Helsinki in Winter? what to do?
Replies: 4 - Last Post: Jan 23, 2013 12:00 PM Last Post By: DDDeeva
Jan 19, 2013 7:44 AM
Jan 20, 2013 3:55 AM
1x-country skiing, winter walks. Helsinki rarely gets super cold but depends on the person on whether it is too cold. Helsinki when covered in snow is stunning, of course all the musuems are open, plus take in an ice hockey game. Get some dcent warm clothes and enjoy a wonderful city that has a great mix of nature and urban.
Jan 20, 2013 10:27 AM
2One thing winter visitors from warmer countries love to do is take the small island ferry to Suomenlinna in Helsinki harbour. It cruises through broken ice, which you can almost touch from the car deck. The fortress on the islands is on the UNESCO World Heritage list. Dress warmly and you'll be fine.
Jan 22, 2013 7:27 AM
3Was there last Feb. Temperature daily between -8 and -18, so was very cold for me, loads of snow, which I loved. A great city to see in the snow though and you should definately go at this time. Found that even in Feb hotels were largely booked out and..none are cheap, so I would book now to avoid a scramble.
A good plan is to mix wandering around outdoors and sidetracking indoors into the many museums, art galleries as suggested above. The view from the Olympic Stadium Tower is nice.
Lots of layers needed!
Jan 23, 2013 12:00 PM
4Dress well and you'll have a lot of fun! Here are some things to do in Hki:
- skating on the skating ring at the central railway station (or at any other, there are plenty of them around the city)
- cross-country skiing in Keskuspuisto (Central park)
- ice-hole swimming and sauna
- definitely go to fortress island Suomenlinna (15 mins by ferry from Market square)
- Take a walk on the frozen sea
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