Sipoo (Swedish:Sibbo) is a municipality in Uusimaa, about 25 km east of Helsinki. It includes the towns of Nikkilä (Nickby) – which is also its administrative centre – and Söderkulla, plus a couple of smaller villages.
The character of Sipoo varies a lot, some is suburbs of Helsinki, some is traditional countryside and some archipelago.
The area is traditionally Swedish speaking, like most of coastal Uusimaa. In the countryside and archipelago the great majority is still Swedish speaking, while in suburbs Finnish dominates.
- See Helsinki#Get around for information about HSL public transport fares and tickets
Regional buses 785 through 788 run from the Rautatientori square in central Helsinki to Nikkilä in central Sipoo. Note that Sipoo is outside the HSL metropolitan area, and thus you have to pay for the "Koko alue" ("Whole area") ticket to get to Sipoo. The trip between Rautatientori and Nikkilä takes about an hour per direction. Söderkulla and the rest of southern Sipoo are served by coaches to Porvoo (from Helsinki bus station, Kamppi).
- Sipoo has two churches, an 1 "old church" and a 2 newer one, located almost next to each other just outside Nikkilä.
Rent a boat or canoe (or join a tour) to explore the archipelago. There is also a ferry from Kalkstrand to some of the distant islands.
- 1 Talma Ski. A pocket-size ski centre.
- 2 Sipoonkorpi National Park (Sipoonkorven kansallispuisto). Get out in the Finnish nature without venturing further than 20 km from central Helsinki.
- 3 Söderskär (from Kalkstrand ferry quay), ✉ firstname.lastname@example.org. Weekends May–Sep, daily 1 June–12 Aug, start 9:15, return 13:30. Skerry in the outer archipelago with tall lighthouse (which may have inspired Tove Jansson's Moominpappa at Sea) and bird reserve. €45, children 6–12 €23.
There are shops in the main villages/suburbs. For a different experience, if you are out in the archipelago, check the timetables of m/s Christina and do your grocery shopping on board, or just buy an icecream to eat on the pier while chatting with locals and summer guests, like many of those that come by foot or boat to wait for the shop to arrive (it is notoriously late, as there are long queues on sunny days).