The traditional Easter bonfires in Seurasaari and Via Crucis Easter procession have been cancelled. But the City of Helsinki video channel Helsinki-kanava offers alternatives with entertainment and workouts to watch and to stay fit with over the Easter holiday.
Easter is a good time to bring out and maintain your bicycle for the cycling season, or you can take a tour on a City Bike, as the bike sharing season has started. City cycling routes are a good way to learn about the history of Helsinki and to see the sights of Helsinki districts. Nearly 30 city cycling routes take cyclists through Helsinki on routes that range from 10–30 kilometres in length.
Animals of Helsinki Zoo can be watched online via live animal webcams.
The Green Hearts park website invites people to discover Helsinki’s many delightful parks and guides visitors through the parks. Visitors to parks are advised to familiarize themselves with the do’s and dont’s of responsible outdoor recreation compiled by Suomen Latu – the Outdoor Association of Finland.
- Walking tours in Helsinki parks
- Helsinki nature trails
- Cycling and walking journey planner
- Helsinki Zoo’s live animal webcams
- Helsinki-kanava video channel: culture, workouts and leisure (in Finnish)
Easter tips for Helsinki residents on the field of culture and leisure
The City of Helsinki offers many alternative ways for spending Easter. You can, for example, join a virtual Easter egg hunt with Oodi’s Veera-robot; get into Easter mood by learning to paint eggs or take part in a virtual concert of classical music; join a sports adventure on Helsinki channel or head outdoors and spot the teddybears’ favourite tunes or a giant egg made of narcissi. On Helsinki City Museum’s website you can get to know the Easter traditions of Helsinki residents with photos, items and postcards.
- Easter tips for Helsinki residents on the field of culture and leisure
- Find your favourite ways to move
- Life at the Fallkulla Domestic
Animal Farm can be followed on social media, both on Facebook and on Instagram.
Helsinki Art Museum – HAM for short – takes citizens on independent art tours: HAM has compiled information on 480 public artworks in Helsinki in a sculpture bank open to all. The museum serves and delights citizens with routes for independent sculpture viewing around various themes.
Easter also allows you to immerse yourself in literature. Although libraries are closed, the eLibrary remains open allowing customers to borrow digital books and audiobooks.
Avoid visiting Suomenlinna
Due to coronavirus it is recommended to avoid visiting Suomenlinna. Suomenlinna is a tourism destination but also home to around 800 residents of Helsinki. Hundreds of people also work in the fortress. Due to the safety of the residents and others, we don’t currently recommend visiting Suomenlinna.
Health stations (also Kalasatama and Vuosaari health and welfare centres) are closed on Easter between 10th and 13th April. On Maundy Thursday the health stations are open 8-16. Kalasatama health and welfare centre is open on Maundy Thursday 7-16.
Emergency services - tel. 116 117
When local health stations are closed, patients in need of urgent care are treated by emergency services. Call 116 117 before you go to the emergency clinic.
Emergency Dental Care
Emergency dental care at the Haartman Hospital, Haartmaninkatu 4, building 12, is open at Easter 10th - 13th April 9 - 21. Appointments can be booked 8 - 21 at 09 471 71110. Night emergency duty is at Tölö hospital emergency department, Töölönkatu 40, tel. 040 621 5699. Please call before seeking treatment for Emergency Dental Care.
Emergency Social Services and Crisis emergency support 24/7
Emergency Social Services and Crisis emergency support serve 24/7 also during Easter.
HSL public transport over the Easter weekend
HSL public transport will mainly operate normal service over the Easter weekend. Since the coronavirus (COVID-19) is spread through close human contact, we try to reduce person-to-person contact as much as possible. For example, there will be no additional services to Seurasaari this year. However, public transport is operating to keep society running. Changes to U-line services are possible over the Easter weekend, please check the operator’s website for any changes.
- Maundy Thursday 9 April
A Thursday service will operate with the exception of commuter trains which will operate a Friday service.
- Good Friday 10 April
A Sunday service will operate. Commuter trains L, P, K, T and Z will have additional services on Friday night.
- Holy Saturday 11 April
A Saturday service will operate.
- Easter Sunday 12 April
A Sunday service will operate. Commuter trains L, P, K, T and Z will have additional services on Sunday night.
- Easter Monday 13 April
A Sunday service will operate.