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Gumböle Golf GG

Gumböle Golf GG (Gumbölentie 20, Espoo) – located 25 minutes northwest of downtown Helsinki (via Route 1), Golf Digest magazine rated this course as being one of the top 5 courses in Finland.  Along with the course, there’s also a pro shop, a restaurant, a private meeting room, saunas, golf simulator, as well as a gym.  For more info, go to its website:  www.gumbolegolf.fi

 


Serena Water Park

Serena Water Park (Tornimäentie 10, Espoo) – this is a great place for the entire family to enjoy the tropical warmth year-round — with terraced pools, massaging whirlpools, waterslides and a unique sauna section carved from the bedrock.  There’s also the Black Hole pipeslide — featuring sound and light effects.  Outdoors, there are carpet slides, rapids, a “Salt Sea”, pipeslides and liana tower.  Admission:  €24.50 per person, €94 (for a family of 2 adults and 2 children), €20 (evening only).  Open daily during the Summer; during the rest of the year, its opened on weekends and school breaks.

In addition, during the winter, there’s a ski resort nearby.  Admission prices range from €19 (adults)/ €16 (for seniors and children under 12) – for one hour, to €29 (adults)/
€26 (for seniors and children under 12) – all day.  Those without gear can rent out skiis, goggles, poles and helmets.  See Serena’s website for details:  www.serena.fi

 


Sea Life Helsinki

Sea Life Helsinki – this facility has an array of underwater sea life, ranging from sharks, to piranhas, sea horses, octopuses, clownfish, turtles, and other sea creatures.  Admission:  €16 (adult 15 year or older), €11 (children 3-14), free for children under 3 years.  Hours vary.  See Sea Life’s website for an updated schedule and other details:  www.visitsealife.com/helsinki/en/

Saunas at Rastila

Saunas at Rastila (Karavaanikatu 4, Helsinki) –saunas are a deeply ingrained part of Finnish culture, so it’s no surprise that such facilities can be found throughout Helsinki.  Rastila Camping Helsinki (located in the outer reaches of the city — just 17 minutes away from downtown) has three cozy saunas that can be rented:  two small family saunas and a larger seaside sauna with fireplace inside and a barbecue place outside. All saunas are in use all year round.  Beach sauna and family sauna II are located near the sea, possibility to swim all year round.  See Rastila’s website for info on booking a sauna visit:  www.rastilacamping.fi

Presidentinlinna (President’s Palace)

Presidentinlinna (President’s Palace) (Pohjoisespl. 1, Keskusta/Kauppatori, Helsinki) – since Finland is a young country (having gotten its independence from Russia in 1917), this building was originally a salt storehouse when it was built during the early 19th century.  It became a palace in 1845 (where members of Russia’s royal family later resided).  The Russian Czar himself stayed there during his visits to Helsinki during the mid to late 1800s.  After Finnish independence, it became the Presidential Palace – containing the Office of the President of the Republic and the premises used by the President for official functions and receptions. These include the annual Independence Day (6 December) reception and various other high-level festive functions, in addition to meetings and consultations. The Palace has nearly 3,000 square meters of floor space.

 

For the time being, tours are not possible, since portions of the Palace are going through repairs.  Tourists can check the President’s website for an update on its status:  http://www.president.fi/public/default.aspx?nodeid=44831

 

Paloheinä Golf Ltd.

Paloheinä Golf Ltd. (Kuusmiehentie 13, Helsinki)  – Paloheinä Golf is the most popular golf centre in Finland and is based on the principle of “pay and play”. It is located eight kilometres from the centre of Helsinki next to its Central Park.

 

There is a long nine hole golf course at Paloheinä, a practise course “Evergreen” and our famous driving range with different challenging targets to aim for. Paloheinä Golf also has a well known golf school: it gives personal training, organizes twice weekly green card courses for groups and has many different training programmes for children.  See its website for more details:  www.paloheinagolf.fi

 

 

Olympic Stadion

Olympic Stadion (Stadium) —  The Olympic Stadion, built in 1938 was designed in functionalistic style by the architects Yrjö Lindegren and Toivo Jäntti.  The Olympic Games were held in 1952 in Helsinki.  Today the Stadion (located in an exceptionally central location in Helsinki – Töölö district) hosts both national and international sporting events (such as international football matches) and concerts (like U2, Bruce Springsteen, Iron Maiden, and Bonjovi).  See its website for info on upcoming events:  www.stadion.fi

 

The Stadion is also home to the Sports Museum of Finland, where you can get to know Finland’s sports history and come see different exhibits. More information can be found here: www.urheilumuseo.fi

 

Along with the Stadion itself, there is the Stadion Tower — which is 72 meters (235 feet) high, and in the top you can admire the Helsinki city landscape.  Naturally, this is a tourist attraction unto itself.  Admission (Stadion Tower):  €5 (adult), €2 (children).  Free admission for those under 6 years.  Hours:  9 am – 9 pm (Mon. – Fri.), 9 am – 6 pm (Sat. – Sun.)

 

Linnanmäki Amusement Park

Linnanmäki Amusement Park (Tivolikuja 1, Helsinki) – located in the northern part of the city, this is Helsinki’s amusement park, with fairground rides in an exciting atmosphere.  The classic wooden rollercoaster is still the most popular ride.  Free admission to the Park during the Summer.  Prices vary for individual amusement rides.  See the Park’s website for more details:  www.linnanmaki.fi

Linna Golf Oy

Linna Golf Oy (Vanajanlinnantie 485, Harviala) — opened in 2005, Linna Golf (located 23 minutes north of Helsinki) is heralded not only as Finland’s finest golf course, but as one of the best new layouts in Europe.  A member of the PGA European Tour Courses Group, Linna Golf, an hour’s drive north of Helsinki, has been designed to host top class professional tournaments while also doubling up as a forgiving and enjoyable resort course for the average player.  The 6,624m (7,244 yard) layout, designed by European Golf Design (whose credits include European Tour venues Carton House, Ireland, and PGA Catalunya Resort, Spain) rides a natural rollercoaster of craggy hills peppered with rocky outcrops, bordering a 7km long lake.

Korjaamo Culture Factory

Korjaamo Culture Factory (Töölönkatu 51 A-B, Helsinki) — Korjaamo Culture Factory is one of the largest arts centers in the Nordic countries. It produces arts events across various fields including music, theatre, fine arts and talks. Every August, Korjaamo hosts Stage – Helsinki Theatre Festival, which showcases a top-notch selection of domestic and foreign theatre pieces.

 

Korjaamo aims to be the largest and most important arts center in Northern Europe. To achieve this, our producers handpick topical performers, artists and productions. Newness, open-mindedness and interaction with our audiences, as well as with the global world, are important values for us. There are also two restaurants on the premises.  See its website for upcoming events:  www.korjaamo.fi