HELSINKI - FRESH & SURPRISING!

Located between East and West, and absorbing influences from both sides, Helsinki nevertheless occupies its own unique cultural space. Its special appeal combines internationally renowned Finnish design, a bold and innovative culinary culture, a wide range of events and hip urban phenomena – all of which can be enjoyed against the beautiful backdrop of the sea and nature.

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Useful information

Language

Finnish and Swedish are the official languages of Finland. English is widely spoken.

Currency

Euro

Residents

Around 600 000

Distance from cruise piers to city center

From Hernesaari and West Harbour piers: 30 min by walking From Katajanokka piers: 15 min by walking From South Harbour piers: 10 min by walking

Transportation to/from Helsinki-Vantaa airport

Distance 19 km. Airport train and buses operate to Central Railway Station. Taxis available.

Transportation to/from city centre:

Cruise line shuttle service, public transportation, taxis, walking

Port information

The Port of Helsinki - Europe’s busiest passenger port and the main port for foreign trade in Finland The port of Helsinki is the busiest passenger port in Europe. We create a seamless framework for sea traffic to destinations such as Tallinn and Stockholm. Our number of international cruise guests rises close to 500 000. We are also Finland’s leading general port for international cargo traffic, serving the business world and well-being of the Helsinki region and the whole country. The Port of Helsinki manages port operations with a long-term perspective and develops them in cooperation with shipping companies, stevedoring and forwarding companies, and other harbour operators. We provide a modern, competitive and functional setting for port operations. We produce our own services to complement other port services while also creating added value for our cooperation partners. The Port of Helsinki Ltd is a limited company owned by the City of Helsinki.

Berthing policy: First come, first served. Information available here

EKL

Max LOA: 200m Max depth: 7,9m Type of berth (passenger, cargo, bulk traffic): Passenger Fenders available (brand and type): Plate fenders & tyres Bollard strength: 750kN Learn more

EO1

Max LOA: 180m Max depth: 7,9m Type of berth (passenger, cargo, bulk traffic): Passenger Fenders available (brand and type): Plate fenders Bollard strength: 750kN - 1500kN Learn more

ERA-ERB

Max LOA: 215m Max depth: 9,3m Type of berth (passenger, cargo, bulk traffic): Passenger Fenders available (brand and type): Plate fenders & tyres Bollard strength: 750kN Learn more

LMA&LMB

Max LOA: 330m - no specific loa limitations Max depth: 10,8m - no specific loa limitations Type of berth (passenger, cargo, bulk traffic): Passenger Fenders available (brand and type): Vertical & horizontal rubber cylinder & rubber tyres Bollard strength: 750kN - 1500kN Learn more

LHC

Max LOA: 330 m -no specific loa limitations Max depth: 8,9m - no specific loa limitations Type of berth (passenger, cargo, bulk traffic): Passenger Fenders available (brand and type): Rubber Bollard strength: 750kN - 1500kN Learn more

Port Reception Facilities

Pakkahuone / EPL

Number and maximum flow rate: 2 / 30cubm/hDirect downstream to municipal facilities: YesMARPOL standard connections fitted: YesNumber and maximum capacity of barges (cubm): N/AMARPOL standard connections fitted: N/A Learn more

Katajanokka / ERA-ERB

Number and maximum flow rate: 4 / 65 cubm/hDirect downstream to municipal facilities: YesMARPOL standard connections fitted: YesNumber and maximum capacity of barges (cubm): N/AMARPOL standard connections fitted: N/A Learn more

Katajanokka / EKL

Number and maximum flow rate: 2 / 65 cubm/hDirect downstream to municipal facilities: YesMARPOL standard connections fitted: YesNumber and maximum capacity of barges (cubm): N/AMARPOL standard connections fitted: N/A Learn more

Makasiini / EMA-EMB

Number and maximum flow rate: 2 / 65cubm/hDirect downstream to municipal facilities: YesMARPOL standard connections fitted: YesNumber and maximum capacity of barges (cubm): N/AMARPOL standard connections fitted: N/A Learn more

Hernesaari / LHB

Number and maximum flow rate: 4 / 100cubm/hDirect downstream to municipal facilities: YesMARPOL standard connections fitted: YesNumber and maximum capacity of barges (cubm): N/AMARPOL standard connections fitted: N/A Learn more

Hernesaari / LHC

Number and maximum flow rate: 4 x 100cubm/hDirect downstream to municipal facilities: YesMARPOL standard connections fitted: YesNumber and maximum capacity of barges (cubm): N/AMARPOL standard connections fitted: N/A Learn more

Melkki / LMA

Number and maximum flow rate: 4 / 100cubm/hDirect downstream to municipal facilities: YesMARPOL standard connections fitted: YesNumber and maximum capacity of barges (cubm): N/AMARPOL standard connections fitted: N/A Learn more

Port Fees

Harbour dues (Currency/GT)

Passenger dues (Currency/PAX)

0,975€/ arriving & departing passenger

Services available for guests

Always available
Available in some cases
Download PDF with overview of services available at all Cruise Baltic destinations.
Pier
Personal welcome

For cruise ships with 1000 passengers or less an on-board Tourist Information service is being offered on board. The Helsinki Helpers will bring with them brochures and provide information and advice to passengers on-board the cruise ships. The Helsinki Helpers will stay onboard for 2 hours after arrival. At the Hernesaari (cruise berths: LHB and LHC) cruise quay, Tourist Information will be offered on land as for cruise ships larger than 1000 pax, so for these cruise ships it will not be necessary to book the Helsinki Helpers in advance.

