Visiting Helsinki

Please note that the weather in June can be unpredictable. It may be beautiful and sunny but it may also be cold and rainy. Please remember to pack an umbrella and check the weather reports before you pack.


If you are staying in Helsinki after the conference, you may be interested to know that June 12 is the city's birthday, Helsinki Day, and there will be free events happening around the city.


Information on visiting Helsinki can be found below:

- Visit Helsinki has information on sightseeing in Helsinki, places of interest, events, restaurants and shopping.

- See Helsinki on foot has maps for 5 sightseeing walking routes around the city.

- has information about restaurants and cafes in Helsinki. The website uses an interactive map and is very easy to use.

- The Helsinki Journey Planner allows you to plan trips around Helsinki by foot, bicycle, bus, train, or tram.



Helsinki is surrounded by islands, and the following three are especially of interest to visitors:

- Suomenlinna is a historic fortification and a World Heritage Site. A ferry leaves regularly from the Market Square (Kauppatori) in the South Harbour (Eteläsatama). Tickets valid on the busses and trams are also valid on the ferry, or you can buy your ticket from the vending machine at the jetty. The trip there takes about 10 minutes, and you should give yourself a couple of hours to walk around. There is a Toy Museum, a nice cafeteria and an active brewery that also serves food situated on the island.

- Seurasaari is an open air museum, housing many historic structures from all over Finland. Parts of it are also in active use as farm or craft buildings. You can visit the island by public transport, and walk around and explore freely. Entering the museum buildings will cost EUR6. There is a little kiosk on the island, and a fireplace where you can grill sausages (makkara) which can also be bought from the kiosk. Bus 24 leaves every 30 minutes from outside Lasipalatsi near the Railway station and ends at Seurasaari.

- Korkeasaari houses the Helsinki Zoo, and is accessible either by land or by sea. Bus 11 leaves from the Railway Square (Rautatientori) and the ferry leaves from the Market Square (Kauppatori) in the South Harbour (Eteläsatama). The ferry ticket includes the entrance fee to the Zoo. Prices start from EUR7.