If you really want to experience Helsinki then these are the things for you to do!

Helsinki is an amazing city to lose yourself in, and if there’s one thing I’ve learned you definitely need more than a day to truly experience all that it has to offer!

Last year I went to Helsinki for 24 hours, and even though I got to see lots of the city, I didn’t really get to experience anything, so this time around I wanted immerse myself in city life. After five days of doing everything (well, nearly everything), I can finally say what the best things are to do in the city. And hey, I even felt I uncovered one or two little secrets too.

Recently I wrote about ‘18 Things You’ve Got to do in Helsinki’. Well, after being back in the city again I realised that 18 things doesn’t even scratch the surface of what’s on offer here, so I’d thought I give you 18 MORE things you’ve got to do in Helsinki. You’re welcome.

After all, you can’t go to a city like Helsinki without doing anything, so throw yourself in the deep end and see where it takes you.

So, whether you’ve just got a day in Helsinki or longer (hopefully longer!) then make sure you do some of these things…


1. Fly high over Helsinki and see how beautiful the city really is

Flying over Helsinki

2. Hire a kayak and see where it takes you

Kayaking in Helsinki

3. Stand under the Skywheel, look up and realise how small we all are

Skywheel Helsinki

4. Find thriving art communities on tiny little islands

Art community, Helsinki

5. Walk around the Finnish Museum of Photography and get lost in the images on display

Finnish Museum of Photography

6. Finns are surprising gin lovers so join in on the fun too

Finnish gin

7. And obviously they like fish so make sure you taste a little sample of everything

Fish platter, Helsinki

8. Go to the themepark at Linnanmäki and feel like a kid again

Linnanmäki, Helsinki

9. Take photos of Uspenski Cathedral while at the top of the Skywheel

Uspenski Cathedral, Helsinki

10. Find your own cute little cafe to lose a few hours in

Cafe in Helsinki

11. Try one of the four Michelin-starred restaurants in the city. Trust me, it’s worth it

Olo, Helsinki

12. Take a food tour and eat your way through Helsinki

Helsinki food tour

13. Come across a cool looking building only to find out it’s a chapel of peace (yep, this is really is a chapel!)

Church of Silence, Helsinki

14. Get a local to row you around on the water

Rowing in Helsinki

15. Walk around the island of Vallisaari and find some inner peace

Vallisaari, Helsinki

16. Sit on the steps of Helsinki Cathedral one last time

Steps of Helsinki Cathedral

17. Get on a boat; it really doesn’t matter where you go

Boats in Helsinki

18. Find your own little spot for sunset and take it all in. Helsinki is a seriously magical place

Sunset in Helsinki


Okay, okay, okay, I know there are a load of things I’ve missed off here. First of all SAUNA! You can’t come to Helsinki or Finland without having a sauna. Did I do one? Damn right, and I was amazing, I loved it, however, a bunch of naked men sitting around in a box doesn’t lend itself to photos!

I’d also say you’ve got to try all the little food stalls around Market Square – there are one of two things there that are out of this world – and the view is something else too.

Anyway, I want to hear from you! What are some of your top things to do in Helsinki? Make sure you let me know in the comment box below!

For an alternative view, check out The Crazy Tourist’s blog on the 15 Best Things to do in Helsinki!

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Macca Sherifi is a presenter, photographer and videographer who has worked in the travel industry for the past six years. He has travelled to over 75 countries, volunteered in Bangladesh and worked in both China and Australia.

  • Discovering Finland

    Just one point – the wooden building in Kamppi is not a church, it is a non-denominational chapel of peace. No services are ever held there, nor will any ever be, instead it is a simple space where anyone can find a moment of peace and quiet in the midst of the hustle and bustle.

    • Ah, thanks very much Discovering Finland for point that out; I’ve changed that now! I wasn’t entirely sure whether it was a church or a chapel, but I love the fact that it’s non-denominational. I have to admit, even standing inside just for a couple of minutes is enough to feel a little bit of peace!

      • Discovering Finland

        You were lucky! I’ve only wandered in on three occasions, and each time the noise of whispering or mumbling visitors and their cameras was very distracting. That said, it’s a beautiful addition to the square, and I should really pop in on an evening in autumn when things are quiter.

        • Yeah, I can see how that would happen! It’s annoying for sure, but if you hang around long enough then there’s usually a minute or two when you have the place to yourself. Let me know what it’s like in the evenings though!

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