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Maarit L.

Halli, Jamsa, Finland

Helsinki is my home town and my local knowledge is excellent, including the metropolitan area.

I know all the hidden gems of Helsinki and those in its locality!
In fact, any kind of sightseeing or City Tour can be tailored to your liking, including all the main highlights. For the last twelve years I have been working as an official licensed tourist guide in Helsinki and as a tour leader, on freelance basis, mostly with English speaking customers, who have complimented me for my language skills.
Usually, we drive around in a minivan or we can take a tram and go riding on the public transport which is very good in Helsinki. The Helsinki trams are green in colour and also a sustainable way of travel.

I can also take you on an excursion out into the countryside. There are several places to visit nearby, for instance Hvittrask, the home of the eccentric architect Eliel Saarinen; or we could spend the whole day in the medieval town Porvoo, perhaps having lunch at the beautiful Haikko Manor. Walking on the cobbled streets of Old Town Porvoo will take you back in time.
The Finnish national composer, Jean Sibelius, lived in Tuusula and his former home, called Ainola, is today a museum. It's only a 30 min drive from the city. A magical place.

We take in all the main sights and visit all the locations that interest you. Just please ask me and I'll be glad to arrange any kind of visit for you.

I am a multi-skilled professional in the Travel Industry and can make incoming tourists feel comfortable and thrilled in Finland. My personality is positive, humorous and energetic.

Guide authorization both in Helsinki and Central Finland.
Much international experience.
Native-level fluency in Finnish and English, also able to speak Swedish.

Born and raised in Helsinki.

Experience:
Business owner since 2010
Authorized Tourist Guide in Helsinki since 2006
Guide, Tour Leader for 11 years
Hostess for Meetings, Receptionist, Secretary, 10 years
Travel and Event Organizer, Secretary, 5 years
Administration, Logistics, Office Administrator, 10 years
Career summary:
Altogether 30 years of administrative, clerical and secretarial experience, mostly in Import Business, starting in an architectural design office. Also good knowledge of Business Travel, incentives and MICE.

HOBBIES:
A lot of leisure travel,
Architecture,
Renaissance Art,
studies in foreign languages (italian, German, French, Hungarian, Russian)
A charter member in Lions Club Jamsa Lyylit

A Recent Review of this guide

Maarit was an excellent guide for our family! We had two people in wheelchairs, and she was great at working out a tour that fit our needs. She was also very knowledgeable about each of the places that we visited.
Amelia Hollberg

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Credentials

Vocational Qualification in Business and Administration, Foreign Trade, 1976
Further Vocational Qualifications in Tourism Activities for Tour Guides, 2006
Further studies in Tourism Marketing, JAMK University of Applied Sciences, 2009
Finnish drivers' licence

Restrictions

I do not drive when I'm guiding, there is always a minivan or car with a driver (included in the price)

Guide Requirements for Finland

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Tours by Maarit L.

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Helsinki Highlights City Tour and Porvoo,...

Sightseeing Tour including Helsinki main attractions and visit Old,...

1234 USD per tour

(max 6 people)

6 hours

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Helsinki Highlights, Private sightseeing,...

City tour 4 hours. Excellent shore excursion for your party or small,...

812 USD per tour

(max 8 people)

4 hours

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Architecture and Design Tour in Helsinki.,...

Helsinki Highlights & Architecture City Tour and Architect Saarinen's,...

971 USD per tour

(max 10 people)

5 hours

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Helsinki Highlights City Sightseeing,...

Private city tour, with guide, minivan and driver. Excellent shore,...

721 USD per tour

(for up to 6 people)

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Nights in White Satin the Helsinki Way,,...

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Summer Night in Helsinki does not get dark at all. Experience the magic,...

504 USD per tour

(for up to 6 people)

2 hours 30 min.

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Half Day Excursion to Fiskars Village

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Artisans, Designers and Artists have their workshops in beautiful surroundings,...

1517 USD per tour

(for up to 10 people)

5 hours 30 min.

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Helsinki Culinary and Culture Tour. Food,...

To get to know the local culture, you need to taste the food.

400 USD per tour

(max 5 people)

2 hours 30 min.

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Rock Church in Helsinki, Easy Panoramic,...

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Visit the Temppeliaukio Church, built inside solid rock. Optional visit,...

349 USD per tour

(max 3 people)

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City Tour Helsinki and Sibelius Home,...

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Visit Ainola, the former home of Finnish national composer Jean Sibelius,,...

962 USD per tour

(max 8 people)

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Felt Route in Jamsa, Central Finland

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Jamsa is the cradle of felt products in Finland. Lakes, forests and,...

1170 USD per tour

(for up to 10 people)

7 hours

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Culture and Culinarism in Jamsa for Foodies,...

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A taste of local food and wine, meet a local artist

626 USD per tour

(max 6 people)

4 hours

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