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What you should know about your cruise excursion in Helsinki
We have compiled all useful tips and information about the cruise port or the most famous sights you should visit below.
The most beautiful sights to visit in Helsinki
The capital city Helsinki of Finland has a lot of significant sights to offer. No wonder why most of the visitors from cruise ships choose a city tour as their land excursions here in Helsinki. You can find them all below:
Kauppatori (Market square)
Kauppatori simply means “market” in Finnish and is the unofficial center of Helsinki. Vendors sell fish, fruits, flowers, souvenirs and other goods here at the Market square. It is also worthwhile to explore Kauppatori for a shore excursion on your own: from the market square, most of other famous Helsinki sight-seeings are all in walking distance.
Senaatintori (Helsinki Senate square) and Helsinki Cathedral
Another must-see attraction near the Senate square at the city center is the Helsinki Cathedral. It is the perfect place to take the most beautiful photos during a cruise excursion. The place serves as the cathedral of the Lutheran bishopric of Helsinki and is considered the landmark of the city.
Suomenlinna sea fortress
Soumenlina, built in the mid-18th century, is an offshore fortress island. The fortress is considered to be one of the largest of its kind that are still preserved until today and is entitled a UNESCO World Heritage site. Our advice: Soumenlinna should not be missed on a shore excursion in Helsinki!
Museums in Helsinki
Even if it is raining outside, don’t let your hearts down because there are still tons of other sites in Helsinki for you to explore! The Museums of Helsinki have an outstanding reputation. During a cruise shore excursion you can visit the Finnish National Museum and Kiasma or Ateneum Art Museums. That is only 3 mentioned, there are 20+ more right in the capital city for you to choose!
Sport fans or not, this magnificent historical Olympic Stadium will definitely leave you astounded. The Olympic Games 1952 took place here, you can also visit Finnish sport museum in the area and the stadium tower, which is a distinct landmark and offers a great view over Helsinki landscape.
Map of the cruise terminals in Helsinki
At which pier or terminal the ship will anchor depends largely on the size of it and the operation at the port. There are in total 8 moorings for cruise ships at the port of Helsinki. The individual cruise terminals are located southwest or northeast of the city; the distance to the city center and public transports from each terminal can vary considerably.
What you should know before your excursion in Helsinki
Shipping companies and routes
Helsinki is a destination that every cruise trip in the Baltic Sea must stop by. Due to its population, the port of Helsinki can not escape the massive influx of cruise ships from lots of well-known cruise lines. NCL, Private, Royal Caribbean, RCCL and P&O cruises dock at this Finnish metropolis’ port.
Immigration and visa
For US citizens, it is not required to apply for a visa to enter if their trip is less than 90 days. Valid passports with a minimum of 3 months until the expiry date are sufficient for a cruise trips and excursion in Helsinki.
For more accurate and up-to-date information please contact your cruise operator specifically.
Taxi and public transports
Thanks to the good infrastructure of Helsinki, visitors can also explore Helsinki freely and easily on their own. The connection to public buses, city trams, trains or ferries can differ from the terminals, where the cruise ships dock.
Alternatively guests can take a taxi to visit Helsinki. Hop-On/ Hop-Off buses in Helsinki also have stops right at the cruise terminals for the convenience of the visitors.
The official currency of Finland is Euro (1 dollar = 0.86 euro and 1 pound = 1.11 euro). Cash can be exchanged at many foreign exchange spots in the city. You can use credit cards, but keep in mind that fees may apply, sometimes an ID card or passport is also required to show.
Shore excursions in Helsinki are the most enjoyable in Summer, when the weather is warm and dry. It is also nice to make an excursion in Spring or Autumn. Most cruise lines don’t operate any tours to Helsinki in the Winter due to the unpleasant weather.
Website of the port and tourist organizations
Find and book your best private excursions here at “My Cruise Excursion” for your future cruise to Helsinki!