Private tour of Helsinki and the Suomenlinna fortress
Activities

Private tour of Helsinki and the Suomenlinna fortress

Free cancellation
Language: English
Availability: See calendar
Mobile voucher accepted
Duration: 6 hours
Safety measures applied
Do this because
  • Explore the streets of Helsinki and visit its many attractions such as the Senate Square that gives you a view of the Helsinki Cathedral and the Government Palace and holds the statue of the Russian emperor Alexander II
  • Catch all the bustling hype at the Old Market Hall before you take a roundtrip ferry to the Suomenlinna sea fortress
  • Discover the history and architecture of the sea fortress as the centuries-old defensive complex of Suomenlinna is laid out on six islands and was a key part in the Swedish empire's naval defense system centuries ago
What to expect

Grab the opportunity and book your tickets to see Helsinki’s most impressive sights, including the Senate Square, Helsinki Cathedral and the Rock Church and take a ferry to Suomenlinna Fortress, a defense construction on a cluster of islands located near the city center. Learn all about the military history and architecture whilst enjoying the refreshing ferry ride to and from the fortress.

This relaxing trip begins with a stop at Senate Square, the magnificent historical center is a great example of 19th century architecture. It offers a view of the impressive Helsinki Cathedral, which towers over the square, the main building of the Helsinki University, the National Library and the Government Palace. Capture the statue of the Russian emperor Alexander II in the middle of the square.

A pre-ferry break will be taken at the bustling Market Square, where you can get a glimpse of the busy life at the unique Old Market Hall and where you'll have the chance to do some shopping. This is followed by a ferry ride to the Suomenlinna Sea Fortress.

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 recreational purposes, and is 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.

Back on the mainland, a private vehicle tour focuses on the architecture, history and everyday life of Helsinki. On the way to the Rock Church you'll pass by the 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.

The tour winds up with a visit to the Temppeliaukio “Rock“Church, a truly unique structure built right into the rock. At the end of this eventful tour, you'll be taken back to the cruise port or hotel.

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COVID-19 information
The following health and safety measures are in place, so you can relax and enjoy your experience.
  • Visitor numbers are limited to reduce crowds
  • The experience complies with government regulations
  • Social distancing is enforced
  • Areas frequented by visitors are regularly disinfected
  • Hand sanitizers are provided for staff and visitors
  • All gear/equipment is sanitised between use
  • What's included
    • Guided tour
    • Private transportation
    • Round trip ferry tickets to the Suomenlinna Sea Fortress
    • Entrance fee to Rock Church
    • Hotel pick-up and drop off
    What's not included
    • Food and drinks
    • Child car seats (costs 20$ USD)
    • Tips (optional)
    Where

    Helsinki, Finland

    Meeting point:
    • Your tour guide will meet you at your hotel lobby. Please provide your accommodation details at checkout to make the necessary arrangements.
    What to remember
    • Hotel pick-up is only allowed from a centrally located hotel
    • Please note that this tour is suitable for wheelchair users, however there is a surcharge for an accessible vehicle that needs to be selected at checkout, this price is per group
    • This tour is suitable for pregnant women
    • This tour isn't recommended for children aged 4 and under
    • Visiting the Rock Church is not always guaranteed due to private events or religious events that may be taking place on the date booked
    • The maximum number of participants is 16 people
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    When
    • Please refer to the calendar for updated starting times and availability
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    Provider
    ULKOtours - Russia, Baltics & Scandinavia
    Booking fee
    Good news! No extra fees are applied to this booking.
    Cancellation policy
    Receive a 100% refund if you cancel up to 24 hours before the experience begins.

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