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Helsinki Off-The-Beaten-Path

Updated: Mar 7, 2023

Many places should be added to your bucket list. Iceland should be on the list for their Turf Houses, Costa Rica allows you to see the sea turtles, and Chicago should be on your list to give you the opportunity to try the famous Chicago dog. However, if you want to add a unique destination that is rarely thought of, you should add Helsinki, Finland. This chilly seaside town offers a traveler great cathedrals, tons of fun shopping, and a cluster of exciting museums. However, It also provides an old amusement park, a small island, and a downtown picnic area. Let's deep dive into Helsinki's top three "off the beaten path" attractions.

Bridge to Seurasaari Museum, Finland
Bridge to Seurasaari Museum

Seurasaari Island

The first attraction to check out is Seurasaari Island. This island is actually a museum that is only a few short miles from the city, and it offers enough fun to take up an entire day. It is made up of many different buildings that were brought from all over the country. While visiting, you can take a train ride narrated by a tour guide dressed in traditional Finnish clothing. You will learn about the work and home life of the Finnish throughout the centuries. You can also take a self guided tour that allows you to learn more about each trade.

Esplanadi, Finland


A great spot to stop and grab lunch is Esplanadi, a small green space in the middle of the city. This grass is meant for picnicking and summer entertainment. The Espa Stage is a small outdoor theater where all the summer concerts and plays occur. It is the perfect place to enjoy coffee and jazz or a fashion show.

Ferris Wheel of Linnanmäki Amusement park, Finland
Ferris Wheel of Linnanmäki Amusement Park


Another unique place in the city is Linnanmäki, a 65 year old amusement park. There you can find the white knuckle roller coaster and endless arcade games. Many of these rides break world records such as the fastest, longest, or highest. The best part is that all the proceeds go to Päivän Säätiö, a Finnish child welfare charity, so not only are you having a great time, but you are also helping children.

Helsinki is not only unique but also fun and exciting. This Scandinavian town offers an adventure for everyone. Schedule a consultation and we can start planning your vacation.

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