Forget those pre-scripted, crowded, boring touristy tours! In my walking tours, I use my creativity and knowledge to adjust the tour according to your interests and preferences, the group size and the weather conditions; so you will get the best of Helsinki. We will walk together in and around the city center, discovering Helsinki's secrets, learning its history, culture and traditions. Why do Helsinki people have picnic on top of graves? What was the meeting point of the bohemian people of 1880s in Helsinki? How did they build a church inside a giant granite rock? Where did Lenin hide when he was running away from the Tsarist Russia? Which statue is the one that seagulls hate the most? Where did they bury thousands of bodies during the plague? Why is the largest Orthodox cathedral located in a Lutheran country? Where can you eat the best salmon soup of your life? Why Finnish people still cheer for the opponents of the Swedish national football team? How did a Finnish architect influence generations of American architects and skyscraper designs? We will find answers to all of these questions and more, while visiting each of these important locations in Helsinki.
I am a city planner with a master's degree in Urban Policy Studies and I am continuing my PhD studies (Urban Studies/Social Policy) in University of Helsinki. I wanted to combine my love for Helsinki with my knowledge and research about the history, planning and culture of the city, and share it with a wider audience, so I became a professional tour guide! I have been doing small group walking tours for two years. Being a Turkish guy living in Finland for five years, I bring together the business ethics and punctuality of the Finnish people with the hospitality and warmth of the Anatolian people.
Temppeliaukion Kirkko. If we visit Temppeliaukion Kirkko (The Rock Church) during our tour, I can provide the entrance…
Even in the well known locations, there are always hidden stories. My stories will make the locations we visit come alive. You will begin to understand how the locals think-walk-talk and the reasons for this particular culture. We will walk in Helsinki city center and see the historically and culturally important locations and landmarks. These routes will show you Helsinki city life from a local perspective, providing a clear picture of the Finns
Be prepared to walk 6-7 km and come with comfortable walking shoes and extra layers for warmth. If you would like to have a private tour, please mention it before you book so I can arrange it for you. You can check out and follow me on instagram: @ataman.tours.helsinki
Tour Helsinki with a city planner