Free tour

Free Tour - Alternative Helsinki

Duration: 2h
Registered on July 17, 2021

Moi! I'm Jonna, a tour guide from Helsinki and the founder of Rento Helsinki Tours. I was born and raised in Finland, and on my tours you'll hear stories that your guide book won't tell you. I'm passionate about history, society and languages. I've have travelled extensively and lived abroad for many years, but Helsinki for me is the place I have the pleasure to call home. Join on my tour to explore Helsinki like a local!

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  • Free booking and cancellation
    Free payment tour, no set price, booking and cancellation are free
  • Accepts electronic payment
    This tour allows payment by electronic means or credit card

Tour description

Welcome to know the real Helsinki! In this experience, you can forget about the famous monuments and must-sees. Come to know the Kallio neighborhood , the old workers' district, which has a lot of history, culture and social movement. You are going to learn about parts of Finnish history usually forgotten by tourist guides. You will visit a local neighborhood, full of bars, restaurants and shops and you will understand much more about Finnish society.

 The tour passes through the areas of Hakaniemi and Kallio. Where did Lenin hide in September 1917? Where does the former president of Finland usually go for her coffee? What was going on in Kallio during 1920's prohibition law? How was the Finnish social welfare state built? 

We learn about Finnish history, from a different point of view.
We will get to know the most important buildings in Kallio, such as Kallio Church, Kallio Library, Big Bridge , Hakaniemi Old Market and much more. After the tour I will give you recommendations on authentic restaurants, cheap bars and unique events happening in the city.

Book your tour with me, and you will have a complete, true and different picture of Helsinki and its inhabitants.

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What will we visit on this tour?

  • Meeting point:
    Unioninkatu 47, 00170 Helsinki, Finland
    Unioninkatu 47, 00170 Helsinki, Finland
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    In the corner of Unioninkatu and Kaisaniemenranta streets. There's a small kiosk, that's where we'll meet. Guide holds a sign saying "Free Tour Kallio".

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    Outside visit
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    Hakaniemi Market Hall
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    Outside visit
    Hakaniemi Market Square
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    Outside visit
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    Kallio church
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    Kallio Library
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    Outside visit

How much does this tour cost?

Free tours do not have a set price, instead, each person gives the guru at the end of the tour the amount that he or she considers appropriate (these usually range from €10 to $50 depending on satisfaction with the tour).

Tour opinions

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Laura 23 Oct 2021

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Travelled in group - Oct 2021
No se visita el centro de Helsinki sino un barrio de las afueras
Nanique 18 Oct 2021

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Travelled in group - Oct 2021
Absolutely lovely experience、such kind people and a lovely route!
Umang 14 Oct 2021

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Travelled alone - Oct 2021
Ed is a great guide, and the tour was a nice addition to my Helsinki visit. Although Kallio doesn't have many "touristy" attractions, all the information we got during the tour about the history and historical places in the area were excellent. Would recommend if you need more things to do when in city.
Tim Graubner 10 Oct 2021

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Travelled alone - Oct 2021
Great Tour, great guide.
Katharina 26 Sep 2021

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Travelled in couple - Sep 2021
We really enjoyed the guided tour! Thanks to our amazing tour guide!
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Who is this tour for?

Non suitable for people with reduced mobility.
Does not accept large group reservations.
Suitable for carrying pets.

What should you know?

Minimum of attendees
A minimum of 5 people is required for the tour.
Additional costs:
The tour does not require the payment of entrance fees or additional expenses.
Free cancellation
If you will not be able to attend the tour, please cancel your booking, otherwise the guide will be waiting for you.
Payment methods
Electronic or credit card payment is accepted.
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