My enthusiasm for Finland started as a kid when we regularly spent the summers in Finland. I moved here the first time when I was 19, and finally for good twelve years ago. And I have not even once regretted it. I love to show my guests the most lovely summer capital city of the North.
Come and discover a city compact enough to conquer by foot and big enough to be able to offer a place in a sauna for each citizen. I will tell you about the amazing Finnish language that does not know a future but instead offers 15 different cases. Every tour is tailored to your needs, be it you are interested in your Finnish ancestry or you simply want to know the country where mobile phones, text messages and Angry Birds were invented. If you are a nature lover, I can show you Nuuksio, the National park nearest to Helsinki (only about 15 miles away) and - as a mushroom lover myself - depending on the time of the year show you our amazing wild mushrooms. Or discover the sea fortress Suomenlinna with me, situated just a 15-minute ferry trip from the market square. The facts are always up to date and you can anytime move to a more detailed level by asking the appropriate questions about the things you are interested in.
My professionalism and long experience based on a solid foundation of vast knowledge (MA University of Hamburg, currently PhD studies at University of Helsinki) allow me to quickly pick up the themes you are interested in. No matter whether you are an academic specialist with a narrow focus on specific details or just a curious layman with a general interest, I can provide you with interesting details that you don't find in standard Guide Books. The tour guide who has shown Helsinki to the delegation of the German president is also just right for you!
Authorized Helsinki guide since 2007
Authorized Suomenlinna guide since 2015, also authorized for the islands of Vallisaari and Kuninkaansaari and for the National Museum of Finland
Authorized guide to Oodi, the new library experience in the centre of Helsinki
Cruise lecturer (Hapag Lloyd, TUI/MeinSchiff, Phoenix-Reisen)
MA University of Hamburg (minor: Finno-Ugrian languages, this includes the Finnish language)
PhD studies at the University of Helsinki (my subject tackles how the second generation of migrants out of Finland preserve their ties to the old home country)
First aid courses (refreshing courses every 2-3 years), CPR / AED qualified
I am not a driver. I can accompany you in your vehicle or I can arrange for a separate car and driver.