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Make Your Own Souvenir! Upcycling & Design Workshop

Make your stay in Helsinki unforgettable by getting a hands-on experience in Finnish upcycling & design. Participate in an inspiring eco-friendly handicraft workshop and create your own Helsinki design souvenir from recycled materials. It is a great way to relax your mind and boost your creativity at the same time. This activity is perfectly suited for individual travellers and couples as well as families with children. We also organize free workshops for underpriviledged and refugee children and their families. The workshop is available in English, German and Finnish. Feel good – do good!

Arctic Wild Food Dinner at Design House Idoli, Ivalo

Design dining! An Arctic wild food dinner is prepared in front of you in a unique milieu surrounded by the best Finnish design and selected pieces of art. After enjoying for a full 4-course gourmet dinner you will sit in a Lappish hut made of glass and enjoy a cup of coffee. The night sky looks amazing here with or without the northern lights.

Delightful Raekallio

We head towards the north, driving along frozen swamps to the small village of Pöntsö. In Pöntsö, we visit the home and gallery of Lappish artist Reijo Raekallio. Reijo is known for his talent of capturing the beauty of Lappish nature and its people and animals into his paintings. A coffee break surrounded by beautiful art will feed your mind and soul.

Manor Tour in Wiurila

The museums offer a fascinating trip into the life of Wiurila. During the tour, you visit the Household Center designed by C. L. Engel, which includes the Wiurila Family Museum where unique articles from the main building are on display. You also get to see the Carriage Museum, the smithy and the carpenter's workshop. The museum is open Wed–Sun, 12–16 in June to August. No reservation is required. Guided tour available on Wednesdays at 9:30–10.30. Reservations by phone.

Snowmobile Safari to the Levi Ice Gallery

We will enjoy the scenery while snowmobiling around the Levi fell to Luvattumaa. The 10 000 square meter snow and ice structure contains a snow hotel, snow chapel, ice bar, and an ice and snow art gallery. After a coffee break in the ”kota” restaurant, we will drive back to Levi through the beautiful forest scenery. Driving distance 35 km. Duration about 2–3 hours.

Snowmobile Safari to Art Gallery

We start the safari in the morning. First we drive north by snowmobile through the Levi countryside to the village Pöntsö, where we eat a delicious Lappish lunch in the art gallery of Reijo Raekallio. After lunch, we enjoy his famous Lappish art and return to Levi. The trip takes about 6 – 8 hours.

Guided Art Tours by HKI Art Guide

The Guided Art Tours introduce visitors, both locals as well as travelers, into the world of contemporary art in Helsinki area. The tours make a personal, relaxed and fun way to get an insight into Helsinki's vibrant art scene. Each tour is especially curated by our HKI Art Guide team and the program is renewed every month. Which also means that the same visitors can re-take the tour several times a year. Our tours always bring something new.

Löyly

Löyly, an urban oasis occupying a stretch of beautiful Helsinki waterfront, offers a warm welcome and many delights for locals and visitors alike. On a beautiful summer’s day, our terrace is the place to be and our saunas are available daily. While Löyly offers exceptional architecture in a unique location, it is our commitment to sustainable business and green construction that truly sets us apart. The environment has been our number one consideration throughout the project, informing everything from our choice of FSC certified building materials to our menu.

Traditional Archipelago Craftmaking

Use your own hands and creativity while learning about traditions and cultural history in the archipelago! Make traditional crafts yourself with the help of a local guide: dye yarn using different plants, full wool and tie ropes for different uses – these crafts have a long tradition in the archipelago. You might find these traditional methods not only useful, but also relaxing and rewarding. And what could be a better souvenir than something you have made with your own two hands?

Overnight in Hotel Krapi & Bicycle Tour Around Beautiful Lake Tuusulanjärvi

What better than a bike tour? A bicycle path of 25 kilometres circles the lake. Along the way, you'll find much to see and do; museums (such as the Artist Homes Halosenniemi, Ahola and Ainola), cafés, restaurants, wonderful shops, the Sarvikallio recreational area, disc golf and beaches. Lend a bike & take a picnic basket along from the hotel. After the tour, you can bathe the dust off in the hotel's sauna and have dinner at one of the summer restaurants. Spend the night at Hotel Krapi and enjoy a rich buffet breakfast. A perfect mini vacation!

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.

Guided Tour in the Manor

Svartå Manor is one of the most precious manor houses in Finland with a history of more than two hundred years. The wooden castle is embedded in one of the biggest private historical parks of Finland.

Silence with Kantele

Discover the Finnish soulscape by crafting a kantele like Väinämöinen in the Finnish epic The Kalevala, and fall in love with this fascinating instrument in the peaceful milieu of a Karelian guesthouse. Then spend a day amidst the epic scenery of Karelia, tuning your kantele and learning the secrets of your five-string instrument from an expert. Learn to conjure up songs that will carry you away from your everyday life. The meditative power of the kantele is irresistible, and even a beginner can make beautiful sounds with it. Choose from one of five different guesthouses!

Finland's Most Beautiful Building

Guided tour in Finland’s most beautiful building – the art nouveau castle hotel Imatran Valtionhotelli. This beauty has experienced a lot – both in peace and war. You will hear unforgettable stories from the past of this hotel that was built when Finland still was part of Russia. Imatran Valtionhotelli was voted the most beautiful building in Finland in 2014.

Autumn Colors Photo Tour in Lapland

Full spectrum of colors, day and night! Nature is told to dress in autumn colors 10th Sept at 10am in the north. Northern lights are already seen during the nights. Get to the most picturesque locations Lapland can offer and end up observing and photographing the wildlife in Kuhmo. All this will be guided by landscape photographer Valentino Valkaj.

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.