Welcome to Helsinki


Design Scene

Finland is famed for its streamlined, functional, stylish design. In the 20th century, pioneers such as Alvar and Aino Aalto cemented its reputation, and the capital remains the country's creative hub. Helsinki's design scene is one of the most electrifying in the world today, and a major influence across the globe. Boutiques, workshops and galleries filled with glassware, lighting, textiles and innovative homewares proliferate in the Design District just south of the centre in Punavuori, which is home to Helsinki's superb Design Museum, and throughout the city, from its thoroughfares to repurposed industrial spaces.

Architectural Innovations

Taking its cues from the design scene, architecture in Helsinki is flourishing. Contemporary highlights include the Kiasma museum of contemporary art (1998) and concert hall Musiikkitalo (2011). Modernism is exemplified by Alvar Aalto's Akateeminen Kirjakauppa (1969) and Finlandia Talo concert hall (1971), along with Timo and Tuomo Suomalainen's astonishing rock-carved church, the Temppeliaukio (1969). Finland's art nouveau movement, National Romanticism, has left a glorious legacy of buildings from the era such as Helsinki's beautiful train station (1919). Functionalism, wooden architecture (including 1920s classicism and 2012's Kamppi chapel) and Byzantine-Russian, neo-Renaissance and neoclassical styles are all woven into the city's fabric.

Finnish Flavours

Locally sourced, seasonal, sustainably farmed and foraged ingredients might be red-hot worldwide trends today, but in Finland they have long been a way of life. Wildlife such as reindeer, elk, bear and snow grouse, along with shoals of fish such as salmon and freshwater arctic char, find their way onto plates here, together with forest mushrooms, bushels of berries, including lingonberries and prized cloudberries, herbs and specialities such as tar. Finnish flavours can be found all over Helsinki, from a historic kauppahalli (covered market) to venerable restaurants, creative bistros and Michelin-starred gastronomy labs, in addition to international cuisines.

Natural Environment

While it's a culture-packed urban centre, Helsinki is surrounded by sublime natural environment that's easily reached from every part of the city. Opportunities to get active abound here, from boating to its archipelago's islands, strolling along its beaches and through its extensive parks and gardens, and hiking in its surrounding forests. When snow blankets the city in winter and the seas freeze, snowshoeing, cross-country and downhill skiing, ice skating and ice fishing on the many bays are all invigorating ways to keep warm while staying in touch with nature.


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$56.07 Sightseeing Tickets & Passes

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.

$29.20 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.

$51.40 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 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 SquareEira  Hernesaari Cruise Terminal  (Stop in use only on the cruise ship days)Löyly  (10min walk to/from Hernesaari cruise terminal LHB, LHC)Flea Market/ Bulevardi  Swedish Theater/ Design MuseumMarket Square (Departure point for Beautiful Canal Route)Kiasma/ Central Railway StationTemppeliaukio Church (Rock Church)Sibelius MonumentOlympic StadiumOperaNational Museum/ Parliament House/ Helsinki Music CenterAteneum Art Museum/ Central Railway StationBotanic Garden This excursion is not covered by our worry-free policy.

$35.04 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 Terminal  (Stop in use only on certain cruise ship days)LöylyMelkki Cruise Terminal (Stop in use only on certain cruise ship days)Flea Market/ BulevardiSwedish Theater/ Design MuseumMarket Square (Departure point for Beautiful Canal Route May-Sep)Kiasma/ Central Railway StationTemppeliaukio Church (Rock Church)Sibelius MonumentOlympic StadiumNational Museum/ Parliament House/ Helsinki Music CenterAteneum Art Museum/ Central Railway StationBotanic Garden

$37.38 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) .