We will walk and tour around Kallio, a neighborhood with a plethora of quirky bars, street art, and stunning examples of 20th-century Finnish architecture. The area used to be heavily working-class but now is populated predominantly by students, young professionals, and the elderly pensioners. Kallio has lots to offer and I want to help you experience a side of Helsinki many tourists do not get to see. I will also be taking photos and can send them to you by email or text immediately after the tour's completion. I can also film and compile a video upon your request. We will start and finish the tour at the Hakaniemi metro station.
I am a Finnish-American and just moved to Helsinki. Growing up, I always dreamed of living in Finland and when teachers would ask me what I wanted to do when I grew up, I would reply, "Live in Finland." Now I am living my dream, after years of reading countless books on Finnish history, watching virtually every YouTube video about Finland and Helsinki, and learning Finnish online. I am living in the Kallio neighborhood, a unique and quirky district that has drawn comparisons to Brooklyn for its working-class history and contemporary "hipster" culture. Since I have moved to Helsinki, I have biked over 3000 km delivering food around the central area of the city, particularly in Kallio. In July I will be doing my mandatory military service so I will only be available for tours on the weekends during this time.
We will tour Kallio, a historical working-class district in Helsinki that has strong ties to every period of Finnish history. In Finnish, Kallio means "the rock" which will be evident as we walk this cragged landscape, exploring its bohemian streets, bustling parks, and the towering Kallion Kirkko (Kallio Church). Escape the crowds and learn about a different side of Helsinki.
While you might be apprehensive about how recently I have moved to Finland and the fact that I am not a native Finn, I have an unparalleled passion for this city and country, and I want to share that.
Helsinki's Brooklyn: A Tour in Kallio