Nature & Parks in Helsinki

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Nature & Parks in Helsinki

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  • Oldjack
    Greater Melbourne, Australia28,910 contributions
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    Esplanade Park is a large park in central Helsinki and dates back to 1818. It has well managed gardens and statues and the Kappell Restaurant that opened in 1867. This area is a public space for performances and events. You cannot miss the park when in Helsinki and a pleasant piece of green in what can be a fairly drab city
    Written 15 June 2024
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  • Nimya Kanakaraj
    India10 contributions
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    Worth visiting if you are visiting Finland... Dedicated to Finland's greatest composer Jean Sibelius... A very unique park indeed!!!
    Written 18 February 2024
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  • irina j
    London, UK3,388 contributions
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    I really like the location of this zoo , it’s on the island but easily accessible by bus from train station number 16 (3 times an hour) or by ferry from the harbour (every half hour in the summer).
    Tickets are expensive but slightly cheaper after 4pm, however you can only buy discounted tickets in person and when we got there at 4, there was a long queue . I guess everyone had the same idea! So arrive slightly earlier.
    Disadvantage coming in the evening was that we haven’t seen some animals e.g. monkeys as they always active in the morning. We also missed most of feeding times as there was only one slot left at 5pm.
    Selection of animals is chosen to survive in cold climates so you won’t see giraffes, zebras and other regulars of the zoo. However they have some really interesting animals from colder climates. For me the highlight was Amur tiger and brown bears!
    Everything inside is very expensive. One scoop of ice cream €5.50, bottle of water 0.5 litres cost €3.80!! So pack your own food and snacks. They have many places where you can have picnic and bring your own lunch which is great.
    Written 6 August 2023
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  • 599Angela
    Toronto, Canada511 contributions
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    This is a large green space near the water in Helsinki, on the waterfront trail, very popular with the locals. There are some hills which a worth climbing because the views are excellent. Also, depending on the weather there might be ducks and other birds to watch.
    Written 12 June 2024
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  • Yadron
    Southern Finland, Finland146 contributions
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    Wonderful world of aquatic creatures.
    It was a hot day outside, so visiting this cool and humid aquarium was perfect. We went on Monday, and the place was not crowded at all. The staff was really nice and emphasized that we weren't in a hurry at all, and should take our time just admiring the fishes, and even that we were free to go in and out of the place. We had bought the Super tickets, which allowed us peek behind the scenes by a scheduled, guided tour, and I think it was very nice and eye-opening to see all the work that goes into keeping these incredible creatures happy and healthy!
    I really liked the vibe of the place, and was surprised by how many fishes appeared very curious about us humans, too.
    The only thing that threw me off a little bit was the gift shop. I bought some items as souvenirs, at at home, realized how poor quality they are. Especially the food carriers/containers which can't even be microwaved (so they aren't really good at all for their intended purpose), and the insulated cool carrier bag, which was already ripping at the seams... It's heartbreaking that these seemingly single-use items are sold. I wish that the care for nature and greener values were reflected in the gift shop's side as well.
    Written 14 June 2024
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  • JariJK
    Kouvola, Finland6,568 contributions
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    Pihlajasaari Island (also known as Rönnskär) is very wonderful! Besides, it is easy to go there. Just take a waterbus from Merisatama (in front of Cafe Carusel, address Merisatamanranta 10) or Ruoholahti (in front of Restaurant Faro, address Kellosaarenranta 10). You can buy tickets on the ferry. Dogs are also allowed. The route is operated by JT-Line and it takes only 10-15 minutes. Unfortunately they stop operating in the end of August and they won't start the new summer season before May.

    The best sandy beach of Helsinki is situated on Pihlajasaari Island. They also have a naturist beach for nudists (mainly men) but it is totally separated and fenced so that it doesn't disturb other people.

    You also find many other activities on Pihlajasaari Island: a guest harbor, a restaurant (Ravintola Pihlajasaari, read separate Tripadvisor reviews), a nature trail (about 2 kilometers), campfire sites with firewood, two playgrounds for children, two rentable seaside saunas (advance booking), a small camping site (surrounded by the stone wall of an oil storage from the 1920's, price 17 euros/night), dry toilets and historical sites (an ammunition depot and the foundations of anti-aircraft guns from 1916).

