Things to Do

Heureka Science Centre

The Finnish Science Centre Heureka, located in the neighboring city of Vantaa, introduces the public to science and technology in an engaging and interactive way. Visitors can experience the joy of discovery through spectacular exhibitions, planetarium films and events.

Nuuksio National Park and Finnish Nature Centre Haltia

Within easy reach from Helsinki (30 km) you can escape into wild natural settings and enjoy typically Finnish scenery, with lakes, green forests and rugged crags. The Nuuksio National Park is located in the border of the oak forest zone and the southern boreal forest zone. The landscape is dominated by valleys and gorges formed by the Ice Age. The park's many marked trails are the best way to explore the area's diverse flora and fauna. Nuuksio is easily accessible also by public transportation.

Finnish Nature Centre Haltia in the Nuuksio National Park is a new type of visitor centre, bringing all of Finland’s nature under one roof and closer to the visitor through both the building’s facilities and its stunning exhibitions. Haltia is the first public building in Finland built entirely of wood; it is a combination of stunning architectural design and ultramodern ecological solutions.

Ateneum Art Museum

Ateneum is located in downtown Helsinki. Its collections introduce Finnish art from the Gustavian period of the mid-18th century to the modernist movements of the 1950s. Ateneum also houses a handsome collection of international art, featuring works by such masters as Vincent van Gogh, Paul Gauguin, Paul Cézanne, Fernand Léger and Marc Chagall.

Kiasma Museum of Contemporary Art

Kiasma in downtown Helsinki is a museum of contemporary art (starting around 1960) focusing mainly on works by Finnish artists as well as artists living in nearby countries. Kiasma presents and collects the very latest works in contemporary art.

Didrichsen Art Museum

Didrichsen Art Museum is a privately owned museum, located in Helsinki (but near the Aalto University Campus). The collection consists of Finnish art from the 20th century, and modern international works by Picasso, Kandinsky, Miró, Léger, Moore, Giacometti and Arp. The museum also holds the only Pre-Colombian collection in Finland and a collection of Oriental art. Check the website for current exhibitions.

Helsinki Music Centre

The Helsinki Music Centre in downtown Helsinki was formally opened in 2011. Two symphony orchestras perform there on a regular basis, the Finnish Radio Symphony Orchestra (RSO) and the Helsinki Philharmonic Orchestra (HKO).

The National Museum of Finland

The National Museum in downtown Helsinki illustrates Finnish history from prehistoric times to the present, including major archaeological finds and temporary exhibitions.

Temppeliaukio Church (Rock Church)

Quarried out of the natural bedrock, Temppeliaukio Church is one of Helsinki's most popular tourist attractions. The interior walls are created naturally by the rock. The church hall is covered with a dome, lined with copper and supported on the rock walls by reinforced concrete beams. The interior walls are of rugged rock and rubble wall. Before noon, the sunlight spreads from the row of windows surrounding the roof periphery to the altar wall, where an ice-age crevice serves as the altarpiece. Due to its excellent acoustics the church is a popular venue for concerts.

Suomenlinna Fortress

The Suomenlinna fortress, located on an island off Helsinki, was added to the UNESCO World Heritage List in 1991 as a unique monument of military architecture. Another special feature of the fortress is that in the course of its history it has served in the defence of three realms: Sweden, Russia and Finland. The Helsinki City Transport ferry operates throughout the year to Suomenlinna. The ferry journey takes about 15 minutes.

Ice Hockey

    Playoffs of the Finnish Ice Hockey League will take place as follows:
  • Semifinals (best of seven) start on April 1 and may continue until April 12
  • The game for bronze medals takes place on April 15
  • The championship finals (best of seven) start on April 15 with the second game on April 16.

Blues from Espoo and HIFK from Helsinki are among the 15 teams playing in the Ice Hockey League and hopefully make it to the playoffs.