She gave different perspectives to Finnish design. Suitable for both Finns and foreigners. Very energetic, enthusiastic, seems that she enjoys her work. Thanks you, we had a great time!
TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: Dear Sophia, thank you for your feedback. It was a pleasure to guide your group. Kind regards, Maria.
Cean M. TanUnited States
I had a wonderful tour and introduction of lovely Helsinki with Maria. It was personalized and comprehensive, covering both design and architecture, as well as history and culture. Maria is warm and comfortable as a guide. I have already recommended her to other prospective travelers to Helsinki! Tours by Locals is the best and only way to learn about a new country!
TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: Thank you, Cean for your warm and positive feedback. It was my pleasure to show you around my hometown and I too enjoyed our tour and time together. Regards to New York, USA !!!
Karen WamplerUnited States
TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: Dear karen, Thank you for your feedback. I am happy that you and your family enjoyed the tour. Kind Regards, Maria :=)
Maria was a super-enthusiastic and knowledgeable guide. We thoroughly enjoyed our tour of Helsinki architecture and design. She made sure we saw a wide range of sights and provided just the right amount of information. It was a highlight of our trip.
TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: Thank you Sheri, I really enjoyed showing your group around.Thank you for your lovely comments. Kind regards , Maria ☺
Great tour with Maria last 8 August 2013, visiting all the highlights of Helsinki, including buildings and places in line with our requested 'design' theme. Maria also kindly gave us some advice on what to visit during the following day, and indicating us the best way to go to our next destination elswhere in Finland by car. Maria is a very friendly person, always happy to answer our questions, either general or more specific. We highly recommend you to contact Maria! Our special thanks to you Maria!
TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: Thank you, Thierry and Saverianne for your kind comments. I thoroughly enjoyed showing you both around my home town and hope that you both took back with you great memories of Finland. Happy Anniversary / Bon Anniversaire !!!
Vicki BeanUnited States
TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: Dear Elaine and Ben. Thank you for your kind feedback. I greatly enjoyed sharing my home town with you both as well as our wonderful conversations as we walked along. As often happens on my tours, I am humbled to have guided such warm people.
Allegra WrightUnited States
Five stars are not nearly enough to describe how absolutely WONDERFUL this tour was! Knowing that we were interested in architecture, Maria designed a walking tour that showed off the talents of the Saarinen's (father and son), Alvar Alto and others! Wow, Helsinki is such a spectacular city! Maria did an excellent job of explaining the history, culture and unique aspects of Helsinki and Finland. Maria's energy, enthusiasm and depth of knowledge is extraordinary -- very impressive and inspiring!
TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: Dear ladies, Glad you enjoyed my beautiful home town. Thank you for sharing it with me and for our wonderful conversations. It may have poured with rain but it did not dampen any of our mutual enthusiasm. Tervetuloa uudelleen ! = Welcome again anytime :=)
Maria is a superb guide and an interesting and fun person to be with. She is knowledgeable, curious and would talk about anything you want to know about Finland. She had no problem customizing two standard tours (city tour and architecture/design tour)and we had an amazing 4-hour walk. Thank you!
TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: Dear Ildiko, I am happy to hear that you and your wife enjoyed my tour so much. I love my job as a guide and like to think it comes through in my presentation. Hopefully you got to explore all the nooks and crannies that I pointed out for your next days activities. Kiitos! (thank you )
Anthony ChoyHong Kong
My tour with Maria H in Helsinki on 3rd August was very good. It was 5 out of 5. She was very enthusiastic and efficient, so even though we only had a short time because I had to start late and finish early, we managed to see everything and she explained all the sites in great detail.
TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: Thank you Anthony for your kind words and feedback. I always aim to deliver a tour that fits the time constraints of the client without having to dilute the content. A deep knowledge of the city I am showing with its varied routes enables me to do this. I hope you enjoyed Mass service at St Henry's.Kind Regards,Maria :)