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A 3-Day Itinerary For First Timers In Helsinki

Sonja B.

by GoWithGuide travel specialist:Sonja B.

Last updated : May 30, 20249 min read

Itinerary Ideas

What if you could get the best experiences of your life while travelling to Helsinki, but planning an itinerary seems too difficult and there is just too much to see and experience. Trust me, we have all been there. 


Helsinki offers many different options and experiences for every taste, whether you are staying just for one day or longer. On any given day of the year, you will not be disappointed, but it might be hard to plan where to go and what to see, especially for the first-timer. That is why this article is here to help you! 


In this article, I will show you an example itinerary of how you can experience Helsinki just in 3 days. You will learn about other options to experience Helsinki to the fullest, and when you should collaborate with a Helsinki tour guide. So, let us help you make the most of it! 



Finland is known for its nature, and Helsinki is not an exception. It is the capital of Finland, originally founded in 1550, located by the coast of the Gulf of Finland. Today it is one of the most popular tourist destinations, and Helsinki offers a vast variety of unique attractions to explore. 


Helsinki offers a mix of different architectures, green urban areas, local and off-beaten trails, interesting designs, and delicious Nordic cuisines. With such a big offering, it might be confusing for first-timers to plan their trip. But will 3 days be enough to experience Helsinki to its fullest? Yes, if you plan your trip right, and here is how!



How To Get The Most Out Of Your Trip



To ensure that you have the best time of your life, our website GoWithGuide offers you the best options and ideas for your itinerary, and you can also choose private tours with set itineraries made by professional tour guides to experience the city to the fullest, hassle-free. With the help of a private guide, you do not need to worry about transportation, directions, or language barriers. You get the best suggestions for the best places to visit, the most delicious restaurants and café recommendations, and other ways to make your trip more interesting. Our services can be personalized and customized to your needs and make your trip an unforgettable experience!


The 3-day Itinerary In Helsinki For First-timers

Here is an itinerary for a 3-day Helsinki trip that allows you to experience the many incredible places the city has to offer!



 First day:

  • Helsinki Central Station (9.00 - 9.15 AM): One of the major landmarks in Helsinki bustling with people. Visit inside and admire the beautiful architecture of the station.
  • Ateneum Finnish National Gallery (9.30 - 11.30 AM): Museum of traditional Finnish art, including some of the most famous paintings, are showcased here.
  • Kaisaniemi Park and Kaisaniemi Botanic Garden (11.45 AM - 1.45 PM): Take a break from the city and stroll around in this beautiful park and its botanic garden that holds an old greenhouse all the way from the 19th century 
  • Museum of Contemporary Art Kiasma or Amos Rex (2.00 - 4.00 PM): Both are very interesting museums offering contemporary art exhibitions, so, choose which one has the most interesting offerings for yourself, or visit both!
  • The Parliament of Finland (4.05 - 4.10 PM): A popular architectural sight in Helsinki.
  • The National Museum (4.15 - 6.00 PM): Discover Finnish history all the way from prehistoric times to present times
  • Finlandia Hall and Finnish National Opera and Ballet (6.15 - 20.00): Walk around the parks and visit these unique architectural sights on the way.



Second day:

  • Senate Square and Helsinki Cathedral (9.00 - 10.00 AM): A must-see sightseeing spot in Helsinki, a very beautiful cathedral.
  • Market Square Kauppatori (10.15 - 11.30 AM): Try different local and traditional foods sold in the stalls or buy souvenirs for your family and friends.
  • Suomenlinna Sea Fortress (12.00 - 2.00 PM): Visit one of the biggest sea fortresses in the world.
  • Esplanadi (2.30 - 4.00 PM): Stroll around the park and shopping districts and remember to see the Havis Amanda statue on the way.
  • Design District (4.15 - 6.00 PM): Visit the Design District where you can find different antique vendors, museums, restaurants, and shops selling Finnish designs and local crafts.


For the rest of the evening walk around the neighbourhoods and you will find delicious restaurants where you can end your long day!



Third day:

  • Seurasaari Open-Air Museum (9:00 AM - 11.00 AM): An open-air museum built to conserve rural Finnish architecture, a great place to explore with family.
  • Sibelius Park and Sibelius Monument (11.30 AM - 12.30 PM): A beautiful sculpture built as a tribute to Finland’s most famous composer, Jean Sibelius.
  • The Rock Church (12.45 - 1.30 PM):  See Finnish architecture and design in this unique church built from rocks.
  • Natural History Museum (1.45 - 4.00 PM): Explore the history and nature of Finland and other interesting exhibitions in this museum.
  • Kluuvi District (4.15 - 6.15 PM): Stroll around these popular shopping streets with beautiful architecture and visit Stockmann Department Store, which is the largest one in the Nordics.
  • Kamppi District (6.30 - 8.00 PM): The area consists of Kamppi Department Store and Kamppi Chapel of Silence, in the middle of the busiest areas of Helsinki where you can go relax after a long day.


Why should you hire a private tour guide?

At GoWithGuide we can offer you to experience the real authentic Helsinki! With our local private tour guides and their best tours and other experiences in Helsinki, you can access all the top spots in the city. With the private tour guides, you will be able to get unique information about the sights, explore off-the-beaten path, and immerse yourself with the local culture. 


If you are unsure what to do or what to see, our guides are happy to provide suggestions based on your interests, and they are ready to take you to the sites you decide you want to visit. Since the guides are locals, they are more passionate, and can offer you the best of the best in their country, and give you a once-in-a-lifetime experience! Our guides can also help you with cultural differences and language barriers.


