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Day with a Local

Explore Helsinki with a local! A Local is your host and tour guide of the day (6 hours). You can choose what you would like to do or leave the planning to a Local. Your day is a combination of local life and highlights of Helsinki. Interaction with a Local is the key element. You will discuss about the topics you are interested in and there is enough time for taking photos and enjoying the atmosphere. You can meet the Local in the port or hotel lobby for your convenience.

Life as a Reindeer Herder

Experience the life of a Sámi reindeer herder. Your journey starts at herder's home, where you snuggle into the snowmobile's sledge and join the herder to feed his reindeer in the forest. You may help feed the reindeer or just enjoy their company. Take a seat among the reindeer and enjoy a fresh coffee, brewed on the open fire. The feeding station offers an excellent opportunity to both observe and photograph the reindeer in the nature. The program lasts 2–3 hours, depending on the reindeer's location. Reservations on the previous evening at the latest.

Feel the Arctic

Experience the beauty of the Arctic wilderness with native Sámi reindeer herders. You are welcome to participate in the daily life of the Sámi herders, hunt for the Northern Lights, try reindeer sledding and spend the evenings in a traditional tent where you can learn more about the nomadic life of the European Union's only indigenous people. This is absolutely off of the beaten path! Your journey starts from and finishes in Finland but you will explore Norway as well.

Visit to a Genuine Local Reindeer Farm

Visit a local reindeer farm where you will meet the young owners who are introducing you the local life of reindeer herders. Reindeer are semi-domesticated, and every animal is owned by a herder. In Northern Lapland, reindeer husbandry is still a major source of income for many. You can see and feed the animals while listening to their incredible stories. These activities offer great possibilities for taking photos and experiencing authentic wilderness life. Warm drinks are offered by the open fire.

Study the Forest

Study the Forest is a three-hour excursion through family-owned forests. You will learn how traditional forest management, tourism and volunteerism can go hand-in-hand. We will tailor the excursion according to your interests and wishes. Coffee and snacks by a campfire are included.

Authentic Life Stories by River Kymijoki

Come and relax in the restful landscape and fresh nature of Kymenlaakso in South-East Finland. A complete, fully guided travel package of 3 days includes transportation, tasty local food, outdoor activities and an introduction to Finnish art. The journey invites you to enjoy berry picking and Nordic walking or snowshoeing during various seasons of the year. Dive into stories of salmon, enjoy art at a home gallery and sleep well in cosy accommodation near River Kymijoki and the Gulf of Finland.

SAUNATOUR - Day as a Finn

Spend a day as a Finn and learn what it is like to live in the Arctic areas. The morning starts with a excursion in the Land of National Parks. Afternoon is hosted by Pohjola Family, the 11th generation of Pohjolan Pirtti-Farm Estate. While we bake traditional flat bread and sweet buns we learn about the life of families living in the area throughout the centuries. The day ends with an Authentic Finnish Sauna Experience in one of the SAUNATOUR saunas. Our sauna guide tells about why sauna is so important to Finns and shows you how to enjoy the Finnish sauna.

'Meet the Santa 365' Hotel Package

The 'Meet the Santa 365' hotel package includes 1 night accommodation in a standard room and a rich buffet breakfast at Santa’s Hotel Santa Claus in Rovaniemi, the official hometown of Santa Claus. The package also includes a bus transfer to/from the Santa Claus Village at the Arctic Circle, in where you can meet the Santa Claus himself.

Alvar Aalto and Design in Seinäjoki

One of the most famous Finns in the world is architect Alvar Aalto. Aalto’s clean and timeless form language can be seen in both in details and in composition of six buildings in Seinäjoki. Civil Guard and Lotta Svärd museum is the museum for voluntary national defense, designed by Alvar Aalto. Amfora Shop has a great variety of ceramic products representing modern Finnish design. Kaarakka House houses Finnish design and distinctive local handicrafts.

