A Helsinki waterfront.

Recommendations for Midsummer in Helsinki – what to do and where to go

Midsummer is celebrated next weekend – Midsummer Eve on Friday 19 June, and Midsummer Day on Saturday 20 June. Contrary to tradition, no Midsummer festivities are held in Seurasaari and Pihlajasaari. Seurasaari is, however, a magnificent destination for outdoor recreation in nature. Traditional Midsummer cruises are held, with due restrictions and instructions. Many public saunas are open, including Löyly and the Jollas Manor.

Helsinki offers many Midsummer activities for families. See our recommendations for urban Midsummer below:

Adorable animals, action and enjoyment at the sea 

Helsinki Zoo is open every day, so your Midsummer activities could involve adorable animals and magnificent birds. The zoo, located on the Korkeasaari island, is an excellent place to spend time with the family. But please note that the animal houses and indoor spaces for picnics are temporarily closed.

The Linnanmäki amusement park is open every day including the Midsummer weekend. So if you choose to spend your Midsummer festival with action, exciting moments and entertaining games, Linnanmäki is your place.

The Suomenlinna World Heritage site serves visitors throughout the Midsummer weekend. The sea fortress is a magnificent destination for museum enthusiasts. Visitors are served by local restaurants and cafés, and the islands offer many attractions and ample opportunities for outdoor recreation. Please note that the Suomenlinna ferries can only carry a limited number of passengers, but the frequency of ferries is adjusted to meet demand.

Swimming and saunas in the heart of the city

Swimming and sauna bathing are possible even in the heart of the city, as Allas Sea Pool has re-opened. So if you choose to enjoy the sea and a maritime atmosphere in the city centre, you can go to sauna at the sea and take a swim in seawater. The Allas Sea Pool stage offers live music both on Midsummer Eve and on Midsummer Day (links in Finnish).

Löyly is open every day. Many other public saunas in Helsinki are also open at Midsummer.

The Jollas Manor welcomes visitors to its saunas and to swim both on Midsummer Eve and on Midsummer Day (link in Finnish). There are two saunas for Midsummer bathing: a log-cabin, wood-burning sauna at the sea, and a steamy and oxygen-rich tent sauna. You could test both saunas in one sauna session, using the Finnish bath broom vihta!

Cruises to the local archipelago at Midsummer

Sunlines organizes a Helmiradio Midsummer Disco Cruise that takes you to celebrate the Finnish Midsummer with a unique party in the beautiful archipelago of Helsinki. Royal Line organizes its traditional Midsummer cruises to the Helsinki and Espoo archipelago.

Read about all cruises at stadissa.fi (in Finnish).

The sea offers relaxation and stimulation even during exceptional times

The maritime nature of Helsinki is of special importance to the citizens of Helsinki during these exceptional times, and journeys in the Helsinki archipelago are easy. Water transport services started to open stepwise as early as May, and services expanded at the beginning of June to all familiar and even to some less familiar destinations. For example, the islands of Vallisaari, Isosaari and Lonna all offer maritime atmospheres with their distinctive qualities.

The sea belongs to everyone also during exceptional times

MyHelsinki recommends: 10 ways to enjoy maritime Helsinki

The Green Hearts guide to park walks and a publication on nature destinations in Helsinki

The City of Helsinki Green Hearts park website is a guide to walks in Helsinki parks. The do’s and dont’s of outdoor recreation, the etiquette of responsible outdoor recreation published by the Suomen Latu Outdoor Association of Finland, is a recommended read to all those who are active outdoors.

The City of Helsinki publication Helsinki’s Green Treasures – 200 natural attractions is available online. Helsinki’s Green Treasures is a guide to the nature of Helsinki and offers diverse ideas for nature excursions in the city.

Helsinki has 31 natural monuments, most of them special trees or groves, but there are also giant’s kettles, a rock ravine and a glacial erratic.

MyHelsinki recommends: Exquisite nature near the city

Excursions on City Bikes and by walking on urban routes

Health care services at Midsummer

Health stations are open as regular from 8:00–16:00 on Thursday 18 June. Health stations are closed at Midsummer 19–21 June.

 Emergency clinics serve on evenings, at weekends and on holidays. Emergency care is provided at the Haartman, Malmi, Jorvi and Peijas Hospitals and at New Children’s Hospital.

Customers should call the free-of-charge emergency phone number 116 117 before going to an emergency clinic. The emergency phone line serves 24 hours.

Social and crisis emergency services are available 24 hours during the summer. Social services emergency telephone number: 020 69 6006. Crisis emergency telephone number: 09 310 44222.

In life-threatening situations, call 112.

Health information for Helsinki residents is available on the phone at all times (24/7) at 09 310 10023.

Read more: Social and health care services in Helsinki at Midsummer 2020

Public transport

As usual, there are changes to the public transport services of Helsinki Region Transport HSL over the midsummer holiday.

On Midsummer Eve, buses mainly operate a Saturday service. On Midsummer Day, buses operate a Sunday service. Commuter trains operate a regular Saturday service on both nights.

U and L trains terminate at Kauklahti station 20–21 June due to track work.

Read more on the HSL website.

City library services

Midsummer is a good time to enjoy books. You can borrow e-books and audiobooks easily from the eLibrary.

To visit a library, check library opening hours around Midsummer at City library home pages.

Things to do in Helsinki in summer

Helsinki offers plenty of activities in summer. Read in our bulletin on all the various things to do in summer Helsinki:

Activities for summer in Helsinki

The Helsinki swimming season is now open, and the City of Helsinki supervises public beaches and monitors their water quality. Midsummer is an excellent time to take the first plunge into the sea.

Photo: Mika Lappalainen