June Weather Averages for Helsinki
What's the Weather like in Helsinki in June
Despite being the beginning of summer, June stays cool in Helsinki, with the average daily temperature staying around 14°C. Warmer days will see a beautiful 19°C high while nights can cool down to about 9°C as the lower. Temperatures will be warming toward the end of the month as the northern capital heads towards its hottest month in July. Celebrating midsummer's day at the end of the month, the ci...
What's the Weather like in Helsinki in June
Despite being the beginning of summer, June stays cool in Helsinki, with the average daily temperature staying around 14°C. Warmer days will see a beautiful 19°C high while nights can cool down to about 9°C as the lower. Temperatures will be warming toward the end of the month as the northern capital heads towards its hottest month in July. Celebrating midsummer's day at the end of the month, the city doesn't seem to mind a brisk summer and stays active on these mostly clear days, with less than a 50% chance of a cloudy day.
Though there aren't many clouds, rain does fall in June. As the sea temperature warms to 8°C, the chance of rain begins to increase. The month sees an average of 60mm of rain, and there's typically rain on 17 days throughout the month. Humidity increases a tad, though it stays very low overall for a coastal city.
The wind is relatively low as well, with an average wind speed of 11km/hour
The longest day of the year occurs in late June in Helsinki, with approximately 19 hours of sunlight and only a short 5 hour night. The month starts off with the sun rising at 4:10 and varies only 10 minutes during this month of the summer solstice, dropping to just before 4:00 in the morning by the end of the month. The sunset varies 15 minutes, going from 22:30 to 22:45 throughout June.
Helsinki Hotels in June
Aptly named, Hotel Katajanokka lies in the heart of the Katajanokka district. Surrounded by Linnanpuisto Park, a former prison park, the hotel occupies a historical prison building. The oldest part of the building dates back to 1888, though the prison occupied the building until more recently, in 2002. After five years of renovations, the hotel opened in 2007, preserving the red brick outer walls and high perimeter wall around the park as a reminder of the building's history. It's easy to forget the hotel's history though when resting in one of its modern, luxurious rooms, working out in its exercise room, or relaxing in the sauna. With amenities such as an included breakfast, the hotel offers a great value at a moderate price. Guests can also enjoy lunch and dinner at the hotel restaurant featuring a Finnish-Scandinavian menu.
Crown Plaza Hotel
A recognizable name, the Crown Plaza Hotel lies just north of the Central Railway Station, offering easy access to both the city center and the airport. This classic hotel is designed in a subtly Finnish style with oriental touches. A gym, two pools, and a sauna are available for guests. Other amenities include a 24-hour business center, a parking garage and car wash service, and onsite car rentals. Rooms include luxurious welcoming touches such as an aromatherapy kit, bathrobes, bottled water, and chocolate. A popular choice for business travelers, there are plenty of meeting rooms available as well.
Original Sokos Hotel Pasila
With several Sokos hotels available in Helsinki, it's hard to choose just one to visit. The Original Sokos Hotel Pasila will be a great option for visitors hoping to stay further north in Helsinki. The hotel is located close to destinations such as the Helsinki Exhibition and Convention Center, Linnanmäki Amusement Park, Helsinki's Central Park and the Hartwall Arena. With great public transportation connects, it's a popular choice for conference and events visitors. More than 170 guest rooms, meeting rooms, saunas, and a restaurant make the hotel an all-in-one destination.
For a more local feel at a great price, guests may wish to stay at Aida Hotel. Located in West Harbor, just southwest of the city center, the small, privately owned hotel has a beautiful view to the sea. The front desk is open from 7 a.m. to 6 p.m., though late check-in is still available. Rooms come in singles, doubles or triples. Each room includes tea, coffee, a kettle and a fridge. A suite upgrade includes a private balcony and a private sauna. Clean, comfortable rooms, great views and friendly staff at a good price make Aida a highly rated hotel in Helsinki.
