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Helsinki Archipelago: Sightseeing Boat Tour

1. Helsinki Archipelago: Sightseeing Boat Tour

Admire the main attractions of Finland's crown jewel on the Historical Helsinki route. Don't miss a beat as your boat weaves through the waterways of the Helsinki archipelago. Bask in the natural beauty, amazing architecture, and clean air of this Scandinavian gem. Depart from one of Helsinki's most famous sights, Market Square, and head out to sea. See famous UNESCO World Heritage Sites such as the Fortress of Suomenlinna, as well as the Finnish ice breakers and Korkeasaari Zoo. Enjoy both natural and man-made phenomena during this maritime experience. Enjoy views of the most beautiful neighborhoods of Helsinki, including Eira, Katajanokka, and Kruununhaka. Listen to historical tales of local lore from your guide about all the various hot spots, before the journey ends where it began, at Market Square.

Helsinki: Helsinki and Suomenlinna 5-Hour Sightseeing Tour

2. 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 the King’s Gate and see the church built for the Russian troops. Visit the barracks and the Great Courtyard, where the memorial tomb of Augustin Ehrensvärd was designed by King Gustav III of Sweden.

Helsinki: City Highlights 1.5-Hour Archipelago Cruise

3. Helsinki: City Highlights 1.5-Hour Archipelago Cruise

Get introduced to the urban shorelines of Helsinki on the City Highlights tour. See summer terraces, beach cafés, and beautiful parks during the cruise. Admire both old and new city architecture. Pass by the many residential areas and districts of Helsinki by boat. The route includes popular sights like Suomenlinna, Korkeasaari Zoo and the ice breakers. Along the route, see interesting urban areas like Kaivopuisto park and the classy harbor area of Merisatama. View the city’s diverse architecture like the Jugend buildings of Eira as well as the modern residential districts of Kruunuvuorenranta and Kalasatama. Learn about these sights from recorded commentary via loudspeakers in Finnish, English, German and Swedish. You can buy coffee, ice cream or a Finnish pulla (sweet bun) from the boat café. Enjoy the sea breeze and amazing views on a large sun deck or get cozy inside and admire the views through the boat's big windows.

Helsinki: Archipelago RIB Boat Tour with BBQ Lunch and Sauna

4. Helsinki: Archipelago RIB Boat Tour with BBQ Lunch and Sauna

Depart from Helsinki and explore the vast archipelago located east of the capital. Discover some of the 170,000 islands by boat as your guide provides more information about local nature and wildlife. See the beautiful island of Villinki with its unique channel surrounded by majestic cliffs and summer villas. Near the outskirts of the archipelago, reach the recreational island where you will disembark the boat and go ashore. Explore the island on a short walking tour and learn more about local flora and fauna. Over an open campfire, hear more about how the archipelago developed after the last ice age. Then, enjoy a hearty BBQ lunch of traditional meats with homemade traditional salmon soup, served with dark rye bread. After lunch, enjoy some free time to explore the island. Visit the public sauna for a bath, swim in the sea, or enjoy the peace and tranquillity of your surroundings. Finally, hop back on the boat for the journey back to Helsinki.

From Helsinki: Porvoo Half-Day Sightseeing Tour

5. From Helsinki: Porvoo Half-Day Sightseeing Tour

You'll meet your guide in Helsinki just before noon. From here, you'll head to Porvoo to marvel at the historic Old Town, with its well-preserved historical buildings as well as a 15th-century cathedral. The Old Town is a historically and culturally significant place and is recognized as one of the important National landscapes of Finland. During the tour, you will learn about Finnish history and culture, exploring the Red Riverside Warehouses, Porvoo Castle, Porvoo Old Town Hall, and the devil's stairs, as well as many other attractions. After your guide shows you around the top attractions in Porvoo you'll have about 40 minutes of free time to explore the many cafes, restaurants, and shops in Old Town. Then you'll head back to Helsinki where the bus will drop you off in Senate Square.

