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Helsinki Card Region

1. Helsinki Card Region

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 transportation options – along with a wide variety of discounts and bonuses. You can choose from 24-hour, 48-hour, or 72-hour validity. All of the following are free with the Helsinki Card: All year round: • Free Panorama Sightseeing by bus (limited timetable 2021-22)• Free entry to the city’s major sights and museums; like Amos Rex, Design Museum, The National Museum of Finland, and much more• Free ferry to Suomenlinna Sea Fortress and Suomenlinna Museum and Guided Tour• Free travel on public transport within Helsinki• Discounts in restaurants, cruise to Tallinn and other attractions, such as Helsinki Zoo, SkyWheel Helsinki and Flying Cinema Tour of Helsinki Summer season: • Free Canal Route sightseeing by boat (May – September) • Free 24-hour hop-on hop-off bus tour (May - September) Some of the benefits and discounts: • Cruise and tour to Tallinn • Leisure activities, swimming, concerts, and more • Sights: Helsinki Zoo, SkyWheel Helsinki, Flying Cinema Tour of Helsinki • Shopping • Restaurants (up to 20% off)

Helsinki: Helsinki and Suomenlinna 5-Hour Sightseeing Tour

2. 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.

Helsinki: Hop-On Hop-Off City Bus Tour

3. 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.

From Helsinki: Tallinn with Round-Trip Ferry & Guided Tour

4. From Helsinki: Tallinn with Round-Trip Ferry & Guided Tour

Embark on a day trip from Helsinki to Tallinn with a 3-hour guided tour in the city. Board a ferry to Tallinn from Helsinki’s port. Be welcomed by your local guide, who’ll take you from the harbor to explore the town. See the highlights of the city, like its main square, Tallinn Town Hall, Aleksander Nevsky Cathedral, Toompea Castle, and much more. Tallinn, Estonia’s capital on the Baltic Sea, retains its walled and cobblestoned Old Town, which is home to cafes and shops as well as Kiek in de Kök, a 15th-century defensive tower. The Old Town, dating from around the 15th century, is Estonia’s only UNESCO World Heritage Site. Spend the rest of the afternoon exploring the city at your own pace. When your tour is finished, you’ll be transferred back to the Port to prepare to embark on Helsinki. On the way back, you can relax and enjoy the services before arriving in Helsinki.

Helsinki: Nuuksio Reindeer Park Tour

5. Helsinki: Nuuksio Reindeer Park Tour

Explore the National Nuuksio Reindeer Park in Helsinki of Finland where you can see and feed lovely reindeer, and learn about reindeer natural habitat. Experience Finnish campfire by grilling buns, and tasting tradition coffee or tea. Go to the woods in Nuuksio and marvel at Finnish pure nature. Get in touch with wild reindeer and rejuvenate from the bustle of life.

Helsinki: Tram Tour

6. Helsinki: Tram Tour

Enjoy a tour of Helsinki on its famous trams with an expert guide. Discover lesser-known parts of the city like a local as you use its extensive public tram system, which has been in operation since 1891. Explore 7 different neighborhoods of Helsinki including Katajanokka, Eira, Ullanlinna, and Töölö. Enjoy a relaxed tour and discover points of interest that you may not find in standard tour itineraries. Visit the charming urban park of Kaivopuisto, see the Sibelius Monument, and discover the beautiful architecture of Luotsikatu. Uncover beaches, trendy cafes, flea markets, great viewpoints, and other hidden gems. Keep your day ticket for public transportation which is valid for 24 hours so you can explore even more of the city.

Helsinki: Small-Group Walking Tour with City Planner Guide

7. 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 PhD student and professional 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 20th century. As you tour Helsinki city center, find out why Helsinkians picnic at gravesites, which statue is most discriminated against by seagulls, 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, Market Square, Uspenski Cathedral, Helsinki Cathedral, National Library of Finland, the Presidential Palace, Allas Sea Pool, Esplanadi Park, Kappeli, Old Church Park, the Central Railway Station, Oodi, Lasipalatsi, Kamppi Chapel, and Amos Rex.

From Helsinki: Porvoo Half-Day Sightseeing Tour

8. From Helsinki: Porvoo Half-Day Sightseeing Tour

You'll meet your guide in Helsinki just before noon. From here, you'll head to Porvoo to marvel at the historic Old Town, with its well-preserved historical buildings as well as a 15th-century cathedral. The Old Town is a historically and culturally significant place and is recognized as one of the important National landscapes of Finland. During the tour, you will learn about Finnish history and culture, exploring the Red Riverside Warehouses, Porvoo Castle, Porvoo Old Town Hall, and the devil's stairs, as well as many other attractions. After your guide shows you around the top attractions in Porvoo you'll have about 40 minutes of free time to explore the many cafes, restaurants, and shops in Old Town. Then you'll head back to Helsinki where the bus will drop you off in Senate Square.

Helsinki: Guided City Highlights Walking Tour

9. Helsinki: Guided City Highlights Walking Tour

Embark on a tour of the Finnish capital, Helsinki, and watch daily life unfold with stories and history from your 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: Architecture Walking Tour with Expert

10. Helsinki: Architecture Walking Tour with Expert

Helsinki is a gem for architecture enthusiasts. It is difficult to find another urban area that houses such a wide range of architectural styles. Neoclassical, gothic revival, Art Nouveau, Jugendstil, Nordic classicism, modernism, functionalism, and contemporary styles all coexist in the city center. Different historical periods have definitely left their mark on Helsinki. Join this architecture tour led by an expert guide to marvel at the architectural wonders that Helsinki has to offer. See the National Library of Finland, Central Railway Station, the new Oodi public library, Chapel of Silence, Museum of Contemporary Art Kiasma, the Rock Church, Finlandia Hall, and more. Admire the great works of world-renowned architects, such as Engel and Saarinen.

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What people are saying about Helsinki

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4.3 / 5

based on 135 reviews

I'm not a fan of city cards per se. Then you run like crazy from museum to museum to get as much benefit as possible for your money1 If you're lucky the weather isn't crazy and you definitely get more out of 'exploring' the city and the people! It was the same in Helsinki, but the boat tours were a means to an end, you shouldn't miss that, you get a very good overview of the city. As an architect, it was important for me to experience the structures of the city in this way. With the addition of dre Helsinki Design, it wasn't a problem that Finlandia is currently a huge construction site (interesting from a technical point of view!9 and therefore not accessible! I didn't read any information about that anywhere beforehand! Too bad!

Considering the prices of Helsinki, the Card represents an excellent solution for those who want to travel a lot in a few days and visit the many museums included in the card (museums which, however, are always interactive and never boring, therefore also suitable for children).

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

Super easy, uncomplicated in local transport and boat tour and entrance to attractions.

The Guide was very knowledgeable and friendly. Excellent tour!