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9 ideas for seaside events in Espoo

Looking for an event venue in the marine environment? Welcome to Espoo! Arrange a meeting or a recreation day, celebrate, eat well, stay overnight and explore the beautiful archipelago.

Are you looking for a meeting, event or party venue in a seaside environment? Are you planning well-being or recreational day for your work community? Head to Espoo! 

Espoo has 165 islands and nearly 60 kilometres of shoreline, making it ideal for enjoying seaside activities.

Here, you can imagine yourself as a sailor and enjoy a piece of the world’s largest island region without your own boat. And how can you do that? Easily! Travel on the metro, ride a city bike, for example, from Matinkylä to the Nokkala boat harbour and hop on an archipelago boat. Espoo’s archipelago boats travel various routes to recreational islands in the summer season.

See the archipelago boat timetables, routes and ports of departure.

Did you know this about marine Espoo?

1. The idyllic and secluded wooden villa of HERRÖ on Stora Herrö island

Wooden sauna by the sea. Sea and setting sun reflected from a window.

Specialised in seaside experiences, Hiiohoi Oy organises unforgettable events in Espoo. One of their most popular venues is the idyllic wooden villa of HERRÖ located on the island of Stora Herrö in the beautiful Suvisaaristo archipelago in Espoo. HERRÖ is a perfect venue for organising various client events, company outings, meetings and parties for 5-35 persons. 

And how to get there? Espoo’s archipelago boat travels to Stora Herrö island, but it is recommended to book a private boat because the city’s boat service cannot be pre-booked for groups. The personnel of HERRÖ will help you arrange a private boat for the trip. Depending on the vessel, the trip from Helsinki city centre to HERRÖ takes approximately 30–60 minutes. From the shores of the Suvisaaristo archipelago in Espoo, the trip takes only 10–20 minutes.

About HERRÖ

Hiiohoi's services

 


2. Water Sports Centre Laguuni – Good vibe guarantee for groups!

A person on a wakeboard and splashing water. Office buildings in the background.

Laguuni is Finland’s largest water sports centre and floating restaurant located in the urban environment of Keilaniemi. The centre is a refreshing venue for summertime activities and events. Have your team here and try wakeboarding, stand up paddleboarding (SUP), a water trampoline, kayaking or e-biking – or even all these activities! Laguuni offers expert advice and guidance and its activities are suitable for people of all experience levels.

Laguuni’s group days have a good vibe guarantee – if you feel like the day did not make you smile, they will find a way to make it up to you!

Laguuni’s services for groups

www.laguuniin.fi

 

3. Day trip to Pentala Island

Red wooden museum buildings by the sea surrounded by trees. The sun is shining and the sky is blue.

Photo: Tommi Heinonen

Located in the archipelago of Suvisaaristo, the island of Pentala is one of Espoo’s natural treasures and a popular day trip destination. Here, you can visit the Pentala Archipelago Museum and learn about life in the archipelago. A day trip involves spending time in nature and enjoying lunch or dinner in an idyllic island environment. 

We recommend booking one of the thematic guided museum tours. During the active Life on the island tour, you can test your fisherman’s skills, pet sheep and take a group photo in the spirit of the early 1900s. 

A nature trail that starts from the museum area takes visitors to enjoy the natural beauty of Lake Pentalanjärvi and the sandy Diksand beach. Do not forget to bring your swimsuit!

For lunch or dinner, we recommend the delicacies of the Restaurant Paven. The menu is full of fresh flavours. In addition to the beautiful pavilion, you can enjoy the restaurant’s dishes on the spacious terrace or as a take-away on your own boat.

You can also visit Café Pentala, open in summer, and enjoy tasty snacks.

Pentala's services for groups 

 Arriving Pentala and Paven

One of Espoo’s archipelago boats travels to Pentala. In addition, Paven has its own water-bus service on Thursday evenings in weeks 26–32 in summer 2022. Restaurant Paven also has a charter boat service and departures can be from locations such as the Helsinki Market Square, Kaivopuisto or Espoo’s different harbours. Depending on the number of people, you can choose between a water taxi, water bus, sailing boat or RIB boat. 

We recommend the charter boat service to larger groups because the city’s boats cannot be pre-booked for groups and on sunny days they reach full capacity quickly.

Check out also the archipelago museum’s tips for travelling to Pentala.

4. Thematic RIB boat trips

A group of people riding a RIB boat at sea.

