Day trips: Lahti

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Situated alongside the Salpausselkä ridge an hour to the north of Helsinki, Lahti is a winter sports centre whose iconic landmarks are two radio towers and three ski jumps.

Lahti in a nutshell

Lahti is a city of sports and culture that also serves as the gateway to the Finnish lake district. Surrounded by nature, the city offers lots to do all year round for the whole family, and you can get there in less than an hour from Helsinki by train. In wintertime the frozen lake is taken over by cross-country skiers and tour skaters, while in summertime you can discover great design, relax on the terraces of local artisan breweries, and enjoy a wide range of activities in the surrounding nature.

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Top 3 attractions

  • Lahti Sports Centre offers plenty of opportunities to enjoy sports – either yourself or as a spectator at a major international event. At the Lahti Sports Centre you will also find the Lahti Ski Museum, where you can experience what it feels like to ski jump off the big hill!
  • Lahti Harbour is an idyllic place to visit all year round. In summertime you can enjoy a breathtakingly beautiful sightseeing cruise across the lake all the way to Päijänne, and in wintertime you can try tour skating and join a fat bike tour. At Lahti Harbour you will also find the architecturally impressive Sibelius Hall, as well as the Pro Puu Centre, which presents the very best of Finnish wood design.
  • The Church of the Cross in the city centre was designed by legendary Finnish architect Alvar Aalto. In addition to its stunning modern design, you can also enjoy great views to the main square and Lahti City Hall, which was designed by another famous Finnish architect: Eliel Saarinen.
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Distance from Helsinki

100 kilometres, approximately 1 hour by car.

How to get there

You can also get to Lahti by taking the z-train from Helsinki (48 minutes) or bus from the centre of Helsinki or airport (60-90 minutes).

Find out more about Lahti on the Visit Lahti website.

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Situated alongside the Salpausselkä ridge an hour to the north of Helsinki, Lahti is a winter sports centre whose iconic landmarks are two radio towers and three ski jumps.