Discover Helsinki Tour & Suomenlinna Sea Fortress
This fascinating journey into Finland’s past includes a ferry trip and tour of the magnificent Suomenlinna Sea Fortress.
A centuries-old defensive complex of Suomenlinna is laid out on six islands. On the mainland, you’ll be treated to Helsinki’s most impressive sights, including Senate Square, Helsinki Cathedral and the Rock Church.
The Suomenlinna Sea Fortress started out in the 18th century as a key part of the Swedish empire’s naval defense system. Russian tsar Peter the Great decided to set foundations of the new Russian capital St. Petersburg at the end of the Gulf of Finland and changed the balance of security on the northern Baltic Sea. Nowadays the Suomenlinna fortress is mainly used for picnicking and recreation, and as a popular destination for curious travellers.
During your visit, you’ll get to see its well-preserved stone walls, tunnels and the dry dock. The irregular network of bastions will give you a good idea of how changing epochs and changing political tides have influenced the fortress’ development. There are also dozens of mysterious, underwater sites around the fortress. Though they cannot be visited, your guide will tell you their stories as well as other interesting secrets that Suomenlinna hides.
On the mainland, a private car tour focuses on the architecture, history and everyday life of Helsinki.
This relaxing trip begins before the Suomenlinna tour with a stop at Senate Square.
The magnificent historical centre is a great example of 19th century architecture. The Senate Square offers a view of the impressive Helsinki Cathedral, which towers above the square and the main building of the Helsinki University, the National Library and the Governement Palace. In the middle of the square is a statue of the tsar Alexander II.
On the way we pass by the impressive, Russian Orthodox Uspenski Cathedral, the Presidential Palace, which also served as the Imperial Palace during Tsarist times, the Ateneum Art Museum, part of Finnish National Gallery, and the Kiasma contemporary art museum.
A pre-ferry pause will be made at the bustling Market Square, where you can get a glimpse of the busy happenings at the unique Old Market Hall and will have the chance to do some shopping.
The tour winds up with a visit to the Temppeliaukio “Rock“Church, a truly unique structure built right into the rock. We’ll also make a short pause to see the monument to the famous Finnish composer Sibelius.
At the end of this eventful and amusing tour, we take you back to the cruise ship harbor.
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Children’s Discounts: 3 years old and under are free, 15% discount for ages 4-12.
Please note, a surcharge of 20% applies on Sundays and all public holidays. This additional charge is added to the total group price given in the booking form.
Public holidays in 2017
1.01, 6.01, 14.04, 17.04, 01.05, 25.05, 23.06, 24.06, 4.11, 6.12, 24.12, 25.12 and 26.12.