Finns love the possibilities that forests and lakes offer them. To find out about the multitude of possibilities for hiking, cross-country skiing and canoeing, please go to

A great way to find information about the variety of sports associations and their activities in Finland is to visit the website of the Finnish Sports Federation.

Many of the universities’ sports possibilities are arranged through University of Helsinki, which offers 68 different sports from yoga and martial arts to salsa dancing and wall climbing. Discount prices are also available to students of Hanken School of Economics, Finnish Academy of Fine Arts, Sibelius Academy, University of Arts and Design of Helsinki, and Theatre Academy. For more information, go to University Sports Services.

Sports possibilities at universities of applied sciences are usually arranged through their student unions. For up-to-date information, contact the student union at your chosen institution. For example: Aalto-University Student Union offers its members excellent opportunities for doing various sports. Information on the facilities and sports associations can be found on their website.

Student Union of LUAS provides various sports possibilities. For more information, e-mail

Metropolia offers sports classes to its students. For more information, go to their website.

Public sports facilities and clubs in Helsinki

Outdoor recreation and sports facilities in Espoo

Sport organisations and facilities in Vantaa

Lahti Sports Centre

Sport activities in Hämeenlinna

Finnish swimming halls are well equipped and in good condition yet reasonably priced. Some swimming halls also offer women-only swimming hours. For information on the times and places go to each city’s respective Sports Department’s website.

For those who wish to exercise in an all-female environment, there are many possibilities:
Motivus has four sport centres (Adlon, Kamppi, Stockmann and Brahe) designated for women only. For more information contact

Finnbody also has all-female gyms. For more information contact (located in the Ogeli shopping mall) or (near downtown at Mäkelänkatu 2.)

Bodimimmit has an all-female gym in Eastern Helsinki at Ounasvaarantie 1. For more information, contact

Cultural Centres

Mikonkatu 17 C
tel. 09- 310 37500

The international cultural centre organises concerts, food festivals, exhibitions, seminars, and courses.

Turunlinnantie 1
tel. 09- 310 88405

The lively cultural centre in Eastern Helsinki offers one of the best venues for contemporary and international performances. Visitors of all ages go there to enjoy dance, theatre, music, and exhibitions.