1947, in Helsinki
Helsinki Guides is an association of authorised guides established in 1947. The aims of our association are:
There are more than 300 members in our association and together we give around 17,000 guided tours in 25 languages annually. We are a member of SMAL (Association of Finnish Travel Industry, AFTA) and the European Federation of Tourist Guide Associations (FEG).
Helsinki Guides work together with Perho Liike talousopisto and other educational institutions in maintaining the highest levels of professionalism within the industry. More information on courses on offer can be found at https://perhopro.fi
The scope of the degree is 120 competence points (cp) and consists of one mandatory module (creation and implementation of guiding services, 45 cp) plus additional optional modules (75 cp).
Vocational qualification training in guiding services includes different types of training that include 4-6 meeting days a month, guided e-learning and independent gathering of information and familiarisation with the guiding environment.
At the beginning of their studies, a personal competence development plan (HOKS) will be drawn up for each student, which will also determine the duration of their studies which is on average 6 – 12 months.
If you have already has acquired the necessary skills, you have the opportunity to prove your competence directly by giving a guiding demonstration.
If you are a guide local to the Helsinki Metropolitan Area, you can apply for membership of the Helsinki Guides Association after completing your degree and then will be authorised as an official Helsinki guide. Read more at https://www.helsinkiguides.fi
Helsinki Guides are required to carry out a minimum of 12 tours annually to maintain their qualification.
Guides wear their official badge when working – an example is shown below.
We have round 325 members with various backgrounds including teachers, health care professionals, historians, flight attendants, trades people, trainers, etc.
We organize lectures and professional visits regularly.
We want to give a true picture of Helsinki and tell stories about the city and its people. Often we take guests to places that require the guide to know its history and plans for its future development. An untrained guide may not know how to act professionally or how to guide a group and often they provide incorrect information.
The Senate Square, Market Square, The Rock Church, Sibelius Monument, Central Library Oodi, Olympic Stadium, Winter Garden, Maritime Helsinki, her parks and coastline. New districts of Ruoholahti, Jätkäsaari, Hernesaari and Kalasatama. Archipelago cruises and islands like Suomenlinna and Vallisaari.
We provide walking tours, culinary tours, Ghosts of Helsinki tours, bus tours, Prohibition tours, Architecture and Art tours and many, many more.
Come and visit Helsinki with an open mind.
Visits to Helsinki are city breaks at their best.
Please contact Helsinki Guides whether you are planning a leisure group visit or a more official tour - you will be in the hands of professionals.