Free Walking Tours Helsinki

Helsinki has gained a reputation as the capital of one of the happiest and most advanced countries in the world. We don’t know to what extent this is true, but what we do guarantee is that this city-archipelago with more than 300 islands offers natural and historical wonders that will leave you amazed.

Suomenlinna, an uninhabited sea fortress designated as a UNESCO World Heritage Site, is the city’s most famous attraction. In addition, the capital of Finland is home to a variety of famous museums, including the National Museum and Kiasma. The former exhibits archaeological Finnish artifacts dating back to the Stone Age; while Kiasma is a contemporary art museum and popular destination for tourists and locals.

If what you’re looking for is a real taste of Finnish culture, then look no further. Find your perfect Free Walking Tour in Helsinki and get to know the best of the city for free!

What are your Free Tour options in Helsinki?

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Which are the Best Free Tours in Helsinki?

By joining one of the several free tours that depart daily in Helsinki, you will have the opportunity to see this wonderful city in just 2-3 hours and get acquainted with its streets and sights.

Helsinki was a commercial hub founded in 1550 on the beautiful mouth of the Vantaa Njoki River, in the waters of the Baltic Sea. In the 19th century it was assimilated by Russia, but after the country’s independence in 1917, Helsinki has become a very modern city, with classicist and functional architecture.

A good part of the Free Tours in Helsinki depart from the Senate Square, where the palace that housed the country’s governing body until the beginning of the last century is located. At the top of some charming stairs, you will find one of the most beloved monuments of the city, the Tuomiokirkko Cathedral, or White Cathedral. Its green domes on a pristine structure are the symbol of this Lutheran temple.

From there, your free English-speaking guide will lead you to the famous Uspenski Orthodox Cathedral. This ornate red-brick basilica with gold and green domes will immediately take you back to Finland’s Russian past.


Most of the Free Tours through the Historic Center of Helsinki end next to the port. There you can visit the vibrant Kauppatori market to buy herring, whale meat, jams, pickles and much more. You will learn about Finish cuisine and traditions!

If you want to get to know Helsinki in-depth, another of the fascinating places that we recommend visiting with a free guide is the Temppeliaukio Church, also known as the Rock Church. As its nickname suggests, this church was carved out of a rock, making it a truly unique temple in the world.

In addition, the great fortress of Suomenlinna is an essential attraction in the city. This fairy-tale island is just a short ferry ride away from the city center, and offers a delightful way to spend a day among military remnants, natural landscapes and cozy cafés.

Pick your favorite Free Tour! Not only will you get a chance to see Helsinki and learn about the history and culture, but also familiarize yourself with the streets so you can continue your adventure without getting lost.

What is a Free Tour?

Free Tours are walks provided by passionate local guides without requesting any upfront payments. They allow every traveler, no matter their budget, to experience and enjoy what a place has to offer. 

Who takes Free Tours?

Free Tours guests are travelers of all ages and backgrounds seeking to enjoy authentic experiences. Independent tourists usually book Free Tours because they are looking for special activities, where they can learn historical facts, but also get an overview about the local culture, environment, and people.

Are Free Tours really Free?

Yes. Free Tours run on a “Pay-What-It’s-Worth” basis, so they are completely free unless you decide to make a contribution according to how much you enjoyed the experience. Guides appreciate receiving tips of any amounts at the end of the tour, but it’s completely voluntary to do so.

Do I have to book my Free Tour?

Yes. It’s mandatory to make a booking to ensure group sizes remain manageable and Guides can provide a better experience for all guests. Making a booking is absolutely free and it will take you less than one minute!