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Private Offshore Adventure in Helsinki


Private archipelago experience 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.


Nikolai II has it all and is located in the hot spot of Helsinki. Welcome to Private Offshore Adventure to Helsinki.

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.

From Nikolai II you can see the Helsinki Cathedral, Uspenski Cathedral, Presidential Palace, Market Square and Market Hall. The location is breathtaking.


Offshore experience in Helsinki

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)

Contact us and let’s start planning your day: niki@onedayinhelsinki.com or call us on Whatsapp: +358 40 775 4500

More information about us: One Day in Helsinki

Nikolai II Facebook page

About our values


“Our goal is to offer you an experience you will never forget.”


Private sauna in Nikolai boat. Private Offshore Adventure has it all.

You also have an opportunity to experience the authentic wood-burning sauna privately in Nikolai II.

The sun deck has basically two floors. On the upper deck you can drink Champange and sunbathe.

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 overnight stay.

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

Elite Private Tour for The Ultimate Helsinki Experience

One Day in Helsinki Challenges You to Experience Our Luxurious Elite Private Tour.


Finnish Archipelago


Archipelago From The Sea and Air


The Elite Experience will begin with an unbelievable boat trip on a private sailing yacht, traveling through the fascinating and picturesque Helsinki Archipelago. This breathtaking sailing trip gives you many opportunities to capture stunning images of the city and all that the archipelago has to offer. The island sights will take your breath away while you enjoy the fresh sea air. Next, you will visit one of the quaint islands of Helsinki and enjoy a superb champagne picnic. Now it’s time to relax and take in your wonderful surroundings.

One day in Helsinki

This amazing Elite Experience does not end here. After the champagne picnic, a helicopter ride will take you on a special scenic tour, heading to a private summer cottage. After arriving at the cottage, you will have the opportunity to experience a wood-burning sauna and encounter the enjoyment provided by a swim in the Baltic Sea.

Holiday home view towards the sea

The surrounding natural beauty of the Finnish forest will create a perfect atmosphere for an enchanting evening, where you will be served a traditional Finnish meal.

Forest bathing private tour by One Day In Helsinki

This wonderful day would not be complete without a secret surprise to end this perfectly planned experience. The surprise will be revealed once the dinner has ended. This exceptional Elite Experience will provide you with a perfect way to spend a day, and the memories will be yours to cherish and remember for the rest of your life.


Ultimate Helsinki Private Tour Itinerary Includes:

  • Pick-up service from desired location in Helsinki to the port.
  • A sailing boat trip through the Helsinki Archipelago, followed by a visit to an exciting island with champagne picnic (2-3 hours).
  • Helicopter return tour to a beautiful Finnish summer cottage location (1 hour).
  • Summer cottage experience includes a wood-burning sauna and swimming in the Baltic Sea, with refreshments (2 hours).
  • Dinner in the natural Finnish forest (made according to your preferences) and a secret surprise to end the amazing day’s experience (2 hours).
  • Driving service back to the desired location in Helsinki (1 hour).

Duration: 8-9 hours, pick-up from the desired location in Helsinki will be at noon.


Luxury Private Tour Without Limits


Is this your ultimate Helsinki experience? We want you to know that everything is possible, so in case you have something special in mind, contact us and let’s start planning your perfect day together.

Can you imagine yourself experiencing such a wonderful way to spend a day, or do you have another choice of experience to challenge us with?


Written on behalf of One Day in Helsinki & Co.

Finland Combines Western and Eastern Traditions for Easter Celebrations

The Finns might not be the most religious people on this planet, but when it comes to religious holidays, most Finns are guaranteed to respect the traditions and take a few days off. Easter is a mixture of celebrating religious heritage and the arrival of spring and, as always, the Finnish celebrations combine bits from the Eastern and Western historical traits.

On the Sunday prior to Easter, one may spot little packs of witches strolling around the streets. These witches, primarily dressed-up children, are on the hunt for Easter treats in exchange for colourfully decorated willow twigs. They wander from door to door, making a spell on each household that they encounter.

Two crazy Finns during easter.

Finland easter is a must do situation. Photo credit: ig: tulenpisara.


“Virvon varvon, tuoreeks terveeks, tulevaks vuodeks; vitsa sulle, palkka mulle!” They enchant. This short rhyme translates to “I wave a twig for a fresh and healthy year ahead; a twig for you, a treat for me!” (translation by This Is Finland).

This tradition has two key historical symbols. First, the willow twigs remain from Russian Orthodox history, where the birches illustrated “the palms laid down when Jesus entered Jerusalem on Palm Sunday”, like Reeli Karimäki, a children’s culture expert phrases it. Second, the witch-reference stems from an old Swedish tradition, when on Easter Saturday children dressed up to scare away their fears of the earlier year.

