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Helsinki: Evening Archipelago Cruise

1. Helsinki: Evening Archipelago Cruise

Blending nature, historical sights, and Finnish fare, the sightseeing cruise journeys through Helsinki’s extensive archipelago of islands. The boat ventures past UNESCO’s fortress Suomenlinna while you cruise along the waterways and taste local dishes. After departing from Market Square in the city center, the cruise will head towards Helsinki’s historical parts and continue along the capital’s shore to neighboring islands. The voyage will let you contrast the urban landscape with the wilderness of more than 300 islands and 130km of shoreline. This cruise is a chance to go beyond the city center and discover the intricate archipelago of islands and nature reserves. A snippet into the Finnish seaside lifestyle, the island neighborhoods boast summer cottages, groves, boulders, and tiny coves that can be seen along the shore. The tour will then make its way to Suomenlinna, a UNESCO World Heritage site and famous sea fortress of islands bursting with nature and history. Refreshing drinks are available during the tour from the bar. Sundeck seats included in the ticket are non-covered space outdoors. Finally, take in the unique sights while you sit back and delight in some local delicacies. Book a table in advance, table booking is subject to availability.

Helsinki Archipelago: Sightseeing Boat Tour

2. Helsinki Archipelago: Sightseeing Boat Tour

Admire the main attractions of Finland's crown jewel on the Historical Helsinki route. Don't miss a beat as your boat weaves through the waterways of the Helsinki archipelago. Bask in the natural beauty, amazing architecture, and clean air of this Scandinavian gem. Depart from one of Helsinki's most famous sights, Market Square, and head out to sea. See famous Unesco World Heritage Sites such as the Fortress of Suomenlinna, as well as the Finnish ice breakers and Korkeasaari Zoo. Listen as your guide tells you stories about many of the most sought-after areas of the city. Enjoy both natural and man-made phenomena during this maritime experience. Enjoy views of the most beautiful neighborhoods of Helsinki, including Eira, Katajanokka, and Kruununhaka. Listen to historical tales of local lore from your guide about all the various hot spots, before the journey ends where it began, at Market Square.

From Helsinki: Round-Trip Ferry Ticket to Suomenlinna

3. From Helsinki: Round-Trip Ferry Ticket to Suomenlinna

Frs Finland brings you to the fortress island of Suomenlinna which is a UNESCO World Heritage Site and the number 1 must see tourist attraction of Finland with its historical sea fortress and lovely museums and restaurants. Vessels leave from Helsinki Market Square, next to the Korkeasaari zoo ferry. Watch out for our Frs Finland-signs and choose the priority queue. Please note: there is only one queue available at the islands. Many flexible departures per day and snacks and drinks available for purchase onboard. Enjoy a cup of coffee or cold beer on our sun deck and let yourself be pampered by our friendly staff. The duration of the ferry ride is about 20-25 minutes and there are several departures per hour. Exact schedule available at https://www.frs-finland.fi/suomenlinna-lonna/ - Maximum departure frequency from the Market Square and the island: 30 minutes. In addition the restaurant island of Lonna can be visited with the same ferry.

