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Discover National Park near Helsinki
With Backpacker Helsinki Tour you will enjoy a perfect guiding hike in the National Park of Nuuksio or Sipoonkorppi. On our way, we will cross many different lakes and type of landscapes ! Nuuksio and Sipoonkorppi National Park reflect perfectly the spectacular beauty of the Finnish forest ! On our trip, I will share with you many informations about Finland. Depending on the season, you will have the opportunity to pick berries or mushrooms ! In the heart of the winter, when there is snow enough, possibility to practice snowshoes during the hike ! During the break in the middle of the Taïga forest, you will enjoy a delicious "Glögi" served with Finnish biscuits. I will propose you the perfect trek corresponding to your level of hiking. In the Laavu, the traditional Finnish fire camp, we will end by sharing an authentic home made Finnish soup (also vegetarian option) served with a traditional bread and beverage ! Duration: 4 h Transportation: By car. Meeting at the street Museokatu 8, near to the parliament. Group capacity: From 1 to 4 persons New ! Have a look at my experiences "Day trip in Torronsuo National Park" and "Ice fishing in Helsinki Region" ! Do not hesitate to ask for other dates than those on the calendar :)
The Authentic Helsinki Walking Tour - Small Group
Join this small-group walking tour to explore Helsinki, the capital of the happiest country in the world! Apart from sharing many fascinating stories about Helsinki's history, present, and future, I will be happy to answer your questions about the way of Finnish life and cultural habits. I was born and raised in Finland, and I want you to get a real feeling of Helsinki, not just the touristic one. You'll get to understand the unique Helsinki state of mind and a clear idea of our quite peculiar culture. After the tour, you'll also know the answer to the following questions: Why is sauna so important for Finns? What is the "Unicorn Block" of Helsinki? When do Finns gather at the Market Square to swim in the fountain? Why is there a statue of a Russian Czar in the most famous square of Helsinki? Is Finnish really that difficult to learn? How much is the biggest speeding ticket ever given in Finland? What did Napoleon have to do with Finland? Are we Finns really the happiest people in the world? The groups are small, maximum 8 people, so you'll have a chance to ask all of your questions. In the end, you'll receive a recommendation list of restaurants and things to do in Helsinki that includes all my personal favorites. Let's discover how unique Helsinki really is! My other tours: Other Side of the Bridge - Kallio Tour Smart City, Urban Nature & Helsinkian BBQ
Finnish cooking class in ♡ of Helsinki
I will welcome you in my home in the design district, Punavuori. The plan for the evening is to create together a traditional Finnish meal consisting of a starter, a main course and dessert. You will get your hands dirty with peeling, chopping and kneading. Sounds like a lot? Finns like to keep things uncomplicated in all aspects of life - including cooking - so we will finish prepping on time. An example menu looks like: Lohikeitto (salmon soup) Lihapyörykät (Finnish meatballs) Korvapuusti (cinnamon rolls) THE MENU WILL CHANGE ACCORDING TO SEASON AND THE REQUEST OF GUESTS THAT SIGNED UP. While we are preparing dinner together, you will have the chance to learn about various exotic Nordic ingredients from the seas and forests exclusive to this region. At the dinner table we can then discuss the latest gossips of the Finnish gastro scene, and you can ask me for tips and recommendations where to eat next. You will also take home a printed version of the recipes with you, so you can share them with your friends and family when your vacation is over. I have vegetarian, vegan, lactose- and gluten-free menu options too. Just ask.
Tour Helsinki with a city planner
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. Other things to note Be prepared to walk 6-7 km and come with comfortable walking shoes and extra layers for warmth. Please remember to check your messages on your Airbnb account or Airbnb mobile app as that is the main communication tool. You can check out my website for various tours www.atamantours.com
Professional Photoshoot in Helsinki
We normally meet in front of Oodi, but if you wish we can come and meet you somewhere else too, for example by the Railway Station. We can get some coffee or tea before starting and get to know each other and find out what kind of photos you desire to have. Routes can vary depending on weather conditions and your hopes. Maybe you want to go to the harbour, or to some close by neighbourhoods? If you haven’t been in Suomenlinna yet, we suggest we hop on the ferry to get some amazing pictures while there. It’s all up to you what kind of pictures you want, but don’t worry if you are not sure, we’ll have plenty of ideas in our pockets. Our goal is to create a connection between us and our guests through photography. After we are finished and you guys are happy with the pictures, we’ll hand you a little souvenir to take home! It also wouldn’t be the first time when the photoshoot ends in all of us going to a restaurant or a bar to continue the night together! We can work on them the same evening and will email minimum of 25 photographs to you the very next day. We are welcoming locals as well as tourists and encouraging our guest to challenge us. The more accessories, costumes and ideas our guests bring, the better. Or if you need something from us, maybe even just a warm jacket, just let us know and well try our best to make it happen!

