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Helsinki: Small-Group Walking Tour with City Planner Guide

1. 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.

Helsinki: Eco-friendly Helicopter Sightseeing Tour

2. Helsinki: Eco-friendly Helicopter Sightseeing Tour

Experience an exclusive and unforgettable air sightseeing tour around Helsinki. The flights are operated with highly modern helicopters, which are the most silent and environmentally friendly in the world. Start with a luxurious limo service driving you to the helicopter from any location in the Helsinki metropolitan area. After your safety briefing and a photo opportunity, take off and fly above the beautiful nature surrounding Helsinki. Check out the natural state forests on the east side of the city as you fly high. Enjoy a complimentary glass of champagne as you head towards the archipelago in front of Helsinki. As you get closer to the city, fly around Suomenlinna, the sea fortress island, and the city center. Grab some amazing pictures as the helicopter passes in front of the downtown shoreline to show you a beautiful scene consisting of Senate Square and Helsinki Cathedral. Take a peek at why Helsinki is known as “the City of Architecture”, with many neoclassical buildings to peek at. Fly close to Löyly and, on a clear day, see if you can see the skyline of Tallinn, the Estonian capital that lies across the water. Finish off the tour by flying over the fancy neighborhoods located on the west side of Helsinki with beautiful villas owned by a few international celebrities. After the tour, your private chauffeur will drop you off anywhere in Helsinki.

Helsinki Highlights Self-Guided Scavenger Hunt and City Tour

3. Helsinki Highlights Self-Guided Scavenger Hunt and City Tour

Solve riddles and find clues on a self-guided scavenger hunt and walking tour through Helsinki. Download the app onto your phone and explore Helsinki at your own pace. See Ateneum, Market Square, St. John's Church, and more. After downloading the tour app on your mobile device (instructions received via email after booking), simply use the app and integrated maps to find your way to 10 attractions in Helsinki. You can choose to start the activity at any time. Once you begin, you'll solve a location-based riddle at each attraction and unlock the next location you need to visit. Work as a team and use logic, imagination, observation, and problem solving to make your way around the city. The app also includes facts and information about each location you stop at, so you'll be close to a local by the end of your adventure. As you explore, you can stop for a coffee, lunch, or a break at any time. Along the tour route, you'll visit the National Theatre, Ateneum, Helsinki Cathedral, Market Square, Vanha Kauppahalli, The Shipwrecked, Design Museum, St. John's Church, the Old Church of Helsinki, the Three Smiths Statue, and more.

Central Helsinki Tour

4. Central Helsinki Tour

Meet your expert local guide at Helsinki Cathedral and join your small group walking tour to discover Finland's capital.   Listen as your guide shares intimate knowledge of the city and arrive at Senate Square, a significant site shrouded in historical heritage. Pass the exuberant Helsinki Cathedral, admire the classical facades of the Rock Church and the Finlandia Hall before enjoying the brightly colored houses of Mannerheim district, a quaint canal side district. Hear about the varied architecture, a lively cafe culture, and plethora of picturesque natural delights. Then continue through the green Esplanade Park between luxury houses and cafés in neo renaissance style.  Pose for photos beside the Market Square, and scour the scenery for the Presidential Palace. Then delve into the vibrant atmosphere of the food market in Helsinki. Browse enticing food stalls at the Market Square and marvel at the gorgeous architectural offerings, which include fine examples of Modernism, Functionalism, and Art Nouveau. Conclude your tour at the market and bid your guide and group farewell.

Helsinki Half-Day City Tour

5. Helsinki Half-Day City Tour

Start your walking tour from the Railway Station Square, right next to one of the most beautiful Romantic buildings in Helsinki, the National Theater. From there, continue your walk through central Helsinki to get a feel for its vibrant streets, mostly built in the late 19th and early 20th centuries. Then, follow the main shopping street, Aleksanterinkatu, towards the city's main square, Senate Square. At the central point of the square is the magnificent Helsinki Cathedral, built in 1852 when Finland was part of the Russian Empire. Stop at the nearby seat of the Finnish Government and the main building of Helsinki University. Continue on towards the Katajanokka Peninsula, stopping at the Uspenskii Cathedral, a beautiful Orthodox cathedral atop a hill. Go up the hill and to the terrace of the cathedral for pretty views over Helsinki. Explore Market Square (Kauppatori), where you can find souvenirs and taste local specialties. Walk along the Esplanade Park and Helsinki’s main street, Mannerheimintie, before stopping by the parliament building, National Museum, and Finlandia Hall, a concert and congress hall designed by famous Finnish architect Alvar Aalto. After a walk through the district of Töölö, visit the unique Rock Church, carved within a rocky hill, and afterwards a have a short city bus trip to the park and monument dedicated to the most famous Finnish composer, Jean Sibelius. End the tour at the impressive granite Central Railway Station, where nearly a quarter of a million passengers pass through every day. This private walking tour allows variations in pick-up point, starting time and the route. Agree your most convenient timing and meet the guide from the port, railway station or a hotel.

