Jääpuisto Ice Park
Jääpuisto Ice Park is located next to Helsinki Railway Station, which represents the best winter theme park in the heart of Helsinki. This provides the possibility to play fun winter sports for everyone from December to March. You can bring your own skis or rent a pair of skis.
You can sit at Ice Park Café to relax between ski tours. Enjoy a cup of hot chocolate and a little bit of sweets, with amazing views of the city lights.
Try traditional Finnish sauna and ice swimming
Sauna is a large part of the Finnish culture, with 5 million people in Finland, there are more than 3 million saunas, one for each family, and Helsinki also has some public saunas to try during the winter.
The traditional wood-heated sauna in Helsinki includes Kotiharjun, Kulttuurisauna and Sauna Arla.
You can cool yourself after a hot sauna by trying to dive and swim on the ice and then quickly return to the sauna to get a great feeling.
Traveling across the frozen sea to UNESCO Castle
Suomenlinna Castle is one of the fortresses located on a group of islands. It is located at the entrance to the Helsinki harbor It dates back to the eighteenth century and is a great example of military architecture. You can also stroll among the cafes in the colorful wooden houses.
The ferry service is an important service, and the ferry trip is very short because it lasts 15 minutes, costs 2,20 euros and that trip joins the list of the most short trips in the world
Walk on the water
At low temperatures, the water freezes in Töölönlahti Bay, making it an ideal place for a Sunday picnic and enjoying thrilling cross-country skiing or a “water walk” experience.
There is a red wooden cafe next to the Bayside-Regatta that specializes in serving delicious cakes, coffee and sausages grilled over an outdoor fire overlooking the bay.
Try traditional Finnish food
You can try different types of fish and meat, including reindeer or even bear, berries, and wild mushrooms, in different dishes that create unique flavors of Finnish cuisine.
You can drink sea jelly juice to get a daily dose of vitamin C with the hot Carlian pie
Visit the Helsinki Markets
Helsinki has many foreign and domestic markets. One of these markets is located next to the port, near the “Market Square”. The interior gives the market warmth while walking on cold days.
The most famous market in Helsinki is located in the southern port, at the beginning of Esplanade Park. Where you find locals selling traditional Finnish food, handicrafts and lots of souvenirs.
If it’s not too cold in winter, you can enjoy the hiking trails that connect the park areas with King’s Gate Drawbridge and other interesting landmarks.
Head to Nuuksio National Park
Close to Helsinki, the impressive Nuuksio National Park is one of the most ideal places to enjoy the snow-capped landscapes of Finland without getting too far away from the city.
You can simply take a regional train to Espoo and then head to the National Park either independently or on a guided tour, and if you’re lucky you’ll discover Siberian squirrel, a rare bird only found in Finland and Estonia.
If you want to visit one of the most picturesque cities in Finland, you must add a day trip to Porvoo to your winter trip to Helsinki.
The Old and Historic Town is only 50 km from Helsinki, and it has long been a source of inspiration for Finnish artists throughout the ages.
A good thing when visiting Helsinki in winter is that it is easy to catch both sunrise and sunset on the same day, which provides photo opportunities
Stay in an igloo or ice hotel
You can try staying in an igloo in the Snow Arctic Snow or Snow Hotel
Hockey is one of the most popular winter sports in Finland. You can share your friends playing ice hockey in a fun and exciting experience