These are the members of the LGBTQ+ Friendly Finland Community. We Speak Gay is a community of open minded companies and events that are welcoming to LGBTQ customers creating a safe atmosphere in which you can feel valued and respected. These companies are against racism and all kinds of discrimination, homophobia and transphobia. The members of the community are committed to inclusion and want to embrace diversity in Finland. You can find all the member events of the community here.
THE MOST RECENT MEMBERS
Greta Productions / Helsinki
Greta Productions is an artistic production company founded in 2016 by opera singer and actress Reetta Ristimäki. The company focuses on musical theater and opera performances and especially on social and historical themes as well as immersive performances that immerse the viewer holistically. Greta Productions does not have a permanent performance space but in addition to the Helsinki metropolitan area productions can be seen in various spaces throughout Finland from theaters and concert halls to museums and cafés.
Greta´s Studio is a space owned by Greta Productions in Kamppi, Helsinki which is rented out for the practical use of performing arts and for various events for both individuals, companies and organizations.
Tampere Hall / Lakeland
Tampere Hall, the congress and cultural centre giant of the Nordic countries, is a venue for nearly a thousand different events, concerts, meetings, and international conferences each year. Browse Tampere Hall’s concerts and club gigs, relax at the restaurant Tuhto, enjoy art and pick souvenirs from Tampere Hall Shop. Remember to visit the world’s only Moomin Museum and stay at the Courtyard by Marriott hotel, all under one roof. Even though Tampere Hall is situated in the vibrant city centre, the large windows let in the beautiful park (Sorsapuisto) that surrounds the building. The diverse and experience-filled offering of Tampere Hall allows it to serve a wide-ranging audience and ensures that everyone finds in it something to spice up their daily routines.
Långvik Congress Wellness Hotel / Helsinki
The hotel that offers more – Långvik spa and conference hotel is situated in a tranquil seaside setting in Kirkkonummi, just half an hour drive from the centre of Helsinki. The high standard hotel offers fine dining experiences, luxurious wellness moments and sporty activities such as Fitness Center, tennis, golf, beach volley, yoga, SUP boarding, fat bikes – to name a few. The wellness spa with its swimming pool, jacuzzis, saunas and pampering treatments is sure to make you feel rejuvenated long after your visit. The Långvik restaurant is known for mixing classic French cuisine with Nordic elements and specialties. The menus are planned seasonally, preferring local and seasonal ingredients.
Maritime Centre Vellamo / Archipelago & Coastline
Maritime Centre Vellamo is an attraction open all-year round and well worth a visit to see the amazing architecture both indoors and outdoors. Vellamo houses the Maritime Museum of Finland and the Kymenlaakso Museum, which present the tales of the sea and the local region through exhibitions praised by people of all ages and abilities. In the exhibitions you’ll learn about celebrations, everyday toil and life in a rough port town. Explore the art exhibitions, which are frequently on display with varying themes. In the summer season you can visit icebreaker Tarmo all the way down to the engine room. Newest addition to the summer collection is lightship Kemi (opens late June 2022).
There’s also a tasty restaurant with a sea view – not to forget the unique museum shop with local products. Vellamo warmly welcomes everybody!
Maritime Centre Vellamo is a safe space for everyone. We respect and listen to others. We give everyone space and peace to enjoy the exhibitions in their own way. No one is bullied, harassed or discriminated against. For any reason. Everyone is welcome as they are. Everyone is valuable.
Master Jeweller Mika Tarkkanen / Helsinki
Beautiful, hand-crafted jewellery since 1955. Master Jeweller Tarkkanen’s atelier and showroom in Helsinki offers personal service and privacy for you who are looking for something unique. Our award-winning jewellery is fully designed and crafted in our atelier. The quality of our work and the use of prestige materials and high-quality gemstones creates products that last forever. And the atelier is a magical experience itself. Let us welcome you to the atelier in Helsinki, Hämeentie 155. For a private tour and appointment, please feel free to make a booking on our website
LGBTQ FRIENDLY ACCOMODATION
Original Sokos Hotel Kupittaa / Coast & Archipelago
The modern and extraordinary Original Sokos Hotel Kupittaa has 196 rooms, a restaurant and a rooftop bar, a gym and two saunas. Hotel is the ideal location to eat, meet and spend time. It is the new and vibrant heart of Kupittaa, a fast growing area in Turku. There is a direct connection from the hotel to the train station or you can drive from the main streets in to our parking facility. Enjoy a hearty breakfast or lunch, pop in for a drink after work or spend a leisurely evening in the atmospheric Bistro Elli. Companies, universities, the largest city park in Finland, an adventure park and sports centers are all just a short distance away.
Original Sokos Hotel Wiklund / Coast & Archipelago
The relaxed choice for the independent traveler in a laid-back, urban hotel in Turku.
Looking for a spot of privacy in the heart of Turku, close to all activities on offer in the city? An oasis to return to after a day of work or a sensory adventure overload? Book a room at Original Sokos Hotel Wiklund! A completely renewed urban hotel. An ideal choice for solo travelers enjoying life, couples on staycation, groups of friends, as well as families with children. A variety of restaurants serving coffees and pastries on the ground floor, burgers and Italian flavors on the second, and on the roof top panoramic cocktails and beers.
Solo Sokos Hotel Turun Seurahuone / Coast & Archipelago
Solo Sokos Hotel Turun Seurahuone is an elegant and lively boutique hotel in the centre of Turku. A classic that’s full of surprises, brought from the 1920s into the modern age (renovated in 2019). The walls of our hotels capture a piece of the history – After all, Seurahuone has hosted guests for nearly a century. Each room is unique in size and details of decor. Get ready for a stay in our atmospheric hotel that will please the senses. Pop into the nearby market hall, take part in a restaurant walk, admire art or go to a concert. Find the best shopping locations, cafés and restaurants in Turku – right next to us. Enjoy the best parts of the urban culture of Turku.
