What are the best adventure outings in Helsinki?

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Violetta Teetor

Finns are sports crazy and like to indulge in all kinds of activities that push the envelope, getting the ole ticker going and pump a rush of adrenaline.

Jumping out of airplanes with expert advice from Pasi Siimes and his gang from Skyxperience, tandem jumping might just be the thing to give you a brand new lease on life. What’s more exciting that it happens right here in the city at Malmi airport which means that the view from up there is going to be spectacular to say the least.

Come down to earth on the back of an Icelandic horse. These gentle creatures are so comfortable and easy to ride that anyone can master it with a guide through the Finnish forest and countryside. Available at Torppintali (+358 (0) 19 625555) or Talli Ofeigur (+358 50 5173898 or leila.salovaara@kolumbus.fi)

Kayaking is a fun way to explore the sea and archipelago around Helsinki. Vuosaari Paddling Centre is a metro ride away where a guide will take you out on the Helsinki by Kayak tour, Night Paddling or Whitewater Course. Rent your own kayak at Helsinki Kayak Centre in Töölö near the Sibelius Monument by calling +358 9 4362500 (office hours 10.00 - 15.00) or emailing myynti@helsinkimelontakeskus.fi. Lose your breath in the speed of jet skis available from VMax, too.

Go for a gentle hike in gentle nature at Nuuksio National Forest. The trails are well marked and the rest stops have barbecues where you can build a fire and grill your sausage. There’s also the Haltia Nature Centre with several exhibitions depicting the diversity of Finnish nature. A bus ride from Kiasma Museum of Contemporary Art in the heart of the city, will take you there.

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