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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 :)
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.
Elisa's walking tour of Helsinki
This 3 hours walking tour will cover main sites and more, we will walk about 6-7 km route .We will start the walking near near Senate square . I will be telling interesting fact based stories in an engaging way of Helsinki historic center and Russian influence on Helsinki´s center, we will visit main Helsinki Cathedral and the Crypt. We will visit to see Katajanokka architecture.And to visit a main Orthodox Cathedral.Along the way I will be telling facts and stories behind the historical buildings. Tour will include visit to see few images at the museum.We will discover a secret spot to visit at the Tori quarters at the oldest blocks of Helsinki historic center. We will visit Market hall to hear of Finnish food stories and enjoy Karelian pies with coffee. We will continue to Esplanade etc. And we will visit a wonderful sightseeing point. We will visit a Rock church , in case its open during the tour. We will see the Parliament house, Töölönlahti bay ,Oodi library, railway station. After the tour one will have an idea of a past, current and the future of Helsinki,and one can recognize different architectural zones and get tips for possible places to visit while staying in Helsinki. Other things to note: Be prepared to walk about 6 to 7 km route. Please note that on certain times Rock church or other locations might not have opening times for visitors while tour is on
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
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

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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 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! :)
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 :)
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.
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.
Finnish Archipelago Excursion
Explore the Finnish Archipelago in an incredible nature reserve where the forest meets the sea. Pick berries, learn about wild mushrooms, throw snowballs, or watch great migrations of birds all while never seeing another tourist! This off-the-beaten-path destination is our favourite place to explore in every season and share with travellers from all over. One of our most popular guided experiences at Taiga Times. This hike has it all! We will walk along forest paths, rolling rocks and the beautiful coast, where we have the perfect place for a break, overlooking the Baltic Sea. Your guide will prepare a delicious lunch to enjoy while you freely explore wonderful landscapes and find your peace in nature. Our Finnish-style tasting menu includes for example locally sourced fish, Karelian rice pies and blueberry pie for dessert! Nam Nam! Highlights: • A magnificent nature reserve with diverse habitats • Fantastic photo opportunities along the coast • An easy and rewarding walk for all levels of fitness • Prepared lunch and coffee/tea with seaside view We treat all our guests, employees, and locals in a respectful and equal manner regardless of their cultural background, sexual orientation, gender expression, political interests or religion. We love to learn from different cultures and respect every walk of life around the world. Feel free to request alternative tour dates!
Elisa's walking tour of Helsinki
This 3 hours walking tour will cover main sites and more, we will walk about 6-7 km route .We will start the walking near near Senate square . I will be telling interesting fact based stories in an engaging way of Helsinki historic center and Russian influence on Helsinki´s center, we will visit main Helsinki Cathedral and the Crypt. We will visit to see Katajanokka architecture.And to visit a main Orthodox Cathedral.Along the way I will be telling facts and stories behind the historical buildings. Tour will include visit to see few images at the museum.We will discover a secret spot to visit at the Tori quarters at the oldest blocks of Helsinki historic center. We will visit Market hall to hear of Finnish food stories and enjoy Karelian pies with coffee. We will continue to Esplanade etc. And we will visit a wonderful sightseeing point. We will visit a Rock church , in case its open during the tour. We will see the Parliament house, Töölönlahti bay ,Oodi library, railway station. After the tour one will have an idea of a past, current and the future of Helsinki,and one can recognize different architectural zones and get tips for possible places to visit while staying in Helsinki. Other things to note: Be prepared to walk about 6 to 7 km route. Please note that on certain times Rock church or other locations might not have opening times for visitors while tour is on
Explore hidden Helsinki Bike BBQ & Sauna
