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Outdoor Recreational Areas

To enable tourists to make the best of the outdoors, the city has a wide variety of recreational areas, both besides the sea and inland. Tourists can also hit the road to visit the neighboring municipalities and islands to enjoy nature hikes, wildlife watching, mountain biking and other outdoor activities.


Nuuksio National Park ( Wikipedia )

Address: Espoo, Helsinki Metropolitan Area, Finland
Tel.: +358 20 5644790

Photo Credit: Creative Commons/Iveta Tonhauserova


Pihlajasaari Island ( Visit Site )

Location: Southern Helsinki, near Kaivopuisto, 3 km from the city centre, Finland
Tel.: +358 9 31071518


Kaivopuisto Park ( Wikipedia )

Location: central Helsinki, Finland


Helsinki city has an excellent network of high-quality cycling routes. In total there is over 750 kilometres of well-maintained bike paths. And what better way to experience the picturesque countryside's sights and surrounding nature than by bike! With a wide range of bicycle rental locations, and superb roads for all levels of amateur cyclist, Cycling holidays in Helsinki are leisurely, easy and affordable.


Greenbike (Bike Rentals) ( Visit Site )

Address: Bulevardi 32, 00120 Helsinki, Finland
Tel.: +358 50 550 1020

Photo Credit: Creative Commons/Caygill


The pristine waters of Helsinki are just what you need to catch a wiggling fish. As a tourist, you are free to angle with a hook or line or ice fish but for all other forms of fishing, remember to purchase a traveller's fishing permit from Meri-Info behind the Technical Museum. The best place to go fishing is at Old Town Rapids which has been especially reserved for anglers.


Fishing Lords (Fishing Tours) ( Visit Site )

Address: Unikkotie 13 01300 Vantaa, Helsinki Metropolitan Area, Finland
Tel.: +358 20 7689160

Photo Credit: Creative Commons/Caygill


Helsinki and the surrounding area are home to many 18-hole golf courses. The golf season in the region usually lasts from the beginning of May until October.


Paloheinä Golf Ltd ( Visit Site )

Address: Kuusmiehentie 13 00670 Helsinki, Finland
Tel.: +358 10 2927060

Photo Credit: Creative Commons/Pöllö

Gyms and Fitness

Gyms and Fitness centers are a good way to stay healthy during a holiday. Whether you prefer to stay fit by practicing breathing exercises or a good cardio workout, the gyms here offer a range of facilities to make you sweat.



Motivus Adlon

Address: Runeberginkatu 44, Helsinki, Finland
Tel.: +358 9 41533540

Motivus Center

Address: Simonkatu 9, Helsinki, Finland
Tel.: +358 9 41533500

Motivus Kamppi

Address: Runeberginkatu 3, Helsinki, Finland
Tel.: +358 9 41533534

Motivus Ruoholahti

Address: Itämerenkatu 21 (4. krs), Helsinki, Finland
Tel.: +358 9 41533530

Motivus Stockmannilla

Address: Aleksanterinkatu 52 B 7krs, Helsinki, Finland
Tel.: +358 9 41533560


Being a Nordic city, Helsinki offers excellent opportunities for popular winter activities such as ice skating and ice hockey. The unbeatable pleasure of skating on frozen sea ice can now be enjoyed at Icepark in the centre of the city and on maintained skating courses in Munkkiniemi and Puotila. Besides these, there are numerous manmade ice rinks in Helsinki where one can enjoy the sport to its fullest. These winter sports can be enjoyed only during the season which usually lasts from beginning of November to the end of March.


Helsinki Ice Hall ( Visit Site )

Address: Nordenskiöldinkatu 11-13 00250 Helsinki, Finland
Tel.: +358 9 4777110

Cross country, Alpine Skiing and Snowboarding

One hundred and eighty kilometres of signed and groomed pistes await skiers in Helsinki. The best slopes are located in Central Park (Keskuspuisto) and the Paloheinä Recreational Centre, where you can also rent skis and snowshoes. Near Helsinki, there are alpine skiing and snowboarding destinations offering ski lovers a good brush with ice.


Vihti Ski Center ( Visit Site )

Address: Jussinrinne 1 (naviin Pyölintie 260) 03250 Ojakkala, Finland (about 45 minutes from Helsinki)
Tel.: +358 9 2252550

Photo Credit: Creative Commons/Matkailuneuvonta

Swimming and Ice Swimming

Rejuvenate your body and mind after a long day of activity in a fully facilitated swimming pool. The biggest swimming pool in Finland is at the Mäkelänrinne Swimming Centre which is also equipped with a gym, shooting range and solarium. In the winter, pump your body with adrenaline by taking a frosty dip in a hole that has been cut in the ice. Then quickly return to the sauna to relax and refresh your body as well improve tolerance levels.


Mäkelänrinne Swimming Center ( Visit Site )

Address: Mäkelänkatu 49, 00510 Helsinki, Finland
Tel.: +358 9 34848800

Photo Credit: Creative Commons/Jonik


Kuusijärvi Recreation Centre (Ice Swimming) ( Visit Site )

Address: Kuusijärventie 3, 01260 Vantaa, Helsinki Metropolitan Area, Finland
Tel.: +358 10 3227090

Sauna and Wellness

Helsinki offers you many opportunities to relax at saunas, wellness spas and beaches. In case, you don't feel like relaxing and want to engage in adventurous activities, head out to some of the water and theme parks in the surrounding areas of Helsinki.


Flamingo Waterpark, Spa & Wellness ( Visit Site )

Address: Tasetie 8, 01510 Vantaa, Helsinki Metropolitan Area, Finland
Tel.: +358 20 7785201