04.12.2018

Fun things to do in Helsinki area at Christmas time!

There are many things to do from shopping and ice skating to visiting cafes and museums in Helsinki area in December 2018! Quite near Helsinki there are cities and towns such as Vantaa, Espoo, Sipoo, Raasepori and Tuusula.

Check out these places that we have listed for you! :) 

Check also the Christmas opening hours and ticket pricing by visiting the websites of the places included in this article.

 

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– BUY PRESENTS! – DESIGN, ART, FOOD –

Photo: Fiskars Village, Raasepori

Buy Christmas presents or souvenirs at the many Christmas markets in Helsinki and in the boutiques of the nearby cities and towns!

 

Fiskars Village

Raasepori

There are design shops, hotels, and restaurants in this historical area! Read more about the Christmas buses from Helsinki to Raasepori (until 15th of December) here.

 

Ornamo’s Design Christmas (From 7th to 9th of December)  

Kaapelitehdas, Helsinki

Read more about Ornamo here.

 

Wanha Satama’s Christmas (From 5th to 9th of December)

Katajanokka, Helsinki

 

Teurastamo’s Market (From 15th to 16th of December)

Helsinki

Read more about Teurastamo here.

 

Helsinki Christmas Market (Vanhan Joulutori) (From 15th to 22nd of December)

Vanha ylioppilastalo, Helsinki

 

Helsinki Christmas Market (Tuomaan Markkinat) (From 1st to 22nd of December)

the Senate Square, Helsinki

 

Old Market Hall

Helsinki

 

Porvoo’s Artfactory Christmas Market (From 14th to 16th of December)

Culture and Congress Center, Porvoo

 

Porvoo’s Christmas Market (From 8th to 9th of December)

Old Porvoo

Visit Old Porvoo's beautiful old buildings in December! There are many boutiques and museums in Old Porvoo.

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– VISIT MUSEUMS, EXHIBITIONS, AND ART GALLERIES –

Halosenniemi, Tuusula. Photo: VisitTuusulanjärvi

While visiting Helsinki, you should also visit the historical places near Helsinki! These places include museums and art galleries!

 

Ainola (Jean Sibelius’ home)

Järvenpää

Lotta Museum

Tuusula

Halosenniemi

Tuusula

Lake Tuusula is known for its many historical places. Find more museums by Lake Tuusula here. We visited Lake Tuusula in spring 2018! Read more

 

Gumbostrand Konst & Form

Sipoo

If you love art and design, you should visit Gumbostrand Konst & Form! Its art exhibitions and design shop can be found near Helsinki in Sipoo.

 

Photo: Haltia – the Finnish Nature Centre, Espoo

 

Haltia – The Finnish Nature Centre

Espoo

In Haltia there are exhibitions about the Finnish nature, a restaurant, and a shop! Visit also the Nuuksio National Park. We visited Haltia in spring 2018. Read more

 

Suomenlinna Sea Fortress

Helsinki

The ferry takes visitors to the unique island of Suomenlinna also in the winter time! We visited Suomenlinna Sea Fortress in summer 2018! Read more

 

Helsinki City Museum

Helsinki

Visit the Helsinki themed exhibitions for free and make Christmas decorations at the workshop

 

Korkeasaari Zoo

Helsinki

This zoo is located on an island in Helsinki. There are lions, tigers, bears, and other animals at the zoo that is closed only on Christmas eve! Adults 12 €, children 6 € (children under 4-years-old 0 €).

 

Ateneum

Helsinki

"The Ateneum Art Museum has the country’s oldest and largest art collection." There are also a shop and a cafe-restaurant at Ateneum.

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– EAT –

Restaurant Backas, Vantaa. Photo: Johanna Hurtig/LikeFinland.com

Eat lunch or buy a coffee! There are many unique restaurants in Helsinki and also near Helsinki Airport!