    Besides, there are rentable villas for daytime use on the island. They are old private villas but nowadays the city of Helsinki owns them. Villa Björkas is very beautiful. It was built in 1881. The rental price is 36 euros/hour (in 2023) and it includes several rooms, a kitchen with dishware + a microwave oven + a refrigerator, a water toilet, meeting equipment and a small garden with a picnic table.

    There are also nature reserves on the island. This is a good place to see many birds and plants. Besides, sea view is extremely beautiful. There are interesting rocks and cliffs there. So this island is a very good place for everybody who loves nature or wants to take beautiful photos. The island is full of interesting photo spots, especially if the weather is good.
    Written 4 September 2023
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  • Christina S
    18 contributions
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    Can’t say enough good things about this experience. I went on a Tuesday evening for the public sauna - 2 hrs. It’s so homey and inviting. Very well equipped with changing rooms, extra bathing suits, a grill, picnic table, plenty of chairs, and a fridge full of refreshing drinks. It’s situated right next to a public swimming beach which is perfect for cooling off between rounds of sauna. Absolutely beautiful surroundings- felt just like my home in Maine, US. Blooming flowers abound in summer. Highly recommended even if you are staying in the center of Helsinki- its about a 20-25 minute ride by uber. Well worth it. Great value too.
    Written 14 June 2024
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  • 150rajibs
    Jacksonville, FL323 contributions
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    There was a section on lichens, moss and fungus. Excellent, easy to understand explanations in English on the evolution of different plants and flowers. The grounds are free of charge to stroll; a fee to enter the pavilions. The garden is in the city and can walked to from the Helsinki railway station in 15 minutes or take the tram! Bus and subway. I had an hour to kill and this place was very close to my hotel.
    Written 30 June 2023
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  • Nina
    Kuopio, Finland34 contributions
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    Definitely would visit there again. So beautiful and nice little place to relax. Many different plants and even a small fish pond. At summer there is also different roses in a garden. Tram stop is just next to the garden so it is easy to get there. Free entrance.
    Written 1 August 2023
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  • Mikael F
    Helsinki, Finland31,244 contributions
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    Haaga Rhododendron Park is a public park located in the district of Haaga.

    The park has two parts: the evergreen rhododendrons grow in the southern section, while the azaleas grow on the other side of the power lines in the northern section.

    Floral splendor can be viewed from wooden pathways and platforms.

    The peak blooming season is in early June. On our visit, the blooming was a little bit late. The spring was colder than average. Also, high pine trees create a shading canopy for the flowering plants.

    Thousands of Helsinki residents and gardening enthusiasts visit the park each year to witness the spectacle.
    Written 2 June 2020
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  • Passenger585410
    8 contributions
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    Vallisaari was like heven. Such a quiet and beautiful island. Enough services and a lot of activities for those who want them. Suomenlinna is nice place, but do something different and take this.
    Written 11 August 2022
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  • Mikael F
    Helsinki, Finland31,244 contributions
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    Hietaranta (or Hietsu as everyone calls it) is very popular on hot summer days.

    Refreshments are available at a cafe with a terrace overlooking the sea.

    Nearby you will find a miniature golf course and the Taivallahti Tennis Centre.
    Written 22 October 2020
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  • MeNiemiset
    Finland481 contributions
    4.0 of 5 bubbles
    Nice place to spend time just relaxing, not so crowded when we visited it.
    Lots of benches to have a picnic.

    Great view also to nearby harbor to see some cruise ships
    Written 29 August 2023
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  • Maari100
    Helsinki, Finland3,185 contributions
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    When I want to spend a day in the nature I normally go to Aurinkolahti Either by own car or by bus. The beach, rocky waterfront, nature trail, sea, Kampela and Fazer Cafes. Picknicking If you want, swimming
    Written 9 June 2019
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  • JariJK
    Kouvola, Finland6,568 contributions
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    Pornaistenniemi Nature Trail (Pornaistenniemen luontopolku in Finnish, also known as Luonnon syli) is accessible and it is about a kilometer long. You find picnic tables, a playground for forest play activities and a bird watching tower there. If you follow narrow duckboards (not accessible with a wheelchair or a pushchair) from the bird watching tower, you also find a bird hide. Notice that these duckboards may be slippery sometimes. Nature is very interesting here, because almost 60 polypores and 100 corticoid fungi have been found in the area. If you are interested in a longer trail, I recommend that you follow wide and accessible duckboards to Lammassaari and perhaps narrow duckboards even further to Kuusiluoto. Read separate Tripadvisor reviews about Lammassaari and Kuusiluoto.
    Written 22 November 2023
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