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Explore Helsinki with a Local!

We provide private tours personalized for you and your group, and public tours and events. The main thing is interaction with a Local: you ask, we tell.

Have a look at our service selection in our online store

Ready to book? Book tours in English and in Finnish here. Bookings for tours in Spanish and Japanese by e-mail.

Choose us, and you won't just "follow the umbrella"!

Where would You like to go with a Local?

It's your decision where we go during Day With A Local organized for your group only. All tours are customized according to your wishes and interests (e.g. "Buildings by Alvar Aalto, samples of Finnish traditional food and visit to a library"). You can share your thoughts with us while booking, and your Day With A Local will be uniquely designed for your group.

Visiting for one day?

Day With A Local and Half Day With A Local are perfect options for cruise passengers to enjoy the most of the city in just few hours, accompanied with a Local. If you'd like to meet us at the airport, choose Layover With A Local for 4 or 7-8 hours. Your day will be a perfect combination of local life and highlights of the city, according to what you want to do. You'll discuss about the topics you're interested in and there will be enough time for taking photos and just enjoying the atmosphere of the city.

We'll meet you either in the port or at the airport to make the day for you as convenient as possible!

Visiting for a weekend or a longer time?

Start your holiday with meeting one of Locals as we'll share a lot of tips with you for the rest of your holiday and you'll learn how to navigate in the city. Day With A Local (6 hours), Half Day With A Local (3 hours) and Stopover Special (1.5 days) are our most popular options.

Path to Lammassaari island

Helsinki highlights: Senate Square and Helsinki Cathedral

Helsinki highlights: Temppeliaukio Church (Rock Church / Church in the Rock)

View from Pitkäsilta bridge

Kruunuvuorenlampi in eastern Helsinki

From Pihlajasaari island

You can see Helsinki archipelago with a RIB boat, operated by our cooperation partner FinRIB

Outdoor café in Töölö

Art nouveau in Helsinki

In Seurasaari open air museum

View from Eläintarhanlahti Bay

Kuusijärvi lake in Vantaa

Nuuksio National Park

Vallila neighbourhood

At Kuusijärvi lake

In Sipoonkorpi National Park

Private & Public Tour Options

Private tours: price per group (1 to 8 people) | Open 365 days in a year | Online availability for groups of 1 to 8 until 12 hours before meeting | Groups of 9 or more, please send e-mail

Choose from private and public tour options | Private tours available around the year from any preferred location in Helsinki | Private tour itineraries planned according to your wishes
  • Helsinki With A Local | For your group only | Fully customized tours according to your wishes | Flexibility in the program during the day | Interaction with a Local and Helsinki highlights from a local's point of view | Choose the length and contents of the day | Also day trips to a nearby destination | Tell about your interests and wishes and we'll plan your day accordingly | Groups of 1 to 8 can book up to 12 hours before meeting | Groups of 9 or more, contact us in advance by e-mail | In English, Spanish and Finnish, more languages coming in 2016
  • Helsinki Specials | Ready tailored experiences with a Local | Themes: Neighbourhood walks, Wartime Memories | In English and in Finnish
  • Public tours and events | Price per person | Welcome To Helsinki Walk | More tours and events coming soon | In English
  • Recommendations By Locals Itinerary (e-mail) | If don't want to spend time with a local but would like to hear our recommendations on your holiday, buy an itinerary to your e-mail | We'll plan your holiday according to your wishes | 35 euros/day for groups of 1 to 8 | In English and in Finnish
Your Day With A Local is waiting for you, whether you are travelling by yourself, with a companion, with your family, or in a group. Tell us about your wishes, and we will do our best to make sure that you will experience a perfect day in Helsinki! Please have a look at Frequently Asked Questions to have more information about your Day With A Local. Get inspired by the Local Businesses presentations. Make a reservation, and you will experience Helsinki with a Local! See you soon!


