Stephen BangsUnited Kingdom
Jaakko is an excellent tour guide and was very friendly and knowledgeable. His English was perfect and he made our day with him very enjoyable.
Robyn Killin McAuliffeAustralia
We both enjoyed & highly recommend our very relaxed tour with Jaakko in Helsinki. After a wonderful walk around the old city, waterside & markets, we enjoyed a wonderful tour in his & wife Hanamarie's boat to a tiny island & then to the former military & shipbuilding island (name escapes me)- amazing history and location. We then visited revitalised old warehouses along the water & finished with the contrasts of the modern award winning architecture of the library & modern architecture precinct. Recommend
Ellice P.United States
Jaakko speaks excellent English. We were very impressed that he brought us to the Central Library Oodi, that had won the Best Public Library of the Year Award the day before in Athens. We saw the architecture throughout, felt the impact and viewed the extensive public access to the many resources including 3D computers. We enjoyed additional sites in Helsinki, interesting conversation and a drive to the charming city of Porvoo with a visit over coffee and snack. Informative, authentic and enjoyable.
Theodore ArnoldUnited States
TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: I appreciate your good feedback. I try to make every tour 100 % satisfying to my guests. I acknowledge that typical Finnish modest way of communicating differs from American proud and loud way to communicate. This difference may sometimes feel like lack of enthusiasm.
Maryann StangerUnited States
Very nice, relaxing but invigorating. This is one tour we'd love to do again. Delicious Finish lunch on an almost deserted island. Loads of calm fun!
He arrived promptly, he inquired of what places we want to see and he was faithful to our agreed itinerary. He allowed us sufficient time for toilet breaks and souvenir shopping. He even accommodated us by taking our photos. The pace of the tour was comfortable and we were not stressed. He brought us to a lovely spot with a view to eat a delicious traditional lunch. He is very intelligent and answered our questions competently and we got to know a lot about Helsinki in a span of a few hours.
Ursula BevanUnited States
Ayla DehghanpoorUnited States
Jaakko made the short time that we had in Helsinki fantastic. Incredibly accommodating to our weird shopping requests, and very insightful when explaining the history and climate of Finland. I'd recommend his tour to anyone wanting a truly personalized tour of Helsinki.
TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: Ayla, great to hear that you and your sister enjoyed the tour. I always try to carefully listen what my customers are interested in and tailor the tour based on their interests and wishes for their visit.
Jaako was an excellent guide. He's affable and easy going. The tour was adapted to our interests and timing and where we visited was entirely flexible. We enjoyed good conversations and the boat ride over to Souleminna island. We never felt hurried and ended up visiting interesting places impromptu (e.g., Ateljee bar for a view of Helsinki). He's well-informed and offered good suggestions for our stay (e.g., Löyly sauna). He dropped us off at St. Henrik's cathedral on request. Kiitos, Jaako!
Larry GlickUnited States
Jaakko was incredible. He always responded promptly to my questions. When there was a mix-up on the train arrival time by me he clearly corrected the error. The boat ride on his boat to the fortress and another wildlife island was very cool. We walked in downtown Helsinki and we even found the PEAR ice cream my son had heard about. My son wanted to see the Olympic Stadium and hockey arena and Jaakko willingly obliged. A great day and a fun discussion of Finland's place in the political spectrum.
Craig S.United States
Jaakko was the right choice to show us around Helsinki. He knows the city well. He was also very flexible, allowing us to shuffle around our tour so we could work in a day trip to Estonia. We would definitely have him as our guide again.
Curt RubinsteinUnited States
Jaakko was very friendly and knowledgeable about our tour. We had challenging weather. Jaakko made certain we were prepared and comfortable. The entire trip was completed despite the weather. We felt the authenticity of the Finnish archipelago along with the comfort of our new found friend Jaakko. We ended the night at a modern Sauna. An experience we will never forget. We wish we could literally take this part of Finland home with us. Thank for turning natures problem into a wonderful memory.
Barbara WrightUnited States
It was a pleasure to spend a few hours with Jaakko. He was very knowledgeable about all kinds of things - from current employment statistics for Helsinki, to its history, to its relationship with neighboring countries, to the best restaurant for local food.
Graeme LotenUnited Kingdom
Jaakko was an informative, fascinating and friendly guide who had an excellent knowledge of everything to do with his country and was happy to share this. The tour of the islands, including Suomenlinna, in his own motor-boat was excellent and a very interesting way of seeing these islands. Jaakko was flexible enough to take account of personal wishes and obviously wasn't counting the hours. The sauna by the sea was a really fitting way to round off the daywith a true Finnish sauna experience. Recommended!
Aruna RamayyaUnited States
Jaakko was very professional and friendly who made our visit to Helsinki memorable.He was not a regular guide but a host who made us feel welcome and tailored our tours totally to suit our needs. He went out of his way to show us sights which are not on the list of regular tour guides. He has become a family friend now. I would recommend him as a guide without reservations to anyone that is looking for a great localite to tour Helsinki with.He is passionate about this and I'm lucky to have found him.