Helsinki is at its best during the summer. Want to get to know the city by foot, by bike or by boat? It’s your choice! Everything is possible in Helsinki. Maybe you want to take a ferry to visit some of the many islands around Helsinki, or enjoy a lively atmosphere of a flea market. Or how about just chilling in the park? Check out some of our recommendations.
Helsinki offers a wide range of accommodation, from inexpensive hostels to luxury establishments. Get your hotel packages from our tickets & travel page or check the links below for hotels and hostels in the Helsinki area:
Please note that Flow Festival does not have a designated camping area.
Helsinki is surrounded by many beautiful islands which can be reached from the city center in just fifteen minutes. When you’re heading to the historical Suomenlinna Sea Fortress you can also visit Lonna, a small island with a nice restaurant, a waffle cafe and some hot parties during summer time! And if you feel like hiking and exploring the nature, Vallisaari island with its long military history, is the perfect choice for you. Or do you fancy chilling on the beach and swimming? Head to Pihlajasaari Island, the most popular summer island in the city.
If you prefer staying on the dry land, Helsinki offers you a wide range of great parks, where you can have a nice picnic or just enjoy the easygoing atmosphere. Check out the list of cosy parks by Visit Helsinki.
Clubs & bars
How about the night life of Helsinki? In the heart of Kallio district, you’ll find the best clubs and bars Kaiku, Siltanen and Kuudes Linja. The places are known to be the hotspot for music fans with underground venues, spacious dance floors and a lineup of local and international DJs every week. Also Ääniwalli, a hyped club in a factory area of Vallila district, is known from their amazing sound system and great gigs.
If you are interested in shopping, we recommend you to check out the website of Design District Helsinki, which offers a fantastic list of shops and boutiques in the Punavuori, Kaartinkaupunki, Kamppi and Ullanlinna districts.
Vintage and flea markets
There is a plenty of good vintage shops in Helsinki. Check out the list of the vintage and secondhand shops by Visit Helsinki or stroll around Kallio, the area where you can find lots of small and unique vintage and secondhand stores. Pop in to some of our favorites like SOUL Vintage or Frida marina!
There are many public saunas all over Helsinki city center. Brand new, architecturally significant Löyly with daily available saunas and a stunning terrace, is the place to be this summer. Another place to explore is Sompasauna which is a wood burning self-service public sauna maintained by a group of volunteers.
Other things to do
Eat & drink
The restaurant scene in Helsinki is very innovative and offers you culinary experiences from fine dining to street food. Take a look at the great Food Helsinki? HEL YEAH! brochure by Visit Helsinki and find your way to the most interesting restaurants and loveliest cafés in Helsinki or try our recommendations!
Fancy a cup of coffee to start your morning after the best festival weekend of your life? You might want to check out some of these places.