Helsinki: City Card with Public Transport, Museums & Tours

4. Helsinki: City Card with Public Transport, Museums & Tours

Discover Helsinki the easy and economical way with the Helsinki Card. Save time, money, and energy with a city card that gives you free entry to the city’s main sights, museums, and public transportation options – along with a wide variety of discounts and bonuses. Choose from 24-hour, 48-hour, or 72-hour options. All of the following are free with the Helsinki Card 2024: • Travel on public transport within Helsinki (zones AB) - Including ferry to Suomenlinna • Entry to the city’s major sights and museums - Amos Rex - Ateneum Art Museum - Design Museum - Exhibition Centre WeeGee - The Finnish Museum of Photography K1 - HAM Helsinki Art Museum - Hotel and Restaurant Museum - Hvitträsk (open only in summer season) - Museum of Contemporary Art Kiasma - Museum of Finnish Architecture - The Museum of Technology - Seurasaari Open-Air Museum (open only in summer season) - Sinebrychoff Art Museum - Sports Culture Center TAHTO - Tamminiemi - Theatre Museum - Villa Hakasalmi - Haltia- The Finnish Nature Centre - Kamppi Chapel - Temppeliaukio Church • Suomenlinna Sea Fortress: - Ehrensvärd Museum (May-August) - Military Museum's Manege - Submarine Vesikko (May-Sep) - Suomenlinna Museum - Guided tour of Suomenlinna • Seasonal tours: - Panorama Sightseeing by bus (Oct-Apr) - Guided tour of Suomenlinna - Canal Cruise sightseeing by boat (May-Sep) - Hop On-Hop Off bus tour (May-Sep) - City Highlights sightseeing by boat (May-Sep) - Evening Cruise (May-Sep), free deck seat In addition, get discounts in restaurants, on a cruise to Tallinn, and other attractions such as: - Korkeasaari Zoo - SkyWheel Helsinki - Flying Cinema Tour of Helsinki - Zhèn Restaurant & Bar - FRS Waterbus to Suomenlinna & to Vallisaari - Pizza Cruise - JT-Line ferry - Scandinavia Cafe - SEA LIFE Helsinki - Tropicario - Tropical Animalzoo

Helsinki: City Highlights 1.5-Hour Archipelago Cruise

5. 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 Card: Public Transport, Museums & Tours

6. Helsinki Card: Public Transport, Museums & Tours

Discover Helsinki in an easy and economical way. The Helsinki Card is the key to a unique Helsinki experience for the individual traveler. With the Helsinki Card Region, you will save time, money, and energy. It gives you free entry to the city's main sights, museums, and public transport in zones ABC, including the airport train – along with a wide variety of discounts and bonuses. With the Helsinki Card Region you can choose from 24-hour, 48-hour, or 72-hour validity. All of the following are free with the Helsinki Card: • Entry to the city’s major sights and museums - Amos Rex - Ateneum Art Museum - Design Museum - Ehrensvärd Museum in Suomenlinna (May-Aug) - Exhibition Centre WeeGee - The Finnish Museum of Photography K1 - HAM Helsinki Art Museum - Hotel and Restaurant Museum - Hvitträsk (open only in summer season) - Military Museum's Manege in Suomenlinna - Museum of Contemporary Art Kiasma - Museum of Finnish Architecture - The Museum of Technology - Seurasaari Open-Air Museum (open only in summer season) - Sinebrychoff Art Museum - Sports Culture Center TAHTO - Suomenlinna Museum - Submarine Vesikko in Suomenlinna (May-Sep) - Tamminiemi - Theatre Museum - Villa Hakasalmi - Haltia- The Finnish Nature Centre - Kamppi Chapel - Temppeliaukio Church • Travel on public transport within Helsinki - zones ABC, including also the Airport train and public ferry to Suomenlinna • Tours: - Panorama sightseeing tour by bus (October - April) - Guided tour of Suomenlinna - Beautiful Canal Cruise (May - September)  - City Highlight Cruise (May - September) - F24-hour hop-on hop-off bus tour (May - September) - Evening Cruise (free deck seat) • Discounts in restaurants, cruise to Tallinn and other attractions, such as Helsinki Zoo, SkyWheel Helsinki and Flying Cinema

From Helsinki: Ferry Ride to Suomenlinna & Walking Tour

7. From Helsinki: Ferry Ride to Suomenlinna & Walking Tour

Our company brings you to the fortress island of Suomenlinna which is a UNESCO World Heritage Site and the number 1 must-see tourist attraction of Finland with its historical sea fortress and lovely museums and restaurants. This ticket includes a guided walking tour by an authorised guide. The tour in English takes you around the fortress islands through the centuries, presenting the main sights and the key events in the history of the fortress, offering interesting perspectives on the Finnish history and history of Northern Europe. The duration of the ferry ride is about 20-25 minutes. The duration of the tour is about 1 hour. After the tour you can explore the island at your own pace and/or head back to the Market Square with the next ferry. Departure frequency of 30 minutes. Vessels leave from Helsinki Market Square, "Keisariluodonlaituri"-pier (which is the Korkeasaari zoo pier). Watch out for FRS Finland signs. Enjoy a cup of coffee or a cold beer on our sun deck and let yourself be pampered by our friendly staff. The museum where the tour starts is right next to the pier at the island. You will meet your guide there. Only our vessels bring you right next to the museum without long walking distances.

