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How to Spend 2 Days in Helsinki

How to Spend 2 Days in Helsinki

Whether you’re planning a romantic weekend away or an action-packed city break, two days in Helsinki is plenty of time to take in the city’s highlights. Save time and money seeing the sights with a 48-hour Helsinki Card, or dive deep into Helsinki’s food or architecture on a guided tour. Here’s how to relish two days in the Finnish capital.

Day 1: Shopping and Sightseeing

**Morning:**A hop-on hop-off bus tour will take you to all of Helsinki’s top sights, including Kaivopuisto (the city’s oldest park), the Temppeliaukio (Rock Church), and the Olympic stadium. Listen to the onboard commentary, then jump off to visit the Sibelius Monument and stroll around Senate Square.

**Afternoon:**Shop for souvenirs at the daily market in the Market Square, where you can also purchase a tasty lunch—salmon soup is a local favorite. Nearby, the Hakaniemi Market Hall sells everything from traditional handicrafts to fresh fruit and veg, while for more upmarket shopping, the Kamppi Shopping Mall is the largest in the city. 

**Night:**The Kallio district is the most atmospheric place to spend the evening hours. Arrive early to browse the many shops and art galleries, then relax with a cocktail at a bar on Hämeentie or Helsinginkatu. The area is crammed with restaurants, bars, nightclubs, and live music venues, so you’ll find something for all tastes. 

Day 2: Monuments and Museums

**Morning:**Ride the ferry to the 18th-century Suomenlinna Fortress, a historic sea fortress spread across six small islands in the Helsinki Archipelago. Take a guided tour of the UNESCO World Heritage Site and visit the Suomenlinna Museum and military museum. Ferries and entrance fees are free with a Helsinki Card. 

**Afternoon:**Helsinki has more than 80 museums, but with just one afternoon, it’s best to pick one or two. Visit the National Museum or Helsinki City Museum to learn more about Finnish history, admire fine art at the Ateneum Art Museum, or discover Helsinki’s cutting-edge art scene at the Kiasma contemporary art museum, the Design Museum, or the Finnish Museum of Photography.

**Night:**Spend your final night in Helsinki attending an unforgettable performance at one of the city’s most prestigious venues. Perhaps watch a play at the Finnish National Theatre,  catch a concert at Finlandia Hall, or enjoy a ballet or opera at the Finnish National Opera. 

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Helsinki Card

Helsinki Card

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Explore Helsinki at your own pace and save money as you sightsee with the great-value Helsinki Card or Helsinki Card Region. Buy a 24-, 48- or 72-hour card and simply show your card to enjoy free public transport around the city (and in the whole metropolitan area with Helsinki Card Region), plus complimentary admission to many of top Helsinki museums and attractions, including the stellar Ateneum art gallery and Suomenlinna Fortress. Add a free audio city tour (limited timetable), a complimentary guidebook and map, plus valuable savings on tours, meals and other experiences, and it’s an excellent way to make the most of Helsinki.
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  • 1 to 3 days
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Helsinki Beautiful Canal Route, archipelago cruise

Helsinki Beautiful Canal Route, archipelago cruise

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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.
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  • 1 hour 30 minutes
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Helsinki Private Departure Airport Transfer

Helsinki Private Departure Airport Transfer

Get from your downtown Helsinki hotel to Helsinki International Airport at ease and in comfort with this private departure transfer. Your driver will meet you at your hotel and take you directly to the airport in an air-conditioned vehicle. This transport is offered around the clock 7 days a week.
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  • 1 hour
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Arrival Private Transfer from Helsinki airport HEL to Helsinki by luxury van

Arrival Private Transfer from Helsinki airport HEL to Helsinki by luxury van

Touch down in Helsinki (HEL) knowing that your ground transportation has been taken care of and you can start your vacation immediately. Meet your private driver in the arrivals lounge and proceed directly to your waiting luxury vehicle. Get help with your luggage and settle in to enjoy the scenery on the direct trip to the door of your hotel.
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  • 35 minutes
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Helsinki Architectural Tour

Helsinki Architectural Tour

Helsinki boasts impressive architecture, but it can be difficult to appreciate its far-reaching history on a self-led tour. Discover the Russian, Romantic, and Functionalist influences on the city’s landmarks as you tour sights including Helsinki Cathedral, Senate Square, and the Museum of Architecture. Entrance fees are included, with the option for hotel pickup and drop-off available, for a hassle-free experience.
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  • 5 hours
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Helsinki Food Tour Including Tastings

Helsinki Food Tour Including Tastings

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Experience the rich culinary culture of Helsinki during an appetizing 2-hour small-group food walking tour of the vibrant Finnish capital. With an expert gastronome guide, discover hidden foodie hotspots and sample a selection of local delicacies. Gain valuable insight into the culinary traditions and history of Helsinki and stroll past prominent landmarks like the Park Esplanadi and Bulevardi Street as you explore the spectacular city.
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SHORE EXCURSIONS: Small-Group Half-Day Tour of Porvoo Old Town from Helsinki

SHORE EXCURSIONS: Small-Group Half-Day Tour of Porvoo Old Town from Helsinki

Visit some of Old Town Porvoo’s most-popular landmarks in a short amount of time on this small-group, half-day tour. Select a start time that best first your schedule, and follow your guide to stops at the Porvoo Cathedral, various waterside bars, local galleries, and a chocolate shop to sample treats.
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