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VantaaFinland

Vantaa, best known for the Finnish Science Centre Heureka and Helsinki-Vantaa airport, is a mixture of modern city and traditional rural idyll.

The history of Vantaa, which is part of the Helsinki metropolitan area, dates back to the 14th century, when the area was known as Helsinki parish. Vantaa, which is Finland’s fourth largest city in terms of population, was not granted city status until 1974. Today, Vantaa is a dynamic and growing city, where visitors can enjoy science, technology, cultural history and art.

All travellers arriving in Helsinki by air first come to Vantaa through Helsinki-Vantaa Airport. The development of Vantaa has primarily been based on migration from the countryside and growth of infrastructure in the area. 1989 was a watershed in Vantaa’s cultural life as this was the year the Finnish Science Centre Heureka opened its doors and the Ankkarock music festival was first held. The Finnish Science Centre Heureka enables visitors to discover the world of science through interactive exhibits and it attracts around 300,000 visitors each year. If you have a particular interest in science and technology you can also visit the Finnish Aviation Museum, which is located near the airport and whose collections include nearly 9,000 aviation industry objects.

Vantaa Art Museum is a must-see attraction during your holiday in Vantaa. The museum, which opened in 1994, presents temporary exhibitions of domestic and international contemporary art, many of which are free admission. In Tikkurila, the Vantaa City Museum’s permanent exhibition The River: from Stone Age to Beer Floating depicts life in Vantaa from 10,000 years ago all the way through to modern times, and admission is free thanks to the educational purpose of the museum. Concert Hall Martinus in Martinlaakso is home to the Vantaa Pops Orchestra and the venue is also used for various musical performances, conferences and seminars. Multipurpose Centre LUMO in turn provides a programme of culture for all ages, including an indoor sports facility and performing arts classes.

In Vantaa, you and your children can enjoy the Hurraa! Children’s Festival or take to the dance floor at the Vantaa Dance Festival. In summer, there is the big Tikkurila Festival, which features top Finnish artists. An interesting addition to the events calendar is the baroque music festival BRQ Vantaa Festival. Next to Tikkurila station, the Vernissa cultural centre, which is located in an old varnish factory, a local heritage site, arranges various arts and music events and activities.

Vantaa is known as a real shopper’s paradise and is home to several factory outlets and shopping centres such as Jumbo and Porttipuisto in the area around the Kehä III ring way. Flamingo Shopping Centre’s spa is a good place for relaxation at the end of a long day. Vantaa also has a wide range of excellent dining options, so everyone can find a cuisine to suit their taste.

Vantaa’s extremely central location and short distance from Helsinki-Vantaa airport make the city an excellent holiday destination, especially for longer stopovers. Vantaa also offers excellent transport links to nearby cities, whether by air, train or bus.

Visit Vantaa in order to enjoy beautiful countryside, culture and excellent shopping facilities. Vantaa offers something for the entire family to see, do and experience.

Where to stay in Vantaa

Vantaa showing kayaking or canoeing, rafting and a lake or waterhole

Aviapolis

4/5Very Good!(77 area reviews)

If you're spending some time in Aviapolis, Flamingo Entertainment Centre and Jumbo Shopping Center are top sights worth seeing.

Aviapolis

Top hotels in Vantaa

Estimated price for 1 night / 2 adults
Clarion Hotel Helsinki Airport
Clarion Hotel Helsinki Airport
4 out of 5
Karhumäentie 5, Vantaa, Uusimaa
The price is £79 per night

Located in Aviapolis, this hotel is within 1 mi (2 km) of Finnish Aviation Museum and Jumbo Shopping Center. Flamingo Entertainment Centre is 1.4 mi (2.3 km) ...