Radisson Blu Marina Palace Hotel / Coast & Archipelago
The Finnish city of Turku is often called “the little Paris” for its beautiful river, restaurants, cafés and stylish boutiques. Enjoy lovely views of the Aurajoki River when you stay at the Radisson Blu Marina Palace Hotel in Turku city center. We’re within walking distance of Market Square and the Wäinö Aaltonen Museum of Art, and Turku City Theatre.
In addition to its prime location overlooking the boats on the river, our Turku hotel offers 184 stylish rooms and suites with a range of high-end comfortable amenities. Our hotel’s ideal location and excellent architecture have drawn noteworthy attention and a significant guest list since it opened in 1974. Our guests will stay at just a 15-minute walk from bus and train transport.
Hotel Krepelin / Coast & Archipelago
Hotel Krepelin is a small hotel in Kristiinankaupunki, Finland owned by two brothers, who are the fourth generation in the family business. The hotel functions in a 210-year-old yard that used to belong to two merchant families that did business overseas during the height of the city’s maritime period.
Built between 1812 and 1816, the buildings in the yard host nine fully renovated apartments available for tourists all year round, each with their own kitchen and bathroom. Krepelin strives to make the local history alive through renovations, events and projects. Krepelin is a sustainable hotel by the ECEAT Finland certificate and Visit Finland STF label.
Hotel Klaus K / Helsinki
Located in the heart and center of Helsinki, Klaus K is the perfect modern style hotel, the first design hotel in Finland. Inspired by the national epic Kalevala – it’s nature and dramatic design follows all the rooms and interior. The hotel has also a weekend package for Tom of Finland fans. You can see more pictures and lifeof2men experience from March 2018 here. Also the traveling gay couple Karl and Daan Coupleofmen visited Klaus K hotel in August 2018.
Bulevardi 2-4, Helsinki
+358 20 7704701
Hotel Helka / Helsinki
Hotel Helka is the hotel for responsibility, diversity and inclusion in Helsinki. During the last few years Helka has been a pioneer in Finland talking about these values and also making them visible through actions and communications. Helka has a long history but at the same time a very modern way of thinking and caring. Helka is building a better tomorrow.
Hotel Helka is located in downtown Helsinki. One of the most popular gay clubs Hercules is located next to the hotel and it is very easy to reach all the attractions of Helsinki from here.
Pohjoinen Rautatiekatu 23, Helsinki
+358 9 613580
Hotel Clarion Aviapolis / Helsinki
Clarion Hotel Aviapolis -only one station from the airport in Helsinki/Vantaa! This hotel features 258 rooms, 12 conference rooms and Kitchen & Table restaurant. Cozy bar, well equipped gym and sauna. The hotel has been designed to provide a warm, homely and exclusive atmosphere, and the location is ideal also for travellers as it takes just 2 minutes by train to and from the airport, and 30 minutes to the center.
Karhumäentie 5, Vantaa
+358 10 850 3810
Hotel Clarion Helsinki / Helsinki
Clarion Hotel Helsinki is an exciting meeting place with it’s 78 metres high towers. You can enjoy the stunning rooftop pool, 425 rooms and Skyroom -bar on 16th floor with amazing views and cocktails. This hotel also features a large conference centre and Kitchen & Table restaurant. Hotel’s décor style is modern and Scandinavian with selected designer pieces and it is located in Jätkäsaari, an urban harbour district with beautiful sea views and easy access to the city centre. Clarion offers its guests details and experiences you don’t wanna miss. After all it is Clarion living, not just staying.
Tyynenmerenkatu 2, Helsinki
+358 10 850 3820
Hotel Arthur / Helsinki
Hotel Arthur is a privately owned, cozy 3-star hotel in the heart of Helsinki – only 200 meters from the main railway station. All the main sights and shopping streets are in walking distance. The hotel has 203 rooms in different size and price level, everything to suit the needs of solo travelers to bigger families and groups. Our guests can enjoy the Finnish sauna in our two private saunas. Our atmospheric Restaurant Bistro Arthur serves buffet breakfast, versatile buffet lunch and delicious dinners for hotel guests and other travelers and locals as well.
Vuorikatu 19, Helsinki
09 173 441
Hotel Katajanokka / Helsinki
Hotel Katajanokka is a privately owned lifestyle hotel, renovated with loving care into the historic premises of former Helsinki county prison. Inside the red brick walls you will find a magic world of contrasts – with serene comfort, stylish design and a hint of Nordic luxury. To us, Hotel Katajanokka is more than a hotel and a workplace. It’s a way of life. Our attentive and caring service comes from the heart. We are here for you, eager to please, and dedicated to making your stay perfect. We refuse to take any shortcuts to sacrifice guest satisfaction.
Escape the ordinary, The ordinary is out there. We’d like to think of our hotel as a world with a different set of rules. An ideal world. In that world the ground laying values are Love, Peace, Liberty and Privilege.
Merikasarminkatu 1a, Helsinki
0293 200 620
Nuuksion Taika / Helsinki
Nuuksion Taika is a family company located next to Nuuksio National Park, less than 40 km from Helsinki center and its airport. Villa Paratiisi is a cottage by the lake and Wäinölä our accessible forest restaurant, event and party venue in the middle of the forest. We welcome everyone and we are a part of the LGBTQ friendly We Speak Gay Community. We organise meeting days, events, outdoor activities, food and programs based on Finnish traditions.
