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Top Day Trips from Helsinki

By Viator, February 2018

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Helsinki is the perfect introduction to Scandinavian shores and sights, and the Finnish capital also makes an ideal base camp for exploring the south coast or hopping over the border to Estonia. Here are our top picks for day tours from Helsinki.

Suomenlinna Island – 3 miles (4.8 km) southeast
If you don’t want to stray too far from the city center, Suomenlinna Island makes an easy side trip, as it’s just a 15-minute ferry ride from the mainland. Suomenlinna’s principal attraction is its fortress, built by the Swedes in 1748 and now a UNESCO World Heritage Site. Come summer, the grounds of the castle are crammed with picnicking locals.

Espoo – 12 miles (19 km) west
As the second-largest city in Finland, Espoo has plenty of arts and cultural sights to explore. It’s also the gateway to the Nuuksio National Park, the country’s newest, dating back to just 1994. The ideal place to take a break from urban life, the park offers 18 miles (30 kilometers) of walking and biking trails along with a number of swimming spots, camping areas, and climbing hills. Join local families fishing or berry-picking on summer afternoons, or enjoy snowshoeing or cross-country skiing during the winter months.

Porvoo – 32 miles (52 km) northeast
The 14th-century fishing port of Porvoo has been put forward for the UNESCO World Heritage list, so pay a visit while it’s still unknown. Characterized by its colorful wooden buildings and delightful waterside cafés, Porvoo is a world away from the big city, and its cobblestone streets are crammed with shopping boutiques and crafts stalls. To see the town at its most atmospheric, time your visit for the holiday season, when a vibrant Christmas market takes over the center.

Tallinn, Estonia – 54 miles (87 km) south
Taking the overnight ferry to Stockholm, Sweden, is a popular excursion from Helsinki, but with only one day to spare, the Estonian capital of Tallinn is a closer destination. High-speed ferries land you in the historic city, where you can explore the UNESCO World Heritage–listed Old Town, hit the Viru Keskus shops, and climb the famous Toompea Hill. Make sure you spend an hour or two relaxing on the city’s beaches before making your way back to Finnish shores.

Turku – 105 miles (169 km) west
Founded in 1229, Turku was once Finland’s capital. Despite handing over its title in 1812, the city remains a lively cultural hub and is linked to Helsinki by regular trains and buses. Stroll around the Old Town, where you can visit attractions such as Turku Cathedral and the restored Turku Castle, dating back to the 13th century; get a taste of life in 1950s Finland at the Kuralan Kylamaki, a re-created farming village just outside of the city center; or take a ferry out to the Aland Islands, a popular summer vacation spot.

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Tallinn Day Cruise from Helsinki, Helsinki, null
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Tallinn Day Cruise from Helsinki

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Join this guided day trip to historical Tallinn, the capital of Estonia, for a 6-hour experience crossing from Helsinki. After 2 hours from departure, arrive ...  Read more

Location: Helsinki, Finland
Duration: 12 hours (approx.)

From USD $236.58
Guided Tallinn Day Sightseeing from Helsinki, Helsinki, Day Cruises
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Guided Tallinn Day Sightseeing from Helsinki

Discover the capital of Estonia - Tallinn in one day with a maximum of 8 person small group. Tallinn's Old Town is one of the best preserved medieval cities ...  Read more

Location: Helsinki, Finland
Duration: 13 hours (approx.)

From USD $261.43
Medieval Tallinn: Day Trip from Helsinki Including Lunch, Helsinki, Day Trips
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Medieval Tallinn: Day Trip from Helsinki Including Lunch

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Depart Helsinki in the morning by ferry and embark on a full-day trip to medieval Tallinn, Estonia's fascinating capital city. Let your professional ...  Read more

Location: Helsinki, Finland
Duration: Flexible

From USD $215.18
Tallinn Day Trip by Ferry from Helsinki, Helsinki, Day Trips
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Tallinn Day Trip by Ferry from Helsinki

The beautiful city of Tallinn looks like fairy tale picture. This 11-hour excursion starts from Helsinki in the morning to see the medieval city of Tallinn. ...  Read more

Location: Helsinki, Finland
Duration: 11 hours (approx.)

From USD $148.61
Private Summer Cottage and Sauna Experience, Helsinki, Day Trips
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Private Summer Cottage and Sauna Experience

Finland is a country with millions of summer cottages in the forest by lakes and the sea. Vacations at the cottage are an important part of Finnish culture. We ...  Read more

Location: Helsinki, Finland
Duration: 5 hours (approx.)

From USD $404.21
Tallinn Day Trip from Helsinki, Helsinki, Day Trips
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Tallinn Day Trip from Helsinki

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The beautiful city of Tallinn looks like fairy tale picture. The Old Town is so charming and medieval it makes you feel as if you have stepped back in time, ...  Read more

Location: Helsinki, Finland
Duration: 11 hours (approx.)

From USD $213.99
Finnish Sauna in the Nature, Helsinki, Day Trips
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Finnish Sauna in the Nature

There is no more genuine Nordic experience than enjoying a traditional Finnish sauna in an idyllic Lakeland setting, followed by a dip into the cool, ...  Read more

Location: Helsinki, Finland
Duration: 4 hours 30 minutes (approx.)

From USD $117.70
Pyha-Luosto National Park and Amethyst Mine by Car from Ivalo, Helsinki, Day Trips
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Pyha-Luosto National Park and Amethyst Mine by Car from Ivalo

Experience the magnificent landscape, beautiful natural features and peace of Pyhä-Luosto National Park. Pyhä-Luosto National Park is a superb ...  Read more

Location: Saariselkä, Finland
Duration: 7 hours (approx.)

From USD $165.25
Medieval Porvoo and Maritime Loviisa Combination Tour from Helsinki, Helsinki, Day Trips
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Medieval Porvoo and Maritime Loviisa Combination Tour from Helsinki

Traveling from Helsinki by car for approximately 45 minutes you reach the historic town of Porvoo, which first became a shipping port during the 1300's. It ...  Read more

Location: Helsinki, Finland
Duration: 7 hours (approx.)

From USD $356.65
Half-Day Tour of Porvoo Old Town from Helsinki, Helsinki, Day Trips
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Half-Day Tour of Porvoo Old Town from Helsinki

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Travel comfortably by car from your city centre hotel in Helsinki and in less than an hour you reach the historic town of Porvoo, which first became a shipping ...  Read more

Location: Helsinki, Finland
Duration: 4 hours (approx.)

From USD $594.42

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