4.7/5Exceptional! (1,246 reviews)

"Beautiful property - looked new! The bed was very comfortable and the shower was phenomenal! I liked how close it was to the airport and it’s on the main train line into the city. The breakfast spread was very good."…"

Reviewed on 9 Mar 2020

Clarion Hotel Helsinki Airport
Scandic Helsinki Airport
Scandic Helsinki Airport
3.5 out of 5
Lentäjäntie 1, Vantaa
The price is £117 per night

Located in Aviapolis, this hotel is 1 mi (1.7 km) from Finnish Aviation Museum and within 3 miles (5 km) of Flamingo Entertainment Centre and Jumbo Shopping ...

4.5/5Wonderful! (918 reviews)

"The rooms were exceptionally quiet, comfortable and peaceful. Breakfast was amazing! I dined there several times as well and the food was excellent. I would certainly stay there again."…"

Reviewed on 21 Mar 2020

Scandic Helsinki Airport
Scandic Helsinki Aviapolis
Scandic Helsinki Aviapolis
3 out of 5
Robert Huberin Tie 6, Vantaa
The price is £87 per night

Located in Aviapolis, this hotel is within a 15-minute walk of Jumbo Shopping Center and Flamingo Entertainment Centre. Finnish Aviation Museum is 0.8 mi (1.3 ...

3.9/5Good! (1,281 reviews)

"The ladies at the front desk stayed very friendly as there was a long line to check in they where overwhelmed but stayed friendly throughout the customers request."…"

Reviewed on 17 Mar 2020

Scandic Helsinki Aviapolis

Popular places to visit in Vantaa

Helsinki Cathedral
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Helsinki Cathedral

4.5/5(93 reviews)

Stop at this beautiful Finnish Evangelical Lutheran cathedral to admire its stunning architecture and see a magnificent collection of zinc sculptures.

Finlandia Hall
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Finlandia Hall

4.5/5(28 reviews)

Attend an international music event and take a guided tour of this multipurpose Helsinki venue to learn about its significant architectural history.

Stockmann
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Stockmann

4/5(92 reviews)

Discover one of Scandinavia’s largest shopping malls, filled with all your favorite brands and some of the city’s best food outlets.

Kamppi Center
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Kamppi Center

4.5/5(56 reviews)

During your trip to Helsinki, you can enjoy retail therapy at Kamppi Center. Experience the fascinating museums and acclaimed art galleries in this culturally rich area.

Senate Square
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Senate Square

4.5/5(98 reviews)

Snap photos of the fascinating buildings surrounding this huge square, which is the cultural center of politics, religion and science in the city.

Helsinki Zoo
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Helsinki Zoo

4.5/5(4 reviews)

Explore the planet’s wildest environments and discover the animals that live in this zoo, one of only a few in the world located on an island.

Top things to do in Vantaa

Helsinki Card
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Helsinki Card

84% of travellers recommend
£46
Per adult
3 Hours Airport to Helsinki city sightseeing
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3 Hours Airport to Helsinki city sightseeing

100% of travellers recommend
£67
Per adult
Private National Park and Porvoo Old Town tour from Helsinki
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Private National Park and Porvoo Old Town tour from Helsinki

£450
Per adult
Shore Excursion: Helsinki Hop-on Hop-off Tour
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Shore Excursion: Helsinki Hop-on Hop-off Tour

£27
Per adult
Daily Porvoo old town half-day tour
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Daily Porvoo old town half-day tour

88% of travellers recommend
£108
Per adult
Tallinn day trip with a walking tour in the old town
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Tallinn day trip with a walking tour in the old town

100% of travellers recommend
£162
Per adult

Reviews of Vantaa

3.8

Guest rating

5 - Excellent
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5 - Excellent 14.285714285714286%
4 - Good
24
4 - Good 57.142857142857146%
3 - Okay
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3 - Okay 26.19047619047619%
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2 - Disappointing 2.380952380952381%
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4/5 - Good

Verified traveller

15 Nov 2019

Very nice

5/5 - Excellent

Verified traveller

1 Nov 2019

An interesting 10min walk to a wonderful shopping centre, Jumbo, through motorway spaghetti but doable.

3/5 - Okay

Verified traveller

18 Feb 2019

Overpriced

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