Bars and Restaurants
For travelers looking to get off of the beaten path, a visit to Nikolai II will be perfect. Both a "hotel" and a restaurant, this floating ship rests in the Helsinki Harbor near Market Square. Built in 1903 under the approval of Nikolai II of Russia, the ship was renovated to its current state in 2012. Available for private events and sauna visits, the Nikolai II ship is a microcosm of all things Finnish, wrapped up in four decks (and with WiFi too). The salmon soup is one of their most popular items, while locals enjoy the affordable beers and views of the city.
With a giant propeller at the door, diners can enjoy a seaside dinner with a ship-like feel, without actually being on the water at Ravintola Nokka. The restaurant is home to a beautiful patio facing the Baltic Sea that is open only during the summer months. Located in the Katajanokka area, the restaurant boasts locally sourced foods both for dining in and purchasing to take home. The wild-caught fish are particularly fresh at this seaside restaurant. Seasonal menus and a la carte menus are available, and children under 12 can dine at half price.
Savoy is a famed restaurant in Helsinki, with a long, 80-year history. A high vantage point provides a view over Helsinki rooftops and into Esplanadi Park. The minimalist, Finnish styling of the restaurant is provided by the famous Finnish architect Alvar Aalto. History is evident throughout the restaurant, and certain tables and drinks are even named after famous former customers. This luxurious and historical dining destination features menu items like pan-fried pike perch, poached lobster and roasted Anjou pigeon.
BLINit Russian Restaurant
Travelers on a budget will enjoy visiting BLINIt Russian Restaurant, located between the Alppila and Harju districts. A taste of Russian cuisine without having to travel away from Finland, BLINIt offers some of the best blini and pelmeni in the city. Other Russian cuisine is available as well, such as borscht or caviar. The thin crepes are also served as desserts, such as the blini with honey, jam or ice cream as a perfect way to end your meal.
Things to do in Helsinki in June
One of Helsinki's most popular and well-known attractions is the Suomenlinna Fortress. A UNESCO World Heritage Site, work on the fortress began in 1748, when the area was under the control of Sweden. The island fortress changed hands over the years to Russia in 1808 and finally to Finland in 1918. Used to protect the mainland, this island barrier is home to grand barracks, docks, courtyards, a church and museums. Walk through the history of the area on a guided tour, offered daily during the summer in Finnish, English, Swedish, Russian or Chinese. The tour is mostly outdoors, making summer the perfect time to visit. Entrance to the fortress is free, with the only cost being the ferry to the island.
After a long and cold winter, the Finnish are ready to celebrate Midsummer in late June. The festival extends across the nation, with festivities of all kinds taking place. For a traditional celebration, visitors can go to Seurasaari, an open air museum on an island. Midsummer's Eve celebrations have been held here since 1954. The festivities typically begin late in the afternoon and continue until after midnight. Finnish midsummer activities include a maypole raising, Finnish music and bonfires. There are children's programs as well, making this a fun and family-friendly event. Bonfires will be lit around the city and many restaurants offer special menus as well. A visitor to Helsinki during Midsummer will find countless options to join in on the celebrations.
Linnanmaki Amusement Park
Travelers to Helsinki in the summer will have a variety of fun, outdoor options to explore that they wouldn't be able to enjoy in the winter. Linnanmäki Amusement Park opens in late spring and has long hours throughout the summer for guests to enjoy the park. The park offers traditional rides like ferris wheels and bumper cars, as well as new and unique rides like a water rafting track (you'll get wet) and a virtual reality roller coaster (and real ones too). This truly family friendly destination offers unique perks such as a cotton candy school, where you can make your own treat, and even "attraction buddies"—someone to go on a ride with a child if their parent or guardian is unable to.
The Aalto House
The home of beloved Finnish architect Alvar Aalto is open by guided tour only, and shows a glimpse into the life of the man who set the tone for Finnish design. The Aalto House is located in the Munkkiniemi area in Helsinki. Tours last an hour and include both the tour and free time to explore the house and museum shop. The house is divided into a workspace used by Aalto's architectural firm and a private residence. Simple and natural materials counterbalance the modern architecture, just as Aalto's design method always included overall architecture and small details like glassware and lamps.