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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.


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:


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.


Sauna Finland

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
Kulttuurisauna 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
Allas Sea Pool
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
Löyly sauna Finland
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
Smoke sauna Kuusijärvi
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


•  Creamy salmon soup
Salmon soup Kahvila Kampela Helsinki
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.
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
Carl Fazer cafe Helsinki
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
Savotta Restaurant Helsinki
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
Bryggeri Restaurant Helsinki
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
Skiffer Restaurant Helsinki
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


Helsinki Tram

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.


Igluhut – Sleep with reindeer

Unique accommodation at Nuuksio Reindeer Park, 50 km to Helsinki. Handcrafted Iglu cabins are made from natural materials. You can watch and feed the reindeer from the huts window. The guide will take you in the reindeer park.

Accommodation for 2 persons. Ecotoilet, limited washing facilities, a mini fridge, electric kettle, coffee/tea/water and a bucketful of lichen for feeding reindeer.

See more: Igluhut with reindeer

5. Kankurin Tupa Souvenir Shop

Kankurin Tupa Souvenir Shop
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Kankurin Tupa Souvenir Shop is the largest souvenir shop in Helsinki. It is located in the center of Helsinki, 600 m from the Central Station.

Shop offers souvenirs and handicrafts, gifts, home textile and design items, wool, wood and ceramic products, a wide range of Moomin-products. In the basement level of the store there is a unique Christmas shop open all-year-round and showroom – something you will find in no other shop in Helsinki.

6. Manta's Christmas Market

Manta's Christmas Market

Manta Christmas Market is a winter fair during and around Christmas time in the heart of Helsinki, at the beautiful Havis Amanda square. In 2019 it will be open from November 23th until January 8th 2020. Every day from 10am to 8pm every day, except on Christmas Day.

It is a cozy Christmas atmosphere place to warm up with hot drinks, enjoy the delicacies or get some Christmas hand made presents.

There are about 20 stalls at the market, and they will be selling everything from Christmas food and beverages to traditional Finnish crafts. Santa Claus will be visiting the market on 1-2.12, 9-10.12 and 16-17.12 from 12pm until 5pm.

7. Visit to Fazer Experience Visitor Centre

Visit to Fazer

If you are a chocolate lover - visit Fazer Experience Visitor Centre, espesially in a rainy day. There is a factory sweets shop, cafe and guided tours to visitor center in different languages. Guided tours suitable for all ages.

1 hour guided tour includes a short tour around, a video on the history of Karl Fazer 60 years experience in production not just chocolate but other stuff in an organic way. 10-15 minute tasting session where you can try as many different samples of Fazer chocolate and candy as you can handle.

Upon leaving the visitor centre, all guests of the guided tour are given a free gift bag with several samples to take home: a box of biscuits, Fazer milk chocolate, xylitol candies, Fazer rye bread.Mbr>
Important note: entering the Fazer factory and seeing production line is not included into the tour.

Address: Fazerintie 6, 01230 Vantaa, Finland. Open every day, exept Christmas holidays and 1.01.


As soon as the weather in November is not the best of the year, it would be wise to choose a hotel to stay in Helsinki city center close to the main sights.

We've selected 5 hotels in Helsinki for a different budget we could recommend. Scroll through the hotel list below to get an idea where to stay.

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1. Hotel Kämp is a luxurious SPA hotel in very heart of Helsinki. Senate Square - the main Helsinki place to visit - 350m from the hotel. Kämp Spa os free for guests: traditional Finnish sauna, steam bath and a spa lounge.
Hotel Kämp >
Kamp hotel Helsinki
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Viaporin Kekri. Suomenlinna Helsinki

Created with respect and consideration for Suomenlinna’s past, Viaporin Kekri is an opportunity to explore Finnish history, a modern interpretation of an old Kekri tradition, and an experiment in creating new meanings out of centuries-old believes and customs.

It gives its visitors a unique chance to explore and experience Suomenlinna islands from a new perspective and see its darkest corners that are usually closed for the general public.

Suomenlinna 2.11. 14.00-23.00

Free entry

Viaporin Kekri.  Suomenlinna Helsinki
Date: 2 November 2019
Address: Suomenlinna, 00190 Suomimenlinna Helsinki, Finland
Allas Moonlight Swim

Allas Sea Pool is organizing moonlight swim outdoors in a heated pool during autumn season under the glooming light of the full moon.

Allas Sea Pool
12.11. 19.00-22.00
12.12. 19.00-22.00

Tickets 14€ at the entrance

Allas Moonlight Swim
Date: 12 Novembr 2019
Address: Allas Sea Pool, 00160 Helsinki, Finland
Helsinki Farmers' Market

Helsinki Farmers’ Market will be arranged at Wanha Satama in November.

It offers pure and fresh flavours & scents by the local producers from the Helsinki area.

The farmers' market will be held on the last Sunday of each month in various places in Helsinki.

24.11 10.00-16.00


24.11. Wanha Satama: Warm soups
29.12. Wanha Satama: New year party

Free entry

Date: 24 Novembr 2019
Address: Wanha Satama (Old Harbour), 00120 Helsinki, Finland
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