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Helsinki: Arctic Hovercraft Experience with Lunch

1. Helsinki: Arctic Hovercraft Experience with Lunch

Prepare to travel over breaking ice and snow as you explore deep into the frozen archipelago in a hovercraft. This day trip from Helsinki includes all the gear you need to experience the arctic waters warmly and safely. Complete your trip with a Finnish lunch. The trip starts with morning pickup in Helsinki. After a 30-minute drive, reach Gumbostrand, the hovercraft departure pier. Here you will be provided with warm clothing for the day and safety equipment together with a short safety briefing. The Hovercraft features a heated cabin and room for up to five passengers. Feel secure traveling with one to two experienced crew members and guides during the whole trip, depending on the number of passengers. Depart the pier to start the drive through the archipelago winter landscape. Experience the empty, deep, frozen, and beautiful landscape as you travel between the islands over ice and open water on the way to an empty island. Spot summer cottages, scenic landscapes, and potentially a seal, eagle, or other animals. Stop can be made on the way to take pictures on the thick and solid ice or to have a walk and listen to the complete silence. Upon arrival at the base camp island, enjoy a warm non-alcoholic welcome drink as you prepare for a walk around the island. Next, enjoy a guided walk along a typical archipelago nature trail. Learn about summer cottages and saunas, the birth of the archipelago after the Ice Age, and daily life in the archipelago. There will be dry toilets available to use on the island. After the nature trail walk, optionally try out a unique experience floating around between ice rafts in a survival suit while staying completely warm and dry. The suits are well insulated to keep you perfectly warm and dry during the whole swim. There is a heated cabin ready for you to change into these special suits. An experienced crew member will be assisting you the whole time while a second member acts as a safety officer on the shore side. You can stay as long as you want in the water; a typical duration for the swim is 15-45 minutes. If you choose not to swim, you can also stay ashore and take pictures of the other swimmers. After the swim, enjoy a campfire lunch to get a taste of Finland. At the campfire, there is seating, roof protection, and big windows giving protection from the wind, rain, and other elements of nature, yet still providing beautiful scenery of the sea. After the tour, ride back to your hotel or the airport.

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Helsinki: Archipelago RIB Boat Tour with BBQ Lunch and Sauna

2. Helsinki: Archipelago RIB Boat Tour with BBQ Lunch and Sauna

Depart from Helsinki and explore the vast archipelago located east of the capital. Discover some of the 170,000 islands by boat as your guide provides more information about local nature and wildlife. See the beautiful island of Villinki with its unique channel surrounded by majestic cliffs and summer villas. Near the outskirts of the archipelago, reach the recreational island where you will disembark the boat and go ashore. Explore the island on a short walking tour and learn more about local flora and fauna. Over an open campfire, hear more about how the archipelago developed after the last ice age. Then, enjoy a hearty BBQ lunch of traditional meats with homemade traditional salmon soup, served with dark rye bread. After lunch, enjoy some free time to explore the island. Visit the public sauna for a bath, swim in the sea, or enjoy the peace and tranquillity of your surroundings. Finally, hop back on the boat for the journey back to Helsinki.

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Helsinki-Vantaa Airport: Premium Lounge Entry

3. Helsinki-Vantaa Airport: Premium Lounge Entry

Located in the non-Schengen Area of Terminal 2 in Helsinki Airport, Plaza Premium Lounge Helsinki boasts the first in-lounge playroom set within a modern and bright lounge ambiance, complemented with breathtaking apron views. Get 3-hour access to the lounge and take a break before or between flights, a perfect choice for business and leisure travelers. Make use of all the lounge facilities catering to the needs of travelers, such as comfortable seating, a live kitchen, a bar, shower rooms, charging stations, complimentary WiFi, and computer workstations.

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Helsinki: 5-hour Sightseeing in City Center and Winter World

4. Helsinki: 5-hour Sightseeing in City Center and Winter World

Begin your 5-hour guided tour at approximately 10 AM after being picked up from your choice of designated hotel meeting points. Visit Helsinki's cultural landmarks and historic monuments, including the Olympic Stadium, Sibelius Monument and Esplanade Park.   After your tour of Helsinki, you will be driven to Lapland Park where you can enjoy lunch in Winter World. This indoor park includes the world's only all year round Igloo hotel, as well as an ice bar, a restaurant and Husky sled drives. Experience the Finnish winter in the middle of the summer with temperature of -3 to -5 degrees Celsius, but don't worry warm clothing is provided. After your tour, you will be dropped off in Helsinki Market Square in the city center.

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Helsinki: City Tour and Winterworld Shore Excursion

5. Helsinki: City Tour and Winterworld Shore Excursion

Experience the best that Helsinki has to offer with this fantastic city tour and unique Winterworld excursion. Discover Helsinki and visit some of its most famous sites with your help of your professional local guide. Your tour will start with a pick-up from your choice of meeting points in Helsinki harbour. Then it's time to set off to discover some of the city's most important cultural landmarks and historical monuments. See the Olympic Stadium and Sibelius Monument, take a turn around Esplanade Park and visit the Market Square and Old Market Hall. Complete your cultural tour by seeing the Uspenski Orthodox Cathedral and Senate Square. After your tour of Helsinki, visit a unique indoor winter wonderland park that includes the world's only all-year-round igloo hotel, a huge ice bar, a restaurant and husky sledge drives. Experience what it is really like to be in the midst of a Finnish winter. The temperature inside is -3 to 5 degrees Celsius -  but don't worry, warm clothing is provided! After an exhilarating day, sit back and relax as you are transferred back to the harbor. 

