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Shore Excursion: Panoramic Helsinki and Seurasaari Open-Air Museum

Helsinki, Finland
Shore Excursion: Panoramic Helsinki and Seurasaari Open-Air Museum

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icon5 hours  (Approx.)
Pickup offered
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iconOffered in: English
Good for avoiding crowds


When your cruise ship docks, combine a comprehensive sightseeing tour of Helsinki with a visit to the Seurasaari Outdoor Museum. During this shore excursion, get a thorough overview of both modern and historic Finnish architecture, life, and culture. Entrance fees and a coffee/tea at a local cafe included.
  • Shore excursion tour of Helsinki
  • Comprehensive bus tour of the city's landmarks
  • Time to shop and eat in Senate Square
  • Admission and tour of Seurasaari Open-Air Museum
  • Port pickup and drop-off
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Professional English-Speaking guide
Coffee and/or Tea
Air-conditioned vehicle
Entrance to Seurasaari Open-Air Museum
Entrance to the Rock Church (if open to the public)

Departure Point

Port of Helsinki, Helsinki, Finland

You will meet your guide and driver BEHIND THE PORT GATES holding our orange SPB-Tours sign. Note that the distance between the ship and the gates varies in different ports in Helsinki between 200m/600 ft.-250m/820ft.

Return Details

Returns to original departure point
Following pickup at your cruise ship within 30 minutes of your arrival, board a comfortable sightseeing bus and head for central Helsinki. First, make a photo stop at the bustling Central Railway Station, which acts as the city's beating heart. 

Cruise down Mannerheim Street, the city's main artery, to see Finlandia Hall, the Parliament House, and the Kiasma Museum. Make a stop at the Olympic Stadium, host to the games in 1952. 

Continue to the Seurasaari Open-Air Museum, located on an island outside the city. Learn about the traditional Finnish way of life through a tour of the museum's manors and farmsteads, sourced from all over Finland and transported to the museum. The tour will teach you about life in Finland from the 18th to the 20th centuries. 

