We have been told by happy customers that our services are the best way to experience Helsinki and that we have the best Helsinki tour guides. We accept the compliments with a smile and are committed to doing our jobs with passion.
Even if you are here for just a short trip, we can offer a memorable sightseeing tour of Helsinki. Our experiences and tours are between 1-5 hours long depending on what you want to do and your schedule.
All experiences include a private guide and door to door driving services.
When you visit Helsinki we will take you to some of the many historical landmarks such as the Senate Square, rock church and market places, as well as, new places like the sauna-restaurant Löyly. We customize out day trips to Helsinki according to what you want to do.
Imagine a scenic drive through the beautiful Nordic landscape of pine wood forests, seashores, golden fields of wheat and rye and quaint wooden houses. Over a meadow you see a deer looking at you. It’s so peaceful and harmonious that you slowly start breathing easier. You are on your way to spend a fun and relaxing day at a private cottage – a day that you won’t forget.
After a 50 minute drive, you arrive at the destination. You immediately notice the fresh air and the pleasant sea breeze. You look around and see a breathtakingly beautiful private cottage, stylish side-buildings and a wood-burning sauna. The cottage is a luxurious leisure house with all the modern amenities to meet your needs.
There is someone taking care of everything you need or want – your task is simply to enjoy and relax. Relaxation allows your mind to be more creative, leading to new perspectives and ways of thinking.
One of the many spacious terraces around the cottage.
During the following hours, there’s plenty of time to spend according to everyone’s preferences. Why not start with some snacks and refreshments, followed by some fun outdoor games such as petanque or dart? Or just simply relax and take it in on a sunbed?
When you are ready, you go to the sauna and fully relax in the wood-burning sauna – with refreshments, of course. From the sauna you jump into the Baltic Sea for a refreshing swim. Perhaps you do it “Finnish style” and alternate; sauna – swimming –sauna –swimming.
Meanwhile, a perfectly delicious traditional Finnish dinner is prepared for you. You can just sit at the dinner table and enjoy the best that Finnish cuisine has to offer, for example smoked salmon (fully prepared at the location) and Karelian pies being all-time favorites.
Smoking delicious salmon.
Our guests having fun by the water.
After relaxing the Finnish way, a driver will pick you up again and drive you back to the desired location. Now you are ready to continue your trip fully charged.
The day at the private cottage is definitely an experience you don’t want to miss. Our guests say it’s the highlight of their whole trip. This experience is something we have been working hard for, to guarantee you the most fun and relaxing day ever. After this mental and physical reset, you will be able to continue your trip energized and happy. When you are happy, we are happy!
The itinerary and menu will be planned together, always according to what you want to experience. The agenda will be kept flexible.
You are warmly welcome to enjoy the perfect day with us Finnish style!
Private Offshore Adventure in Helsinki
There are more than 300 beautiful islands right off the coast of Helsinki. Therefore, if you really want to experience our capital city, we recommend getting on a boat and starting to explore. We will take you on a private offshore adventure in the Helsinki archipelago to enjoy a day you won’t forget.
The ultimate way to experience the archipelago is on a private tour with a fast boat, historic ship, and guides who will adjust the schedule according to your wishes. This experience is perfect for cruise ship visitors and others who visit Helsinki only for a short time. The itinerary and relevant details are listed at the end of this post.
We invite you to join our Private Offshore Adventure!
Our One Day in Helsinki Guide, RIB boat, and historic ship, Nikolai II, will be reserved just for you. Furthermore, you will experience the beautiful archipelago and the world heritage site Suomenlinna Sea Fortress Island. We are always flexible and ready to make changes in the schedule if there is something you wish to see or do.
It is nice to hang out on the sun deck with a glass of bubbling and enjoy the picturesque Helsinki view.
Introducing Our Ship Nikolai II
Nikolai II is a historic ship that is located in the most central part of Helsinki, with amazing views of the Market Square, Helsinki Cathedral, the Presidential Palace, cruise ships, and islands. Check the location here. Nikolai II is the oldest ship built in Helsinki (1903) that can still run on its own engine. Orginally called Nautilus, it was renamed after Tsar Nikolai II who had commissioned its construction.
The ship has four decks and many specialties like an authentic wood-burning sauna, sun deck on two decks, spacious old-fashioned saloon and of course a wonderful kitchen that can be utilized when preparing delicious meals for our guests. Bigger events for up to 100 people are also doable. Nikolai II is 29.8 meters / 97.7 feet long and 6.1 meters / 20 feet wide.
From Nikolai II you can see the Helsinki Cathedral, Uspenski Cathedral, Presidential Palace, Market Square and Market Hall. The location is breathtaking.
Helsinki’s archipelago is fantastic and a “must-do” experience. There are over 300 islands just in Helsinki alone and over 187,000 in total in Finland.
What does the day’s itinerary look like?
