Essential Helsinki Free Tour

Duration: 1h and 45min
Languages: 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
  • Accepts electronic payment
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Tour description

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

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 Estates House , where we will learn about Finnish politics , contemporary and past. We are also going to 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 we will 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 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 to the world for its education system , social assistance, 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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  • Meeting point:
    Hallituskatu 7, 00170 Helsinki, Finland
    Hallituskatu 7, 00170 Helsinki, Finland
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    We will meet next to the statue of Alexander II in the middle of the Senate Square

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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Salv... 29 Jan 2023

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Travelled in group - Jan 2023
Ed es muy simpático y transmite muy bien la historia, curiosidades, etc de Helsinki/Finlandia. Muy recomendable!!
Iria 08 Jan 2023

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Travelled in group - Jan 2023
Ed fue un guía magnífico. Nos entretuvo durante todo el tour y no dio recomendaciones personalizadas de la ciudad!! Muy recomendable!
Esther 08 Jan 2023

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Travelled alone - Jan 2023
Ed ha hecho un tour muy bueno. Muy amable y cercano, ofreciéndose a dar recomendaciones y resolver curiosidades entre paradas. Repetiría si Helsinki estuviese cerca de casa!
Edwin 07 Jan 2023
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Travelled in couple - Dec 2022
It was cold (-5) and slightly rainy but we had an awesome time with Ed - our guide. Ed is from Ireland but has been living in Finland for some time now and he knew how to relate to the foreigner in the tour. This is an excellent plus point for any tour guide. The tour was well balance with history, fun fact, general knowledge, lots of pop culture reference and most importantly a fun brief introduction to Helsinki - especially it’s culture, it’s rich history and it answered all the questions we had on why Helsinki is the way it is today. I especially liked how Ed explain the traditions of Finnish people (especially when it comes to Sauna), the street signs (which are in Finnish, Swedish and an animal picture) and norms of the every day life of a Finnish person. It was new year eve and Ed even recommended to us the places where we can go to celebrate New Year eve. This tour is greatly recommended for anyone who is visiting Helsinki for the first time and wants a quick introduction to this beautiful and rich country.
Aaron 05 Jan 2023

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Travelled in couple - Jan 2023
Ed gave a fun and very informative tour. He planned a great route to see all of the main points of interest as well as giving tips of where else we could visit by ourselves. It was very cold and he helped make sure everyone kept as warm as possible. A great length for winter, over two hours would have been tough.
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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 4 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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