will choose 3 lucky winners – follow us on Instagram @discoverhelsinki to find out how to participate! Click here to go to the contest page: https://www.instagram.com/p/B0IYyCFhdBz/ Competition ends on July 23, 2019. Helsinki is surrounded by over 300 islands, several of […]

Midsummer in Helsinki

Happy Midsummer or Hyvää Juhannusta, as the Finns would say! Apart from Christmas, Midsummer is the biggest celebration of the year. If you’re in Helsinki you’ll undoubtedly notice how quiet the city is, as many of the locals are away at their summer cottages in the woods and islands around Finland. Here are a few […]

Vanhankaupunginlahti – Oasis in the Heart of the City

Vanhankaupunginlahti means the “old city bay”. Helsinki was originally founded here in 1550 by King Gustav Vasa I, just a 20-minute tram drive away from the current city centre. An equally easy and rewarding way to get here is by cycling. Nowadays, the mouth of the Vantaa River serves nature lovers, tech freaks and culinary […]

Visit St. Petersburg Visa-Free via Helsinki

Helsinki’s location makes it a great starting point for anyone who wants to explore the nearby cities. From Helsinki, you can visit neighbouring St. Petersburg and it is possible to do so without a visa. Finland borders Russia on the eastern coast and Helsinki is just under 400 kilometres away from St. Petersburg.  Perfectly located […]

Helsinki’s Talking Statues

Statues and sculptures abound throughout Helsinki, and these statues tell interesting stories that are often lost on passersby. Now, Helsinki has developed an innovative way of telling you the stories behind each statue – by letting the statue do the talking! Currently there are fifteen statues which have this feature. When you visit the statue […]

Lapinlahti Mental Hospital and Park – Hidden History in Helsinki

The Lapinlahti former psychiatric hospital stands poised on the edge of Lapinlahti Bay, a naturally beautiful site noted for its richness in biodiversity.  Much like the rare butterfly (Depressaria Chaerophylli) that can be found in the area, its future is uncertain, but its history certainly deserves preservation. The Lapinlahti estate is comprised of several structures, […]

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