A unique way to take in the views
TEXT: NDÉLA FAYE | PHOTOS © SKYWHEEL HELSINKI
Have you ever wondered what it would be like to take in the city views from a sauna, 40 metres above the ground? Now you can find out for yourself, as SkyWheel Helsinki offers just that, plus much more. From regular Ferris wheel tours to special VIP experiences, SkyWheel Helsinki has been attracting tourists and locals alike since 2014.
Situated in Katajanokka, in the heart of Helsinki’s city centre, the SkyWheel Helsinki observation wheel overlooks some of the city’s most iconic landmarks, such as the Uspenski Cathedral and UNESCO world heritage site, Suomenlinna. There are 30 climate-controlled gondolas that seat six to eight people comfortably, and the experience lasts around ten minutes, but extended special tours can be pre-booked, such as the New Year’s Eve experience, where visitors get a glass of champagne while they watch the fireworks over the city.
SkyWheel Helsinki also offers visitors a Veuve Clicquot VIP Experience that includes a bottle of Veuve Clicquot champagne, a beautifully decorated private VIP-gondola with leather seats, relaxing music, air conditioning and even a glass floor. “From marriage proposals to business meetings, family days out and team building days, we can offer something for everyone. SkyWheel Helsinki makes a stylish and unique venue for different celebrations and corporate events such as conferences. We cater to individuals, small group and larger parties too,” says Jaron Duivestein, the company’s CEO.
Perhaps the most unique aspect of the SkyWheel is the SkySauna, an experience that combines a sauna in the sky with an amazing sea view and a relaxing hot tub at ground level, and includes a drinks package. “This is a truly unique experience, as it’s the only one of its kind in the whole world. The sauna can be hired for up to 20 people, and is ideal for evenings among friends, bachelor parties, and those looking for something different. We can tailor package to suit individual needs and create the ultimate experience,” Duivestein explains.
The SkyWheel was supposed to stay in its place only until this year, but they have just been granted an extension, for at least the next five years. “This is a testament to our popularity, and what a great attraction it is. It is a unique experience for tourists and locals alike, and we aim to provide everyone with a memorable visit,” Duivestein concludes.