Updated 25.6.2020

SUMMER 2020 IN ESPOO AND SURROUNDING AREAS

 

SUMMER 2020 IN ESPOO AND SURROUNDING AREAS

Summer is here despite the difficult times we all have faced due to the coronavirus. The travel and tourism services in Espoo and neighboring areas are opening their doors step by step. All the service providers here are committed to follow the guidelines and the instructions given by the Finnish Government and the Finnish health authorities.

The priority is safety for all of us and we want everyone can experience, explore and enjoy services safely. Further information for visitors will be found here and companies´ safety actions will be found on their websites. Sustainability and responsibility are key factors on which the city and its players have been working for years. The city of Espoo has been nominated as one of the most sustainable cities in Europe several times in the past years. Read more on sustainable stories and tips here.

Espoo is like Finland in miniature. The beautiful and versatile nature is surrounding our city; in the south you can get touch with unspoiled coastal and archipelago area and when heading to the north you can experience the true Finnish wilderness in Nuuksio National Park. Nature sites can be visited following the basic rules and guidance from the health authorities. 

We have listed below the wide selection of services which are open during this special summer 2020.

 

ACCOMMODATION

Most of the accommodation possibilities are located in the middle of the nature either by forests, lakes or by the sea. In these properties you don’t need to worry about the crowds. Guidelines regarding cleaning and other safety issues are in use in every accommodation. Read more on companies´ websites.

HOTELS

Hanaholmen Spacious rooms with sea views, only 10 minutes from Helsinki city centre.

Hotel Korpilampi – Located in the middle of the forest by Lake Korpilampi 30 min from Helsinki city centre.

Spa and Wellness Hotel Långvik (open on weekends in June and 24/7 from 1st July onwards) – Beautiful location by the sea in the middle of nature.

Hotel Nuuksio  (open from 29th June onwards) located by Nuuksio National Park and in the beautiful surroundings by Lake Siikajärvi.

Forenom - providing hostel, aparthotel and apartment accommodation all around Espoo

Hellsten Espooapartment style accommodation in Leppävaara district.

Hotelli Lepolampi - located nearby Nuuksio National Park by a lovely forest pond.

 

VILLA & COTTAGE ACCOMMODATION

Hawkhill – exclusive lakaside villas, cottages and nature activities by Nuuksio National Park

Nuuksion Taika / Villa Paradise – a lakeside villa up to 14 persons deep in the forest next to Nuuksio National Park. Guided nature activities available.

Lilla Solvalla – a cottage for max 12 persons by Lake Pitkäjärvi, next to the Finnish Nature Center Haltia and Sports Istitute Solvalla.

 

SPECIAL ACCOMMODATION

Tentsile Experience EcoCamp Nuuksiothe area locates next to the Finnish Nature Centre Haltia. Spend a memorable night in the tree and get in touch with nature totally different way.

Iglu hut – two handcrafted huts made of shingles in Nuuksio Reindeer Park. Sleep with reindeer in the national park.

Skytent Accommodation – possibility to accommodate in the air at the silent side of Nuuksio.

Log cabins in Nuuksio – two authentic lodges in the middle of forests of Nuuksio National Park.

 

EAT AND DRINK

Restaurants and cafés are permitted to open their doors on 1st June onwards for public with limited number of guests and specific hygiene instructions. In addition to have lunch or dinner on spot in the restaurants, many of them still offer the possibility to take away too.

RESTAURANTS  

Nokkalan Majakka - a seaside café-restaurant where you can enjoy wonderful scenery of the sea all year round.

Restaurant Fat Lizard – Get ready to loosen your belt! A popular restaurant that prepares food by flaming, grilling, drying and smoking. Beside delicious food, an amazing selection of local craft breweries´ beers.

Lucy in the Sky – a rooftop restaurant and bar located in Keilaniemi district. ScandiAsian food & killer views at over 80 meters.

Restaurant PLATS - is not only a restaurant, it is a place where Nordic art and design meet delicious Nordic cuisine while adoring the coastal archipelago. Located at Hotel Hanaholmen.

