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Your Helsinki Private Tour

If you’re visiting Helsinki and want to have a great experience, look no further, our private Helsinki tours are here for you.

Private tours in Helsinki


Helsinki Private Guide

With One Day in Helsinki you can experience the city or the beautiful Finnish nature.

Best Tour Guides

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.

A Day in Helsinki

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.

Private archipelago experience in Helsinki

All experiences include a private guide and door to door driving services.

What to do in Helsinki?

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.

Helsinki private tour

There are a lot of things to see in Helsinki. The best way to experience the city is with a Helsinki guide.

Contact One day in Helsinki if you are interested in:
Helsinki private guide
Day trips to Helsinki
Things to see in Helsinki
Day trip to cottage near Helsinki
Experience Helsinki on the water

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

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.

Finnish Archipelago

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”.

Celebrating Summer - One Day In Helsinki

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)

  1. 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.
  2. 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.
  3. 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.
  4. 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!

Check out our Spring and Summer 2018 specials:

  1. Summer Cottage and Sauna Experience
  2. Helsinki City Experience
  3. Forest Bathing

Aerial View of Helsinki - One Day In Helsinki

Written by One Day in Helsinki & Co.

Cruise Ship Visitors Having a Great Day in Helsinki

I love spring time, because it means that cruise ship visitors come to Helsinki. People who come here by cruise ship have limited time and want to get to know the city they are in as quickly and efficiently as possible. One Day in Helsinki guests also want to have memorable moments and unique experiences, that’s why we always make sure to know what the group wants before planning the experience. This is a story about one family of three generations from the USA, who came to Helsinki on a cruise ship.

Private tours for cruise ship visitors to Helsinki

Private tours for cruise ship visitors to Helsinki


It was a beautiful morning and I woke up at 7 a.m. with plenty of time before the family was due to arrive. I felt energized by the sun, so I put on my running shoes and went for a run. I decided to run by the harbor, where the cruise ship would arrive a few hours later. During the run I went through the plan for the day in my mind, also thinking about my soon to be arriving guests. The family includes seven people from the USA; parents, grandparents (grandma in a wheelchair) and three kids. We had a great plan for the day with something for everyone, not forgetting some fun for the kids.


Pick up from as close as it gets


At ten a.m. I took the van and picked up Kia (my sister and co-guide) from the center and drove to the cruise ship. We stopped the van right next to the ship and Kia went out to meet our guests by the door. As the family came out of the ship, we immediately recognized them. They looked happy and curious to learn more about this new city they had just arrived in. There was definitely a positive energy in the air from the very start.

Cruise ship leaving from Helsinki. In the background is Helsinki Cathedral.


A day packed with experiences


The family had asked for a four hour tour of Helsinki. We planned a tour packed with culinary delights, cultural experiences and of course fun. We had Finnish pastries with coffee and hot chocolate, checked out some historical architecture on the way and talked about Finnish culture and life here. The family actually had a lot of great questions and I got to impress the kids by telling them that I know Santa Claus. We also visited the fortress island of Suomenlinna, where the family took in the history and nature of the island.

Three generations having fun together


The best feedback for a private guide is seeing the visitors smiling, pointing at things and taking pictures, also in this case it was clear that this family was thoroughly enjoying their tour. This was a great family, with three generations, all with their own interests, they were clearly enjoying the experience together.

Before coming to Helsinki their cruise ship had been to Copenhagen, Stockholm and St Petersburg, so it was great to hear the kids say “Helsinki was the best!”, before they went back to the ship.  Kia and I stood by the car and waving until everyone was safely onboard. Then we went for a coffee to plan the next tour.

Three generations enjoying Helsinki Cathedral


If you are coming to Helsinki with a cruise ship and want to have a memorable experience, don’t hesitate to contact us. We can offer a city tour or a tour to see Finnish nature just outside of the city. Check out our experiences here: http://onedayinhelsinki.com/experiences/ . Also notice that we can completely tailor-make your visit to make sure that you have an experience you will never forget.

Written by One Day in Helsinki & Co.

Rainy Days in Helsinki

Visiting Helsinki During Autumn

As there are various stunning sights to see and lots of places to visit throughout the year in Helsinki, Private Tours are a great way to explore the city. There is no need to be discouraged about visiting Helsinki during the possibly rainy Autumn season.

What to Do During a Rainy Day in Helsinki

One Day in Helsinki can plan a perfect experience for you during Autumn season as well. As the weather is now changing and it’s getting cooler and possibly rainy, it is nice to know what to do, where to go and what to see during this certain season. We offer many types of Experiences where you can encounter Helsinki at its best.

Helsinki City Experience

One popular tour that we offer starts with Finnish pastries and a cup of coffee in one of the oldest and cutest cafés, …

which is a great start for your enjoyable visit to Helsinki. This fun experience allows you to savor life in splendid and pleasant surroundings. You can familiarize yourself with the Helsinki locals, who likewise enjoy getting together over a cup of coffee.


