Helsinki, the capital of Finland, consisting of 330 islands, is known as one of the happiest countries in the world. Vibrant in the arts, architecture, design and flourishing eateries, it has something for everyone to enjoy, learn or discover in this city. Find yourself in an unexpected adventure and experience nature blended with urban life with these tours, giving you multiple perspectives towards truly understanding and enjoying the city.
Read on to find out about the best tours you can take in Helsinki:
Tip from tour guideVisiting Helsinki in winter? Rug up! Sure, we all know Lapland is cold, but here in the south the weather can be quite unpredictable. Winter temperatures can fluctuate between 5 and -25 degrees C, and you never know when a sudden blizzard is around the corner. Dressing in layers is recommended so that you can comfortably enjoy whatever experience our climate decides to give you!
Bring out the inner foodie in you as this small-group food walking tour brings you to hidden foodie hotspots, lets you try the local delicacies and exposes you to the Finns culinary traditions. Meet at the Old Market Hall and stroll past Park Esplanadi, Bulevardi Street, Candy Sweet Shop, Alko the liquor store and the traditional Finnish restaurant, Kappeli.
Food tasting highlights include: Cold-smoked reindeer meat, tasty local sausages, Finnish squeaky “bread” cheese with cloudberry jam, filtered coffee with milk and snacks and champagne in Helsinki’s oldest restaurant. Experience and indulge in Finnish cuisine in this gastronomic walking tour.
Helsinki Food Tour Including Tastings
Duration: 2 hours
Helsinki’s Central Park blends in nature and urban life. Experience the Finnish forest up close in this tour which has an easy to cycle route as it is not hilly. Cycle past different types of Finnish forests and nature with local houses which blend in with its surroundings and nature. Take a break at a scenic spot with coffee and snacks while you learn about the different forest types and native floras of Finland. Bikes and helmets are provided for this beautiful journey within the forest.
Private Bike Tour in Helsinki Forest
Free and easy exploration; buy the Helsinki Card and you can get free public transport around the city. Choose from a 24, 48 or 72-hour card to get around the city. This card also comes with complimentary admission to many Helsinki museums and attractions including the Suomenlinna Fortress Museum and Ateneum Art Museum. You also can get a free audio city tour in 10 languages. There are many other various discounts, benefits and freebies that come along with this card, which is worth the money for a first-time traveller to Helsinki.
Tip from tour guide
Classic Finnish art may not be very well-known outside the country, but if art museums are your thing, head to Ateneum, located next to Helsinki central railway center. There you can immerse yourself in Finnish artists such as Hugo Simberg, who painted this suspicious old lady, as well as an ever-changing offering of visiting exhibitions.
Duration: 1 to 3 days
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Experience an epic adventure with this snowmobile tour. Hotel pickup and drop-off are provided along with a warm snowsuit, boots, gloves, balaclava and helmet. Ride through the landscape of frozen sea and forest trails as you will be guided through the beautiful frozen archipelago. Take a break at an island where you will enjoy lunch cooked over a fire and warm drinks. Try snowshoe walking or ice fishing during your break and continue on your winter adventure! A safe and unforgettable adventure within Helsinki’s winter archipelago.
