Seurasaari is a tranquil, beautiful green island only a few kilometres from the humdrum of Helsinki, and is home to the Seurasaari Open-Air Museum.back view girl forest, Seurasaari Open-Air Museum, HelsinkiAs idyllic oases should be, Seurasaari will teleport you to a rural setting almost within the urban landscape of Finland’s capital, quite like Nuuksio National Park when we stayed there for a couple of nights.log house, Seurasaari Open-Air Museum, HelsinkiOne of the main features is the Seurasaari Open-Air Museum, a collection of 87 historic wooden buildings that have been transported from all across Finland.

In fact, each of these buildings, some of which are 400 years old, showcase the traditional Finnish way of life in the various Finnish provinces. Talk about ancient!

When we were there, we noticed a lot of joggers and families with young children. Seurasaari is certainly a popular recreational island among the locals, perfect for a picnic and for enjoying the rural, peaceful outdoors.

It has plenty of picturesque spots and strolling here in the cool, autumn air was a nice and relaxing affair. Being a part of this oasis, you cannot help but slow down and feel light-hearted.

As an island separated from the main Helsinki city and on its own, it is surrounded by an ocean of blue. I highly recommend grabbing a spot overlooking the sea to have a picnic!

cute cafe shape, Seurasaari Open-Air Museum, Helsinki

A cafe at the entrance of Seurasaari Open-Air Museum

Alternatively, you can stop by the cute cafe at the entrance of the museum for a cuppa and homemade snacks. The owner is a really friendly elderly. Because of its unusual top-heavy construction that seems like it’ll topple over at any time, you will be sure not to miss it!

Things to note before visiting Seurasaari Open Air Museum, Helsinki, Finland

squirrel, Seurasaari Open-Air Museum, Helsinki

Why hello there squirrel!

As an added bonus, you won’t be disappointed if you love small cute animals. It might sound crazy, but the red squirrels, hares and birds here are actually not too afraid of humans – if you’re lucky and don’t scare them, you can get to feed them!I was so close to attracting the little birds to the apple in my hand that I was holding up in the air. You just have to be more patient than me – and you may make a new friend!

Admissions to the island and walking around on the main pathways are totally free, so you can do this even on a shoestring budget. However, to enter the buildings, you will need to buy a ticket. Alternatively, you can sign up for a guided tour!house by the cliff, Seurasaari Open-Air Museum, Helsinki, FinlandRecommended duration: I recommend setting aside half a day (roughly 2 to 3 hours) to fully soak up the calming atmosphere of the Open-Air Museum, and its tranquil surroundings.

How to get to Seurasaari Open-Air Museum, Helsinki, Finland

Hopping onto Bus 24 from the city centre gets you to Seurasaari in about 45 minutes. A single ticket will set you back €3.20 each way.

If you did buy a Helsinki Ticket (a Day Pass will cost you €8), do note that travelling to Seurasaari is covered by the purchase.

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Isabel Leong

An explorer at heart, the world is Isabel's playground. She enjoys seizing every moment exploring every hideout and doing the unimaginable, like bungee jumping in Phuket and couchsurfing in Europe. If she had wings, she’d definitely be soaring right now. Also a fitness trainer, if she’s not at the gym, you can find her doing yoga or rock climbing! Read more about her on

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