Essential Helsinki Free Tour

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

Hello stranger! We're Sara, Ed and Maria, three friends and Authorized Helsinki Guides. 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 booking and cancellation
    Free payment tour, no set price, booking and cancellation are free

Tour description

Welcome to Helsinki , the capital of the country that consumes the most coffee, has a famous education model and a very popular karaoke scene!

During the tour, we will learn about 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 grew from a small fishing village to a great capital.

We explore the National Bank of Finland and the Estates House , where we will learn about the politics of Finland , contemporary and past. We will also reflect on the evolution of our 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. Why is this Orthodox cathedral located in a Lutheran country?

In the Market Square we will talk about Finnish gastronomy , and the Finnish cultural heritage: the sauna. Next to the market square is the famous Esplanadi park , which was inspired by the Champs Elysees in Paris. Passing the park, we will see the statue of the poet that the seagulls love the most in the city.

Finland is known in the world for its education system , social assistance, and high taxes. We will be covering these topics during the tour stops as well as hinting at why Finland is the happiest country in the world .

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  • Meeting point:
    Hallituskatu, 00170 Helsinki, Finland
    Hallituskatu, 00170 Helsinki, Finland
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    I will be in the middle of the square, in front of the statue of Alexander II.

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).

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Tania 07 Oct 2022
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Travelled in couple - Sep 2022

This tour is good to have an overview of the city. I’d like to spend 10 more mins in the market but in general the information was enough and interesting!

Maria 02 Oct 2022
Buenos Aires
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Travelled in group - Sep 2022

Ed was an excellent experience guide in spanish. He is fluent and very knowledgeable of Helsinki and Finnish history/culture!

Hicham 01 Oct 2022
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Travelled alone - Sep 2022

Alvaro estuvo estupendo! Una manera rapida y fresca de conocer la ciudad.

Lisa 26 Sep 2022
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Travelled alone - Sep 2022

I had a great time getting introduced to Helsinki by Ed. Perfect mix of history, culture and information!

Samantha 26 Sep 2022
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Travelled in couple - Sep 2022

Ed was a great guide for our tour of Helsinki! We loved his anecdotes about the city’s history, as well as the history of Finland itself, and he drew our attention to ...

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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.
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