Seurasaari is a small island next to the Helsinki city centre where visitors can experience Finland and is traditional colorful wooden houses at an open-air museum. But probably the thing you will remember most clearly is the encounter with a lot of crazy red squirrels.
You can also call this place “Red squirrel island” because you will definitely meet several of these little animals when you visit the open-air museum. You won’t only see them, but get into close contact with them. These naughty fellows are spoiled and used to people as they have been obviously fed by the tourists for ages! They climb upon you in order to catch a biscuit or to take a peek into your bag.
However, the museum itself is appealing, too. Seurasaari is an island in the north-west of Helsinki’s city centre connected to the mainland by a nice Scandinavian looking wood bridge. Catch Bus Nr. 24 from Lasipalatsi to get there.
Since the late 19th century the Finns have installed houses from different regions in Finland on this little island in order to let it serve as an open-air museum. The entrance to the park itself is free of charge. A lot of joggers use this occasion. But you need to buy a ticket when you want to have access to the historical yards and houses where the old interiors have been preserved. Guides are dressed in traditional Finnish costumes and explain what is exhibited there.