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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 14 years I have lived mostly in Helsinki city center or very close to the city center. Although I live since December 2019 nearby the airport, in Vantaa, I still feel most like home in the heart of Helsinki.
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. (Yes, I know you'd like to visit the Rock Church and Senate Square, and I'll take you to see both, but the experience might be different than what 'official guides' offer. 🙂 ) I would love to take you to the central library Oodi which I visit frequently. If there’s more time, we can go further away from the city center: during the summer we can visit places like Pihlajasaari island, just a short waterbus ride away. If there are kids in your group, the the summertime Linnanmäki Amusement Park with views from Panorama Tower is a must-do on my opinion! Finnish children's favorites, Moomins are introduced throughout the year and there are nice playground areas to visit indoors and outdoors.
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 around the year, also on a very short notice (even for the next day, when possible; subject to availability). You can reach us best currently on WhatsApp +358 444 000 404.
See you soon!