CITY OF EXPERIENCES, EVENTS AND INNOVATION
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FALL IN LOVE WITH ESPOO’S SHORELINE AND ARCHIPELAGO
A SUSTAINABLE TRAVEL DESTINATION
NUUKSIO NATIONAL PARK – EXPERIENCE THE WILDERNESS
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HAVE A BLISSFUL BREAK
ne of the best-known destinations in Espoo is the WeeGee Exhibition Centre, which contains EMMA – Espoo Museum of Modern Art, Espoo City Museum KAMU, Finnish Toy Muse um Hevosenkenkä, the Finnish Museum of Horology and Futuro House.
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njoy sustainable events, services and culture around the year in Espoo. The city’s beautiful nature invites you to enjoy activities on land and at sea. Espoo is like a snapshot of Finland in miniature. Southern Espoo dishes out culture, events, the delights of the shoreline and the archipelago, as well as plenty of shopping opportunities. Heading north, you will find enchanting lakes, rural views and old country houses. Meanwhile, Nuuksio National Park offers wilderness experiences. Underground will take you to nearby forests, museums or the seaside, while city bikes and rowboats are available as means of transport around the metropolitan area when weather permits.
The Otaniemi-Keilaniemi area is a hub for business, innovation, research and science, where the worlds of startups, investors and international business come together at and around the lively Aalto University campus.
he 40-kilometre Espoo Water front walkway Rantaraitti follows the seaside from Laajalahti to Kivenlahti. Walk, cycle or jog, and spend time in cafés and restaurants. Travel to the seaside by underground: the sea is under a kilometre from the nearest Metro station.
f you need a break from the urban hubbub, head over to explore and enjoy the silence in Nuuksio National Park. Pack lunch and a sense of adventure and set off on a variety of marked trails. We kindly remind you to clean up after yourself for the benefit of the nature!
Espoo in a Nutshell
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Espoo Service Points
ne of Espoo’s best-known cultural venues is WeeGee Exhibition Centre, which contains EMMA – Espoo Museum of Modern Art, Espoo City Museum (KAMU), Finnish Toy Museum Hevosen kenkä, the Finnish Museum of Horology and Futuro House. You can enhance your experience with a free guided tour, and we also recommend the centre’s year-round offering of events. The unique ‘UFO-like’ Futuro House, designed by Matti Suuronen, stands outside of WeeGee and is open to the public from May to September.
VISIT ESPOO – CULTURE AND EVENTS
The year is full of captivating events and top exhibitions, from works of art by internationally acknowledged contemporary artists to video installations and the combination of artificial intelligence and art. The banking crisis is tackled on the theatre stage and prejudices tried with comedy. Were you a child in the 1980s? Reminisce at the Children of the Eighties exhibition at the Toy Museum Hevosenkenkä! LUX Hanaholmen lights up the surroundings of Hanasaari until the end of February.
& events for everyone Be amazed by Espoo’s cultural palette!
WeeGee Exhibition Centre AHERTAJANTIE 5 ʊ ʊweegee.fi
Cultural hub for the whole family in Tapiola, just 15 minutes from central Helsinki. Includes the Futuro House, EMMA Shop, a café, and four museums: • EMMA – Espoo Museum of Modern Art • KAMU – Espoo City Museum • Finnish Toy Museum Hevosenkenkä • Finnish Museum of Horology
Pentala Archipelago Museum PENTALA ISLAND ʊ ʊespoonkaupunginmuseo.fi
Unique exhibition on archipelago life and history on the beautiful island of Pentala.
Gallen-Kallela Museum GALLEN-KALLELAN TIE 27 ʊ ʊgallen-kallela.fi
National artist Akseli GallenKallela’s studio home and art museum. Exhibitions and events, plus Tarvaspää Café Zoceria.
ravel in time to life in the archipelago at Pentala Archipelago Museum on the charming island of Pentala in Espoo’s Suvisaaristo. You can jump onto a scheduled boat and spend a lovely summer’s day in the archipelago, visiting the museum, hiking on trails and even checking out an island-on-an-island. Before the summer, head to EMMA to get to know Brazilian carnival dances or update yourself on the state of the environment through means of art. Admire world-renowned contemporary visual artist Tacita Dean’s first broad private exhibition in the Nordic countries. Throughout the year, you can also marvel at Michael Schilkin’s ceramic animal figurines and domestic video installations and see how artificial intelligence connects to art. One of the top destinations in Espoo is the Gal len-Kallela Museum, right by the beautiful Laajalahti bay. The impressive studio at Tarvaspää was designed and built by Finland’s national artist, Akseli Gallen-Kallela. Its changing exhibitions present the art and lives of Gallen-Kallela and his contemporaries, as well as contemporary art. All in all, the diverse museums located all around Espoo provide an extensive snapshot of the international art field, the rural and maritime history of Espoo, the life of our national artist, and the stories behind toys and clocks. You will also be transported back in time at Espoo’s numerous manors, each of which has its own story. The historic manors can also be hired for events and meetings. Friends of religious sites should visit Espoo’s oldest building, i.e. Espoo Cathedral, the functionalist-style Tapiola Church, and the decorative Orthodox church of St Herman of Alaska.
5 Glims Farmstead Museum GLIMSINTIE 1 ʊ ʊespoonkaupunginmuseo.fi
The life and times of a farmstead and former inn in the 18th century. Museum shop and café.
Helinä Rautavaara Museum ENTRESSE SHOPPING CENTRE, SILTAKATU 11 ʊ ʊhelinamuseo.fi
Artefacts and phenomena from non-European cultures.
