Helsinki, Finland

Perhaps their country's harsh climate encouraged the Finns' love and respect for design and the arts. Whatever the cause, there's no denying that Helsinki is one of the most vibrant and beautiful cities in Scandinavia. Hailed as the "Daughter of the Baltic," Finland's capital is a city of graceful neoclassical buildings, striking modern architecture and spacious boulevards dotted with squares and parks. In the past century, Finland has nurtured some of the major creative talents of Western culture, from the composer Sibelius to architects Eliel & Eero Saarinen and Alvar Aalto.

The center of Finnish commerce and culture, Helsinki is home to some 616.000 people. Much of the city's neoclassical architecture dates from the period of Tsarist rule, which began in 1809 after political control of Finland passed from Sweden to Russia, Finland gained its independence in 1917.

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Points of Interest

  • Temppeliaukio (Rock Church)
  • Senate Square / Cathedral
  • Market Square
  • Porvoo
  • Sibelius Park and Monument
  • Finnish Farm and Home Visits
  • Suomenlinna Fortress
  • Kiasma Modern Art Museum and National Museum of Finland
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  • Temppeliaukio (Rock Church)

    This one-of-a-kind Lutheran church is built into a solid rock. Natural light pours in from the church's glazed dome and the rough stoned interiors amplify sound, making it a unique concert venue.

  • Senate Square / Cathedral

    This is center for arts, culture, religion, politics and education. Carl Ludvig Engel designed its four main buildings, including the famous landmark Helsinki Cathedral, in the early 19th Century.

  • Market Square

    Experience the energy and excitement of this seaside city. The square offers a festive atmosphere with rows of tents and stalls selling fur clothing, jewelry, food and souvenirs and more.

  • Porvoo

    It was first documented in the 14th century, making it the second oldest town in Finland. Many aspects of the area have been left untouched by time, making it a great place for exploring.

  • Sibelius Park and Monument

    Dedicated to famed Finnish composer Jean Sibelius, the park and unique abstract monument was meant to reflect the rugged natural beauty of Finland, as inspired by Sibelius's work Finlandia.

  • Finnish Farm and Home Visits

    Discover the heart of Finland's countryside with a visit to a working farm in Sipoo and experience home life as you're invited in to a typical Finnish home in Sipoo.

  • Suomenlinna Fortress

    This sea fortress is a UNESCO World Heritage Site, and a great place for picnics and sightseeing. Enjoy walking tours, museums, handicraft shops, cafes, restaurants, a library, even a beer garden.

  • Kiasma Modern Art Museum and National Museum of Finland

    The stunning Kiasma, is part of the Finnish National Gallery features contemporary art. The grand National Museum, within a neo-medieval castle, offers exhibits from prehistoric times through today.

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Helsinki Highlights (Guided in Portuguese)

3 hours | Helsinki | HEL-204
  • Market Square
  • Suomenlinna Fortress
  • Kiasma Modern Art Museum and National Museum of Finland
  • Temppeliaukio (Rock Church)
  • Senate Square / Cathedral
  • Sibelius Park and Monument

Get to know this exciting city on a narrated tour that brings you to many of Helsinki's highlights. Visit Senate Square and the spectacular Temppeliaukio Rock Church, and the unique Sibelius Monument, and travel along the shoreline for views of Suomenlinna Fortress.

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Helsinki Highlights (Wheelchair Accessible)

3 hours | Helsinki | HEL-201
  • Market Square
  • Suomenlinna Fortress
  • Kiasma Modern Art Museum and National Museum of Finland
  • Temppeliaukio (Rock Church)
  • Senate Square / Cathedral
  • Sibelius Park and Monument

Get to know this exciting city on a narrated tour that brings you to many of Helsinki's highlights. Visit Senate Square and the spectacular Temppeliaukio Rock Church, and the unique Sibelius Monument, and travel along the shoreline for views of Suomenlinna Fortress.

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Helsinki Highlights

3 hours | Helsinki | HEL-200
  • Market Square
  • Suomenlinna Fortress
  • Kiasma Modern Art Museum and National Museum of Finland
  • Temppeliaukio (Rock Church)
  • Senate Square / Cathedral
  • Sibelius Park and Monument

Get to know this exciting city on a narrated tour that brings you to many of Helsinki's highlights. Visit Senate Square and the spectacular Temppeliaukio Rock Church, and the unique Sibelius Monument, and travel along the shoreline for views of Suomenlinna Fortress.