 

Fazer Café

Kluuvikatu 3, Helsinki

At this cafe you can eat cakes, drink a cup of coffee or tea, and eat breakfast or lunch! The cafe was opened in 1891.

 

Café Esplanad

Pohjois-Esplanadi 37, Helsinki

 

Café Ekberg

Bulevardi 9, Helsinki

"Ekberg is Finland’s oldest bakery, patisserie and café".

 

Löyly – A sauna, a café, and a restaurant

Hernesaarenranta 4, Helsinki

 

Restaurant Backas

Vantaa

Near Helsinki airport you can eat lunch in a 200-year-old manor! We visited restaurant Backas in spring 2018. Read more

 

Restaurant Kuninkaan Lohet

Vantaa

By the Vantaanjoki river and also near Helsinki airport there is a historical restaurant in two buildings! We visited Kuninkaan Lohet in summer 2018. Read more

 

Cafe N'avetta

Sipoo

If you want to eat lunch or drink a cup of coffee in the countryside instead of the city, visit Cafe N'avetta!

 

Svartå Manor

Raasepori

Svartå Manor offers hotel and restaurant services in a beautiful environment!

 

Find more cafes and restaurants in Helsinki here!

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– SPORT ACTIVITIES & GAMES –

Photo: Flamingo Spa, Vantaa

If you want to do something else than shopping or visiting museums, you should consider these!

 

Flamingo Spa

Flamingo Entertainment Centre, Vantaa

Go for a swim in the Spa or in the Waterpark! Flamingo Spa is located in Flamingo Entertainment Centre where you can also find a hotel, shops, and restaurants!

 

Talma Ski

Talmantie 341, Sipoo

At Talma Ski you can rent skiing equipment and go skiing for example in Snow Park that has been used by many professionals! With the kids you can spend a winter day at Werneri Park.

 

Kiipeilyareena climbing centre

Salmisaari Sports centre (Salmisaaren Liikuntakeskus) & Shopping centre Redi, Helsinki

Go climbing! Adults with equipment 20 € (before 4 pm 16 €) and children with equipment 15 €.

 

Ice Park – ice skating

Helsinki

Adults 6 €, children 3 € and students, pensioners 4 €.

 

Allas Sea Pool

Katajanokanlaituri 2 A, Helsinki

Go for a swim in the middle of Helsinki! Adults 14 €, children 7 €.

 

Exit Room Helsinki. Photo: LikeFinland.com

 

Exit Room Helsinki

Multiple locations around Helsinki, mainly in Vallila area

Some of the rooms are available also in English!

 

Megazone Laser Tag Game

Entertainment Centre Flamingo, Vantaa

Megazone Laser Tag Game

Salmisaari Sports centre (Salmisaaren Liikuntakeskus), Helsinki

 

Prison Island Helsinki

Salmisaari Sports centre (Salmisaaren Liikuntakeskus), Helsinki

Prison Island Vantaa

Entertainment Centre Flamingo, Vantaa

 

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– READ MORE ABOUT HELSINKI –

My Helsinki

 

Photo: LikeFinland.com

 

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Text: Johanna Hurtig

Fiskars Village, VisitTuusulanjärvi, Gumbostrand Konst & Form, Haltia, Restaurant Backas, Svartå Manor, Talma Ski, Restaurant Kuninkaan Lohet, Flamingo Spa, Kiipeilyareena climbing centre, Exit Room Helsinki, Megazone Vantaa & Helsinki and Prison Island Vantaa & Helsinki are our Star Destinations and media customers. 

Other online sources used in this article: MyHelsinki, Ice Park, Löyly, Allas Sea Pool, OldPorvoo, Ateneum, Fazer, Korkeasaari Zoo, Helsinki City Museum, Ornamo, Wanha Satama, Teurastamo, Vanhan Joulutori, Tuomaan Markkinat, Porvoo’s Artfactory, and Old Market Hall.

