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About Helsinki

Surrounded by the sea and its own archipelago, Helsinki, the Finnish capital, retains its nautical feel with many sailing events during the summer. Exploring the fascinating sights of Helsinki, cruise guests will discover the city is also the country's main cultural focus, offering dance, ballet, opera, and other festivals.

The striking onion-shaped cupolas of the Uspensky Cathedral (modelled on the one in Odessa) are just one example of the Soviet influence on a country which achieved independence less than 100 years ago. Highlights of cruises to Helsinki also include some of the traditional Finnish building in the Senate Square and the North Harbour.

Helsinki is a compact city - 'a pocket-sized metropolis', as it was once described - so it is easy to get around, especially in the historical centre. Or you can take the touring 'pub tram' and drink in the views, including the colourful flower market near the harbourfront.

After months of dark, cold winter, it is hardly surprising that the Finns pull out all the stops to celebrate the genuine warmth of their summers with outdoor events all around the city such as the Coming of Spring, Midsummer, the Helsinki Festival, and the Annual Night of the Arts.

 

Shore excursions in Helsinki

Please note: The shore excursions listed are typical for this port. The full programme of shore excursions available for your cruise will be displayed on Cruise Personaliser at least 12 weeks prior to departure.

A Taste of Finland

Activity lowRefreshments included

Duration: 4 hours

A scenic city tour followed by a Finnish food tasting at a local restaurant and free time to explore at your leisure.

Your scenic journey will take you from Helsinki’s bustling harbour, to its fascinating city centre. This unique city blends old, new, Eastern, and Western influences and yet maintains a distinctly Finnish flavour.

A panoramic drive will take you past the iconic Sibelius Monument, the modern opera house and the imposing Parliament House. During the drive your guide will bring the city’s history to life. Discover the influence of architect Carl Ludvig Engel, known as ‘the creator of neoclassical Helsinki’ as you view his Presidential Palace and City Hall. Admire the fine shops and open air restaurants of Esplanade Street, a local’s favourite.

Reaching Senate Square, it’s time to head to a local restaurant, where you will learn about Finnish food and have the chance to taste some local sweet and savoury delicacies such as smoked fish, cheese and a Finnish pastry.

Complete your tour with some free time to explore the square and nearby Market Square, before returning to your ship.

Helsinki Highlights

Activity mediumFamily

Duration: 3 hours

The charm and style of the ‘White City of the North’ awaits you on this popular introductory tour.

The city’s focal point, Senate Square, with fine 19th century neo-classical buildings and the impressive Lutheran Cathedral of St Nicholas will be your first stop. Along the way, you’ll see the Uspenski Cathedral and the North Harbour where the icebreaker fleet is stationed.

Next, it’s on to The Rock Church (Temppeliaukio), a unique creation carved out of solid rock and topped with a copper dome. This truly is a striking example of modern Finnish architecture. En route you’ll see the Presidential Palace, the colourful Market Square and the beautiful Kaivopuisto Park, where many of the foreign embassies are situated.

Stop to admire the massive, stainless steel Sibelius Monument dedicated to the musical vision of Jean Sibelius and situated in the beautiful Sibelius Park. View the Olympic Stadium, where the Olympic games were held in 1952. Travel past the new Opera House, Finlandia Hall, the Parliament Building, the National Museum and the Railway Station.

Essential information

This excursion will operate by coach and on foot. The Olympic Stadium is currently undergoing renovation work, and may not be visible during your tour. Should you opt to remain in the city for independent sightseeing, you’ll be responsible for your own return to the ship. Please note that the Rock Church may close without prior notice. The tour does involve some walking, with gravel walkways at the Sibelius Monument and steps at Senate Square. The order of sites may vary. Due to parking restrictions there will be a 10 minute uphill walk to The Rock Church.

Panoramic Helsinki and Reindeer Feeding

Activity mediumRefreshments includedFamily

Duration: 4 hours

Take a selfie with a reindeer and have tea in a tepee! Your opportunity to see Finland in a whole new light.

Experience a touch of northern magic at Nuuksio Reindeer Park, where you’ll have the opportunity to get close to the creatures we all dreamed of as children – reindeer!

During your visit you’ll get to pat and feed these magnificent animals who reside at Nuuksio throughout the year. Whilst at the park, like the reindeer, you’ll be well fed and watered, with coffee and tea, accompanied by local buns and all served over a hot open fire in an atmospheric Lappish ‘kota’ (tepee). The kota itself is comfortably furnished with rustic wooden tables and benches, typical of the traditional furnishing and décor of Lapland.

Enjoy some time to browse the gift shop before returning to Helsinki where a panoramic drive will introduce you to some of the main highlights of the city. Pass by Parliament House, The National Museum, Finlandia Hall, the new Helsinki Music Centre and the Contemporary Art Museum to name a few.

Essential information

This excursion will operate by coach and on foot. There is approximately 30 minutes of walking on this tour, over uneven ground. Passengers are advised that although they will be up close to the reindeers, there will be a safety fence in between. During the spring the reindeer shed their antlers so some may have their antlers missing. Please do not touch the antlers as these are highly sensitive. Strict rules prevent passengers from feeding the reindeers anything other than the feed provided.

 

A selection of cruises to Helsinki

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