Welcome to my home town, Helsinki.
Benvenidos a mi ciudad, Helsinki.
My name is Maria and I am a full-time professional Authorized Helsinki Tour Guide. My areas of specialization are in history, design and architecture. My personal interests include history, philosophy, linguistics, cultural anthropology, and a variety of sports including swimming and running.
I am a mixture of three European countries: Spain , England and Finland: Born in the first and brought up and educated in the second has made me completely bilingual from a very young age in both English and Spanish. After graduating from University , I moved onto Finland where I still live today. Along the way I have added Finnish to my repertoire of languages.
For the past twenty five plus years, Helsinki has been my home town and I take great pleasure in sharing it with visitors from all over the world in either English or Spanish. Superceding simply fluent language skills, I offer native-speaking guide services in English and Spanish guaranteeing seamless interaction and a rich experience. My personality, interests, enthusiasm and passion show in my work. I combine professional service with a personal touch delivering tours to visitors from all over the world, spanning all walks of life, all backgrounds and all interests - including somebody such as yourself! For me the best of rewards is to be told by guests that I have been the best guide of their vacation.
My guiding services are also regularly used by the Helsinki City Tourist Office which has at its disposal a specialized group of FAM (stands for 'familiarization' ) guides responsible for hosting visits from the international media. Many journalists and TV presenters writing travel articles or hosting travel shows about Helsinki have often been looked after by me !
Below are links to a selection of these media articles covering Helsinki and my contribution as local guide. Enjoy !
If you are a wheelchair-bound traveller I may still be able to offer you and the rest of your group a tour with a specially adapted vehicle. Please contact me for details.
If you see that I am 'unavailable' on your preferred date, do contact me to ask if I can fit you in as I am often only partially reserved on either a morning or afternoon tour. If your group size exceeds the number on my published tour please contact me and I will send you a customized tour offer.
Mis servicios como guia los ofrezco tanto en inglés como en español.
Welcome - Bienvenidos - Tervetuloa (in Finnish) !
A Recent Review of this guide
The walking and tram riding tour was great. We opted to see the Sibelius Monument, so we had a lovely walk through a park, on a beautiful summer's day. Maria shared her extensive knowledge of the city, and we have hopes of returning there (and touring with Maria again) soon.
1) Authorized Helsinki Tour Guide
2) Qualified Design Guide
3) Specialized Media Guide for the Visit Helsinki and Visit Finland Tourism Offices.
4) Diploma in Finnish language studies, Helsinki Summer University
5) Finnish drivers licence
6) Bsc Hons degree Modern Mathematics, University of Surrey
Listed as a UNESCO World Heritage Sight, I am not allowed to give tours inside the Suomenlinna Maritime Fortress. Only accredited Suomenlinna guides permitted. The island is visible from the mainland by boat where commentary is unrestricted.