These are the members of the LGBTQ+ Friendly Finland Community. It 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.

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.

www.hulluporo.fi

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.

www.hulluporo.fi/aurorapyramids

 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!

www.atnature.fi

Hawkhill / 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.

www.hawkhill.fi/en

Villa Viertola / Lakeland

Villa Viertola is a wellness center in the heart of Kärkölä. The idyllic Villa Viertola brings the atmosphere of an old house to present. Whether you are looking for a small boost in everyday life in the form of energy treatments, a wonderful pampering moment in wellness treatments or a unique party feeling in the old bank hall, we have all the services under one roof! The personalized accommodation literally invites you to stay overnight or two with us. Perfect for weddings. Accommodation reservations on booking.com/ villaviertola.

www.villaviertola.fi

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

 

Santa’s Secret Sauna / Lapland

Santa´s Secret Sauna is the first of its kind in the Finnish Lapland. A gay oasis in the boreal forest. Complimentary yoga will be offered in the lounge, meditation in the sauna during the day, with more raunchier fun towards the evening. Facilities include a spacious Finnish wood fired Sauna, lounge, six man Palju (Finnish Hot Tub) and private bedrooms. In the lounge, is a movie theater media center with accompanying surround sound system and karaoke machine. Sauna evenings will be held weekly. The schedule will be posted in our private facebook group when the state of emergency is lifted.

www.santassecretsauna.com

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!

www.serlachius.fi/en

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!

www.yoohootours.fi

Paksuniemi Summer Oasis / Lakeland

We are a married gay couple running a rewarded and beautiful summer oasis in Lakeland eastern Finland – restaurant, hotel, guest harbor, caravan, camping, summer theatre, saunas, sandy beaches and the taste of summer!
We are not only gay friendly, we are gay! Tomi and Jouni.

www.paksuniemi.com

 

Lentiira Holiday Village / Lakeland

Embrace your wild side! Lentiira Holiday Village is a perfect starting point for your explorations in the arctic lakeland. Whether an uncompromising wilderness enthusiast or gathering together for relaxation and natural wellbeing, you will sure have a delightful stay in Lentiira. We offer B&B cottage accommodation with wilderness programs and traditional smoke sauna evenings all year round.

In collaboration with our local partners we provide guided elk safaris, bear watching and fishing trips as well. Hiking, canoeing, biking, swimming, cross-country-skiing and snowshoeing are popular activities that are available as soon as you step out from your cottage. Just bring Your curious mind along, and Lentiira’s square magic will be there for your to discover.

www.lentiira.com

Arctic Lighthouse Hotel / Lapland

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.

www.hotelhailuoto.fi/en

Taksi Helsinki

What is your first contact in a new country? Very often it is the taxi driver. Taksi Helsinki is the biggest taxi operator in Finland with more than 1300 taxis in the  Helsinki metropolitan area. Taksi Helsinki has been promoting diversity and equality in Helsinki Pride and now is a member of the We Speak Gay Community. Read more. When using the Taksi Helsinki cabs your are also supporting diversity, inclusivity and LGBTQ rights.

www.taksihelsinki.fi

EVENTS AND FESTIVALS

Ornamo Art & Design Sale 2020 / Helsinki

The Ornamo Art and Design Sale will bring hundreds of artworks to Puristamo at Helsinki Cable Factory. These include unique design objects, miniature sculptures, jewellery as well as ceramic, metal, glass and textile art by well-known and rising Finnish designers and artists. The selection will vary throughout the venue, as the sold items are replaced with new ones by the artists. Buying art at Ornamo Art and Design Sale is easy and effortless – welcome to see our selection!

Organized annually by Ornamo Art & Design Finland The Ornamo Art and Design Sale has established itself as a venue for collectors, many of whom are scouting new talents. Many artworks also end up in esteemed art collections, such as the Finnish State Art Collection.