LikeFinland.com is a nationwide leisure time media and search service of Finnish destinations. You can like us on Facebook or follow on Twitter and Instagram.

Our main website in Finnish is KivaaTekemista.fi.

12.11.2018

Destination of the Month: The Glass Igloos at Revontuli Northern Lights Resort are a unique accommodation option

We visited Revontuli Northern Lights Resort approximately 45 km from Jyväskylä, Central Finland, to have a look at the new Glass Igloos in the autumn 2018! Jyväskylä is located 270 km from Helsinki.

Petra Tiainen took us into one of the Glass Igloos. According to her, especially the views, the Igloos and the saunas at Revontuli Northern Lights Resort attract international tourists to visit Finland. Photo: LikeFinland.com

The new Glass Igloos at Revontuli are by a lake called Iso-Virmas. We stayed in one of the traditional cottages while the children wanted to stay in one of the Glass Igloos.

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Photo: LikeFinland.com

The Glass Igloos offer something very unique also to a Finn! The views are amazing even without the Northern lights. At Revontuli there are more Igloos under construction! The new ones are going to be even bigger.

One of the current Glass Igloos has one bedroom while the other one has two bedrooms. Both include a shower and the possibility to cook.

Photos: LikeFinland.com

We ate dinner at an American style restaurant called Bowling Diner and went bowling, also!

Photos: LikeFinland.com

At Revontuli there are also many outdoor activities available such as minigolf, disc golf, footgolf, and golf! Near Revontuli there are also a ski centre Häkärinteet (Häkä slopes) and a national park of Etelä-Konnevesi opened in 2014. Read more about the activities here

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Revontuli Northern Lights Resort – Holiday Centre in Central Finland

Revontulentie 1

41500 Hankasalmi

FINLAND

phone +358 (0) 14 8448 200

Facebook / Instagram

Read more about the Glass Igloos – All Sky Aurora cabins here.

Photo: LikeFinland.com

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Text: Johanna Hurtig, Henri Elo

We have chosen Revontuli Northern Lights Resort and the new Glass Igloos as the Destination of the Month of November 2018. Revontuli is one our Star Destinations and media customers.

LikeFinland.com is a nationwide leisure time media and search service of Finnish destinations. You can like us on Facebook or follow on Twitter and Instagram.

Our main website in Finnish is KivaaTekemista.fi.

09.10.2018

Destination of the Month: Lapland at its best – visiting Elves Village and enjoying nature in Levi!

We travelled to Lapland from Southern Finland, and visited the holiday centre Levi in August 2018.

When you think about Lapland as a potential holiday destination, you might probably think of winter, snow, and all the winter activities.

But there is so much more to Lapland than the things the winter season is able to offer! The summer time is equally as fun.

We spent part of our time in a village called Köngäs, 8 kilometres from Levi. There we found a unique destination Elves Village (Tonttula in Finnish). Besides Elves Village, we also went river rafting and hiking in the beautiful nature of Lapland!

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Tonttula – Elves Village (www, Facebook, Instagram)

Photo: LikeFinland.com

Photo: LikeFinland.com

We visited an area called Elves Village! In the area visitors can find a secret place in the forest called Elves Hideaway with unique buildings such the Gingerbread House and Hidden Huts. You can find also the Northern Lights Tee-pee and a sauna in the area. There is an accommodation option, Elf’s cabinnear the area, also.

Elves Hotel Taivaanvalkeat and Elves Hotel Blueberry Villa are also there to accommodate visitors, the last one only for group bookings.

In the main building there are a restaurant and café, and you can buy also souvenirs and explore the Christmas feeling!

Photo: Tonttula – Elves Village

Elves Village is a must visit in December! In the Santa’s Workshop visitors can bake gingerbread cookies and make decorations.

It is also possible to drive a snowmobile or go on a ride with huskies or reindeer in the winter time! Read more about the winter activities at Elves Village here.

At Elves Village there are a lot of things to do also in the summer time! Elves Village is only a 20-minute drive away from Kittilä Airport.

