Helsinki Region and Lakeland Finland 7-13.9.2017


THURSDAY 7.9.2017

Flights from home destinations to Helsinki
Transfer to Espoo
Check-in at Hotel Kaisankoti in Espoo
18:00-19:30 Manor House Buffet Dinner
During the dinner, Kaisankoti Manor House’s services and premises will be presented. After the dinner it is possible to enjoy a Nature Bath under the velvety autumn sky with a few practices to wake the body and mind to sense the Finnish nature. Silence, darkness and breathing the fresh autumn air offer an invigorating nature experience.  After the nature experience there is a chance to make some stick buns by open fire at Kota, a Finnish hut. Optional evening swim at the hotel’s candle-lit pool, dip in a Jacuzzi or a traditional Finnish sauna or steamroom.

FRIDAY 8.9.2017

Breakfast and check-out
09:00 Departure by bus

Briefing on Finnish Edcuation System & National Curriculum:
• Phenomenon based learning, entrepreneurship education, programming

09:30 Arrival at entrepreneurship education facility
Since autumn 2016 Finnish National Board of Education has incorporated entrepreneurship education as key element in National Curriculum. Site visit will include familiarization to facilities and educators responsible for entrepreneurship education in Finland

12:00 Departure for Opinmäki Campus
The objective of the design of facilities and activities has been to promote the development and diversification of human well-being and the realisation of pluralism, sustainable development, multiculturalism and internationalism


13:00 Tour around Opinmäki Campus
• Visiting summer school facilities
• Interviewing teacher responsible for English language education in summer school
• Interviewing Espoo Art School and Mehackit on combining art and technology in education

15:00 Departure for Haltia Nature School in Nuuksio, Espoo
• Learning about ecosystem’s services: Nature supplies us with food and raw materials. Our culture, recreation and health is based on nature
• Participating in outdoor biology class and nature observation skills
• Interviewing teacher who is Pedagogy Director for summer school

18:30 Dinner at Haltia Nature Centre
Transfer to Hotel Nuuksio
Check-in and site inspection

SATURDAY 9.9.2017

Breakfast and check-out

08:30 Departure to Lappeenranta Imatra Region by bus
Lappeenranta and Imatra region is located near the Russian border only 200 km from Helsinki in the heart of Lakeland Finland. This is the place where tourism in Finland has started at the historical site of the Imatrankoski rapids

11:30-13:00 House of a Thousand Tales – site inspection and lunch
The House of Thousand Tales gives you an opportunity to stay in genuine beautiful countryside with accommodation, breakfast and different kinds of activities. Local food, sauna, domestic animals and natural well-being. A favourite place for Finnish school camps (audited as a Finnish school camp destination by Natural Resources Institute Finland: “learn life in the countryside”)

14:00-14:45 Olkkolan Hovi in Savitaipale – site inspection
The Olkkola mansion has been housed during three centuries by priest and official families, The Fabritius, Heintzius, Platan and Fagerstöm families. The current main house is built in 1906. Today the premises offer accommodation, restaurant services, different activities and saunas by Lake Kivijärvi, which is one of the purest lakes in Finland

15:15-15:45 Old town of Lappeenranta the Fortress area
Surrounded by the ramparts, this historic district represents the original town which was founded in a medieval trading centre during the Swedish regime in 1649. Graced with a fascinating history, magnificent scenery and a myriad attractions, the Fortress is today a popular tourist destination

16:00-17:00 Home visit at a local home in Lappeenranta
Local people want to share their homes with international guests and show them the Finnish way of life. Experiences can include baking blueberry pie together, picking mushrooms or berries from the forest, or playing together with the Finnish children

17:00 Transfer to Rauha

17:30-18:30 Angry Birds Activity Park in Rauha Lappeenranta
The Angry Birds Activity Park has even 2.400 square meters space for visitors to play in. On the first floor there is an area for the youngest children, and for the older children 500 square meters jungle gym area built by Lappset. In the Angry Birds Activity Park you can also find the Angry Birds movie theater as well as ranges for pedal cars and zip wire

19:00 Dinner at Holiday Club Saimaa
The rooms of the spa hotel Holiday Club Saimaa are situated in three separate hotel wings, each with their own unique atmosphere. The resort offer activities for everyone: ice arena, Cirque de Saimaa spa: fountains, water-park attractions and the sauna world, not to forget the waterslide and roof-terrace wooden bath tubs, BowlCircus bowling arena and 18-hole golf course

21:00 Check-in at Imatran Kylpylä Spa hotel

SUNDAY 10.9.2017

Breakfast and check-out

08:30-09:30 Site inspection of the Imatran Kylpylä Spa
Imatran Kylpylä Spa is located by Lake Saimaa at Imatra Leisure Centre. The hotel offers a diverse selection of services regardless whether your are travelling on your own, in a company of two, with a family or a group

09:45-10:45 Ukonniemi region – the best place for sports: amateurs and professionals
Rauha and Ukonniemi area offer diverse holiday and sport services for leisure travelers and sportsmen. Vast sport possibilities and up-to-date sports facilities in Rauha and Ukonniemi area guarantee successful training for both amateurs and professionals. In premises of covered Aviasport Arena you can play football, baseball, golf and many other summer sports throughout the winter

