Welcome to Finland


Call of the Wild

The Finland you encounter will depend on the season of your visit, but whatever the month, there’s something pure in the Finnish air and spirit that’s vital and exciting. With towering forests speckled by picture-perfect lakes, as if an artist had flicked a blue-dipped paintbrush at the map, Suomi offers some of Europe’s best hiking, kayaking and canoeing. A fabulous network of national parks has well-marked routes and regularly spaced huts for overnighting, and you can observe bears and elk deep in the forests on nature-watching trips.

Summer Days

Finland’s short but sparkling sunny season sees the country burst into life. Finns seem to want to suck every last golden drop out of the summer in the hope that it will sustain them through the long, dark winter months, and there’s an explosion of good cheer and optimism. With surprisingly high temperatures for these latitudes, summer is a time for music festivals, art exhibitions, lake cruises, midnight sunshine on convivial beer terraces, idyllic days at remote waterside cottages and bountiful market produce.

After the Snowfall

Winter has its own charm as snow blankets the pines and lakes freeze over. The best way to banish the frosty subzero temperatures is to get active. Skiing is great through to May. Other pursuits include chartering a team of dogs, a posse of reindeer, or a snowmobile for a trek across snowy solitudes, lit by a beautiful, pale winter sun; catching the aurora borealis (Northern Lights) after your wood-fired sauna; drilling a hole for ice fishing; and spending a night in a glittering, iridescent ice hotel.

City Lights

Finland isn't just vast expanses of pristine wilderness. Vibrant cities stock the country's southern areas, headlined by the capital, Helsinki, an electrifying urban space with world-renowned design and music scenes. Embraced by the Baltic, it’s a spectacular ensemble of modern and stately architecture, island restaurants and stylish and quirky bars. And the ‘new Suomi’ epicurean scene is flourishing, with locally foraged flavours to the fore. Beyond Helsinki, Tampere and Turku in particular are lively, engaging cities with spirited university-student populations.


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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 discount on the Finnair airport bus, discounts on tours out of town, tours to Tallinn, restaurants, shops and much more. You can choose a 24-, 48- or 72-hour Helsinki Card City or Helsinki Card Region. Helsinki Card Region 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 Helsinki Panorama Sightseeing, Sightseeing tour by bus in 10 languages (operates daily)Free Hop on Hop off City Sightseeing (May-Sep)Free Beautiful Canal Route, sightseeing by boat (May-Sep)Unlimited travel on Helsinki’s public buses, trams, metro, trains and boats. With Helsinki Card Region, also in Espoo, Vantaa and Kauniainen Free admission to top museums and attractionsFree entrance to Temppeliaukio Church (Rock church)Complimentary travel to and discounted entry to Korkeasaari Zoo Island Free travel to and admission to Suomenlinna Fortressdiscount on the Finnair airport bus between central Helsinki and Helsinki Airport Complimentary guidebook, including city map and sightseeing information, available in English, German, Swedish, Russian and Finnish.

$29.84 Cruises, Sailing & Water Tours

Helsinki Canal Sightseeing and History 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.

$35.81 Shore Excursions

Helsinki Hop-On Hop-Off Sightseeing Bus 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 the Market Square, Helsinki’s most international and famous market. 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. The ticket is valid for the red City Sightseeing buses and green Hop on Hop off buses Helsinki Hop-On Hop-Off Tour Stops: Senate Square The Olympia Terminal (Silja Line) / Mannerheim Museum Cafe Ursula/ Kaivopuisto Park Compass Square Eira   Hernesaari Cruise Terminal  (Stop only on the certain cruise ship days) Löyly  (10min walk to/from Hernesaari cruise terminal LHB, LHC) Melkki Cruise Terminal  (Stop only on the certain cruise ship days) Flea Market/ Bulevardi  (25min walk to/from Melkki cruise terminal LMA) Swedish Theater/ Design Museum Market Square (Departure point for Beautiful Canal Route) Kiasma/ Central Railway Station Temppeliaukio Church (Rock Church) Sibelius Monument Olympic Stadium National Museum/ Parliament House/ Helsinki Music Center Ateneum Art Museum/ Central Railway Station Botanic Garden This excursion is not covered by our worry-free policy.

$35.81 Tours & Sightseeing

Helsinki Red Bus 24h Hop-On Hop-Off Ticket

Enjoy excellent views of Finland's vibrant capital Helsinki from comfort of the top of a double-decker bus. The tour takes you to all the main sights and the must-sees of Helsinki including Senate Square, the city centre and Bulevardi avenue with a range of high-end restaurants, cafes and art galleries lining the street.The tour also include a stop at the cruise terminal. Extensive multilingual audio guide through individual head phones is available in 10 languages. The tour departs daily every half an hour and you may board the bus at any of the 18 stops around the city, listed below. Full list of stops:1. Senate Square2. Havis Amanda3. Olympia Terminal / Mannerheim Museum4. Kaivopuisto Park5. Eira6. Hernesaari Cruise Terminal (for cruise ships)7. Melkki Cruise Terminal (for cruise ships)8. Hietalahti Flea Market / Market Hall9. Bulevardi10. Tennis Palace / Kamppi11. Rock Church12. Sibelius Monument13. Olympic Stadium14. Parliament / National Museum15. City Centre / Lasipalatsi16. Swedish Theatre17. Esplanade / Market Square18. Senate Square

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Helsinki City Sightseeing Hop-On Hop-Off Bus 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 the Market Square, Helsinki’s most international and famous market. 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 18 stops around the city to explore Helsinki’s countless delights. The ticket is valid for the red City Sightseeing buses and green Hop on Hop off buses. Helsinki Hop-On Hop-Off Tour Stops: Senate SquareThe Olympia Terminal (Silja Line) / Mannerheim MuseumCafe Ursula/ Kaivopuisto ParkCompass SquareEiraHernesaari Cruise TerminalLöylyMelkki Cruise TerminalFlea Market/ BulevardiSwedish Theater/ Design MuseumMarket Square (Departure point for Beautiful Canal Route)Kiasma/ Central Railway StationTemppeliaukio Church (Rock Church)Sibelius MonumentOlympic StadiumNational Museum/ Parliament House/ Helsinki Music CenterAteneum Art Museum/ Central Railway StationBotanic Garden

$38.20 Tours & Sightseeing

Helsinki Panorama Sightseeing Audio Tour

Your 1-hour 45-minute long tour is an audio-visual experience, during which it is possible to listen to commentary through headphones with a choice of 10 languages (Finnish, Swedish, English, German, Italian, French, Spanish, Russian, Japanese, Mandarin Chinese). There are also sound effects to bring the sights to life and tie them in with the history of the city. Senate Square, the Presidential Palace, Uspenski Cathedral, City Hall, the Opera House and Finlandia House are amongst the highlights. The tour will stop at Temppeliaukio Church - the church in the rock or at the Sibelius Monument if the church is closed. Please note, the entrance fee to Temppeliaukio Church is not included in the tour price (3 EUR adults over 17 years) .