Helsinki Activities

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Helsinki: Private Tour with a Local Guide

1. Helsinki: Private Tour with a Local Guide

Explore Helsinki with a friendly local who is passionate about the city and eager to share all the tips and hints that will help you make the most of your trip. Choose from 2-6 hour private tour options. Meet your guide at your accommodation and head out to get familiar with the neighborhood. Learn about the best places to eat and shop, the easiest ways to get around and the top things to see and do. By the end of the tour you'll feel more comfortable navigating the city and confident that you have all the information you need to thoroughly enjoy your stay.

Helsinki Panorama Coach Tour

2. Helsinki Panorama Coach Tour

Take this popular 1 hour 45 minute sightseeing tour of Helsinki by bus, and get a wide variety of information about Helsinki. The tour includes sound effects and commentary via audioguides in 10 languages. You will see the most interesting parts of Helsinki, including the historical center, the Presidential Palace, City Hall, The Parliament buildings, Finlandia Hall, and the stunning Opera House. Stop at the Temppeliaukio Church (Rock Church) or at the Sibelius Monument. Listen to a lively narrative in the language of your choice: Chinese, English, Finnish, French, German, Italian, Japanese, Russian, Spanish or Swedish. It’s a great chance to get your bearings in Helsinki for first-time visitors, and ideal for those who are pressed for time.

Helsinki Card City

3. Helsinki Card City

Discover Helsinki the easy and economical way! The Helsinki Card is the key to a unique Helsinki experience for the individual traveler. With the Helsinki Card you can save time, money, and energy. The Helsinki Card gives you free entry to the city’s main sights, museums, and public transportation options – along with a wide variety of discounts and bonuses. You can choose 24-hour, 48-hour, or 72-hour validity. All of the following are free with the Helsinki Card: All year round: • Free Panorama Sightseeing by bus (limited timetable 2021-22)• Free entry to the city’s major sights and museums; like Amos Rex, Design Museum, The National Museum of Finland, and much more• Free ferry to Suomenlinna Sea Fortress and Suomenlinna Museum and Guided Tour• Free travel on public transport within Helsinki• Discounts in restaurants, cruise to Tallinn and other attractions, such as Helsinki Zoo, SkyWheel Helsinki and Flying Cinema Tour of Helsinki Summer season (May - September): • Free Canal Route sightseeing by boat• Free 24-Hour Hop-on Hop-off bus tour Some of the benefits and discounts: • Finnair city buses (35% off) • Cruise and tour to Tallinn • Leisure activities, swimming, concerts, and more • Sights: Helsinki Zoo, SkyWheel Helsinki, Flying Cinema Tour of Helsinki • Shopping • Restaurants (up to 20% off)

From Stockholm: 3-Day Return Cruise to Helsinki & Breakfast

4. From Stockholm: 3-Day Return Cruise to Helsinki & Breakfast

Travel from Stockholm to Helsinki and back by ship. Enjoy 2 cities and plenty of time to relax onboard. Day 1: Depart in the afternoon and check into your comfortable sea-view cabin. While onboard, take advantage of the various dining, shopping, and entertainment options. Book ahead the dinner buffet and end the night with cocktails and live music or karaoke in the pub. Day 2: Take advantage of the breakfast buffet, included in the price, while enjoying breathtaking views of the Baltic Sea. Arrive in Helsinki in mid-morning and enjoy about 6 hours to explore the city on your own before departing back to Stockholm in the late afternoon. Unwind from your day of touring with a visit to the sauna. Day 3: Have a buffet breakfast while sailing through the archipelago on your way back to Stockholm. Arrive back in Stockholm in the morning. You can choose between two different cabin options: The classic sea-view cabin is a high-class, 11m2 cabin for up to 4 persons with air conditioning, TV, shower, bathroom, and hairdryer. The lower beds can be converted into a double bed. A breakfast buffet on both mornings is included. The deluxe option offers an elegant and spacious 14 m2 sea-view cabin for 2 persons with an extra bed for a child under 17 years. The deluxe cabin has a double bed (separable), air conditioning, flat screen TV, shower, toilet, hairdryer, trouser press, and complimentary refreshments in the minibar. A special breakfast served in Tavoláta restaurant, is also included.

Helsinki: Helsinki and Suomenlinna 5-Hour Sightseeing Tour

5. Helsinki: Helsinki and Suomenlinna 5-Hour Sightseeing Tour

Explore the historic monuments of Helsinki with a local guide, and visit sights such as Olympic Stadium from the 1952 Summer Olympics. See the monument to the composer Jean Sibelius and explore the promenade of Esplanade Park. Go to Old Market Hall, and admire the largest orthodox church in western Europe at the Uspenski Orthodox Cathedral. Then, catch the ferry to the UNESCO World Heritage Site of the Suomenlinna sea fortress. Upon arrival, walk to visit the barracks and the Great Courtyard, where the memorial tomb of Augustin Ehrensvärd was designed by King Gustav III of Sweden.

Nuuksio National Park: Half-Day Trip from Helsinki

6. Nuuksio National Park: Half-Day Trip from Helsinki

If you’re planning a visit to Helsinki, be sure to include a half day for a trip to Nuuksio National Park, located within the boundaries of greater Helsinki. It takes about an hour and a half by public transportation to reach the park from the city center. You’ll be met in the center of Helsinki, and travel by commuter train to Espoo center and then take a local bus to the park entrance. The park is ranked among the top 10 nature attractions in Finland and is a must-see. To get the most from your visit, it’s best to let an experienced guide and professional naturalist lead the way. Enjoy the scenic beauty of the tall coniferous or mixed forest, with trees growing around enormous primeval rocks, in an area that’s rich with mosses and ferns. You’ll come across numerous small forest lakes, and you can stop to enjoy a swim. The forest is inhabited by various animals, including such rare species as the Siberian flying squirrel, found in Europe only in Finland and Estonia. With your biologist guide you’ll trek through the tall forest, learn about the natural features of Finland, enjoy scenic views, and hopefully spot some wildlife.

Helsinki Airport (HEL): Premium Lounge Entry

7. Helsinki Airport (HEL): Premium Lounge Entry

Located in the non-Schengen Area of Terminal 2 in Helsinki Airport, Plaza Premium Lounge Helsinki boasts the first in-lounge playroom set within a modern and bright lounge ambiance, complemented with breathtaking apron views. Get 3-hour access to the lounge and take a break before or between flights, a perfect choice for business and leisure travelers. Make use of all the lounge facilities catering to the needs of travelers, such as comfortable seating, a live kitchen, a bar, shower rooms, charging stations, complimentary WiFi, and computer workstations.

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What people are saying about Helsinki

A very nice trip out of the city and into the Finnish countryside. Mikhail was a very knowledgeable guide, we discussed nature, history, politics, language and more. He explained many of the plant species we saw and helped me to indetify a bird I was not familiar with. I would reccomend Mikhail as your guide for this trip, he also gave us tradional Finnish snacks during our hike! Thank you Mikhail :)

Very educational, wonderfully fresh, beautiful walk through autumnal Finland. Just out of town. And also got a good tip to bring the library Oodi on our last day ❤️

Marine is an excellent and passionate guide. She listened any prerequisite and was able to organize an insightful but also light tour. Definitely recommended!

Very nice guide and a great route + no time pressure

Good value for money when visiting for a few days.