11:00-12:00 Vuoksi Fishing Park and the Floating sauna by the river Vuoksi
 Vuoksi Fishing Park offers versatile services: angling and fishing trips, cruises on the river and also preparation of fish dishes. The floating sauna offers a unique setting for relaxing in the center of the beautiful city of Imatra by the River Vuoksi. Sauna cruises can be organised all year round

12:15-13:30 Cumulus Resort Imatran Valtionhotelli – site inspection and lunch
Experience the unique cultural landscape by the river Vuoksi and Imatrankoski rapids. The fantastic Cumulus Resort Imatran Valtionhotelli is a true architectural gem. One side of the hotel overlooks an impressive landscape with the Vuoksi river and green wilderness

13:30-15:00 Transfer by bus to Punkaharju
15:00-16:30 Visit to Lusto, the Finnish Forest Museum
Lusto is a national museum and science centre focusing on Finnish forest culture and illustrating the interaction between man and the forest from the past to the future

16:30-17:00 Transfer to Tanhuvaara

17:00-18:30 Tanhuvaara Sports Institute, site inspection
Tanhuvaara Sports Institute is an attractive service center for sports, recreation and physical training.

18:30 Transfer to Savonlinna city
Savonlinna is a historical borderland where the cultures and traditions of East meet West. Savonlinna is home to the world’s northernmost standing medieval castle, Olavinlinna, which is also host to the famous Savonlinna Opera Festival which draws audiences from all over the world.

19:00 Check-in at  Spahotel Casino in Savonlinna
Spahotel Casino is located on a magnificent lakeside site on Kasino island, right in the centre of the city of Savonlinna. The hotel complex includes a spa, the hotel, a restaurant and a wide range of wellness and free-time facilities and services

19:30 Introduction of the hotel Spa Hotel Casino
20:00 Dinner in Spa Hotel Casino

MONDAY 11.9.2017

08:30 Breakfast and check-out

09:00 Cruise at lake Saimaa to Olavinlinna castle
Olavinlinna castle
The history of Olavinlinna is a mixture of medieval arms clashing, cannons roaring and people doing everyday chores inside the security of the castle’s thick walls
12:30 Visiting local school in Savonlinna
15:30 Transfer to Mikkeli
17:30 Check-in at Anttolanhovi
Anttolanhovi is an international tourism enterprise on the shores of Lake Saimaa in Mikkeli offering versatile premises for vacation, conferences, recreation and enjoying local food

18:30 Cookery school with chief of Anttolanhovi in “Kota” restaurant

19:30 Dinner with local specialities
For many years, we have relied on the South Savo food culture and clean raw materials acquired from local producers. We acquire our meat from a private small butchery, fish from local fishermen, vegetables and root vegetables from nearby farms. The berries and mushrooms we use are also picked from the clean nature of the Saimaa area

21:00 Traditional Finnish sauna by the lake Saimaa
Smoke saunas are the original traditional saunas that have become a quite rare and treasured in Finland. They provide a mystical “löyly” – a combination of heat, steam and athmosphere, and are highly prized by sauna aficionados because of the deep relaxation it delivers. “Löyly” in smoke sauna is very getle and soft, not dry at all. From the smoke sauna you can go for a swim in the refreshing lake Saimaa!

TUESDAY 12.9.2017

08:00 Breakfast
09:00 Mythology of the Finnish forest in Anttolanhovi and picking berries with nature guide Elsi Heimonen-Kerkelä
Lakes Saimaa and Luonteri are located in Southeastern Finland. At approximately 4.400 square kilometres it is the largest lake in Finland. One of the most famous residents of lake Saimaa are the engandered Saimaa Ringed Seals, a freshwater seal that only lives at Saimaa. With 120 lakes and 14000 island, the area I guide people, Saimaa, is the fourth largest freshwater area in Europe and selected among the Worlds’ most beautiful lake areas by the Wall Street Journal in July 2014

11:30 Transfer to Kenkävero
Baking traditional Finnish pies ”Karjalanpiirakka”

Kenkävero is a magnificent tourist attraction and prides itself on having the biggest and most beautiful vicarage in all Finland, in an impressive milieu. It has something to interest everyone at all times of the year: fine restored buildings, exciting exhibitions and events, exquisite handicrafts as gifts, souvenirs or simply to enjoy. In summer it is further enhanced by a garden and handicraft workshops, and delicious food  is served in the restaurant daily all year round

13:00 Lunch in Kenkävero

14:30-18:00 Camp School Workshop in Kenkävero
You have the opportunity to meet Incoming Agents and Camp School suppliers introducing educational/camp school products

18:00 Workshop ends, transfer to Anttolanhovi

19:00 Fishing from the shore of lake Saimaa with fishing guide

20:30 Dinner

WEDNESDAY 13.9.2017

08:00 Breakfast and check-out
09:00 Transfer by bus to Helsinki Region
12:00 Arrival to Fazer Experience Visitor Centre, Fazerintie 6, Vantaa
Light lunch
13:00-14:00 Guided tour in Fazer Experience Visitor Centre
Time for sweet shopping
14:20 Transfer to Helsinki Airport
14:45 Check-in at Helsinki Airport