Excursions and alternatives

Three excursions will be arranged (see under specific links in the navigation panel). If you wish to explore the country by yourself, there is a lot to see. Around Helsinki area Nuuksio National Park is among the most popular sites to visit, and very easy to reach. There you can also find the Nature Centre Haltia.  You can also take scheduled archipelago boat trips both from Helsinki and Espoo, the fare is cheap. For these possiblities, check out the following links:

Great outdoors (national parks, hiking)
Nature Centre Haltia
Helsinki archipelago boats
Espoo archipelago boats

If you simply wish to walk around Helsinki, there are great places to go. Old town houses are just nearby in the Kruununhaka area (N and NE of the Helsinki Cathedral). Kaivopuisto park by the sea is beautiful, and you can stop for refreshments in Ursula and Mattolaituri, for instance, or buy an ice cream from one of the parlors along the way.  The Old Market Hall is also worth a visit. If you wish to go higher up for a great view and some photographs, you should go to Hotel Torni Atelje Bar on the top floor.  The main shopping streets are the Esplanade and Aleksanterinkatu, and other streets around that area.

Helsinki night panorama (from the Olympic Tower)

Helsinki night panorama (from the Olympic Tower)