Revontuli Resort / Lakeland
Welcome to your comfort zone! Revontuli – The Northern Lights Resort is a year-round holiday centre in Hankasalmi in the darkest place of whole Southern Finland. The resort is a perfect place for a little pampering, because you can sleep under the stars in luxurious glass igloos, get comfy in holiday cabins, experience the authentic Finnish Sauna in a sauna world and treat yourself with seasonal culinary dishes. And it does not end there, you can also have fun with various activities like hiking, fat biking, snowshoeing, bowling, and golf. Additionally, Revontuli Resort is easy to reach, since it can be reached by train and by car and what is the best, everything in the resort itself is within the walking distance. So, get comfy and come to Revontuli!
Hotel Kalevala / Lakeland
Welcome to Kuhmo, a small town in north east Finland. Surrounded by ancient forests and crystal clear lakes, this is a wonderland with nothing but unspoilt nature as far as the eye can see. Kuhmo is perfect for wilderness and activity adventures. Hotel Kalevala provides a unique experience from beginning to end for any holiday. As soon as you arrive you are invited into a mythical world and the adventures of the Wild Taiga.
Väinämöinen 9, Kuhmo,
+358 40 707 8911
Hotel Punkaharju / Lakeland
The historic Hotel Punkaharju, located in Finland’s national landscape, is a phenomenon experienced by all senses, a place where love for the forest and lake nature combine with art and culture. The hotel run by Saimi Hoyer offers magnificent exhibitions, top artist shows, themed events and of course the rewarded local cuisine created by the hotel kitchen. Not to forget the unique settings for top meetings and the most important celebrations of your life!
Punkaharjun Harjutie 596, Punkaharju
+358 15 511 311
Lietsu Boutique Aparthotel / Lakeland
Lietsu Boutique Aparthotel offers unique accommodation with Karelian heart and hospitality in the city center of Joensuu, Eastern Finland. You will experience Karelian culture and delicacies the moment you enter the hotel. Our central location along the River Pielisjoki, charming facilities and tasty Karelian breakfast ensure a memorable experience. Each of the 31 rooms has a unique design and is equipped to a high standard.
At Lietsu Boutique Aparthotel we live by our values and embrace the UN Sustainable Development goals as every choice has an impact. We care for the nature and we care for our fellow humans. Come and rejoice together with us!
Rantakatu 26, Joensuu
+358 44 7520 500
Luotsihotelli / Arctic Lighthouse Hotel / Archipelago and coastline
Sound of Silence. The Arctic Lighthouse Hotel is located on Hailuoto, the largest island in the Gulf of Bothnia. It is nestled at the foot of a still functional lighthouse. This location offers exceptional and expansive sea views across the gulf. This truly unique and utterly fascinating venue once served as a maritime pilot station.
Thanks to its truly one-of-a-kind natural setting, Hailuoto island has achieved an iconic status in Finland. Hailuoto is the third largest Finnish sea island and the only one in the Gulf of Bothnia that remains permanently inhabited despite the absence of allyear-round access by road.
Marjaniementie 789, Hailuoto
+358 40 1923464
Wilderness Hotel Liminka Bay / Coast & Archipelago
Liminka Bay is a perfect place for nature lovers, birdwatchers and everyone who is searching for peacefulness and silence. Liminka Bay is one of Europe’s most important bird wetlands. Wilderness Hotel offers accommodation and cafeteria-, restaurant- and conference services. The hotel is situated in the same building as the Metsähallitus managed Liminka Bay Visitor Centre.
Go Arctic Ltd is a northern tour operator offering travel and program services in Oulu Region. We are specialists of North and arctic experiences. We provide activities, guiding and catering, DMC-services, live productions and educational visits.
Hotel Hyppeis Värdshus / Coast & Archipelago
Family-owned hotel Hyppeis Värdshus is located in the beautiful archipelago near Turku and by the sea in the peaceful village of Hyppeis. Hyppeis värdshus is a place where you can enjoy nature – either by just relaxing or taking on some activities. During the day you can take hikes in the woods and explore the cliffs or visit Näsby village or you can take a tour with the kayak. Our menu in the restaurant is designed based on the best seasonal ingredients. We use local produce whenever possible. All our rooms are decorated honoring achipelago traditions and style, and of course all rooms have a sea view. Welcome to the beautiful Finnish Archipelago.
Hyppeisvägen 540, FI – 21760 Houtskär
+358 40 175 7538
Hotel Hullu Poro / Lapland
Hotel Hullu Poro is located in the heart of Levi village, only 15 kilometres away from Kittilä airport. All the services Levi centre has to offer can be reached by foot. Hotel Hullu Poro has rooms to suit all tastes. Choose your favourite from the range of 157 beautifully decorated rooms: 130 double rooms equipped with private saunas, bath tubs or steam showers, 16 family rooms which sleep up to four people and 11 two-storey apartments with capacity for up to six persons.
Rakkavaarantie 5, Levi
016 6510 100
Hotel Korpikartano / Lapland
Hotel Korpikartano invites you to enjoy authentic facilities and wild nature in a tiny reindeer herder village far from busy life and stress in Northern Lapland. As a former Sami village school, nowadays an easy going nature hotel, locating next to Lake Menesjärvi and legendary Lemmenjoki National Park gives you private space to relax. We are only 30 min. from Inari village centre, the centre for Sami culture of Finland and ca. one hour from Ivalo Airport. See you soon!
Pyhä Igloos / Lapland
Our highest value is to do our work with nature and sustainability in mind. From the building of our igloos and choosing energy solutions, eco-friendliness and low carbon footprint have been the main goals. We welcome all guests regardless of their gender, ethnicity, or sexual orientation. We offer sustainable luxury to all.
