Hidden Gems of Katajanokka

Duration: 1h and 45min
Languages: English
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 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

Join us for a walking tour into the heart of Helsinki's Katajanokka. 
During this tour, we will visit historical landmarks starting in Senate Square, then continuing towards Market Square, Uspenski Cathedral, Tove Jansson and The Moomins, the Ice Breaker ships, Art Nouveau, and some fun anecdotes and stories, some beautiful views, and recommendations. 

The tour covers the story of how Helsinki was transformed under the Russian Tsars from a small fishing village into the capital of Finland.  We will explore how Katajanokka went from being the playground of sailors and crooks to the playground of the bourgeoisie.

This tour is a great complement to our free tour, check our profile for more :)

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What will we visit on this tour?

  • Meeting point:
    Hallituskatu, 00170 Helsinki, Finland
    Hallituskatu, 00170 Helsinki, Finland
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    The guide will be carrying a pink umbrella and a name badge.

  • 1
    Outside visit
    Plaza del Senado

    Start point of the tour.

  • 2
    Outside visit
    Market Square
  • 3
    Outside visit
    Uspenskin katedraali
  • 4
    Outside visit
    Icebreaker in the summer
  • 5
    Outside visit
    Katajanokan Vankila
  • 6
    Outside visit
    Old Customs House

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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M 17 Sep 2023

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Travelled alone - Sep 2023
On the island Katajanokka he takes you to places you probably dont wouldn’t to go, or never heard of. — And probably never — And tells you things his bette dude side probably shouldn’t, or if allowed. Though at end when I wanted to find so where to go toilet, I only gave 10 Euro (Only cash I had, he also doesn’t do card payments), and he seemed disappointed. And when at end I says pleased to meet you. — He ignored me, not reciprocating.
Juliette 02 Sep 2023

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Travelled alone - Sep 2023
It was pouring rain but it was still very nice
Mark 28 Aug 2023

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Travelled in couple - Aug 2023
Robert was a terrific guide and I really enjoyed the walking tour. He gave us insightful information about Helsinki and the sites we visited. Highly recommended.
Ludovica 20 Aug 2023

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Travelled alone - Aug 2023
Robert is an amazing guru! Don't miss the chance to visit Helsinki and learn more about Finland joining one of his tour.
Nancy 20 Aug 2023

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Travelled alone - Aug 2023
Many thanks to Robert for the wonderful introduction to Helsinki. I took the tour on a whim as I had a couple of hour to spare . Robert was so knowledgeable and adapted the tour brilliantly for our small. I particularly liked the personal approach he took, sharing some of his own story as a person who lives with his family near the city. Highly recommend Ed. Thank you Robert! group
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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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