Archipelago Restaurant Paven – Located on Pentala Island and reachable by Espoo Archipelago boats throughout the summer. The Pearl of Espoo Archipelago together with the unique Archipelago Museum Pentala.

Check out more open restaurants and cafés in Espoo here.

 

MUSEUMS

The Government of Finland has given the permission to open museums and other public gatherings on 1st June with limited number of visitors (max 50 pax) at the same time. All the museums in Espoo will open their doors in the beginning of June and are open throughout the summer.

The Finnish Nature Centre Haltia – experience the whole Finland’s nature from southern archipelago till snowy fells of Lapland and all diverse 40 national parks.

The Exhibition Centre WeeGee – under one roof and with one admission fee it is possible to experience four different museums: EMMA – Espoo Museum of Modern Art, KAMU – Espoo City Museum, Hevosenkenkä

Archipelago Museum Pentala – a unique museum area in the whole Finland that showcases the history of archipelago life. Located on an old fisherman´s estate on Pentala island and accessible by Espoo archipelago boats from 6th June on.

Glims Farmstead MuseumLiving history all year round! Glims is an old farm where you can get familiar with how people used to live in Espoo decades and centuries ago.

Gallen-Kallela Museum – The beautiful surroundings and unique architecture of the Gallen-Kallela Museum provide a fine setting for a museum visit. Designed and built by the Finnish national artist Akseli Gallen-Kallela.

Helinä Rautavaara Museum – The museum presents ethnographic artefacts and information about cultures from around the world. The museum’s exhibitions, collections and audience work showcase a variety of views of Finland as well as that of other cultures.

SUMMER FUN

Water Sport Centre Laguuni – Laguuni is a floating oasis for various watersports. It offers top-notch conditions for stand-up paddling, sup polo, wakeboarding, kayaking and flyboarding. The first floating aquapark in Finland offers great fun for all at Laguuni.

NEW! Sea Adventures Finland arranges daily departures for RIB safari tours to Espoo Archipelago. Experience Espoo Archipelago totally different way.

Tree Top Adventure Park & Adventure Golf HUIPPU – a high ropes adventure area providing a series of courses that allow the active adventurer to move from tree to tree in a secure harness. Adventure Golf course is a fun miniature golf experience for all ages.

Lunch and Dinner cruises by Espoo Line – Espoo Line offers guided lunch and dinner cruises operated with cozy RoyalCat Restaurant boat in Espoo Archipelago.

Private excursions by Raya Finland for families, couples and friends to the Espoo Archipelago and Porkkala Peninsula.

Nuuksio Reindeer Park – Finland's southernmost place where you can meet and feed reindeer. Open for public on Mondays, Wednesdays and Fridays during summer 2020. 

Wine in the Woodsguided wine tastings in Nuuksio National Park.

Guided Nature Trips in Nuuksio National Park – Feel The Nature arranges different type of guided nature tours such as wilderness canoe adventures, berry and mushroom picking tours. Transportation included.

EQUIPMENT RENTALS

Nature activities are possible to experience by renting equipment for self-use.

BIKES

City bikes – the same city bikes are in use both Espoo and Helsinki. Check out tips for cycling in Espoo.
                   
FatBike rentals available at Natura Viva´s  Basecamp in Nuuksio and at Hotel Korpilampi. Private tours available.

Biking.fi  rent fat bikes nearby the Finnish Nature Cente Haltia and Nuuksio Northern Gate.

SUP BOARDS

Natura Viva´s Basecamp in Haukkalampi, Nuuksio National Park. Private tours available also.

Water Sports Centre Laguuni in Keilaniemi district by the sea.

Otsolahti Canoe Center nearby Tapiola district by the sea.

CANOES AND KAYAKS

Natura Viva´s Basecamp in Haukkalampi, Nuuksio National Park

Solvalla Sports Centre by Lake Pitkäjärvi, Nuuksio National Park

Feel the Nature´s kayak rental in Kaitalampi, Nuuksio National Park

Water Sport Centre Laguuni in Keilaniemi district by the sea.

Otsolahti Canoe Center in Tapiola district by the sea.

ROWING BOATS

Rowing boats in Nuuksio National Park at Natura Viva´s Basecamp.