What to do in Helsinki

Join us in Helsinki this January for the 'Lux Helsinki' light installation, part of the UN's International Year of Light 2015 .

Lux Helsinki 2015 – It's all about light

Free City Event in Helsinki, Finland, 4th to 8th of January 2015. Be part of the UN's International Year of Light 2015.

The capital of Finland, Helsinki, is a beautiful city to visit both in summer and in winter. There are a lot of events in the city throughout the year. As someone who has lived in Helsinki the first twenty-something years of her life, there is one specific event that I would like to share with you all. Lux Helsinki is an impressive city event that is sure to bring light to the darkest time of the year.

Lux Helsinki invites you to enjoy brilliant light installations during the darkest time of the year in the capital of Finland. Approximately thirteen impressive and surprising light installations will light up a route stretching from the Olympic Stadium to the city centre via the Amphitheatre at the Finnish National Opera. One of the main stages for Lux Helsinki 2015 between January 4th and 8th will be at the Hakasalmi Villa and the Great Courtyard (Linnanpiha) of the National Museum.

Lux Helsinki reveals a new side to some of the most famous buildings in Helsinki. The light installations, generally between 4pm and 10pm during event days, are designed by Finnish and international artists, including artists and artist groups from France and Belgium. The event gives you a chance to see Helsinki from a new angle – either in small portions while strolling through the city or in its entirety like an exhibition.

For 2015, one of the highlights will be created by the Belgian ACT Lighting Design and Odeaubois, the wooden-based light installation OVO will be situated in the rear yard of the Hakasalmi Villa. Viewers can enter the installation, where they will be surrounded by its light animation and soundscape. The work is shaped like an egg – a global symbol of new life. The universal and streamlined form of the installation has delighted audiences at light events in cities including Beijing and Eindhoven.

FREE Tours in English will be arranged on Saturday to Tuesday 4-7 January at 5:30 and 6:30 pm, and on Wednesday 8 January at 6:30 pm.

The maximum tour duration will be 1.5 hours. Each tour is open to a maximum of 20 participants and you can book at the Tourist office before hand.

If you happen to be in Helsinki in early January, we here at 50 Degrees North recommend taking full advantage of this free city event – and don’t forget your camera because there will be some amazing shots!