Port Guide: Helsinki

A port of call at Helsinki made it my first time visiting Finland. There are two different areas to dock in when visiting Helsinki, at the port where we docked there was a hop on hop off tour bus to take you around the city. Due to our visit falling on a bank holiday in Helsinki it meant that there wasn’t much open, so we felt the tour bus was the best option. 

Market Square

Most of the sites in Helsinki including presidential palace and Helsinki city hall are within walking distance of market square. At market square you are able to catch a ferry that will take you to the fortress. During the spring to autumn months there is a market within the square selling local products as well as souvenirs and food/drink. 

Helsinki City Hall

Overlooking market square in the Kruununhaka district this central administrative building is the seat of the city council of Helsinki. The mayor of Helsinki as well as deputy mayors have offices located within the city hall. 


Presidential Palace

Overlooking market square this is one of the official residencies for the president of Finland. 

Senate Square

The surroundings of senate square make up the oldest part of central Helsinki. Landmarks that can be found within the square include:

Helsinki Cathedral

Government Palace

Sederholm House

Helsinki Cathedral

Helsinki cathedral was originally built as a tribute to the Grand Duke of Finland this was known as St Nicholas church until 1917 when Finland became independent. The cathedrals distinctive tall green dome is surrounded by four smaller domes it makes it a major landmark of the city, with its neoclassical style. 

Personally I found Helsinki Cathedral to be one of the most beautiful cathedrals that I’ve seen. 


Government Palace

An executive building of the council within senate square which houses the offices of prime minister as well as chancellor of justice.


Uspenski Cathedral 

An eastern orthodox cathedral which is set upon a hillside on the Katakanokka peninsula overlooking the city. This is claimed to the largest orthodox church in western Europe.

Sibelius Monument

A monument located in Sibelius park which is dedicated to Finnish composer Jean Sibelius.


Have you been to Helsinki before on a cruise or city break?


3 Comments Add yours

  1. Sartenada says:

    Excellent post. I love in Helsinki, so I know it and all of my country. Are You going to visit other towns which are near to Helsinki?

    Have a good day!

    1. At the moment no due to other travel commitments, but I would like to in the future

      1. Sartenada says:

        Visit in winter and have unique experiences. One example:

        Santa Claus Village at the Arctic Circle

        Happy and safe travels!

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