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Helsinki: Private Tour with a Local Guide

1. Helsinki: Private Tour with a Local Guide

Explore Helsinki with a friendly local who is passionate about the city and eager to share all the tips and hints that will help you make the most of your trip. Choose from 2-6 hour private tour options. Meet your guide at your accommodation and head out to get familiar with the neighborhood. Learn about the best places to eat and shop, the easiest ways to get around and the top things to see and do. By the end of the tour you'll feel more comfortable navigating the city and confident that you have all the information you need to thoroughly enjoy your stay.

Helsinki: Guided City Highlights Walking Tour

2. Helsinki: Guided City Highlights Walking Tour

Embark on a tour of the Finnish capital, Helsinki, and watch daily life unfold with stories and history from your guide. Visit city highlights, from the bustling Market Square where locals get their groceries to the colossal Central Library Oodi. Begin at the iconic Senate Square and admire the Lutheran Cathedral. From the square, see Helsinki University and the old Senate, and discover the meaning behind the statue of the Russian Czar. As you walk, feel free to ask your guide any questions about the capital. Next, follow your guide to the port and marvel at the Uspenski Orthodox Cathedral. Continue to Market Square and learn about Finnish gastronomy. Here, get tips on where to eat and drink after the tour. If you're lucky, you might see locals swimming and relaxing in the Baltic Sea. Make your way to Havis Amanda and learn about this statue's significance to many in the city. Stop at the picturesque Esplanade Park and see the man that the seagulls love the most. After passing by the Esplanade, walk through Helsinki's bustling Aleksanterinkatu street, and discover the "unicorn block". At the end of Aleksanterinkatu street, view the Three Smiths statue, which was damaged during the bombings of the Second World War. Hear stories about this complicated period of Finland's history and the impact that lingers to this day. Stop by the Helsinki Central Railway Station before coming to the last stop on the tour, the new Central Library Oodi. As you arrive, see the Finnish Parliament, the Music Centre, and Kiasma Contemporary Art Museum. Take a small tour inside the library and marvel at its unique architecture before finishing the tour.

Helsinki: Architecture Walking Tour with Expert

3. Helsinki: Architecture Walking Tour with Expert

Helsinki is a gem for architecture enthusiasts. It is difficult to find another urban area that houses such a wide range of architectural styles. Neoclassical, gothic revival, Art Nouveau, Jugendstil, Nordic classicism, modernism, functionalism, and contemporary styles all coexist in the city center. Different historical periods have definitely left their mark on Helsinki. Join this architecture tour led by an expert guide to marvel at the architectural wonders that Helsinki has to offer. See the National Library of Finland, Central Railway Station, the new Oodi public library, Chapel of Silence, Museum of Contemporary Art Kiasma, the Rock Church, Finlandia Hall, and more. Admire the great works of world-renowned architects, such as Engel and Saarinen.

Helsinki: Art and Culture Tour with a Local Guide

4. Helsinki: Art and Culture Tour with a Local Guide

Find out the different cultural and artistic characteristics that make this city unique, and enjoy the buzzing community and city ambience! Whether you are visiting Helsinki as a returning tourist who wants to get to know the city a bit better, or if this is your first time, this Experience is for you! While walking the streets of Helsinki and looking at the amazing sculptures and its Art Nouveau architecture or getting to know more about the city’s galleries and museums, you will hear about street-art artists as well as contemporary artists and their close connection to Helsinki. I will share with you the art and cultural world of my city, where you will see, hear, and experience how colourful and multifaceted Helsinki is!

Helsinki: City Highlights Express Walking Tour with a Local

5. Helsinki: City Highlights Express Walking Tour with a Local

You only have an hour to fall in love with Helsinki? Challenge accepted! Discover Helsinki during a short but sweet excursion, in which you will learn the most interesting facts about the city, the local lifestyle and the modern transformation of the city. We will meet at the main entrance to Uspenski Cathedral and will go on our stroll from there. Discover what the everyday life of locals looks like and learn where the city gets its characteristic ambience from, by seeing it through the eyes of a local. Walking through the city, you will discover exactly what makes Helsinki special! This is also your chance to get insider tips about the best cafes, restaurants and bars to visit during your time here and learn how to make the most out of your visit. This is the perfect experience for someone visiting the city for the first time or someone that wants to rediscover it!

Helsinki Half-Day City Tour

6. Helsinki Half-Day City Tour

Start your walking tour from the Railway Station Square, right next to one of the most beautiful Romantic buildings in Helsinki, the National Theater. From there, continue your walk through central Helsinki to get a feel for its vibrant streets, mostly built in the late 19th and early 20th centuries. Then, follow the main shopping street, Aleksanterinkatu, towards the city's main square, Senate Square. At the central point of the square is the magnificent Helsinki Cathedral, built in 1852 when Finland was part of the Russian Empire. Stop at the nearby seat of the Finnish Government and the main building of Helsinki University. Continue on towards the Katajanokka Peninsula, stopping at the Uspenskii Cathedral, a beautiful Orthodox cathedral atop a hill. Go up the hill and to the terrace of the cathedral for pretty views over Helsinki. Explore Market Square (Kauppatori), where you can find souvenirs and taste local specialties. Walk along the Esplanade Park and Helsinki’s main street, Mannerheimintie, before stopping by the parliament building, National Museum, and Finlandia Hall, a concert and congress hall designed by famous Finnish architect Alvar Aalto. After a walk through the district of Töölö, visit the unique Rock Church, carved within a rocky hill, and afterwards a have a short city bus trip to the park and monument dedicated to the most famous Finnish composer, Jean Sibelius. End the tour at the impressive granite Central Railway Station, where nearly a quarter of a million passengers pass through every day. This private walking tour allows variations in pick-up point, starting time and the route. Agree your most convenient timing and meet the guide from the port, railway station or a hotel.