Country Houses Travel back in time at the manor houses of Bastvik, Bodom and Oittaa, or at Backby Manor. These historic country houses can also be hired for events and meetings.
CULTURAL ESPOO OFFERS A BROAD PALETTE OF OPTIONS, BUT IN 2020 WE RECOMMEND VISITING AT LEAST THE FOLLOWING EXHIBITIONS:
Visit a national artist’s studio home, Tarvaspää, at GallenKallela Museum and travel to the meeting point of six Finnish and Norwegian artists crossing the boundaries of time at the Nordic Noir exhibition during 8 February – 26 April 2020. And don’t forget to enjoy some cakes at the delightful Tarvaspää Café Zoceria! gallen-kallela.fi
Immerse yourself in worldrenowned contemporary visual artist Tacita Dean’s first broad private exhibition in the Nordic countries during 26 February – 3 May 2020. The artist is known for defending the analogue cinema and for her large-scale blackboard paintings. emmamuseum.fi
Step back in time into life at an eighteenth-century farm and inn at the charming Glims Farmstead Museum. Besides the exhibition, various workshops and demonstrations are organised throughout the year. espoonkaupunginmuseo.fi
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INTERESTING HISTORY, FROM THE ARCHIPELAGO TO FINLAND’S NATIONAL ARTIST
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6 Espoo City Theatre – The International Theatre of Finland REVONTULENTIE 8 AND KULTTUURIAUKIO 2 ʊ ʊespoonteatteri.fi
In-house productions of classics and novelties, as well as visitors from Finland and abroad.
Tapiola Sinfonietta ʊ ʊtapiolasinfonietta.fi
The orchestra of the City of Espoo. High quality chamber orchestra.
More theatres Espoo Circus ʊ ʊespoonsirkus.fi
Diverse circus culture.
Glims & Gloms ʊ ʊglimsgloms.com
An award-winning dance theatre company. More theatres: ʊ ʊvisitespoo.fi
THEATRE AND EVENTS
ust a stone’s throw from WeeGee, in Tapiola, you will find Espoo City The atre, which presents first-class Finnish theatre as well as fascinating international shows. Friends of high-quality children’s theatre should set their sights on the charming Hevosenkenkä Theatre, located in an old school building in Juhannusmäki. The internationally renowned Tapiola Sin fonietta orchestra can be seen and heard at Espoo Cultural Centre, which is a major hub for performing arts and culture in central Tapiola. The impressive lighting of its façade is a sight in itself as twilight comes. The cultural centre offers events to please the whole family, from festivals to plays, children’s concerts and classical music. Besides theatre and exhibitions, Cultural Espoo welcomes you to numerous festivals, concerts, urban events, sporting events and circuses. Sello Hall puts on shows ranging from popular music to stand-up comedy, while Espoo Metro Areena hosts first-rate sporting events from basketball to ice hockey. Espoo Day, which takes place in August each year, brings together locals and visitors to experience highly diverse and fascinating happenings around the city. Espoo’s own microbreweries are also worth touring.
Hevosenkenkä Theatre JUHANNUSMÄKI 2 ʊ ʊhevosenkenka.fi
Puppetry and musical theatre for children and the whole family.
Espoo Cultural Centre KULTTUURIAUKIO 2 ʊ ʊespoo.fi/kulttuurikeskus
Performing arts and culture hub, and the home of Tapiola Sinfonietta.
Sello Hall SOITTONIEKANAUKIO 1 A ʊ ʊsellosali.fi
Concerts, stand-up comedy, mini opera, dance shows, theatre and children’s culture.
EVENTS IN ESPOO,
CHOOSE YOUR OWN!
WEEGEE EXHIBITION CENTRE A centre for museums, exhibitions and events. Special feature: Futuro house. www.weegee.fi
ESPOO CULTURAL CENTRE
A venue and meeting place of culture, art and recreational activities. www.karatalo.fi
The main venue for performing arts and cultural life in Espoo. www.espoonkulttuurikeskus.fi
New Kannusali will be opened in the autumn of 2020. Kannusali has music, theatre, films, clubs and events for the whole family. www.kannusali.fi, www.kannukino.fi
CITY EVENTS ESPOO
CHILDREN’S ARTS CENTRE AURORA
The selection of events is the responsibility of Espoo Event and Cultural Services
High-quality classical and popular music concerts, small-scale operas, dance performances, theatre and children’s culture. www.sellosali.fi
A place of happy experiences for children and adults in a charming setting. www.lastenkulttuurikeskusaurora.fi
Interesting urban culture and events all around the city. www.kaupunkitapahtumatespoo.fi
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ELITE SPORTS AND FESTIVAL VIBES
E Elämä lapselle concert ʊ ʊkummit.fi
16.9.2020 ESPOO METRO AREENA
Espoo Ciné ʊ ʊespoocine.fi
4.-10.5.2020 The international film festival in Espoo in May.
spoo Metro Areena is now the home of the Finnish national basketball team, and 2020 will also bring Bryan Adams to the arena. Synchronised figure skaters compete for the Finnish championship in the winter, while the top-level figure skating stars return to Finlandia Trophy Espoo in October. Athletic stars gather in Leppävaara’s Motonet GP in June while marathon runners take over Espoo’s shores for the Rantamaraton race.
Enjoy events in a sustainable way Read more about the sustainable events and operators from their websites.
April Jazz 22.-26.4.2020 ʊ ʊapriljazz.fi
Bodom Trail 8.-9.5.2020 ʊ ʊbodomtrail.com
The festival calendar will open in spring with the swinging April Jazz Festival, followed in May by the Espoo Ciné International Film Festival. Enjoy a captivating summer’s evening at the Organ Night and Aria Festival in the historic Espoo Cathedral throughout the summer. More and more events also respect green and sustainable values.