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Helsinki Highlights & Shopping (Guided in Mandarin)

5 hours | Helsinki | HEL-990
  • Market Square
  • Suomenlinna Fortress
  • Kiasma Modern Art Museum and National Museum of Finland
  • Temppeliaukio (Rock Church)
  • Senate Square / Cathedral
  • Sibelius Park and Monument

Get to know this exciting city on a narrated tour that brings you to many of Helsinki's highlights. Visit Senate Square, enjoy time to shop in Market Square, visit the spectacular Temppeliaukio Rock Church, and the unique Sibelius Monument, and travel along the shoreline for views of Suomenlinna Fortress.

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Highlights & Fazer Chocolate Visitor Centre

3.5 hours | Helsinki | HEL-305
  • Market Square
  • Kiasma Modern Art Museum and National Museum of Finland
  • Senate Square / Cathedral
  • Sibelius Park and Monument

Finland's favorite chocolate producer, Fazer, is as fascinating as it is delicious. Tour the new visitor's center, and peruse exhibits that detail the confectioner's history and innovations and the chocolate-making process. Then, enjoy a chance to taste some of the sweet treats. A highlight motorcoach drive with several photo stops completes the day.

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Helsinki Highlights (Guided in Japanese)

3 hours | Helsinki | HEL-993
  • Market Square
  • Suomenlinna Fortress
  • Kiasma Modern Art Museum and National Museum of Finland
  • Temppeliaukio (Rock Church)
  • Senate Square / Cathedral
  • Sibelius Park and Monument

Get to know this exciting city on a narrated tour that brings you to many of Helsinki's highlights. Visit Senate Square and the spectacular Temppeliaukio Rock Church, and the unique Sibelius Monument, and travel along the shoreline for views of Suomenlinna Fortress.

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Helsinki Highlights (Guided in German)

3 hours | Helsinki | HEL-203
  • Market Square
  • Suomenlinna Fortress
  • Kiasma Modern Art Museum and National Museum of Finland
  • Temppeliaukio (Rock Church)
  • Senate Square / Cathedral
  • Sibelius Park and Monument

Get to know this exciting city on a narrated tour that brings you to many of Helsinki's highlights. Visit Senate Square and the spectacular Temppeliaukio Rock Church, and the unique Sibelius Monument, and travel along the shoreline for views of Suomenlinna Fortress.

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Helsinki Highlights (Guided in French)

3 hours | Helsinki | HEL-202
  • Market Square
  • Suomenlinna Fortress
  • Kiasma Modern Art Museum and National Museum of Finland
  • Temppeliaukio (Rock Church)
  • Senate Square / Cathedral
  • Sibelius Park and Monument

Get to know this exciting city on a narrated tour that brings you to many of Helsinki's highlights. Visit Senate Square and the spectacular Temppeliaukio Rock Church, and the unique Sibelius Monument, and travel along the shoreline for views of Suomenlinna Fortress.

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Helsinki by Jopo Bike

3 hours | Helsinki | HEL-420
  • Market Square
  • Sibelius Park and Monument
  • Suomenlinna Fortress

Explore Helsinki on a half-day, guided tour by Jopo Bike, a gearless, unisex bicycle. Cycle past the city's main public beach to the striking Sibelius Monument. Enjoy views of the Opera House from Töölö Bay and see the icebreaker fleet at Katajanokka Island. Must be physically fit for this 10-mile jaunt.

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Helsinki Highlights & Time On Your Own

4 hours | Helsinki | HEL-180
  • Suomenlinna Fortress
  • Kiasma Modern Art Museum and National Museum of Finland
  • Temppeliaukio (Rock Church)
  • Senate Square / Cathedral
  • Market Square
  • Sibelius Park and Monument

Soak up Helsinki's most beloved sights on a narrated sightseeing tour approximately 1 hour free time that combines history, geography, highlights such as views of the Suomenlinna Fortress, photo stops, shopping and visits to Temppeliaukio Church, also known as the Church in the Rock, and the Sibelius Monument.

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Helsinki Highlights & Time On Your Own (Guided in Spanish)

4 hours | Helsinki | HEL-181
  • Suomenlinna Fortress
  • Kiasma Modern Art Museum and National Museum of Finland
  • Temppeliaukio (Rock Church)
  • Senate Square / Cathedral
  • Market Square
  • Sibelius Park and Monument

Soak up Helsinki's most beloved sights on a narrated sightseeing tour approximately 1 hour free time that combines history, geography, highlights such as views of the Suomenlinna Fortress, photo stops, shopping and visits to Temppeliaukio Church, also known as the Church in the Rock, and the Sibelius Monument.

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Helsinki By Land & Sea

4 hours | Helsinki | HEL-240
  • Suomenlinna Fortress
  • Kiasma Modern Art Museum and National Museum of Finland
  • Senate Square / Cathedral
  • Market Square
  • Sibelius Park and Monument

Get to know Finland's capital city from two perspectives--by land and by sea. First, enjoy the sights of the historical Suomenlinna Fortress, the Icebreaker Fleet and other coastal attractions on a cruise. Next, disembark for a panoramic tour through the city followed by free time at Market Square.

