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The Tom of Finland Experience

Touko Laaksonen alias Tom of Finland has become an international gay culture icon during the years. Welcome to a theme walking tour to learn about Tom as an artist ‒ how for example a stamp decorated with his art became the most sold stamp ever in Finland? And get to know Touko the man: how life was very different for a gay man during the Second World War and decades after? This walk gets you to places you would not imagine to have a secret meaning at all. We also start the experience with a multimedia show including photos and images of Tom / Touko and his years in our beloved Helsinki.

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.

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.

Soling Classic Sailing at Villa Wolax

This unique program lets you sail with five Soling Classic sailboats in the waters of the archipelago. In Finland — only at Villa Wolax! Start the day by enjoying a coffee and a savory snack. Before you launch into the waters, there will be an introduction to the secrets of sailing: the activity requires no previous sailing experience. You get a chance to view the boats, after which separate teams will go into the water to compete against each other. After sailing, the group will head to the seaside sauna, and then later for dinner.

Down on the Farm

Take a glimpse into life in the countryside. We will travel through the countryside in southern Lapland for a visit to a modern sheep farm. You will see the animals in their abodes and take part in some of the daily activities at the farm. The farm also houses skilled sheepdogs. During the visit, our hosts will tell us about their work and what life is like on the farm and in the countryside. As house guests, we will be served a lunch of mainly mutton and organic produce from the farm that the hostess prepares herself. Wool handicrafts made on the farm are also available for purchase.

Our Life – Guided Tour at Kellokas

Culture has always been tied to the area's natural environment and the possibilities it provides. Hear the story of the villages on the fells on this guided tour through the exhibition Our Life – Meän Elämää. The Väylä River has been a travel route, a vein that connects the entire area, and that has helped the area's diverse culture develop into something extraordinary. Language is held in great regard and there is a good deal of support to keep it alive. Guided tours should be booked in advance from the visitor centre.

Raft Cruise

Join us on a tour to the Ounasjoki River. During the cruise you can enjoy views of the beautiful Levi Fell towering proudly in its summer foliage. It is also possible to go for a swim in the river. On the raft, you can purchase coffee and pancakes or grill your own sausages by the open fireplace aboard. NB: dress warmly or according to the weather. You can also try stand up paddling for an additional fee. The prices include the use of sauna on the raft. Duration about 2 h.

Evening Cruise with Steamship Ukkopekka

During summer evenings Steamship Ukkopekka sails from Turku to the fascinating small island of Loistokari. There is everything you need for a wonderful evening: delicious dinner inspired by the Finnish archipelago with a variety of fish and barbecue specialties, along with live music and dancing on the pier. The ship is alive with an unforgettable atmosphere and happy people!

Café Veranda

The spacious, bright, modern, and stylish design of Café Veranda – together with its location in the centre of Helsinki – provides a perfect setting for a coffee or snack with friends or colleagues. The café is located at street level. Its glass walls reflect the changing seasons perfectly and help create an inspiring setting. Excellent Wi-Fi and a wide range of newspapers and magazines are also available.

White Icebreaker Adventure

The sea is covered with solid ice, white as far as the eye can see. Listen to the sound of crackling ice, as crushed ice blocks rise below the icebreaker hull and the dark water splashes about. We’ll take you from your hotel down to Kalix in Sweden to board an icebreaker. You will have a tour all the way down to the engine rooms and all the way up to the bridge. Before retuning to the harbor, we will make a stop for a walk on the frozen sea and a float in the dark icy water in a survival suit. After this, it’s time for a visit to Haaparanta, a town right at the top of the Bothnian gulf.

Finnish Sauna World

Relax in the Sweet Heat of Sauna By the lakeshore of the Hotel & Spa Resort Järvisydän you can find separate sauna premises that are called Finnish Sauna World. The Sauna World consists of 3 different types of saunas. There are two Finnish wood stove saunas, traditional smoke sauna, steam sauna and a relaxing hot tub under the blue sky. The Sauna World has room for up to 70 bathers at the same time.

