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Helsinki: Hop-On Hop-Off City Bus Tour

1. Helsinki: Hop-On Hop-Off City Bus Tour

See the Helsinki tourist attractions that interest you most and avoid wasting time on an organized tour with this hop-on hop-off bus tour. Hop on and off as many times as you like at any of the stops on the itinerary over a 24-hour or 48-hour period. You could choose to admire the unique rock architecture of the Temppeliaukio Church, visit the Parliament House, admire the neoclassical architecture in Senate Square or search for a bargain in Market Square. Enjoy an onboard audio commentary available in 10 languages and avail of excellent views from the top deck of your double-decker bus. Don't worry if the weather isn't great as the bottom deck is completely protected from the elements.

Helsinki: Evening Archipelago Cruise

2. Helsinki: Evening Archipelago Cruise

Blending nature, historical sights, and Finnish fare, the sightseeing cruise journeys through Helsinki’s extensive archipelago of islands. The boat ventures past UNESCO’s fortress Suomenlinna while you cruise along the waterways and taste local dishes. After departing from Market Square in the city center, the cruise will head towards Helsinki’s historical parts and continue along the capital’s shore to neighboring islands. The voyage will let you contrast the urban landscape with the wilderness of more than 300 islands and 130km of shoreline. This cruise is a chance to go beyond the city center and discover the intricate archipelago of islands and nature reserves. A snippet into the Finnish seaside lifestyle, the island neighborhoods boast summer cottages, groves, boulders, and tiny coves that can be seen along the shore. The tour will then make its way to Suomenlinna, a UNESCO World Heritage site and famous sea fortress of islands bursting with nature and history. Refreshing drinks are available during the tour from the bar. Sundeck seats included in the ticket are non-covered space outdoors. Finally, take in the unique sights while you sit back and delight in some local delicacies. Book a table in advance, table booking is subject to availability.

Helsinki Archipelago: Sightseeing Boat Tour

3. 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. Listen as your guide tells you stories about many of the most sought-after areas of the city. 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.

From Helsinki: Round-Trip Ferry Ticket to Suomenlinna

4. From Helsinki: Round-Trip Ferry Ticket to Suomenlinna

Frs Finland brings you to the fortress island of Suomenlinna which is a UNESCO World Heritage Site and the number 1 must see tourist attraction of Finland with its historical sea fortress and lovely museums and restaurants. Vessels leave from Helsinki Market Square, next to the Korkeasaari zoo ferry. Watch out for our Frs Finland-signs and choose the priority queue. Please note: there is only one queue available at the islands. Many flexible departures per day and snacks and drinks available for purchase onboard. Enjoy a cup of coffee or cold beer on our sun deck and let yourself be pampered by our friendly staff. The duration of the ferry ride is about 20-25 minutes and there are several departures per hour. Exact schedule available at - Maximum departure frequency from the Market Square and the island: 30 minutes. In addition the restaurant island of Lonna can be visited with the same ferry.

Helsinki Highlights Self-Guided Scavenger Hunt and City Tour

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

Get to know Helsinki at your own pace on this interactive scavenger hunt walking tour played on your phone. Decipher riddles, interact with the most important attractions of the city, and unlock interesting facts and legends. An ideal outdoor activity for first time visitors, couples, groups, families, and children. Can be used as a great team-building activity. 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. At each stop, learn about the attraction and solve a location-based riddle that can only be solved if you reach the specific location. Use logic, imagination, observation, and team spirit to unlock the correct code and reveal the next destination of the city sightseeing game. 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. Start your tour at the imposing Finnish National Theatre, with its excellent acoustics! Visit the Ateneum with its unique exhibits and explore Helsinki Cathedral with its stunning white facade. Take a photo at Helsinki's Market Square in the city center and get lost in the historic Vanha Kauppahalli, with its unique history. Visit the uniquely themed Shipwreckinen. You will also pass by Helsinki's Design Museum with its unique exhibits. Admire St. John's Church, the largest stone church in Finland. See, walk, and relax Old Church Park in the city center, while the Three Smiths Statue will be the icing on the cake of this unique tour.