Organ Night & Aria
Spend a day out in Espoo, crowned by a visit to a museum, sports match, music gig or theatrical play! Jump on the Metro or, in summer, go as far as the open sea on a city boat.
Finlandia Trophy Espoo
4.6.-31.8.2020 ʊ ʊurkuyofestival.fi
Nuuksio Classic Trail Marathon 5.9.2020 ʊ ʊnuuksioclassic.com
9.-11.10.2020 ʊ ʊfinlandiatrophy.com
Haltia – the Finnish Nature Centre and exhibitions at Haltia ʊ ʊhaltia.com
Espoo Cathedral KIRKKOPUISTO 5
Espoo’s oldest surviving building, whose earliest parts date from the 1480s.
Churches Otaniemi Chapel JÄMERÄNTAIVAL 8
Architecture by Heikki and Kaija Siren, in the midst of a student village designed by Alvar Aalto.
St. Herman of Alaska Church KAUPINKALLIONTIE 2
Tapiola Church KIRKKOPOLKU 6
Architecture by Aarno Ruusuvuori.
Did you know that Espoo offers a wide variety of golfing opportunities, with courses for everyone from beginners to pros? Espoo Ringside Golf, Espoo Golf Club, Gumböle Golf, Löfkulla Golf, Master Golf Club, Suur-Helsingin Golf and Tapiola Golf TAGi are ready to welcome you during the golfing season. For more information: ʊ ʊvisitespoo.fi
Urkuyö &Aaria festivaali 4.6. – 31.8.2020
CL A SSICS
Musiikin ja kesäyön taikaa Tunnelmalliset konsertit koko kesän 4.6.–20.8. torstaisin klo 21 (4.6. klo 19) Espoon tuomiokirkossa Beethovenin ooppera Fidelio Espoon kulttuurikeskuksessa elokuussa 2020 urkuyofestival.fi
ESPOO CULTURAL CENTRE
EMMA – Espoo Museum of Modern Art Ahertajantie 5, Espoo / Metro: Tapiola WWW.EMMAMUSEUM.FI
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AT SHOPPING CENTRES AND FACTORY OUTLETS AINOA Shopping Centre TAPIOLA PARK – ETELÄTUULENTIE 1 / LÄNSITUULENKUJA ʊ ʊainoatapiola.fi
The expanded heart of the Tapiola retail centre and the restaurant world of food connoisseurs.
Iso Omena Shopping Centre PIISPANSILTA 11 ʊ ʊisoomena.fi
A small city-within-a-city in Matinkylä. Includes the M.E.E.T food court.
Ikea ESPOONTIE 21 ʊ ʊikea.fi
The number one stop for home decorators.
spoo has many shopping centres, with something for everyone. At its full glory after the expansion, AINOA Shopping Centre and Stockmann de partment store form the heart of the Tapiola retail centre. Sello Shopping Centre in Leppävaara, selected as Finland's best shopping center, is one of the largest and most diverse centres of its kind in the Nordic region as well as a sustainable pioneer in its industry. Hop on the Metro to get to Matinkylä and Iso Omena Shopping Centre, which is like a city in miniature with its multitude of businesses and leisure opportunities. Its M.E.E.T food court is bound to have a café or restaurant to suit your tastes. Entresse Shopping Centre combines shopping with culture in the midst of Espoon keskus, one of Espoo’s urban hubs. Just a stone’s throw from there, in Lommila, you will find what was once Finland’s first IKEA store. Next to IKEA, at the Iittala Outlet you can stock up on classic and modern Finnish tableware, while the Lumene Outlet opens the door to the world of beauty and wellbeing.
Products from Iittala, Arabia and Hackmann.
Finnish cosmetics from the Nordic nature.
Stockmann Tapiola TAPIOLA PARK – ETELÄTUULENTIE 1 / LÄNSITUULENKUJA ʊ ʊstockmann.fi
Next-generation department store.
Sello Shopping Centre LEPPÄVAARANKATU 3–9 ʊ ʊsello.fi
One of the largest and most diverse shopping centres in the Nordic region. More than just shopping!
Entresse Shopping Centre SILTAKATU 11 ʊ ʊentresse.fi
Shopping and culture at the core of Espoo’s urban hub, in Espoon keskus.
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Espoo’s shopping centres and factory outlets offer great shopping opportunities. When you need a breather, there are numerous cafés and restaurants at hand.
Espoo is an inviting destination for the whole family. Enjoy adventures up in the air or on the ground, go skateboarding or swimming, play at an Angry Birds playground, climb up the Dudesons’ treehouse, or feed reindeer. We love active holidays! Climb onto high wires, ski cross-country or downhill, skate or cycle. Find your favourite activity!
Dudesons Activity Park ISO OMENA, PIISPANSILTA 11
VISIT ESPOO – FAMILY ACTIVITIES
Trampoline area, ninja adventure track, treehouse and many other exciting activities for people of all ages.
Extreme Esport TAPIOLA SPORTS PARK, KOIVU-MANKKAAN TIE 3 ʊ ʊesportextreme.fi
An activity arena equipped with numerous trampolines, games and tracks.
HopLop Espoo FINNOONLAAKSONTIE 9 ʊ ʊhoplop.fi
Indoor activity (soft play) park for the whole family.
Children’s cultural centre Aurora JÄRVENPERÄNTIE 1-3 ʊ ʊkulttuuriespoo.fi
A place of happy cultural encounters for children and adults.
Leppävaara Skate Park VERÄJÄPELLONKATU 16
Large skate park, lit up at night.
