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Helsinki: City Highlights 1.5-Hour Archipelago Cruise

1. Helsinki: City Highlights 1.5-Hour Archipelago Cruise

Get introduced to the urban shorelines of Helsinki on the City Highlights tour. See summer terraces, beach cafés, and beautiful parks during the cruise. Admire both old and new city architecture. Pass by the many residential areas and districts of Helsinki by boat. The route includes popular sights like Suomenlinna, Korkeasaari Zoo and the ice breakers. Along the route, see interesting urban areas like Kaivopuisto park and the classy harbor area of Merisatama. View the city’s diverse architecture like the Jugend buildings of Eira as well as the modern residential districts of Kruunuvuorenranta and Kalasatama. Learn about these sights from recorded commentary via loudspeakers in Finnish, English, German and Swedish. You can buy coffee, ice cream or a Finnish pulla (sweet bun) from the boat café. Enjoy the sea breeze and amazing views on a large sun deck or get cozy inside and admire the views through the boat's big windows.

Helsinki: RIB Tour to Summer Cottage with BBQ and Sauna

2. Helsinki: RIB Tour to Summer Cottage with BBQ and Sauna

Spend a day with some locals at their summer cottage and enjoy the best that Finnish summers have to offer – barbecues, sauna time, and hiking in a beautiful natural setting. Meet the crew at Café Marina Bay, Kanavaranta 4, 00160 Helsinki 15 min before departure. After a short safety briefing, you'll be geared up and ready to go. Cruise through the archipelago on the west side of the city, passing summer cabins, boaters, and wildlife on the way to your destination. On the 45-minute cruise, chat with the guide about the history and traditions of the area. Your afternoon hosts will be waiting for you on their small private island, owned by their family for over 100 years. If you're lucky you may even bump into more than one generation of the family, as it is their place to escape the city and spend their long summer days. Learn how part of the islands was leased as a Soviet naval base following World War II and how it is today. Leave the language-learning app at home, as your local hosts can accommodate you in English, French, German, Danish, Finnish, or Swedish. Your hosts are happy to take a break from their everyday lives to welcome you and show you how their days are spent in the archipelago. Take a nature walk and learn about which berries to eat and which mushrooms to pick. Take in views of the surrounding water and imagine the moose that occasionally swim from one island to another. Enjoy the Scandinavian design cottage and, together with your hosts, light up the genuine wood-heated sauna. If you're feeling adventurous, you may even combine the sauna bath with a refreshing dip in the sea, just like the locals do. After the sauna, the hosts will prepare a homemade lunch which you can share in the warm summer sunshine. At the end of the 2-hour visit, it's time to head back to the city, either cruising back among the islands or checking out the open sea. Drop off port is the same one as the departure port.

Helsinki: City and Outer Islands Guided RIB Boat Tour

3. Helsinki: City and Outer Islands Guided RIB Boat Tour

Meet our crew at Café Marina Bay, Kanavaranta 4, 00160 Helsinki. After a short safety briefing, depart by rigid inflatable boat for a cruise along the coastline of Helsinki. Admire the most beautiful parts of Helsinki from the sea, including the Presidential Palace, the City Town Hall, the Market Square, the Uspenski Cathedral, and the Allas Sea Pools. Listen to your guide as they tell you about the city and its history. Continue to pass by the ferries to Sweden, the 19th-century villas of the Valkosaari yacht club, and the residential area of Kaivopuisto, where many of the embassies are located. Then you will be able to see the islands of Harakka, Särkkä, Uunisaari, and Liuskasaari. Travel past the Kaivopuisto Boulevard with its boat marina, yacht club, and seaside cafés. If you are lucky, you may be able to spot locals cleaning their carpets, a true Finnish summer tradition. Cross the small bay and make a stop near the new public sauna and the Löyly restaurant, with its award-winning design. See locals dressed in swimming suits jumping into the water, along with casual coffee drinkers sitting on the terrace. You will also see some of the old Hernesaari shipyard, where Finnish icebreaker ships are built. After leaving the city limits that have a speed limit, the driver will go full-throttle so you can experience the true power of a rigid inflatable speed boat. The Helsinki archipelago with its 300 islands will then start to appear in front of you. Pass through the passage between Vallisaari and Suomenlinna. Spot the historical dry dock of the old shipyard, the submarine Vesikko, and the King's Gate. Continue past the islands of Vasikkasaari, Koivusaari, and Saunasaari. Admire views of summer cottages, saunas, and the military island of Santahamina. From here the boat will cross the bay of Kruunuvuorenselkä and head for the fleet of icebreaker ships on their summer holiday. Learn about why Finland is so well-known for its icebreakers, how the ships work, and where they are being operated. Drop off is at the same spot we started from.

