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Helsinki Winter World

Experience Lapland's wonderful winter in the city of Helsinki! Snow attractions and activities are available in any weather: igloos, ice sculptures, ice bar, toboggan hill, kick-sledding and tandem skiing. Everything is built inside a huge sports hall using snow and ice. Our weather forecast of the day is always -3 degrees Celsius, no wind, steady weather conditions. Open for individual visits from May to August, husky rides on request.

Touch – Contemporary Finnish and International Art Exhibition

"Touch" is the title of the new Saastamoinen Foundation Art Collection Exhibition. The collection is on permanent display at EMMA, showcasing hundreds of works of art by Finnish and international artists dating from the early 1900s to the present. The overarching theme of the collection is humanity, a choice to which the collection naturally lends itself. The human being, identity, our physicality and interaction with the surrounding world have been central in contemporary art for the past decades.

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.

Gold and Culture Package

The Gold and Culture package includes accommodation with breakfast, entrance tickets to the Gold museum and Sami museum, evening sauna and free use of the hotel gym.

The Great Coastal Road Exhibition

This exhibition at the Museum of Kymenlaakso tells about the Great Coastal Road and its builders and travellers. Today the road is a part of the European Road E18. People have been making their way on this road since the Middle Ages. The modest riding trail was made wider as it was used by armies, state officials, and common people alike. In the 20th century, cars replaced horses and new times favoured straight roads. Eventually, the road was transformed into a modern motorway. The venue also houses a colourful play area for children and small exhibitions with local themes.

Day of Art & Nature in the Footsteps of The Serlachius

Recharge your soul, mind and heart in the Serlachius Museums & Art Town Mänttä. Touching moments with national art treasures, magnificent architecture, memorable lake views, fragrant Finnish forests, and culinary pleasures in one of the best museum restaurants in all Europe. Enjoy your day in Art Town Mänttä. Included: Entrance fees to the Serlachius Museums Gösta and Gustaf, bikes, Nordic walking poles and rowing boats (in summer), Art Menu meal (2 courses) at Restaurant Gösta, Serlachius shuttle bus Tampere – Mänttä – Tampere and local shuttle transfers in Mänttä.

Pielinen Museum

Take a journey back in time and discover North Karelian history at the Pielinen Museum – the second-largest open-air museum in Finland. The museum consists of the main building and an extensive outdoor area, which includes three farmhouses from different centuries, mills, forest workers' log cabins and timber floating machinery. The Pielinen Museum is located in beautiful surroundings by the river, near the town center. You can tour around the museum area either at your own pace or with a guide.

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.

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.

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.

Järvenpää Art Museum

Experience the golden age of Finnish art at its birthplace. At the Järvenpää Art Museum, you can see the works of two significant Finnish painters, Eero Järnefelt and Venny Soldan-Brofeldt. Both belonged to the community of artists which lived in the Lake Tuusula region at the turn of the 20th century. Many of the works of Eero Järnefelt and Venny Soldan-Brofeldt were painted in the immediate vicinity of the present-day museum. The museum also hosts exhibits by contemporary artists and a museum shop. The museum is easily accessible and is a short walk from the Järvenpää railway station.

Postimäki Open Air Museum and Cultural Heritage Site

Since the latter part of the 1960’s, Postimäki has been associated with outdoor theater, music, crafts and its coffee house. Today group guiding, visits from school classes and other public events are also part of the activities. A majority of the cottages are furnished in accordance with their past, and include a straw museum, a shoemaker’s workshop and a smithy.

Arboretum with Woodland Garden, Café, Garden Centre and Wine Estate

Arboretum Mustila was founded in 1902 as a test site for exotic trees. Today it remains a unique area of introduced trees and horticultural plants in Europe. Nearly 100 conifer species, more than 200 broad-leaved tree species and numerous shrubs, vines, bulbs and perennials have been planted in the arboretum, covering 120 hectares. What makes Mustila unique are the large, naturally developing stands that support most of the trees. Visitors can also enjoy our cafés, a Garden Centre, Wine Estate, and sheltered trails in the wild exotic forest.

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

Trail of Sands in Yyteri

Trail of Sands ('Santojen Lenkki' in Finnish) offers you the best parts of the unique dunes of Yyteri. Enjoy the amazing scenery opening up to the sea, spot typical plants that grow in the dunes and sit down on the sand at Munakarin särkkä to have a break. In the forest dominated by pine and lichen, it is nice and peaceful. Finally, ascend on top of the dune Keisarinpankki, where the nature is surprisingly lush and the view over the beach and sea impressive. The sands of Yyteri are definitely worth seeing and experiencing!

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!

Serlachius Museum Gösta

The Serlachius Museums Gösta and Gustaf offer a contact point for the friends of high quality art and good stories. Gösta shows contemporary art at the new internationally awarded pavilion and the pearls of the Gösta Serlachius Fine Arts Foundation's collection at old Joenniemi manor. Restaurant Gösta: the pure tastes of local ingredients.

Exhibition: North Star, Southern Cross

The main exhibition at the Maritime Museum of Finland covers themes such as navigation on dangerous seas, the life of seamen, maritime trade, and travelling. Winter navigation and ice are also covered to remind us of the wintry conditions of Finland and the huge change that icebreakers brought to Finnish seafaring. The exhibition presents items recovered from underwater wrecks like the St. Michel which sank in 1747. The magnificent 7.5-metre scale model, in turn, brings the passenger ship S/S Arcturus and its dramatic phases to life. Don’t forget to try out the activity points!

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.