Who are we?

We are travelers who appreciate the local knowledge on the road. This is our way to return all of the favors and wisdom offered, as well the sheer fun we’ve had participating on guided tours on our trips around the world. We know that you want to experience something fun and different, just like us. We’ll get you that! While doing so, we will walk you through the basics of Helsinki and Finland. You will also get a taste of the local lifestyle as well as experience some of the diverse subcultures we are proud to have.

Jouko Väärälä (CEO)

Jouko Väärälä Green Cap Tours

I founded Green Cap Tours. I’m born and raised in Finland, but I have also lived in Canada and Iceland. By nature, I’ve always had interests on multiple fields, which has resulted me acquiring University degrees in both arts and engineering. Travelling widely in Europe, Asia, Oceania and Latin America  has created me a good a sense of figuring out what the travelling customer want. With a bit of creativity I’ve had the privilege to do my part producing the most intriguing Helsinki experiences.  On my tours I like to speak about Arts, Architecture, History and National habits.

Mikael Penttilä (COO, Sales Director)

Mikael Penttilä

A professional tour guide in Helsinki and Southern Finland with six years of experience. Mikael has a Masters Degree in History (University of Helsinki), specializing in both political and military history. On his guided tours Mikael likes to talk about both the past and the present: history, culture, society, events, funny coincidences and hilarious stories.

Lauri Kallio

Lauri Kallio

I was born and raised in northern Helsinki. Besides Helsinki I have lived one year in Vienna.

PhD and a professional guide in Suomenlinna Sea Fortress and in the nearby island “Vallisaari” since 2010. In my doctoral research I focused on the history of German and Finnish Philosophy in the first half of the 1800s.

In my tours I like especially to address the question, how the dreams and visions of rulers affected the lives of ordinary people. Changes in worldviews through different times is my interest as well.

Leo Aarnio

Leo Aarnio

Excluding stops made along the way in Geneva, Paris and London, I have lived my life in the metropolitan area of Helsinki, currently residing in the central district of Kallio. Although for the past few years I’ve been occupied within the academia, I used to work as a Helsinki Help tourist guide, roaming around the streets looking for those in need of rescue, mostly in terms of connecting their whereabouts with where to head next.

I consider my greatest asset as a guide to be my love for “the daughter of the Baltic”. This has me constantly check how she’s doing by attending the happenings on offer. I take great pride in knowing the capital and sharing its gems with you. Therefore, if you can get one past me in terms of Helsinki trivia or what’s going on, I’ll salute you by offering a drink or an ice cream after the tour.

On top of what’s going on, I am well acquainted with the history of Helsinki. I also know a thing or two about its architecture, shopping, dining, breakfast and brunch joints, cafes, bars and clubs. I am of course interested in everything you are. To help you have an enjoyable stay best suited to your liking makes me happy, so please ask for pointers, be it what to see in terms of architecture or museums, where to eat and drink and go shopping, enjoy a romantic picnic, go skinny dipping from an open access sauna, or simply have a good night out.

Jekaterina “Kata” Pääkkönen

Kata Pääkkönen

Young and energetic culture lover waiting to show you the best bits that Finland has to offer. In English, Russian or Finnish.

On one hand as university degree student in social sciences, you can expect to hear about Finnish society, politics and culture. On the other hand you will hear how the Finnish food and drinking culture is and has evolved as several years of past work experience have been in Finnish alcohol business.

Sara Itkonen

Sara Itkonen

Sometimes I still see Helsinki from a tourist’s point of view as I moved here few years ago from eastern Finland. It might not be a bad thing when working as a guide, because I am enthusiastically looking for new adventure. It is very likely to be found here in Helsinki! Previously, I have been searching for adventures on my road trip through the US and visited many other countries including Austria, Turkey, Iceland, Greece, Norway and so on.

I enjoy talking about the history of Finland on my tours as it is my major at the University of Helsinki. Finnish music, nature and good food (and mood) suits me as well. See you on the tour!


Teemu Antikainen

Teemu Antikainen

Helsinkian with a willingness to share with you the city’s rich history and hidden gems. I take pride in finding out new ways to have a good time in this city, whether it be bars, events, museums, nature or something else.

I have a Master’s Degree in Political History (University of Helsinki) and a few years of work experience as a guide. On my tours I like to specialize in the formation of Finland as a nation state and sharing stories about the country’s presidents (past and present).

Besides Helsinki, I have lived short periods in Austria, Israel and Canada.

See you around and let’s make your stay memorable!


Teemu Seppänen

Teemu Seppänen

I started guiding career when I worked in Greece, Spain and Vietnam. Since I moved back to Finland I’ve continued same job here in Helsinki. Besides guiding I work also on radio station. So music and popular culture are very close to my heart.

