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Travel Guide

The diverse geography of Finland’s second-largest municipality ensures you’ll find plenty to do both indoors and out.

Visit beautiful Espoo to sail around an archipelago of more than 150 islands or hike on deserted woodland trails. Explore fascinating museums and galleries and enjoy superb modern dining in the city center restaurants. Part of the Helsinki Metropolitan Area, Espoo incorporates all the attractions of a modern city, yet it maintains a natural feel with grassy areas and access to the coast.

Discover the city’s culture with a museum visit. The Museum of Modern Art has a focus on the nation’s greatest artisans of the last 200 years. Explore the Gallen-Kallela Museum, a 10-minute drive northeast around the bay. Mainly devoted to the great Finnish painter of the same name, it also has a fascinating display of artifacts from his family’s travels around Africa.

Delight in the Finnish Toy Museum and the Museum of Horology, with more than 6,000 watches and clocks, some that date back as far as the 17th century.

A good place to experience nature in Espoo is the Nuuksio National Park, which has mirror-like lakes interspersed between gorgeous forests of conifer and birch trees. Stop off at the modern Finnish Nature Centre Haltia to view a range of interactive information screens about the park and find out what animals you can expect to encounter.

If you enjoy getting out on the water, take a boat tour of the many islands scattered off the coast of Espoo and Helsinki. Catch the ferry from one of seven city-side ports and soak up the last of the day’s sunshine reflecting off the waves.

Reach Espoo by train from Helsinki in about 20 minutes. The city center has excellent restaurants that serve full international menus. Find abundant hotels within walking distance. Perhaps the premier event on the calendar is the April Jazz Festival with a selection of international artists performing.

Where to stay in Espoo

Top Hotels in Espoo

Hotel Hanasaari
Hotel Hanasaari
3.5 out of 5
Hanasaarenranta 5, Espoo
The price is $136 per night from Mar 6 to Mar 7

This Etelainen District hotel is on the beach, 2.2 mi (3.5 km) from WeeGee Exhibition Centre, and within 6 mi (10 km) of Ateneum Art Museum and Seurasaari Open ...

4.6/5Wonderful! (601 reviews)
Amazing breakfast

"Lovely peaceful location with sea views. Breakfast was superb and very quiet. Pool and sauna in the morning provided a great start to the day. Scandi design rooms - stylish and comfortable."…"

Reviewed on Aug 4, 2020

Hotel Hanasaari
Original Sokos Hotel Tapiola Garden
Original Sokos Hotel Tapiola Garden
4 out of 5
Tapionaukio 3, Espoo
The price is $114 per night from Mar 6 to Mar 7

This family-friendly Espoo hotel is located in the historical district, within a 15-minute walk of Espoo Museum of Modern Art and WeeGee Exhibition Centre. Espoo ...

4.1/5Very Good! (487 reviews)

"Good hotel with friendly staff in a good location in Espoo. Room cleaning needs improvement though. There was dust in the spots they don’t seem to check everyday (light fixtures, etc). But in all fairness this seems to be a common problem on this kind of property in Finland. Cleaning services are ..."…"

Reviewed on Sep 28, 2019

Original Sokos Hotel Tapiola Garden
Hotel Nuuksio
Hotel Nuuksio
3 out of 5
Naruportintie 68, Kirkkonummi, Espoo
The price is $77 per night from Mar 27 to Mar 28

Offering direct access to the beach, this Espoo hotel is in a national park and within 9 mi (15 km) of Kakarlammen Nature Reserve, Lammaskallion uimaranta, and ...

3.9/5Good! (151 reviews)

"The kindness and professional attitude of the staff."…"

Reviewed on Sep 27, 2019

Hotel Nuuksio
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Vacation Rentals in Espoo

Forenom Aparthotel Espoo Leppävaara
Forenom Aparthotel Espoo Leppävaara
3 out of 5
Porarinkatu 1, Espoo
The price is $83 per night from Mar 5 to Mar 6

Located in Lantinen District, this aparthotel is 0.8 mi (1.3 km) from Sello Shopping Centre and 3 mi (4.7 km) from Terveystalo Kaari Clinic. Myyrmanni Shopping ...

4.2/5Very Good! (369 reviews)
Been there, wouldn't mind to do it again.

"Quick booking and comfortable stay during travel."…"

Reviewed on Oct 18, 2020

Forenom Aparthotel Espoo Leppävaara
Espoo Sun Cottages
Espoo Sun Cottages
3 out of 5
Lomatie 9, Espoo
The price is $143 per night from Mar 2 to Mar 3

Situated near the beach, this cottage is 0.5 mi (0.8 km) from Serena Water Park and 2.1 mi (3.4 km) from Luukin uimaranta. Odilampi and Nuuksio National Park ...

1.8/5 (8 reviews)
worst property.

"I did not get out of the taxi to check into ESPOO SUN COTTAGES. There is no proper road to the property, no reception, no breakfast available. You will be lost in wilderness without a nearby coffee shop, no breakfast, no superMarket nearby nor a taxi service. You will be mislead so do not pick up ..."…"

Reviewed on Sep 13, 2019

Espoo Sun Cottages
Serena Villas
Serena Villas
3.5 out of 5
Tornimäentie 10, Espoo
The price is $220 per night from Mar 15 to Mar 16

Conveniently near skiing facilities, this cabin in Espoo is within 3 mi (5 km) of Serena Water Park and Luukin uimaranta and close to winter sports such as cross-country ...

Serena Villas
Lowest nightly price found within the past 24 hours based on a 1 night stay for 2 adults. Prices and availability subject to change. Additional terms may apply.

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Reviews of Espoo


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May 24, 2019

Appropriate for business community

5/5 - Excellent

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Feb 20, 2019

Great place to stay!

4/5 - Good

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Jan 8, 2019

We stayed at this location before. We're happy in general. Wi-fi was terrible this time though.

5/5 - Excellent

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Dec 16, 2018

It is like a sate

5/5 - Excellent


Sep 21, 2018

The next big surrounding city to Helsinki that is about to blow up! The megamall they are buiding in Tapiola (Aiona) is being worked on now, but a lot of shops are open now including the market/grocery store. 5 minute walk from Forenom.

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