Happy easter. Let the summer begin! Photo credit: tiitsia

Happy easter. Let the summer begin! Photo credit: tiitsia

Finnish Easter Gastronomy… Delicious or dis****ing?  

The most loved main dish for Easter is roast lamb and mintgelé, a tasty combination that never betrays. Nevertheless, on the Easter dessert menu there are also some peculiarities… a creamy pudding, named pasha, is a tasty dessert, flavoured and decorated with fruits like passion and kiwi. This pudding is made of sweetened cheese, eggs, and cream. The other pudding dessert, made out of malt and rye-flour, however looks less appealing. Even amongst the Finns, mämmi is a controversy that divides people into hate-or-love relationships.


Finnish "delicious" mämmi. Do you have courage to taste it? Photo credit: yle.fi

Finnish “delicious” mämmi. Do you have courage to taste it? Photo credit: yle.fi


If you are spending Easter in Helsinki region, make sure to stock up the cupboards beforehand, for most regular stores and Alko-stores will be closed over the weekend!

Happy Easter to readers all around the globe!

Written by One Day in Helsinki and Co

What is Finland? #Suomi100 #Finland100

What is Finland? A winter wonderland, located almost fully above the 60th latitude? The mother of Nokia, home land of Santa Claus, and a country of shy and socially awkward individuals? The cradle of the famous education system? The host of most sauna’s and heavy-metal bands per capita?!

I admit it… Finland reflects many random stereotypes. However, there are more than just these trivia the demographically small nation has to offer!

Beautiful Finnish summer cottage and two happy guests.

Protip: Finnish summer is epic. If you want to drink champagne in this very place, guess who to contact. 😉 

Birthday Party for Everybody

2017 is a festivity-rich year, as the country is turning a 100 years old. Up until the Independence Day, 6th of December, all sorts of events take place around the country to celebrate national freedom. Although Finnish people may be totally adorned by robust shyness and clumsiness, it is festivities such as the 100-year birthday when people’s true nature comes alive.

To us Finns the centennial is an important milestone, partially flavoured with nostalgia, but also by enjoyment and freedom. The events of #Finland100 celebration mirror this dualism. Several exhibitions, plays and other cultural activities take place, focusing on the more serious and historical side of the centennial. But independence is also celebrated in a more laid-back way, for instance via music festivals.


Birthday festival in Finland. Finland 100.

Photo: Yle Areena, 2017. Welcoming the year 2017 in Helsinki, 1.1.2017.


How Does Finland’s History Show in Today’s Culture?

For most of its history, Finland has been a part of other empires. Much of the modern culture stems from this history. For about 600 years Finland belonged to Sweden (from the 13th Century to 1809), and for about a hundred years Finland was a Grand Duchy of the Russian Empire (1809-1917).

Although Finland has changed a lot since these periods, the balance between the East and the West can still be seen in architecture, design, food and drinking culture, and even in softer aspects such as people’s behaviour. The Senate’ Square architecture resembles St. Petersburg -style buildings, traditional Finnish gastronomy is flavoured by both, meat and fish, Russia is still one of Finland’s largest trading partners, Swedish is still an official language, and the people still give a lot of space to each other – they have learned that it is not always wise to step on each others toes.

So What?

This short bit was a beginning for a blog-post series about the Finnish culture and the city of Helsinki. Future posts will touch upon themes of history, design, nature and gastronomy. Many Helsinki-tips and stories ahead, remember to stay tuned!

Give feedback and ask questions by following @OneDayInHelsinki! #OneDayInHelsinki!

Written by One Day in Helsinki and Co

Private tour for first time visitors in Helsinki – a wonderful day with three happy Indian ladies

Private tour for first time visitors in Helsinki – a wonderful day with three happy Indian ladies

The sun was shining from a blue sky, when I picked up three smiley Indian ladies from the Hotel Hilton Airport for a private tour of Helsinki. They had been traveling in a few different European cities and were on their way back home. Originally they were not going to visit Helsinki at all, but then curiosity grew and they contacted me for help.

Private Helsinki guide

When time is of the essence, we are here to help

Stopover visitors usually stay in Helsinki only for a few hours or one night. This was the case now as well. We had a lovely time visiting some of the most famous attractions, having coffee and Finnish pastries at Café Regatta. We also drove to check out the old Nokia HQ which is now the Finnish Microsoft head office.

Tripadvisor review

The positive bubbly energy and adventurous spirit of my guests was especially evident when they decided that they want to taste the Finnish schnapps, Koskenkorva. I don’t know if they will try it again, but we did have a really fun and memorable moment in the indoor food market by the harbor.

You were amazing guests, visit again any time and I’ll be at the airport to pick you up! 🙂

Written by Niki Keinonen, Chief Experience Officer and Private Guide at One Day in Helsinki

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