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History and Nature – Vallisaari and Suomenlinna Sea Fortress

Two of the most important island groups of the Helsinki archipelago are Vallisaari and Suomenlinna. Vallisaari was closed to the public nearly 400 years and was opened to visitors in spring 2016. The island's untouched nature and history are unique; Vallisaari has also almost 1000 different species of butterflies, for instance. Our walking tour is about 3 km long and after that, the journey will continue by boat to the nearby Suomenlinna sea fortress, where we take a short walking tour and finish with a picnic.

Alvar Aalto Church – Guided Tour

The Church of the Three crosses in Imatra is a masterpiece of modern architecture by Alvar Aalto. This church was completed in 1957. It is said to be Aalto's most original church design. It is named after the three white crosses at the altar. The building consists of three consecutive halls which can be separated by sliding walls; this enables parts of the church to be used for parish activities during the week. The exterior of the church is white with a copper roofing. DOCOMOMO has listed the church as a significant example of modern architecture in Finland.

Kotka City Parks

Kotka is known as a city by the sea, but also for its lovely parks that are spread across the city. Proximity to the sea and several well-maintained parks and other green areas make the centre of Kotka definitely worth a visit. With a few kilometres walk, you can enjoy the most noteworthy parks: Katariina Seaside Park, Sapokka Water Garden, Sibelius Park, Isopuisto Park, Linden Esplanade and Sculpture Promenade on Keskuskatu.

Key Ring Workshop

At Paja, a designer shop in Helsinki, you can make your own brass key ring with the help of a goldsmith. Choose your text and symbols and stamp them on the key ring. Makes a perfect gift or unique souvenir! Group size 1–12 persons. Duration is approximately 1 hour for a group of 5.

Finland's Most Beautiful Building

Guided tour in Finland’s most beautiful building – the art nouveau castle hotel Imatran Valtionhotelli. This beauty has experienced a lot – both in peace and war. You will hear unforgettable stories from the past of this hotel that was built when Finland still was part of Russia. Imatran Valtionhotelli was voted the most beautiful building in Finland in 2014.

Magic of the Finnish Woods

Experience the Finnish wilderness and northern mythologies during our walking trip into the woods of Nuuksio National Park. Listen to stories from The Kalevala, the Finnish national epic, and learn about the power of the shamans and nature spirits. Find out myths and facts about the bear, the king of the woods and the national animal of Finland. Visit the Bear-Hut, where you will meet a very convincing brown bear. Learn the traditions of ancient Finns and enjoy the beauty of Finnish nature. After the trip, you can enjoy traditional Finnish food grilled on the campfire.


Local Handicraft Workshop in Lappish Home

We invite you to visit the handicraft workshop of the local artist Mrs. Irene Kangasniemi and her traditional Lappish log-built home! After the tour at the handicraft workshop, you get the chance to make your own souvenir made of reindeer antler. Using example articles, Irene and Ari Kangasniemi tell of traditions and the reindeer antler work currently being produced at Kangasniemi House. They also use other materials collected from Lapland’s nature for their handicraft.

Guided Tour at the SnowCastle

Guided tour in the gigantic SnowCastle will lead you to a world of professional ice and snow building. Discover how we make the Castle, what its venues are, and what you can do inside the snowy walls.

Experience the Sauna and Urban Nature

Spend an unforgettable short break in Helsinki. See the most interesting sights of our capital city and experience Finland’s gift to the world, the sauna! Sauna is an essential part of the way we live in Finland. It has been a place for physical and spiritual cleansing for over a thousand years. You will experience the Finnish sauna from two different perspectives, the traditional cottage sauna by the sea as well as an urban sauna and pool complex in the city centre. Duration: 3 days / 2 nights.

City Sauna Tour

Sauna is in many ways the base of life and society in Finland. We have 3 million saunas for 5 million people. On this tour you will learn about different kinds of saunas and visit a public city sauna for a real bathing experience! The tour can be conducted by public transport, by bicycle or with Nordic walking sticks. Let us know which method of transport you would prefer or inquire what we have available for the time when you would like to participate on the tour. The best part of the tour is of course a real bathing visit to one of the city saunas in bohemian Kallio neighborhood!