Get a private tour to save time and enjoy your vacation to the fullest!

Also, a private tour guide means that you do not have to share them with anyone else!  You can enjoy interacting one-on-one with your tour guide as they provide you with detailed and interesting information about each location you visit. You will also be able to ask questions when needed compared to other tour choices. With a private tour guide, you will be able to go at your own pace with no hurrying or strict schedules, making sure that you get the most out of your visit. Booking a private tour guide allows you to enjoy your time at the destination without stress or hurry.


Do yourself a favor and book a private tour so you can focus on the sights. Whichever is your style, visiting popular attractions or escaping the hustle and visit more off-beaten paths of locals, we can arrange it - all you have to do is ask!


I hope this article got you interested in hiring a private tour guide for your next visit to Helsinki. Below you can find more recommendations of the tours offered by our local guides.

Southern Finland Tour Guide - Timo R.

Timo R.

5.00 / 5
(1 reviews)

Hi, my name is Timo, your local private guide in Helsinki. I am an easy-going and open-minded person. I like to interact with people from across the world and to know about their culture, language, travel interests. I am passionate about nature. In my free time I enjoy outdoor activities of all kinds. In the summer amongst other things, I love to hike, mountain bike and go kayaking. In the winter, I love to snowshoe and watch the northern lights. My professionality is also based on a long career in information technology, serving in an international company as a technical specialist. This has given me the opportunity to travel around Europe, the USA and Asia. As well as being an experienced Nature and Wilderness Guide, I am also a Golden Badge Guide (the ultimate qualification in guiding in Finland). I am also a Licenced City of Helsinki and a Licenced Suomenlinna Unesco World Heritage Guide, the City of Hyvinkää and Tuusula Guide, so wherever we go you'll be in good hands. My aim is to provide you with enthusiastic informative private tours which ensure that your Helsinki and Finland experience will be the best. My bespoke tours include walking tours or biking tours, tours by a private car, a van or a minibus. Within Helsinki we can cover the major sites or explore less well-known districts in the countryside like Nuuksio or Sipoonkorpi Wilderness areas, the picturesque small town of Porvoo, nearby towns like Tuusula and Hyvinkää are a few of the many wonderful places that can be easily reached in a day trip. My tours are very flexible in content and timing and I can adapt easily to your preferences and suggestions. For me, the best reward for guiding guests is the fun I have sharing the beauty of the place. Let me be your local guide and I will share with you not only my knowledge and expertise but my enthusiasm as well.                                                                                                                                  

Southern Finland Tour Guide - Laila P.

Laila P.

5.00 / 5
(1 reviews)

Welcome to visit world´s happiest nation, Finland! Four years in row has Finland been ranked among 149 countries to be the happiest nation in the world. Besides being a safe, clean country with honest people, we have a fascinating history for being part of Sweden and Russia for centuries. My passion is history and our beautiful nature, and I cannot wait to introduce you to our beautiful seaside capital Helsinki. I have a long history in tourism, I put my heart to serve you a wonderful tour in Helsinki. I am a licensed Helsinki guide from 2006, former Finnair flight attendant, and I have worked as a guide in Europe and Asia. I am a kind and friendly person, you will feel comfortable with me. Welcome to Finland!                                                                                                                                 

Southern Finland Tour Guide - Arja N.

Arja N.

5.00 / 5
(1 reviews)

Hi I am a professional Helsinki Tourist Guide qualified to guide throughout the whole of Helsinki including Suomenlinna Fortress Unesco World Heritage site. In a previous life I was a tour guide in Greece, Spain and Italy, so I am more than experienced with both large and small groups. I am especially interested in Scandinavian history, art, architecture, design, Jean Sibelius, cycling, hiking, meeting people and. . . . sauna! My tours can be tailored to suit my customers' needs and interests, e.g. day trips to medieval city of Porvoo, surrounding countryside or the National Park of Nuuksio and heritage sauna tours can also be arranged on request. I am positive and friendly. I enjoy meeting new people and do everything I can to help guests to make the most of their visit in Helsinki. I have been told by guests on my tours that I have a great sense of humor and really know my stuff. I also provide accessible tours for elderly with a wheelchair accessible vans.                                                                                                                                 

Helsinki Tour Guide - Nina R.

Nina R.


Hi, I am Nina. My guiding career begins from Lapland from 1995, where I made my first tours for example at the touristic icebreaker Sampo. Since 1996 I have lived in Helsinki. Before I become Helsinki Guide 2003, I guided also in the Parliament House, Helsinki Museum of Art (HAM) and Museum of the Cultures. Since 2003 as Helsinki authorized guide I have made all kind of tours by bus, taxi, bike, boat, tram and of course by walking in Helsinki, Espoo and the surroundings like Porvoo, and Tuusulanjärvi. I have also specialised to guide groups of children. As a tour leader I have worked in Finland and taken groups by train to St.Petersburg, Russia. I was also as a tour leader in China 2005-2008. I love languages and different cultures and speak also Swedish, Russian and Chinese as well German and a bit Spanish. I am interested in history, design and architecture--hope you are too! My special interest is to do tours on an sustainable way, for example by walking and utilizing an existing excellent public transportation in Helsinki area. As many Finns, I am also interested in recycling and second hand shops, which sell vintage or modern but recycled clothes/ items.                                                                                                                                  

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