Hello! I am the creator of Day With A Local concept, entrepreneur of this business, and excited to show you the local side of Helsinki in English! My mission is to make tourism services more sincere, transparent, flexible and personalized and to get people out from a tourist bus.
I fell in love with Helsinki already as a little girl. Already at the age of 4 or 5 I was walking along Helsinki streets with my cousin and knew it already at that time: this is the city I want to live in! Originally I’m from a small town of 20 000 people called Iisalmi, about 500 km (310 miles) from Helsinki.
I moved to Helsinki in 2007 after studying in Eastern Finland and for the last decade I lived in Helsinki city center or very close to the city center. At the moment I am living along the commuter train railway line a bit further away, as I recently found the love of my life (and that’s the time when you must make compromises!). However I feel like home in the heart of Helsinki and visit all corners of the city center quite frequently.
I would like to introduce you local culture, and tell you about everyday life in Finland. We can talk about any interests of yours – from social welfare and politics to culture differences and Finnish lifestyle. I am happy to show you different architectural styles (from art nouveau to a more modern approach and everything in between) and neighbourhoods, take you try food samples in a local market hall or have a picnic with you in a park, or a gourmet lunch or dinner in one of the best restaurants in the city (lots to choose from!). We can compare how Helsinki used to look like and how it nowadays looks like. Or I can take you to a Finnish social dancing event or to meet a local artist or artisan!
If you are visiting Helsinki for a couple of hours only, we can focus on sightseeing the city highlights from a local’s point of view. If there’s more time, we can go further away from the city centre. During the summer we can visit places like Pihlajasaari island, just a short waterbus ride away. If there are kids in your group, Linnanmäki Amusement Park with views from Panorama Tower is a must-do on my opinion!
Let’s meet and I will do everything I can to offer you the best day on your vacation. I am also the person who is corresponding with you before your Day With A Local in any of our locations.
I have hosted Day With A Local guests in Helsinki since spring 2015 when I started creating this concept with my own business ID and I am the only owner of Day With A Local Ltd which I founded in the end of 2016.
I am taking bookings for the next upcoming year and also on a very short notice (even for the next day, when possible; subject to availability). You can make a booking directly in the calendar below or contact me by e-mail or our Contact form at the bottom of the page. If you book and pay your booking at least one month in advance, you receive 50 euros discount from your 7 hour booking (Day with Liisa from the port, from the airport or from the hotel lobby 495 €/group of 1 to 8 with advance payment) or 30 euros discount from your 4 hour booking (4 hour bookings only from October to April).
Or would you prefer online assistance with your travel plans in the Northern Europe? Book your Talk With A Local or Chat With A Local online appointment with me and we can chat or talk on WhatsApp for the desired time!
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My favourite spots in Helsinki
Töölönlahti Bay, Hakasalmi Villa, Hakaniemi and Hietalahti market halls, Rock Church and Pihlajasaari Island
I could take you also to
small cafés and restaurants, wine bars, beer tastings, parks, Winter Garden, National Library, Kallio library, Kallio church & Kallio neighbourhood, Linnanmäki Amusement Park (May-Oct), Karusoma art studio (pre-arranged appointments only), Wooden Vallila, Kamppi Chapel of Silence, Uspenski Cathedral, Helsinki Synagogue (resticted opening hours and other guide in the synagogue), Suomenlinna Fortress Island (only local’s point of view as guiding is restricted in the Unesco World Heritage site) and plenty more
Favourite Finnish food
Karelian pie with egg-butter spread, squeaky cheese, different types of fish dishes (and there are the ones I also introduce to you!)
Finnish social dancing, concerts, fairs and other events, room escape games, shopping, picnic in a park or in Winter Garden
Guests’ opinions about me on TripAdvisor
”She is knowledgeable, energetic and fun to be with” (Aug 2017)
”Liisa owns her business. She cares about her business and about her guests having a great experience.” (July 2017)
”Liisa is very organised and dependable” (July 2017)
”very friendly and helpful” (June 2017)
”Liisa is very knowledgeable and extremely pleasant and engaging – – Liisa is also a committed entrepreneur and I will most certainly look for her tours in other cities as she expands her company.” (June 2017)
”As someone who owns a private travel service and organises trips around the world, I found Liisa to be one of the most responsive and helpful local guides I have ever worked with in any city. ” (Jan 2017)
”super organized and very communicative” (Jan 2017)
”highly knowledgeable and adaptable” (Sep 2016)
”The best part about this were our guides. Liisa is unbelievable. She went out of the way to make us feel at home. ” (Sep 2016)
”she’s a lovely, fun person to spend time with but is also efficient, organised, helpful, very knowledgeable and was willing to answer all my increasingly bizarre questions about Helsinki and Finland” (Aug 2016)
”She is a great representation of the vibrancy, independence, hard-working and creative nature of Finnish people.” (Aug 2016)
”very organised” (July 2016)
”she went out of her way to take care of us” (June 2016)
”knowledgeable, prepared, and friendly” (June 2016)
”From the moment we enquired, it was obvious that Liisa is serious about her business and wants all her clients to get exactly what THEY want out of any time they spend in the city. – – – Liisa is a very pleasant, intelligent and engaging lady” (Apr 2016)
”Liisa went above and beyond in so many ways – – – We recommend Liisa whole-heartedly and know she has a very successful career ahead of her. She is diligent, trustworthy, thorough, and incredibly caring. ” (Jan 2016)
”She was informative, friendly and flexible” (July 2015)
”She is such a wonderful person to be around, her energy is contagious.” (June 2015)