Helsinki Highlights Self-Guided Scavenger Hunt and City Tour

6. Helsinki Highlights Self-Guided Scavenger Hunt and City Tour

Solve riddles and find clues on a self-guided scavenger hunt and walking tour through Helsinki. Download the app onto your phone and explore Helsinki at your own pace. See Ateneum, Market Square, St. John's Church, and more. After downloading the tour app on your mobile device (instructions received via email after booking), simply use the app and integrated maps to find your way to 10 attractions in Helsinki. You can choose to start the activity at any time. Once you begin, you'll solve a location-based riddle at each attraction and unlock the next location you need to visit. Work as a team and use logic, imagination, observation, and problem solving to make your way around the city. The app also includes facts and information about each location you stop at, so you'll be close to a local by the end of your adventure. As you explore, you can stop for a coffee, lunch, or a break at any time. Along the tour route, you'll visit the National Theatre, Ateneum, Helsinki Cathedral, Market Square, Vanha Kauppahalli, The Shipwrecked, Design Museum, St. John's Church, the Old Church of Helsinki, the Three Smiths Statue, and more.

Helsinki: City and Outer Islands Guided RIB Boat Tour

7. Helsinki: City and Outer Islands Guided RIB Boat Tour

Meet at the leisure boat port in front of the old market hall on Market Square in Kauppatori. After a short safety briefing, depart by rigid inflatable boat for a cruise along the coastline of Helsinki. Admire the most beautiful parts of Helsinki from the sea, including the Presidential Palace, the City Town Hall, the Market Square, the Uspenski Cathedral, and the Allas Sea Pools. Listen to your guide as they tell you about the city and its history. Continue to pass by the ferries to Sweden, the 19th-century villas of the Valkosaari yacht club, and the residential area of Kaivopuisto, where many of the embassies are located. Then you will be able to see the islands of Harakka, Särkkä, Uunisaari, and Liuskasaari. Travel past the Kaivopuisto Boulevard with its boat marina, yacht club, and seaside cafés. If you are lucky, you may be able to spot locals cleaning their carpets, a true Finnish summer tradition. Cross the small bay and make a stop near the new public sauna and the Löyly restaurant, with its award-winning design. See locals dressed in swimming suits jumping into the water, along with casual coffee drinkers sitting on the terrace. You will also see some of the old Hernesaari shipyard, where Finnish icebreaker ships are built. After leaving the city limits that have a speed limit, the driver will go full-throttle so you can experience the true power of a rigid inflatable speed boat. The Helsinki archipelago with its 300 islands will then start to appear in front of you. Pass through the passage between Vallisaari and Suomenlinna. Spot the historical dry dock of the old shipyard, the submarine Vesikko, and the King's Gate. Continue past the islands of Vasikkasaari, Koivusaari, and Saunasaari. Admire views of summer cottages, saunas, and the military island of Santahamina. From here the boat will cross the bay of Kruunuvuorenselkä and head for the fleet of icebreaker ships on their summer holiday. Learn about why Finland is so well-known for its icebreakers, how the ships work, and where they are being operated. You will then start the return journey to Market Square.

From Helsinki: Tallinn with Round-Trip Ferry & Guided Tour

8. From Helsinki: Tallinn with Round-Trip Ferry & Guided Tour

Embark on a day trip from Helsinki to Tallinn with a 3-hour guided tour in the city. Board a ferry to Tallinn from Helsinki’s port. Be welcomed by your local guide, who’ll take you from the harbor to explore the town. See the highlights of the city, like its main square, Tallinn Town Hall, Aleksander Nevsky Cathedral, Toompea Castle, and much more. Tallinn, Estonia’s capital on the Baltic Sea, retains its walled and cobblestoned Old Town, which is home to cafes and shops as well as Kiek in de Kök, a 15th-century defensive tower. The Old Town, dating from around the 15th century, is Estonia’s only UNESCO World Heritage Site. Spend the rest of the afternoon exploring the city at your own pace. When your tour is finished, you’ll be transferred back to the Port to prepare to embark on Helsinki. On the way back, you can relax and enjoy the services before arriving in Helsinki.