All activities near Southern Finland

Ice fishing experience in the heart of Helsinki
Helsinki has a centuries-old fishing tradition and you can catch many different species in the heart of the city - on the ice! I will teach you the traditional ice fishing technique used in Finland. You will get to walk and fish on the ice of the Baltic Sea in a safe way and get to see some Helsinki landmarks from the sea perspective. I will also tell you about the Baltic Sea and its unique wildlife. Baltic Sea is one of the biggest brackish water pools in the world, meaning it is not exactly a sea nor a lake, but something between! We will meet with the group at the Sibelius Monument in Helsinki, then continue to the fishing spot together, most likely by foot. I (the host) will arrange fishing gear, bait and the necessary safety equipment. Participants will need outdoor clothes suitable to the weather. Typical fish caught in the area: - Common: perch, Baltic herring, ruffe, roach & smelt (all edible) - Less common: zander, whitefish & sea trout (all delicious!) You can keep the catch if you want or you can donate it to the local rescue cats. Catching a fish through the ice can be hard sometimes, so I cannot guarantee a catch, but I can guarantee new and fun experiences and lots of fresh air! :)
Professional photoshoot in Helsinki
We’ll meet near the main railway station or somewhere else in the city center. The place of the photoshoot depends on the weather conditions, the location is negotiated before a photoshoot. I know nice places (libraries, orangeries, and such) where we can hide from the weather and take great photos. You’ll kill two birds with one stone and get to know closer places which are only used by locals. I also can arrange a photoshoot in a studio (contact me for details). If you want to get picturesque photos outdoors in the Nordic nature, we can take a walk in the Lauttasaari island or the Vanhakaupunki neighbourhood with a waterfall and a nature trail (20 min tram trip). If you prefer the center, we can take photos in the park of Botanical garden, the Senate square, Katajanokka, or the Töölö neighbourhood. You’ll receive the first 10 photos the same evening, the rest – within 7 days. As a result, you’ll have 25-30 professionally edited photos. Other things to note: Before a photoshoot I discuss outfits or, at least, colours of your clothes. It’s essential, because the outfits affect the result. I’ll send you examples of clothes and colours that will perfectly suit for a shoot in the location of your choice. Contact me for time outside the schedule. My main goal is that you get beautiful photos from mesmerising Helsinki, which will keep you warm with good memories.
Ice Fishing in Helsinki Region
La pêche sur glace est en Finlande une des activités Nordique traditionnelles parmi les plus pratiquées en hiver. Lors de cette expérience inoubliable, dans un cadre de nature unique, je réunirai toutes les chances de notre côté pour pêcher des poissons tels que la perche, le brochet ou encore le sandre. Sur le lac Bodom, le plus grand dans la région d'Helsinki, situé à seulement 25 minutes d'Helsinki centre, je vous convie à une initiation de pêche sur glace à l'aide du Pilkki, la canne à pêche Nordique ! Une fois arrivés sur place nous marcherons sur le lac afin de trouver l'endroit idéal où il y a le plus de chance de pêcher du poisson. Je vous expliquerai ensuite comment faire un trou dans la glace et comment utiliser le pilkki. Après c'est à vous de jouer ! Vous serez prêt pour pêcher plein de poissons ! A la fin, dans un Laavu, le refuge traditionnel, je ferai un feu pour pouvoir griller les makkara, les saucisses traditionnelles. Il existe aussi une option pour végétariens. Je vous servirai également un délicieux glögi ainsi que des piparri, des biscuits traditionnels de Noël. Les vêtements chauds sont importants.
