My sister and I are both in our early 70s, in very good shape for our age, but this tour was like running through Helsinki. Our guide, (Elissa?) was intent on showing us way too many things in the time allotted and walked so fast we could not keep up. We asked her to slow down but she did not and would get to a site and start talking about it before we were there to hear her. The young couple with us even had trouble keeping up. Never a break! After two hours of this, we told her we needed to go back to our hotel. We were in the middle of Helsinki in the pouring rain and she gave us cursory directions and went on her way!! We promptly got lost and were helped by a very kind girl who walked us to the appropriate street!! In addition, our guide spoke way too fast so it was difficult to understand her with her heavy accent. It was not a good day!!!!
My husband and I were looking forward to this walking tour as it was our first visit to Helsinki, and because it usually gives us that local feel and orientation of the City before venturing on our own. Kathryn I may have misspelled her name as I forgot to write it down as I usually do after every tour, my apologies was an informative, entertaining, and energetic tour guide. We were able to see more places of interest than we expected. It was a relaxed, casual experience - like meeting up with an old friend and being shown around.
Finland is a beautiful country and she has endeared herself to us so effortlessly! My husband and I would love to go back!