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Helsinki and Nuuksio Reindeer Park Tour

6. Helsinki and Nuuksio Reindeer Park Tour

The tour begins around 10:00 AM, after you are picked up from your choice of designated hotel meeting points in Helsinki. Your guide will share the city's stories along the way. Explore Helsinki's most famous attractions and stop for photos at the Sibelius monument and Senate Square. Enjoy a lunch break around noon. Afterwards the tour will continue to Reindeer Park, where you can experience the Northern wild life. You also can feed the reindeer and experience a Laplander's life by warming yourself on an open fire in a hut. Here you can enjoy stick bun grilling. Beverages such as tea, coffee and juice are served. The entrance ticket to the park is included.    After getting up close with the beautiful nature of Finland, you will be taken back to Helsinki market square around 3 PM.

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Helsinki: Helicopter Sightseeing Tour

7. Helsinki: Helicopter Sightseeing Tour

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, rated by Time Magazine one of the top places to be seen in the whole world. 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 flyings over the fancy neighbourhoods 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.

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Helsinki: RIB Tour to Summer Cottage with BBQ and Sauna

8. Helsinki: RIB Tour to Summer Cottage with BBQ and Sauna

Spend a day with some locals at their summer cottage and enjoy the best that Finnish summers have to offer – barbecues, sauna time, and hiking in a beautiful natural setting. Meet the guide in Vironallas, the leisure boat port in front of the old Market Hall on the Market Square, Kauppatori. After a short safety briefing, you'll be geared up and ready to go. Cruise through the archipelago on the west side of the city, passing summer cabins, boaters, and wildlife on the way to your destination. On the 45-minute cruise, chat with the guide about the history and traditions of the area. Learn how part of the archipelago was leased as a Soviet naval base following World War II and how it is today. Your afternoon hosts will be waiting for you on their small private island, owned by their family for over 100 years. If you're lucky you may even bump into more than one generation of the family, as it is their place to escape the city and spend their long summer days. Leave the language-learning app at home, as your local hosts can accommodate you in English, French, German, Danish, Finnish, or Swedish. Your hosts are happy to take a break from their everyday lives to welcome you and show you how their days are spent in the archipelago. Take a nature walk and learn about which berries to eat and which mushrooms to pick. Take in views of the surrounding water and imagine the moose that occasionally swim from one island to another. Enjoy the Scandinavian design cottage and, together with your hosts, light up the genuine wood-heated sauna. If you're feeling adventurous, you may even combine the sauna bath with a refreshing dip in the sea, just like the locals do. After the sauna, the hosts will prepare a homemade lunch which you can share in the warm summer sunshine. At the end of the 2-hour visit, it's time to head back to the city. The guide will happily adjust the return route to your preferences – either cruising back among the islands or checking out the open sea.

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Helsinki: Helicopter and RIB Boat Adrenaline Combo Tour

9. Helsinki: Helicopter and RIB Boat Adrenaline Combo Tour

Discover the best of Helsinki from land and sea on this all-encompassing combo tour. Fly above the city in a helicopter, brave the cold of the Arctic with a sea swim, then get your adrenaline pumping with a RIB boat ride. Start the day with a panoramic helicopter flight. Fly above Helsinki and the surrounding islands whilst enjoying a glass of Champagne. See the 178,000 islands from above before landing on the bare cliffs of the eastern archipelago. On the island, get kitted out for your Artic swim. Experience the thrill of floating in the Arctic whilst staying warm and dry in a survival swimsuit. Once back on dry land, enjoy a local snack before your boat ride. Hop onto the RIB boat for the thrilling ride back to Helsinki. If you're feeling adventurous, see what the RIB boat is capable of on the outer route, or enjoy a laid-back high-speed ride through the archipelago.

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Helsinki: Nuuksio National Park Guided Hike

10. Helsinki: Nuuksio National Park Guided Hike

Immerse yourself in the rugged natural Finnish landscape with a hike through the Nuuksio National Park where you can see spectacular lakes, vast forests, and more. Learn why nature is such an integral part of Finnish culture from your knowledgeable guide. Visit the rocky lake upland, which is home to many species that thrive in old-growth forests, vibrant meadows, valleys, and ponds. Together with your local guide, follow a carefully designed 8-kilometer trail with moderate difficulty and see the best that Nuuksio has to offer. Start your hike from Kattila, next to Lake Kaitlampi, one of the northernmost points of the national park. Then head to Lake Ahvenisto and follow the trail around Lake Haukkalampi and Lake Mustalampi. Next, take a short break at the Recreational Centre Hawk Nest before continuing to the Finnish Nature Centre Haltia. End your hike with a rewarding meal at the Haltia Restaurant.

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