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Nature at your doorstep

Woman in the Lammassaari nature reserve

No matter where you live in Helsinki, you will have nature at your doorstop. Every resident of the city can simply walk out their front door and find themselves in a calming forest or a near a majestic shoreline within minutes. This closeness to nature is an important perk of any Helsinki housing arrangement. They contribute significantly to the city’s top-ranked work-life balance.

Accessibility and the right to roam

Helsinki has numerous wilderness areas where nature is allowed to flourish. In addition to this, the city boasts a great network of parks and nature paths that are great for hiking, walking and just spending time in the fresh air. Almost half of the land area in Helsinki is some kind of green space.

The Nordic principle of every person’s rights means that everyone is free to roam everywhere, if they leave nature undisturbed. Add to this the fact that a growing number of Helsinki’s best indoor and outdoor attractions have been made more accessible to everyone in the last few years. Start your new adventure in Helsinki and experience nature at your doorstep today!

Looking to go for a walk or hike in Helsinki? Helsinki’s Green Treasures lists 200 nature at your doorstep destinations in 12 districts of the city. MyHelsinki is another great source for finding nature in Helsinki, as is the city’s website Explore Helsinki nature.

Where can I find ideas for outdoor activities in the Helsinki area?

The Uuvi.fi website shines a spotlight on awe-inspiring wilderness destinations close to the city. The dos and don’ts section has important info about using Finland’s nature areas and parks.

A pioneer in environmental conservation

Helsinki is committed to doing its part to mitigate climate change. Among other things, the city has pledged to be carbon neutral by the year 2030. 

Helsinki also spearheads many environmental protection programmes. These include initiatives to protect the climate, clean its air and waterways, reduce noise, and buy and use materials sustainably. 

In addition, Helsinki was the first city in Europe to take the initiative in reporting its progress towards the UN’s Agenda 2030 targets for sustainable development.

Be prepared for Helsinki’s weather year-round:

In the winter, Finns layer up with thermal clothing, wool socks, and sturdy footwear. November and December tend to be rainy and cold, while January and February are often snowy and even colder! Choose shoes with a good grip for walking on the icy pavements.

In the spring, Helsinki begins to thaw, drawing more people outside to worship the much-missed sunshine. You will likely still need a warm coat and hat, however, as winter often makes several comebacks before spring has officially arrived.

Summer in Helsinki is pleasant, fresh and warm. Pretty darn perfect, really! The city’s residents make the most of the sunshine-filled days with swimming, picnicking and visits to rustic cottages with saunas. Don’t forget to use sunscreen!

Autumn brings less daylight with each passing day. It is a good time to attach plastic reflectors to your coat, so you can be more visible to cars and cyclists when you move about. Remember that nature is at your doorstep, so get out and camp and trek while the weather is still nice! Many Finns take vitamin D supplements during these darker months.

If you are need of new clothes or supplies, Helsinki has a great supply of well-stocked second-hand stores with affordable and trendy items.