Midsummer in Helsinki

Midsummer in Helsinki - 2 boats outside the water, water and greenery at the background.

The streets of Helsinki fall silent during midsummer, when many locals flock to the countryside to celebrate the summer solstice. Still, there is a lot to do in the Finnish capital under the midnight sun. Here are a few tips for making the most of midsummer in Helsinki!

Seurasaari festivities

Since 1954 Helsinki locals head to the Seurasaari neighbourhood for the traditional Midsummer Eve’s celebrations. A bonfire is built on a small isle just off the coast, and thousands of people watch it from both Seurasaari itself and from boats anchored near it. This year the whole shebang kicks off on 24 June at 4pm. Get ready for a long night as the festivities will continue until well after midnight!

Midsummer in Helsinki - a fire on the beach, with boats in the water.

Pihlajasaari bonfire

Another must-see event is the annual bonfire at Pihlajasaari, which will be lit at 9pm on Midsummer’s Eve. Pihlajasaari is a little island that is part of Helsinki and can only be reached by boat. There’s a lovely restaurant with a seaside terrace serving food and refreshments, and there will be dance music too. The restaurant will be open until 1am, and the last ferry back to the mainland (Merisatama) departs at 1:45am.

Of course all Radisson Blu Hotels in Helsinki will also be open for midsummer, so why not enjoy the white nights, local food and magical midnight sun on one of our summer terraces?

Midsummer in Helsinki - friends sitting around a table, having a conversation.

Celebrate Midsummer in Helsinki with Radisson Blu!

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