Autumn in Helsinki

leaves autumn Helsinki

This time of the year Helsinki’s scenery is exceptionally beautiful with vibrant colors, both from the buildings and from nature. The leaves of the trees beginning to change color create an urban foliage of memorable loveliness, where Helsinki’s urban charisma transforms and becomes more enchanted, stunning and inviting. This colorful display enhances the appeal of the many intriguing buildings, which invite you to explore their inner marvels further and discover all of what Helsinki has to offer. Then, rainy and weather-changing days are left outside.

The winter garden_fence Helsinki

Helsinki’s Appealing Architectural Sights

Helsinki’s architectural buildings are very diverse and appealing. The city offers many sights, which are captivating and where you most likely want to spend some valuable quality time at. Helsinki is a haven full of wonderful exterior and interior beauty, with many amazing places that accommodate welcoming and relaxed atmospheres. These places are worth seeing because you can experience urban living at its finest, especially on a rainy day. The inner marvels of Helsinki combined with urban sightseeing is a perfect doorway for a Helsinki City Experience tour.


Helsinki’s Interior Architectural Sights

Taking in many of the innermost urban sights during your time spent in Helsinki is an experience that should not be missed. Helsinki is a city that should be experienced by everyone who loves urban traveling at any time during the year, come rain or shine.

The changing seasonal weather that Helsinki encounters during the rainier and cooler autumn months should not dishearten visitors from choosing to visit Helsinki, because the city has many wonderful inner marvels that are just waiting for you to visit and see. These inside sights are equally captivating as Helsinki’s exterior charisma is, such as Uspenski Cathedral’s intriguing inner domes beauty, which is pictured below.

Uspenski cathedral dome helsinki

Helsinki Private Tours

We offer you many styles of Private Tours and would love to plan your perfect Helsinki urban adventure with you, for any time during the year.

There are many reasons why people visit Helsinki, such as holiday or a business trip. Even just wanting to take a short break and just visit one of the top cities to visit. Helsinki private tours are the best way to explore the top sights and hidden gems. …

For these reasons planning the perfect tour for you is our ambition, as we aim to tailor-make the right type of tour to accommodate your wishes so that you experience the best of what Helsinki has to offer, regardless of the weather. We want every person coming to our great urban dreamland to have a wonderful and unforgettable time.

… and its waterfront area is breathtaking because the city’s atmosphere has an exciting Nordic coastal charm about it. Helsinki’s history is unique, and the vibrant colors of the buildings are extremely beautiful, yet tranquil. …

Helsinki private tours

A Private City Tour in Helsinki with The Comfort of a Vehicle

One Day in Helsinki offers private tailor-made guided tours with a vehicle because finding the perfect attractions to see can be very time-consuming, especially when your time visiting Helsinki is limited.

We offer you the choice where there is no need for you to agonize about planning a Helsinki sightseeing experience, plus you won’t have to worry about the weather, as you will have the comfort of a vehicle to take you between locations.

We will create a perfect tailor-made itinerary for you including what to see, where to go, and where to eat. You will see the main Helsinki attractions without having to stress over the details. This experience includes One Day in Helsinki host and door-to-door service. We will arrange a private transportation to make your tour in Helsinki an unforgettable and stress-free experience.

Photo Safari Helsinki

The Photo Safari package offers the opportunity to create a tour that personally meets your requirements so you can experience Helsinki’s best sights in a short duration of time. In two to six hours you will visit several camera-friendly spots and have a delicious lunch at a traditional Helsinki-style food market. …

Let’s Experience Helsinki’s Best Sights Together

A day filled with sightseeing in Helsinki can allow you to appreciate what this amazing city has to offer since it is a city enriched in character and soul. After having spent an amazing day visiting many must-see sights, why not to treat yourself to our Helsinki by Night tour? The day would not be complete without experiencing the incredible and remarkable Helsinki nightlife.

Helsinki private tours

Nightlife in Helsinki

The nightlife in Helsinki regardless of the weather is active all year round. There are many places to go, happenings to see, and bars to visit. Finns love their social time and Helsinki is the place where you can experience a great night out. Finns are very sociable people who don’t let the cooler, rainier months dishearten them, but instead, they face and embrace the changing weather.

Helsinki private tour by One Day in Helsinki

Sauna get-togethers are popular among Finns, and it’s also a great start for the night. Why not warm up the soul before heading to the urban nightlife?

Helsinki Sauna Experience

Helsinki by Night

Helsinki is a great city to visit with many exciting places. The city’s night atmosphere comes alive with fun and entertaining things to do. …

Helsinki Anytime of the Year

No matter the season, this enjoyable city offers you many ins and outs. This city is full of gems just waiting to be seen and experienced. Helsinki has something for everyone, which offers guests an assortment of choices. For example, Helsinki has many sightseeing attractions, places for relaxing, fine dining choices, culture and nature experiences, shopping and not to forget excellent Baltic Sea views. All these marvels are just waiting for you to experience them for yourself.