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Lapland’s Nature Experience (www, Facebook, Instagram)

Guide, Robert Hawkins (on right), and two British tourists, Aeron and Lauren, and I. Photo: LikeFinland.com

I took up the challenge to go river rafting with a car tire! There were the guide, Robert, and two British tourists, Lauren and Aeron, with me in the waves.

There are also hiking and canoeing trips available for booking on Lapland’s Nature Experience’s website (www). When the snow starts to fall, there are activities such as snowshoe walking, skiing, and ice fishing trips available.

Photo: LikeFinland.com

The entrepreneur of Lapland’s Nature Experience, Raija “Raiski” Palosaari, has a long experience of introducing nature activities for tourists, such as cross-country skiing, hiking, canoeing and snowshoeing.

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Lapland’s nature is beautiful! In the summer time it is a must to go hiking and follow the many hiking trails in the forests. We went for a 16 km hike around Kätkätunturi on the first day of our trip.

Photo: LikeFinland.com

It is easy to take a train to Levi or travel to Lapland by plane! There are also museums and art exhibitions in Levi.

 

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Elves Holiday Resort 

Elves Hotel Taivaanvalkeat 

Palosaarentie 30
99140 KITTILÄ, FINLAND

+358 16 6510 500
sales(a)hulluporo.fi

 

The spacious yard offers plenty to do for all ages around the year. At Tonttula – Elves Village you can spend a nice day-off with the family or relax after a day in a meeting. 

 

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Lapland’s Nature Experience

Ounasjoentie 810

99140 KITTILÄ

 

+358 40 716 3033

raiski(a)levi.fi

 

”We have many activities to offer for you from light few hours to week tours, we have different kind of activities on winter and summer time. Common thing is that you have an experienced guide always with you and you get memorable experiences in the wild and beautiful nature in Northern Finland.”

Photo: Tonttula – Elves Village

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Text: Johanna Hurtig, Henri Elo

We have chosen Tonttula Elves Village and Lapland’s Nature Experience as the Destination of the Month of October 2018. Tonttula Elves Village and Lapland’s Nature Experience are our Star Destinations and media customers.

LikeFinland.com is a nationwide leisure time media and search service of Finnish destinations. You can like us on Facebook or follow on Twitter and Instagram.

Our main website in Finnish is KivaaTekemista.fi.

11.09.2018

Destination of the Month: Enjoy the Finnish countryside by staying in Villa Sibbe and dine at Restaurant Veljekset in Sipoo!

We as a LikeFinland team visited a hotel called Villa Sibbe in the countryside of Sipoo, near Helsinki, and ate dinner at a restaurant called Veljekset in August 2018!

The history of Villa Sibbe in Sipoo is quite interesting. The municipality of Sipoo is located only approx. 35 km from Helsinki City Center. The farm “Joensuun Tila” was once owned by Nobel prize awarded Finnish chemical scientist A. I. Virtanen (1895-1973).

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One of the large rooms is called Nobel, which is used to hold business meetings and parties such as weddings. Upstairs there is a kitchen area called Labra. The name Labra refers to the laboratory.

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Some of the people, who have stayed in Villa Sibbe, have travelled to Finland from other countries such as the U.S., Russia, Italy, and Germany.

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Restaurant Veljekset. Photo: LikeFinland.com

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We enjoyed a delicious meal at Restaurant Veljekset. The owners of the restaurant moved to Finland from Turkey so there are Turkish delicacies on the menu!

My favorite one was a dessert that included traditional baklava with ice cream and a cup of Turkish coffee!

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There are many sporty activities to choose from near Villa Sibbe! You can go swimming, play disc golf, rent a kayak, and go hiking, for example, to Sipoonkorpi National Park, which was opened in 2011!

