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Helsinki Sightseeing Canal Cruise

Helsinki, Finland
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icon1 hour 30 minutes  (Approx.)
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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.
  • 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
  • Free WiFi is available on-board for your comfort
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 on board 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 defense 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.


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, Jul 2019
Excellent service. Very accommodative and since the climate was very Cold, they provided some blanket which was very useful.
icon Response from Host , Jul 2019
Dear Sir/Madam, thank you for your feedback. We are glad to hear that you had a nice time on our Canal Cruise. The blankets can be, indeed, necessary as the weather here can be little chilly sometimes! Hope to see you again in Helsinki! Best regards, Karoliina / Stromma Finland
It was fine
, Jun 2019
It was really nice to see many parts of Helsinki from a boat, and I learned some interesting things from the recorded guide, but overall, this tour didn't meet my expectations. It's not a canal tour (though you do boat through one canal), and the boat is not as pictured here. A live tour guide could have been so much better. There's probably another boat tour you can find when you arrive at the market square in Helsinki.
icon Response from Host , Jun 2019
Dear Sir/Madam, thank you for your feedback. Great to hear that you enjoyed the views and the stories of Helsinki on the Beautiful Canal Cruise. However, it is unfortunate that this tour did not meet your expectations. Would you be able to tell us where the picture of the boat was? We have several boats that we use on the tour and have tried to make sure that there are pictures of each boat on all web pages. Best regards, Karoliina / Stromma Finland
Fantastic views
Dave M
, Jun 2019
Highly recommend this canal tour - about 1.5 hours duration. - do this tour !! Plenty of opportunity to have a wine or coffee as well...
This canal cruise allowed us a...
, Aug 2018
This canal cruise allowed us a glimpse of the islands in Helsinki. It was a relaxing one-hour trip with a lot of photo opportunities.
The boat was very nice and relaxing...
Tony Polk
, Aug 2018
The boat was very nice and relaxing, just not much to see on the cruise.
great experience. it was...
, Nov 2017
great experience. it was unexpectedly big boat and we saw many islands and Helsinki area which are only visible from the sea. it was nice experience especially view of Helsinki from the sea is impressive! not to be missed
Great way to see Helsinki from the...
, Sep 2017
Great way to see Helsinki from the water. Sit on the upper deck but grab a blanket as it gets very cold!
We booked the canal tour and were...
Jutta S
, Sep 2017
We booked the canal tour and were glad to have done so. The views are impressive, the boat is comfortable and I believe we have seen more of Helsinki and experienced this city deeper and better this way. Helsinki itself is small, but the landscape and surroundings are big and impressive.
A very good boat tour of the greater...
, Aug 2017
A very good boat tour of the greater Helsinki islands. Clean well maintained boats. Upper observation deck with seats and a lower enclosed cafeteria area with table seating. A taped narrative throughout the tour. Impersonal.
This tour is a misnommer, as it is...
, Aug 2017
This tour is a misnommer, as it is mainly just around the islands outside Helsinki. I loved the Venice and Amsterdam canals, and it was canals I was expecting.

Product code: 3485CANAL

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