Stopover Special With A Local, September 2015

"Thank You so very much!!! You were fantastic, both your knowledge & disposition!! Your disposition - voice & calmness, etc, perfect for a wide range of clients!"

by e-mail

Half Day With A Local, July 2015

"Liisa gave us a fantastic insight into the city of Helsinki from a local perspective. Liisa picked us up right at the dock and took us all around the city with insightful local insights for the whole city. She took us a little off the beaten path in to the real local markets and helped us try all the local specialties. We had a fantastic time thanks to Liisa's knowledge and passion for her city. See Helsinki through a local's eyes."

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Feedback & Contact Form

phone +358 44 4000 404

You'll reach us best by e-mail. We will reply to your message within 24 hours, usually faster. If you don't receive our message, please check your Spam folder. You can also chat with us in Facebook.

If you try to contact us by phone and we are unable to answer, if we are with customers, please send e-mail. We will call back as soon as possible!

Terms & Conditions

Day With A Local Helsinki is an auxiliary company name of Day With A Local Finland. Our Finnish Business ID (Y-tunnus) is 2053899-1. We operate in Uusimaa region in Finland, and we function according to the Finnish legislation. All of our prices include VAT 24 %. When making an order you accept the following terms & conditions.

Locals as tour guides

We produce our local tour and program services proudly and professionally. Please notice that this is not the traditional authorized guide service. Our tour guides are program service workers from various backgrounds. We provide our services as locals, and give a local's point of view to the city. Your tour guide is referred as a Local.

Requirements for participating

Please notice that all of our products include walking from about 1,5 to 7 km (about 1 to 4 miles) per day. By booking a tour you agree, that all participants are physically in good enough condition to participate. The route may contain for example stairs, and that's why all of the routes aren't unfortunately accessible by a wheelchair.

On private tours you will need additional cash for you and your group to public transportation, admission fees, food, drinks, and any personal purchases. In general the expenses of the Local are included in the tour price, but in the case of your special request, you also pay expenses of the Local. You may also request only places where Local's costs are covered.

We highly recommend having a travel insurance as in the unlikely event of an accident the costs of health care are high.


The reservation can be done by using our booking system and ordering your tour online, or contacting us by e-mail. We promise you an answer within 24 hours of the moment when we receive your message. If you don't find a message from us in Inbox, please check Spam folder.

Please notice that only bookings made with real name, phone number and e-mail address are valid. Bookings without real first and last name, real phone number and/or a real e-mail address will not be accepted in any circumstances. Day With A Local Helsinki has the right not to arrive to the requested meeting point if the information given is not correct and the customer cannot be reached by phone or e-mail before the meeting time.


It is possible to pay online through Checkout using a Finnish online bank account, Visa or Mastercard. You can also choose to pay your tour in cash or by Visa or Mastercard on the day of the tour. Please notice that there is a discount when paying online. Invoice option for enterprises.

Rescheduling, cancellations and refunds

Rescheduling and cancellations are accepted until 7 days prior to the tour. Then only the booking fee of 3,5 % of the purchase or minimum 5 €, will be charged. Between 7 days and 48 hours prior to the tour, 50 % of the price is charged. If the cancellation is made less than 48 hours before the tour, the price will be charged in full.

Helsinki is located on the coast of Finland, next to the Baltic Sea, and the weather can change rapidly. Most of our services are outdoors and light or modest rain is not a reason for cancellations. There is a lot of beauty in our city even on a cloudy day! You can also ask for mainly indoor activities in case of a rainy day.

In the unlikely event that we need to cancel your tour, if rescheduling is not possible, the tour price is 100 % refundable.

Late arrivals

On private tours your Local will wait you for 15 minutes without a notice, and until the informed time with a notice, but the length of your tour is still calculated from the original meeting time. Please be on time in your meeting with your Local to make the most of your day!

On public tours the tour leaves on scheduled time even though all of the pre-paid participants would not have arrived.

Meeting your expectations is our priority

If you are unsatisfied with the tour, please point out the problem/s of the tour to your Local during the tour, and we will do our best to fix the problem immediately. If you want to contact the entrepreneur, please send a request by e-mail helsinki(a), and she will contact you as soon as possible.