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Winter Break in southern Finland

Winter Break in southern Finland

First a day in Tampere with a Moomin museum visit and a husky picnic, then two full days or winter activities on frozen lake ice. 

Destinations: 

Tampere  used to be the centre of the textile industry in Finland. Today it is the 3rd biggest town in Finland with its 230 000 inhabitants-  It is located between two lakes, Näsijärvi and  Pyhäjärvi. Almost 1/4 of its geogaphical area is lake. 

Activities in Tampere: 

Moomin Museum  is a brand new, experimental arts museum for art lovers and Moomin fans of all ages. The exhibits comprise a unique collection of original Moomin art donated to Tampere Art Museum by Jansson in 1986. The collection was previously on display in Tampere Art Museum’s Moominvalley from 1987 to 2016. When it was moved to its new venue in Tampere Hall, its name was officially changed to the Moomin Museum. When you arrive at the museum, you step into an exciting new world recreating the special magic of Tove Jansson’s Moomin books.

Husky picnic  is a one hour visit to a local husky kennel. with a short 1-kilometer long husky drive sitting n sleigh, hot juice or coffee and sausage barbeque by open fire. You will get a touch with the snowy landscape in the heart of Finland and will meet the eager and friendly sledge-dogs at the farm. Please note! This is just a tryout, it can not be called a safari but gves a nice ending for a fun day with multiple activities. 

Hämeenlinna  is a small town by lake Vanajavesi 1h from the airport by train. Hämeenlinna has a long history  dating back to the middle age, so we can well start from historical point of view. Your hotel is located on a cape surrounded by the most beautiful lake nature. Here you will have time to relax and enjoy winter as even southern Finland has alot of snow at this time of the year. 

Activities on ice in Petäys resort: 

  • Ice-fishing 2h
  • Kick-sledge safari or tour skating on ice 1,5h
  • Snowmobiling safari to a wilderness island 2h
  • Smoke sauna and ice-swimming for adults 2h
  • Visit to Häme castle 1h

Heureka Science Centre  is located nect to Tikkurila railways station, where you would need to change train anyway. The Finnish Science Centre Heureka introduces the public to science and technology in an engaging and interactive way. In February the main exhibition topic is dinosaurus: https://www.heureka.fi/visitor-info/info-about-heureka/?lang=en

WINTER BREAK IN SOUTHERN FINLAND

Accommodation:

  • 1 night  in double/twin rooms at Dream Hotel in Tampere  (also possible a hostel room for four -60€) 
  • 3 nights in double/twin rooms in  Petäys resort 

Transfer: by train and taxi

Meals. breakfastx4, lunchx3, dinnerx4 

Activities: 

  • visits to the Moomn Museum, Häme Castle and Heureka Science Centre
  • husky picnic (=1km husky ride in sleigh, meeting the huskies, sausage barbeque by open fire) 1-1,5h
  • kick-sled or tour skating safari 1-1,5h with hot drink by open fire
  • snowmobile safari to a wilderness island (2 sharing, children in sleigh, includes hot drinks)

Itinerary: sample, order of actvities might change depending on the starting day

Mon 18.2.

  • 7:30-12:25 flight from London Heathrow to Helsinki
  • 14:01-15:52 train to Tampere
  • walk to Dream Hotel 
  • 18:00  dinner at Tullin sauna bistro
  • night in two hotel rooms next each other

Tue 19.2.

  • breakfast
  • 9-12:00 Moomin Museum  (walking distance, any time)
  • lunch at Tullin sauna bistro
  • 13:15 transfer to the husky kennel
  • 14-15:30 husky picnic
  • 15:30  transfer to Petäys resort
  • dinner
  • night in two rooms next to each other

Wed 20.2.

  • breafkast
  • 10-12:00 ice-fishing on lake Vanaja
  • lunch
  • free time
  • 15-16:30 kick-sledge safari or tour skating on frozen lake
  • dinner
  • night in two rooms next to each other

Thu 21.2.

  • breakfast
  • 10-12:00 snowmobile safari to a wilderness island
  • lunch
  • free time 
  • 16-18:00 smoke sauna and ice swiming for adults
  • dinner
  • night in two rooms next to each other

Fri 22.2.

  • breakfast
  • 10.00 transfer to Hämeenlinna, visit to the medieval Häme castle on the way
  •  11.49-12.49 train to Tikkurila
  • visit to Heureka Science Centre (next to the station, luggage with you) and lunch there 
  • 15:15-15:25 airport transfer by taxi
  • 17:25-18:35 OR 19:30-20:40 flight back to London Heathrow
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Price 2600€ for a family of 2+2
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Duration 10-13 hours
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