Helsinki night during winter

Your Choice

Do you have something special in mind? Challenge us and we will plan a special day to fulfill your dreams… Read more here.

Read more from our full Experiences and find out what else we can do for you when planning your perfect experience today. Check out our  Helsinki blogs here and read more from our interesting features.


Written by One Day in Helsinki & Co.

Sightseeing in Helsinki – Top seven experiences

There are many reasons why people visit Helsinki, such as on holiday, or on a business trip, or even just having a short break, and just visit the city because it’s one of the top cities to visit. Helsinki private tours are the best way to explore the top sights and hidden gems.

Sightseeing Helsinki – View of Market Square

During the summertime it is a picturesque place with many wonderful sights to visit and see. The city is alive with the sound of seagulls, colorful events and its waterfront area is breathtaking because the city’s atmosphere has an exciting Nordic coastal charm about it. Helsinki’s history is unique, and the vibrant colors of the buildings are extremely beautiful, yet tranquil. Helsinki’s charming persona is why everyone should come and visit this worthwhile city, plus it is genuinely an impressive place.


Have Your camera ready! Top things to see in Helsinki:



One Day in Helsinki welcomes you to take a scenic tour of Helsinki’s must-see sights. …


Have your camera ready and take some memorable Helsinki moments back home with you. …

Let’s see what sightseeing in Helsinki is all about:

Visit Helsinki – Sibelius Monument


1. Finns, Nature and Summertime


There are many inner forest areas in Helsinki, however, there is as well the unbelievable surrounding nature of Helsinki, which is unreal and beautiful. We at One Day in Helsinki feel that your visit would not be complete without you also experiencing more of the stunning Finnish nature, and other Finnish activities that Finns do in their spare time.


Finns love to venture into nature and spend some quality time there, especially during the summer months. The long Finnish summer days allows everyone to appreciate nature’s loveliness at its best, relax and experience some amazing recreational time. Finns value their summer cottage and sauna experiences, walking in nature, berry picking, and participating in traditional occasions, and lets also not forget island hopping by boat!

Things to see in Helsinki - Nature


2. Private Tour Experience During Summer in Helsinki


One Day in Helsinki wants to share these amazing Finnish experiences with you because Finland’s nature is so stunning and unique. We want everyone who is visiting the Helsinki area to see more of what there is to offer and gain an amazing Finnish cultural experience too.


Our company offers several types of Private Tour Experiences which are particularly right for the summertime. We will show you what else this incredible country has to offer, so why not book a Private Tour today and treat yourself.

Helsinki private guide


3. Sightseeing Helsinki archipelago


Helsinki is amazing, attractive and safe to visit, with a beautiful archipelago during the summertime. …


Helsinki City’s attraction is likewise enriched because it is a city that is located by the sea. On your visit to Helsinki you can experience some great boating adventures at the magnificent archipelago. …


If you are interested in exploring the archipelago further, One Day in Helsinki can arrange a private boat for hire and help you visit some of the least seen hidden islands.

Archipelago experience


4. Archipelago Experience in Helsinki


Mökki refers to a Finnish summer cottage, which is an important part of Finnish culture. …


Us Finns are very attached to nature, as we are used to having it present everywhere. …


To gain an authentic experience of the Finnish mökki life, One Day in Helsinki provides a Finnish Summer Cottage & Sauna experience! …

Finland Archipelago experience


5. Experience Sauna the Finnish Way


Even today every holiday and special day starts with sauna with family and friends. …


Sauna is a place of true equality…


When we go to a sauna near the woods, we like to collect a bunch of birch branches and tie them together … We use the bundle of branches to hit ourselves and each other with (it sounds strange, but it feels great). …

Preparing wood burning sauna.


6. Shinrin-yoku or “Forest Bathing” is A Healthy Way to Spend the Day


We welcome you to experience pure Finnish nature with us. There are so many beautiful places close to Helsinki where you can experience the serenity of nature. …

Finnish forest experience


7. Crayfish Season is Nearly Here in Helsinki


Traditionally in August – September we Finns love to get-together and have loud crayfish parties.


This occasion is a great way for people to socialize with families, friends or work colleagues and enjoy a relaxed and happy atmosphere. …

Crayfish season in Finland is one of the must-do things when visiting.


Helsinki Private Tours


To read more from these Helsinki Blogs and Experiences, press on the links below.


Read more from our other Helsinki Blogs and Experiences on the home page and do not hesitate to contact us to arrange your special tailor-made summertime experience. We will help you to pick best things to see in Helsinki.


Written on behalf of One Day in Helsinki & Co.

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