In our Glass, Nordic design meets sustainable luxury and creates a unique experience in the embrace of the Northern Lights and Nordic nature. The wilderness flows in through the glass ceilings; the spectacular dance of the Northern Lights above the Arctic Circle, the nightless midsummer night, and the spectacular foliage of Autumn. Our small igloo hotel is right beside the National Park of Pyhä-Luosto. Easy access to all the activities and locations in the center of Pyhä Ski Resort makes our accommodation one of the most wanted in the area of Pyhätunturi.
Hostel Suomenlinna / Helsinki
Hostel Suomenlinna is the hostel of the year 2018 located in a UNESCO world heritage site on the island of Suomenlinna. This hostel is an excellent choice if you want to experience the Helsinki archipelago and yet overnight just a 15min ferry ride from the Helsinki city center. The ferry starts from the market square in Helsinki. The island and the historical sea fortress are worth to experience.
Suomenlinna C 9, Helsinki
+358 9 6847471
Hostel Guesthouse Pihlajapuu / Lakeland
Hostel Majatalo Pihlajapuu is situated in North Karelia, Finland. The small town of Nurmes lies about 20 km away from the hostel. The traditional log house used to be a village school but has now been lovingly renovated for it’s new purpose, welcoming visitors. We have ten bedrooms, seven rooms upstairs and three rooms downstairs, and can accommodate up to fifteen persons. There are lounges and balconies as well as a Finnish sauna heated with a log fire. Our kitchen provides fresh local food. We have the responsible travel certificates of TourCert and Sustainable Travel Finland.
Hawkhill cottage resort / Helsinki
Hawkhill is a family run cottage resort surrounded by the beautiful Nuuksio National Park. We are only a 45 minute drive from the beating heart of Helsinki. Our core values are sustainability, high quality and customer satisfaction. We are CO2 neutral and we are aiming for CO2 negativity in 2021. At Hawkhill you can enjoy Finnish nature at its best with your loved ones.
Haukkamäentie 100, Tervalampi
+358 40 024 0831 , +358 45 675 2956
Pirteeks / Lakeland
Pirteeks is a small family owned company in Loppi, one hour drive from Helsinki. We value nature, sustainability, acceptance and love. We offer mainly nature related activities and services including outdoor training camp, meditation, SUP-boarding and health counselling. There are great hiking and cycling trails around the place. We also have a small cozy cottage for accommodating up to six persons. It is located close to the main building which gives you a feeling of safety and our help is close to you. That said the cottage also has a sense of privacy and you can spend your time there without anyone bothering you. We also offer authentic smoke sauna experience close to our main building.Welcome.
Finnish website: www.pirteeks.fi
English website: www.natureinyou.fi
Kieppirinne 15, Pilpala
Tahlo Hillhouse / Lakeland
Tahlo Hillhouse and Underhill Beach & Sauna is an exciting and new project in Tampere area welcoming LGBTQ customers. Tahlo Ventures offers accommodation, adventures and presence to people around the world in Ylöjärvi by the Näsijärvi lake. #liveintahlo
Kaidan Kiho Villas / Lakeland
Enjoy the Kaidan Kiho Villas in the Lakeland area in Mikkeli. These eco-friendly and gay-friendly holiday homes offer luxury in the beautiful Finnish countryside. As additional service, we offer the famous smoke sauna at Kaidan Kunkku, which can be used until early in the mornings. An amazing experience. Another option for accommodation is B&B Tuukkalan tila that offers rooms in an apartment around the year. During the summer it is also possible to overnight in cozy granaries. Very Finnish and very romantic.
Mäntyharjuntie 61, Ristiina
+358 45 634 9299
Kommee Kurki stands for safe accommodation in high quality house and at our private Tentsile tree tent campsite surrounded by an amazing soundscape. This is the perfect place for nature lovers, cyclists, hikers and families with children. Kommee Kurki is located in the countryside of Sastamala in the Tampere Region. Why not take a break in this relaxing atmosphere?
Kommee Kurki is situated next to a bird lake which is home to cranes and whooper swans. The Tentsile campsite is at the best viewpoint to watch the cranes and is available during May-September. The well-equipped vacation house of 100 m² is available year-round. Read more and book at our web store:
Säynätsalo Town Hall / Lakeland
Säynätsalo Town Hall is one of the most significant works of architect Alvar Aalto. The building has an internationally renowned position in the history of modern architecture. Despite its name, the building is no longer in administrative use, as Säynätsalo is now part of the city of Jyväskylä.
Numerous visitors from all over the world come to admire and marvel at Aalto’s beloved masterpiece. In addition to architecture, the archipelago environment of Säynätsalo offers plenty to do and experience. Aalto himself fell in love with Säynätsalo and named the islands “Tahiti of Lake Päijänne.”
There are unique and original apartments and guestrooms to stay overnight.
The Town Hall also has meeting and banquet facilities, e.g., for marriages.
Aurora Holidays / Lapland
Aurora Holidays resort is the first We Speak Gay member in Lapland, in the most northern part of Finland. If you dream of experiencing the Northern Lights visit Aurora Holidays between September and April and they will do their best to make that dream a reality. The location of Aurora Holidays in Utsjoki, 450km North of the Arctic Circle, is ideal to chase the Aurora Borealis.
