Cruises to Helsinki

Helsinki, the ‘white town of the north’ is Finland’s capital city and an international gateway with much to offer the visitor. Find the perfect cruise to Helsinki with MSC Cruises.

Helsinki: A hub for business, finance, fashion, medicine, entertainment, media, culture and intellectual discourse

Helsinki, the ‘white town of the north’ is Finland’s capital city and an international gateway with much to offer the visitor. Unique in many ways, Helsinki is a hub for business, finance, fashion, medicine, entertainment, media, culture and intellectual discourse.

The city offers a large collection of museums, galleries and performance spaces. Helsinki differs from other big historical cities by two factors: the physical presence of nature and the exceptionally clear street network, the creation of the city's two main designers, Johan Albrecht Ehrenström and Carl Ludvig Engel.

In Helsinki, we offer our cruise guests a dazzling schedule of excursion packages that will help you make the most of your time in the city, whilst offering you the best deals on all the sights.

Start, for example, with the ‘Introduction to Helsinki’ city tour, that takes in the major attractions such as Parliament Square, Olympic Stadium, and Sibelius Park, dedicated to the composer who hails from this town. More athletic passengers can spend their day off the ship exploring Helsinki by bike, on a fascinating guided tour.

Enjoy time away from your luxury cruise liner by travelling back in time to the medieval town of Porvoo, one of just six in If children have been good this year, fulfil a magical wish and take them to visit Santa Claus’ summer hideout!

Youngsters will even have the chance to meet Santa, which will certainly make this vacation one of their most memorable vacations!

Cruises to Helsinki - Finland - MSC Cruises

Directions


Ships dock at the Hernesaari cruise ship dock in the West harbour. The port is about 3 km from the town center. There is a bus service and a taxi service to the town center.

Port average temperature

The city has a temperate continental climate. Owing to the mitigating influence of the Baltic sea and Gulf stream, temperatures in winter are much higher than the northern location might suggest, with the average in January and February around −5°C. Temperatures below −20°C occur normally a week or two in a year.

However, because of the latitude, days lasts less than six hours in the winter solstice, and the very cloudy weather at this time of year accentuates the darkness. Conversely, Helsinki enjoys long days in summer, almost nineteen hours at the summer solstice. The average maximum temperature from June through August is around 19 to 21°C. The highest temperature ever recorded at city centre was 31.6°C on July 18, 1945 and the lowest was −34.3°C on January 10, 1987.

The temperate figures shown are based on monthly average weather conditions for the selected port. Weather data is not real-time, and sometimes no data is shown for a specific date, month or port in general.

HELSINKI Months
Jan Feb Mar Apr May Jun Jul Aug Sep Oct Nov Dec
Average high °C -3 -2 1 7 15 18 21 18 13 7 2 -1
Averagelow °C -8 -9 -5 --- 5 9 11 10 6 2 -2 -6
 HSK01 - INTRODUCTION TO HELSINKI (approx. 3 hours) - 2014
Difficulty level: easy - May involve a limited quantity of steps, uneven surfaces and/or periods of standing  Panoramic tour  Cultural  The excursion is an introduction to the “White Town of the North”, taking in the Market Square, Senate Square, with its monument dedicated to the composer Sibelius, and Mannerheim Street, Helsinki’s main thoroughfare. We will also pass by the Parliament buildings, the National Museum and the Finlandia Hall before continuing to the Olympic Stadium and then to the vessel. Please note: this tour includes walking on cobbled streets so we recommend to wear comfortable shoes.

Price per person $80.00 Adults $56.00 Children

   


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 HSK02 - HELSINKI BY BIKE (approx. 3 / 3.5 hours) - 2014
Difficulty level: moderate - May involve inclines, steps, uneven surfaces and/or extended periods of standing  Panoramic tour  Limited seat  Why not opt for a different kind of sightseeing tour and join us on circuit of Helsinki by bike ! We will take in the best of this beautiful city, passing the most important sights and enjoying a cycle ride through the city’s leafy parks, past the main museums and along the sea front. Accompanied by a guide, we will make several stops en route, enabling you to learn more about the history and the culture of Helsinki. Pass Mannerheim Street, Helsinki’s main thoroughfare, and a quick tour past the Market Square, the Finlandia Hall and the Olympic Stadium. Please note: this excursions is not for children under 12 years old and for guests with mobility problems. It is compulsory to use the safety helmet.

Price per person $93.00 Adults $65.00 Children

   


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 HSK03 - SAVIJÄRVI MANOR HOUSE & HELSINKI PANORAMA (approx. 4 hours) - 2014
Difficulty level: easy - May involve a limited quantity of steps, uneven surfaces and/or periods of standing  Panoramic tour  Limited seat  Drink included  Cultural  Situated 20 miles outside Helsinki in the Sibo countryside, the Savijärvi Manor House is a 100-year old traditional farm and green oasis. Here you can enjoy a taste of Finnish country life as you enjoy a cup of coffee or tea on the porch. The excursion will continue in Helsinki with a panoramic city tour of the key sights including Mannerheim Street, the Parliament House, the Olympic Stadium and the Market Square. Enjoy a stop at the Senate Square before returning to the pier. Please note: the feasibility of the cruise will be reconfirmed during your cruise.

