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Private Half-Day Tour of Old City of Porvoo from Helsinki

Private Half-Day Tour of Old City of Porvoo from Helsinki
Duration:
4 hours
From:
USD 711.62
Discover hidden treasures in the old city of Porvoo on this private half-day tour from Helsinki. Explore the narrow streets and charming houses of Porvoo Old Town with a private guide, and gain insight into the region's medieval history. Discover traditional warehouses lining the waterways, and learn of Porvoo's role in Finland's historic fishing, seafaring, and trading industries. Discover top attractions such as 15th-century Porvoo Cathedral and browse the artisan workshops at your leisure. This 4-hour tour includes round-trip travel by private vehicle from central Helsinki. 

Private Walking Tour of Helsinki's Russian Past

Private Walking Tour of Helsinki
Duration:
2 hours
From:
USD 242.99
This 2-hour walking tour is operated for you and your party only and introduces you to Helsinki's Russian past. Let your knowledgeable guide take you on a 2-hour adventure around Katajanokka, the former district of sailors, down-and-outs and smugglers, located on the Helsinki seafront. Katajanokka used to be known for speakeasies and had a very mysterious reputation. Many Russian soldiers inhabited Katajanokka and there was once a Russian hospital.<br>During the tour you will hear compelling stories about the past and have a chance to admire the beautiful Uspenski Cathedral and see the former prison which these days operates as a unique hotel. <br>The tour lasts for two hours and you can decide the departure time that is most suitable for you. Professional Helsinki guides are on top of what to do, see and experience in the beautiful capital city of Finland.<br>

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Things to do in Helsinki if you have a Helsinki Vantaa Airport Layover or Extended Helsinki Vantaa Airport Stopover


If you have an extended layover at the Helsinki Vantaa Airport or staying in town, why not consider getting out with some fun activities? We list a few here and there are many more on Helsinki.LayoverIdeas.com.


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Helsinki Vantaa Airport was built for the 1952 Olympics and is now considered one of the best airports in Europe. It is 18km from the centre of Helsinki and very easily accessible from the HEL Helsinki Vantaa Airport with efficient and modern public transport.



Kotiharjun public sauna


Finland is well known for its love of saunas and almost every hotel and guest house will have one to indulge yourself in if you have booked accommodation. If you are just in Helsinki for the day you can head down to the Kotiharjun Public Sauna in the Kallio district. This sauna is Helsinki’s only remaining wood block sauna and as such is an inherent part of the culture of the city.



Helsinki Sightseeing Tour


If you are short on time and want to see as much of this beautiful city as you can, why not book a sightseeing tour. These tours go from the Olympia Terminal at Central Station which is easily accessible from the HEL Helsinki Vantaa Airport. The tour takes just over an hour and a half and visits sights such as the historical centre with Senate Square, the Presidential Palace, City Hall, the Parliament building, Finlandia Hall and the Opera House. You will also stop at the Sibelius Monument and, when possible, at the Temppeliaukio Church (the church in the rock).



Suomenlinna Sea Fortress


Construction of Suomenlinna Sea Fortress began in 1748 as a maritime fortress to protect Helsinki and as a garrison town and base for archipelago navy. Suomenlinna is now a UNESCO World Heritage sites and is one of the most popular sights in Finland. A population of more than 800 people live permanently on this group of islands and with architecture, culture, history and nature to attract your attention, this is a great place to visit if you have the time.



Stockmann


One of the biggest department store chains in Finland, Stockmann Helsinki offers over 50 000m² of shopping heaven. Don’t plan to find a bargain here as Helsinki is not the cheapest place in Europe to shop, but for style and experience it has to be near the top of the list. With shops, health spas, eateries and entertainment available, there should be something here for everyone.



As always, make sure you leave plenty of time to get back to HEL Helsinki Vantaa Airport in time for your connecting flight. Enjoy your transit city rather than whiling away the time leaning up against your luggage in the departures lounge.

