This 5-hour Helsinki sightseeing tour departing from your cruise port will cover the top attractions in the city, but also includes a visit to the Seurasaari Outdoor Museum, which is a lovely wooded oasis in the middle of the city where you can see examples of early Finnish architecture and learn how the Finnish people used to live. This is a great tour for people interested in learning a bit more in depth about the history of the Finnish people.
You will start the tour by heading to the city center for a photo-stop at Central Railway Station, the heart of Helsinki. You will drive down Mannerheim Street, the main boulevard of the city, passing Kiasma museum, designed by American architect Steven Hall, Parliament House, and Finlandia Hall, designed by famous Finnish architect Alvar Aalto. Continuing on you will stop at the Olympic Stadium, used for the 1952 Olympic games.You will then head to the Seurasaari Open-Air museum, located on a beautiful green island just a few kilometers from the heart of Helsinki. The island is a tranquil oasis in the midst of the city. The traditional Finnish way of life is showcased in the cottages, farmsteads and manors of the past four centuries that have been relocated from all around Finland. All the different provinces of Finland are represented in the well preserved old buildings and they give an overall view of Finnish countryside life from the 18th to the 20th century.Next stop is the Sibelius Park for a unique photo opportunity of the monument of 527 steel pipes honoring the great Finnish composer Jean Sibelius, before continuing on to the famous Rock Church, a one-of-a-kind modern-day structure built entirely into bedrock and quarried stone. You will carry on to Senate Square where one can see the elegant Lutheran Church, and the interesting mix of the east, west, and simply Finnish influences pervading the city. The tour concludes with some free time for shopping in the market square, where you can find some Finnish made products. You will have the option to stay in the city for dinner or more shopping, or you can take the transport back to the ship.