Helsinki: Archipelago RIB Boat Tour with BBQ Lunch and Sauna

4. Helsinki: Archipelago RIB Boat Tour with BBQ Lunch and Sauna

Meet our crew at Café Marina Bay, Kanavaranta 4, 00160 Helsinki. Depart after full passenger equipments and explore the vast archipelago located east of the capital. Discover some of the 170,000 islands by boat as your guide provides more information about local nature and wildlife. See the beautiful islands as we cruise and speed into the archipelago. Near the outskirts of the archipelago, reach the recreational island where you will disembark the boat and go ashore. Explore the island on a short walking tour and learn more about local flora and fauna. Overlooking the sea, hear more about how the archipelago developed after the last ice age. Then, enjoy a snack lunch outdoors if the weather allows. After lunch, enjoy some free time to explore the island. Visit the public sauna for a bath, swim in the sea, or enjoy the peace and tranquillity of your surroundings. Finally, hop back on the boat for the journey back to Helsinki. Drop-off is at the same location from where we started.

Helsinki: Floating Experience in a Survival Suit

5. Helsinki: Floating Experience in a Survival Suit

Try a unique experience on your visit to Helsinki as you float on top of the water's surface in a survival suit. Slip in a neoprene survival suit and feel totally warm and dry in the cold water. Learn about sea rescue and what to do in a real survival situation with qualified instructors. Learn about hypothermia and the benefits of starting winter bathing. Relax while floating on the water or try jumping around the ice rafts during the frozen sea season. During the open water season you can learn more about rescue at sea and enjoy a relaxing meditative experience. Close your eyes, breathe, and lose yourself in the silence, even in the heart of Helsinki.

Helsinki: Helicopter and RIB Boat Adrenaline Combo Tour

6. Helsinki: Helicopter and RIB Boat Adrenaline Combo Tour

Discover the best of Helsinki from land and sea on this all-encompassing combo tour. Fly above the city in a helicopter, brave the sea with a survival suit swim, then get your adrenaline pumping with a RIB boat ride. Start the day with a panoramic helicopter flight. Fly above Helsinki and the surrounding islands whilst enjoying a glass of Champagne. See the 178,000 islands from above before landing on the bare cliffs of the eastern archipelago. On the island, get kitted out for your survival suit swim. Experience the thrill of floating in the waves whilst staying warm and dry in a survival swimsuit. Once back on dry land, enjoy a local snack before your boat ride. Hop onto the RIB boat for the thrilling ride back to Helsinki. If you're feeling adventurous, see what the RIB boat is capable of on the outer route, or enjoy a laid-back high-speed ride through the archipelago.

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What people are saying about Helsinki Islands

Overall rating

4.8 / 5

based on 16 reviews

My daughter and I loved this experience! It was fantastic! So unique and fun! I don't know anywhere else that you could do this, so we had to try it! Our guide, Leif, was excellent. He was skilled, pleasant, accommodating, reassuring. I was nervous about becoming cold and wet but that did not happen. Floating amidst the ice was an unusual and relaxing sensation. And, Leif taught us interesting things about ice, cold, survival, etc. I highly recommend this!!

Super cool RIB boat adventure in the Helsinki archipelago. Guide was very nice and accommodating, gave lots of information about Helsinki and Finland, very knowledgeable. It is a mixture of action with speed and sightseeing (stops are made at important points to explain something - often places that cannot be reached without a boat). To experience Helsinki like this is unique! We would definitely book again at any time!

This was such a cool and unique experience! Don't hesitate, its not scary. You don't come close to being wet or cold!! Leif is very knowledgeable and patient. Do it!

the whole trip was a really good event, I can only recommend it - Leif, Patrik and his group of girls from Perpignon took care of us perfectly

Great experience. It was a lot of fun and you learn a lot about surviving in the ice. Everyone must have done that.