This tour leads you to the best cultural sights in Southern and Central Finland with a peak to the local life!
DAY 1: Cultural sights in Lake Tuusula
First day starts with a peaceful cruise in the historical surroundings of Lake Tuusula. Learn fascinating stories about artists associated with Finland’s Golden Era, such as composer Jean Sibelius, while watching the beautiful scenery move by.
After the cruise you will have delicious lunch at the unique vintage design hotel Gustavelund.
In the afternoon, the tour continues to Halosenniemi. This national-romantic log studio of painter Pekka Halonen was built at the turn of the 20th century on the shores of Lake Tuusula. Pekka Halonen was one of the most beloved artists of the Golden Era of Finnish art, and he was part of the versatile artist community of Lake Tuusula. Halosenniemi is now an art museum and features the works of Halonen and other exhibitions showcasing works of his contemporaries and later generations. The museum is open year-round.
The day continues by checking in at Hotel Krapi and testing you puzzle solving at escape room with cultural twist! The Krapi Barn hosts an art gallery maintained by a mysterious art supporter. You and your friends have 60 minutes to discover the most closely-guarded secrets of the Lake Tuusula area. The game is suitable for anyone who wants to play and solve puzzles together. 2 to 6 people can play at the same time.
Later in the evening Five season’s dinner in Restaurant Krapihovi
Restaurant Krapihovi both cherishes and creates Finnish food tradition in an idyllic villa environment. The pearl grey main building with its green touches was built in 1883 by the Councillor of State Sourander for his summer residence and for the main building of the Krapi estate. The story of the Krapi kitchen is built of seasonal variation and fresh Finnish ingredients from the surrounding earth, water and forests. Krapi grounds hold their own smokehouse, butchery, and bakery. Everything on your plate is homemade with pride and joy!
DAY 2: Master composer’s home and the local lifestyle
After delicious breakfast, drive to Ainola, home museum of master composer Jean Sibelius was built in 1904. Visitors can still experience the silence that the composer considered indispensable for his work. The timber-built villa was designed by the renowned Finnish architect Lars Sonck. Away from the hustle and bustle of the nation’s capital, the villa gave Sibelius the necessary peace and quiet for his creative endeavours, while other artistic families living in the neighbourhood provided a lively social circle. Today, Ainola is an authentic home museum and open to the public during the summer.
After Ainola, visits at some local handicraft makers’ shops and have a refreshing break in Knitting Café Lentävä Lapanen. The Lentävä Lapanen knitting café combines cosily a yarn store and a café. It is like a living room for those who have found a passion for knitting, as well as being a wonder world of yarn. Mingle with locals at the town centre.
After visits, drive to Kinnari Farm, located in Lahti region. Farm visit starts with lunch at cozy Lappish style hut. During the lunch you will hear stories and history of the 350 years old farm. After lunch, it’s time to bake traditional Finnish gingerbreads with new twist: rye!
Later in the afternoon, drive from Kinnari Farm to Lahti harbour where you have a chance to take a peak to the secrets of wooden design and architecture with guided tour.
Later on, drive to Lehmonkärki Resort which is located by Lake Päijänne, the second largest lake in Finland. Accommodation in well-equipped, traditional Finnish log cabin. After a day full off things to do, slow walk in the forest and traditional Finnish treatments at the villa’s sauna. After sauna treatments, traditional Finnish sauna menu at the cabin.
DAY 3: Peak to the designs of Alvar Aalto
After breakfast, drive along Finland’s most beautiful route to Jyväskylä via Säynätsalo. Visit at Säynätsalo town hall (one of the most remarkable work in Alvar Aalto’s production) with guided tour.
After the tour, drive to Jyväskylä. Accommodation in Hotel Verso in double rooms. Later in the afternoon, guided walking tour starting with lunch at Cafetéria Muisto and guided tour at Toivola Old Courtyard and continuing with guided tour ”Aalto Andante” including Jyväskylä Administrative and cultural centre, Nikolainkulma, Worker’s club, Defense Corps building, Jyväskylä University Campus and Alvar Aalto Museum.
Dinner at Restaurant Figaro. Figaro is a winner of Chaîne des Rôtisseurs awards and already ranked high on Lonely Planet’s list of Finnish restaurants, together with Winebistro, voted Finland’s best wine restaurant in 2014 and 2015.
Breakfast and check out. Drive back to Helsinki.
Group size: min. 4 persons
Availability: year around 2018 (except during special events)
Bookings: At least four weeks prior departure.
Guiding language: English
Please notify: The clients should have own travel insurance.
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