Helsinki Beautiful Canal Route, archipelago cruise


  • Photograph the city's attractions from the water

  • Listen to live commentary during the cruise

  • See a UNESCO World Heritage Site in Finland


Board your sightseeing boat in central Helsinki, and settle into the comfortable cabin or find a spot on the outdoor deck. Then, sit back and admire the sights as you sail by Helsinki’s waterfronts and islands. Around 62 miles (100 kilometers) of picturesque coastline extend out from the city, as does an archipelago of around 330 islands, each offering a quiet escape from the Finnish capital’s bustle. As you cruise, hear fascinating facts about Helsinki’s colorful history and the passing sights from the on board commentary. Watch for Korkeasaari Island, the site of Helsinki Zoo; and pass the UNESCO-listed Suomenlinna Maritime Fortress: an immense 18th-century edifice that straddles several smaller islands. Snap photos of this sturdy outpost and learn how the Swedes built it as a military defense during the Russo-Swedish War. Sip on a drink from the onboard bar (own expense) as you sail into the Degerö Canal. Behold the beautiful scenery along this man-made waterway — constructed in the late 1800s to provide an easier passage to one of Helsinki’s inner archipelagos. Have your camera ready as you drift by Helsinki’s fleet of icebreaker ships. These massive vessels help to keep Finland’s seaports open during winter and make an impressive sight. After your roughly 1.5-hour cruise, arrive back at the starting dock where your trip ends.

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1 hour 30 minutes
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Why take this tour?

See the Finnish capital’s many landmarks and the Helsinki archipelago from an ideal vantage point on a sightseeing cruise. The comfortable boat, which offers an outside observation deck and cozy saloon, takes you past Korkeasaari Island, Helsinki Zoo, UNESCO-listed Suomenlinna Maritime Fortress, and more. As you cruise along, listen to live commentary on the city's history and culture from 16th-century to today.

What’s included?

  • Onboard commentary via loudspeakers in English, German, Finnish and Swedish

  • Written information available onboard in Spanish, Italian, French, Portuguese, Japanese, Chinese, Swedish and Estonian

  • Free WiFi on-board

  • Entry/Admission - Stromma - Sightseeing By Boat

  • Gratuities

  • Food and drinks

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Before you book

  • Duration: 1h 30m

  • Mobile tickets accepted

  • Instant confirmation

Covid Policy

  • Regularly sanitized high-traffic areas
  • Hand sanitizer available to travelers and staff

- Single-packed cafe selection and contactless menu options available onboard. - Restricted number of passengers - Seating arranged on board to ensure social distancing

Cancellation Policy

    For a full refund, cancel at least 24 hours in advance of the start date of the experience.

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On the Beautiful Canal Route sightseeing cruise you will get to see the most beautiful shorelines in Helsinki and many fabulous sights, including the historic Suomenlinna Maritime Fortress, Helsinki Zoo on Korkeasaari Island, the impressive fleet of icebreakers and – of course – Degero Canal. Along the way you will also hear about Helsinki’s fascinating history.

You can enjoy this popular route exclusively on our cruise vessels. Our ships’ cafes offer beverages and snacks. To make your cruise enjoyable, we always have friendly staff and experienced captains on board!

You will recognize us from our yellow colour and Helsinki Sightseeing-logo! Departures daily in May-Sep.

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