Magical Taiga Forest Hike
This day trip takes us off the beaten path to Liesjärvi national park, a breathtaking landscape carved by glaciers and shrouded by old-growth forest that will provide a magical setting to spend the day exploring nature. The park itself is a wonderful place for foraging wild foods such as blueberries, lingonberries, chanterelle mushrooms, porcini mushrooms and many more. As I have studied here in Finland as a wilderness guide, my passion lies in the knowledge of nature, so we will be stopping along our walk to talk about our surroundings, search for seasonal wild foods, and really enjoy the quiet and peaceful atmosphere of this wild national park. For lunch, I will cook a delicious campfire lunch which normally includes smoked salmon soup, rye bread, blueberry pie, and coffee/tea. Extra info: Our drive there will have a bathroom break/coffee stop approximately 25 minutes before entering the park. The walking trail is approx. 5 km and only requires a basic level of fitness and regular shoes. I have rain jackets in case of bad weather and often the weather is much less intense outside of Helsinki, so do not worry too much about the sideways rain in the market square! - Other dates available upon request -
Crochet yourself one day
In this crochet workshop, I will teach you the basic skills of hook crocheting and how to shape it into your design. We will begin with the crochet with a magic ring, using single crochet, double crochet or even triple, finishing with a slip knot. The workshop is designed for absolute beginners, so no worry if you have never done crochet before.  In the end of the course, you will be able to finish one handmade piece all by yourself, such as a basket or a small pad. Workshop is great for team-building.
In-depth tour-take you to discover the stories and secrets of Helsinki © can be customized
The main attractions combine Finnish design, bars, coffee culture, Helsinki University school visits, and can be customized. About Finnish coffee and sauna Although I like wine, coffee is better. The Finnish coffee is a sentiment, and the owner’s concept is conveyed. There are many interesting coffee shops in Helsinki. Tell me whether you add sugar or no sugar? Of course, if you want to taste wine, so can I. I love sauna very much. If you are too, I will take you to feel different excitement. I have encouraged a few friends to jump into the sea after the sauna in winter. What they didn't dare at first, but later it was worth it. About customization If you are not traveling alone, or want to extend the experience time or increase the sauna experience, you can also tell me in advance. I will arrange it according to your specific situation.
Nuuksio National Park Hike
Nuuksio National Park is located in Espoo and it is only 30 km from Helsinki city centre. The national park is a great place to see and enjoy the typical Finnish nature; spectacular lakes, beautiful vast forests, rugged landscapes with various trails. The national park is a testament to how important it is to be living right next to vast nature to the Finns. The rocky lake upland is home to many species that thrive in old-growth forests, vibrant meadows, valleys, and ponds. There are 30 lakes in the area with different sizes and shapes that provide spectacular views. This green oasis in the capital region has also many nature trails with varying length and difficulty. The benefits of walking/hiking in the forest are countless; not only it cleanses your senses and reduces your stress, it also strengthens your immune system, improves cardiovascular and metabolic health, provides simple and fun way to work out and boost your overall well-being. In our Nuuksio National Park Hike, we will be following a carefully designed 8 km trail with moderate difficulty. This trail literally has best parts that Nuuksio has to offer! We will pass by beautiful small ponds, diverse terrain with some hills, old-growth forest, picturesque vantage points, and also camping sites.
Discover National Park near Helsinki
With Backpacker Helsinki Tour you will enjoy a perfect guiding hike in the National Park of Nuuksio or Sipoonkorppi. On our way, we will cross many different lakes and type of landscapes ! Nuuksio and Sipoonkorppi National Park reflect perfectly the spectacular beauty of the Finnish forest ! On our trip, I will share with you many informations about Finland. Depending on the season, you will have the opportunity to pick berries or mushrooms ! In the heart of the winter, when there is snow enough, possibility to practice snowshoes during the hike ! During the break in the middle of the Taïga forest, you will enjoy a delicious "Glögi" served with Finnish biscuits. I will propose you the perfect trek corresponding to your level of hiking. In the Laavu, the traditional Finnish fire camp, we will end by sharing an authentic home made Finnish soup (also vegetarian option) served with a traditional bread and beverage ! Duration: 4 h Transportation: By car. Meeting at the street Museokatu 8, near to the parliament. Group capacity: From 1 to 4 persons New ! Have a look at my experiences "Day trip in Torronsuo National Park" and "Ice fishing in Helsinki Region" ! Do not hesitate to ask for other dates than those on the calendar :)
Hike in a National Park and Sauna by a lake
Experience the relaxing and refreshing effects of a forest on this nature walk in a national park, enjoy a campfire barbecue and top it off with a relaxing visit to a traditional smoke sauna. During this experience, you will get to discover the beautiful Sipoonkorpi national park with a professional wilderness guide. The guide will lead you through the park and tell you about Finnish nature and wildlife around you. Our trail leads us to a rocky vista overlooking a forested lake where we will have a campfire barbecue. After the nature walk (total 6km) we will continue to the traditional smoke sauna next to the national park for a relaxing sauna and swim. The smoke sauna is held in the highest esteem by most Finns and will give us hot and smooth heat called - löyly - in Finnish. The smoke sauna is located next to a freshwater lake so we can go for a refreshing dip during our sauna breaks. After some fresh air, we will head back into the sauna to warm up again and then we will repeat the entire experience twice more. If you are brave enough to join us in the winter we will go for the famous arctic dip in the ice water! You may have heard that the Finns bathe in the heat naked, but since we are at the public mixed smoke sauna it is necessary to wear a bathing suit, so no sweat! (Okay, there still will be sweat.) * Feel free to request alternative tour dates! *
Get professional photos while walking around Helsinki
I want to show cool spots in Helsinki from a foreigner to a tourist (or a local wanting to have professional photos taken in their city) and take creative, beautiful photos The walk will be chill, and I will ensure you have fun. We can grab lunch or a drink and you can ask me how it is to live in Finland.
