Why I love Finland

My first impression of Finland was a winter one, when snow-hushed forests and Christmastime conviviality made an instant impact. You must come back in summer, everyone said, so I did, for midnight daytime saunas by impossibly picturesque lakes and melt-in-the-mouth fresh berries and potatoes. Fresh air, the Lapland wilderness, the hiking, the wildlife: it's a natural wonderland within an impressively technological... Read More

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Helsinki Card

The Helsinki Card comes with a complete guidebook of all the included attractions and excellent maps of the city. With you free travel on public transport (trams, metro, buses, train, boats to the islands) as well as free entrance to all major sights and museums, the Helsinki card is a great way to explore the city. You will be well equipped to get the most out of your stay in the city. The Helsinki Card also offers great value discounts such as 30% discount on the Finnair airport bus, discounts on tours out of town, tours to Tallinn, restaurants, concerts, sports, sauna, rentals and much more. You can choose a 24-, 48- or 72-hour Helsinki Card or Helsinki Card Region which also includes free travel on public transport in whole metropolitan area and rail link between Helsinki city center and Helsinki-Vantaa Airport. SAVE MONEY WITH THE HELSINKI CARD OFFERING: FREE Audio City Tour in 10 languages which operates daily Unlimited free travel on public transport in Helsinki Free entrance to major sights and museums Free travel and discounted entry to Korkeasaari Zoo Island Free travel and entrances to Suomenlinna Fortress Discount on the Finnair airport bus Helsinki Card guide book, including a map and extensive information which is published in English, German, Swedish, Russian and Finnish.

$28.56 Cruises, Sailing & Water Tours

Helsinki Sightseeing Canal Cruise

Hop aboard your sightseeing cruise at the Market Square in central Helsinki and take a seat in the boat’s lower saloon, or take a stroll around the deck, admiring the sights of Helsinki as you cruise. Some 62 miles (100km) of gorgeous coastline frame the city, and the sea that surrounds it is home to an archipelago of nearly 300 islands. Watch out for Korkeasaari Island, home to Helsinki Zoo, and pass the incredible Suomenlinna Maritime Fortress – a UNESCO World Heritage Site that straddles several skerries (smaller islands) in the Helsinki archipelago. Listen to the onboard commentary to learn fun facts and trivia about this top Helsinki attraction; built in the mid-18th century, the maritime fortress was created as a principal military base for Sweden during the Russo-Swedish War.Order a drink from the onboard bar (own expense), and relax while gliding past Degerö Canal, one of the city’s iconic waterways. Look out for Helsinki’s impressive fleet of icebreaker ships, which help keep most of Finland’s ports open throughout the bitter winters, and hear tales of the city’s history. Founded as an important hub for Baltic Sea trade in the 16th century, Helsinki was later conquered by Russia before becoming the independent city as it stands today. After 1.5 hours cruising around the shoreline, return to the port near Market Square.

$201.13 Outdoor Activities

Small-Group Aurora Hunt Northern Lights Tour from Tromso

Your Northern Lights hunting tour begins with pickup at the Tromsø city center. With your guide, head out to the countryside around Tromsø, or potentially cross the border into Finland if the weather conditions are better there. When you find a nice place with clear skies, your guide will set up camp with a bonfire, where you can settle in, relax with homemade soup, and take some pictures. Sometimes you have to wait for the Aurora Borealis to appear, while other times, you may be lucky enough to enjoy the show for the whole evening. Mother Nature makes that decision for you, but your guide will make sure that you have everything else covered for an enjoyable experience.

