10+ free & affordable things to do and see in Helsinki as an unconventional tourist!

Have fun in the world’s happiest and safest city!

Fun facts about Finland

  • Saunas – Some Finns may even have two of them: a private and a shared one
  • Top for Minimum Wage and Average Salary
  • First European Country giving Women vote Right
  • The Finnish Language has the longest words you can imagine
  • Finns are the world’s biggest coffee drinkers
  • Finns don’t feel the need of filling silences
  • When Moscow invaded, little Finalnd defeated the huge soviet army in the battle of Tolvajarvi with huge losses for the invaders. This is when the Finns invented the Molotov cocktail.
Helsinki
  • Santa comes from the door in Finland, and the kids can meet him
  • At the world’s top for second-hand-shops number in proportion with the population, and at the same time, one of the wealthiest country on the planet
  • Tattoos, Piercings, & Skateboards are quite common
  • The highest proportion of Metal bands in the world 
  • Unique Finnish Sports: Wife-carrying, Swamp football, Beer-floating, Mosquito-squashing, Milking-stool throwing, Rubber boot throwing, Ant-nest sitting, Hobbyhorsing, mobile phone throwing
  • Linux (the OS) was invented by a Finn called Linus (Torvalds) who said about it: “just a hobby, [it] won’t be big and professional
  • One of the SMS technology pioneers was the Finnish Matti Makkonen, who said: “I did not consider SMS a personal achievement”

WHAT IS IN THIS GUIDE

Töölö bay – Helsinki
  • Transportation, bikes and public transportation
  • Sauna’s , the two best ones
  • Buffet Food, (all you can eat) for a budget
  • Attractions, iconic, representative, and unmissable
  • Souvenirs, ecological and affordable
  • Going out, the coolest & most authentic places

Want to have a guided bike tour?

Here the Helsinki Airbnb Bike tour!

TRANSPORTATION

Baana dedicated cyclists and sport lane

Whim

One app for all public transportation (bikes, scooters, bus, taxi’s…)

https://play.google.com/store/apps/details?id=global.maas.whim


PUBLIC BICYCLES 

5 euro day 
10 euro week 
30 euro month 
https://kaupunkipyorat.hsl.fi/en

Busses in Kamppi area

PUBLIC TRANSPORT 

The best way to buy tickets is with the app.
https://play.google.com/store/apps/details?id=fi.hsl.SAUNA’s

Helsinki Central Railway station

SAUNA’s

– Sompasauna(.fi)
Donation & collaboration-based sauna community. Which can be almost defined as a commune too.

Kotiharjun Sauna
Traditional Finnish sauna. Completed in 1928, it´s the oldest continuously working public sauna in Town.

Arla Sauna
Another authentic tradition Finnish sauna, the second-oldest public sauna in Helsinki.

– Löyly
Stylish seaside sauna with a modern, glass-walled restaurant & spacious deck.

FOOD – BUDGET ALL-YOU-CAN-EAT

Svarte Rudolf in Turku

In Helsinki, restaurants may be expensive, but if you eat before 15:00 (on weekdays), you may get great prices with ¨buffet¨ options (all you can eat).

My favorite buffets (<15 euros) are:

1) Caverna 15€ (Vegetarian options, Finnish and international food)

2) Itsudemo 13€ (Sushi – Vegetarian options)

3) Golden bowl 9€ (Asian food and Sushi runned by a sweet family)

4) Loving Hut (Vegan Asian, they may not have buffet during covid time) 

5) Onda Cafe 11€ (Mediterranean, vegan options)

6)Konstan Möljä 13€ (traditional Finnish cuisine) 

* Remember to double-check the openings hours

** Wondering why I have listed sushi? Well, Finnish people love sushi! 
** Wondering why I have listed buffets? Well, Finns grew up with it! 
*** Buffet, or all-you-can-eat, does not mean that one should abuse the place, overeat, or waste food. Always be considerate, like a Finn! 😉

INTERESTING PLACES, all free!

View on Helsinki´s Opera from Cafe Sininen

The Worker Housing Museum – Free of charge guided tour in Finnish houses of 1900)

National Memorial – Winter War 1939 – Small modern artwork about Moscow invasion

Linnanmäki – Amusement park, ticket required only to use the attractions.

Keskuspuisto – Central Park

Seurasaari – Open-air museum

Sibelius Monument – The most representative musician)

Regatta Café – iconic cottage-café

Cafe sininen – Panoramic café-terrace 

Hietaniemi area Historical cemeteries, parks, and a cool beach

Lapinlahden Lähde – Exciting art gallery in a psychiatric house in a charming green area

Eira Beach Classy residential area

Parliament – Free visit by simply entering on the building’s right side, B entrance

Central library – Rated as one of the most beautiful and high-tech libraries in the world

Kampin kappeli – Mini invisible chapel

Suomenlinna Fortress island, you can simply take the regular ferry to there, it costs like a standard ticket for transportation

Kumpula Botanical Gardens Eclectic, historic, and absolutely charming botanical gardens

More Free Museums and attractions to visit on this link.

GOING OUT IN THE EVENING/NIGHT

Töölö view from the Central Station – Helsinki

KALLIO (Hipster young Finnish area)

– Café Siltanen (alternative cafe)

– Café Mascot (karaoke and chill out)

many cafes can be found in the Helsinginkatu (near Sörnäinen metro).

CENTER, NEAR TRAIN STATION

– Tavastia (Heavy metal)

– Bar loose (rock)

– On the rocks (rock bar)

– Cafe Oluthuone Kaisla (mix)

– Molly Malone’s (Irish pub)

Yes! A lot of rock!

SOUVENIRS

Helsinki City Center

Second-hand shop (with authentic Finnish articles: iittala, Arabia, Marimekko)

MadeBy Helsinki (Handmade souvenirs)

Hakaniemi Market Hall (local market)

You will find many reviews on google maps that can help you decide. 

Seurasaari – Helsinki

Enjoy your time in Finland and leave me a comment with your thoughts about this guide!

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