Time: March 7th – March 15th, 2020
Location: Puristamo, Cable Factory, Tallberginkatu 1 C, Helsinki

www.ornamo.fi/en

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. LGBTQ+ themes have been represented at the Helsinki International Film Festival – Love & Anarchy since the beginning. “Every year we strive for a diverse programme with queer themes at the forefront in both film selection and events. The values of the association highlight diversity, inclusivity and social justice.“

The programme for the 32nd HIFF – Love & Anarchy will be announced September 5th, 2019. The festival will be held September 19th to 29th, 2019. For more information

www.hiff.fi

Sideways Festival 6.-8.6.2019 / Helsinki

Picture by Sideways / Petri Anttila

Sideways festival is taking into account the diversity aspect both when it comes to the audience as well as performing artists. Sideways is featuring a line-up of the best national and international indie acts, paralleled by an elaborate range of exciting, mind-blowing and fun sideshows. Sideways Festival is a true haven of creativity and an absolute must-do for the music aficionado who loves to indulge in diverse food offerings, quality drinks and experiences that are not found everywhere else.

www.sidewayshelsinki.fi

Turku Food & Wine Festival / Coast & Archipelago

Turku Food & Wine Festival brings together great chefs, organic wines, local breweries and craft cider on the beautiful shores of Aura River in Turku. Our aim is to make you enjoy great food and drinks in a relaxing atmosphere. Come join us with friends or loved ones, we take care the of rest. See you in July.
www.turkufoodandwinefestival.com
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HOTELS, HOSTELS AND B&B

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.

www.klauskhotel.com

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.

www.hotelhelka.com

Hostel Both / Helsinki

The world is not just black or white, nor either or. We believe in a world that is Both. Both is driven by our values of sustainability, tolerance, and multiculturalism. We are here to boost both good will and better understanding of one another. Our facilities and services are built using the same logic. When you choose Both, you can really have both. We offer private rooms (all with en suite bathrooms), which secure you a peaceful stay and a good night’s sleep. For the socialites we offer cool shared spaces to have a relaxing chat with neighbors.

We are open from the 1st of June till the 1st of September.

www.chooseboth.fi

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.

www.hostelhelsinki.fi

Myö Hostel / Helsinki

Myö Hostel

If you want to stay in a more communal environment and make a difference, Myö Hostel is your choice. This brand new hostel is just a few kilometres from Helsinki downtown. The hostel offers jobs for people with disabilities and in this way communicates about inclusivity and diversity. The hostel wants to play it fair.

www.myohostel.com

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

Live in Tahlo with us on Facebook and Instagram

B&B Pinus / Lakeland

B&B Pinus is a small, peaceful and cozy bed and breakfast style accommodation in Mäntyharju, in the middle of Lakeland area. Pinus is located close to the Mäntyharju village and just 1km from the railway station. You can enjoy art in the famous Salmela art center which is nearby and go hiking in the Repovesi national park. This is our first We Speak Gay Community member in the lakeland area and is welcoming to LGBTQ customers.

www.bbpinus.fi

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.

www.kaidankiho.com

www.tuukkalantila.com

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.

Read also more about out Gay Midsummer Celebration.

www.hotellikalevala.fi

Ylläs Lodge67°N / Lapland

Small and privately-owned Lodge67°N is situated in the heart of Äkäslompolo village, Lapland. Nestled in a valley surrounded by 7 fells, the village of Äkäslompolo is home to 600 residents 200km north of the Arctic Circle. Located on the doorstep of the Pallas-Yllästunturi National Park, Finland’s third largest national park, Äkäslompolo is enveloped by breath-taking scenery and is the perfect setting for Arctic adventure and magical atmosphere.

Lodge 67°N attracts travellers who avoid big hotels, appreciating high quality and comfort. The fact, that there are only seven rooms, one suite and one three-bedroom apartment at the Lodge, provides very cozy and private experience away from everything noisy. The Lodgeis perfect for those seeking for nature, serenity and calming atmosphere all under the same roof.The Logde is designed and decorated with thought and love. Details do matter.

The overall vibe at the Lodge isrelaxed and informal. The staff is ready to go the extra mile to make guests feel right at a home. It is our goal, that all our guests will feel safe and comfortable, when staying at the Lodge.

www.yllaslodge.com

Mummola Travels / Lapland

MUMMOLA is a Finnish word for granny’s place. MUMMOLA TRAVELS is a home of a young family that lives closely together with three generations on a Lappish farm. We offer full day and night all inclusive experience to get familiar with Finnish culture, seasonal activities, nature, food and traditional handicrafts with a Lappish twist!

