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Walking Tours

For guided city walks in Finnish contact:

Helsinki Expert,
Guide Booking Centre,
Lönnrotinkatu 7B
Telephone number: (09) 2288 1500

For more specialised multilingual walks, including the 2-hour ‘Classical Helsinki’ tour, contact:

Dodoni Travel Agency
Telephone number: (09) 692 7448
Website: www.dodoni.fi

Bus Tours

Year-round sightseeing bus tours, arranged by Helsinki Expert, Guide Booking Centre, Lönnrotinkatu 7B (telephone number: (09) 2288 1500, website: www.helsinkiexpert.fi), depart at 1030hrs from the Olympia Terminal and 1045 hrs from the Katajanokka Terminal. Commentary is in English and Swedish and there is a substantial discount for Helsinki Card holders. The tours take 1 and 45 minutes to visit all the main sights of the city. Tickets are available from the departure points, the Tourist Bureau and Hotel Booking at the Railway Station.

Boat Tours

Two companies offer 90-minute cruises around Helsinki, which can include food and refreshments.

These are Royal Line (telephone number: (09) 612 2950, website: www.royalline.fi) and Sun Lines (telephone number: (09) 727 7010, website: www.sunlines.fi). These companies are situated at the waterfront by Market Square.

For a Half Day

Seurasaari

The whole island of Seurasaari is an open-air museum (telephone number: (09) 4050 9660, website: www.nba.fi/en/seurasaari_openairmuseum), dotted with 18th and 19th century houses representing the whole gamut of Finnish life.

One of the islands located immediately off Helsinki’s coastline, this was the brainchild of Axel Olai Heikel, who started the museum up in 1909, to preserve the traditions of Finnish life. The oldest building on the island is the wooden Karuna Church, which was completed during 1686.

The island can be reached by bus no. 24 and tram 4 from Erottaja.

Opening hours: Monday-Tuesday and Thursday-Sunday 1100-1700hrs, Wednesday 1100-1900hrs June-August, 15th-31st May and 1st-15th September Monday-Friday 0900-1500hrs, Saturday-Sunday 1100-1700hrs.

Admission fee is charged. Tourist Board officials are at the site to provide further information.

For a Whole Day

Suomenlinna (Sea Fortress)

Now a UNESCO World Heritage Site, this sea fortress, lying approximately 1.5km (1 mile) off the coast of Helsinki, was once the bastion of the Swedish empire, with a larger population than Helsinki.

Work began on this huge complex in 1748, when Augustin Ehrensvärd designed a system of bastions, a dock and the barracks. It is made up of 2 islands connected by a small bridge and includes:

The Suomenlinna Museum, Suomenlinna Experience (a multimedia presentation)
Telephone number: (09) 4050 9691
Website: www.nba.fi/en/suomenlinna_museum)

The Doll and Toy Museum
Telephone number: (09) 668 417

Submarine Vesikko
Telephone number: (09) 1814 6238

The Coastal Artillery Museum
Telephone number: (09) 1814 5295

There is a regular ferry connection to Suomenlinna from the Market Square (free with a the Helsinki Card) and a journey takes of 15 minutes. Travel information is available from City Traffic (telephone number: 010 0111).

Water buses operate from May to September, leaving from the Market Square. For further information contact the Suomenlinna Tourist Office (telephone number: (09) 684 1880. Guided tours of the island, in English, take place at 1100hrs and 1400hrs.