Finland Cruise Holidays

Nestled in between Sweden, Norway and Russia, Finland is home to many a whimsical town and alluring landscape, as well as having a captivating culture of age-old traditions.

Finland Cruise Holiday Highlights

Finland’s two nicknames perfectly encapsulate what those on a cruise to Finland will come to experience. Known as the ‘land of a thousand lakes’ and ‘land of the midnight sun’, it’ll come as no surprise that there’s an abundance of natural wonder. This is ideal given that the Arctic Circle areas of Finland see 60 days each year when the sun never sets. 

Scandinavia is the home of great design, and nowhere is that more evident than in the stylish Finnish capital. The vibrant Design District of Helsinki is a creative hub, packed with galleries, workshops and boutiques, and home to the fantastic Design Museum. For a moment of calm, step inside the Kamppi Chapel of Silence, an oasis of peace with its thick wood - clad walls and tranquil atmosphere. Or experience one of Finland’s enduring traditions in one of the new generation of public saunas, including the stylish waterfront Löyly.

Helsinki, Finland

Helsinki is a design-lover’s dream: the city boasts some of the finest examples of Art Nouveau architecture, with the central train station and National Theatre being prime examples. The Design Museum in Helsinki, a treasure trove of Finnish design.

Explore Finland on a Cruise Holiday

It’s worth remembering that Finland is the home of Lapland, where Santa and his elves live, cementing its reputation as a place of magical wonder and eternal happiness. The only thing to rival such a delight is glimpsing the Northern Lights on one of the 200 nights of the year they make an appearance here.

Reasons to visit Finland on a cruise holiday

Architecture

There are countless architectural gems to discover in Helsinki, from the historic –the 18th-century Suomenlinna Sea Fortress, the gold-domed Uspenski Cathedral and the neoclassical Senate Square –to the contemporary, including Alvar Aalto’s modernist Finlandia Hall, Temppeliaukio Church, carved out of solid rock, and the Sibelius Monument, a striking sculpture of 600 steel pipes.

Cuisine

There are two fantastic markets in Finland’s capital Helsinki. Kauppatori right by the harbour is a good spot to get your bearings, and the fish is astoundingly fresh. Helsinki's historic Old Market Hall has been revamped recently but dates from 1889. Pick up amazing baked goods – rye bread, tar bread, potato tarts – plus pickled cucumbers, wild blueberry juice, smoked hams, munkkipossu doughnuts and more from the array of stalls.

View a selection of Finnish cruise shore experiences