” We would like our guests to experience Lapland like they were our friends visiting our family. “ We are open all year round and welcome the guests with the best that every season has to offer combined with local events, seasonal activities and festive traditions.

Live like a local and join us on our everyday life 130 km North from the Arctic Circle! Great option for families with small kids! Check out also our Bed & Breakfast availabilities.

www.mummolatravels.com

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.

www.auroraholidays.net

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.

www.arcticlandadventure.com

RESTAURANTS AND CAFÉS

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 they 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!

www.laanilankievari.fi

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.

www.ravintolakuori.fi

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.

www.smor.fi

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.

www.ravintolapanini.fi

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.

www.eekblom.fi

Restaurant Bruukki / Coast & Archipelago

Like most of the restaurants in Turku also restaurant Bruukki is located by the river Aura, next to the bridge Tuomaansilta. In this industrial and casual atmosphere you can have a delicious lunch on weekdays. You can also get something extra from the Bruukki Shop to take home with you.

www.bruukki.fi

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.

www.goran.fi

Roots Kitchen Turku and Helsinki

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.

www.rootskitchen.fi

Cafe Damascus / Helsinki

“Home is where we are together” is a concept that Cafe Damascus is built on. The idea was a result of Syrian-Finnish encounter and friendship. “We exist to build a community by providing nutritious and delicious food from our grandma’s recipes. Our goal is to recreate our traditional Syrian dishes with a vegetarian and vegan twist”, says one of the owners Hanan Sneih. Cafe Damascus is a multi-cultural safe place and highly recommended for diversity and inclusivity.

www.cafedamascus.fi

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.

www.tiirikkala.fi

STORES AND BOUTIQUES

Televisio Lifestyle Store / Coast & Archipelago

Televisio Lifestyle Store is a shop full of treasures: clothes, jewellery, shoes and gifts from Finnish top design brands like Minna Parikka, Uhana Design, Katri Niskanen, R/H and hálo. This hidden gem is located in Turku in an idyllic inner courtyard next to River Aura and all the delightful restaurants and riverboats. Open: Tue-Fri 11-19, Sat 11-16. Welcome!

www.televisioon.fi

PUF Design Market / Coast & Archipelago

PUF Design Market is an award winning Finnish design and fashion concept store in the heart of Turku. Showcasing more than fifty different designers from all over Finland, both new and more established designers. PUF is a community, we want the showcased products to be sustainable and the production chains transparent. The show is also renewed every month to present always new products and designers. Welcome to the concept store in Turku or online store.

www.pufdesignmarket.com

World of TRE / Helsinki

World of TRE is a lifestyle store for Finnish design in downtown Helsinki and online with wide range of design, furniture, lifestyle products, cosmetics and fashion. World of TRE has also a TRE Salon showroom , TRE summer shop in the Tori Quarters and the mobile store TRE Wheels.

www.worldoftre.com

Taiga Colors / Helsinki

The design store with a story in the heart of Helsinki. The store is full of colors and cushions. The founder of Taiga Colors is photographer and designer Jutta Kuure. You can read the inspirational story behind Taiga Colors here.

www.taigacolors.fi

OTHER MEMBERS

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!

www.serlachius.fi/en

The 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. This is a place where you can forget your worries and just relax and enjoy the sea. There are a couple of restaurants on the island, a public sauna and lots of fresh air.

www.lonna.fi

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. We will also launch in June 2020 a
walking tour “HELSINKI GAY WALK – History of Helsinki under the
rainbow”. This activity will take you to the stories and places of
developing gay community of Helsinki from early 1900s until the recent
days. Check our websites for this and other information!

www.yoohootours.fi

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.

www.happyguidehelsinki.fi

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.

www.kapsäkki.fi

Gay Travel Finland Map

Below is the Google maps version of the inclusive Gay Travel Finland map with all the We Speak Gay Companies. 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 Gay Travel Finland map in Google.