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
Onboard commentary via loudspeakers in English, German, Russian and Finnish
Written information available onboard in Spanish, Italian, French, Portuguese, Japanese, Chinese, Swedish and Estonian
Free WiFi on-board
Food and drinks
Departure & Return
Helsinki Market Square
May 1 - May 24, 2019
10.30am, 12.30pm and 2.30pm
May 25 - September 8, 2019
Hourly from 10.30am to 6.30pm
September 9 - September 30, 2019
10.30am, 12.30pm and 2.30pm
Returns to original departure point
What To Expect
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.
Confirmation will be received at time of booking
For a full refund, cancel at least 24 hours in advance of the start date of the experience.
Viator Traveler's Reviews
, 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.
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
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 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.
Good views of Helsinki from the water.
Commentary is broadcast through loud speakers in five languages, so other tourists tend to talk during your language.
90 minutes was the right length for the tour.
It is always cooler on the water, so take a coat!