The Best Free Things to Do in Helsinki

Many travellers think of Helsinki as an expensive city to visit. While it’s true that the Nordic countries, in general, can be a bit on the expensive side, a trip to Helsinki doesn’t have to break the bank. With our list of completely free things to do in Helsinki, you can enjoy what the Finnish capital has to offer without spending a dime!

1. Spend Time in the Museums

Helsinki has a large variety of museums to visit, and many of them are completely free at least on some days. For example, the City Museum and the Tram Museum always have free entry. Many other museums, like the Museum of Natural History and the Museum of Contemporary Art, are free to enter on the first Friday of each month.

Helsinki City Museum | Aleksanterinkatu 16, 00170 Helsinki

Tram Museum | Töölönkatu 51 A, 00250 Helsinki

Museum of Natural History | Pohjoinen Rautatiekatu 13, 00100 Helsinki

Museum of Contemporary Art Kiasma | Mannerheiminaukio 2, 00100 Helsinki

Free Things to Do in Helsinki - Museums

2. Sample Food at the Market Square

There might be no such thing as a free lunch, but free samples will do, right? During the summer season, the Helsinki Market Square is filled with merchants selling local produce. Fish, fresh berries, jam – you name it! The best part is that most of them will let you sample the food before deciding whether you want to buy something or not. Try the fried vendance and sweet strawberries for a truly Finnish experience. A word of warning, though: you may end up loving the samples so much that you can’t help but buy a full portion!

Free Things to Do in Helsinki - Sample food at Market Square

3. Visit the Cathedrals

Perhaps the most iconic buildings of Helsinki – the Uspenski and Helsinki Cathedrals – are free to visit. Both cathedrals are beautiful landmarks and popular places for photo-ops. One is a Lutheran and the other an Orthodox cathedral, which is reflected especially in the very different styles of the buildings’ interiors.

Free Things to Do in Helsinki - Cathedrals

4. Do Some Statue Spotting

Admiring statues and monuments is an interesting way to learn more about the place you’re visiting. They tell stories about the country’s history and culture that we might not otherwise hear. In Helsinki, look up at least the following:

  • Havis Amanda
  • Three Smiths
  • Sibelius Monument
  • Tsar Alexander II
  • Johan Ludvig Runeberg
  • Aleksis Kivi
  • Mannerheim

Free Things to Do in Helsinki - Statue Spotting

5. Enjoy the Atmosphere at Linnanmäki Amusement Park

If you’re travelling with small childer, make sure to visit the Linnanmäki Amusement Park. Entry to the park is always free of charge, along with 9 free rides, most of which are meant for the little ones in the family. Adults too can visit the park for free just to enjoy the joyous atmosphere, and to visit the panorama sightseeing tower for a great view over Helsinki.

Linnanmäki | Tivolikuja 1, 00510 Helsinki

Free Things to Do in Helsinki - Linnanmäki Amusement Park

6. TourGuideFox Free City Tour

Last – but certainly not least – on our list is the TourGuideFox Free Helsinki Tour. By downloading our app and booking a free tour online, you get to explore a selection of Helsinki’s must-see sights completely free of charge. Even better, the tour takes you to many of the places mentioned on this list!

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