Nuorgamintie 815, Utsjoki
+358 40 7625005
Arctic Land Adventure / Lapland
Traditional Sámi Reindeer Ranch offers luxury accommodation in Glass Igloos combined with ‘live like a local’. Reindeer Ranch visit and traditional Lappish food experience featuring local reindeer, fish and berries. Arctic Land Adventure’s experience packages are designed to give the guests a glimpse to the reindeer herder’s life, offer an opportunity to be part of the nature and wildlife, to hunt the Northern Lights during the dark winter nights or just to relax in the Sauna and
outdoor jacuzzi by the lakeside under the Arctic sky. Located at Kilpisjärvi, in the Northwesternmost corner of Finland, Arctic Land Adventure offers the guests an unforgettable combination of nature, silence and luxury.
Käsivarrentie 12411, Kilpisjärvi
+358 40 0454516
Aurora Pyramids / Lapland
When you stay at the glass-roofed Aurora Pyramids, you can almost touch the ever-changing sky, nature and its forces.In the summertime, you can admire the midnight sun, the gorgeous colours of nature prevail in autumn with orange sunsets. During winter, you can experience the mystical Polar night with thousands of twinkling stars.
Heavenly nature and the Firmament present themselves through the glass roof in a new way, every day. The pyramid shape has provided positive effects to the human body throughout the ages. The beds in the pyramids are also aligned with the magnetic north pole. The Pyramids and the Aurora Borealis, or Northern Lights, form an empowering experience, taking the traveller closer to a balance with nature. An immemorial experience within the powers of nature – reach balance and collect energy for everyday challenges.
This roomy accommodation suits couples or parties of three.
Palosaarentie 30, Levi
+358 16 6510100
AT Nature / Lapland
AT Nature is a responsible family-run business offering outdoor activities, accommodation and packages in Inari, Lapland. The groups are small (2–6 people) or private and the activities include always home visit. We live next to the wilderness area Muotkatunturi and are happy to pick you up from Inari village to enjoy tranquillity around us. We guide in English and in Finnish. However, private activities can also be in German. Welcome to experience arctic alternative with us!
Terstontie 123, Inari
+ 358 (0) 40 328 1850
Metsä kolo / Lapland
METSÄ KOLO – the perfect hideaway for people looking for local and simple life.
The lakeside resort consists of typical Finnish log cabins, Tentsile tree tents and rooms in the middle of private wilderness.
We have perhaps the best beds in Lapland! Our luxury beds, futons, duvets, pillows and bed linen are from natural materials and finish brands. The traditional wood-heated sauna at the lake makes you happy as a Finn! We offer activities and rental equipment for your wilderness trip.
Our core values are easy-going lifestyle, sustainability, locality as well as ecological choices. We do everything from the bottom of our heart, believing in tolerance and authenticity.
Rökkösentie 97760 Saariharju, Ranua
+358 (0) 45 2309 309
Naali Lodge / Lapland
Naali Lodge is a wilderness eco lodge located on the edge of a small lake in the forests of Posio Lapland. We provide cozy accommodation & small-adventures in a peaceful setting. Housed in a former lumberjack house in traditional logs, Naali Lodge, labeled Green Key and Sustainable Travel Visit Finland, offers neat comfort, eight tastefully decorated rooms and a warm welcome. Whether you are blue, yellow, black, pink or striped green, whatever your religion or sexual orientation, you will always be welcome. Only one thing matters to us, respect for nature and others.
Kotasaari / Coast & Archipelago
A cosy island just for you
The Kotasaari island is located not only in the middle of nowhere but also in the middle of Finland. The island offers you an unspoilt natural setting for your holiday. There’s no electricity and the washing water is taken from the lake. The cottage accommodates comfortably two people and in addition we have two tree tents.
You can enjoy the soft warmth of the sauna, take a swim or a canoe trip on the lake. Come and enjoy having an entire island all to yourself in a traditional Finnish cottage idyll!
GUIDES AND TOURS
Vino Tours / Helsinki
Vino Tours was born out of a passion for travel, food and wine in 2016. Our roots are in Helsinki and, at the same time, in the Dolomites and verdant vineyards of northern Italy. Vino Tours’ hometown is Helsinki, where we arrange most of our experiences in four different languages. These are authorised walks, culinary and bike tours, and exquisite wine tastings mainly focusing on Italian wines. Vino Tours arranges authentic wine tours to Italy’s wine areas, opera tours in cities such as Verona and hiking tours in the mountainous regions. Everyone is welcome at Vino Tours, we are inclusive and LGBTQ+ friendly!
Ataman Tours / Helsinki
My name is Emek Ataman, founder of Ataman Tours. I am an authorized Helsinki guide, a professional city planner, and a parttime lecturer in University of Helsinki. Ataman Tours is the #1 tour operator in the Helsinki region, providing private small group walking tours, focusing on history, culture, architecture, and nature. My tours are safe, personal, interactive, and sustainable. I can prepare a tailor-made tour just for you and your group. Contact me with your preferences and get ready to discover Helsinki with an expert.
Hop onboard our 100% electric and environmentally friendly TukTuks to see and experience Helsinki in a fun and relaxed way. You will be in a small group of 1-4 persons, and as all tours are booked only for you and your group, we can really provide a personal service. You will have a licensed guide with you all the time so we can listen to your wishes regarding the tour and its content. The guiding will be done by using the audio guiding system, so you won’t miss a thing around you! Welcome to enjoy our beautiful city on this different and informative tour!
You can also book us to your special events by contacting us so we can plan the details such us decorations for example with discoball, glitter or rainbow flags!
Let’s TukTuk Helsinki together!
Yoo-hoo! Tours / Helsinki
Yoo-hoo! Tours offers different tours in and around Helsinki by an authorized Helsinki Guide. We can also tailor private tours according to your individual needs, whether you visit Helsinki by yourself, with your loved one, your family or even in a bigger group. We can organize for example walking or biking tours, tours at the Helsinki archipelago and visits to other cities like Tallinn, the capital of Estonia, or the
picturesque old town of Porvoo. Welcome to Helsinki!