Price per person $88.00 Adults $62.00 Children

   


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 HSK04 - HELSINKI BY BOAT (approximately 2,5 hours) - 2014
Difficulty level: easy - May involve a limited quantity of steps, uneven surfaces and/or periods of standing  Panoramic tour  Limited seat  Leaving the vessel you will drive to a leisure boat for a 1-hour cruise around the Helsinki archipelago. Sail around these urban islands; view the waterfront saunas and opulent waterside villas while your guide provides an informative overview of Helsinki history. We will stop for shopping at an open-air market after the cruise before returning to the vessel. Please note: this tour is not suitable for guests with mobility problems or using a wheelchair.

Price per person $83.00 Adults $58.00 Children

   


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 HSK05 - SOUMENLINNA FORTRESS (approximately 3,5 hours) - 2014
Difficulty level: moderate - May involve inclines, steps, uneven surfaces and/or extended periods of standing  Cultural  Soumenlinna is a historic sea fortress, a popular attraction and an island home to a small community of residents. A UNESCO World Heritage Site since 1991, this is a unique monument of European military architecture. You can discover this fortress, which was built during the periods of Swedish and Russian rules, from all angles. A private motorcoach will take you from the pier to a boat for a 15-minute sail ride around the fortress during which you can learn about the chequered history of the monument and hear about life on the island today. Back on land you can visit the key sights of the fortress such as the castle courtyard, Piper’s Park and the Dry Dock. You will have free time on the island before returning to the Market Square and have some shopping there. Return to the pier. Please note: the tour is not suitable for guests with mobility problems or using a wheelchair as a long period of walking on uneven ground is involved.

Price per person $86.00 Adults $60.00 Children

   


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 HSK07 - THE OLD VILLAGE OF PORVOO & HELSINKI (approx. 5 hours) - 2014
Difficulty level: easy - May involve a limited quantity of steps, uneven surfaces and/or periods of standing  Panoramic tour  Leave the port and head to Porvoo, one of Finland’s six medieval towns and first mentioned in documents that date back to the XIV century. Porvoo is famous for its historic district characterized by historic streets and wooden houses. We will visit the stone and brick Cathedral whose roof was completely destroyed by a fire although the interior has remained largely intact. Enjoy free time for exploring and shopping. The excursion also encompasses a sightseeing tour of Helsinki passing the Parliament buildings, National Museum, Finlandia Hall, Opera House and Olympic Stadium. We will finish the day with a short photo stop in Senate Square. Please note: the visit to Porvoo Cathedral will be reconfirmed on the day of call. The transfer to Porvoo takes about 1 hour.

Price per person $68.00 Adults $48.00 Children

   


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 HSK08 - MEET SANTA CLAUS IN LAPLAND & HELSINKI PANORAMA: approx. 5 hours - 2014
Difficulty level: easy - May involve a limited quantity of steps, uneven surfaces and/or periods of standing  Panoramic tour  Drink included  Wheelchair and disabled friendly tour - Wheelchair guests must be accompanied by their own helper to get on/off the coach. Wheelchairs must be foldable as the coach is not provided with ramps or lifts. Once onboard, please contact Excursions Desk staff promptly so they can help make arrangements.  Recommended for families  New  A treat for the whole family and a chance to bring some early Christmas magic to any passengers travelling with children! Santa Claus is undoubtedly Finland’s most famous resident and this special tour offers a chance to meet him in person. A short coach drive will take you to the Sports Centre Ylläas Haali and suddenly you will experience of being in the North of Finland in “Unique Lapland”. Snowy antics are available in any weather inside this huge sport hall and you will see igloos, ice sculpture and enjoy kick sledges, sliding hills and husky rides. Taste an ice shot (vodka or juice) as you explore this unique venue and look for Santa Claus. On the way back to the port we will enjoy a sightseeing tour of the Finnish capital, passing by the Olympic Stadium, the main street Mannerheimintie where the Parliament House, the National Museum and the new Opera House and Finlandia Hall are located. You will stop at Sibelius Park to take snapshots of the monument of 527 steel pipes before visiting the unique Temppeliaukio church – the Rock Church – blasted into solid rock. Please note: guests will be given thermal clothing and boots to visit Unique Lapland as temperature inside the venue is always kept at 3°.

Price per person $114.00 Adults $80.00 Children

   


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Shore Excursions programs and Itineraries may vary depending on local conditions and/or any unforeseen events in relation to the timing on the day of the tour. Some excursions are very popular and therefore availability cannot always be guaranteed, It is advisable to book in advance to avoid disappointment.