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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.

Tour de Pyhä

Would you like to experience Pyhä in three different ways? Tour de Pyhä consists of mountain biking around Lake Pyhäjärvi (12 km), canoeing along the small river Pyhäjoki (13 km) and hiking a sightseeing route over the Soutaja fell (7 km). We will enjoy a hearty soup and coffee by the riverside. This is a journey of body and mind, where physical activities combine with relaxing nature exploration. The pace will be set to suit all participants. Come awaken your senses at Pyhä!

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.

Guidance to Finnish Nature

The tour at the main exhibition will fascinate the visitor with its enthralling visualization of Finnish nature from the archipelago to the windswept fells of Arctic Lapland. During the guidance you will also find out about the ecological building and about the myths of the Finnish forests.

Palander House

Palander House presents the lifestyle of a bourgeois Hämeenlinna family 100 years ago. The museum showcases a variety of room ensembles, ranging from the elegant drawing room to the servants’ kitchen. The museum is located in the north-east corner of the city centre in an area with lots of period houses. Admission fee includes a guided tour which start every 30 minutes.

Ice Fishing

Sitting on the ice of Lake Pyhäjärvi and ice fishing is very relaxing. For a couple of hours, you can forget your busy life and concentrate on the silence of the wilderness. If you are lucky, you might catch some perch, white fish or rainbow trout. The package includes ice fishing gear, a guide, and some snacks.

Les Nuits – The Nights

A sensual symphony for eighteen dancers. Combining language from ballet and contemporary dance, Les Nuits – The Nights is a ballet in several scenes for adult viewers. It was created by French choreographer Angelin Preljocaj to celebrate Marseille’s year as European Capital of Culture in 2013. Angelin Preljocaj’s own company, Ballet Preljocaj, has performed the work around Europe, in South Africa and in the USA.

Bon Vivant Package

The Bon Vivant-package includes a delicious 3-course dinner in the restaurant, an overnight stay in a double-room (standard) and a breakfast buffet in the restaurant.

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.

SnowCastle Exhibition

The exhibition is mounted in the historic Customs Storehouse in the Inner Harbor of the city of Kemi. The history of the SnowCastle is presented with words and photos as well as objects and articles from the years gone by. Learn more about the professional builders, their snow-how, its development over the years and the construction and lighting techniques used at the castle.

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.

Nordic Walking Tour in Tampere

On this Nordic walking tour, you will learn how to use Nordic walking sticks to enhance your walking experience amid the splendour of nature. You will also have a chance to see the city of Tampere from the top of the highest gravel ridge in the world. Highlights include: - A walk in the pure nature of Finland, just outside the center of Tampere - An introduction to one of the world's healthiest sports: Nordic walking - A birds-eye view of Tampere from the Pyynikki Observation Tower - Taste the best doughnuts in Tampere in the cafeteria of Pyynikki Observation Tower

Seaside Lifestyle in Coastal Finnish Cities

This tour will pass through interesting destinations, providing detours that allow you to become familiar with the way of life in the maritime coastal towns of Western Finland. Towns that combine busy harbours with a rich cultural history. Wander in the footsteps of local residents on their favourite routes, see modern and historical homes, and enjoy local delicacies in the markets, cafés, and restaurants. The provided accommodation suggestions are all places with real character.

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.

Folk Music Workshops

Want to try a Kantele Workshop or a Rune Singing Workshop – or both? The kantele is Finland's national instrument, and this workshop focusses on the 5-string version. Rather than seeking perfection, the idea is to enjoy making music together – no previous experience is required. Or learn about the Finnish rune singing tradition! The chapters, runes, of the Finnish national epic Kalevala were originally songs. This workshop is an introduction to Kalevala's rune singing and its varied forms.

Ski Museum – Snow Fun All Year Round

The Lahti Ski Museum is situated at the Lahti Sports Centre, only a short walk from Lahti city centre. The interactive section of the museum offers snow sports fun for all ages – all year round! Experience the thrill of ski jumping safely in a simulator, or challenge yourself or your team in cross-country skiing or biathlon. Be it summer or winter, gather a group of friends and arrange a memorable event at the interactive section of the Ski Museum. Include a visit to the Lahti Ski Jump Tower and make it a day to remember! The museum is under renovation and opens in January 2017!

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.

Arctic Ice Fishing

This tour is an excellent way to enjoy the peace and quiet of Lapland and ice fishing on a lake teeming with fish. We meet at Levi Tourist Information and drive to the village of Rautuskylä, where we continue towards Lake Rautusjärvi. While ice fishing, we will enjoy the quiet of the wilderness and have some snacks by a camp fire.

Let’s party – Cosy Bring Your Own Wine

Grab your favourite bottle of wine and visit a Finnish home! Red or white, it’s up to you. We will organize a host who prepares a Finnish meal for you and introduces their choice of wine as well. While you enjoy the dinner and wine, you have a great opportunity to learn about everyday life in Finland and our unique culture.