Helsinki Sightseeing Canal Cruise

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Helsinki Sightseeing Canal Cruise
from USD $30.64
See the sights of Helsinki from the water on a 1.5-hour sightseeing cruise! Relax inside in the lower saloon or out on deck, and admire the beautiful islands that make up Helsinki archipelago. Cruise past top city attractions like the UNESCO-listed Suomenlinna Maritime Fortress and hear about Helsinki’s 16th-century history from the onboard commentary. Free WiFi is available on-board for your comfort.
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In Brief

Helsinki, Finland
1 hour 30 minutes
Market Square
Recorded commentary by audio headphones
Multiple times offered throughout the day
Travel by boat and see the sights from the water
Important InfoInfo
Hop aboard your sightseeing cruise at the Market Square in central Helsinki and take a seat in the boat’s lower saloon, or take a stroll around the deck, admiring the sights of Helsinki as you cruise. Some 62 miles (100km) of gorgeous coastline frame the city, and the sea that surrounds it is home to an archipelago of nearly 300 islands.

Watch out for Korkeasaari Island, home to Helsinki Zoo, and pass the incredible Suomenlinna Maritime Fortress – a UNESCO World Heritage Site that straddles several skerries (smaller islands) in the Helsinki archipelago. Listen to the onboard commentary to learn fun facts and trivia about this top Helsinki attraction; built in the mid-18th century, the maritime fortress was created as a principal military base for Sweden during the Russo-Swedish War.

Order a drink from the onboard bar (own expense), and relax while gliding past Degerö Canal, one of the city’s iconic waterways. Look out for Helsinki’s impressive fleet of icebreaker ships, which help keep most of Finland’s ports open throughout the bitter winters, and hear tales of the city’s history. Founded as an important hub for Baltic Sea trade in the 16th century, Helsinki was later conquered by Russia before becoming the independent city as it stands today.

After 1.5 hours cruising around the shoreline, return to the port near Market Square.


  • 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


  • Gratuities
  • Food and drinks

Departure Point

Helsinki Market Square

Returns To

Returns to original departure point

Additional Information

  • Confirmation will be received at time of booking

Booking Information

You can present either a paper or an electronic voucher for this activity.

Cancellation Terms

This trip is fully refundable up to 96 hours prior to the commencement of your trip.

Booking Terms and Conditions

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Scoring an average traveller rating of 5 out of 5 based on the last 24 recent reviews

Highly recommend this canal tour - about 1.5 hours duration. - do this tour !! Plenty of opportunity to have a wine or coffee as well...
• Submitted 03 Jul 2019
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
• Submitted 16 Nov 2017
Great way to see Helsinki from the water. Sit on the upper deck but grab a blanket as it gets very cold!
• Submitted 09 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.
• Submitted 02 Sep 2017
This was the best activity for our one-day excursion from Estonia to Helsinki. We bought our tickets via the phone from Helsinki calling back to the US. The lady was very helpful from selecting the time to ensuring us getting to the dock. The tour operator allowed us to board the cruise even though our scheduled boarding time was an hour to go. This effectively gave us a much warmer cruise on the canals as well an extra full hour to enjoy Helsinki. Strongly recommended for those who love the views of cities from water.
• Submitted 03 Aug 2017
This was well worth the money. Having pre-booked made the boarding process on the pier extremely simple. There isn't a great deal of substance to see on the trip but the commentary provided is very informative and the scenery fantastic.
• Submitted 12 Jul 2017
So relaxing, perfect day weather wise.. just chilling , checking out the locals and the area
• Submitted 23 Apr 2017
We had a wonderful, full day! Our tour guides were very knowledgable and friendly! We enjoyed seeing the animals at the Featherdale Wildlife Park, the lookout points in the Blue Mountains National Park, the views from the rides at Scenicworld, and the amazing cruise in the Sydney Harbor. It was well worth the money!!
• Submitted 15 Jan 2017
We were unsure what we wanted to do on our one full day in Helsinki and this tour was really interesting and informative. We pre-ordered it from home and I'm glad we did so all we had to do was show up at the dock. We learned some of the history of Helsinki and some of the cultural information also all in a leisurely relaxed ride. I would certainly suggest this tour. and the price was reasonable. It also seemed very easy to buy tickets at the dock.
• Submitted 05 Oct 2016
This tour was amazing!
• Submitted 21 Aug 2016
Great cruise. De-rated and returned on time. Commentary was informative and easy to understand. Coupon was easy to redeem
• Submitted 03 Aug 2016
Relaxing. Staff professional
• Submitted 26 Jul 2016
Very nice landscape, a great impression Helsinki's from seaside
• Submitted 24 Jul 2016
Pleasant way to view the area in Helsinki.
• Submitted 03 Jul 2016
Very comprehensive & enjoyable tour sailing past some beautiful Helsinki archipelago - seeing the summer houses and saunas on the shores also gives you a great insight into Finnish lifestyle! The cruise also gives you a chance to see sights you wouldn't normally see on the usual tourist routes.
• Submitted 29 Jun 2016
Brilliant. You see so much more of this beautiful city from the boat. Very comfortable.
• Submitted 21 Jun 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!
• Submitted 23 May 2016
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.
• Submitted 09 Oct 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!
• Submitted 22 Sep 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.
• Submitted 08 Sep 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.
• Submitted 31 Aug 2015
Good information, great cruise, worth doing this cruise.
• Submitted 24 Aug 2015
An excellent cruise. We loved every minute of it. With so many islands and points of interest it is well worth doing.
• Submitted 09 Aug 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
• Submitted 03 Aug 2015

In Brief

Helsinki, Finland
1 hour 30 minutes
Market Square
Recorded commentary by audio headphones
Multiple times offered throughout the day
Travel by boat and see the sights from the water