Day trips: Vantaa

Graffiti wall by the Myyrmäki shopping mall
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Neighbouring Helsinki to the north, Vantaa is a municipality of many contrasts. Vantaa is international yet still local. In Vantaa you will find a modern airport city, but also nature, smoke saunas, street art, lots of family activities and truly sweet moments!

Vantaa in a nutshell

Vantaa may be a modern airport city these days, but it is also where Helsinki has its oldest roots. The medieval St. Lawrence Church dates back to the 15th century and is surrounded by buildings from no less than six different centuries. The adjacent Aviapolis again is a modern airport city that offers travellers accommodation, restaurants, activities and shopping opportunities. The Myyrmäki district in turn is characterised by its street art.

Finavia: lentokone Helsinki - Vantaa lentoaseman edessä
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Main points of interest

  • The number one destination for all chocolate lovers has to be the Fazer Experience Visitor Centre, where sweet moments are guaranteed as you get to know more about Finland’s most iconic chocolate brand. The Visitor Centre itself is an architectural landmark and offer a unique opportunity to learn more about Fazer in an inspiring way – using all five senses!
  • Another family favourite is the Finnish Science Centre Heureka, which lets you experience and learn about science and technology in an exciting hands-on environment.
  • Vantaa also has nature. No matter where you are in Vantaa, you are never more than 300 metres from nature. The gateway to Sipoonkorpi National Park is the Kuusijärvi recreational area, where you will find public smoke saunas that are heated every day of the year. In wintertime, you can also try ice swimming and cross-country skiing.
Restaurant Kuninkaan Lohet at Vanha Viilatehdas
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Distance from Helsinki

Vantaa neighbours Helsinki to the north.

How to get there

Helsinki Airport is actually situated in Vantaa (many people still call it Helsinki-Vantaa Airport). As a major logistics hub, Vantaa is also connected to Finland’s main railway lines and highways. The travel time by train between Vantaa and the centre of Helsinki is approximately 30 minutes. You can also get around easily within Vantaa by bus, commuter train, taxi or car – and don’t forget cycling, which is always fun!

Read more about Vantaa on the VisitVantaa website.

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Neighbouring Helsinki to the north, Vantaa is a municipality of many contrasts. Vantaa is international yet still local. In Vantaa you will find a modern airport city, but also nature, smoke saunas, street art, lots of family activities and truly sweet moments!