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Anton Emil
In-depth, fun and accessible tours with an authorized guide
I am an enthusiastic, 35-year-old, authorized Helsinki guide, with professional experience and excellent reviews since 2015. I am especially comfortable doing private, thematic, or customized walking tours with small groups, but I can also handle bigger groups both on foot (with a microphone and loudspeaker), as well as by bus. I also do accessible tours for wheelchair users, tours using public transportation (e.g. from the cruise ship port, max 8 people), and stopover tours (pick-up from airport using train or bus). With my Finnish-Iraqi family background and my interest in history, languages, and cultures, I am an ideal guide for international and multicultural groups and visitors. My experience as a magician and juggler has taught me entertainment skills, which is why I am also very glad to accept tours for families with children. In terms of my academic education, I have a Doctorate in Theology, a Master's in Polish language and culture, and pedagogical competence, all from the University of Helsinki. Besides guiding, I am also a non-fiction writer and the Finnish collaborator of Vatican News. My expertise in Theology makes me a uniquely competent guide to take you on a "Holy Helsinki Walk", exploring the churches and religious curiosities of the Finnish capital. I can also do an in-depth tour (including visits and meetings, if desired) of the various strands of Finnish Lutheranism, an ecumenical tour, or a tour that concentrates on Catholic, Orthodox, Evangelical/Free Church, Jewish, or Islamic Helsinki. In addition, I recommend getting in touch with nature, which is such an important element for the Finnish soul and spirituality. I am also happy to accompany your group to other towns (like Porvoo), national parks and nature trails, or plan a longer program together in different regions of Finland (for example, medieval Turku and Rauma, Ostrobothnia, Karelia, or Lapland). Other themes and customizations are also welcome, such as a Finnish food tour or a Helsinki Horror Walk. Items of interest in creating a customized tour might include architecture (Eliel Saarinen, Alvar Aalto), music (Jean Sibelius), Fazer chocolate, Moomins, sauna, ice hockey (I can even take us to a game!), Finnish presidents (Mannerheim and Kekkonen both have home museums in Helsinki), art (we can go see a little known Rembrandt piece and other European pearls at the Sinebrychoff Art Museum), or medieval stone churches in the greater Helsinki area. On a Helsinki history tour, I can take you to the origins: the 15th-century Helsinge village in today's Vantaa (the airport city), as well as the little known "old town" of Helsinki where Gustaf Vasa originally founded it in 1550. I can also plan a program exclusively for Vantaa, which is also my hometown: How about having a bear burger, experimenting at the Heureka science centre, or enjoying a smoke sauna and a swim in Kuusijärvi lake?
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Languages: English Finnish

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