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Culture and Local Life | Take a bite out of Finland – culinary tour in Southern Finland

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Foodcaution in Finland! Finland’s food culture is the most interesting one in the Nordic countries thanks to its unique location between East and West!

Day 1 Helsinki
Arrival to Helsinki and transfer to Helsinki city centre. Accommodation in the beautiful twin / double rooms of one of the Kämp Collection hotels. Independent dinner.

Day 2 Helsinki culinary city tour
Breakfast is served at the hotel’s restaurant. The day continues with a 4-hour Helsinki culinary city tour - including an introduction to the culture of Finnish arctic cuisine and lifestyle, tastings of the season including dark rye bread and butter, fish, roe, beef or pork, reindeer,
meatballs, a bowl of soup of the season, cheese, berries / juice / vegetables and apples and ending to Finnish buns and coffee, sweets and chocolate. Part of the tour will be done with trams and the underground. Free time and independent dinner.

Day 3 Chocolate tasting and by the stove in Hella
After breakfast, the tour continues to Fazer Experience Centre located at Vantaa. There will be a guided exhibition tour and after the tour it is time to learn the secrets of making the best chocolate in the world!
Later on, transfer to Lake Tuusula, known from the unique community formed by artists on the shores of Lake Tuusula in the early 1900s. Accommodation in a beautiful countryside hotel, Hotel Krapi, located by the lake. After arrival, there will be a delicious Five Season’s buffet with seasonal Finnish delicacies is served at the restaurant in a idyllic villa: the seasonal cycle and fresh Finnish ingredients from field, water and forest form the basis of the Krapihovi kitchen. After lunch, free time in the surrounding area. Day ends at Krapi’s Hella kitchen where you prepare a meal for yourselves with the guidance of Krapi’s restaurant chef! The finished meal is enjoyed in the charming Hella dining room.

Day 4 Local tastes and gingerbread baking
After breakfast, the tour continues to Kinnari farm close to Lahti. The programme starts from a local mill called Okeroinen Mill owned by the Kinnari family. At the mill, you can grind your own flour from the Kinnari family farm’s own grain. From the mill, the visit continues to the Kinnari Farm where you will bake gingerbread to take with you! The visit will end with coffee/tea and handmade pastries made from the farm’s own flour at the on-site bakery. A delicious soup lunch is served at the farm’s Lappish style hut.

Free time and later in the evening Teerenpeli distillery tour and dinner at Restaurant Taivaanranta. Teerenpeli Distillery is one of the oldest distilleries in Finland and currently a clear market leader in Finnish Single Malt Whiskies. The original Teerenpeli Distillery was found in 2002 in Lahti city center inside restaurant Taivaanranta, where distillery show room is today open to visitors during restaurant opening hours. The show room offers visitors an interesting insight to whisky distilling processes, raw materials and close views of the copper pot stills and maturation cellars.
Overnight for two nights at centrally located hotel.

Day 5 From locals with love
Breakfast at the hotel and afterwards guided wild herb, berry- or mushroom picking tour depending on the season! During the tour, you will learn the recognise some common herbs, berries or mushrooms and learn how to use them. The tour ends to a cooking lesson from the wild food that have been picked. The day ends with a regional journey of flavours: special provincial Vellamo menu is served either at local restaurant.

Day 6 Tasting Tampere
After breakfast, the tour continues to Tampere where you learn to bake traditional Finnish buns called “Korvapuusti”. After the baking lesson, it is time to enjoy a cup of coffee or tea with freshly baked buns!

Independent lunch and free afternoon to discover the city - Finlayson area, cafés, marketplaces and market hall - all located within walking distance from the hotel and offering seasonal berries, vegetables, street food, traditional black sausages called “Mustamakkara”, just to mention a few!

Dinner will be served at either at Restaurant Kajo or at Restaurant Näsinneula depending on your wishes. Restaurant Kajo’s creative kitchen fills your plate with savoury stories while honouring the origins of food. The menu is a true chameleon: it evolves to provide the best seasonal experience, yet staying firmly rooted in nature. Restaurant Näsinneula is located 124 metres above the city and it is known for its unique rotating panoramic views over two beautiful lakes. Dinner includes 5 course Lakeland Menu - prepared from the finest locally grown ingredients.
Overnight in centrally located hotel.

Day 7 Departure
After slow morning, departure to the airport.

Duration: 7 days / 6 nights
Group size: Min. 10 persons, max. 20 persons.
Availability: On request
Optionals: Baking traditional Runeberg’s (national poet) cakes in Porvoo, visit at Heila Market selling fresh local farm products, and guided brewery and distillery tour in Fiskars.

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