Days out in Espoo
FOR THE WHOLE FAMILY
Beaches and swimming pools ʊ ʊespoo.fi
Nuuksio Reindeer Park NUUKSIONTIE 83 ʊ ʊnuuksioreindeerpark.fi
A touch of Lappish exoticism in Finland’s southernmost reindeer park.
Oittaa Recreation Area KUNNARLANTIE 33-39 ʊ ʊvisitespoo.fi
Café, saunas, beach, accessible swimming pier, nature trail, frisbee golf, fitness trails, cross-country ski tracks, equipment rental, ski maintenance and Angry Birds playground on the shore of lake Bodom.
Pikseli Arcade ISO OMENA, PIISPANSILTA 11 ʊ ʊpikseli.fi
Virtual reality games, movies and experiences.
Treetop Adventure Huippu VERÄJÄPELLONKATU 15 ʊ ʊseikkailupuistohuippu.fi
Treetop adventure park for the whole family in a sunny pine forest in Leppävaara.
Leppävaara Swimming Pool and Lido
Downhill skiing, snowboarding, Telemark and cross-country skiing.
Finnish Toy Museum Hevosenkenkä AHERTAJANTIE 5 ʊ ʊlelumuseohevosenkenka.fi
Exhibitions, guided tours and events.
Haltia – the Finnish Nature Centre See p. 20
Glims Farmstead Museum See p. 5
Tapiola Ice Garden TAPIONAUKIO 3 ʊ ʊvisitespoo.fi
Popular skating rink. Café Hile and skate rentals.
Hevosenkenkä Theatre See p. 6
Serena Water Park TORNIMÄENTIE 10 ʊ ʊserena.fi
Largest water park in the Nordic region.
Villa Elfvik Nature House ELFVIKINTIE 4 ʊ ʊespoo.fi/villaelfvik
Events for families with children. Nature trails and a wheelchair-accessible birdwatching tower. Café Elfvik is open on weekends and bank holidays.
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VISIT ESPOO – SEA, ISLANDS AND SHORELINE ROUTE
Happiness is spending time by the sea, and in Espoo it couldn’t be easier. Espoo’s 165 islands form a beautiful mosaic, and the 40-kilometre Rantaraitti Waterfront walkway meanders by the sea, all the way from Laajalahti to Kivenlahti.
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Espoo’s shoreline & ARCHIPELAGO
n the summer, a scheduled city boat will take you out to gorgeous islands for a hike, or you can just relax without cares on a delightful Espoo Line lunch cruise. Beautiful nature awaits on islands close to shore and further away. Walk, cycle or jog, and spend time on beaches, at harbours, in cafés
Scheduled archipelago boats and recreation islands In summer, the recreation opportunities on Espoo’s islands can be reached easily by archipelago boat. The islands have piers or moorings, grill shelters, outdoor toilets and campfire sites (including firewood). Bring your own drinking water. Timetables for archipelago boats are now available in HSL’s journey planner! For routes, schedules and island information, go to ʊ ʊvisitespoo.fi
and in restaurants. Go fishing or paddling or hop onto a SUP board. If you are feeling adventurous, challenge yourself on a wakeboarding track or trailing a surfboat at Laguuni Watersports Centre. You can even take the Metro to the seaside, as the closest station is less than a kilometre from the sea.
The Rantaraitti route is open all year round for exercise, experiences and enjoyment. If the winter is cold enough, it is possible to ski, snowshoe or go ice fishing on the sea ice. For warmth, visit one of Espoo’s many seaside cafés and restaurants.
Rantaraitti Waterfront walkway
The 40-kilometre-long cycling and pedestrian route Waterfront Walkway follows the shoreline from Laajalahti to Kivenlahti, offering a wealth of landscapes ranging from a nature conservation area to the Keilaniemi business hub and charming beaches. Pick up a city bike, walk from beach to beach, or rent a public rowboat. Inhale the fresh sea air while enjoying a drink on a terrace. Mobile Waterfront Walkway: ʊ ʊm.citynomadi.com
You can also enjoy the archipelago on your own boat or yacht. Espoo’s recreational islands have guest moorings. Some archipelago restaurants, including Haukilahden Paviljonki, Gula Villan and Paven, can be accessed by boat.
COZY SEASIDE CAFE IN HAUKILAHTI, ESPOO WE ARE OPEN YEAR ROUND WELCOME! WWW.CAFEMELLSTEN.COM MELLSTENINTIE 6, 02170 ESPOO (099 452 2995 @CAFEMELLSTEN
TAPIOLA'S OWN SEASIDE CAFE BY THE WATERFRONT WALKWAY IN ESPOO W E LC O M E ! WWW.CAFEOTSOLAHTI.COM SATEENKAARI 9, 02100 ESPOO (+3588 50 4420341 @CAFEOTSOLAHTI
Fishing Line-and-hook fishing and ice fishing can be done without a permit. Shore fishing is easily accessible by Metro or city bike! For lure-fishing, obtain a permit from Espoo’s service points or online at ʊ ʊeraluvat.fi
Beaches Enjoy maritime Espoo from the water! There are beaches with lifeguards at Hanikka (Suinonsalmi), Haukilahti (Mellsten), Kivenlahti, Matinkylä, Soukka (Klobben), Westend as well as lakes Laaksolahti and Oittaa. Temperature, algae situation, surveillance, cafés and changing rooms at public beaches: ʊ ʊulkoliikunta.fi
Villa Elfvikin luontotalo The Nature House Villa Elfvik Elfvikintie 4, Laajalahti, Espoo +358 9 8165 4400 www.espoo.fi/villaelfvik
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City bikes can be found in Espoo in the summer, for instance, close to Metro stations. Jump onto a bike and spend a day at the seaside!