On my tours you will hear especially about Finnish culture and our everyday life. Also I’ll let you know the most interesting things of Finnish history. Hope to see you soon!

Kasper Mårtensson

Born and bred in Helsinki, Kasper has been working as a professional tour guide since 2011. His guiding languages are English, Swedish and Finnish, and he is also a Suomenlinna Guide. With a vast experience of guiding on foot, bicycle, bus and boat, he knows perfectly well what a good tour is made of. Armed with tons of knowledge and a comprehensive understanding of Helsinki and Finland, his tours will get you informed, intrigued and inspired!. In addition to general overall information, his tours will include observations on present Finland as well as historical anecdotes. From the mundane to the macabre, he covers it all.

Kasper is a graduate (BA) from the University of Sussex

Maija Yrjä

I am an energetic Helsinki-lover, with a passion for the city’s history, politics, culture and vibrant food scene. I am currently finishing my Master’s Degree at the University of Helsinki in Political History and have previously worked in Helsinki’s sightseeing business and at the Military Museum in Suomenlinna.

I have lived for two years in Berlin, but never lost my love for my hometown Helsinki. On my tours I like tell about Finland’s big historical changes, military history and significant leaders – but also sharing some funny anecdotes and more personal stories from the past. I also love exploring Helsinki’s art, culture, bar and restaurant scene and finding new places  – so if you need some tips and recommendations, feel free to ask! I will be happy to guide you through the streets of Helsinki in Finnish, German or English.

Erik Sandström

I was born and raised in Helsinki, but the city never stops surprising me, with the innovative libraries to the Restaurant day to cool bars popping up everywhere. I am a journalist and I’m passionate about trying to understand and explain society.

As part of the Swedish speaking minority I have had the privilege to see Finnish society both from an insiders, as well as an outsiders, perspective. Finnish culture is wonderful in all its strangeness and when I’m occasionally backpacking around the world I know I will always return.

I am an expert hitchhiker (Finished 3rd in the hitchhiking competition Hitchball 4000 in 2017), I know a lot about coffee (but I am really sensitive to caffeine) and I can really lose track of time if I get my hands on a guitar.

With a bachelor in Journalism I know what an impact a good story can have.

Minna Ojala

I am professional guide, tour leader and teacher with a Mastes degree in Education from Helsinki University. I have been living and working with tourism many years in Mexico and Spain so i observe my home town also from another point of view. When the daylight gets longer i like to jump on street to Helsinki and show you beautiful nature, parks, clean air, amazing arquitecture. I like to talk about history, sports, national crazy habits and education.

Con los brazos abiertos nososotros estamos esperando a Ustedes a conocer nuestra linda capital. Bienvenidos a Helsinki!

Milja von Lerber












I am a local student, who has been born and raised in the neighborhoods of Helsinki. As a soon-to-be bachelor of social sciences in the University of Helsinki, I wish to guide you through the quirks and perks of Finnish society. Travelling, coffee shops and local delicacies are close my heart, and I will happily share my knowledge with you.

From my tours you can expect beautiful sights as well as some well kept secrets of Helsinki. My passion is to bring the stories of Helsinki to life, from the town of the past as well as from the city of today. I will be happy to guide you either in Finnish, English or German.

Edward “Ed” Morrow

Ed moved to Spain in 1996 as a child and spent most of his life there except for the time he spent studying at the University of Manchester.  After graduating Ed spent time as a professional musician touring around Spain, Portugal, Brazil, Morocco and the UK followed by a brief stint as an English teacher until 2014 when he started tour guiding in his home town of Madrid followed by a couple of years doing the same in Barcelona.

Ed first visited Helsinki in 2015 and visited the city countless times in the following years, falling in love with the city’s culture, history and atmosphere and also with a local girl making his move to Helsinki a true Finnish love story.

Jonna Martikainen












I was born in a small city two hours north from Helsinki. I’ve been living in the capital for a few years of my life, and besides I’ve lived in Mexico, Peru and Brazil. I’m absolutely passionate about Helsinki, our small capital hides so many fascinating stories everybody should learn about. My biggest personal interests are history, languages, street art, coffee and of course traveling.

On my tour I will talk about history, the society and curiosities about the Finnish population. I can also share some good tips of ongoing events or the best coffee shops and bars in town! I can guide you through the best of Helsinki either in English, Spanish, Portuguese or Finnish.

Sara Casanovas

My name is Sara, I was born and raised in a small town few minutes away from Barcelona. I’ve always been passionate about knowing different cultures, languages and food so as soon as I could I started traveling.

After traveling around Southeast Asia and living in New Zealand for a year and a half I went back home and decided I wanted to show people the beauties of Barcelona.

Love brought me to beautiful Helsinki and I’m really excited to show people around the city and all it has to offer.