Happy Guide Helsinki
Sunny and sustainable guide services in Helsinki. One of the guided tour is Tom of Finland experience. You can walk the streets once wandered by one Touko Valio Laaksonen who is much better known for his artist name – Tom of Finland. Tom held residency in Helsinki for the major part of his life and during this time many important happenings took place in the capital of Finland.
Narinkka 3, Helsinki
+358 44 5020066
Kota-Husky, the home of happy huskies, located in small village called Posio, in Finnish Lapland. Memorable husky sledding adventures and unforgettable moments in the wilderness all year around. Kota-Husky is a warm-hearted family owned business dedicated in offering responsible adventures in Riisitunturi Nationalpark in winter and summer time. For us the sled dogs are not valued as a mean to benefit tourism. Our starting point is a well-being sled dog whose life and needs are respected. The well-being of the dogs is based on good care of the dogs and well planned breeding.
Here in Kota-Husky everyone is unique, but equal. Warmest welcome everyone, just the way you are.
Jaksamontie 58, Karjalaisenniemi
+358 40 718 7287
Wild Nordic Finland
Wild Nordic Finland is a passionate activity and destination management company with fully licensed tour operator rights, providing unforgettable wilderness holidays and events with 40 years of experience. Our areas of operation are Finnish, Swedish, Russian and Norwegian Lapland as well as Finnish Lakeland, the capital Helsinki and the West-Coast of Finland. In addition to activities, we offer longer arctic expeditions with snowmobiles, taking you all the way to the Arctic Ocean. We also provide unique accommodation and event services, such as weddings, in our Arctic Circle Wilderness Resort, located 20km from Rovaniemi.
Naturest / Coast & Archipelago
We breathe the forest
Naturest is a modern nature service company whose mission is to provide its customers experiences in nature. We operate mainly in Northern Ostrobothnia, but our services are also transferable to other parts of Finland.
Naturest offers entertaining things to do in Finnish forest, whether you travel alone or with your friends. At the same time you’ll learn more about nature or Finnish folklore and will learn the hiking skills; such as making a campfire, identify edible berries etc. We are here to help you to get best out of Finnish nature.
RESTAURANTS AND CAFÉS
Restaurant Oiva / Helsinki
Restaurant Oiva has been in the heart of Helsinki’s Kallio since 1940. Restaurant Oiva respects the old and authentic Helsinki restaurant culture in a modern way, offering tasty home-cooked lunches, a relaxed à la carte menu from the evening kitchen, and delicacies at the sizzling brunch table on weekends. In our selection of drinks, we have invested in quality beers and wines. Respecting tradition, we offer music-focused entertainment every week. Karaoke is available for song lovers on Friday and Saturday nights. In addition, we organize atmospheric live gigs and open stage nights.
Restaurant Adlerfelt / Helsinki
Wonderfully cheerful and sweet Adlerfelt is housed in a magnificent 250-year-old building in the world’s most beautiful world heritage site, Suomenlinna. A familiar and fun group of people behind the cute neighboring island of Lonna will be making sure there’s a lot of laughter and joy in Suomenlinna also in the future.
You can visit Adlerfelt whether to enjoy a refreshing beverage or a full dinner. Or anything in between. For us, the most important thing about your visit is to provide that sweet moment when everything feels just right. Pure smile on your face. Through such feelings you’ll always remember these beautiful moments and places you happily return again and again. Adlerfelt is that happy place for you and us. The place where all of us are warmly welcome, regardless of age, gender or origin.
Suomenlinna B 1, Helsinki
+358 41 3170998
Restaurant Manala / Helsinki
Damn good, stay a little longer – Welcome to Manala!.
A casual restaurant and bar between the Parliament House and the National Museum in Helsinki. Delicious food prepared with love, a selection of quality wines and beers, and damn good drink mixes. Manala has always been a favourite place among LGBTQ people in Helsinki.
Dagmarinkatu 2, Helsinki
+358 9 5807 7707
Putte’s Bar & Pizza / Helsinki
Putte’s Bar & Pizza is a multicultural community in the center of Helsinki. We offer quality fusion pizza as well as a touch of an accepting and relaxed atmosphere. Vegetarian and a vegan-friendly menu are designed by top chefs.The love for the arts is also evident when stepping in. Putte’s condemns discrimination in all its forms and is reflected in the actions of employees as well as owners. Come as you are!
Kalevalankatu 6, Helsinki
+358 (0) 10 2818 243
Bun2Bun / Helsinki
Bun2Bun is Nordics first 100% plant-based burger chain. Our vegan burgers are juicy, tasty and full of flavour. And also better for humans, animals and the environment.
We give our customers an uplifting food experience, but not at the expense of animal suffering, climate change and cheap labour. We know intersectionality is possible and we believe that when we show the different way for the fast food industry to be, others will follow. Welcome!
Paulig Kulma Café / Helsinki
Paulig Kulma offers unique experiences, memorable moments and sighs of satisfaction. Enjoy freshly roasted, hand-made coffee and tasty delights. Paulig Kulma is an inspiring meeting place at Kluuvi shopping centre in Helsinki. Here, everything revolves around coffee, which is celebrated with joy and passion. Paulig Kulma houses a two-storey café, roastery, terrace and Barista Institute. Here you can meet friends, work or just relax in the middle of the hustle and bustle of the city. At Paulig Kulma, with its versatile spaces, you can also organise unforgettable private parties.