Hip Hooray Finland 100 Years! Menu in Restaurant Krapihovi

"It is a privilege to serve pure Finnish meat with a history & tradition of over 100 years” Beef ribs – foie gras terrine raspberry wine jelly & fried homemade sourdough bread *** Ox-tail & root vegetable broth with overcooked Beef ribs *** Krapi's bright apple jelly distillate apple & crisp roasted tongue *** Braised, shredded sirloin roast dark wine sauce, deep-fried parsnip and cranberry *** Kyyttö's milk cheese Krapi dried apple & seasons’ compote *** Flowers for Finland Siren flower marmalade, strawberry sorbet & rose petal syrup

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.

Wild Food and Culinaristic Cooking in Finland

In Finland animals, berries, mushrooms and wild herbs have a special taste gained from the Taiga forest and midnight sun. We will explore the pure Finnish culinary tastes and cook fantastic meals from wild nature ingredients with chefs. There are differents themes for cooking every day; fish, forest fruits, game animals and birds. We will make trips to forage the fruits of the forest, catch the fish, see the game animals and watch the birds. In the evenings we will have courses to cook the food we catched in the historical iron work area, famous from Alvar Aalto design.

Paddling along Beautiful Siuntio River to Historical Sjundby Manor

Siuntio River, the "Finnish Amazon", is a good and easy paddling route for beginners. The paddling trip from the Canoe Center to Sjundby Manor is about 6 kilometres The landing stage at Sjundby makes getting ashore easy. Built in the 1500s, Sjundby's mediaeval manor and its surroundings are well worth a visit! In the summer, paddlers are served by Café Sjundby and guided tours of the manor are available. SE-Action Canoe Centre offers paddling equipment and guidance. At only a 30-minute drive from Helsinki!

Semi-detached Holiday Houses – 82 m²

These semi-detached holiday houses accommodate even large groups: there are beds for eight people altogether. The semi-detached holiday apartment is a spacious 82 m². There are two double bedrooms downstairs and four beds on the loft; all of them actual, proper beds. All holiday apartments come with complete kitchens with full dinner sets and appliances and are equipped with saunas, showers, fireplaces, drying cupboards, TV sets and telephones. Wifi, ski maintenance room, playground, pier, and beach free of charge.

A Romantic Night in the Granary

The buildings of the Luomajärvi Horse Inn perfectly reflect the building style of rural Finland in early 19th century. Each room is individually designed and decorated to emphasize the rustic spirit of the buildings and old Finnish culture. Upon arrival, you will enjoy a nice bottle of sparkling wine with delicious chocolate in soft candle light. Greet the next morning relaxed after a night in the log walls' shelter. To make your morning perfect, a tasty breakfast is served in your room.

Pallas Yllästunturi National Park

Enjoy Europe's Cleanest Air in the Fells of Finnish Lapland
Trek from hilltop to hilltop through the arctic fells along Finland's first hiking trail. Here you can enjoy hiking or skiing through the wilds, but still find welcoming lodgings for comfortable overnight stays in historic Lappish villages. This part of Lapland has the freshest air in Europe. On dark nights look out for the amazing Northern Lights. Three Visitor Centres assist in the planning of the trip and direct the visitors to the best and the most beautiful destinations. The marked trail net offers a large scale to choose.

Savonlinna Opera Festival tickets

Opera and concert tickets for the performances July 8 - August 6, 2016. Operas: Otello, Don Giovanni, Falstaff, Macbeth, From the House of the Dead, La bohème, Norma, tickets €53,50 - €183,50. Concerts: Savonlinna Hall on July 9 and 30, Kerimäki Church on July 24 and Olavinlinna Castle on July 17.

Cooking on Open Fire

An active and unique experience for everyone! Prepare your own 3 to 5 course dinner or lunch menu on an open fire under our chef's supervision. You'll learn many useful cooking tricks and get our original recipes to take back home and enjoy. And you'll savour an unforgottable meal together with your team. Cooking can be organised all year round with a menu adapted to the season's ingredients.