Helsinki: Arctic Hovercraft Experience with Lunch

9. Helsinki: Arctic Hovercraft Experience with Lunch

Prepare to travel over breaking ice and snow as you explore deep into the frozen archipelago in a hovercraft. This day trip from Helsinki includes all the gear you need to experience the arctic waters warmly and safely. Complete your trip with a Finnish lunch. The trip starts with morning pickup in Helsinki. After a 30-minute drive, reach Gumbostrand, the hovercraft departure pier. Here you will be provided with warm clothing for the day and safety equipment together with a short safety briefing. The Hovercraft features a heated cabin and room for up to five passengers. Feel secure traveling with one to two experienced crew members and guides during the whole trip, depending on the number of passengers. Depart the pier to start the drive through the archipelago winter landscape. Experience the empty, deep, frozen, and beautiful landscape as you travel between the islands over ice and open water on the way to an empty island. Spot summer cottages, scenic landscapes, and potentially a seal, eagle, or other animals. Stop can be made on the way to take pictures on the thick and solid ice or to have a walk and listen to the complete silence. Upon arrival at the base camp island, enjoy a warm non-alcoholic welcome drink as you prepare for a walk around the island. Next, enjoy a guided walk along a typical archipelago nature trail. Learn about summer cottages and saunas, the birth of the archipelago after the Ice Age, and daily life in the archipelago. There will be dry toilets available to use on the island. After the nature trail walk, optionally try out a unique experience floating around between ice rafts in a survival suit while staying completely warm and dry. The suits are well insulated to keep you perfectly warm and dry during the whole swim. There is a heated cabin ready for you to change into these special suits. An experienced crew member will be assisting you the whole time while a second member acts as a safety officer on the shore side. You can stay as long as you want in the water; a typical duration for the swim is 15-45 minutes. If you choose not to swim, you can also stay ashore and take pictures of the other swimmers. After the swim, enjoy a campfire lunch to get a taste of Finland. At the campfire, there is seating, roof protection, and big windows giving protection from the wind, rain, and other elements of nature, yet still providing beautiful scenery of the sea. After the tour, ride back to your hotel or the airport.

Helsinki: RIB Tour to Summer Cottage with BBQ and Sauna

10. Helsinki: RIB Tour to Summer Cottage with BBQ and Sauna

Spend a day with some locals at their summer cottage and enjoy the best that Finnish summers have to offer – barbecues, sauna time, and hiking in a beautiful natural setting. Meet the guide in Vironallas, the leisure boat port in front of the old Market Hall on the Market Square, Kauppatori. After a short safety briefing, you'll be geared up and ready to go. Cruise through the archipelago on the west side of the city, passing summer cabins, boaters, and wildlife on the way to your destination. On the 45-minute cruise, chat with the guide about the history and traditions of the area. Learn how part of the archipelago was leased as a Soviet naval base following World War II and how it is today. Your afternoon hosts will be waiting for you on their small private island, owned by their family for over 100 years. If you're lucky you may even bump into more than one generation of the family, as it is their place to escape the city and spend their long summer days. Leave the language-learning app at home, as your local hosts can accommodate you in English, French, German, Danish, Finnish, or Swedish. Your hosts are happy to take a break from their everyday lives to welcome you and show you how their days are spent in the archipelago. Take a nature walk and learn about which berries to eat and which mushrooms to pick. Take in views of the surrounding water and imagine the moose that occasionally swim from one island to another. Enjoy the Scandinavian design cottage and, together with your hosts, light up the genuine wood-heated sauna. If you're feeling adventurous, you may even combine the sauna bath with a refreshing dip in the sea, just like the locals do. After the sauna, the hosts will prepare a homemade lunch which you can share in the warm summer sunshine. At the end of the 2-hour visit, it's time to head back to the city. The guide will happily adjust the return route to your preferences – either cruising back among the islands or checking out the open sea.

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What people are saying about Helsinki

Overall rating

4.4 / 5

based on 176 reviews

This tour through Get Your Guide was excellent. The ferry tickets and directions were all well organised and communicated in advance. Our guide picked us up from Tallinn ferry terminal and drove us around the city to include sites that weren't within walkable distance, then we parked and explored the city on foot. She was super knowledgeable, friendly and gave us great pointers about best places to see, eat and shop in our free time. Awesome day trip if you have a free day in Helsinki.

Talinn is a must see for anyone visiting Helsinki! Charming medieval town with excellent food (Scheeli Restoran, among others) and gifts to buy at inexpensive prices. Check out all stores East of town square.

A very informative and I interesting trip.We covered all the main sights and our guide face us alot of interesting information .

Nice activity. I could roam through the most interesting sites of the city.

Excellent Finnish history, canal views and Finnish house styles.