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A Perfect Day at Our Private Cottage

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


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

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.

Overview of the cottage

“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.

People having fun during midsummer in Helsinki

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.

Private Helsinki Experience


  • Option 1: June 22nd (starting 2 pm) – June 23rd (returning 2pm)
  • Option 2: June 23rd (starting 5 pm) – June 24th (returning 5 pm)

What’s included:

  • 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
  • Boat ride
  • Food and drinks
  • Bonfire
  • 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

Warming up the wood burning sauna.


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.

Private Forest Bathing Tours in Helsinki

Finland is a haven filled with nature, which is appealing and relaxing. It is a country enriched in beauty with magnificent forest landscapes. The forest air in the wooded regions is extremely fresh and pleasant. The unique peacefulness of the atmosphere is incredible, which likewise has a mystic feel about it. The carpet layer of moss that covers the forest ground has a noticeable and distinctive loveliness. The moss enhances the look of the woodland’s charisma, and can be seen in many forests throughout Finland.

Finland Forest Nature


The forest regions offer Finns many excellent forest related activities, which are good for relaxation and recreational purposes, such as forest bathing.

Many Finns are attached to their natural forest surroundings, as they like to spend leisurely, valuable and positive time in nature. Finns enjoy the atmosphere, serenity and beauty that the forests offer.

One beneficial experience many Finns enjoy is taking nature walks on clearly marked footpaths, where they can absorb the woodland’s atmosphere, and delight in the healthy vitality that the seasonal blueberries offer.

blueberry forest health


Forest Bathing or Shinrin-yoku and Well-being


Forest bathing or Shinrin-yoku can be beneficial for well-being since spending time in naturally green environments and taking in nature’s ambiance can have a good and healthy effect on the soul.

“Go to a Forest. Walk slowly. Breathe. Open all your senses.
This is the healing way of Shinrin-yoku Forest Therapy, 
the medicine of simply being in the forest.”   Shinrin-yoku.org – Shinrin Yoku –


“Studies show shinrin-yoku, also known as forest bathing or time spent in green spaces, can reduce the stress hormone cortisol and increase your immune defense system.”   – Eva Selhub and Alan Logan. Your Brain on Nature: Forest Bathing and Reduced Stress. – Mother Earth News


Private Forest Bathing Tours


One Day in Helsinki can create a tailor-made Experience for you. We will help you gain an unforgettable Forest Bathing Experience by providing Private Guided Tours.


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. You can expect refreshing pine tree forests, clean air, as well as sea shores and lakes. This Forest Bathing Experience is a haven for the soul.

Finland lake forest


Forest Bathing Experience:

  • Includes: One Day in Helsinki host, door-to-door service, and a luxury picnic
  • Duration: 3-8 hours
  • Pick-up time: Between 10am – 3pm

If you liked this blog post why not read these other blog posts:

Helsinki Private Tours

The Summer Cottage Season is Here

Experience Sauna the Finnish Way

Elite Private Tour For The Ultimate Helsinki Experience

We hope to hear from and see you soon. Your ultimate experience is waiting for you just around the corner.


Written by One Day in Helsinki and Co

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