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By these rapids, the city of Helsinki was born!

Enjoy a walk in the nature of Viikki and the Old city rapids in Eastern Helsinki.

The rapids found at the mouth of the Vantaanjoki carried the name Helsinge fors (‘Rapids of Helsinge’) when the city was established there in 1550. The name of the city became Helsingfors in Swedish, which locals then turned into Helsing or Helsinge.

Learn all about the history of Helsinki and about Vanhankaupunginkoski “”the Old City Rapids”, important landmark and a beautiful nature sight in Helsinki. The rapids are 200 meters wide with over a six meters drop in altitude.

Viikki spreads out on the eastern side of the rapids. The district has been carefully constructed according to ecological guidelines.

Eko-Viikki is a modern residential area built following principles of sustainable development, and it is also a campus of the University of Helsinki. This science center is among the best in the world.

The Vanhankaupunginlahti nature reserve is the biggest in Helsinki offering prime opportunities for birdwatching as one of the city’s most significant nesting and migration areas for birds.

On this tour, you will hear about the colorful stories of the early years of the city of Helsinki in the crossroads between the East and the West and learn about nature reserves in Helsinki and Finland.

Time: 13:00–16:00

Minimum participants: 20

This tour starts at the congress centre.

Find more information here.


  • Please note that this activity is organised by an outside company.
  • If you wish to participate in this event, please add it to your meeting registration.
  • It the minimum participation is not reached, the activity will be cancelled and the reimbursement will be done after the meeting.