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The Age of Agriculture – The Story of Farming in Finland

Have you ever seen the first Finnish tractor or sat in a cabin of a modern combine harvester? Have you been inside a real windmill or wondered how cream is separated from milk? The Age of Agriculture exhibition allows just that and much more. The exhibition is a journey through three thousand years of farming in Finland. The age of agriculture is one of labour, cultivated species, domesticated animals, arable fields, burn-cleared swidden plots and pastures; it is a landscape.

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.

Visit the Maritime Museum

Whether you're a salty sea-dog or confirmed landlubber a visit makes for a great day out. In the museum's galleries there's plenty to see, with family-friendly interactive stations also a plenty to do. Moored beside the museum is the four-masted barque Pommern, one of the world's last merchant sailing ships, just waiting to be explored from deck to hold.

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.

Birthplace of Jean Sibelius

Composer Jean Sibelius (1865-1957) was born and lived the first 20 years of his life in Hämeenlinna. The rooms of his birthplace are decorated in the style of the era between the 1860s and the 1880s, and the museum exhibition sheds light on little Janne’s childhood years in Hämeenlinna. A guided tour will provide you with more information. Chamber concerts are regularly held at the hall of his birthplace.

Guided Tour to the Didrichsen Art Museum

We offer guided tours for groups with different interests. Besides our current exhibition the focus of the tour can be e.g. on architecture and design, sculptures in the surrounding sculpture garden or our Pre-Columbian or Oriental collections. Coffee and snacks can be arranged for the group. During the summer season you can relax and enjoy the scenery from our sea view terrace.

Convent Church – Past and Present Tour

The Naantali Church was built between 1460 and 1480 as a church for the Catholic Brigittine convent. Now, this only remaining part of the convent is the largest medieval building in Finland, excluding the Turku Cathedral. The Church is known for its portraits of Christ painted in connection to the consecration crosses. Permission to build the convent was given on the 23rd of August 1443. This is considered to be the founding date of both the convent and the town of Naantali. The most recent renovation of the church took place in 2011–2012.

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.

Kamome Shokudo Tour – かもめ食堂ツアー

This Japanese guided tour takes you to the main shooting sites of the movie ”Kamome Shokudo”. First we enjoy a walk and a coffee break by the campfire in the forest at the Nuuksio National Park. Shopping time at the Arabia Factory Shop and a Finnish lunch at Cafe Suomi are also included.

Sparkling Summer Amethyst Mine Visit

Have you ever wanted to unearth some hidden gemstones? Here is your chance! The Lampivaara Amethyst Mine will provide the tools and guidance you need to dig up your very own amethyst! We’ll walk up to the top of Lampivaara, where a beautiful view and the amethyst mine await you. Here you will use the tools of the trade, assisted by professionals, to dig up amethysts, and then you get to bring one of your finds home with you! With your find secured, we’ll head down to cook a meal over the open fire: sausages, mushroom soup, and blueberry tea! After this, we return you to your hotel.

Stundars Open Air Museum

Stundars is one of Finland's largest open air museums, an Ostrobothnian handicraft village and a very popular attraction south of Vaasa. During summer, you can walk around the museum village and run into "villagers" from 1917. You can participate in their chores or just have a chat with the farmer's wife, the school master or whomever you happen to meet during your stroll.

Paateri

Experience the wonderful Paateri Chapel and the home and studio of sculptress Eva Ryynänen. Paateri is located in the beautiful village of Vuonislahti, about 25 kilometres from the Lieksa town centre.

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.

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.

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.

Nordic Walking between the Serlachius Museums

We take a nordic walk from one Serlachius Museum to another one to discover a top quality cultural destination. The route leads us through the beautiful forest and lake landscapes. The destination is either the internationally awarded Serlachius Museum Gustaf where we learn stories of history or Art Museum Gösta that has been internationally awarded for its wood architecture. Serlachius Museum Gösta was nominated the Museum of the Year 2015 in Finland.

Magic of Pentik - Guided Tour in Pentik Culture Centre

The idea for Pentik Ltd first emerged in 1971, inspired by Anu Pentik’s enthusiasm for ceramics and leather crafts. Starting from the family’s basement and nursery room, the company took on a fascinating history to become an international chain for interior design. During this guided tour we will visit the whole Culture Centre; Anu Pentik Gallery, Countryside Memories Museum, Old Ceramics Exhibition, International Coffee Cup Museum and Pentik Home Museum. You will get a deeper understanding and hear fascinating stories about Pentik, art, ceramics & local culture, history and nature!