Amaze Me Culture Creators, 20th-23rd of May, 2017





Arrivals according to schedules. Meet your host Susanna Kyllönen at the arrival terminal 2A, in front of the Tourist Information

16.30/17  Transfer to Tuusula
The journey begins by the lake Tuusula, a small town known for being the cultural cradle of Finland – The shores of the lake were inhabited by the most famous Finnish artists such as Jean Sibelius in early 1900s. The small town located only 20 minutes from Helsinki-Vantaa airport offers culture and nature activities as well as laid back atmosphere. Take a break and experience the past and present of Finland by the beautiful lake Tuusula.

17.00/17.30 Accommodation at hotel Krapi

18.00  Culture Tour: On the Trails of Sibelius and Friends on Lake Tuusula
The historical surroundings and a peaceful cruise on Lake Tuusula will unwind you. During the cruise you will hear fascinating stories about the Finnish ‘Golden Era’ artists such as composer Jean Sibelius while watching beautiful scenery float by.

19.00 Dinner at restaurant Krapihovi
Krapi is a true Finnish setting. Homemade food prepared with care and hospitality in a villa atmosphere. The soup is flavoured with the rich cultural heritage of the area as well as with contemporary live entertainment.

21.00 Sauna at Krapi
If you want to understand Finland and its people, getting familiar with sauna is a good starting point. There’s no other way starting your visit to Finland than trying out the traditional Saturday evening sauna – just like the 5 million Finns around you does.

The evening continues at Krapi’s Paja
Krapi’s Paja, the Tuusula Lake Road’s culture caramel, was opened in February 2017. The music and event venue offers a variety of music and theatre clubs, shows and multidisciplinary art events in collaboration with local artists.



8.00 Breakfast

9.00 Escape room
There is an art gallery in the Krapi Barn, which is maintained by the mysterious art supporter. You and your friends have 60 minutes to find out the best kept secret of Lake Tuusula area.

10.00 A Guided tour at Ainola Museum, the home of Jean Sibelius
Ainola is located close to Lake Tuusula. It was the home of Jean Sibelius and his family from 1904. This timber-built villa was designed by the famous Finnish architect Lars Sonck. Its distance from the hustle and bustle of the nation’s capital gave the composer the peace that he needed for his creative endeavours, while other artistic families living in the neighbourhood provided a lively social circle.

11.00 Transfer to Helsinki
Helsinki, the capital of Finland, is a vibrant seaside city of beautiful islands and great green parks. The city’s rhythm is laid back yet at the same time refreshingly active in terms of both the number and quality of restaurants and cultural activities.

12.00 Sibelius Finland Experience
Enhance your experience of Finland’s music culture with a 1-hour live performance of composer Jean Sibelius’ music at Helsinki National Hall. Enjoy a show including the masterworks and get an immersive experience with projected images and films of unspoiled Finnish natural landscapes and a festive, non-alcoholic drink that evokes the flavors of Finland.

13.30 Lunch

15.00 Helsinki Art Guide, Gallery & Museum Tour in Helsinki
Helsinki Art Guide’s Tours introduce visitors into the world of art in Helsinki area. The tours make for a personal, relaxed and fun way to get an insight into Helsinki’s vibrant art scene. Each tour is especially curated by the HKI Art Guide team. The art experience always end in a relaxing way, with a coffee and/or a treat in a café or art venue.

17.30  Accommodation TBC

19.00  Cosy Finland – Cosy Home Dinners
Cosy Home Dinner is a specialty for everyone interested in the Finnish Lifestyle. Cosy Finland arranges you an invitation to a local home. During this about three hour evening program you will enjoy a dinner with the host or the family.

21.30 Departure to the hotel



8.00 Breakfast

9.00 Transfer to Sauna

9.15  Morning sauna
Helsinki offers you many possibilities to enjoy a relaxing swim or sauna. The city’s beaches and archipelago are perfect for enjoying outdoor recreation, and the boom of public saunas has taken over the city shores just recently. Monday will begin by visiting one of the modern public saunas.

11.30 Lunch hosted by Visit Helsinki

12.30 In the footsteps of best-known Finnish architects – Guided walking tours through Helsinki and Lahti surveying the works of Alvar Aalto and Eliel Saarinen
The best of Alvar Aalto and Eliel Saarinen in Helsinki
Take a peek into some of the most famous buildings designed by Alvar Aalto and Eliel Saarinen: Saarinen’s Railway Station (1919), National Museum (1905-1910), Aalto’s Finlandia Hall (1962-1975) and Artek Furniture store.

13.30  Transfer to Lahti

15.00 Finnish Architecture in Lahti: Alvar Aalto and Eliel Saarinen
Explore the designs of Alvar Aalto and Eliel Saarinen in Lahti with a guide! During this guided walking tour, you will admire the work of famous Finnish architects Alvar Aalto and Eliel Saarinen. The tour starts from Lahti City Hall which was completed in 1912 and designed by Eliel Saarinen. From the City Hall, the tour continues to Church of Cross “Ristinkirkko” designed by Alvar Aalto and completed in 1978.

17.00 Transfer to Mukkula Manor House and accommodation in unique rooms. Free time.

19.00 Dinner at the manor house’s restaurant. Local province menu called: Vellamo.



7.30 Breakfast is served at the manor house’s restaurant

8.30 Transfer to Sibelius Hall: workshop and seminar

Afternoon: Departure from Helsinki Airport


This fam trip is part of ESF Project Culture Creators go Tourism