SantaPark

Have fun with the elves! Experience: undercrossing of the Arctic Circle and meet Ice Princess in her Ice Gallery. At the Elves Post Office find weird machinery, that works with children’s kind thoughts. Drive the Fairytale Train as many times as you want, visit Santa Claus in his office, learn useful skills in the Elf School and decorate gingerbread cookies in Mrs. Gingerbread’s Bakery. SantaPark Café offers lunch in winter and mouthwatering delicacies, while the elves present their dance show at the main stage.

Rye Bread Workshop: Dive into Finnish Food Culture

Finnish rye bread is made with love and unhurried enjoyment. The enchanting smell of freshly baked bread will turn any day into a celebration. The bread is baked with a sourdough starter that’s more than 100 years old, passed from generation to generation to this day. Rye bread can also be baked in a conventional electric oven, but it takes unhurried time and patience. We’ll take breaks from baking by going outside for coffee. Now, are you ready to take your first bite?

Dine at Home

Experience true Lappish hospitality! We are happy to invite you to our home for dinner. Come and discover the local life and hear amazing stories about Lapland, while a delicious home cooked three course meal is served.

Creating Art Surrounded by Nature

How would you like an artist’s holiday on an amazingly beautiful island in northern Saimaa lake district, staying in a newly built, Karelian-style cottage in the midst of old trees that gives you space for thoughts, relaxation and reinvigoration? Get inspired by painting in water colours or making mosaic or environmental art – or try the Finnish national instrument, kantele, and let yourself be enchanted by its sounds against the background of light summer winds and or open fire in the winter.

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.


Trip to the Lappish Goldfields

Transport by car to an original Lappish goldfield located near Saariselkä. We will meet original gold diggers and learn about today's gold digging and panning methods. After learning the ways to find gold, we get the chance to try the hard work by ourselves. Shovels and pails are waiting for us at the ditch and off we go! After a while of hard work, the real gold digger helps us to find the gold and jewelry stones by panning. During the trip we'll have coffee and pancakes.

Cosy Day

This is your chance to try local life instead of being a tourist. You will spend four hours with your private local host. You will be shown around in their neighborhoods and introduced to their favorite places. Delve into the Finnish lifestyle and peek inside a real local home.

4-Day Mini Roadtrip to the Heart of Real Finland

Is it really possible to discover Finland in only 4 days? Yes, it is – with the My Finland travel agency organising your 4-day trip, in step with nature’s rhythm and the Finnish lifestyle. In only 4 days you can discover the many faces of Finland, from city and small town to lakeside country life – a complete change of scenery! Small group bookings (no more than 8 people), a group you can create yourself for a truly unique experience.

VIP Finnish Culture

Step into our VIP Culture tour taken place around Tampere Lakeland. The theme-based days offer you authentic experiences and different characteristics of Finnish culture. Immerse yourself into Finnish way of life. Walk through the charming story of Tampere. Discover the city’s “hidden treasures”. Enjoy the Finnish cuisine and Finnish design. Interact with locals and get an inside look into Finnish culture. Our wide selection of activities is designed with care and tailored for your convenience.

Private Country Home Visit with Berry Picking Close to Helsinki

Make a relaxing day tour to the countryside 80 km from Helsinki and spend a Finnish summer day with us. Get into a Finnish forest for a walk, feel the silence and pick up berries with your local hostess. Visit an old-style sauna and cook a simple meal from seasonal ingredients together with your host family. A limited number of visits available each summer.

'Rug rag of memories' -weaving retreat

Weaving retreat is a combination of a holiday spent close to nature and weaving on looms. Relax and enjoy slow crafting and precious me-time away from tight schedules and pressure of social achievement. This holiday is for you, if you need a retreat in a pristine and nurturing environment. Relax by exercising, or doing nothing at all in the tranquil archipelago. You will live, cook and enjoy the sauna in a spacious lakeside cottage. You will weave, using the looms, your very own unique rag rug – an authentic form of Finnish textile work.