Ataman Tours
About
A planner who loves Helsinki! I am a city planner with a master's degree in Urban Policy Studies and a PhD student in Urban Studies/Social Policy in University of Helsinki. I wanted to combine my love for Helsinki with my knowledge and research about the history, planning and culture of the city, and share it with a wider audience, so I became a professional tour guide!
Helsinki, Finland

Why book with Ataman Tours
  • City Planner
  • Authorised Helsinki Guide, B.A. in City Planning, M.S. in Urban Policy Studies, Ph.D student in Urban Studies/Social Policy.
  • Turkish • English
  • Professional tour guide
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JLG
6 contributions
Jan 2023
In view of the fact that we only had a very short time in Helsinki, we were keen to see, and find out as much as possible within our time restraints.
The Walking Tour was meant to be a Small Group, but there was only Dan and myself, so we were very lucky to have very personal tour, which made it even more special.
Emek was a really friendly , personable and incredibly passionate guide.
His knowledge about the history of Helsinki was phenomenal, and we learnt so much in 2.5 hrs that you could not hope to bring alive in a book.
He gave invaluable insight into The Finnish way of life , and a clearer understanding of how as a country they work together to create a functioning society and culture looking out for everyone.
Highly recommend this tour.
Written January 20, 2023
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memyselfandI
1 contribution
Dec 2022 • Solo
This was my second time with Emek, and I can absolutely recommend booking with him when you're in Helsinki. His knowledge of the city itself and passion for Finnish life comes through in all the details provided. This isn't a "show me what I can Google" tour, it's an in depth look at Helsinki, Finland, and Finnish life.
Written December 31, 2022
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AlvinSweden
Sweden27 contributions
Aug 2021
My wife and I had a wonderful tour that Emek conducted for us this past Wednesday. His experience and knowledge of his adopted hometown shone through, and we are gratefully that he took time to answer the many questions that we had.

We were grateful too that he was not rushed and although the pace was leisurely, we felt that we covered a lot of interesting sites and subjects connected with these places.

Ending up at the city library was great. Especially since we could sit down and share a cup of coffee with him. Appreciated him answering our many “off topic” questions also.
Written August 8, 2021
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mccottagebnb
7 contributions
Oct 2022 • Couples
Great knowledgable guide, gave a good background to the history and culture of Finnland. Did so with interesting stories and humour. Was thoughtful and attentive to the group. Thoroughly enjoyed the tour. Easy walk around the main part of the city.
Written October 3, 2022
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Jason O'R
Lincoln, UK107 contributions
Jan 2020
This was a fantastic tour of the city. Emek was so knowledgeable of Finnish history and the city of Helsinki. We visited some wonderful locations and Emek's openness was a real highlight. He knew so much about the places we visited and also was very receptive about the places that we wanted to see and hear about. Highly recommended. A must when you visit the wonderful city of Helsinki
Written January 27, 2020
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MinnGirl2010
Edina, MN323 contributions
Jan 2020 • Family
I highly recommend this experience. We wanted to see and learn as much as we could in our short time in Helsinki and Emek did a great job of this. The weather was terrible for our tour with rain and strong winds but Emek still managed to give us a great tour, hitting all the main sights while keeping is out of the elements where it made sense. He was full of history and story-telling the while time. We were surprised by much of the information he imparted. Finland is an amazing country with a very interesting and unique history. We came aware with such respect and admiration for the people and the culture. Thank you Emek!!
Written January 27, 2020
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Taína
2 contributions
Dec 2019
Emek was a great storyteller! He cared for us and our kids, he show us the city in a very thoughtful way. We cover a lot in a couple of hours! We even have time to chat and have snacks together. As a family we will treasure forever our conversation with Emek!!! We felt very confident walking around the city by our own after Emek's tour. He sure share his passion for the city with us. Because of him and his amazing presentation of the city our daughter now wanted us to move to Helsinki!!! Now, that is a great tour!!! We have a couple of Airbnb experiences before but this is THE ONE! A couple of minutes after saying goodbye Emek send us a message with recommendations (restaurants, activities...). If you have kids, if you wanted to hear some really cool stories, if you wanted to know the insights of the city or meet a friend, book an experience with Emek! Thanks for everything!!!
Written December 25, 2019
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Coops
London, UK32 contributions
Dec 2019 • Solo
Emek has a great understanding of both historical and contemporary Helsinki, with lots of stories to share for context.

A brilliant way to sightsee whilst learning about and getting your bearings of the city. Emek is a great guide. I would definitely recommend this to anyone new to Helsinki (it was my first trip).
Written December 1, 2019
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Mr T
Tielt Winge, Belgium1,846 contributions
Great tour in Helsinki center to discover more about the country the culture the history and its daily life. Emek was very friendly and open to answer all questions
Written July 21, 2022
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SP
New Jersey12 contributions
What a unique way to tour the beautiful city of Helsinki. Emek is so knowledgeable and fun, we had a blast walking around with him. Thank you, Emek!
Written April 5, 2022
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