Essential Helsinki Free Tour

Duration: 1h and 45min
Languages: English, Spanish
Guru: Helsinki
Quality Verified Registered on November 05, 2021

Hello stranger! We're Ana, Daniel, Ed, Marcelo, Paco and Virginia here to take you on a journey through Helsinki! We're passionate about Helsinki's culture, history and architecture, we love showing people around and showing off the essential sights as well as the quirks of our new hometown. We're the ones with the pink umbrellas, see you in the square!

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    Free payment tour, no set price, booking and cancellation are free
  • Accepts electronic payment
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Tour description

Welcome to Helsinki, the capital of the happiest country in the world for 6 years in a row.

During the tour, we will get to know the history of Helsinki and Finland in a dynamic and fun way , walking through the most emblematic parts of the city. The tour starts at the famous Senate Square , where the Helsinki Cathedral , the University of Helsinki and the old Senate are located. We will learn about the country's past and how Helsinki went from being a small fishing village to a great capital.

We explore the National Bank of Finland and the House of the Estates. We will also reflect on the evolution of the local language, Finnish.

Before reaching the port and the Market Square, we will walk through the oldest quarter of the city , and see the largest Orthodox cathedral in Western Europe.

In the Market Square we will talk about Finnish food culture, and Finnish cultural heritage: the sauna. Next to the market square is the famous promenade de la Esplanade, inspired by the Champs Elysees in Paris. Past the park, we will visit the statue of the poet of Finland's national poet and the connection it has with Tolkien.

Finland is known to the world for its education system, welfare state, and high taxes. We will be covering these topics during tour stops as well as giving clues as to why Finland is the happiest country in the world .

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What will we visit on this tour?

  • Meeting point:
    Hallituskatu 7, 00170 Helsinki, Finland
    Hallituskatu 7, 00170 Helsinki, Finland
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    We will meet at the top of the steps of the white cathedral in the Senate Square. Guides with a pink umbrella.

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    Outside visit
    Senate Square
  • 2
    Outside visit
    Helsinki Cathedral
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    Outside visit
    University of Helsinki
  • 4
    Outside visit
    House of the Estates
  • 5
    Outside visit
    Uspenskin katedraali
  • 6
    Outside visit
    Market Square
  • 7
    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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Natalia 01 Oct 2023

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Travelled alone - Oct 2023
El tour es muy completo y se ve prácticamente todo. Además Daniel lo hace muy agradable. Me encantó porque no tenía ni idea de qué hacer en Helsinki y después de la caminata ya tengo varios lugares para recorrer. A mi gusto, se podría intentar incluir la iglesia de madera o la que está en la roca...o al menos mencionarlas para que los turistas vayamos luego. De todas formas, el tour está buenísimo y es súper recomendable por no decir imprescindible para comprender Helsinki y su cultura.
Andreas 01 Oct 2023

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Travelled in group - Sep 2023
Helsinki is a very nice place. Due to Eds very professional explanations we got a lot of tips for our weekend trip and got to know a lot of the history and the daily life in Helsinki/Finland. We enjoyed the tour and highly recommend this walk
Jim Aubert 30 Sep 2023
West Chester

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Travelled in group - Sep 2023
We showed up 20 minutes early in front of the statue of Alexander. The guide never showed up. We looked around for him, but never found him. This is the first time it happened to us! Very disappointed about it.
Simon 30 Sep 2023

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Travelled in group - Sep 2023
Gute Stadtführung mit Erklärung zur Geschichte Finnlands, perfektes Englisch; Kann die Tour nur Empfehlen
Berta 23 Sep 2023

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Travelled in couple - Sep 2023
Daniel fue un gran guía, muchas gracias :)
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Who is this tour for?

Non suitable for people with reduced mobility.
Accepts reservations up to 8 people.
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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