Aleksanterinkatu 9, Helsinki
020 7600 158
Island of Lonna / Helsinki
Welcome to the charming little island of Lonna, just outside Helsinki. You can reach this island with a ferry in just 10 minutes from the market square in Helsinki. Lonna is a place where you can forget your worries and just relax and enjoy the sea. From the island you can find restaurant serving locally sourced, seasonal and organic food. There are also coffee shop & bar, public sauna, meeting facilities and event space. The island also hosts different festivals and public events throughout the summer season from May until September.
Island of Lonna, Helsinki
+358 44 7300300
Restaurant Viides Näyttämö / Coast & Archipelago
Viides näyttämö (The Fifth Stage) is Turku City Theatre’s own restaurant in the sunny riverside of Aurajoki. It provides fusion kitchen and a bar for the theatre visitors, locals and tourists. Being attached to the theatre, you are allowed to expect a small show going on every now and then, but mainly we focus on putting a smile to your face with superior service and excellent food.
Welcome to the stage!
Restaurant Kuori Food and Wine / Coast & Archipelago
The Restaurant Kuori is a dream come true for Marjaana and Katariina, two women from Turku. Kuori serves vegetarian and vegan food with a flavor from Asia, Middle East and Northern Africa. The ingredients are high quality and locally produced. The food is made with love and it also pleases the eye. All the customers are warmly welcome.
Hämeenkatu 8, Turku
+358 20 7940330
Restaurant Smör / Coast & Archipelago
Restaurant Smör is an ambassadors of local food, master of Nordic cuisine. At Restaurant Smör, we draw inspiration from the seasonal and fresh local produce, so we update our menu every eight weeks. Smör is located in the heart of Turku, by the Aura river. It is part of the Voiveljet company.
Läntinen Rantakatu 3, Turku
+358 (0)2 536 9444
Restaurant Panini / Coast & Archipelago
Restaurant Panini is a classic in Turku. The Italian style restaurant has been in the forefront building the image of Turku as the Food Capital of Finland. Panini is like the mamma Italia, always making you feel welcome.
Linnankatu 3, Turku
+358 2 2515310
Restaurant E. Ekblom / Coast & Archipelago
Restaurant E. Ekblom has a weekly changing menu for the modern taste with a local twist. The restaurant is located in a historical building built by watchmaker Elias Ekblom in the middle of the19th century.
Läntinen Rantakatu 3, Turku
+358 2 5369445
Restaurant Göran / Coast & Archipelago
The marine theme restaurant Göran is situated close to the Turku harbour and Turku Castle. On weekdays you can enjoy lunch from a buffet inspired by the Turku archipelago and newly baked bread from the Voiveljet bakery.
Merikeskus Forum, Linnankatu 72, Turku
+358 20 7417330
Roots Kitchen / Coast & Archipelago
Roots Kitchen has two restaurants, one in Turku and one in Helsinki. Both restaurants are situated in market halls, in historical buildings. The Turku Market Hall was opened in 1896 and the Hakaniemi Market Hall in Helsinki was opened in 1914. Roots kitchen serves colorful and versatile vegetarian food. There is also a vegan menu available.
Hakaniemen torikatu 1, Helsinki
+358 40 7746047
Café Tiirikkala / Coast & Archipelago
Cafe Tiirikkala is located by one of the oldest squares in Turku. You can drop in for a coffee or cocktail. There is also live music performances in Tirikkala on a regular basis.
+358 20 7417337
Koitelin Tunnelmatupa Café / Coast & Archipelago
Koitelin Tunnelmatupa Café is located in the middle of the beautiful Koiteli rapids of the river Kiiminkijoki. You are welcome to enjoy our cafeteria products! Tunnelmatupa is rentable for private events and meetings, also with meals and activities, for example rafting, white water swimming and team building.
Go Arctic Ltd is a northern tour operator offering travel and program services in Oulu Region. We are specialists of North and arctic experiences. We provide activities, guiding and catering, DMC-services, live productions and educational visits.
Restaurant Sarrit / Lapland
Restaurant Sarrit is a comfortable cafe/restaurant where you can recharge for a moment during your visit to the The Sámi Museum and Nature Centre Siida. Sarrit and Siida are located in the town of Inari, in the Sámi Homeland.
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Inaritie 46, Inari
040 700 6485
Laanilan Kievari / Lapland
It’s not about filling our stomachs but eating and enjoying pure and fresh ingredients together. That’s the philosophy at Laanilan Kievari. The food is of course playing an essential role in that. A lot of our ingredients have been harvested from our own yard or the local forests. It is very important for us to produce as much as we can ourselves. Our food is supported by quality wines and local beers.
More and more people are not realizing what and even when the y are eating. We want people to stop and enjoy their life. A well thought and produced meal in a care free environment is the key to that.
So welcome to Laanilan Kievari, an experience to remember!
Sateenkaarenpääntie 9, Saariselkä
+358 40 0239868
EVENTS AND ACTIVITIES
The Savonlinna Opera Festival / Lakeland
The Savonlinna Opera Festival is Finland’s premiere cultural event. World renowned for its high-quality opera performances and concerts, every summer it brings music lovers from across the globe to the charming lakeside city of Savonlinna. The month-long festival is held in Olavinlinna, a towering medieval castle by Finland’s largest lake. This creates a uniquely dramatic ambiance for its 70 000 visitors. Once inside, festival-goers are dazzled by classics and rarely seen works as well as world premieres and visiting productions from esteemed opera houses like La Scala and the Bolshoi Theatre.