Helsinki: City Sightseeing Hop-On Hop-Off Bus Tour

6. Helsinki: City Sightseeing Hop-On Hop-Off Bus Tour

Explore Helsinki according to your own interests and schedule with a 24 or 48-hour ticket for the open-air, hop-on and hop-off sightseeing bus. Take a full loop of the route in just 90 minutes to get an orientation of the city, or jump off at any of the stops to explore the attractions that interest you the most. Drive past the Sibelius Monument, and the imposing Rock Church (Temppeliaukio Church). Jump off at the Flea Market or Market Square, and see the buildings built for the 1952 Summer Olympics, including the Olympic Stadium. Your full price ticket entitles you to discounts at participating partners, including cafés, restaurants and shops. Free Wi-Fi is available on-board the bus so you can keep up-to-date with your friends and family back home and make them jealous with social media updates of your experience. In the event of bad weather, the roof of the bus can be swiftly retracted to protect you from the rain. Free rain ponchos are also provided. You can start your tour from any stop along the route. Add on an optional cruise from the Cruise Terminal, and get a different perspective of the city from the water. Hop-On Hop-Off Bus Stops: 1. Senate Square/ Helsinki City Museum 2. Old Market Hall 3. Olympia Terminal (Silja Line) / Mannerheim Museum 4. Cafe Ursula/ Kaivopuisto Park 5. Compass Square 6. Eira 7. Hernesaari Cruise Terminal LHD (stop in use only on certain cruise ship days) 8. Hernesaari Cruise Terminal LHB & LHC 9. Löyly 10. Flea Market/ Bulevardi/ Sinebrychoff Art Museum 11. Swedish Theatre / Design Museum / Museum of Finnish Architecture 12. Market Square / Sightseeing Cruises 13. Sokos / Kiasma / Helsinki Music Centre / Amos Rex / Central Railway Station 14. Temppeliaukio Church / Ham Helsinki Art Museum / Finnish Museum of Natural History 15. Sibelius Monument 16. Olympic Stadium / Tahto   17. Linnanmaki Amusement Park / Sea Life Helsinki 18. Linnunlaulu / Helsinki City Theatre 19. Hakaniemi Market Square and Market Hall

From Helsinki: Ferry Ride to Suomenlinna & Walking Tour

7. From Helsinki: Ferry Ride to Suomenlinna & Walking Tour

Our company brings you to the fortress island of Suomenlinna which is a UNESCO World Heritage Site and the number 1 must-see tourist attraction of Finland with its historical sea fortress and lovely museums and restaurants. This ticket includes a guided walking tour by an authorised guide. The tour in English takes you around the fortress islands through the centuries, presenting the main sights and the key events in the history of the fortress, offering interesting perspectives on the Finnish history and history of Northern Europe. The duration of the ferry ride is about 20-25 minutes. The duration of the tour is about 1 hour. After the tour you can explore the island at your own pace and/or head back to the Market Square with the next ferry. Departure frequency of 30 minutes. Vessels leave from Helsinki Market Square, "Keisariluodonlaituri"-pier (which is the Korkeasaari zoo pier). Watch out for FRS Finland signs. Enjoy a cup of coffee or a cold beer on our sun deck and let yourself be pampered by our friendly staff. The museum where the tour starts is right next to the pier at the island. You will meet your guide there. Only our vessels bring you right next to the museum without long walking distances.

