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Maarit L.

Halli, Jamsa, Finland

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

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 know all the hidden gems of Helsinki and those in its locality!
In fact, any kind of a private sightseeing or City Tour can be tailored to your liking, including all the main highlights.
Usually, we drive around in a nice VIP 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 have been working as an official licensed tourist guide in Helsinki since 2006 and as a tour leader, on freelance basis, mostly with English speaking customers, who have complimented me for my language skills.
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.

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 13 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. She understands her city of Helsinki very well and her knowledge of Finland in general. Our group of 10 were all very impressed with the city and Maarit.
Ronald Newton

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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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Private tour guide Maarit

Helsinki Highlights City Tour and Porvoo,...

Private Sightseeing Tour including both Helsinki main attractions and,...

1168 USD per tour

(max 6 people)

6 hours

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Helsinki Highlights, Private City Tour,...

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

761 USD per tour

(max 8 people)

4 hours

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Private All Day Excursion to Fiskars,...

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

1742 USD per tour

(for up to 10 people)

6 hours

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Architecture and Design Tour in Helsinki.,...

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

1036 USD per tour

(max 10 people)

5 hours

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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,...

501 USD per tour

(for up to 4 people)

2 hours 30 min.

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Helsinki Highlights City Sightseeing,...

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

775 USD per tour

(for up to 6 people)

3 hours

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Helsinki Culinary and Culture Tour. Food,...

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

457 USD per tour

(max 5 people)

2 hours 30 min.

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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,,...

956 USD per tour

(max 8 people)

5 hours

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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,...

1164 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

622 USD per tour

(max 6 people)

4 hours

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Helsinki City Tour on a Tram

All the major sights can be seen by tram, sustainable sightseeing

544 USD per tour

(max 9 people)

3 hours 30 min.

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