Helsinki is Finland's capital and largest city. this small town was first put on the map back in 1550 as a trading town. Nicknamed "the Daughter of the Baltic", it has a population of almost 600, 000 and is the third biggest Nordic city. Strangely enough, Swedish is the official language of Finland. Helsinki has a humid climate and is one of the coldest cities in the world with over 100 days of snow on average a year. As a country, Finland is made up of just 1 /3 of land; the other 2/3 is the Baltic Sea. Check out our Helsinki shore excursions available below!
Helsinki is home to some stunning architectural sights and variations such as Neoclassical buildings and Art Nouveau structures which can be admired in various suburbs. There are many attractions on our Helsinki shore excursions worth seeing when you visit the port, from a UNESCO World Heritage Site to vibrantly colorful local markets; you will even see where Russia has influenced this increasingly popular city.
Stroll through the art museum of Kiasma and enjoy its contemporary art. There is also the Ateneum Art Museum that boasts many works of art that range from the 1750s to 1970s and has fascinating exhibits on show. This museum's main role is to educate the public and flocking tourists.
The breathtaking Suomenlinna, a UNESCO World Heritage Site, is an inhabited sea fortress constructed over six different islands. Home to approximately 900 inhabitants, you can see various museums there and the last surviving Finnish submarine, Vessiko. There are also small art studios in the site with local artwork shown.
If you enjoy admiring at architecture, then you must take a visit or shore excursion to the Temppeliaukio Church, also known as "Church of the Rock". The Suomalainen Brothers built this masterpiece in 1969. Do not miss seeing how the church is lit through its skylight only. Another splendid display of architecture is the Uspenski Cathedral. This is the largest Orthodox Church in Western Europe and is home to many valuable icons. Marvel at its golden cupolas and red brick exterior, clearly showing off its Russian influence in Finnish history. Take a visit to Helsinki Cathedral built in the 19th century, which some say is the symbol of the city of Helsinki. Check out our Helsinki excursions for more options for your Helsinki Finland cruise!
See how the Parliament building is built with 90s Classicism and majestic columns. There is the Senate Square with Neoclassical architecture and not forgetting the Sibelius Monument building, built in the 1950s from welded steel. Marvel at how this monument resembles organ pipes - it was built in honor of Jean Sibelius.
Family fun can be enjoyed at the Linnanmaki Amusement Park where there are rides and arcades for all ages. Explore and shop at Market Square for food and local handicrafts by the South Harbor.
Fun Fact: The population of Helsinki is made up of approximately 45% men and 55% women.