Sip & Tour Wine Tasting & Walking Tour Combo
A first of its kind in Helsinki. We will combine a walking tour with wine tasting as we explore various parts of Helsinki. The tour and wine tasting is conducted by a local who is a qualified winemaker and sommelier. We will explore the city as we learn about the intricacies of wine appreciation.
Second hand & vintage shopping adventure
I will arrange an eco-conscious and unique shopping experience where we visit 2-3 different second hand & vintage shops in Helsinki. We will meet near the first destination and then continue our adventure either walking or taking public transportation to reach the next shops where you can find fashion, Finnish design items or just some very quirky and unique souvenirs. Every tour will be planned with the guests tastes and interest in mind. Also if you are looking for something specific, I will help you find it. I also have a lot of knowledge about Finnish design and what are good prices to pay for different items. In the end of the tour you will also receive a map of all the best second hand shops in Helsinki so you can continue your shopping adventure on your own.
Enjoy the taste of Helsinki
We will walk around the most famous Helsinki historical spots, starting from Senate Square, proceeding to the Cathedrals, an Old Market Hall, and finishing our tour in a café that locals love. What is waiting for you? Plenty of exciting stories about Helsinki's past and present, its architectural creations, and the cultural influences that made Helsinki so unique. You’ll taste some traditional Finnish food, learn about a few local habits and get essential tips about the varieties of nowadays food in Helsinki. Famous Finish Blue chocolate will make the sweet end of the journey! The tour takes around 2,5 hours. Other things to note: Dress warm enough to accommodate for changing Finnish weather.
Helsinki Night Life Insider as a Guide
As an event organizer and an active nightlife person I will make sure you have the best possible experience from Helsinki’s unique and vibrant night life. I will introduce you to the local party people and make sure we find our way to the best night clubs, events and restaurants. You will get a fast track to the inside social circles of Helsinki night life and Finnish party culture to make sure you will get the most out from your stay in Helsinki.
Architecture Tour of Helsinki
Helsinki is a gem for architecture enthusiasts. It is difficult to find another urban space that houses a wide range of architectural styles like Helsinki; neoclassical, gothic revival, Art Nouveau, Jugendstil, Nordic classicism, modernism, functionalism, and contemporary styles in a compact city centre. Different historical periods left their marks on Helsinki, however it is easy to miss these great works of world renowned architects (from Engel to Saarinen, from Aalto to Siren and Revell) in ordinary city tours. We will start with the old center of the city, visiting Helsinki Cathedral and National Library of Finland designed by Engel, the most influential architect in Helsinki in the first half of 19th century. We will then visit 3 important works of world famous architect Alvar Aalto (Stora Enso HQ, Academic Bookstore and Rautatalo). We will continue with Eliel Saarinen's Central Railway station. On our way, we will stop by two important libraries, KaisaTalo (Anttinen Oiva) and Oodi (ALA) and I'll explain the unique library culture in Finland. Strolling through important buildings such as the Music Hall (LPR), Kiasma (Holl), Finlandia Hall (Aalto), National Museum of Finland (Saarinen), we will make up our way to The Rock Church (Suomalainen). On our return to downtown, we will head to The Glass Palace (Revell), Amos Rex (JKMM) and Chapel of Silence (K2S). Other things to note We will walk around 6 km, please come with comfortable walking shoes, extra layers for warmth and umbrella for rainy days. Please check out my website for various tours www.atamantours.com