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 destinations in 12 districts of the city that you can explore. MyHelsinki is another great source for finding nature in Helsinki.

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 2035. The one-million-euro Helsinki Energy Challenge is helping to meet this goal.

The Helsinki Energy Challenge seeks to find a solution for heating the city without coal by 2029.

Helsinki also spearheads several other environmental protection programmes. These include initiatives to protect the climate, clean its air and waterways, reduce noise, and buy and use materials sustainably. For instance, in 2018 the city’s air quality was either good or excellent over 90 per cent of the time.

In addition to that, 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.