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Architectural Helsinki & Oodi Library (Small Group)

4 hours | Helsinki | HEL-380
  • Market Square
  • Kiasma Modern Art Museum and National Museum of Finland
  • Senate Square / Cathedral

Get acquainted with Helsinki's stunning charms on a walking tour through downtown. After a coach ride that travels past Senate Square with the majestic Lutheran Cathedral and University Building, you'll disembark and continue on foot. View sites such as the Moderna Art Museum, the Music Centre and visit Oodi Library.

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RIB Ride the Finnish Archipelago

.75 hours | Helsinki | HEL-505
  • Suomenlinna Fortress

Delight in the scenic beauty of Helsinki's coastline combined with a thrilling RIB ride, the perfect way to discover the spectacular waters of the Finnish archipelago. Travel by high-speed rubber boat on this exhilarating tour that explores at close range this beautiful natural area studded with islands and brimming with wildlife.

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A Discovery Exclusive: Home Visit & City Drive

4 hours | Helsinki | HEL-210
  • Market Square
  • Suomenlinna Fortress
  • Kiasma Modern Art Museum and National Museum of Finland
  • Senate Square / Cathedral
  • Finnish Farm and Home Visits

Venture into the wooded Sipoo district for a glimpse of traditional country life, and then see some Helsinki's most noted sights. You visit St. Sigfrid's Church and enjoy the hospitality of a Finnish country home, then return to the city to see Senate Square.

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Winterland Ice Bar & Helsinki Highlights

3.5 hours | Helsinki | HEL-245
  • Market Square
  • Suomenlinna Fortress
  • Kiasma Modern Art Museum and National Museum of Finland
  • Senate Square / Cathedral

Finland's fascinating capital city is explored on a half-day narrated tour that brings you to many of Helsinki's highlights. Enjoy a photo opportunity and some free time at Senate Square, and step into a winter wonderland, one of the world's largest ice bars, for vodka and traditional activities.

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Meet the Reindeer at Nuuksio National Park

4 hours | Helsinki | HEL-605
  • Market Square
  • Kiasma Modern Art Museum and National Museum of Finland
  • Senate Square / Cathedral

Nature lovers will relish the opportunity to get up close to white reindeer in their natural habitat. Arrive at the Reindeer Hut, where you'll meet these majestic animals, feed them and learn their role in Finnish folklore.

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Best of Helsinki & Porvoo (Guided in Spanish)

7 hours | Helsinki | HEL-102
  • Suomenlinna Fortress
  • Kiasma Modern Art Museum and National Museum of Finland
  • Temppeliaukio (Rock Church)
  • Senate Square / Cathedral
  • Market Square
  • Porvoo
  • Sibelius Park and Monument

Welcome to the "Daughter of the Baltic." This narrated tour brings you to many of the city's highlights, including the Senate and Market Squares, the spectacular Temppeliauko Rock Church, the unique Sibelius Monument as well as the medieval town of Porvoo. You'll also enjoy a delicious lunch during your journey.

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Best of Helsinki & Porvoo (Guided in French)

6 hours | Helsinki | HEL-106
  • Market Square
  • Suomenlinna Fortress
  • Kiasma Modern Art Museum and National Museum of Finland
  • Temppeliaukio (Rock Church)
  • Senate Square / Cathedral
  • Porvoo

A delightful sight-filled day takes in Helsinki's highlights, including Senate Square, designed in the early 19th century; the spectacular Temppeliaukio Rock Church, built inside a massive block of natural granite; and the medieval town of Porvoo, founded in 1346. You'll also enjoy a delicious lunch during your journey.

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Best of Helsinki & Porvoo (Guided in French)

7 hours | Helsinki | HEL-104
  • Suomenlinna Fortress
  • Kiasma Modern Art Museum and National Museum of Finland
  • Temppeliaukio (Rock Church)
  • Senate Square / Cathedral
  • Market Square
  • Porvoo
  • Sibelius Park and Monument

Welcome to the "Daughter of the Baltic." This narrated tour brings you to many of the city's highlights, including the Senate and Market Squares, the spectacular Temppeliaukio Rock Church, the unique Sibelius Monument as well as the medieval town of Porvoo. You'll also enjoy a delicious lunch during your journey.