Tampereen Sävel – Tampere Vocal Music Festival / Lakeland
Tampere Vocal Music Festival was founded in 1975 and it is held biennially in the beginning of June. The festival programme offers an international chorus review, a contest for vocal ensembles and a rich variety of concerts, workshops and festival clubs. Concerts are performed by choirs, ensembles and even solo vocal music artists. While the Chorus Review showcases numerous choirs from around the world, the Contest for Vocal Ensembles gives a boost to fresh new vocal bands. The workshops offer new ideas for both vocal music professionals and amateurs, and in the evenings the festival clubs gather people to the most attractive gig venues in town. Tampere Vocal Music Festival gathers together about two thousand singers and a wide audience of vocal music enthusiasts.
Tampere Jazz Happening / Lakeland
The flagship of modern jazz, Tampere Jazz Happening, was founded in 1982. In the beginning it was organised by the jazz-club Break in conjunction with the City of Tampere’s cultural board. Tampere Jazz Happening’s unprejudiced and first-rate programme has turned the festival into one of Europe’s most intriguing jazz happenings. The programme highlights the influence of rock and ethnic music on the development of modern jazz. The concerts are held at venues around the Old Customs House square: Restaurants Klubi and Telakka and at the Old Customs House Concert Hall. The annual festival takes place at the turn of October.
Helsinki International Film Festival
Founded in 1988, the Helsinki International Film Festival – Love & Anarchy has been held annually ever since. The aim of Finland’s biggest film festival is to promote the artistry of filmmaking alongside inventive, controversial and visually stunning new films. The festival also seeks to screen films that would otherwise not be seen in Finnish theatres. Each year HIFF invites important filmmakers to speak about their work and meet both audiences and industry professionals. Helsinki International Film Festival – Love & Anarchy association is active throughout the year and organizes also Season Film Festival in spring, Love & Anarchy tour and industry event Finnish Film Affair.
Flowpark Adventure Park
Skanssinkatu 10, Turku
+358 40 0864 862
WELFARE AND BEAUTY
Workout Roba / Helsinki
Workout Roba is a new and unique fitness studio that offers a variety of HIIT-style classes in FitBoxing, Kickboxing, Boxing Bootcamp, and more. All classes are challenging and fun and no previous experience is needed. Workout Roba offers a friendly, cozy, and supportive atmosphere where people can challenge themselves. Check which class suits you the best and come and meet us!
You can train with a one-time ticket or a one-week pass. Ongoing membership is not needed.
STORES AND BOUTIQUES
Keltainen Ruusu Sex Store and Cruising / Helsinki
Keltainen Ruusu is the iconic sex store and meeting point for gay men. It is the largest sex store and cinema in Finland. Gay clubs and restaurants come and go but Keltainen Ruusu stays. Keltainen Ruusu is located in Helsinki downtown, in Kamppi close to the Kamppi Mall and bus terminals. The product range includes both products for making your sex live more exciting and pleasurable but also one of the widest range of Tom of Finland products in Finland. Next to the store you can find the biggest cruising area in Finland: two floors of private cabins, slings, non-stop cinema and a lounge area for relaxing. The price for an all-day ticket is 15 euros. You can visit the cruising area, leave and come back later with the same ticket.
Malminrinne 2-4, Helsinki
+358 (0)9 68555270
MUSEUMS AND THEATRES
Serlachius Museums / Lakeland
Are you a lover of art & design, looking for a unique place far from mass-tourism, but still classy? Multi-awarded Serlachius Museums got it: a hidden gem in the middle of nowhere, but still reachable within an hour from Tampere. We offer high-quality service for everyone, national art treasures, intriguing stories, contemporary art exhibitions, stunning architecture and top cuisine in the midst of beautiful lakeside nature. No wonder that Serlachius was chosen as one of the top sights in Finland (Lonely Planet). The shuttle bus from Tampere to Art Town Mänttä & Serlachius runs around the year taking you right in the heart of art!
Joenniementie 47, Mänttä – R. Erik Serlachiuksen katu 2, Mänttä
+358 3 4886800
Music Theatre Kapsäkki / Helsinki
Music Theatre Kapsäkki is located in Sörnäinen close to the popular hipster area of Kallio in Helsinki. Its’ programme consists of concerts, club nights and musical plays that suit viewers of all ages. As music is an international language, a significant part of shows can be enjoyed with no comprehension of the Finnish language. Kapsäkki has been promoting LGBTQ rights with pride, for example arranging the “Finally getting married” event on the 1st of March 2017 when the same-sex marriage law came into force in Finland. 8 couples were celebrating their wedding in the Theatre together with lifeof2men Hannu and Raul. Also Kapsäkki Goes Pride event during the Helsinki Pride week has become a phenomena.
Hämeentie 68, Helsinki
+358 45 1201200
MOW Mothership of Work / Helsinki
MOW Mothership of Work is serious about the future. The future of work, the future of life, the future of community. But we’re also about being laid-back, respectful and creative in everything we do. We create and run the kind of spaces where we know we want to spend time in, with a community of likeminded folks from all walks of life and fields of work.
MOW is, above all, a coworking space that provides all its members with the best possible conditions for running and developing business. We provide all the necessities an awesome coworking space requires: freshly brewed artisan coffees, IT support, fast WiFi, guest reception, printers, phone booths, meeting rooms, morning workouts and afterwork get-togethers, and the best people. MOW is a community-driven workspace, which means you will enjoy not only our excellent facilities but also the company of a few hundred awesome people. You are welcome to attend our monthly community meetings, if you wish. Your membership is free of obligations and it’s our job to make sure that everything runs smoothly.
Pieni Roobertinkatu 9, Helsinki
+358 400 802 456
Map of Finland
Below is the Google map version of the We Speak Gay map with all the members of the We Speak Gay Community. Click on the icon in the upper left corner to display the list of the companies. When clicking on the icon in the upper right corner you open the map in Google.