Metro Take the Metro to the seaside! The Metro has stations in Keilaniemi, Aalto University, Tapiola, Urheilupuisto, Niittykumpu and Matinkylä in Espoo. Timetables: ʊ ʊreittiopas.fi
Rent a public rowboat and row over to a nearby island for an excursion, or rent a city motor boat and go fishing! Register as a user at Skipperi. fi and row at any time with handy monthly or seasonal charges. ʊ ʊskipperi.fi
Archipelago boats Hop onto an archipelago boat to visit and explore Espoo’s gorgeous islands. You can visit several recreation islands in one day or bring a tent and camp overnight.
ESPOO´S ARCHIPELAGO &
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Pentala Archipelago Museum
Unique exhibition on archipelago life and history on the beautiful island of Pentala. ʊ ʊespoonkaupunginmuseo.fi
Villa Rulludd Manor house café, including meeting and event facilities, on the gorgeous peninsula of Rullaniemi in Hyljelahti. ʊ ʊespoonkaupunginmuseo.fi
Seaside restaurant open in summer and by appointment, right by the water on the gorgeous island of Pentala. ʊ ʊpaven.fi
Panorama Restaurant Haikaranpesä Fabulous views and delicacies for the palate offered at the top of Haukilahti’s old water tower. Open for lunch and by appointment. ʊ ʊravintolahaikaranpesa.fi
National artist Akseli Gallen-Kallela’s studio home and art museum. Exhibitions and events, plus Tarvaspää Café Zoceria. ʊ ʊgallen-kallela.fi
Villa Elfvik Nature House A historic Art Nouveau-style manor that operates as a nature house right by the seaside nature conservation area in Laajalahti. ʊ ʊespoo.fi/villaelfvik
WeeGee Exhibition Centre
Museum, exhibition and event centre in Tapiola. ʊ ʊweegee.fi
Café-restaurant with terrace in a fabulous location at Haukilahti marina. ʊ ʊhaukilahdenpaviljonki.fi
Beautiful and atmospheric lunch and event restaurant in a lush country-house milieu by the sea in Nuottaniemi. ʊ ʊvillapentry.fi
Nokkalan Majakka Seaside café-restaurant at Nokkala Marina. ʊ ʊnokkalanmajakka.fi
Gula Villan Archipelago Restaurant Idyllic restaurant on the island of Iso Vasikkasaari, open in summer and by appointment. Perfect setting for memorable family or company events. ʊ ʊgulavillan.fi
Iso Vasikkasaari island
Espoo Line archipelago cruises
Sea Adventures High-quality experience trips on a RIB boat accompanied by gorgeous seaside views. ʊ ʊseaadventures.fi
Canoe and kayak rental at Otsolahti. ʊ ʊvisitespoo.fi
Lucy in the Sky
Laguuni Watersports Centre
Hanasaari – Hanaholmen
Diverse recreation area including a summer restaurant, grill shelters, beach, observation tower, and more. Access by scheduled boat in summer. ʊ ʊespoo.fi
Espoo Line offers lunch and dinner cruises accompanied by beautiful views, exciting archipelago stories and maritime delicacies made in the boat’s own kitchen. ʊ ʊespooline.fi
Otsolahti Canoe Centre
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High-quality and casual dining experiences at the top of the Accountor Tower in Keilaniemi. ʊ ʊlucyinthesky.fi
Finland’s biggest watersports and restaurant pier, within the urban setting of Keilaniemi. ʊ ʊlaguuniin.fi
Hanasaari is a unique combination of the diverse services of a congress hotel, good food, design, art and events in a beautiful archipelago setting. Bicycles are available for hotel guests. ʊ ʊhanaholmen.fi
The peace and tranquillity of a wilderness, right by the city? It’s possible in Nuuksio!
VISIT ESPOO – NUUKSIO NATIONAL PARK
NUUKSIO NATIONAL PARK
evel in fresh air, nature and silence. If you want to leave the city’s hustle and bustle and clear your mind, head over to Nuuksio National Park for a peaceful hike.
Pack a lunch and a sense of adventure and head onto marked trails that include grill shelters and outdoor toilets, among other facilities. The well-signposted routes are easy to follow and there are difficulty levels to suit everyone. Nuuksio offers a wide variety of opportunities: take a quick breather during an urban mini-break, head over for a forest excursion after your workday, or grab your backpack for a brisk weekend hike.
Nuuksio’s lakes, forests, valleys, marshes and rocks form a perfect outdoor setting in this national treasure of the metropolitan area. We also recommend a visit to Haltia, the Finnish Nature Centre, which will make you fall in love with the jewels of Finnish nature, from north to south.
Urban nature is always near by Natural wonders can be found all over Espoo. Enjoy local urban greenery like Laajalahti Nature Reserve or Espoo Central Park, or dive into the forest to find fabulous and unique nature trails. Spend your lunch hour by the sea, take the Metro to the woods after work, or pop over to pick berries or mushrooms. Plan a fun weekend away for the whole family somewhere new, which is just waiting to become your favourite secret spot.
The Helsinki Metropolitan Area is the nature capital of the world. Among other things, the region includes two national parks (Nuuksio and Sipoonkorpi), the fabulous Rantaraitti seaside route, the central parks of Espoo and Helsinki, dozens of parks, numerous recreation and leisure areas, and the Baltic Sea with its beautiful beaches and islands.
