Helsinki eco-friendly hotels, restaurants, activities

Looking for eco-friendly accommodation and travel activities in Helsinki, Finland? The following are our favorite environmentally friendly and sustainability-minded hotels, tours and travel activities in Helsinki.

Further down you’ll find some info on organic and vegetarian restaurants, the weather in Helsinki and other useful travel information. Enjoy!

Helsinki and sustainability

Helsinki is one of the greenest metropolises in the world: over one-third of the city consists of parks and other green areas, and it is surrounded on three sides by the sea. There are also 42 nature reserves in the city. The surrounding sea creates a special atmosphere and offers a wide range of recreational opportunities, from fishing and swimming to skating and sledding in wintertime.

Helsinki is also one of the cleanest capital cities in the world. The noise, pollution and congestion that are often associated with capital cities are noticeably absent here. The safe and tidy streets combined with the compact size of the city make Helsinki a pleasant place to visit.

Helsinki has over 300 islands, the most popular which are Suomenlinna and Seurasaari with their museums and historic appeal, as well as Pihlajasaari and Uunisaari with their swimming beaches.

Eco-friendly Helsinki hotels

Summer Hostel Domus Academica

Hostel Domus Academica Helsinki

“Only a 5-minute walk from Kamppi Metro and Bus Station, this environmentally friendly, central hostel offers a free morning sauna and swim, as well as rooms with a private kitchenette. At Hostel Domus Academica, guests can choose rooms with either private or shared toilets or showers. Bed linen and towels included. Free Wi-Fi in common areas. A buffet breakfast with many organic options is available each morning at an additional cost.”

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GLO Hotel Art

“Unique lifestyle hotel and meeting facilities in Helsinki Design District inside a singular century-old Art Nouveau castle. GLO Hotels has a special team for environmental issues and sustainable development, called Green Dream. Its goal is to identify and develop the company ‘s operations regards to environmental politics, sustainable development and ethical values. As a recognition of our work so far GLO Hotel Sello, GLO Hotel Art and GLO Hotel Airport have already received EcoCompass certificates.”

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Eco-friendly Helsinki tours & urban adventures

The Kivinokka recreational area is of significant historical, as well as natural value. A paradise for birdwatchers, the headland offers exceptional and unique natural conditions among European capitals. The area includes walking trails, a swimming beach and hundreds of small cottages in well-maintained allotment gardens. Other popular bird watching areas in Helsinki include the Old Town Bay (Vanhankaupunginlahti) and Viikki.

Uutela is a splendid unspoilt recreational park in eastern Helsinki. A wide range of plants and terrain can be admired along a four-kilometre natural trail, including the granite shoreline, different types of forests and pastures. The rugged Finnish forests can also be experienced in Nuuksio National Park in neighbouring Espoo. Nuuksio is ideal for hiking, offering marked trails, cooking shelters and camping areas.

Healthy eateries and vegetarian restaurants in Helsinki

Because exploring a city isn’t much fun on an empty stomach, head over to for a list of organic and vegetarian cafes and restaurants in the Finish capital.

Weather in Helsinki & other travel info

For all sorts of useful travel info and advice, check Helsinki on WikiTravel.

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Destination Helsinki: Hotels, Eateries and Urban Adventures for Eco-Smart City Travelers
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