Helsinki: Small-Group Walking Tour with City Planner Guide

7. Helsinki: Small-Group Walking Tour with City Planner Guide

Get to know central Helsinki like a local on a small-group walking tour with a city planner. Take in the sights, culture, and history with your PhD student and professional city planner guide who knows the city inside out. Ask any questions you like.  Find out tidbits of Helsinki’s past, from the plague in the middle ages to Lenin’s stay in the 20th century. As you tour Helsinki city center, find out why Helsinkians picnic at gravesites, which statue is most discriminated against by seagulls, and why an orthodox cathedral exists in the city.  Visit many of Helsinki’s most important landmarks, with a typical itinerary (weather, holidays, and events permitting) including: Senate Square, Market Square, Uspenski Cathedral, Helsinki Cathedral, National Library of Finland, the Presidential Palace, Allas Sea Pool, Esplanadi Park, Kappeli, Old Church Park, the Central Railway Station, Oodi, Lasipalatsi, Kamppi Chapel, and Amos Rex.

Helsinki's Christmas Wonders Tour

8. Helsinki's Christmas Wonders Tour

It's the most wonderful time of the year, and what better way to celebrate than by joining us in Helsinki? Start your tour at the SkyWheel Helsinki, where you'll have a bird's-eye view of the city's festive holiday lights. After enjoying the view from the SkyWheel, head to Tove Jansson Park, a beautiful park that's especially festive during the holiday season. Here, you'll find a charming Christmas market, where you can browse handcrafted gifts and treats, or just enjoy the holiday atmosphere. Next, visit Senate Square, where you'll find the beautiful Helsinki Cathedral, adorned with festive holiday lights. Take a moment to appreciate the architecture of the cathedral and the festive atmosphere of the square. End your tour at Havis Amanda, a beautiful fountain that's especially charming during the winter months. The fountain is adorned with festive holiday lights, making it a perfect spot to end the tour.

Helsinki: Best Photogenic Spots City Tour with a Local

9. Helsinki: Best Photogenic Spots City Tour with a Local

Come with me to discover the city of Helsinki through your camera lens! Join me on this short city walk for this unique opportunity to get to know the city from an insider’s point of view and take stunning pictures of it at the same time! Our walk will take us from the Sibelius Monument to Huvilakatu. While you use your camera to capture the beauty of Helsinki you will also get to discover local spots and hidden gems that your typical tourist tour won’t show you. Treat your curiosity by discovering an alternative side of Helsinki and the unique beauty it has to offer! In Huvilakatu, a 320 m-long row of Art Nouveau buildings offer stunning material for photography, and our tour will conclude right there!

Love on the Streets of Helsinki - Romantic Walking Tour

10. Love on the Streets of Helsinki - Romantic Walking Tour

Our romantic tour of Helsinki will take you on a journey through the city's most iconic attractions, including the beautiful Helsinki Cathedral, the stunning Senate Square, and the fascinating Helsinki City Museum. As you explore the city with your loved one, you'll have the opportunity to discover the rich history and culture of Helsinki, from its stunning architecture to its vibrant art scene. You'll also visit the Presidential Palace, a beautiful building that is the official residence of the President of Finland. Throughout the tour, you'll have the chance to take in the breathtaking beauty of Helsinki and create lasting memories with your special someone. So come join us and experience the romance of this stunning city!

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based on 330 reviews

Excellent tour. For someone who didn't know much about Finland this was extremely informative and full of interesting stories. The guide is very knowledgeable and friendly, always eager to answer question and explain everything. Group was small and the atmosphere was cozy. We've seen some major landmarks of Helsinki and got useful recommendations from the guide on what to do on our own. If your stay in Helsinki is short and you only want to get a single guided tour, this is definitely it!

Awesome walking tour. Jonna combines her love of history with her knowledge of local lifestyle. By keeping her groups small she keeps them personal and interactive. I really felt I was walking with friends. Very informative - far exceeded my expectations. Cannot recommend this tour enough. And don't confuse the "green cap" tour which meets at the same time and near same place, and will likely try to poach you as not. Again, this tour was awesome. Kiitso, Jonna!!

I can 100% reccomend this tour and the guide. It was a super interesting tour about finnish architects and the buidldings they designed in Helsinki. The guide gave a lot of background to the architects and explained why and how they designed the buildings the way they did. So you could really understand the idea behind the concept of the buildings. We also went into many buildings such as the national library, main station, pohjola and buildings from Alvar Alto.

100% recommendation for this tour and the guide. He really knows a lot about Helsinki, the culture, the history and the architecture and can explain very well. He connected well the history with the present day. We did a nice combination of walking around and going into buildings, which is good to warm up in winter. The meeting point inside a caffee is a nice idea.

Extremely knowledgeable and friendly guide and the 3+ hours flew by. Learnt a lot about Finnish history and culture.