Webcams are big in Helsinki. Do you want to see the weather right now? There’s a cam for that. Are you a boat enthusiast? There’s a cam for that. Are you a shameless voyeur? There’s plenty of cams for that! If you value your privacy then it may shock you to know just how widely available webcam footage is in Finland. I’m quite puzzled at why so many live feeds would be publicly available but this is just a part of everyday life for the Finns. If live feeds are your thing then this is your ultimate list of webcams around Helsinki, plus three of the best outside of the city.
Best for scenic views near Market Square:
Webcam for Confederation of Finnish Industries
This camera features rotating views of the city down by the harbour. Streamed live to YouTube.
Best if you’re a spy or in the mood for being kinda creepy:
Live Surveillance IP Cameras
Enter a rabbit hole of surveillance cameras. Here you can watch people in unusual spots around town. One of the cams even appears to be situated in some kind of basement. If voyeurism is a personal hobby then this is the one for you!
Best for boat spotting & views of Helsinki Harbour:
Port of Helsinki Webcam
Move over trainspotters, boat spotting is the thing to do in Helsinki. The port of Helsinki has six webcams so you can check out the comings and goings of all the boats in the busiest passenger port in Europe.
Best for watching people have fun:
Serena Ski Centre & Water Park webcam
The Serena waterpark is in Espoo, just outside of Helsinki. This cam gives you a good view of people zooming down the water slides. If you have friends or family heading there for the day you can have your own fun freaking them out by telling them you were watching them enjoy themselves.
Best for weather watching & a view of the Swedish theatre:
Baltic Live Cam
Baltic live cam streams from Klaus K Hotel and shows a view of the Swedish theatre and Helsinki cathedral in the background. The site gives you the current weather & also has links to webcams in other countries including Latvia, Lithuania & Estonia.
Best for views from a height:
Filmed from the Cirrus building: the tallest residential building in Helsinki. This shows the Vuosaari district which includes a nature park.
Best for Checking traffic around the airport
Metro Blue Airport Cams
Metro Blue has six cameras monitoring traffic around Helsinki Airport. Excellent for checking before you set off for your flight or if you’re wondering how treacherous the roads are in bad weather.
Top Finnish WebCams outside of Helsinki
Best for watching Santa getting ready for Xmas:
This is only active in December so check it out in the lead up to Christmas to see with your own eyes whether Santa and his elves are real.
Best for watching the Northern lights
Aurora Borealis (LIVE!) You Tube
This is a live feed so the lights have to be out for you to watch in real time. But you can always catch the highlights later on. This is set in a beautiful location up in the Muotkatunturi Wilderness Area in the North of Finland.
Best for watching Finnish Eagles & Ospreys close up
Eagle & Osprey nests in Finland
Nestcam.eu has various live cams set up in the nests of Eagles and Ospreys around Finland. This gives great close up views of daily life for these fantastic birds of prey.
Credit: Photo by Francesco Mazzoli on Unsplash
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Great. You did forget Kelitiekamerat which are around Finland. There are about 700 road cameras. I use them especially in winter before driving from one place to another:
Have a good day!
Thanks for adding that. I was just focusing on Helsink cams but there’s so many around the whole of Finland I might do a second blog for that. If so i’ll be sure to use your suggestion 😀
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Nice blog, Mel. My friend lived in Helsinki for years. He told me more than ten years ago about the plans to put the whole of Helsinki on line. 1984 with a vengeance: ‘Big Brothers’ are watching you!
I never knew about that before. But now that I’ve just arrived I’ve already seen it everywhere! But it was quite nice to be able to navigate around the city using what I’d seen on the webams before coming here!