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Suomenlinna: Our most recommended tours and activities

Helsinki Card Region

1. Helsinki Card Region

Discover Helsinki in an easy and economical way. The Helsinki Card is the key to a unique Helsinki experience for the individual traveler. With the Helsinki Card Region, you will save time, money, and energy. It gives you free entry to the city's main sights, museums, and public transportation options – along with a wide variety of discounts and bonuses. You can choose from 24-hour, 48-hour, or 72-hour validity. All of the following are free with the Helsinki Card: All year round: • Free Panorama Sightseeing by bus (limited timetable 2021-22)• Free entry to the city’s major sights and museums; like Amos Rex, Design Museum, The National Museum of Finland, and much more• Free ferry to Suomenlinna Sea Fortress and Suomenlinna Museum and Guided Tour• Free travel on public transport within Helsinki• Discounts in restaurants, cruise to Tallinn and other attractions, such as Helsinki Zoo, SkyWheel Helsinki and Flying Cinema Tour of Helsinki Summer season: • Free Canal Route sightseeing by boat (May – September) • Free 24-hour hop-on hop-off bus tour (May - September) Some of the benefits and discounts: • Cruise and tour to Tallinn • Leisure activities, swimming, concerts, and more • Sights: Helsinki Zoo, SkyWheel Helsinki, Flying Cinema Tour of Helsinki • Shopping • Restaurants (up to 20% off)

Helsinki: Helsinki and Suomenlinna 5-Hour Sightseeing Tour

2. Helsinki: Helsinki and Suomenlinna 5-Hour Sightseeing Tour

Explore the historic monuments of Helsinki with a local guide, and visit sights such as Olympic Stadium from the 1952 Summer Olympics. See the monument to the composer Jean Sibelius and explore the promenade of Esplanade Park. Go to Old Market Hall, and admire the largest orthodox church in western Europe at the Uspenski Orthodox Cathedral. Then, catch the ferry to the UNESCO World Heritage Site of the Suomenlinna sea fortress. Upon arrival, walk to visit the barracks and the Great Courtyard, where the memorial tomb of Augustin Ehrensvärd was designed by King Gustav III of Sweden.

Helsinki: Eco-friendly Helicopter Sightseeing Tour

3. Helsinki: Eco-friendly Helicopter Sightseeing Tour

Experience an exclusive and unforgettable air sightseeing tour around Helsinki and the archipelago. The flights are operated with highly modern helicopters, which are the most silent and environmentally friendly in the world flying with Sustainable Aviation Fuel. 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.

Helsinki: Suomenlinna Self-Guided Fairytale Exploration Game

4. Helsinki: Suomenlinna Self-Guided Fairytale Exploration Game

You will start your adventure and walking trip after you arrive on the island. Our app in German language will guide you from there. It is a walking trip of about 3 kilometers. You will explore the area and find secret places. You will solve small tasks and challenges as a team and will collect points. You will discover places where exclusive and unpublished fairytales are hiding. You will belong to the small circle of human beings, who are allowed to listen to these great fairyales. This is no joke. These fairytales were never published by the brother Grimm. You will find them and listen to them. And we hope, you will keep the secret. Expect an interactive hiking adventure. You decide about the starting time and you do not have time pressure. This app-guided tour with plenty of interactive content is perfect for families with kids in the age of 6 to 12. Have fun!

Helsinki Shore Excursion: City Sightseeing and Suomenlinna

5. Helsinki Shore Excursion: City Sightseeing and Suomenlinna

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 harbor. 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. Your professional guide will share the city's stories along the way, with plenty of stops for photographs. Then, from Helsinki's Market Square, continue by ferry to Suomenlinna, listed as an UNESCO World Heritage Site. It is one of the world's largest sea fortresses that sprawls across a series of six small islands. During your walking tour, learn about the site's eventful history and see some of Suomenlinna's main attractions, such as the King's Gate, the Jetty Barracks, the Great Courtyard and Suomenlinna Church. After your tour, you will be taken back to Helsinki Market Square to continue your adventure. 