Routes and trails There are plenty of marked routes and trails, ranging from easy to demanding (1.5 to 17 km in length), as well as 30 km of cycle routes and 22 km of horse-riding trails. Two local nature trails, one of which is wheelchair-accessible, start at Haltia.
Nuuksioresort For more information on the services provided by Nuuksio’s tourism companies, visit ʊ ʊnuuksioresort.fi
Transport Riding by bus to the wilderness? Yes you can! Bus 245 starts at Espoon keskus station, which can be reached by train. Timetables: reittiopas.fi. Car parking is available at Haltia, Hotel Nuuksio, Haukkalampi, Högbacka, Kattila, Siikaniemi, Veikkola, and Kurjolampi.
Accessibiity Suitable for for the whole family. Haukkalampi, Kattila and Haltia and their environs are accessible by wheelchair.
Hiking advice Go to nationalparks.fi/en/nuuksionp or haltia.com or call Haltia’s customer service, tel. +358 (0)40 163 6200. In the national park itself, you can ask for advice at Haltia and in summer at Haukkalampi area.
Services The Finnish Nature Centre Haltia, Restaurant Haltia and various adventure service providers are here to serve you. Nuuksio contains campfire sites, covered grill shelters, outdoor toilets, cabins for rent, meeting and sauna facilities, lean-to-shelters and campsites. Accommodation is also available in rented cabins and a hotel.
Everyman’s rights Everyman’s rights refer to every person’s privilege to make use of nature in a respectful way. Read more at http://www.nationalparks. fi/en/hikinginfinland/rightsandregulations.
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Nature capital of the world
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Haltia – the Finnish Nature Centre NUUKSIONTIE 84 ʊ ʊhaltia.com
Nature and event centre that presents the nature of Finland as a whole. Exhibitions, restaurant and events.
FoRestful ʊ ʊforestful.fi
Wilderness and nature programme and tourism services.
8 Did you know that all the adventure and event providers partnering with Metsähallitus (the Forest Administration) at the national park operate according to the principles of sustainable nature tourism. ʊ ʊwww.metsa.fi
Sea & Mountain Adventures NUUKSIONTIE 83/77 ʊ ʊsma.fi
Solvalla Sports Institute NUUKSIONTIE 82 ʊ ʊfolkhalsan.fi/solvalla
Restaurant, sauna and accommodation services, fitness, sports, equipment rentals and grill shelter.
Modern luxury villa and a traditional Finnish cottage accommodation, meeting and event services, nature activities and catering.
Nuuksion Taika - Magic of Nuuksio
Nuuksio Reindeer Park, as well as meeting, adventure and programme services. Teepee spa and restaurant, and log cabins.
Nature-friendly hotel on the shore of lake Siikajärvi. Saunas, pools, events and restaurant.
Hawkhill ʊ ʊhawkhill.fi
Forest excursions, canoeing and kayaking, horse-riding and lakeshore sauna.
Accommodation in Tentsile tree tents, nature activities and fly-fishing.
Nuuksio Hostel & Camping Hostel and campsite.
NUUKSION HAUKANPESÄ, HAUKKALAMMENTIE 32
Equipment rental (e.g. kayaks, fatbikes and SUP boards), tour guides and scheduled excursions in Nuuksio National Park. Café Silva.
Solvalla-Swinghill NUUKSIONTIE 71 ʊ ʊswinghill.fi
Downhill ski slopes, ski school, freestyle lessons and SnowCamp.
Nature excursions can also be made by bike! Rantaraitti Waterfront walkway ʊ ʊm.citynomadi.com 40-kilometre shoreline route.
Nuuksio National Park ʊ ʊnationalparks.fi/nuuksionp
Excellent mountain-biking trails, even for experienced bikers.
Pirttimäki Recreation Area KUNNARLANTIE 110
Excellent trails for advanced hikers.
Matinkylä BMX track MATINKARTANONTIE 11 ʊ ʊbmxracing.fi/radat/espoo/
Espoonlahti Pumptrack ESPOONLAHDENTIE 2-4 ʊ ʊespoo.fi Test your skills on a BMX bike or a more traditional cycle.
Route 2000 110-kilometre route that passes through four municipalities.
Sustainability is important for travel companies in Espoo and the entire city. Espoo is an innovative actor within sustainable development. Espoo’s travel operators have been pioneers of eco-friendly tourism for a long time. As a visitor, you can act in a sustainable and ecofriendly manner as well.
Sustainable tourism in Espoo
spoo is one of the most sustainable cities in Europe. This is completed by Visit Finland’s Sustainable Travel Finland programme for the region’s travel operators. Eat and drink Fair Trade products and locally produced food at Espoo’s Fair Trade cafés and restaurants. Bike — borrow a bike from your hotel or grab a city bike during the summer. Get to know our sustainable travel operators and locations and select a green event or meeting place. You can identify sustainable options by the leaf symbol.
See our tips for sustainable travel and greener meetings in Espoo at visitespoo.fi
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SUSTAINABLE TOURISM AT HALTIA – THE FINNISH NATURE CENTRE
altia – the Finnish Nature Centre is an exhibition and event centre located right next to Nuuksio National Park, only 40 minutes from central Helsinki. The wooden building, which is eco-friendly in itself, hosts exhibitions on all of Finland’s national parks and recreation sites.
Nature Centre hosts exhibitions on all of Finland’s national parks and recreation sites.
The building and its architecture were inspired by a poem in the Finnish national epic, The Kalevala, that describes the creation of the world. The centre is founded on sustainability, careful design and ultramodern ecological solutions. The aim is to have an absolutely minimal carbon footprint, and the centre takes the environment into account in all of its operations.
