Archipelago Excursion Porkkalanniemi

Last updated: January 28th, 2024


On Saturday, July 8th, 2023, I took a day trip from downtown Helsinki, Finland to the coastal area of Porkkalanniemi on an Archipelago Excursion.

Tour Duration: 4.5 hours

Cost: Approximately € 120

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  • 9AM - departed from Mannerheiminaukio 1 H, 00100 Helsinki (on the main road near a statue) in a van with 4 other passengers and a driver
  • 9:56AM - We began hiking to the coastline, stopping briefly along the way to learn about the area and also were able to try wild blueberries
  • 10:27AM - We were at the coastline of the Baltic Sea and could freely walk around until lunch at 11:15AM
  • 11:15AM - We all sat at a wooden picnic table and had a meal of salmon on bread, strawberries, some kind of berry humus and salad with the option for blueberry juice, or tea, plus dessert
  • Around 12:30PM - We began driving back to Helsinki
  • 1:25PM - We were all back where we started

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For accomodations, I stayed at the Valo Hotel. To get around, I took Uber but also used the HSL app to buy a bus ticket. If you are in Helsinki for a short time and want to both explore the downtown area of the city and visit nature, then the Archipelago Excursion is a good option.

On the tour you can ask anything you'd like about the area. One thing I learned is that there is a "right to roam" in much of Finland which permits camping without a permit. Berries in the forest area around Porkkalanniemi are edible. Also, the "old man's beard" moss Usnea was present which I was told is a sign of good air quality.

Overall, if you'd like to experience both nature and city plus have an authentic Finnish lunch without driving, you should consider the Archipelago Excursion.

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