10 best meeting spaces in Helsinki.
Finland is generally considered to be a technologically progressive country. I mean, the home of NOKIA, F-SECURE & ROVIO didn’t start by making rubber boots….!? I can hear you wondering where I’m going with that one – Nokia’s business began by making rubber boots and other products such as cabling in 1865!
Enough history lessons. With Helsinki (and throughout Finland) being so well connected to the rest of the world, it is a great place to stop for business. Helsinki is among the most connected cities in the world according to last week’s press.
So whether you are stopping at the airport for a few hours and want to take advantage of Vantaa‘s great and FREE wifi connectivity, or whether you are planning something more elaborate – check out the best places for small and larger groups to meet for business in and around Helsinki. We start big and end perfectly petit.
1. Finlandia Hall (Finlandia Talo)
Impressively large with over 1700 seating in the largest of 4 areas. This building offers flexible meeting space, catering and events for the design conscious, as it was designed by Alvar Aalto, and continues to be design worthy with its interiors.
2. Allergy House
A place to be free of allergants! Home to the Allergy and Asthma Foundation, they should know how to do it right. With a Sauna and swimming pool on site, meeting space for 130 persons and catering with an emphasis on health and wellbeing…what is not to like? Site is in Finnish, make contact by email for English enquiries. We can help too.
3. Seurahuone Hotel – The President’s Room
Marshal Mannerheim, before his famous and brief Presidency of Finland, used to entertain guests in what is now called the Turkish Room at Helsinki’s oldest running hotel. Now a perfectly petite and private meeting space for 10 persons dining, this room overlooks the restaurant below. There are rooms that fit up to 70 too, if this one isn’t quite right.
Impressive intimate ballroom, able to short up to 300 persons standing. Elegant and private for meetings or hosted parties, this event space is in a historically significant concert hall. How about combining your meeting or event space with a light rendition of Sibelius?
Designed by Alvar Aalto in the 1950’s and freshly renovated, this culturally significant building seats more than 1400 delegates in total. Space for a show, large auditorium and private break out space, it is a self declared ‘Versatile Legend’ of a space.
Gallery space for cocktail events, plus two larger meeting rooms for privacy. Right in the centre of historic Porvoo, perfect for a culturally thematic meeting. With cinema facilities in the building, full restaurant and catering options and an exquisite collection of Finnish artwork, work and play are easily combined.
A short cruise out of the city, set in 800 hectares of private island, the Villa offers meeting and recreational facilities for up to 80 persons, including health and wellbeing – sauna, outdoor hot tub, private beach & team building activities. More info here. Best served with a chartered cruise such as this from Helsinki city Harbour.
Experience the rustic barn meeting space, reminiscent of country living in Finland. Fully equipped with projector, large screen and catering services, you can also enjoy a full course Finnish meal or summer barbecue on site with delicacies such as blinis and roe, deer burger or roasted reindeer. Try adding on activities such as snowshoeing or fishing.
9. Radisson Blu Royal Hotel, Helsinki
Back to the larger scale now with Radisson Blu’s fabulous service and facilities. Located right next to Kamppi central area in Helsinki, this hotel offers conferencing for up to groups of 300 per circuit. Radisson Blu not only has one of the best breakfasts in the Nordic, but their catering and service for meetings is exceptional.
Kulosaari Casino is home to the Crayfish party! If you are searching for a space to meet and eat in fun Nordic fashion – look no further! The Casino offers set menus and banqueting for 350 dinner service or 550 cocktail events.
We think we’ll have to bring out another list later this year, as there are so many other great spaces in Helsinki and Southern Finland!
Oh one note on all of the above – the WIFI works 🙂