Esplanadi: Our most recommended tours and activities

Helsinki: Hop-On Hop-Off City Bus Tour

1. Helsinki: Hop-On Hop-Off City Bus Tour

See the Helsinki tourist attractions that interest you most and avoid wasting time on an organized tour with this hop-on hop-off bus tour. Hop on and off as many times as you like at any of the 22 stops on the itinerary over a 24-hour or 48-hour period. You could choose to admire the unique rock architecture of the Temppeliaukio Church, visit the Parliament House, admire the neoclassical architecture in Senate Square or search for a bargain in Market Square. Enjoy an onboard audio commentary available in 10 languages and avail of excellent views from the top deck of your double-decker bus. Don't worry if the weather isn't great as the bottom deck is completely protected from the elements.

Helsinki: Small-Group Walking Tour with a Local Guide

2. Helsinki: Small-Group Walking Tour with a Local Guide

Embark on a tour of the Finnish capital, Helsinki, and watch daily life unfold with stories and history from your local guide. Visit city highlights, from the bustling Market Square where locals get their groceries to the colossal Central Library Oodi. Begin at the iconic Senate Square and admire the Lutheran Cathedral. From the square, see Helsinki University and the old Senate, and discover the meaning behind the statue of the Russian Czar. As you walk, feel free to ask your guide any questions about the capital. Next, follow your guide to the port and marvel at the Uspenski Orthodox Cathedral. Continue to Market Square and learn about Finnish gastronomy. Here, get tips on where to eat and drink after the tour. If you're lucky, you might see locals swimming and relaxing in the Baltic Sea. Make your way to Havis Amanda and learn about this statue's significance to many in the city. Stop at the picturesque Esplanade Park and see the man that the seagulls love the most. After passing by the Esplanade, walk through Helsinki's bustling Aleksanterinkatu street, and discover the "unicorn block". At the end of Aleksanterinkatu street, view the Three Smiths statue, which was damaged during the bombings of the Second World War. Hear stories about this complicated period of Finland's history and the impact that lingers to this day. Stop by the Helsinki Central Railway Station before coming to the last stop on the tour, the new Central Library Oodi. As you arrive, see the Finnish Parliament, the Music Centre, and Kiasma Contemporary Art Museum. Take a small tour inside the library and marvel at its unique architecture before finishing the tour.

Helsinki: Small-Group Walking Tour with City Planner Guide

3. Helsinki: Small-Group Walking Tour with City Planner Guide

Get to know central Helsinki like a local on a small-group walking tour with a city planner. Take in the sights, culture, and history with your expert city planner guide who knows the city inside out. Ask any questions you like.  Find out tidbits of Helsinki’s past, from the plague in the middle ages to Lenin’s stay in the early 1900s. As you tour Helsinki city center, find out why a statue of a Russian Tsar is standing in the middle of the town, why Helsinkians picnic at an old burial site, and why an orthodox cathedral exists in the city.  Visit many of Helsinki’s most important landmarks, with a typical itinerary (weather, holidays, and events permitting) including: Senate Square, Helsinki Cathedral, National Library of Finland, Market Square, Uspenski Cathedral, the Presidential Palace, Allas Sea Pool, Esplanadi Park, Kappeli, Old Church Park, the Central Railway Station, Oodi, Lasipalatsi, Kamppi Chapel, and Amos Rex.

