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Maria H

Helsinki, Finland

'Tour Guide to TV crews, journalists, bloggers, luxury tour operators plus regular travellers such as yourself!'

That's me.

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 with areas of specialization in history, design and architecture.

I am a native speaker of English as well as a fluent speaker of Spanish and Finnish.

Twenty-five years ago I swapped London for Helsinki and since then it has been my great pleasure to share my home town with visitors from all over the world in either English or Spanish. Superseding simply fluent language skills, I offer native-speaking guide services 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 !

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) !

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We would recommend Maria strongly. Excellent guide !
Jan L.

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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


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.

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