Sea Adventures Finland organises thematic trips in the archipelago of Espoo, Sipoo, Kirkkonummi, Inkoo and Helsinki. These seaside trips are ideal company outing activities and easy to include in a meeting day.

You have an unobstructed 360-degree view of the archipelago from the RIB boat, and on a safari, you can immerse yourself in the nature and stories of the archipelago. These trips lead you to interesting sites that are hard to reach otherwise. Choose one of the ready-made thematic trips or have one tailored just for your group. 

Trips

Read more about the rib tours


5. Royal Line archipelago cruises

An archipelago cruise ship at sea. There are people sitting on the deck.

Royal Line’s m/s Royal Cat takes you from the Nokkala harbour in Matinkylä to the archipelago of Suvisaaristo, where you can enjoy the beautiful scenery, exciting islander stories, good company and local delicacies served by ship’s own kitchen. The cruise has room for up to 100 guests.

Lunch, dinner and sightseeing cruises in Suvisaaristo

In addition to guided lunch and dinner cruises, Royal Line offers private cruises for companies and other groups.

 Visit royalline.fi for more info and bookings

 
6. Enjoy art, design, and gastronomy with a sea view at Hanaholmen

Suite with colorful patterned sofa furniture. The window overlooks the sea and the trees on the beach.

Hotel Hanaholmen offers top modern hotel rooms and conference facilities for even very demanding tastes. Located a stone´s throw away from Helsinki with the beautiful Finnish archipelago just outside the window, Hanaholmen is truly full of the maritime atmosphere.

Directly from the hotel's own pier, you can depart for a cruise around the archipelago or hop on a RIB boat and splash away. You can also make the trip to Hanasaari an experience, and arrive with the group by sailboat, for example from the Helsinki Market Square.

What to expect in Hanaholmen?

Take a Virtual tour of meeting rooms, hotel and restaurant.

Hanaholmen.fi


7. Radisson Blu Hotel Espoo by Espoo's Waterfront Walkway

The white hotel building of Radisson Blu Espoo surrounded by birches.

Radisson BLU Espoo is located by the sea in Otaniemi, near excellent recreational facilities and traffic connections. The hotel is popular among business travellers, as it is within walking distance of the Keilaniemi business area and Otaniemi, the Aalto University campus area.

Seashore is just 100 meters away and the 40-kilometres long recreational walkway Rantaraitti promenade runs right in front of the hotel too. Why not hold part of your meeting outdoors, while taking a stroll along with the Rantaraitti? The hotel also offers guided activities. For example, sauna yoga is a relaxing way to start or end the day!

Radisson’s facilities

Visit hotel's website for more info and bookings

 

8. Villa Kotkankallio

The stone and timbered main building of Villa Kotkankallio surrounded by trees.

Villa Kotkankallio is a 600m2 stone/timbered villa located in the marine environment in Porkkalanniemi. The villa offers functional and practical facilities for off-site conferences for several days. 

The facilities are on three and a half floors:

The garden has a covered barbecue platform with a fire pit. All food is prepared on-site using fresh and seasonal ingredients. The villa host serves the food according to the agreed schedule. The facility is licensed to sell alcohol. Guests will be charged for drinks according to consumption.

Activities in Kotkankallio

Villa Kotkankallio is one of the three Villas that SMA Groups operates in the Helsinki Region.

Read more about the facilities and amenities on sma.fi

 

9. Dipoli – Event and conference facilities

Dipoli surrounded by trees. The sun is shining, and the sky is blue.

Legendary Dipoli, located in the heart of the Aalto University campus in Otaniemi, has six event and conference facilities of different sizes and serves all kinds of customers from small groups to 1,000-person seminars and international conferences. Combined with the building’s elegant lobby, the larger rooms are also suitable for cocktail events of more than 1,000 guests.

The multi-purpose building’s à la carte restaurant Metso serves dishes prepared from the best local ingredients, lunch menus and special group menus. 

Including seaside activities in your meeting or seminar day is easy – the Baltic Sea is only 200 metres away! Espoo’s archipelago boat’s stop and Radisson Blu Espoo are also located right behind the corner. To end your meeting, you can organise a light-hearted contest on the Otaniemi sports field and enjoy the seaside view. 

Facilities in a nutshell

Seminar rooms Kaleva and Sief for seminars, congresses, evening parties and exhibitions; capacity of 1,000 people.

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