Suomenlinna: Self-guided Adventure, Escape-Game and Tour

6. Suomenlinna: Self-guided Adventure, Escape-Game and Tour

You will start after arrival on the island. From there on, your smartphone (our special app) will guide you on a secret route. You will hear about a fictional crime case which once happened here. Two young persons, who wanted to go camping, were found dead. What does an old legend about Nazi-gold have to do with this case? What do the ghost hunters, who were also camping here, have to do with this murder? You will assist the local police. You will get access to all police files and to all witness reports. There must be some detail tha will finally solve this cold case. The app will guide you to 15 different locations. At each location you will solve some riddles or challenges and then get access to new information about he murder case. This is a fun team game and is perfect for a group up to five persons. This is more than a basic walking trip, this is an amazing race full of exciteing content and a challenge for You as a team.

Helsinki: Private 30-Minute Sunset Flight with Champagne

7. Helsinki: Private 30-Minute Sunset Flight with Champagne

Take in all of the city sights on a 30-minute sunset flight over Helsinki. Fly over the Nordic landscape, see Helsinki's top sights from above, and relax with a glass of champagne. See Helsinki Cathedral, Suomenlinna, Uspenski Cathedral, and Senate Square from above. Meet your pilot in Helsinki and get situated in your own private helicopter. In the winter, enjoy a heated helicopter cabin. In the heat of the summer, relax in the cool air-conditioning. Take off into the sky as the sun begins to set over the city. As you fly, sit back and enjoy a cold glass of champagne or soft drinks. Fly over the beautiful city of Helsinki, spotting the Helsinki Cathedral, the central station, and the shining Olympic Stadium. Continue to the water, soaring over the many islands of the Helsinki archipelago. After the brilliant colors fade from the sky, return to your landing pad with a new appreciation of this beautiful city.

Helsinki/Porvoo: Group Guided Eco-Friendly Tour

8. Helsinki/Porvoo: Group Guided Eco-Friendly Tour

See the sights in Helsinki with a two day tour of Helsinki and the charming medieval town of Porvoo. Sail by ferry to the wind-swept sea fortress of Suomenlinna. Meet your guide at the Helsinki Central Railway Station on the first day of your tour. Follow your guide to see the columns of Helsinki Cathedral, Senate Square, Uspenski Cathedral, and Rock Church. Travel by tram to the gardens at the seaside Sibelius Park, Olympic Stadium, Market Square, Market Hall, and Esplanadi Park. Take a round-trip ferry to Suomenlinna to enjoy a guided tour of the sea fortress of Finland. On the second day, meet at the bus station to take an inter-city bus to Porvoo. Discover this old town with help from your expert guide. Take some free time to walk around. In the afternoon, you cam take the inter-city bus back to Helsinki.

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What people are saying about Suomenlinna

Overall rating

4.6 / 5

based on 184 reviews

I'm not a fan of city cards per se. Then you run like crazy from museum to museum to get as much benefit as possible for your money1 If you're lucky the weather isn't crazy and you definitely get more out of 'exploring' the city and the people! It was the same in Helsinki, but the boat tours were a means to an end, you shouldn't miss that, you get a very good overview of the city. As an architect, it was important for me to experience the structures of the city in this way. With the addition of dre Helsinki Design, it wasn't a problem that Finlandia is currently a huge construction site (interesting from a technical point of view!9 and therefore not accessible! I didn't read any information about that anywhere beforehand! Too bad!

Considering the prices of Helsinki, the Card represents an excellent solution for those who want to travel a lot in a few days and visit the many museums included in the card (museums which, however, are always interactive and never boring, therefore also suitable for children).

It was our first helicopter flight but definitely not our last. Everything was well organized. Our pilot Paul was super friendly and had an open ear for all our questions and requests. An all-round successful experience.

Super easy, uncomplicated in local transport and boat tour and entrance to attractions.

The Guide was very knowledgeable and friendly. Excellent tour!