The building and its architecture were inspired by a poem in the Finnish national epic, The Kalevala
The building, designed by Professor Rainer Mahlamäki, is Finland’s first public building to be built entirely of wood (except for the basement). The solar panels on its roof play a significant role in generating the building’s energy. Haltia is designed to minimise the energy needed for heating, cooling and lighting. The eco-friendly design and construction paid careful attention to the shape of the building, the placement of elements, the number of windows, the orientation and daily fluctuations. The most authentic nature experience is, however, outside, and Haltia is a good starting point for excursions into the surrounding nature, including Nuuksio National Park. Expert guides can be booked for a tour of the exhibition or of Haltia’s architecture and eco-technology, and/or a nature excursion. ʊ ʊhaltia.com
VISIT ESPOO – RESTAURANTS
By the sea
LAGUUNI, KEILALAHDENTIE 8 (ONLY OPEN IN SUMMER)
Robellas Café LATURINKUJA 10
Tarvaspää Café Zoceria GALLEN-KALLELAN TIE 27
Stately manors and fine views Manor Restaurant Bodomin Kartano BODOMINKUJA
Backby Manor BODOMINTIE 37
Panorama Restaurant Haikaranpesä HAUENKALLIO 3
Local food Restaurant Haltia
Enjoy delicious Finnish flavours and local food or try something new in a memorable setting – perhaps maritime views in summer, or candlelight in winter? Pop in to test Espoo’s best burger, cruise the archipelago over lunch, enjoy the views from the top of a tower or treat yourself to some fine dining.
Restaurant Kylä TAPIONTORI 3
New flavours Bistro O Mat Tapiola LÄNSITUULI 5
Three recommendations for lunch
Lucy in the Sky ACCOUNTOR TOWER, KEILANIEMENTIE 1
Restaurant Johannes HANASAARENRANTA 5
Ethnic Sandro Tapiola AINOA SHOPPING CENTRE, TUULIKINSILTA 5
Maritime Gula Villan ISO VASIKKASAARI ISLAND
Restaurant Paven PENTALA ISLAND
Sporty O’Learys SELLO, LEPPÄVAARANKATU 3-9 AND ISO OMENA, PIISPANSILTA 11
Restaurant KG SCANDIC ESPOO, NIHTISILLANTIE 1
Restaurant Vista TURVERADANTIE 17 TAPIOLA GOLF CLUB RESTAURANT AND PRIVATE EVENTS
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The Fat Lizard Brewing Company at the heart of Otaniemi, serves up delicious, relaxed food to accompany their celebrated local beers.
Nokkalan Majakka, on the Rantaraitti Waterfront walkway in Matinkylä, is a charming and laidback meeting place by the sea.
Bistro O mat has expanded from Kirkkonummi to Espoo’s Tapiola. Enjoy carefully prepared contemporary food. The production methods honour traditional cooking of Nordic and French cuisines.
Check out Espoo’s best veggie restaurants using Day Tripster App Espoo, which can be downloaded for free from the Apple App Store or the Google Play Store.
For information on Espoo’s cafés and restaurants, go to visitespoo.fi.
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VISIT ESPOO – ACCOMMODATION
DREAMS! Happiness is sleeping well. There are plenty of opportunities in and around Espoo to stay overnight. Check out the options at visitespoo.fi Hotels
Forenom Espoo Aparthotel Leppävaara
Espoo Sun Villas
LOMATIE 4, LAHNUS
Original Sokos Hotel Tapiola Garden
Sea & Mountain Adventures
Radisson Blu Hotel Espoo
NUUKSIONTIE 77 AND 83, ESPOO; TORSNÄSINTIE 82, KIRKKONUMMI
GLO Hotel Sello LEPPÄVAARANKATU 1 ʊ ʊglohotels.fi
Accommodation in villas and cabins.
Other accommodation KATTILANTIE 426
Forenom Hostel Espoo Kivenlahti
Espoo Camping Oittaa KUNNARLANTIE 31 ʊ ʊsuncamping.fi
Honkalintu – Tentsile Experience Eco Camp Sleep in tree tents in Nuuksio National Park. ʊ ʊhonkalintu.fi
Nuuksio Hostel & Camping
Forenom Hostel Espoo Otaniemi KIVIMIEHENTIE 2 ʊ ʊforenom.com
Hiisi Homes Espoo Center ASEMAKUJA 1 ʊ ʊhiisihomes.fi
KAISLAMMENTIE 65 ʊ ʊkaikuva.fi
Solvalla Sports Institute NUUKSIONTIE 82 ʊ ʊfolkhalsan.fi/solvalla
Hotel Matts is opening in Matinkylä in late 2020.
HANAHOLMEN NORDIC PEARL BY ESPOO WATERFRONT WALKWAY Nordic restaurant and café & winebar with terraces Hotel rooms with sea views Beautiful archipelago surroundings Great collection of art and design Hanasaarenranta 5, 02100 Espoo, Finland +358 (0)9 435 020 | email@example.com www.hanaholmen.fi
STAY FEEL LIVE BETTER Nihtisillantie 1, 02630 Espoo Tel. +358 9 43 520 firstname.lastname@example.org scandichotels.com/espoo
VISIT ESPOO – EXPERIENCES CLOSE TO ESPOO
Experiences close to Espoo
ENJOY ACTIVITIES ON LAND AND AT SEA IN
irkkonummi is a fascinating destination for boaters. Porkkala’s inner archipelago has quick access to the outer archipelago. During your trip, why not take a walk on the popular Linlo recreation area which is also accessible through a pedestrian bridge from the mainland. The Porkkala parenthesis period has left cultural historical signs on the area, such as the ruins of the Stora Träskö fortification. The Kallbåda and Rönnskär lighthouses are also historically significant. Divers can dive deeper into history at the unique Wreck Park. The wrecks of ships that have sunk in front of Porkkala peninsula can be explored in a guided manner by diving or digitally.
