Further afield

Cruises to neighbouring countries


The Estonian capital Tallinn is only 80 kilometres from Helsinki and easy to reach by fast ferries. There are excellent connections many times a day. The Old Town with its majestic Toompea Hill and the picturesque buildings are the greatest attraction of this old Hanse town. Have a look at example tours by Strömma.


A cruise on board in one of the luxury liners operating between Helsinki and Stockholm is an excellent way to combine a visit to the Swedish capital with a pleasant voyage at reasonable cost. The archipelago between Finland and Sweden is one of the most beautiful in the world. Timetable is convenient. The ships depart from Helsinki every day at 17.00 arriving in Stockholm the next morning at 9.30. After a whole day in Stockholm you can return to Helsinki with departure at 17.00. Have a look at an example tour by Strömma.

St. Petersburg

St. Petersburg is easy to reach from Finland by ferry, train, bus or plane. With the new “Allegro” high speed train the journey takes only 3.5 hours. The city is renowned for its beautiful buildings, canals and bridges. The former Winter Palace with the Hermitage Art Museum and the Petrodrovets (Peterhof) Summer Palace are interesting places to see. Have a look at an example tour, a cruise by Strömma. The cruise is visa-free for travelers who don’t need a visa for the Schengen area. A multi-entry visa for the Schengen area is valid for the cruise but please contact the cruise organizer to get a confirmation of valid documents.

Please check visa requirements needed for a visit to Russia;