Experience Helsinki with your own guide


Get more out of the city with an own guide

1. Urban Helsinki Bus Sightseeing

Urban Helsinki Bus Sightseeing tour will take you to interesting districts and suburbs outside the center of the city. Experience Helsinki and learn more about Helsinki’s architectural history and see the city’s modern residential areas. In the double-decker sightseeing buses there’s an audio guide available in ten languages.

The tour departs from the city center, from the sightseeing bus stop at Esplanade park. The route runs via Pohjoisranta (Northern shore) to the urban Merihaka district and further to the new residential area of Kalasatama. Next stop is at Vanhankaupunginkoski, the birthplace of Helsinki.

The tour includes a 45-minute stop at the Iittala and Arabia Design Centre. A visit at the Design Museum Arabia is a must, and of course shopping at the stores. You’ll even get a -15% discount in the Iittala & Arabia Design Centre Store.

The return route runs via the beautiful wooden districts of Käpylä, Kumpula and Vallila, and last but not least the hip and cool Kallio neighbourhood.

2. A citywalk with your own guide

A walk in the city with your own guide and its streets is definitely the best way to get the rhythm and pulse of the city. Now you can experience Helsinki and learn about the Finnish capital with your own guide. Would you like to hear more about the history and architecture of Helsinki? The tour around the Senate Square includes a wide range of the main sights of Helsinki’s imperial center. The guided tour in Arabia District introduces you to arts & design both indoors and outside, and Helsinki’s Russian past is revealed during the walk around Katajanokka, the former district of sailors, down-and-outs and smugglers. All the tour guides are authorized professionals and the tours can be booked in many different languages.

3. A sweet and sugary trip to the chocolate factory, Fazer Experience Visitor Centre

Spend a fun and tasty day at the Fazer Experience Visitor Centre. Fazer is the leading confectionery company in Finland and their products have become classics both in Finland and also abroad. The flagship product is the famous Karl Fazer Milk Chocolate, or ‘the Fazer Blue’, which has been the number one choice of chocolate-lovers for decades. At the Visitor Centre you’ll experience Fazer with all of your five senses. Take a tour, get some tasty treats, shop for your favourite products and enjoy a lunch at the café.

4. Finnish wilderness at Nuuksio National Park

The best tip for an autumn tour: On a guided tour on narrow forest paths in Nuuksio National Park you’ll really feel the fresh air, wilderness and tranquility of Finnish nature. See the wonderful clearwater lakes and pools, and all the different flora and fauna, mushrooms and berries. A visit to Haltia – the Finnish Nature Centre can also be included to the tour.

5. Idyllic wooden houses of Porvoo

Enjoy the Old Wooden Town Porvoo tour. Very near to Helsinki lies a small town with a town plan from the Middle Ages, narrow streets and low small houses with charming little yards. Porvoo is situated only 50 kilometers from Helsinki city center. During your trip you’ll see the medieval cathedral of the city and red warehouses on the riverbanks. Take a walk in the Old Town, stop for a coffee and find some beautiful souvenirs from the small shops and artisans' workshops.

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