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Best of Helsinki & Porvoo

6 hours | Helsinki | HEL-105
  • Market Square
  • Suomenlinna Fortress
  • Kiasma Modern Art Museum and National Museum of Finland
  • Temppeliaukio (Rock Church)
  • Senate Square / Cathedral
  • Porvoo

A delightful sight-filled day takes in Helsinki's highlights, including Senate Square, designed in the early 19th century; the spectacular Temppeliaukio Rock Church, built inside a massive block of natural granite; and the medieval town of Porvoo, founded in 1346. You'll also enjoy a delicious lunch during your journey.

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Best of Helsinki & Porvoo

7 hours | Helsinki | HEL-100
  • Suomenlinna Fortress
  • Kiasma Modern Art Museum and National Museum of Finland
  • Temppeliaukio (Rock Church)
  • Senate Square / Cathedral
  • Market Square
  • Porvoo
  • Sibelius Park and Monument

Welcome to the "Daughter of the Baltic." This narrated tour brings you to many of the city's highlights, including the Senate and Market Squares, the spectacular Temppeliaukio Rock Church, the unique Sibelius Monument as well as the medieval town of Porvoo. You'll also enjoy a delicious lunch during your journey.

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Best of Helsinki & Porvoo (Guided in Spanish)

6 hours | Helsinki | HEL-107
  • Market Square
  • Suomenlinna Fortress
  • Kiasma Modern Art Museum and National Museum of Finland
  • Temppeliaukio (Rock Church)
  • Senate Square / Cathedral
  • Porvoo

A delightful sight-filled day takes in Helsinki's highlights, including Senate Square, designed in the early 19th century; the spectacular Temppeliaukio Rock Church, built inside a massive block of natural granite; and the medieval town of Porvoo, founded in 1346. You'll also enjoy a delicious lunch during your journey.

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Savijarvi Farm, Porvoo & Temppeliaukio Church

6 hours | Helsinki | HEL-125
  • Market Square
  • Suomenlinna Fortress
  • Kiasma Modern Art Museum and National Museum of Finland
  • Temppeliaukio (Rock Church)
  • Senate Square / Cathedral
  • Porvoo
  • Finnish Farm and Home Visits

From the vibrant city to the lush countryside, explore Helsinki's Senate Square, designed in the early 19th century; the spectacular Temppeliaukio Rock Church, built inside a massive block of natural granite; and the medieval town of Porvoo. Venture through idyllic landscapes to a 100-year-old horse farm for a lovely lunch.

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Savijarvi Farm, Porvoo & Temppeliaukio Church

7 hours | Helsinki | HEL-120
  • Suomenlinna Fortress
  • Kiasma Modern Art Museum and National Museum of Finland
  • Temppeliaukio (Rock Church)
  • Senate Square / Cathedral
  • Market Square
  • Porvoo
  • Finnish Farm and Home Visits

Here's your chance to explore the highlights going from the vibrant city to the lush countryside. This narrated tour brings you to the Senate and Market Squares, the spectacular Rock Church, the medieval town of Porvoo and a 100-year old horse farm, where you'll enjoy a delicious lunch.

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Discovery Exclusive: Ultimate Helsinki

6 hours | Helsinki | HEL-145
  • Market Square
  • Suomenlinna Fortress
  • Kiasma Modern Art Museum and National Museum of Finland
  • Senate Square / Cathedral
  • Porvoo

Be part of a small group on this exclusive, in-depth tour of Helsinki's main attractions, including Senate Square, designed in the early 19th century, and the medieval town of Porvo. Then, embark on a cruise on the Porvoo River to Haikko Manor, a beautiful resort where lunch will be served.

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Discovery Exclusive: Ultimate Helsinki

7 hours | Helsinki | HEL-140
  • Market Square
  • Suomenlinna Fortress
  • Kiasma Modern Art Museum and National Museum of Finland
  • Temppeliaukio (Rock Church)
  • Senate Square / Cathedral
  • Porvoo

Be a part of a small group to spend the day taking in Helsinki's main attractions, including Senate Square, Parliament House and the Contemporary Art Museum. Then, it's on to the medieval town of Porvoo for a stroll along its charming cobblestone streets and an exclusive cruise on the Porvoo River.

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Local Connections-Helsinki, Porvoo & Exclusive Lunch at Summer Villa

7 hours | Helsinki | HEL-115
  • Market Square
  • Kiasma Modern Art Museum and National Museum of Finland
  • Temppeliaukio (Rock Church)
  • Senate Square / Cathedral
  • Porvoo

A magical day awaits exploring Helsinki's highlights, including Senate Square, designed in the early 19th century; the spectacular Temppeliaukio Rock Church, built inside a massive block of natural granite; and the medieval town of Porvoo, founded in 1346. The high point will be an exclusive, chef-prepared, buffet luncheon served at a summer villa.

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