Helsinki & Uusimaa region

The capital of Finland, Helsinki, is a small metropolis, plenty to see and experience within short distances. The conceptions and construction style have left a mark – amazing, empiric Senate square, modern district of Katajanokka as the likes of the beautiful wooden workers’ quarter of Puu-Vallila. Uusimaa offers memorable nature experiences, idyllic small towns, different cultures and sports, and pieces of history around the area with other sights and sceneries.
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Destinations: Helsinki & Uusimaa region

Espoo
Enjoy sustainable events, services, and culture around the year in Espoo. The beautiful nature offers activities on land and at the sea. Southern Espoo dishes out culture, the delights of Espoo Waterfront walkway Rantaraitti, and the archipelago, as well as shopping opportunities. The north has lakes, rural views, and old country houses to offer. Meanwhile, Nuuksio National Park is about wilderness. It is easy to move around in Espoo and to get to from Helsinki by using public transportation.

Espoo

Espoo Waterfront Walkway
Fall in love with the waterfront walkway and archipelago. The shoreline is a 40 kilometers long recreational route that follows the Espoo shoreline having lots of fun activities to choose from. Hike in nature reserves, relax at the beach, take a scheduled city boat to the recreational islands, visit the restaurants, stay in hotels, and try new activities in water spot centers. Did you know that Espoo has 58 kilometers of coastline and 165 more islands than Hawaii?

Espoo Waterfront Walkway

Hanko
Hanko is a wellness paradise bathing in light and surrounded by sea, a charming small town with a vibrant local culture and a diverse choice of restaurants, accommodation and services. Make a day cruise to a nearby lighthouse, choose from a variety of sea and outdoor activities or find a secret place of your own to enjoy the outer archipelago seaside nature – be it bathing in infinite calm waters or standing next to rough seas smashing to the cliffs.

Hanko

Kirkkonummi
Kirkkonummi is a maritime and nature-friendly destination for all ages with many fun things to do. It has been ranked as the greenest municipality in Finland. Kirkkonummi has marinas, golf courses, horse stables, internationally renowned cultural sites and museums, beaches, and hiking trails, as well as the Eurovelo 10 route for cyclists. Choose from many recreational areas such as Porkkala, Meiko or Linlo. Explore natural sites, colorful culture, and enjoy yourselves in cafes and restaurants.

Kirkkonummi

Loviisa
Loviisa is an atmospheric seaside town just an hour’s drive from Helsinki. Svartholm Sea Fortress and Strömförs Ironworks are unique places to visit for the whole family. The idyllic and historical old town of Loviisa and the fascinating mansions invite you to go back in time. This small town also has a comprehensive range of specialty shops, exhibitions, and galleries, as well as cafés and restaurants.

Loviisa

Nuuksio National Park
Nuuksio National Park is about 30 minutes from Helsinki and locates in the areas of Espoo, Kirkkonummi, and Vihti. It has been a destination for travels for thousands of years and is one of Finland's most popular national parks. Its rich nature with its lakes and ponds, swamps, and cliffs, is a treasure for all ages. Enjoy Nuuksio’s nature all year round, either on your own or by taking part in guided tours. Did you know that in Nuuksio it is possible to run into a flying squirrel?

Nuuksio National Park

Porvoo
It's picturesque city center of wooden houses is a proposed UNESCO World Heritage Site. Finland's second oldest city (after Turku), Porvoo has been around since the 13th century, although most of the present buildings date to the 19th century. The old town of Porvoo is particularly charming and you might easily feel as if you are stepping back in time. Distinctive restaurants and cafés as well as events full of feeling invites you to enjoy the city of charming moments.

Porvoo

Raseborg
Experience the local life and spectacular nature in the coastal and archipelago region of Raseborg, only an hour away from Helsinki. Discover the popular artisan village of Fiskars, stroll down the narrow alleys by wooden houses in Ekenäs Old town or find peace in the amazing Ekenäs Archipelago National Park, while enjoying local artisan foods and drinks at cosy cafes and restaurants.

