Make the most of your vacation with a shore and land excursion that appeals to your interests. Knowledgeable, professional guides lead all excursions and offer special insights into the culture, history, wildlife, and geology of each destination. Discover first-hand how islanders went about the business of growing, harvesting and refining sugar in 18th century Barbados. Take an invigorating mush across a snow-covered glacier aboard an Alaskan dogsled. Or stroll through the maze of tiny streets in Mykonos, the birthplace of Apollo.
After a short walk from your ship, you will change into appropriate clothes, which are provided for you, for a fast boat ride in the Finnish Archipelago. You begin your adventure heading towards the center of the city, past Embassy Park, Suomenlinna Island Fortress and the Open Air Market. After passing the giant Icebreakers, you will head towards the narrow straight Kustaanmiekka and then hit full throttle. Experience the scenic Finnish Archipelago at speeds up to 40 knots. After getting a taste of the speed on water, you land at one of the islands that form the Finnish Archipelago. Enjoy some refreshments, Finnish style. Fry sausages and have a taste of Finnish summer food.
Explore Helsinki by Jopo, the famous Finnish bike known as "everyone's bicycle". After a safety briefing, head into the Finnish Capital and ride along paths by city parks, waterfronts and residential and commercial areas, and experience the city from a unique perspective. View Helsinki's main city beach, Hietaranta, and Sibelius Park to see the monument to Finland's world famous composer. Pass through the residential district of Töölö to the shores of Töölö Bay. Stop for photos at the eastern Harbour and capture the beauty of Katajanokka Island. At Market Square, walk with your bike and safely enjoy the colorful sights and sounds of one of the most popular tourist attractions in the city.
Be introduced to Nordic Walking, a traditional Finnish fitness activity and to Finland's capital. Meet your guide at the ship and receive your gear along with a demonstration of Nordic Walking techniques. After brief warm-up exercises, begin your relaxed approximately 5 mile walk into the center of Helsinki passing along dedicated walking paths, past city parks, waterfront districts, residential and commercial areas. Along the way you will see the Market Square, Senate Squrare and green park area,the Parliament and the Contemporary Art Museum, Kiasma. Conclude at the downtown Shuttle Bus stop and return directly to the ship, or remain independently in the city.
You begin your adventure heading towards the center of the city, past Embassy Park, Suomenlinna Island Fortress and the Open Air Market. After passing the giant Icebreakers, you will head towards the narrow straight "Kustaanmiekka" and then hit full throttle! Experience the scenic Finnish Archipelago at speeds up to 40 knots. Speeding back to the City pass the new High-tech Center, a new residential area and reappear next to the shipyard and your cruise ship.
Enjoy an unforgettable kayaking adventure in the beautiful archipelago of Helsinki. You begin your tour with a coach transfer to a kayaking centre. Upon arrival gear up and begin your kayaking adventure. On the trip you will see islands and birdlife, enjoy the peaceful scenery and learn about the weather, nature and the history of the Finnish archipelago. Your will stop on one the islands that form the archipelago around Helsinki for some snacks. A short transfer will take you back to your ship.
Important: Please remember you have up to 4 days prior to your sail date to purchase your regular shore excursions online. If you are within the 4 days, you will then need to purchase your shore excursions onboard; land excursions would need to be purchased directly through your Tour Director on the land portion of the Alaska Cruisetour. For example, if you are sailing on October 18, you can make Shore & Land Excursion purchases online until October 13.