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Private Shore Excursion: Best of Helsinki and Medieval Porvoo Day Tour

Private Shore Excursion: Best of Helsinki and Medieval Porvoo Day Tour
6 hours
USD 115.00
Make the most of your Helsinki visit in 6 hours: Enjoy a comprehensive 3-hour private panoramic driving tour of Helsinki and then proceed to the lovely medieval town of Porvoo, that will captivate you with its narrow cobblestoned streets, small houses and craftsmen shops, not forgetting famous Porvoo chocolate and liquorice candy.

Private Half-Day Tour of Helsinki and the Suomenlinna Sea Fortress

Private Half-Day Tour of Helsinki and the Suomenlinna Sea Fortress
4 hours
USD 827.33
<p>Discover the many charms of Finland's vibrant capital during this private, half-day tour. Over the course of four hours, your guide will give you an in-depth overview of Helsinki and its most famous sights, including the City Hall, Presidential Palace, and Finnish National Opera. Your tour will also include a visit to the Suomenlinna Sea Fortress, a UNESCO World Heritage Site and one of Finland's most-visited landmarks.</p>

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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.


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

Flytour Helsinki: 4D-Sightseeing Ride Admission Ticket

Flytour Helsinki: 4D-Sightseeing Ride Admission TicketDuration:
10 minutes
USD 15.13
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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Night Guided Walking Tour: History of Crime in Helsinki

Night Guided Walking Tour: History of Crime in HelsinkiDuration:
2 hours
USD 18.92
<p>Hear about the dark but exciting history of criminality in Finland with a 2-hour guided walking tour of southern Helsinki. Visit several historical murder sites, and hear about some of the most gruesome murders ever committed in Helsinki. You will get to know the interesting history of the Helsinki Police Department and a few facts about violent crime and its evolution over the past decades.</p>

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Public Helsinki Mental Asylum Walking Tour

Public Helsinki Mental Asylum Walking TourDuration:
60 minutes
USD 18.92
<p>This 1-hour walking tour takes you through the history of the oldest mental hospital in Finland. You will learn the evolution of attitudes, practices and treatments in mental issues in Finland and hear true stories that happened inside the gates. The hospital use was discontinued in 2008 and now the premises holds the most intriguing mix of workshops, events and shows accompanied with restaurants, a cafe and a souvenir shop. </p>

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SEA LIFE Helsinki Entrance Ticket

SEA LIFE Helsinki Entrance TicketDuration:
2 hours
USD 18.92
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 Self-Guided Audio Tour

Helsinki Self-Guided Audio TourDuration:
1 to 3 hrs
USD 19.99
Helsinki, the capital city of Finland, is a pocket-sized metropolis and this self-guided audio tour will take you on a journey where you will be able to see all the key sights such as the beautiful Esplanade Park and the remarkable Parliament House. Combine your audio guide with a map detailing the area of your tour as well.

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Helsinki Forest Walking Tour

Helsinki Forest Walking TourDuration:
2 hours
USD 22.07
Helsinki is green and this walking tour will show you all the shades of it on this forest tour. Your local guide will take you to the most prestige parts of nature reserves within Helsinki. The guide will introduce the ways the Finns spend recreational time in the woods. You get to pick up some seasonal herbs, berries or mushrooms as well.

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Helsinki All Star Walk

Helsinki All Star WalkDuration:
3 hours
USD 24.47
<p>The one Walking Tour covering all must-see attractions in Helsinki City Centre. See the sights, hear the legends, learn the Finnish customs, taste the local ingredients and spend a quality coffee break (inc. hot drink) with the locals. The Tour is led by a energetic, academic and professional local guide.</p><p>Our guides share you all nuances of Finnish living in now and through the ages. The Tour starts from the Senate Square - Central gathering place for Centuries - where the secrets of Helsinki start to unveil. You will learn how our Capital was built from a small village to a modern Capital by a single German from Charlottenburg.<br /><br />The duration of the tour is 3 hrs and we walk 4,5 kilometers in mostly flat terrain. <br /><br /></p><p></p>

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Design Walking Tour of Helsinki

Design Walking Tour of HelsinkiDuration:
2 hours
USD 25.22
Gain insight into Finland's thriving fashion and design scene on this 2-hour walking tour of Helsinki. Follow a guide through the streets of Helsinki and learn of the work of talented Finnish designers like Alvar Aalto or Jukka Rintala. See why brands and design houses such as Artek, Ivana Helsinki, and Marimekko are collected across the world, and visit some of Helsinki's finest galleries, design shops, and museums.

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Last Updated: 4 Jan 2018