Raseborg

Tenala
Tenala municipality was established in 1329. The stone church of Tenala was built in the late 15th century and the paintings on the piers are from the 17th century. The bell tower of the church was renovated in 1762. Tenala has about 3000 inhabitants living in an area of 443.6 km2 and the mosto of the inhabitants speak Swedish as their native language. In 2009, Tenala became a part of the newly established city of Raseborg.

Tenala

Vihti
Fall in love with the nature and local way of living in Vihti. Nature is always close by and there are sports opportunities for everyone. Most of Nuuksio National Park is in Vihti and nature vary from steep cliffs to rapids and lake landscape. The most important water body Hiidenvesi is part of the largest water area in Southern Finland. The scenic Nummelanharju passes through Vihti. The atmospheric parish exudes history and culture, and the vibrant villages invite visitors to explore.

Vihti

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The maritime of Espoo and Kirkkonummi is unparalleled. Experience unforgettable experiences and a marine atmosphere on this themed route. This route is suitable for families, couples, and groups of friends who love the sea and the archipelago. The trip can be done as it is, or it can be modified to suit your liking and your own schedule.

Maritime Holiday in Espoo and Kirkkonummi

2-4 days

Bicycle along the Finnish coastline and in the Finnish archipelago through amazing seaside landscapes. You will pass beautiful sceneries, forests, lakes, coastal beaches and small idyllic villages. You stay overnight in small hotels and B&Bs and relax yourself in Finnish saunas. Enjoy local fresh food and delicacies in the cafeterias and restaurants along the route.

Coastal route by bike

3-6 Days

The surroundings of Kotka and Hamina has a comprehensive range of places to visit for history enthusiasts. Alternatively, you can enjoy the nature in the marine archipelago scenery, by the Kymijoki rapids or in the Valkmusa National Park, which offers magnificent Finnish scenery. There is a lot to experience nearby!

Southeast Coast of Finland Tour

3-5 Days

Spend a holiday in the capital for a short or longer time, and experience Helsinki's diverse nature, restaurant and cultural offerings. On this holiday you can leave your car at home, take the public transport bus to Nuuksio National Park, the connecting ferry to Suomenlinna or the metro to Aurinkolahti shore boulevard. There is also plenty to see and experience in the center of Helsinki; stunning architecture of old buildings and churches, lovely parks to have a picnic and the hustle and bustle of the market square!

Helsinki City Break

2-5 Days

There is a lot to experience in Espoo for several days, but you can also come here for a mini holiday and staycation. This themed route, which is mainly implemented on the bike, is perfect for couples and groups of friends who are looking for a short break from hectic everyday life. You can enjoy the route as it is, tweak the content to your liking or extend your vacation for several days. This themed route is feasible without your own car easily and sustainably.

Staycation in Espoo

1-2 Days

The maritime of Espoo and Kirkkonummi is unparalleled. Experience unforgettable experiences and a marine atmosphere on this themed route. This route is suitable for families, couples, and groups of friends who love the sea and the archipelago. The trip can be done as it is, or it can be modified to suit your liking and your own schedule.

Autumn vibes in Maritime Espoo and Kirkkonummi

2-4 Days

Nature gem of the Helsinki Metropolitan Area, Nuuksio National Park, and the lake highlands, invites families, couples, and groups of friends to a nature holiday. There is a lot to experience for several days. This themed route can be experienced as it is or it can be customized to suit your own liking and schedule.

Nature holiday in Nuuksio National Park

1-3 Days

Helsinki is a seaside city surrounded over 300 beautiful islands to explore. Spend a long weekend in the capital and experience Helsinki's beautiful archipelago and it´s nature. Visit in two different islands; Seurasaari and Lammassaari. Both of them you can reach by foot. Explore three different wooden districts of Helsinki; Kumpula, Käpylä and Vallilla. Strolling between old colorful houses, it feels like you’ve jumped back in time.

Helsinki Archipelago by foot and Wooden Districts

3-5 Days