Landlubbers’ paradise NURMIJÄRVI VIHTI
You can also get to know the history of Porkkala’s parenthesis period without getting your feet wet at the Ragvalds museum area in central Kirkkonummi. Those looking for culture and beauty should visit the architectural pearl of the Finnish national romantic period, the Hvitträsk studio home. Another type of culture is available at the Pokrova monastery orthodox church and brotherhood and their stunning garden, which form a place well worth visiting. Visitor groups will also be offered a delicious lunch. Kirkkonummi is a great destination for visitors who enjoy the outdoors. Forest meets the sea at the Porkkalanniemi recreation area — the rugged rocky shores, forests and sea views invite you for a hike with the entire family. In addition to Porkkalanniemi, the nature reserve at Meiko wilderness area as well as Nuuksio National Park from Veikkola in the north offer fascinating hiking routes for nature lovers.
No shortage of activities
Espoo’s neighbour Kirkkonummi surprises with the diversity and beauty of its nature. The maritime Porkkala area and the gorgeous countryside landscape, dotted with manors and lakes, will make even the most seasoned traveller gasp.
The region’s five golf courses, various riding stables and enthralling manor destinations guarantee that you will not run out of things to do. Interesting countryside destinations for families with children include Kirkkonummi Farmshop with a fairy-tale path as well as Rehndahl farm where you can interact with the animals. Accommodation options include Meeting and Congress Hotel Majvik and Congress Wellness Hotel Långvik.
Visit Kirkkonummi More sights and activities in Kirkkonummi email@example.com ʊ ʊvisitkirkkonummi.fi ʊ ʊretkipaikka.fi/kirkkonummi
Globe Hope ʊ ʊglobehope.com
Hennola Animal Farm ʊ ʊhennola.net
Hill Side Golf ʊ ʊhillsidegolf.fi
Home Times/Tom Tailor Home ʊ ʊShoptomtailor.com
Nuuksion Taika - Villa Paradise ʊ ʊnuuksiontaika.fi
PuuhaPark ʊ ʊpuuhapark.fi
Vihdin ratsutalli (stables)
Vihti Golf ʊ ʊvihtigolf.fi
Vihti Ski ʊ ʊvihtiski.fi
Hotels and other accommodation in Vihti Air Hotel
Experiences close to Espoo
DAYS OUT & ACTIVE HOLIDAYS IN
Hawkhill ʊ ʊhawkhill.fi
Hiisi Homes ʊ ʊhiisihomes.fi
Prison Cell Accommodation ʊ ʊselli.fi
Restaurants and cafés in Vihti Joutsela Manor Villa ʊ ʊcasalen.fi
Tuusan Tupa Café ʊ ʊtuusantupa.com
Kirkonkylän Rantakioski KIOSK AT VIHTI BOAT HARBOUR (VIHTI VILLAGE CENTRE)
The colourful and diverse nature and rural landscapes of Vihti offer experiences and adventures, ranging from Nuuksio National Park to stunning lakeland scenery.
tart your national park excursion at Nuuksio’s North Gate in the Salmi Recreation Area. Children will enjoy the activities at PuuhaPark, while in winter Vihti Ski has slopes for the whole family. Pet furry friends at Hennola Animal Farm or go horse-riding at Vihdin ratsutalli horse stables. Shop sustainably at the Globe Hope Factory Outlet and spend the night in one of a variety of alternatives, including a Hawkhill log villa, Villa Paratiisi by Nuuksion Taika or a prison cell at Prison Cell Accommodation.
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VISIT ESPOO – EXPERIENCES CLOSE TO ESPOO
Sights and activities in Vihti
VISIT ESPOO – MEETINGS AND INCENTIVES
We invite you to arrange your corporate events in Espoo, a city of experiences, innovations and sustainable development.
MEETINGS AND INCENTIVES Ideas for group activities
Free congress services from Visit Espoo
Search meeting and banquet facilities
Forest escape, Inipi Spa sauna, Art tasting, Fat biking, SUP trips, snowshoeing. ʊ ʊvisitespoo.fi/programmeservices
Finding suitable venues for meetings, parties and accommodation
Facilities for 10–1,000 attendees
Ideas and suggestions for activities Arranging site visits Marketing materials ʊ ʊvisitespoo.fi/congress-services
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Tips for an eco-friendlier event in Espoo. See our tips for sustainable travel and greener meetings in Espoo at ĘŠ ĘŠvisitespoo.fi/vihreampikokous
The legendary hotel Korpilampi in Espoo stands on the shores of beautiful Lake Korpilampi. Korpilampi offers an excellent setting for efficient and inspiring conferences, corporate celebrations, anniversaries and weddings. We will tailor a perfect event on your needs!
You can identify sustainable options by the leaf symbol.
Korpilammentie 5, 02970 Espoo korpilampi.fi | firstname.lastname@example.org | p. 09 6138 411
Come and enjoy lovely Finnish nature at HALTIA The Finnish naTure CenTre by nuuksio naTional Park
Finnish Nature main exhibition
“Nature on your plate” buffet
Nature trails and connection to Nuuksio National Park
EASY TO COME! With train to Espoo and bus 245 to Nuuksionpää/Kattila
The Finnish Nature Centre Haltia Nuuksiontie 84, Espoo, Finland www.haltia.com I nuuksioon.fi
Versatile changing exhibitions
City of experiences, events and innovation.