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If you visit Helsinki for few days city break, it is worth visiting countryside and spend 1-2 nights in a summer cottage. It is something special to combine traditional Helsinki sightseeing tour with nature escape!

Try Finnish sauna and lake swimming, enjoy local food prepared on an open fire, just relax in silence and pure nature in about 1 hour drive from the Helsinki city center.

1. Hawkhill Cottages

In the Nuuksio National Park area within an hour’s drive of Helsinki, Hawkhill Cottages come with catering facilities and a private sauna. Situated on Lake Kaitalampi, the rural location makes hiking, biking and skiing readily-available activities.

Each cottage comes in a traditional log-built style with modern fittings including a TV and a fully-equipped kitchen. Hawkhill Cottages also feature a fireplace, an outside terrace with views onto the lake, and a private bathroom.
Hawkhill Cottages
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2. Villa Hovikallio, 45-minute drive from Helsinki

Villa Hovikallio is located in 5-minute walk from Nuuksio National Park, 40 km from Helsinki city center.

* Sauna, free firewood, terrace by a swimming pool.
* BBQ facilities.
* 2 bed-room villa, 4+2 sleeps.

Villa price: from 327 euro/3 nights.

Helsinki airport - 35 km, Restaurant - 2 km.
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3. Villa & Sauna Vihti, 50-minute drive from Helsinki

Villa & Sauna Vihti - countryside self-catering villa near Helsinki with view to fields and forests.

* Free access to a seasonal cold-water outdoor pool.
* Outdoor wooden hot tub on the patio at a surcharge.
* Private sauna. Panoramic windows.

Cottage price: from 120 euro/night.

Helsinki airport - 50 km.
Shop - 3,5 km.
Restaurant - 10 km.
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4. Päiväranta Cottage, 1 hour drive from Helsinki

Päiväranta Cottage situated on Tupasaari Island, 600 m boat ride away from Karjalohja village centre.

* Private sauna, terrace and fully equipped kitchen.
* Warm-water shower in the sauna. Drinking water is provided in clear canisters.
* Row boat and motor boat for free.

Cottage price: from 210 euro/2 nights.

Helsinki airport - 85 km.
Restaurants and grocery stores - 1 km.
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5. Villa Tammikko, 30 min drive from central Helsinki

Villa Tammikko - self-catering accommodation very close to Helsinki. Great location!

* Sauna, hot tub and free bikes.
* Garden, quiet reflection and relaxation outside the city.
* 3 bed-rooms, 12 sleeps, 200 sq.m.

Cottage price: from 180 euro/night.

Helsinki airport - 10 km.
Central Helsinki - 25 km.
Shop - 3 km. Spa and restaurants - 10 km.
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Attractions in the center Helsinki

1. Esplanade Park

Esplanade Park

Esplanadi colloquially known as Espa, is an esplanade and urban park in downtown Helsinki, Finland, situated between the Erottaja square and the Market Square.

2. Senate Square

Senate Square

The Senate Square is the oldest part of central Helsinki. Helsinki Cathedral, the Government Palace (to the left from the Cathedral), main building of the University of Helsinki (to the right from the Cathedral) are located on the sides of the square.

Helsinki City Museum is located on the southeast corner of the square. The National Library of Finland is located northwest of the square and worth visiting.

Digital carillon music called the Sound of the Senate Square is played daily at 17:49. The optimal listening position is near the bronze statue of Alexander II in the center of the Square.

3. Market Square

Market Square

Market Square is a traditional market with food and treats, handicrafts and souvenirs. Located next to the Harbour. There are tents with local street food worth tasting and enjoy sea views.

Open Mo-Fri 06:30-18, Sat 06:30-16, Sun 10-17.

Year-round ferry to Suomenlinna Fortress departing from Market Square.


Helsinki Baltic Herring Market 2019

The Helsinki Baltic Herring Market is one of the oldest ongoing event traditions in Finland, it has been held since 1743. Throughout the years, the Market has changed from a marketplace to a wider public event bringing together archipelago traditions and modern food culture.

The aim of the City of Helsinki is to hold on to the tradition, and to support the livelihood of fishers. A new focus will be placed on widening the scope of the event into a celebration for all citizens.

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Date: 06 October 2019 - 12 October 2019
Address: Market Square, Ullanlinna and Kaisaniemi, Eteläranta, 00170 Helsinki, Finland
Traditional Sailing Day 2019

Traditional Sailing Days gather the large Finnish sailing ships at South Harbour.

Then the audience is welcome to visit the ships and meet the crews.

Market Square / South Harbour 13.10. 10.00-16.00

Free entry

Traditional Sailing Day
Date: 13 October 2019
Address: Market Square, Ullanlinna and Kaisaniemi, Eteläranta, 00170 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
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
Lucia Parade 2019

Each year a young maiden is chosen to represent St. Lucia on Lucia Day 13 December. Lucia is crowned in the Cathedral at 17:00 after that she will descend the Cathedral stairs to the Senate Square.

The Lucia parade starts from the Senate Square at approx. 18:00, route: Aleksanterinkatu-Mannerheimintie-Eteläesplanadi-Market Square

Lucia Parade
Date: 13 Desember 2019
Address: Senate Square, 00170 Helsinki, Finland
Helsinki Christmas Market 2019

Helsinki Christmas Market is the oldest and largest event of its kind in Helsinki. Taking place in the centre of Helsinki in the Senate Square the Christmas Market attracts hundreds of thousands of visitors each year.

The centre of the market is home to a cluster of licensed food courts focusing on regional specialities. In the gift alleys surrounding the food courts, there are over a hundred vendors selling traditional handicraft, the latest design and utility products, as well as produce from primary producers and farms.

The heart of the market beats to a hugely popular, old-fashioned merry-go-round offering free rides to children and others who are young at heart.

Senate Square 6.-22.12.

Helsinki Christmas Market
Date: 06 Desember 2019 - 22 Desember 2019
Address: Senate Square, 00170 Helsinki, Finland
New Year's Eve at the Senate Square in Helsinki 2020

Helsinki’s official New Year’s Eve celebrations will kick off once again with a special programme.

Senate Square Helsinki 31.12.

Free entry

New Year Eve at the Senate Square in Helsinki
Date: 31 Desember 2019
Address: Senate Square, 00170 Helsinki, Finland
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