Back in town, stop at a few other famous landmarks: the Rock Church, Sibelius Park, and Senate Square. Enjoy some free time for eating and browsing the markets in Senate Square before returning to the port for drop-off.
Stop At:  
Senate Square
We will start our tour by heading to the city center, passing the ice breakers on the way, for a photo-stop at the Senate Square - the heart of Helsinki, where one can see the elegant Lutheran Church, and the interesting mix of East, West, and simply Finnish influences pervading the city.
Duration: 30 minutes
Admission Ticket Free
Pass By:  
Havis Amanda
We will see Havis Amanda – symbol of Helsinki and symbol of love.
Stop At:  
Hietalahti Market Square
After that you will have free time for shopping in the market square – you will see a great variety of Finnish products there which are mostly made in Finland.
Duration: 30 minutes
Admission Ticket Free
Pass By:  
Museum of Contemporary Art Kiasma
We will drive down Mannerheim Street, the main boulevard of the city, passing Kiasma museum, designed by American architect Steven Hall.
Pass By:  
Parliament of Finland
Panoramic tour of the Parliament House.
Pass By:  
Finlandia - Talo
Panoramic view of the Finlandia Hall, designed by famous Finnish architect Alvar Aalto.
Stop At:  
Olympic Stadium (Olympiastadion)
Continuing on we will stop at the Olympic Stadium, used for the 1952 Olympic games.
Duration: 5 minutes
Admission Ticket Free
Stop At:  
Seurasaari Island and Open-Air Museum
Then we will drive to magnificent Seurasaari Open-Air museum, located on a beautiful green island just a few kilometers from the heart of Helsinki. The island is a tranquil oasis in the midst of the city and at the museum the traditional Finnish way of life is displayed in the cottages, farmsteads and manors of the past four centuries that have been relocated from all around Finland. All the different provinces of Finland are represented in the well preserved old buildings and they give an overall view of Finnish countryside life from the 18th to the 20th century
Duration: 2 hours 
Admission Ticket Included
Stop At:  
Sibelius Park
Then we will stop at Sibelius Park for a unique photo opportunity of the monument of 527 steel pipes honoring the great Finnish composer Jean Sibelius.
Duration: 10 minutes
Admission Ticket Free
Stop At:  
Temppeliaukio Church
Continuing on to the famous Rock Church, a one-of-a-kind modern-day structure build entirely into bedrock and quarried stone.
Duration: 30 minutes
Admission Ticket Included
Stop At:  
Swedish Theater (Svenska Teatern)
We are going to pass The Swedish Theatre, where you will have the option to stay in the city for dinner or more shopping, or to return to the ship.
Duration: 40 minutes
Admission Ticket Free
  • Confirmation will be received at time of booking
  • Entry to the Rock Church cannot be guaranteed due to occasional religious services and other private events.
  • If the Market Square is closed due to weather conditions, you will be taken to the Market Hall instead.
  • The order of the tour may vary depending upon where the vessel will dock and local conditions.
  • The visit to Seurasaari Island involves approximately one hour of walking. Comfortable walking shoes are recommended.
  • A light snack is provided.
  • Sequence of events may vary depending on traffic or overcrowding.
  • Not wheelchair accessible
  • Not recommended for travelers with back problems
  • No heart problems or other serious medical conditions
  • Travelers should have a moderate physical fitness level
  • This tour/activity will have a maximum of 24 travelers
You can cancel up to 24 hours in advance of the experience for a full refund.
  • For a full refund, you must cancel at least 24 hours before the experience’s start time.
  • If you cancel less than 24 hours before the experience’s start time, the amount you paid will not be refunded.
  • Any changes made less than 24 hours before the experience’s start time will not be accepted.
  • Cut-off times are based on the experience’s local time.
  • This experience requires a minimum number of travelers. If it’s canceled because the minimum isn’t met, you’ll be offered a different date/experience or a full refund.

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Traveler Tips

  • "Save your money for Berlin and St. Petersburg shore excursions." See review


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Regina O
, Jun 2019
This shore excursion was okay. If I had to do it again I would just get the hop on and off bus with commentary. Not much to see or do like in Germany or Russia where I think it is so worth it to get shore excursions. The open air museum is quaint It is an early settlement on an island with small homes and a church. We went on a windy and cold day and the rest of the ports were nice and sunny so be prepared for anything. Save your money for Berlin and St. Petersburg shore excursions. Trust me.
Really enjoyed this excursion. Very...
Judy F
, Aug 2018
Really enjoyed this excursion. Very informative though fast paced...always wish for more photo time. The outdoor museum was fascinating and it was a gorgeous day for exploring outside the city. Highly recommend!
This was a good tour. It would have...
, Aug 2018
This was a good tour. It would have been better to spend more time in the city seeing it versus spending half the tour walking through an old settlement where many of the buildings you could not enter. The city and waterfront area would be a much better place to spend your time.
We enjoyed the tour and Helsinki. Our...
, Jun 2018
We enjoyed the tour and Helsinki. Our tour guide was excellent and funny.
Great trip highly recommend. Our bus...
James S
, Jan 2018
Great trip highly recommend. Our bus driver guide was very informative and a real fun person. We really enjoyed it.
George was a very good tour guide...
, Aug 2017
George was a very good tour guide. On our way to different places, he told us a lot about Finland and Helsinki. Unfortunately on our tour it poured rain during our visit to the open-air museum. The Rock Church is a must-see. After getting soaked, walking through Seurasaari open-air museum, we were taken to Helsinki Cathedral and Senate Square. He pointed out specific landmarks to possible walk to, and gave us some free' time to explore and shop. Just a suggestion, if the weather is inclement, have other options in place of the open-air museum.
The guide was fine but there is not...
, Jun 2017
The guide was fine but there is not that much to see. The rock church is fascinating,, but the town did not require a guide.

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