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Meeting a Shaman

When you have settled into the environment and sit quietly in the kota (Lappish tepee) by the open fire, it is time to encounter the Shaman, who arrives unexpectedly from some place hidden away in the forest. He tells old stories of Lapland and its mythology. Each participant gets to experience the Shaman’s and Lapland’s mysticism in a number of ways. Duration about 1 hour.

Unique Kylmäpihlaja Lighthouse Island

The Kylmäpihlaja lighthouse island is a ruggedly beautiful island of rocks that offers experiences by the open sea. Experience a night in the lighthouse tower on the edge of the open sea: all rooms have sea views. The restaurant serves various delicacies from the archipelago. The Kylmäpihlaja island is easily accessible in the summer, thanks to the daily water bus connection.

Guided Tours at EMMA

Deepen your art experience at EMMA with a guided tour. The Art Hour is an in-depth one-hour tour of selected works in the current exhibition of your choice. For a quicker visit, choose the Art Quarter, which gives an introduction to a changing single work in the current exhibition. The guide is available for questions and discussion afterwords. Reservations in advance. Bookings: info@emma.museum, +358 (0)9 8163 0493, Mon–Fri 9–16

Adventure in B&B Kirjakkala Ironmills Village

In Teijo National Park you can experience Finnish nature on a mini-scale; lakes, forests, marshes, streams and the sea. The National Park is also a gateway to the archipelago. There's more than 50 km's of marked trails with cooking shelters along the way. You can trek, cross-country ski, fish, cycle, pick berries and mushrooms or go wild swimming. Kirjakkala Ironmills village was established in 1600's and tells you the story of Finnish industrialization. The environment has been preserved for more than 300 years. Old buildings are in new use as accommodation now.

Daytime cruises on an original steamship Ukkopekka

World’s last romantic invention, authentic steamship S/S Ukkopekka sails silently and lightly as a feather through Airisto and by its thousands of islands. The journey takes you from Turku to the idyllic monastery town of Naantali. One of this nostalgic steamers' specialties includes a famous lunch buffet.

Salpalinja History and Bunkers – Guided Tour

Salpalinjan Hovi is located on top of the Salpalinja defense line that was built in the 1940s to protect Finland from the Soviet Union. You can find two underground machine gun bunkers and an enormous three-story lodging-cave very close to the hotel, borrowed into the rock. According to different sources, the cave was supposed to accommodate 60 to 100 soldiers. While staying at Salpalinjan Hovi, you can explore these remarkable sites of Finnish war history with an expert guide.

Serlachius Museum Gustaf

The Serlachius Museums Gösta and Gustaf offer a contact point for the friends of high quality art and good stories. Gustaf Museum tells stories. In the former head office of the forest combine, curious and surprising exhibitions mix with the architecture and intensely dramatised and vivid history.

Visit the Rauma Maritime Museum!

The Rauma Maritime Museum offers you an in-depth view of the maritime cultural heritage in Rauma, the third-oldest town in Finland, to which the sea and seafaring have always been vitally important. The museum offers experiences for children as well. In most museums, touching is not allowed – the Maritime Museum encourages children to learn by playing and touching artifacts that are marked with red dots. The navigation simulator Jenny is also a visitor favourite. Guided museum tours in English are available – please book ahead!

Guided Excursion to Lainio Snow Village

We will take a bus to the Lainio Snow Village and get to know the village, snow hotel, snow bar and ice sculptures. You will learn how this magnificent castle was built. After the tour, we will have time to enjoy hot drinks in the cozy log bar at the castle. Duration about 2.5 hours.

Moosepark/ zoo

Have you ever kissed a moose? We have tame elgs at park, as well as reindeer and deer. There's also an old fashioned Finnish restaurant with locally produced wild food.

Kummakivi Boulder

The Ice Age that prevailed in Northern Europe some 11 000 years ago has significantly affected Finland's geography. The retreating ice sheet ploughed out an assortment of rocks, both big and small. One of the strangest is the Kummakivi boulder in Ruokolahti, Finland. This balancing giant lies on a convex bedrock surface with a very small footprint, but so firmly that it cannot be rocked with human force. Kummakivi ("the strange stone") has been protected since 1962. This boulder is on every tourist's must-see-list in South Karelia!

On the Trails of Arctic Circle

Arctic culture is a modern way of life firmly rooted in traditions and nature. Travelling in Lapland sheds light into local ways in the form of customs, food and sauna. In Rovaniemi exciting Arctic Culture, local traditions and everyday life are always spiced with a pinch of magic. Rovaniemi, the Official Hometown of Santa Claus, greets you to experience the genuinely warmhearted spirit of Christmas every day of the year. It’s not all about elves, Jingle Bells and garlands, it’s all about genuine experiences, meetings with local culture, sharing and caring and surprises.

Unique Lapland Helsinki Winter World

Experience the winter and snow in at any time of the year! Unique Lapland has brought the wonderful Lapland winter into the city of Helsinki. Snow attractions and activities are available in any weather: igloos, ice sculptures, toboggan hill, kick-sledding and tandem skiing.

Guided Tour in Tytyrin Mine Museum

The Tytyri Mine Museum is located underground in a real limestone mine. The visitors get to experience the genuine feeling of the mines as they explore the cool and damp mine galleries. Visit to 100 metre-wide and 100 metre-deep underground cave gives a good picture of the huge size of Tytyri limestone mine.

Working for the Company – A Humoristic Drama Guidance at Serlachius Museum Gustaf

Are you a suitable person to work for the paper company? Put your abilities to the test! You are among the hopeful new workers applying for a job in the paper company in the early 1950’s. The first person you meet is the 'ever-so-slightly' self-important head office secretary. You will be acquainted with the paper company's history, life in the realm of Serlachiuses and the evocative exhibitions of the museum. A test in the paper workshop reveals, who has the potential to work at the mill.

Explore the Secrets of Örö Island

The fortress island of Örö has been a part of Finnish military history from the times of Russian tsars. The island was closed off from the public until 2015 and only restricted entry was possible. Örö has around 20 km of hiking and nature trails. The island is home to many rare plants and has the largest variety of butterflies in all of Finland. The hotel and restaurant are renovated in protected old buildings. You can rent kayaks and bicycles on the island. Come and explore the fortress island!

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.

Meet Santa Claus with Reindeer in Nuuksio

Come meet our adorable reindeer and Santa Claus at the Nuuksio Reindeer Park, 30 km from Helsinki city center. The minibus will pick you up from your hotel or the Helsinki-Vantaa Airport. The visit includes feeding the reindeer, meeting Santa, coffee or tea with buns in an atmospheric Lappish kota over an open fire. You will also get a small gift from Santa. Duration approximately 2 hours (1 hour at the park + transportation).

A Typical Day at a Finnish Lake with a Visit to the Old Paper Factory in Verla

Departure from Porvoo at 9:00, stops at various locations, (Rutumi’s Manor, antique shops, etc.) and a Finnish lunch. Arrival in our little paradise, where we spend a typical Finnish day and relax. Afternoon visit to the museum of Verla. A little drink by the lake, preparing a “bastu kvast”… Sauna preparations, BBQ for dinner. Sauna by the lake and relaxation activities. Possibility to stay late in the evening and then return to Porvoo.