HELSINKI IN NOVEMBER

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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.

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

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


2. TRY LOCAL FOOD

•  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


3. DO SIGHTSEEING TRAM TOUR ON YOUR OWN

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.


WHERE TO STAY IN HELSINKI



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.

1 / 5

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.
Kamp hotel Helsinki
Tips to plan Helsinki trip:
Helsinki center city hotels
Arport Hotels
Boutique Hotels
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23 November 2018 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.
Bistro is open until midnight.
Allas Sea Pool
24.10. 19.00-22.00
23.11. 19.00-22.00
22.12. 19.00-22.00
Tickets 14€ at the entrance
Allas Sea Pool, 00160 Helsinki, Finland
24 November 2018 Christmas Market at National Museum 2018
The Christmas market at the National Museum showcases more than 20 different museum shops from all around the country.
It offers many products that cannot be found anywhere else. There are also beautiful Christmas season's items on sale.
National Museum
24.11. 11.00-17.00
Free entry
National Museum, Mannerheimintie 34, 00100 Helsinki, Finland
25 November 2018 Opening of Aleksanterinkatu Christmas Street 2018
The Christmas season traditionally begins in Helsinki with the opening of the Christmas Street, which takes place this year on Sunday 25 November.
The opening ceremonies include the eagerly anticipated switching on of the Christmas lights along Aleksanterinkatu.
The event begins at 2pm at Senate Square with a charity market where visitors can find Christmas treats, such as Christmas porridge, mulled wine and pastries.
Santa Claus will arrive at Senate Square aboard a historic tram and switch on the Christmas lights at 4 pm. After that a Christmas Parade will proceed along the streets Unioninkatu, Aleksanterinkatu, Mannerheimintie and Pohjoisesplanadi, where visitors will have the chance to see Santa and enjoy the Christmas atmosphere.
Aleksanterinkatu, Aleksanterinkatu, 00101 Helsinki, Finland
24 November 2018 - 25 November 2018 Korjaamo Christmas Market 2018
Korjaamo Christmas Market offers a kick off for the Christmas season. At the market it is possible to find unique, sustainable and local gifts for your loved ones.
Korjaamo, Vaunusali & Kulmasali
24.-25.11. 11.00-17.00
Free entry
Korjaamo Culture Factory, Töölönkatu 51, 00250 Helsinki, Finland
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