Helsinki: Helsinki and Suomenlinna 5-Hour Sightseeing Tour

8. Helsinki: Helsinki and Suomenlinna 5-Hour Sightseeing Tour

Explore the historic monuments of Helsinki with a local guide, and visit sights such as Olympic Stadium from the 1952 Summer Olympics. See the monument to the composer Jean Sibelius and explore the promenade of Esplanade Park. Go to Old Market Hall, and admire the largest orthodox church in western Europe at the Uspenski Orthodox Cathedral. Then, catch the ferry to the UNESCO World Heritage Site of the Suomenlinna sea fortress. Upon arrival, walk to visit the barracks and the Great Courtyard, where the memorial tomb of Augustin Ehrensvärd was designed by King Gustav III of Sweden.

Suomenlinna: Guided Walking Tour with an Authorized Guide

9. Suomenlinna: Guided Walking Tour with an Authorized Guide

The construction works of one of the biggest Nordic fortresses, Suomenlinna, begun in 1748. The best way to get to know the fascinating story behind the World Heritage Site of Unesco, Suomenlinna fortress, is to join a guided tour. During the guided walking tour an authorised Suomenlinna-guide tells about the 270 years of eventful history of Suomenlinna under the rule of three different states as well as the life on the islands today. The guide will take you to the most important sights of the fortress, such as the Great Courtyard and the Dry Dock, which in its days was among the largest in the world. The tours start from the Suomenlinna Centre (Suomenlinna Museum). Duration one hour. It takes only 15 minutes to get to Suomenlinna from the Market Square (Helsinki City Ferry, HSL) and additional 10 minute walk at Suomenlinna to reach the Suomenlinna Museum. During May - September FRS Finland waterbus takes you to the pier next to Suomenlinna Museum, travel time 25 min.

Ferry ride to Vallisaari Fortress Island

10. Ferry ride to Vallisaari Fortress Island

With this ticket you can visit Vallisaari island. Vallisaari and Kuninkaansaari are enchanting destinations for outings, next to the Suomenlinna fortress, just 20 minutes by boat from the Market Square in Helsinki. These two islands have served as the home and workplace of hundreds of people and as the place of military service for thousands of soldiers. Fortifications, buildings, and a record-breaking range of species tell a tale of coexistence between humans and wild nature. Just take a trip to these mysterious islands on which time seems to stand still. Suitable for the entire family. While the islands are accessible for prams, the trails are not unobstructed, as the terrain is uneven and the uphill sections are steep. Tourists at Vallisaari can use the islands' water points, toilets, the excursion harbour, café, and tour guide services during summer season. The natural environment of Vallisaari is highly sensitive. Please stay on the marked trails. Vessels leave from Helsinki Market Square Keisariluodonlaituri-pier next to the Korkeasaari zoo ferry. Watch out for our Frs Finland-signs. Many flexible departures per day and snacks and drinks available for purchase onboard. Enjoy a cup of coffee or cold beer on our sun deck and let yourself be pampered by our friendly staff. Duration of trip is around 15 minutes and the frequency is 60 minutes. The schedule can be found here: https://www.frs-finland.fi/vallisaari-en/

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We had a wonderful time touring Helsinki and Porvoo. Our tour guide Finbaar was fantastic! He was very knowledgeable and easy-going. I loved that he gave us the freedom to control the tour to see things at our pace. We had 5 hours to explore as we wished. He encouraged us to roll down the window as often as we wanted to capture pictures. He made sure that we got pictures with both my husband and I in front of the sights. He truly wanted to ensure that we had an enjoyable time and got the most out of our tour!

Helsinki is an impressive city. We learned a lot about Finland and Helsinki. The days are unforgettable for us. With the Helsinki Card we didn't have to worry about anything. We had a lot of entrance fees to the attractions included. The panoramic tour in the coach was also impressive! I can only recommend it to anyone visiting Helsinki. Also a visit to the Suomenlinna Fortress.

The guide to as great and very considerate of children. Highly recommend

Everything OK! Advice, don't use an electric car in winter!!

Beautiful discovery of the city and its surroundings