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How to Spend 3 Days in Helsinki

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How to Spend 3 Days in Helsinki
With three days in Helsinki, there’s enough time to check off all the must-see sights, indulge in the local culture, and venture a bit farther afield. Make the most of money-saving passes and take time to sample Finnish cuisine, visit the many museums, and explore the coast. Here’s how to spend three memorable days in Helsinki.

Day 1: City Sights and Nightlife
A hop-on hop-off bus tour is a great way to discover Helsinki and get your bearings in the city. Jump off to admire the Sibelius Monument, check out the Temppeliaukio (Rock Church), and browse the stalls of the Hietalahti Flea Market at your leisure. For a view of the city, visit the Olympic Stadium and climb the Olympic Tower, or walk along the coastal cliffs of the Kaivopuisto Park. 
 
At lunchtime, hop off at the Market Square and pick up some tasty street food from the lively waterfront market. A short walk away is Senate Square, where you’ll find some of Helsinki’s most impressive buildings, including the Government Palace, Helsinki Cathedral, and the University of Helsinki.

In the evening, head to the atmospheric Kallio neighborhood, home to a wide selection of bars, restaurants, and nightclubs open into the wee hours.

Day 2: Museums and Monuments
Set sail on a sightseeing cruise around the Helsinki archipelago and admire the city and its many islands from the water. The highlight of the archipelago is the UNESCO World Heritage–listed Suomenlinna Fortress, which dates back to the 18th century and lies across six islands. Leave yourself plenty of time to explore the fortress and stroll through its many museums, the most interesting of which are the Suomenlinna Museum and the Military Museum.

Devote the rest of the afternoon to discovering Helsinki’s museums, which offer something for every interest. History enthusiasts can delve into Finland’s past at the National Museum or Helsinki City Museum, while art lovers won’t want to miss the Ateneum and the Kiasma contemporary art museum. Other notable collections include those at the Design Museum, the Finnish Museum of Photography, and the Museum of Finnish Architecture.

Day 3: Day Trip Within Finland or Beyond
Less than an hour from Helsinki, the medieval town of Porvoo is a popular choice for a day trip, especially over the holiday season when it hosts a festive Christmas market. Take a half- or full-day tour and spend time browsing the shops, wandering around the historic fishing port, and photographing the colorful buildings.

Alternatively, visit the former capital city of Turku, with its striking medieval castle, or Espoo, Finland’s 2nd-largest city and the starting point for hikes in Nuuksio National Park. Adventurous travelers can even ride the ferry across the Baltic to Tallinn, Estonia, and spend the day exploring the UNESCO-listed city.
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Helsinki Card

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Explore Helsinki at your own pace and save money as you sightsee with the great-value Helsinki Card or Helsinki Card Region. Buy a 24-, 48- or 72-hour card and simply show your card to enjoy free public transport around the city (and in the whole metropolitan area with Helsinki Card Region), plus complimentary admission to many of top Helsinki museums and attractions, including the stellar Ateneum art gallery and Suomenlinna Fortress. Add a free audio city tour, a complimentary guidebook and map, plus valuable savings on tours, meals and other experiences, and it’s an excellent way to make the most of Helsinki.
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Helsinki Sightseeing Canal CruiseDay Cruises

Helsinki Sightseeing Canal Cruise

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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. Free WiFi is available on-board for your comfort.
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Full-Day Guided Turku and Castle Tour from HelsinkiDay Trips

Full-Day Guided Turku and Castle Tour from Helsinki

Discover the delights of Turku on a day trip by rail from Helsinki. Admire Finland’s countryside on a fast-train ride to this medieval city, and enjoy a walking and panoramic tour on arrival. Admire the cobbled Old Great Square and Turku Cathedral, and visit Turku Castle, the 13th-century granite fortress. Finish with free time to enjoy Turku's parks, riverside streets, and quaint shops. Return rail tickets, castle admission, and Helsinki hotel transfers included.
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Low Cost Private Transfer From Helsinki Vantaa Airport to Vantaa City - One Way

Make sure you pay the lowest price for your transfer from Helsinki Vantaa Airport (HEL) to a location of your choice in the centre of Vantaa without having to bargain.
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Private Summer Cottage and Sauna ExperienceDay Trips

Private Summer Cottage and Sauna Experience

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Escape the hustle and bustle of the city and experience authentic Finnish culture on a private day trip to a summer cottage. Relax in a secluded forest setting, unwind in a wood burning sauna, and enjoy a refreshing dip in the Baltic before dining on a 3-course meal of traditional Finnish fare. Travel to the remote location with ease with round-trip transfer from your hotel or port.
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