Citi-Tunes Music Walk

Citi-Tunes™ is a 3 hour city walk to the major attractions in Helsinki with music and tunes from Finland. The attractions and parts of the city come alive with tunes and songs related to the history, the people and the present day culture in Finland. You will be guided by an authorized Helsinki guide, enjoy favorite tunes and songs from Finland and explore the beautiful city center on foot and by tram. A high quality audio system with individual headphones and receiver assures good listening quality.

Silence with Kantele

Discover the Finnish soulscape by crafting a kantele like Väinämöinen in the Finnish epic The Kalevala, and fall in love with this fascinating instrument in the peaceful milieu of a Karelian guesthouse. Then spend a day amidst the epic scenery of Karelia tuning your own kantele and learning from an expert the secrets of your five-stringed instrument. Learn to conjure up songs that will carry you away from your everyday life. The meditative power of the kantele is irresistible, and even a bigger can make beautiful sounds with it. Choose from one of five different guesthouses.

Locomotive Museum

Located opposite to Akaa Toijala’s busy train station, the unique Locomotive Museum offers marvels for all ages. The old diesel locomotive collection includes several world class rarities. Steam engines and large/small diesel locomotives can be seen as well as a cross-section of the history of the Finnish locomotive industry. The museum conveys the phases of the railroad in a memorable way.

VIP Family

Take your loved ones for a special holiday in Tampere Lakeland with our VIP Family tour. The tour is packed with fun, relaxation and exotic activities especially chosen for families. Discover the world's most unique museums. Enjoy Finnish nature activities. Explore traditions of Finnish family life. Make unforgettable memories in Tampere, the best family destination in Finland. Our wide selection of activities provided by professionals is designed with care and tailored for your convenience.

Logging Museum at Yllästunturi Visitor Centre Kellokas

The forest has always been an important resource in Finland. The Logging Museum at Kellokas takes you to a time when men spent months at a time in the forest, cutting and transporting wood. There are lots of articles, photographs, old tools, and other material related to logging sites. The Logging Museum comes alive at least once a year during the Forest and Market Days in September. Old-time dresses, different kinds of work presentations, singing and saw playing, baking contests, and other activities make this event truly memorable.

Ice Age Trail

The nature of Southern Karelia has been shaped by The Ice Age. This tour takes you to see boulders and kettles, ridges and pebbles. You will learn about the Ice Age and how it has formed the geography of Finland. The trail is located on the banks of the beautiful Lake Saimaa.

Gallen-Kallela Museum Visit

The beautiful surroundings and unique architecture of the Gallen-Kallela Museum provide a fine setting for a museum visit. The museum’s temporary exhibitions present the art and life of Gallen-Kallela and his contemporaries and present-day works of contemporary art.

Matilda's Magic

The area of Meri-Teijo is a historically and culturally significant industrial area with an ironworks factory dating from the 1800s. The tour visits the Mathildedal ironworks village and its historic red-earth buildings, manor house milieu and the old factory in a region full of nature close to the sea. The tour begins with coffee and pastry in the Kyläkonttori café, followed by a walk to the ironworks factory as the guide explains the history of the old buildings. We visit the Teijo Factory Centenary Exhibition and an alpaca farm. The tour ends with lunch in the Ruukin Krouvi restaurant.

Lappish Evening in the Wilderness Hut

Experience the Finnish culture through an authentic evening full of traditional activities and food. Together we start heating up the sauna and prepare a delicious fire-glazed salmon dinner on open fire. It takes about 1 hour for the sauna to heat up. You can also play fun outdoor games and put your fish catching skills to the test! Then you can relax in a hot sauna and take a dip in the refreshing water of a wilderness lake. Afterwards we will enjoy our dinner while savoring the gorgeous nature.