A piece of countryside inside the big city
Nature is never far away in Finland, not even in Helsinki. Whether it’s a relaxing walk in Viikki Arboretum’s silent forest or enjoying Vanhankaupunginlahti’s white flowing waters, visitors can find them both just 15-minutes from the city centre.
If you’re into fishing, Pornaistenniemi peninsula is a great place to try to catch some salmon or trout. Just be early; the bay is always full of fishermen and the best spots are taken first. In the winter, the steam rushing up from the almost frozen rapids makes ice-fishing an almost magical experience. An essential part of the Finnish countryside landscape is cows. These calm and gentle animals have been chewing the cud since the 16th century in Viikki’s Latokartano. Nowadays, Helsinki University’s education and research unit continues the farm work in Viikki, where over a hundred heads of cattle sunbathe and dine on the fields, shouting out friendly moos to visitors.
Helsinki is a modern, pocket-sized European city known for design and high technology. Helsinki’s attractive and unique character comes from its proximity to the sea, as well as its location between the East and the West.