$31.99 Shore Excursions

Helsinki Shore Excursion: Hop-On Hop-Off Tour

One of Scandinavia’s most laid-back cities, Helsinki is relaxed yet vibrant with a host of exciting attractions just waiting to be explored. Architecture harks back to days of Russian and Swedish rule, and the city’s maritime heritage gives its history an interesting edge. So when your cruise ship docks in port, hop aboard your comfortable, open-top, double-decker bus and discover sightseeing opportunities galore.Admire top city attractions such as Senate Square – home to Helsinki Cathedral – and Temppeliaukio Church, a place of worship and concert venue that is carved from local bedrock. Pass the functionalist Lasipalatsi building or perhaps hop off at Helsinki Olympic Stadium – Finland’s largest stadium. With your ticket, you can remain on the bus for an entire loop (roughly 1.5 hours) as you listen to the informative audio commentary, or you can hop on and off at any of the eight stops around the city to explore Helsinki’s countless delights.Helsinki Hop-On Hop-Off Tour Stops: Senate Square The Olympia Terminal / Silja Line Café Ursula Eira (Only 15min walking to/from Hernesaari cruise terminal LMA, LMB) Hernesaari Cruise Terminal (Stop only on the certain cruise ship days) Melkki Cruise Terminal (Stop only on the certain cruise ship days) Flea Market Swedish Theatre Market Square Kiasma Temppeliaukio Church (Rock Church) Sibelius monument Olympic Stadium (Olympic Stadium under renovation) National Museum, Parliament House and Helsinki Music Centre  Ateneum Art Museum, Central Railway Station This excursion is located within a 20-minute walk to the cruise port, so you determine the time you return to your ship in Helsinki. Please allow yourself ample time to enjoy the excursion and ensure your timely return to the port. This excursion is not covered by our worry-free policy.

$91.39 Cruises, Sailing & Water Tours

Peterhof Grand Palace and Gardens Tour with Neva Boat Ride

After pickup from your hotel in St Petersburg, your guide will take you to the boat station, located behind the Winter Palace. Then, board a high-speed hydrofoil for an exciting 45-minute ride down the Neva River, seeing St Petersburg from a unique perspective as you coast along the southern shore of the Gulf of Finland. When your boat docks at the mouth of the Sea Channel, enter Peterhof’s enormous park complex, including elaborate gardens filled with 18th-century fountains, statues, palaces and pavilions built upon the orders of Tsar Peter the Great.First, stroll through the estate’s Lower Park, which lies between the Grand Palace and the shore and boasts more than 140 fountains, each operated without pumps. Stop at the impressive Grand Cascade with its golden statue of Samson holding open the jaws of a lion. Once you’ve seen all three cascades, including one with a chessboard design and another featuring Chinese dragons, you’ll understand why Peterhof is referred to as the “Russian Versailles.” Then, continue to the Grand Palace and explore its gorgeous interior, including 30 rooms decorated in an ornate, Baroque design. From here, stroll through the Upper Garden, a typical French-style formal layout with five fountains, including one depicting Neptune – God of the Sea. Watch out for the whimsical creations designed to soak visitors, such as the umbrella fountain that sheds water whenever someone takes a seat underneath! Your guide will then drop your group off in the city center to explore at your leisure.

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Helsinki Hop-On Hop-Off Sightseeing Tour

A famously laid-back Scandinavian city, Helsinki is relaxed yet vibrant with a host of exciting attractions that beg to be discovered. Architecture harks back to days of Russian and Swedish rule, and the city’s maritime heritage gives its history an interesting edge. So hop aboard your comfortable, open-top, double-decker bus and discover sightseeing opportunities galore.Admire top city attractions such as Senate Square – home to Helsinki Cathedral – and Temppeliaukio Church, a place of worship and concert venue that is carved from local bedrock. Pass the functionalist Lasipalatsi building or perhaps hop off at Helsinki Olympic Stadium – Finland’s largest stadium. With your ticket, you can remain on the bus for an entire loop (roughly 1.5 hours) as you listen to the informative audio commentary, or you can hop on and off at any of the 15 stops around the city to explore Helsinki’s countless delights.Helsinki Hop-On Hop-Off Tour Stops: Senate Square The Olympia Terminal / Silja Line Café Ursula Eira (Only 15min walking to/from Hernesaari cruise terminal LMA, LMB) Hernesaari Cruise (Terminal Stop only on the certain cruise ship days) Melkki Cruise (Terminal Stop only on the certain cruise ship days) Flea Market Swedish Theatre Market Square (with Helsinki City Hall located a 1-minute walk away) Kiasma Temppeliaukio Church (Rock Church) Sibelius monument Olympic Stadium (Olympic Stadium under renovation) National Museum, Parliament House and Helsinki Music Centre  Ateneum Art Museum, Central Railway Station