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WE ARE NOW MOST OF TIME IN TOWN CALLED JÄMSÄ ABOUT 230 KM OUT OF HELSINKI UNTIL EARLY AUGUST. OR BETTER IN THE FOREST AS CLOSEST SHOP IS ABOUT 10 KM AWAY. IN CASE IT'S ON YOUR ROUTE AND COTTAGE /& NATIONAL PARK VISIT IS IN YOUR TO SEE LIST YOU CAN ASK IF OUR SCHEDULE FITS YOURS. YOU CAN SEE SOME FOTOS IN MY PROFILE.
If you plan Mon-Friday oneway or day cruise connection to Tallinn we have 1 for 10€. You can pick it by 20.7. or 30.7., booking can be made online but a certain document must be picked up. Trip can be until 11.8.
If it´s hard to find a host in Helsinki, see below some tips to visit other cities or Tallinn for reasonable prices.
If you want try Helsinki city bicycle for free I've bought a season (use it daily between home and center) and can join you with my own bicycle (contact me in person when you visit Helsinki). Area is few kilometer from center and bike must be returned every 30 minutes to stand and pick new one but routes can be made interesting. I already made nice trip with a surfer to visit some city nature.
I'll probably make events later some evenings, as weather remains warm.
We are ready to host somehow followingly (note we hope your first day arrival is by about 10pm, later days are flexible). If we give you maybe status, it must be changed to yes/no before it's agreed or not, for many contacts we need to check our updated plans. Make a couch requests, not message with question, request makes it possible to follow on calender and write later host/guest.
Generally we feel that we don't have mostly possibility to make exact plans during guest stays so we expect contacts from people who understand family lite with ups and downs at short notice.
We hope you reply soon, if we offer couch, sometimes there were simply too many people who we expected to come and we never heard of finally. Then couch can maybe offered to someone else. Cancel your request if you found a couch while we didn´t reply yet, it might save a place for someone else for last minute request. Normally we can´t take last minute requests but you can try, sometimes it might work out (normally we do that from couch request forums by ourselves). I you want to change your visit timing, ask in good time, sometimes it´s possible, sometimes not (e.g. in summer there might be that new guests come same day as earlier leave.
If you take an early flight , take night bus to airport (more expensive between 2-4.30 am) and stay there in rest room, Helsinki has no good early public transport connections , e.g. for 6.30 am flight you have to leave us around 4am and walk to bus stop for 15-20 mins, simply bette leave late and stay a bit longer at airport (or look for host directly connected to airport)
We have on Wednesday evenings male/female sauna hours open for anyone and might get free times along the week from neighbours cancellations so make us aware of your interest to try sauna (you can go in private in those cases, if there´s time available).
If you prefer sleeping outside with your own sleeping bag, our small balcony on silent (until kids arrive to playground in the morning) yard side (5th floor) is an option.
Some tips for travel discounts for Finland or to/from Estonia.
You can buy Helsinki -Tallinn or opposite 1 way or day cruise (return same day, only from Helsinki) for Mon-Fri from us for 10 €/person, you can have voucher (printed) + paid booking (no extra fees). It´s by Eckerö Line and only Mon-Fri. Until 23.7.(also some until 12.8. ) at the moment (such cruise in July is possibly 30€). You can also get itby letter if you pay by Iban. We don´t profit any cent from these, so price is all cost-coverage.
A surfer from Finland is one of the developers of this application for smart phone. It seems useful for inner-Finland routes and is free to use. www.perille.fi (load application to mobile phone) . I tried and find cheap solutions to go to our summer cottage on random July dates so it seems really good to combine different method of transportation for low rates. You can give feedback to company/developers directly if you have some. It has now Tallinn connections from 2017 also included.
If you need a hotel room in Finland, I have a chance to book them @ 80-100€/night (including breakfast) for 2 (& about 10€ extra for 3rd bed) rates in selected spas and city hotels around Finland when there's no high peak demand, it´s always up to date in question for booking date. I make the booking and you pay on arrival in hotel or cancel it before arrival. Ask with details of city&dates with private message. In many cases this might be almost as cheap as hostel for 2 or more people. Quite well available also in Helsinki in central locations.
Free summer walking tours in Helsinki
I´m working in managerial accounting task, educated but not for titles, instead for understanding. My work is on laptop so not too bound to office times.
Even if I´m metal fan, I am not into "black phenomenas" or too wasted life styles. We like "unique" better than "cliche" (see google party cannon poster)
Our sms number you find in my profile, works also for whatsapp.
My partner for hosting you: https://www.couchsurfing.com/people/maria-christin-luther
Not mine but found it and I like it: "We used to be same age, now I´m much younger". Whatever it means individually...
My favourite line in Finnish song Nuorena syntynyt "No vittu eletään vielä kun ehditään" by Ismo Alanko freely translated "Let's enjoy everyday as long as we stay alive".
In the past the strangest hospitality profile summary I´ve seen was ; No Germans, no dogs.
We like nice ones of both:).
I´ve posted some free events in event section under Helsinki , so if you want to check some local music event for free, they are ramdomly n weekends during all summer. Some have maybe 500 ppl., some maybe 10-15000 (during day).
Helsinki sceneries with urban nature
Why I’m on Couchsurfing
HOW I PARTICIPATE IN COUCHSURFING
Social interaction, for us it´s easiest on weekends or if you stay longer than short evening during working week.
www.stadissa.fi (i post some events of Helsinki from here (or similar sites) to Helsinki forums (
We like to invitations to visit places afterwards (due to limited time, lots of contacts to Germany and lots of known people it might take time but we travel about every 2nd year a bit more, Central Europe is most likely destination.
member with same user name at hospitalityclub-> check my profile there, been member for 10 years
CS experiencies only offering a couch or joining meetings/camps
the least-wanted experiencies seem to be one-night stays, with late arrival/early departure, that´s when hostels are ideal, one just wasting own sleeping time waiting late and waking too early up, additionally we are family with changing situations so sometimes day might be stressy and we are upset of it
It´s simply nice to meet nice people and be part of their trip , we made many friends for lifetime from different destinations.
listening to rock/metal/folk music, bicycling, traveling, boating, festivals, German language, speanding summer time at cottage close to national park Isojärvi
must add walking, as I walk a lot instead of using public transport in daily life
- working out
- folk music
Music, Movies, and Books
rock/metal music in general but almost anything can be good
too lazy to read, only to brush up my language skills
all the best things were already long time ago made in all these areas of culture:), so I´m not following scenes actively...and I mostly hate comebacks..
Helsinki has good offer even cheap culture events, festivals or evenings, just ask for a tip. I've put some sometimes to events section of cs site.
One Amazing Thing I’ve Done
going through difficult periods in my life, creating own "career" by working hard and with desire
making a solid relationship with my girl friend
Teach, Learn, Share
Helsinki summary for you
Discussion about Helsinki experience, please add yours If you found sth to share.
2016 new nature trip by ferry from center or Helsinki, 7€, fr. 14.5.
What I Can Share with Hosts
We try to offer some Finnish speciality if we have enough time to make a dinner or just let you try a beer, baked dessert. And lots of local info. Still I recommend everyone checks Helsinki booklet under visithelsinki.fi and picks it up from tourist information in Helsinki, it´s valuable and even for me it´s quite hard to recommend anything (places).
Countries I’ve Visited
Austria, Czech Republic, Estonia, Germany, Italy, Latvia, Lithuania, Norway, Poland, Sweden, United Kingdom