Helsinki, the capital city of Finland, is a buzzing city with a variety of appealing sights and activities. While there, you can discover many iconic landmarks, beautiful cathedrals, fascinating museums, outdoor attractions, and plenty of scenic beauty! Some of Helsinki’s more unique attractions include a giant Ferris wheel, a church carved entirely out of rock, and an urban spa. A great time to visit Helsinki depends on what kind of experience you’re looking to have. During the summer (the most ideal time to travel), you can make the most out of your visit thanks to the upcoming Midnight Sun, which provides extra hours of daylight. If you’re looking to enjoy the city’s natural beauty, you might consider visiting during the fall, when the foliage turns colorful. Winter sees the coldest temperatures but headlines many local festivals, events, and winter sports opportunities (particularly skiing and ice skating).
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The following cruise destinations can be visited on a cruise that includes Helsinki. Select a destination to view the upcoming cruises that are available:
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These cruise lines fit (quality and, usually, price-wise) somewhere in between Premium and Luxury cruise lines.
A country club casual atmosphere can be expected on these lines, as can be elegant accommodations and gourmet cuisine. These cruise lines are a great option for adults looking for a upscale, yet laid back, vacation.
Unique itineraries are often available on these cruise lines, as their small-to-mid-sized ships can visit ports of call that large ones can't get to.
The pricing on Azamara Club Cruises includes select beverages and pre-paid gratuities, while the pricing of Viking Ocean Cruises includes shore excursions and select beverages.
Value is a key feature of these popular cruise lines, as they offer lots of activities, entertainment and dining options, along with a variety of stateroom types. Some of the cruise lines in this category have ships with unique innovations like water slides, rock-climbing walls, ice-skating rinks, surfing simulators, bowling alleys, and boardwalks.
Their ships are usually anywhere from mid-sized to very large "mega" ships, accommodating thousands of guests. These ships give the feel of being in a large resort.
Mainstream cruise lines are a great option for just about everyone (including multi-generation families, and first-time cruisers), and typically have great youth programs.
During the cruise, entertainment may include Broadway productions, Vegas-style shows, comedians, and music. Some of these lines have select formal nights during the cruise. Specialty restaurants are becoming more and more common (some which have a cover charge for this type enhanced dining experience). Buffets are usually available throughout the day, besides room service, and the main dining room(s).
These cruise lines enhance what mainstream cruise lines typically offer, by providing their guests with higher quality service and cuisine, along with more spacious public spaces and accommodations.
Depending on the cruise line, the ships in this class range in size from small to very large.
These cruise lines appeal to a more discerning traveler, and are typically more expensive than mainstream cruise lines, but more affordable than the luxury lines.
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On a luxury cruise line, guests experience highly personalized service, a more intimate (and usually formal) onboard experience, gourmet cuisine, well-appointed accommodations, and fantastic amenities. Many of these brands have smaller ships, allowing them to reach ports of call that the larger ships can't, which results in unique itineraries.
All of these brands feature a version of all-inclusive pricing, and some of them have ships with all-suite accommodations. Although these cruise lines are usually more expensive than the rest, they also provide their guests with so much more, resulting in a fantastic value when considering all that's included.
These cruise lines offer a truly unique vacation experience, with a wide range of possible amenities and itineraries. Some are expedition cruise lines, others have sailing yachts or are coastal ships.
On these types of cruise lines, there's usually a focus on a specific destination or theme. Itineraries are usually very destination intensive, aided by the fact that they're able to reach many ports of call that larger ships can't.
Expedition cruise lines are a great fit for adventure-seeking travelers, featuring exciting destinations like the Galapagos Islands, Antarctica, and the Norwegian coast. During the cruise, there will usually be plenty of interesting lectures given by experts on the destination being visited. Often, shore excursions are included in the cost of the cruise. In fact, some of these cruise lines have all-inclusive pricing. There's a definite focus on the ship's surrounding scenery, as well as opportunities to view wildlife in their natural habitat. Small, but comfortable, ships are commonplace here, with anywhere from basic to very luxurious public spaces, cuisine, and accommodations (depending on the cruise line and ship).
Sailing Yachts, sail-assisted motor ships, offer a really unique vacation experience. Accommodations and cuisine on these intimate vessels can be anywhere from good to fantastic, depending on the cruise line. Destinations offered by these cruise lines may include the Caribbean, Europe, Panama Canal, Tahiti, and Costa Rica.
These are just a few of the more popular tourist attractions in Helsinki, along with a brief description:
♦ Senate Square
The best place to admire old-world architecture in Helsinki is none other than Senate Square. Senate Square consists of some of Helsinki’s oldest buildings that date back to 1757. Among some of the most noteworthy landmarks you can find here include the Helsinki Cathedral, Government Palace, Sederholm House, and part of the University of Helsinki. Senate Square is also home to a statue of Emperor Alexander II, as well as many local events and festivals. This is a fabulous starting point for when you are exploring Helsinki, as you will be in close proximity to many of the city’s most historic attractions.
Another incredible way to experience history and nature simultaneously is to plan on spending some time at Suomenlinna. This 18th century sea fortress is spread across eight islands (connected by bridge) and is a designated UNESCO World Heritage Site. These islands feature many walking trails, as well as cafes, bars, restaurants, museums, shops, and more. Just a short ferry ride from the city, you can easily access this island without hassle. Suomenlinna is a great place to escape for a relaxing afternoon with many interesting things to do!
♦ Temppeliaukion Church
Helsinki is filled with many churches but the most unique is undoubtedly Temppeliaukion Church, because it’s carved entirely out of rock! For a nominal fee, you can tour the interior of this rock church and admire its pipe organ, stone walls, and great acoustics. Plus, since this church is located close to the city center, it is located in close proximity to many of Helsinki’s other wonderful attractions!
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