Helsinki Attractions

Flying Cinema Tour Of Helsinki Experience, single ticket

Flying Cinema Tour Of Helsinki Experience, single ticketDuration:
10 minutes
From:
USD 13.89
Flytour Helsinki is the newest and the coolest sightseeing ride this year! Be wowed as you soar over the Helsinki's most beautiful landmarks and historical places - during 10 minutes show! It is the ultimate 4D-flying theatre, first of its kind produced in the Nordic country, using latest technology. Fly to the fortress island of UNESCO World Heritage sights of Suomenlinna, explore the picturesque farmhouses of the Seurasaari Open-Air Museum, fly inside to the Helsinki Cathedral. Feel the wind in your hair, and mist upon your face, as you fly, sail, drive and stroll - over and through Helsinki 's historical sights, landmarks and leisurely spaces. This is the best thing you can do in Helsinki, especially during short visit.

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SEA LIFE Helsinki Entrance Ticket

SEA LIFE Helsinki Entrance TicketDuration:
2 hours
From:
USD 17.36
Dive into underwater adventure at SEA LIFE Helsinki! Your basic entrance ticket includes the entrance to the centre, transporting you into the amazing underwater world. With your ticket you can explore SEA LIFE with your own pace and participate on free fish feedings throughout the day. Be wowed by beautiful and fascinating creatures of the deep sea and prepare for astonishingly close views.

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Helsinki Sightseeing Canal Cruise

Helsinki Sightseeing Canal CruiseDuration:
90 minutes
From:
USD 28.93
See the sights of Helsinki from the water on a 1.5-hour sightseeing cruise! Relax inside in the lower saloon or out on deck, and admire the beautiful islands that make up Helsinki archipelago. Cruise past top city attractions like the UNESCO-listed Suomenlinna Maritime Fortress and hear about Helsinki's 16th-century history from the onboard commentary. Free WiFi is available on-board for your comfort.

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Helsinki Private Walking Tour

Helsinki Private Walking TourDuration:
3 hours
From:
USD 28.93
<p>Escape the crowd! Whether it's just you and your significant other, or an extended group of friends,&nbsp;our private tour is specifically designed so that you will get to know Helsinki intimately. Along with your guide you'll discover Helsinki's wonderful culture, lifestyle and history—and your guide will also make sure you get all the travel tips you need for the stay.</p>

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City Sightseeing Helsinki Hop On Hop Off Tour

City Sightseeing Helsinki Hop On Hop Off Tour Duration:
Flexible
From:
USD 34.71
There is no better way to see Helsinki than on a double-decker, hop-on hop-off bus! See top Helsinki attractions on this comprehensive sightseeing tour, such as Senate Square, Helsinki Olympic Stadium, culturally significant Stockmann Department Store, the Swedish Theatre and much more. The buses are open top, allowing 360-degree panoramic views along the route. Hop on and off at any of the 18 stops around Finland's charismatic capital during 24 or 48 hours of sightseeing. Free WiFi on-board is available for your comfort.

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Helsinki Shore Excursion: Hop-On Hop-Off Sightseeing Tour

Helsinki Shore Excursion: Hop-On Hop-Off Sightseeing TourDuration:
1 day
From:
USD 34.71
While you're in port in Helsinki, see the city sights aboard a double-decker, hop-on hop-off bus! Discover top Helsinki attractions on this comprehensive shore excursion, such as Senate Square, Temppeliaukio Church (Rock Church), Helsinki Olympic Stadium, the Swedish Theatre and much more. The buses are open top, allowing 360-degree panoramic views along the route. Hop on and off at any of the 18 stops around Finland's charismatic capital during 24 hours of sightseeing. Free WiFi on-board is available for your comfort.

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Helsinki Panorama Sightseeing Audio Tour

Helsinki Panorama Sightseeing Audio TourDuration:
2 hours
From:
USD 37.03
Choose from 10 languages on this Self-guided Helsinki Panorama Sighsteeing. The tour takes in the most interesting parts of Helsinki, such as the historical center with Senate Square, the Presidential Palace, City Hall, the Parliament building, Finlandia Hall and the Opera House.

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Helsinki Christmas Day Live Guided Tour

Helsinki Christmas Day Live Guided TourDuration:
2 hours
From:
USD 37.03
Special Christmas Day's live guided sightseeing tour. Live commentary in English and Swedish. The tour departs from Katajanokka terminal (Viking Line) at 10.30. Duration 2 hours.

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Last Updated: 4 Jan 2019