Helsinki: Historical Highlights Self-Guided Audio Tour

4. Helsinki: Historical Highlights Self-Guided Audio Tour

Terve! Welcome to Helsinki, the capital of Finland. On this walking tour, I’ll show you around the city while I share its historical ties to Sweden and Russia and fill you in on Finnish culture. Our walk begins in the shadows of Helsinki Cathedral in Senate square, the city’s political, religious, scientific, and commercial center. From there, I’ll point out some of the city’s main sites, and a few lesser-known ones too, like the Helsinki City Museum, one of the city’s oldest buildings. It’s home to approximately 1.5 million artifacts. I’ll also share a few amazing stories like how a salt warehouse was transformed into the Presidential Palace and how the Uspenski Cathedral, the largest orthodox church in Western Europe, was built. You’ll have the opportunity to stroll through Market Square, just like locals do, and hear the story of the Empress’ Stone. You’ll see Helsinki’s old market hall, and I’ll tell you how the First World War and the Finnish Civil War affected it. While you stroll through Esplanade Park, I’ll fill you in on the festival of Vappu and the story of Havis Amanda, the bronze statue that caused a splash when it was first revealed. Along the way, you can look forward to: • Decoding the symbolism hidden in the Alexander II sculpture • Taking in the impressive Allas Sea Pool and SkyWheel • Walking through the most famous park in Finland, Esplanade Park, which is also the green heart of Helsinki • Discovering the “Kappeli” restaurant, a local favorite among poets, writers, and artists in the 1900s • Finding out about Johan Ludvig Runeberg, a famous Finnish author, poet, and priest with Swedish roots • Hearing stories about the Swedish theatre, Svenska Teatern, and finding out about its current status • Passing by Stockmann, the oldest department store in Finland • Strolling down Alexander Street, one of the main shopping streets for locals This 90-minute tour is perfect for anyone who wants a taste of Finnish history while enjoying a glorious stroll in the heart of Helsinki!

All-in-One Helsinki Shore Excursion for Cruise Ships

5. All-in-One Helsinki Shore Excursion for Cruise Ships

User Make the most of your time in Helsinki by enjoying a panoramic drive and a stroll through the city, as well as some free time for shopping and exploring on this highlights trip. Get picked up directly at the port and head out on an exciting adventure. Enjoy a scenic drive towards Esplanadi Street and the Grand Mannerheim Boulevard. See the Opera House, Finlandia Concert Hall, the National Museum, the Parliament Building, and the Presidential Palace. Snap some pictures at the famous Sibelius Park and visit the famous monument. Continue on to the Olympic Stadium, the exotic Rock Church, and the Uspensky Cathedral, the largest Orthodox church in Western Europe. Tour through the city center to see the Helsinki Central train station with its famous clock tower, as well as the beloved Havis Amanda fountain. The tour ends with free time by the seaside Market square, where you can try some local delicacies. Afterward, you will return to the shuttle which takes you back to your ship. You can also choose to stay longer in the city and take a taxi back to the port.

Helsinki: Private City Highlights Tour with Transfer

6. Helsinki: Private City Highlights Tour with Transfer

Feel the unique atmosphere of a Nordic city with an insightful private tour of Helsinki. Immerse yourself in the lifestyle of the world's happiest country as you discover the city's most popular neighborhoods. Learn about local history and culture by exploring the main landmarks. Get picked up from the port or airport and head out on your sightseeing journey with a private guide. Enjoy onboard amenities such as bottled water and free WiFi. Drive around the fashionable districts of Ullanlinna, Eira, and Kaivopuisto to see magnificent Art Nouveau structures. Explore beautiful embankments with magnificent views of the Gulf of Finland. Discover Sibelius Park, an Orthodox and Jewish cemetery, the Uspenski Cathedral, and the Helsinki Cathedral. Walk around Esplanade Park in the heart of the city and admire the ocean from the Löyly sauna and restaurant. Take a break to swim in the cool ocean waters, then see the innovative Odi Library and interactive center. Ask your guide to adjust the itinerary if there's a place you'd particularly like to see, then get dropped off at the starting point or your chosen location.

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What people are saying about Esplanadi

Overall rating

5.0 / 5

based on 45 reviews

Rentohelsinki was very casual and cater our walking tour according to our interests. Since it was a small group, we managed to interact to other participants easily and comfortably. Our guide was friendly and knowledgable possibly because she was originally from Finland and she has a lot of experience as a guide before.

This may be the best walking tour I have been to, Emet is a experienced and informative guide, he provided more then Historical and geographical information, and also his perspective on city planning. It is the best choice if tourist want to explore and understand of the Finland culture, history and current society.

The best tour you can do. History, current affairs, architecture, Helsinki specials. Informative, to the point and enough time for coffee and questions. Any time

Emick was an excellent guide! He had loads of interesting information that we thoroughly enjoyed! We believe it was a BONUS that he was a city planner, also!

Excellent tour guide, Jonna. Very informative with an emphasis on the history and culture of Finland.