You can buy snacks at Café Sibbe near the marine. There is also a possibility to get to know discs and disc golf at NBDG Store (nbdg.fi) which is owned by the same owners as the hotel Villa Sibbe accommodation, Terhi Kytö and Juha Kytö.

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These are our Star Destinations in Sipoo, also:

Gumbostrand Konst & Form - Design products, a café-restaurant, and art exhibitions!

Handelsmans Café - In the fall this idyllic café in the village of Box is open on Fridays, Saturdays, and Sundays!

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Contact information

Villa Sibbe (www, Facebook)

Joensuun raitti 58

01150 Söderkulla, Sipoo

FINLAND

info(a)sibbe.fi

+358 50 439 1925

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Restaurant Veljekset (www, Facebook)

Eriksnäsintie 11

Söderkulla, Sipoo

FINLAND

sipoo(a)ravintolaveljekset.fi

+358 44 281 5279

 

Lunch on weekdays from 10.30 am to 3 pm. À la carte dinner in the evenings.

 

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Photo: LikeFinland.com

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Text: Johanna Hurtig, Henri Elo

We have chosen Villa Sibbe and restaurant Veljekset as the Destination of the Month of September 2018. Villa Sibbe is one of our Star Destinations and media customers.

LikeFinland.com is a nationwide leisure time media and search service of Finnish destinations. You can like us on Facebook or follow on Twitter and Instagram.

Our main website in Finnish is KivaaTekemista.fi.

06.08.2018

Destination of the Month: Finnish nature at its best in Sauvo – Spend the night in a tree and enjoy some burgers!

We as a LikeFinland team visited a village called Karuna in Southwest Finland this summer, in July 2018.

In Karuna, we spent the night in a tent in a tree at Tentsile Experience Grelsböle and ate local, tasty meals at Tentsile as well as delicious burgers in Rantola Café.

The village Karuna is located in Sauvo municipality about 150 km from Helsinki City Center.

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We started the trip off by eating dinner outside in nature and spending the night in one of the tents of Tentsile Experience Grelsböle.

The delicacies served by the owner of Tentsile Experince Grelsböle Miia Juvankoski were full of Finnish flavors and included local ingredients and foods such as lingonberry jam and rhubarbs.

Photo: LikeFinland.com

Near to the tents there are beautiful sea views and a sauna. There are also nature paths for the hikers in the forests of Sauvo.

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On the second day of our trip we visited Rantola Café and B&B. Rantola Café is known for its burgers! Rantola Café's owner Anne Vuorio recommended us a burger called Raparger with rhubarb chutney!

Photo: LikeFinland.com

Anne told us about a Swiss family that enjoyed the quietness of the area while they were staying at Rantola B&B.

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Contact Information

Tentsile Experience Grelsböle (www) (Facebook)

Päisterpääntie 156 a

21590 Karuna

Finland

 

info(at)grelsbole.fi

+358 44 533 0701

 

Some of the accommodation options:

  • 120€/day (3 persons)
  • 80€/day (2 persons)

Read more about all the accommodation options on Tentsile Experience Grelsböle's website. (www)

 

Rantola Café and B&B (www) (Facebook) (Instagram)

Karunantie 1205

21590 Karuna

 

+358 40 738 8853

info(at)rantolanpuoti.fi

In summer Rantola Café offers fresh food and sweet delicacies. Rantola Bed & Breakfast is available all year round, and it can be found in a 1950s house that is located next to the sea and is surrounded by the Finnish countryside.

Photo: LikeFinland.com

Photos: LikeFinland.com

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Text: Johanna Hurtig, Henri Elo

We have chosen Tentsile Experience Grelsböle and Rantola Café and B&B as the Destination of the Month of August 2018. Tentsile Experience Grelsböle and Rantola Café and B&B are our Star Destinations and media customers.

LikeFinland.com is a nationwide leisure time media and search service of Finnish destinations. You can like us in Facebook or follow in Twitter and Instagram.

Our main website in Finnish is KivaaTekemista.fi.

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