To be honest, November is not the best time to visit Helsinki as a tourist.
Locals are quite ironic about this: Helsinki welcomed international visitors to a tech conference Slush in 2016 with the poster: "Nobody in their right mind would come to Helsinki in November. Except you, you badass. Welcome".
Do you want to know 'Why' and How to have a fun in Helsinki in November
Read our tips below.
WEATHER IN HELSINKI IN NOVEMBER
November in Helsinki is a transition time from relatively warm weather to colder, from rain to snow. It causes some possible slush on the ground.
Other November raisins:
- The temperature hovers around 0 degree Celsius.
- 7 hours of daylight. November is the darkest month. Days are already quite short and still no snow to bring some lights
- Fast changing, windy and chilly weather
- 2-3 sunny days on the average in November
WHAT TO DO IN HELSINKI IN NOVEMBER
No doubt, you've already found a lot of information about main sights of Helsinki to visit.
Here is our list of HELSINKI MUST DO IN 1 DAY
, just in case you need to refresh your trip ideas.
Top 3 activities
to enjoy Helsinki in November:
1. EXPERIENCE FINNISH SAUNA
Finnish best bad weather protection is a sauna
. Saunas are everywhere: at the hotels and holiday homes, pools and gyms, residential apartments and offices, and even at the Parliament in Helsinki.
Arrange a sauna experience tour in Helsinki by visiting:
• Kulttuurisauna / Culture Sauna in Helsinki
This is a special place many call 'the secret of Helsinki'. Kulttuurisauna
- one of the most interesting and unusual places in Helsinki. Many local sauna fan highly appreciate this place.
Less crowded and less commercialized than centrally located public saunas. More relaxed and atmospheric. No alcohol and no groups are allowed. No advance reservation needed.
Do not miss the possibility to dip right from the steam to the refreshing water of the Baltic.
Open Wednesday - Sunday from 4 pm to 9 pm. Last entry at 8 pm.
Price – 15€.
Address: Hakaniemenranta 17, 00530 Helsinki, Finland
• Sauna at Allas Sea Pool near Kauppatori
New Helsinki attraction - Allas Sea Pool - is situated close to the Market Square and next to the SkyWheel Ferris wheel.
The outdoor pool +27 degrees Celsius, sea water pool and kids pool. Saunas with sea and harbour view. Outdoor gym, a small sandy beach.
Roof terrace with iconic Helsinki scenery.
Open Monday–Thursday 6.15–22.00. Friday 6.15-23.00. Saturday 9.00-23.00. Sunday 9.00–22.00
Price – 12€.
Address: Katajanokanlaituri 2a, 00160 Helsinki
• Löyly sauna at Hernesaari
This newly built seaside public sauna with great panorama city-and-sea view. Sauna building has restaurant and open terrace. 2 saunas, one normal and one modern version of the classic Finnish smoke sauna.
The highlight of visiting this sauna is a dip into the Baltic Sea between sweat season if you brave enough.
Open Mon-Wed 4 pm – 10 pm. Thur 1 pm – 10 pm. Fri – Sat 1 pm – 10 pm. Sun 1 pm – 10 pm
Price – 19€.
Address: Hernesaarenranta 4, 00150 Helsinki
• Smoke sauna Kuusijärvi at Vantaa. Helsinki
Kuusijärvi place has the only public Smoke Sauna within the Helsinki Metropolitan area. It is located in Vantaa, something about 20 km from the city center.
Open for everyone. No need in reservation in advance. You can swim in a Lake Kuusijärvi year-round after sauna. At wintertime they have an ice-hole. Nice sauna in nature experience.
Open: small smoke sauna - every day at 1 pm - 8.30 pm. The big smoke sauna - every day at 3 pm - 8.30 pm.
Price – 12€.
Address: Kuusijärventie 3, 01260 Vantaa
2. TRY LOCAL FOOD
• Creamy salmon soup
You can find and try it almost everywhere in Helsinki. To combine taste experience with sightseeing, Finnish salmon soup can be tested at Kahvila Kampela, Helsinki.
It is a little cosy bakery at Eastern Helsinki, Vuosaari area. To get there, take a metro from the center to Vuosaari end station (about 20-22 min drive). From metro station it is about 20 min walk to the cafe along the seafront.
Choose a sunny day for this trip if possible. You can have a walk along the promenade. This part of Helsinki, Aurinkoranta, is called the Finnish Riviera of Helsinki.
Open everyday 9.00 – 20.00
Address: Uutelantie, 00990 Helsinki
• Desserts at Karl Fazer Cafe
One of the oldest cafes in Helsinki with elegant atmosphere. Best chocolate choice in town. Do not miss the chance to discover the secret of Fazer chocolate and try all Fazer tastes at one place!
Open Mon - Fr 07:30 - 22:00, Sat 09:00 - 22:00, Sun 10:00 - 18:00
Address: Kluuvikatu 3, 00100 Helsinki
• Sampler of foods from Finland at Savotta restaurant
If you are about local Finnish food, it is a place to visit. Savotta is a Finnish restaurant offering Finnish authentic food. Waitress are wearing traditional Finnish clothes, old-shaped furniture decor at the restaurant. Locating is perfect with the view to the Senate Square and Helsinki Cathedral.
Open Mon-Sat 12-23, Sun & Public holidays 17-22
Address: Aleksanterinkatu 22, 00170 Helsinki
• Craft beer at Bryggeri
Centrally located lunch place where beer is brewed on site! If you're craving a good burger and good beer, this place would work for you.
More about Bryggeri bar/restaurant
Open Mon–Fri: 11:00–00:00. Sat: 12:00–00:00. Sun: closed
Address: Sofiankatu 2, 00170 Helsinki
• Pizza at Skiffer Erottaja restaurant
Fabulous thin and crispy pizza right in the center of Helsinki. Pizza tastes are a little but different than ordinary classic pizzas.
If you want to try something different - do not miss to visit this place. Restaurant is quite small and usually crowded. Be ready to wait a little for a free table, or book it in advance.
Open Mon-Thu 11.00-21.00. Fri 11.00-22.00. Sat 13.00-22.00. Sun 13.00-20.00
Address: Erottaja 11, Helsinki
3. DO SIGHTSEEING TRAM TOUR ON YOUR OWN
Take tram no 2 or 3. They run at the Helsinki center and routes pass many of the city sights and attractions.
Travelling by tram in Helsinki is nice, comfortable and convenient way to see the city, especially if weather outside does not allow pleasant walking on foot.
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