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Tour code: 3485CANAL
Admire Helsinki and her islands from the water on a relaxing 1.5-hour sightseeing cruise. Hop aboard a comfortable sightseeing boat, settle on deck or inside the cozy cabin, and absorb the key sights of Helsinki’s shorelines and surrounding archipelagos of beautiful islands. Cruise by top Helsinki attractions such as the mighty UNESCO-listed Suomenlinna Maritime Fortress; see Finland’s fleet of gigantic icebreaker ships; sail into the scenic Degerö Canal, and hear all about Helsinki’s eventful past from the informative onboard commentary.


  • 1.5-hour Helsinki sightseeing cruise
  • Admire the rugged coastline that frames the city
  • See top Helsinki attractions such as Helsinki Zoo and Degerö Canal
  • Cruise past Suomenlinna Maritime Fortress, a UNESCO World Heritage Site
  • Hear about Helsinki’s rich maritime history from an onboard guide

What You Can Expect

Helsinki Sightseeing Canal Cruise

See Suomenlinna Maritime Fortress on your Helsinki cruise!

Board your sightseeing boat in central Helsinki, and settle into the comfortable cabin or find a spot on the outdoor deck.
Then, sit back and admire the sights as you sail by Helsinki’s waterfronts and islands. Around 62 miles (100 kilometers) of picturesque coastline extend out from the city, as does an archipelago of around 330 islands, each offering a quiet escape from the Finnish capital’s bustle.

As you cruise, hear fascinating facts about Helsinki’s colorful history and the passing sights from the onboard commentary. Watch for Korkeasaari Island, the site of Helsinki Zoo; and pass the UNESCO-listed Suomenlinna Maritime Fortress: an immense 18th-century edifice that straddles several smaller islands. Snap photos of this sturdy outpost and learn how the Swedes built it as a military defence during the Russo-Swedish War.

Sip on a drink from the onboard bar (own expense) as you sail into the Degerö Canal. Behold the beautiful scenery along this man-made waterway — constructed in the late 1800s to provide an easier passage to one of Helsinki’s inner archipelagos.
Have your camera ready as you drift by Helsinki’s fleet of icebreaker ships. These massive vessels help to keep Finland’s seaports open during winter and make an impressive sight.

After your roughly 1.5-hour cruise, arrive back at the starting dock where your trip ends.

Customer Reviews

Constanse M S

5 star rating: Highly Recommended May 2016

Great tour in beautiful surroundings. Good information about sights throughout the tour which lasted about an hour and a half. I combined this tour with a ferry the evening before to Suomenlinna and felt like I saw the highlights of Helsinki. Well worth doing!

Wayne G

5 star rating: Highly Recommended October 2015

A wonderful trip. Plenty to look at and enjoy. The trip gives a different perspective of Helsinki from its waterfront views to its any islands.

Anjali N

5 star rating: Highly Recommended September 2015

This was a fantastic cruise! Helsinki is beautiful and the history of how the city was established and grew to become what it is today is explained really well. It is a fantastic way to see the city. The young lady at the kiosk, who exchanged our vouchers, was very wamr and friendly. Even though it was raining the day we went, we had a fantastic time. Must do!

Eileen R

5 star rating: Highly Recommended September 2015

It rained during the last half hour of the tour so we had to take shelter down below. But it was still a good tour.

Karthik I

5 star rating: Highly Recommended August 2015

Beautiful City and the cruise was really good, informative and shows you the highlights of the Finnish Coast off Helsinki. The cruise staff are friendly and helpful.

Margaret eunice B

5 star rating: Highly Recommended August 2015

Good information, great cruise, worth doing this cruise.

Susan L W

5 star rating: Highly Recommended August 2015

An excellent cruise. We loved every minute of it. With so many islands and points of interest it is well worth doing.

Heidi elizabeth B

5 star rating: Highly Recommended August 2015

At first 7 minutes I wasn't sure but it was really to see outside the city and where people live on the water

Charles V W

5 star rating: Highly Recommended June 2015

Fantastic cruise in a beautiful city. We had no idea how many islands make up Helsinki. Also suggest a trip to the islands with the Fortress.


5 star rating: Highly Recommended June 2015

This tour was amazing!

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