A unique bicycle tour is waiting for you: we cycle and walk in less known areas. It's a not 'a classic touristic tour' but a sportive discovery of local culture & nature. Instead of the touristy city center, we go for the hidden gems. QUIZ: Who has been one of the most prominent and controversial personages in Finland? We will discover it together! THIS TOUR IS A GREAT IDEA FOR A GIFT! DO TOUR AS YOU ARRIVE IN HELSINKI. For solos, couples, groups, teams, and it's great for team-build too. You will discover: Nature (parks: Keskuspuisto & Seurasaari) Food (vegetarian/vegan bites) Sauna (like a Finn) Iconic spots (that you may not find otherwise) WE WILL: Smell pure air, Taste Finnish food, Touch the trees & stones that made Finland's landscapes unique, Talk about Finnish and Nordic history, Have quizzes, Enjoy the discovery! I offer one e-bike & standard bicycles. We will cycle three routes, each of about 7 km. We take two long stops, one for the BBQ and another for the sauna (nudity possible). The road may be sometimes uphill, but no mountains! The tour ends at the same place as the start: Huopalahti station. If you want, after the sauna, you can keep the bikes for the day and bring it back in the evening or the next morning. Flying back home? We can store bags too and the train there gets you to the airport in 30m No tour scheduled? I can rent you out bikes
Join The Dark Side of Finnish Cuisine
Finland might be the happiest country in the world, but it's for sure not due to these local delicacies we are about sample on this experience. You think the most bizarre food in Finland is our black candy? Let me tell you, you are only scratching the surface. There is a whole universe of exotic drinks, bizarre food pairings and oddly flavored desserts waiting to be explored. On my dinner extraordinaire we will be preparing several tapas sized appetizers, mains and desserts made out of seasonal ingredients from all over the country, that you won't find anywhere else, but here, the land of weird candies and odd competitions. Join me for this unusual experience, where even a harmless looking slice of bread has a unexpected twist to it. WARNING. Gastronomically challenging content. Not for all audiences Other things to note Finishing some of the dishes will might take some willpower, but the shock factor of Finnish cuisine comes mostly from unusual pairing of common ingredients. So there will be something to try for everyone, nobody will leave my place hungry.
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.
Nordic Floorball & Sauna & Sea View
We will play one of the most famous and traditional Finnish and Nordic games - Floorball, its like ice hockey without ice and suitable for all fitness levels. We start with a 15 minute introduction of the "rules" and orientation. This includes finding you the correct stick, left or right side. The game is played for 1 hour with my friends and contacts from over the years. Its easy to start and very fun. You play at your own fitness level and take breaks as you need or as the host advises. After the game we will have traditional Finnish sauna and then a coffee or drink at the cafe where you can ask questions or advice from the host about the game, the culture and neighbourhood for ideas what to do after the game. Other things to note The game is fun and the host very experienced and teaching the game and welcoming new players. The regular players are also international locals and are proud to share their national game with you.
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
Nicolas's Kitchen
A warm and friendly welcome to my home at Helsinki/Viikki! Cooking experience of Finnish traditional food and culture is not only about cooking but also having fun doing it, get to know some Finnish Cuisines, local ingredients and together in group with simple recipes make delicious and healthy meals the way that suites your dietry references, could it be Vegetarian, Vegan, Gluten Free, Lactose-free, Keto or no dietry restrictions. Be prepared for hand on Finnish traditional food a 3-course meal twisted by you and me which you might not experienced before. Starter: Karelian Pastry/Fish Cook/ Soup Main: Meatballs/Salmon/Finnish style Pie Dessert: Blue-Lingonberry pie, Oven baked Pancake, Cinnamon Roll Home made Wine/Juice of berries on the house! Upon the guests requests any type Finnish style food is possible to make also without mushrooms! Vegetarian/Vegan/Pescatarian/lactose-gluten free also Keto/Dairy diet Please let me know in advance the kind of food you might like to cook/learn even not found on the menu and don't hesitate to ask for other time of the day to start! Booking is possible an hour before starting time! You just need to take the bus 78 close to the main railway station which is direct to my address, my apartment is few minutes walk from the last stop of the bus. We can also meet at the last bus stop. Welcome to make food with love and passion!
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
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! *
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