Helsinki Stopover Tour with Round-Trip Airport Transfers

6. Helsinki Stopover Tour with Round-Trip Airport Transfers

Avail of an itinerary that has been especially designed to cover the top 12 attractions of Helsinki, perfect for travelers with a short stopover at the airport. Learn hidden stories known only by your guide to make your trip unique.  Get a meet and greet at Helsinki Airport, and then head to the Töölö district of the city center to see the Olympic Stadium, built for the 1952 Summer Olympics. Continue to the Sibelius Monument by Eila Hiltunen in Sibelius Park, and then marvel at the National Romantic façade of the National Museum of Finland. See where the Parliament of Finland sit, and admire the contemporary architecture of the Kiasma Museum. Gaze in wonder at the Temppeliaukio Church, built directly into solid rock. Pass Esplanade Park and the 19th-century Old Market Hall near Market Square. See the monumental Uspenski Cathedral on the way to Senate Square, and then take a look at Helsinki Cathedral, built as a tribute to Tsar Nicholas I of Russia.

Helsinki City: 1.5-Hour City Tour with Electric TukTuk

7. Helsinki City: 1.5-Hour City Tour with Electric TukTuk

See Helsinki and its major sights in an environmentally friendly and unique way aboard a fully electric TukTuk, experiencing the city in a new and relaxed way. Sit back and relax on your 1.5-hour tour as your guide drives you along the scenic coastline, and the Kaivopuisto Park, Helsinki's oldest and best known park surrounded by embassies and villas. Smoothly pass many major landmarks in Helsinki, with your expert guide and driver explaining their historical importance, including the iconic Market Square, the City Hall, the impressive Presidential Palace, the famous Cathedral of Helsinki, the Katajanokka Art Nouveau neighbourhood with the mighty icebreaker, and the Uspenski Orthodox Cathedral with its green roofing and golden tips. Best of all, choose to book the entire TukTuk for yourself, your family, or your friends to enjoy a private tour. And time permitting, stop and snap memorable photos along your way.

Helsinki: 3-Hour Shore Excursion Small Group Walking Tour

8. Helsinki: 3-Hour Shore Excursion Small Group Walking Tour

Welcome to Helsinki. Enjoy the ultimate walking tour in this city for cruise ship passengers. Meet your guide and small group tour (maximum 12 persons) right at the dock and start discovering Helsinki with a specialist local guide. Listen as your guide shares intimate knowledge of the city and arrive at Senate Square, a significant site shrouded in historical heritage. Pass the exuberant Helsinki Cathedral, and then absorb the charm of local Finns in their everyday heyday. Admire the classical facades of the Rock Church and the Finlandia Hall before enjoying the brightly colored houses of Mannerheim district, a quaint Canalside district. Hear tales of varied architecture, a lively cafe culture and plethora of picturesque natural delights and then continue through the green Esplanade Park between luxury houses and cafés in neo-Renaissance style.  Pose for photos beside the Market Square, and then scour the scenery for the Presidential Palace and then delve into the vibrant atmosphere of the food market in Helsinki. Conclude your tour at the market if you have the time and enjoy some local food or join your guide to leave you back at the dock on time for your ship's departure. All details will be taken care of.

From Helsinki-Vantaa Airport: Helsinki Layover Walking Tour

9. From Helsinki-Vantaa Airport: Helsinki Layover Walking Tour

Make the most of your layover at  Helsinki-Vantaa airport with a sightseeing walking tour. Hop on a train to the city center and see sights like Esplanadi Park and Uspenskin Cathedral before taking a train back to the airport. Meet your guide and take a convenient train to the Central Railway station. Marvel at elegance of the neoclassical Helsinki Cathedral and the imposing Uspenskin Cathedral. Stroll to the vibrant Old Market Hall where you can buy some Finish delicacies to try. Take in the vibes as you enjoy the greenery at Esplanadi Park. Hear local stories and facts from your local guide as you walk.

Helsinki: Guided Sightseeing with Free Time

10. Helsinki: Guided Sightseeing with Free Time

Prior to your sightseeing tour, you will be picked up from your harbor at a pre-agreed time. From here you will be taken to Helsinki's main attractions by air-conditioned van. Following this, your tour stops at the Sibelius Monument, which is dedicated to the Finnish composer Jean Sibelius. The next attraction is Temppeliaukio/Rock Church, which was actually built into solid rock. Afterwards, you will have the golden opportunity to explore the Uspenski Orthodox Cathedral, Senate Square, Helsinki Cathedral, Market Square, Old Market Hall, and Esplanade Park. Following your 3-hour guided tour, your tour will end at Helsinki Market Square where you can enjoy the local market food, little shops, and cafe shops in the city with your family, friends, or on your own. You can choose when to go back to the harbor on your own accord, with taxis and public transport easily facilitating this.

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What people are saying about Helsinki Cathedral

Overall rating

4.8 / 5

based on 104 reviews

Emek is an excellent tour guide. He is very knowledgeable and he went above and beyond to help me. I had injured my ankle and he always checked on me to see how I was doing.

Emek was brilliant. Really knowledgeable about the history, architecture and culture of Finland. It was a great introduction to the City and tailored to my interests.

Emek was very knowledgeable and he presented Helsinki from architectural, historical and cultural poin of view. It was a very pleasant walk...

Nice activity. I could roam through the most interesting sites of the city.

A very exciting and well thought out tour with a nice guide! Recommended!