Duration: 4 hours
Helsinki Tour Guide
Hi, my name is Ann, and I offer author’s Helsinki and Southern Finland tours in English to individual travelers, families, friend groups, and large groups. My style is educative and entertaining, so you will have a lot of facts presented in an easy, fun, and friendly manner. I am knowledgeable in various fields, but my tours are not boring history lessons. Instead, we will have a lively narrative and discussion, and I promise you will WANT to know more! I conduct all sorts of tours: sightseeing-, thematic-, tailored-for-your-interests, customized tours; walking and biking tours, and tours with the use of public and private transport. You name it! Whatever you select, I can assure you that you will have great memories when you are back home! 18 years ago, I moved from one beautiful city to another – from St. Petersburg to Helsinki. Back in St. Petersburg, I worked as a tourist guide, and following my passion for this profession, I studied for and received the authorized tourist guiding diploma in Helsinki as well. Through these years, my knowledge of modern life in Finland, the language, people’s mentality, traditions, culture, etc. has naturally deepened. All curiosities which make up Finnish culture, have become part of me, and Finland has become my dear, beloved home. As an international person living in Finland myself and having an international family (at home, we speak English, Finnish, and Russian), I would like to offer you a tour where I am going to tell you about Helsinki, its history and traditions, its modern vibe and the international diversity of it before and today. What is the place of Finland in this fast-changing world? Let’s talk about it, and compare it to your home country if you will. My customers love the way I connect historical facts about Finland and the neighboring country - Russia. Having been an authorized St. Petersburg guide as well, I always find it fascinating to bring up some historical connections. Well, well… Finland was part of Tsarist Russia for a century, so there are loads of connections here. Now, due to the current situation, people don’t travel to St. Petersburg, but many, from my experience, are interested to know about the current state of affairs out there. Through my tours, you can get a touch of it too. Just IF you want. My other occupation is a multidisciplinary artist, which is why on my tours I love to point out architectural details and all the man-made beauty of Helsinki. As a person who is very passionate about history, art, architecture, and overall – beauty around us and a person who loves to share her knowledge and inspiration, I also love to meet other cultures and exchange our knowledge about this beautiful and diverse world. So, come to have fun with me on my tour and get a touch of the old and modern sides of the atmospheric Helsinki city! Contact me and let's plan your visit to Helsinki together!
Helsinki Tour Guide
<p>I'm a life-long learner with a passion for all things historical. On my tours I will show you around our charming little capital city, and share with you the past and present of living in Helsinki.</p>
Helsinki Tour Guide
A highly rated must-see canal cruise where you can sit inside the comfortable cabin or find a spot above on the outdoor deck. Sail past Helsinki’s waterfronts and islands. Go towards the Korkeasaari Island, Helsinki Zoo; and the UNESCO-listed Suomenlinna Maritime Fortress. Drift into the scenic man-made Degerö Canal and past Helsinki’s fleet of gigantic icebreaker ships. There is free WiFi aboard as well as drinks and snacks as you listen to Helsinki’s history with the onboard commentary. A comfortable, beautiful and engaging journey around Helsinki’s many islands and rich history.
Duration: 1 hour 30 minutes
A shore excursion which exposes you to Finnish culture and tradition. Board a sightseeing bus heading for central Helsinki, visit the Central Railway Station, then to Mannerheim Street to see Finlandia Hall, the Parliament House, the Kiasma Museum, and the Olympic Stadium. Head on to the Seurasaari Open-Air Museum on an island, the highlight of the tour. Back in town, stop at a few places like the Rock Church, Sibelius Park, and take a break browsing and eating in the scenic Senate Square.
Duration: 5 hours
Explore Helsinki at your own pace with this hop-on-hop-off bus and boat combination tour. The hop-on-hop-off bus ticket is valid for 24 hours and available in 10 different languages. It goes past 15 stops with highlights including the Olympic Stadium, the National Museum, the Sibelius Monument, and Temppeliaukio Church. The boat departs from Helsinki Market Square at your preferred schedule. Highlights include the Suomenlinna Maritime Fortress, the Helsinki Zoo, and the Degerö Canal. A fun and exciting way to discover the city!
Duration: 1 day
Being such a cultural city, vibrant with art and music, this tour engages with your senses as you get to listen to samples of Finnish music. From traditional folk borne, and Finnish tango, to classics, jazz, rock, pop, ‘kantele’ harp music and the sounds of whooper swans with violins. The tour with music starts at the city centre visiting main sights and covers the Church of the Rock, Esplanades, Marketplace, Uspenski Cathedral, Senate Square, Helsinki Cathedral, Train Station Square, Ateneum, National Theater, National Museum, Parliament, Music Hall, Finlandia Hall, Chapel of Silence as well as Art Nouveau buildings, and one surprise building! This engaging small group walking tour is perfect for music lovers!
Helsinki Music Walking Tour
Duration: 3 hours
Multitudes of adventure!
These tours bring you on many epic and amazing adventures, captivate you in nature, indulge your senses, and get you up close and personal with the Finns lifestyle. With so many ways to explore and discover the city, Helsinki unexpectedly turns out to be a “must-see” city on many visitor’s lists, and it might also be on yours.
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