Helsinki: Tip-Based City Highlights Guided Walking Tour

8. Helsinki: Tip-Based City Highlights Guided Walking Tour

Learn about Finnish culture and the lifestyle of locals on this tip-based walking tour in Helsinki. Find out about Finnish saunas and see if Finland is really the happiest country in the world. Hear about the country's facinating past and see what life is like for locals today. Meet your guide in the Senate Square next to the statue of Alexander II. Listen as your guide shares with you how the history of the city began in this square. Begin your walking adventure by seeing the Helsinki Cathedral. Admire its neoclassical-style, and distinctive green dome. Head to the University of Helsinki to uncover what makes the Finnish education system so unique. Venture to the City Museum (in the winter). Learn what to eat and buy while in Finland at the Market Square. Take in stunning sea views at a sauna viewpoint. See the Espa Stage in Esplanadi Park. Snap photos outside Fazer, the first cafe bar in Helsinki. Soak up the atmosphere as you admire the unique buildings that line Aleksi Street. Stop outside the massive Central Train Station and end your tour at the Helsinki Central Library, the best library in the country. Finish your tour by getting some recommendations on the best saunas to visit during your time in the city.

Helsinki by Bus and Boat 24-Hour Combo Ticket

9. Helsinki by Bus and Boat 24-Hour Combo Ticket

Combine 2 beautiful sightseeing experiences and see the best of Helsinki by land and water. Board a canal boat to journey along the charming waterways of Helsinki and pass sights such as the Suomenlinna Maritime Fortress, Helsinki Zoo on Korkeasaari Island and Degerö Canal. Along the way, learn the city's fascinating history from the recorded commentary played over loudspeakers in Finnish, English, Swedish, and German. Written information is also available in Swedish, French, Italian, Spanish, Portuguese, Estonian, Japanese and Chinese.  In addition, discover the top sights of Helsinki on land as you board the hop-on hop-off sightseeing bus and travel past attractions such as the Sibelius Monument and Temppeliaukio Church, known as the "Rock Church" as it is built directly into solid rock. Benefit from 19 stops along the carefully planned route, including Senate Square, the Swedish Theatre and Market Square, the departure point for the Beautiful Canal Cruise and the site of the SkyWheel Helsinki. Your ticket is valid for 24 hours. Listen to the audio commentary (available in 10 different languages) through individual, single-use headsets. Take advantage of the free Wi-Fi to post your adventures on social media as you travel. In the event of bad weather, the roof of the bus can be quickly installed to protect you from the rain.

Helsinki: Small-Group Walking Tour with City Planner Guide

10. Helsinki: Small-Group Walking Tour with City Planner Guide

Get to know central Helsinki like a local on a small-group walking tour with a city planner. Take in the sights, culture, and history with your expert city planner guide who knows the city inside out. Ask any questions you like.  Find out tidbits of Helsinki’s past, from the plague in the middle ages to Lenin’s stay in the early 1900s. As you tour Helsinki city center, find out why a statue of a Russian Tsar is standing in the middle of the town, why Helsinkians picnic at an old burial site, and why an orthodox cathedral exists in the city.  Visit many of Helsinki’s most important landmarks, with a typical itinerary (weather, holidays, and events permitting) including: Senate Square, Helsinki Cathedral, National Library of Finland, Market Square, Uspenski Cathedral, the Presidential Palace, Allas Sea Pool, Esplanadi Park, Kappeli, Old Church Park, the Central Railway Station, Oodi, Lasipalatsi, Kamppi Chapel, and Amos Rex.

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The guide was amazing, he spoke very well, he had a great humor and was interested about those who were on his tour- asked everyone where they're from and about their countries. The pace of the tour was also good. We had enough time to listen and look around each spot but also the tour ended at the right time. I highly recomend taking part in his tour.

That was not only one of the best tip-based tours, but THE best tip-based tours. Matti seems to absolutely love his job and engaging with the people of his tour. It was a perfect mix of information, keeping everyone engaged and interested and offering a variety of facts. Would absolutely recommend it.

Excellent walking tour, very knowledgeable tour guide, friendly, interesting, funny and gave us information on other things to do and places to see whilst staying in Helsinki Highly recommended

Very convenient and interesting to be able to have a global vision of the city.

extremely good and more informational. must do for first time visitors