09:00 – 10:00 Private pick-up from Helsinki e.g. Port, Hotel or Airport. One-hour brief sightseeing where we will go through some of the main sights of Helsinki. From Nikolai II you can see the Helsinki Cathedral, Uspenski Cathedral, Market Square and Market Hall.
10:00 – 10:30 Arrival and drinks at Nikolai II by the Central Market Square
10:30 – 12:00 RIB Boat ride including a visit to the World Heritage Site, Suomenlinna Fortress
12:00 – 14:30 Lunch and program on the historic Nikolai II (a wood-burning sauna is an option)
14:30 – heading back to the Port, Hotel or Airport
The starting time of the itinerary can be adjusted depending on you.
Recommended group size: 4 – 8. Bigger groups are also arrangeable.
Price: 300 Euros / Person (everything included, no extra charges)
“Our goal is to offer you an experience you will never forget.”
You also have an opportunity to experience the authentic wood-burning sauna privately in Nikolai II.
The sun deck has two floors. Nikolai II has lots of space.
If you fall in love with Nikolai II, you can also ask for an overnight stay.
It would be a pleasure to host your Private Offshore Adventure here in Helsinki. Don’t hesitate to contact us if you have any questions.
Written by One Day in Helsinki & Nikolai II
Unique Midsummer White Night Private Cottage Experience in Helsinki
Have you ever heard of the magical Northern midsummer nights, when the sun stays up all night? Imagine sitting by a bonfire on a private beach with friends or family, at night-time and it’s still light outside. Just add an authentic Finnish cottage, eating, drinking, sauna and swimming and you will know what Finnish Midsummer night is all about.
“One Day in Helsinki offers you the exclusive opportunity to experience Midsummer the Finnish way”
Now, instead of just imagining it, you can experience it for yourself! One Day in Helsinki offers you the exclusive opportunity to experience Midsummer the Finnish way. We will take you to a beautiful cottage surrounded by the forest with a private seashore beach.
This is a unique 24-hour Private Overnight Summer Cottage Adventure, located only 30 minutes drive from Helsinki. Private means that it will be just your group (2-4 people) enjoying an authentic Finnish Midsummer Experience together. Furthermore, our Guide will be at your service all the time, making sure that you have the time of your lives.
Option 1: June 22nd (starting 2 pm) – June 23rd (returning 2pm)
Option 2: June 23rd (starting 5 pm) – June 24th (returning 5 pm)
Private Driver to-and-from Helsinki
Private Guide for your group
Finnish-style summer cottage in the woods with a beach just for you (has running water and heating)
Visit to small coastal village
Food and drinks
Private Wood Burning Sauna, 10 meters from the Baltic Sea shore
Row boat, games and equipment for many activities
We will keep the agenda flexible, depending on the weather.
2 people: 1900 €
3 people: 2600€
4 people: 3200€
The summer cottage where you could spend the white night.
Warming up the wood burning sauna.
Written by One Day in Helsinki & Co.
Our Four Values that Create Unforgettable Experiences
One Day in Helsinki was born over two years ago from our passion to create unique experiences in Helsinki. From the beginning it was important to be clear about what we want to do and how we want to do it.
We started the exploration with deep discussions about our own personal values and what we hold most important in life. For our CEO, Niki, the most important personal value is ‘spreading good vibes to people around him’. It’s what he wants to do, no matter if it’s for work or not; that insight became a central theme and foundation for everything else. We also quite quickly realized, that we want to offer a sense of luxury to people and that we want to do it in a warm, positive and fun way. These discussions were summarized in our Mission to create “A Day You Will Never Forget”.
After we had clarity of our Mission, we decided we want clear Values to guide us and keep us on the right path. Our values would define our thinking and behaviors in everything that we do. We wanted values that will enable us to create those unforgettable experiences for people visiting Helsinki. We also wanted them to resonate with our personal values and who we are.
One Day in Helsinki Values (to be lived true every day)
The first value, “Respect for People”, emerged from our passion to offer unique and memorable experiences to people visiting Helsinki. We listen to each guest and want to understand what they enjoy. Everything starts with You.
Our second value became “Positive & Warm”. Our style is to offer luxury in an authentic, positive and warm way. We want you to relax and have fun from the first moment we meet.
Our third value is “Trustworthiness & Safety”. This value guides us to make sure our guests never have to worry about anything. We take care of the schedule and the program, you can just enjoy the ride.
Our fourth value is “Bold & Creative”. Boring is not memorable and an unforgettable day is extraordinary. Our thinking starts with the assumption that everything is possible. We create the best experience for You.
Over the years we have had the pleasure of taking hundreds of people on unique Helsinki adventures. With our experiences, our commitment to our Values has only become stronger. They continue guide us in our Mission to create amazing and unforgettable experiences for people visiting Helsinki. And it feels great!