A Cruise to Scandinavia to Explore Helsinki
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Take your time as you explore Helsinki’s beautiful sights and experience its culture during your stopover in this majestic port city.
Helsinki has many different experiences to offer. From treks in the wild to museums and parks full of art, let yourself enjoy this colourful gem.
How to get to Helsinki
When deciding how to get to Helsinki, there are many options available from cruise lines such as Norwegian Cruise Lines, MSC Cruises and Royal Caribbean, each of which offers varied itineraries through Northern Europe.
Princess Cruises offers the same variety of itineraries but with a more luxurious experience on board, allowing you to get even more comfortable as you sail to your destination.
Explore Finnish and international art at The Ateneum, one of Finland’s best-known art museums. The works of art housed in this museum span from the 19th century to the modern age, making it a truly impressive collection. The museum also features temporary collections that have featured many extraordinary artists, such as Tove Jansson, Carl Larsson, Pablo Picasso and Helene Schjerfbeck.
Sibelius Park is situated on the grounds of three magnificent villas and showcases an informal English-style garden, specially moulded and adapted to fit the environment of the Finnish shoreline. This park features two sculptures dedicated to Jean Sibelius, the famous Finnish composer. One sculpture is a bust of the artist that sits beside the abstract Passio Musicae; the latter is an abstract wave-like collection of hollow tubing that resembled organ pipes suspended on a platform. This magnificent feat of art allows the viewer to enter it and experience first-hand the echoes and sounds generated by the structure.
Walking Tour Through Helsinki
To get the best out of your visit to Helsinki, take a walking tour with Nova Fairy Tales. This tour will make sure that you see and experience the highlights of the city through the eyes of the locals. On this guided tour, you’ll discover all of the top landmarks of the city, such as Uspenski Cathedral, Kauppatori and the Parliament of Finland, among others.
Liesjärvi Park Excursion
Take a breath of fresh air in one of Finland’s hidden gems with Taiga Times in the national park of Liesjärvi. Depending on the season, your guide will take you on different treks through this magical park. As you stroll through nature, your guide will teach you about the park’s history and the local flora and fauna, which you’ll be able to spot during your walk along the marvellous paths of the forest.
Relax in a Finnish Smoke Sauna
Enjoy a relaxing break during your vacation by taking a pause in a Finnish smoke sauna. Taiga Times organizes a brief excursion to a sauna cabin centred in the middle of a beautiful landscape. Once inside, you’ll get to experience the relaxing properties of the steam as it melts away the knots in your muscles, flushes out toxins from your system and clears your skin.
When looking for some good food, a nice spot to check out is Hietalahti Market Square, which hosts many colourful stalls and an assortment of street foods for your enjoyment.