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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.
Villa Hovikallio
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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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Helsinki city center attractions

1. Esplanade Park

Esplanade Park

The Esplanade Park is one of the best places in the heart of Helsinki to have a picnic, meet with friend, having an ice cream or listen to some street musicians.

During Christmas time special illumination turn the park in a completely fabulous appearance worth visiting and making a photo.

2. Senate Square

Senate Square

The Senate Square is the starting point for Helsinki exploring and must place to go. This is the drop and pick up point for the hop on hop off buses.

To get a better view of the Square and city panorama, climb all the steps up to Helsinki Cathedral, or go around the left side.

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 one of the reasonable prices places to have a full meal in Helsinki. There are tents with local street food worth tasting (traditional salmon or reindeer burger for example), coffee and pastries, and other treats as well as great 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.


May Day Celebration 2019

This spring festival is a popular carnival that has traditionally been celebrated by workers and students. On the eve of May Day, students gather at the Market Square to wash the statue of Havis Amanda and place a student cap on her head.

The celebrations continue throughout the city. The following morning everyone gathers in Kaivopuisto Park and Ullanlinnanmäki for a picnic and more sparkling wine.

Parades and other events are also held around town.

Date: 30 April 2019 - 01 May 2019
Address: Market Square, Ullanlinna and Kaisaniemi, Eteläranta, 00170 Helsinki, Finland
Helsinki Samba Carnaval 2019 tours from Senate Square

The Helsinki Samba Carnival will fill the streets on Saturday, June 8, 2019. You can watch the Senate Square all day and the program starts at 14.00.

Route : Senate Square - Unioninkatu - Pohjoisesplanadi - Mannerheimintie - Aleksanterinkatu (up to Mikonkatu).

Date: 08 June 2019
Address: Senate Square, Senate Square, 00170 Helsinki, Finland
Dinner Under the Helsinki Sky 12 June

On Helsinki Day, Tuesday 12 June, the Pohjoisesplanadi boulevard that runs along the north side of Esplanade Park will be closed to traffic to make room for a 450-metre-long dinner table seating 1000 guests. A seat at the table can be booked free of charge, but guests have to provide their own buffets.

Dinner Under the Helsinki Sky
Date: 12 June 2019
Address: Pohjoisesplanadi, 00101 Helsinki, Finland
Helsinki Day 2019

Helsinki will once again celebrate and entertain residents and visitors on its birthday, 12 June. Helsinki Day has become a city festival that offers lots to see and do for people of all ages.

The city centre will be filled with people, music and events, but Helsinki Day will also be celebrated outside the centre in the city's districts.

Date: 12 June 2019
Address: 00170 Helsinki, Finland

Craft Beer Helsinki is a craft beer festival that will be held in Helsinki Railway Square for the fourth time from 4th to 6th July 2019.

Date: 04 July 2019 - 06 July 2019
Address: Railway Square, Rautatientori, 00100 Helsinki, Finland
Dinner Under the Helsinki Sky 9 August

Dinner under the Finnish Sky – Everywhere, will be held in August, when everyone will be invited to set their own dinner tables outdoors and eat together by the sea and in the city’s streets, parks, courtyards and gardens.

Dinner Under the Helsinki Sky August
Date: 09 August 2019
Address: 00101 Helsinki, Finland
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
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