Musical welcome

Helsinki offers music band or similar for first timers.

Shopping & Attractions
Shops open on Sundays
Shops offer flexible opening hours for cruise guests
Museums offer flexible opening hours for cruise guests
Shops accept credit card payment with no lower limit
Destination has special offers for crew
City Cards for sale
Port
Independent guest reception and help
Local life and events with locals
Signed route from pier to city centre and/or public transport
Tourist information (office or maps) in port area
Free Wi-Fi in port
Destination collaboration
Local cruise network
Authorized guides
Education of tourism partners on the cruise guest
Possiblity for special arrangements and flexibility

Whenever possible

Destination video available for Cruise Lines
Transport
City centre within 1 km from pier
Publicly regulated taxis
Bike rental including map or GPS
Hop on/hop off services in port area

Not inside ISPS-area unless agreement with cruise company

Turnaround facilities
Scandic Hotel(s) in city
Cruise-ready hotels
Direct flights to USA
Airport less than one hour drive from port
Airport less than one hour drive from city centre
Free Wi-Fi in airport
Quarters for crew in port

Selected attractions

The Helsinki Cathedral & the Senate Square

This historically significant spot forms a unique and cohesive example of Neoclassical architecture.

Market Square

Open air market offering Finnish specialties, handicrafts and souvenirs.

Suomenlinna Sea Fortress

One of the world's largest historical maritime fortresses and a UNESCO World Heritage Site.

The Design District

Home to Design museum and fashion, interior design and jewellery shops that offer unique creations by young local designers, as well as established Finnish design brands.

Temppeliaukio Rock Church

Quarried out of the natural bedrock, the church is one of the most popular tourist attractions in Helsinki.

The Sibelius Park

The Sibelius Monument, one of Helsinki's favorite landmarks can be found in the park.

New Amos Rex Art Museum

A new private art museum with unique architecture will be opened in central Helsinki at the end of August 2018. Amos Rex will be a meeting place for art and urban culture, consisting of new underground exhibition spaces, the old Lasipalatsi (glass palace) from 1936.

Torikorttelit

Experience the new life of historical Helsinki. Torikorttelit consists of three oldest blocks in the heart of Helsinki, right by the sea.

Löyly - Design Sauna

Löyly, an urban oasis occupying a stretch of beautiful Helsinki waterfront, offers a warm welcome and many delights for locals and visitors alike. On a beautiful summer’s day, our terrace is the place to be and our saunas are available daily.

Allas Sea Pool

Allas Sea Pool is a gardenlike oasis in the heart of Helsinki with a large pool area and magnificent saunas. In addition to swimming, bathing in the saunas and good food, Allas Sea Pool offers many options for wellness.

Exciting extras

Chapel of Silence

A fine example of Finnish wooden architecture and a place for a quiet moments.

The Museum of Contemporary Art Kiasma

Exhibitions of Finnish and international art as well as thematic group exhibitions.

Seurasaari Island

Popular outdoor recreation area and open-air-museum, open all year round.

Finnair Sky Wheel

Helsinki from hights next to Market Square.

Events

16 May 2018
19 May 2018
Lovely Helsinki City Festival
Place: Helsinki
Category: Other
City Festival with flower power
18 May 2018
18 May 2018
Restaurant Day
Place: Helsinki
Category: Food
Pop-up restaurants throughout Helsinki

Varied Shore Excurions

CLASSIC & POPULAR

Helsinki by Sea
Boat tour of the unique archipelago, Suomenlinna Sea Fortress, including main sights and the history of Helsinki.
Classic Sightseeing Tour
All traditional sights: Senate Square, the Helsinki Cathedral, Temppeliaukio Rock Church, Sibelius Monument, Olympic Stadium, Finlandia Hall, Market Square. Guided.
Porvoo and Helsinki Sights
Start off with all main sights of Helsinki, then on to Historic Porvoo Old Town – second oldest town in Finland.

NEW & ADVENTUROUS

Winter World Helsinki
Winter-fun and snow in the middle of summer! Ice Bar, Igloo Hotel, array of winter activities, incl. husky-sledding.
Vintage Tram
Experience the golden days of Helsinki in a vintage tram. Ride a motor car from 1909 or open trailer from 1919. The tour shows you the most important sights in the city centre.
The Finnish Nature Center HALTIA
At Haltia you can experience all of Finland's nature under one roof. The visit can be combined with a hiking tour in the Nuuksio National Park.
History Tour of Former Prison
Storien about the building of Skatta (nowadays a hotel), former prisoners and even about escapes.

Contacts

Helsinki Marketing
Jenny Taipale
Head of Partnerships and Networks
Port of Helsinki Ltd
Eeva Hietanen
Communications Director
Port of Helsinki Ltd
Antti Pulkkinen
Harbour Master