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Southern Finland by rail and Helsinki

Southern Finland by rail and Helsinki

Ecological roundrip by train through the southern lake district of Finland to Vaasa on the west coast. Experience the countryside and the archipelago, swim in lakes and sea, meet local people and taste local food. 

Destinations: 

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. On the way to your hotel there is also the Lepaa gardening school with its large garden areas offering a chance to take a look at gardening in Finland and taste some berry wine or cider produced here. The third option is to get off the train already in Riihimäki and make a country home visit in Tervakoski in the middle of a Finnish forest.

Your hotel is located on a cape surrounded by the most beautiful lake nature. here you will have time to relax, have your own schedule and get on holiday mood. Depending on the time of the year you can choose the two outdoor activities you wish to try - for example angling or ice-fishing, Nordic walking or skating. hiking or snowshoeing. Finnish sauna belogs to the program of course.

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. The best way to see the lakes is to get up in towers. Our local guide will take you on a tour visiting three of them, the picturesque old tower of Pyynikki, the newest hotel tower with a lunch bar on top and Näsineula, the sightseeing tower or the Moomin museun. If possible, we'll also take you on water either for a walk on a frozen lake or paddling by a giant canoe. For families there is also an amusement park in summer.   

Vaasa  is the regional centre of the west coast and a gateway to the unique Kvarken World Heritage Archipelago. Vaasa is very close to the town of Umeå in Sweden. You will be driven by taxi to a small archipelago hotel with luxurious glass igloos, not for watching northern lights but the ever-changing sea view.  On the way, you will stop at the new World Heritage Gateway centre, where you can learn more about the continuously rising land.. One activity has been included in your archipelago visit. It can be bird watching, fishing or hiking for example, in wintertime walking on ice or activities on the ice.  

One activity has been included in your package. It can be bird watching, fishing or hiking for example, in wintertime walking on ice or activities on ice.    

Helsinki  is also called the daughter of the Baltic sea and the white capital of the north.  You will meet your local Finnish guide and take a look at the historical city centre first. Next day you have time for visiting a museum or two and Suomenlilnna sea fortress as well. Suomenlinna is a Unesco World Heritage Site.

Helsinki is avery walkable city but also a good idea is to rent a bicycle an make a wider tour round the city. Helsinki is full of events, there are daily concerts and other cultural events especially in early summer.

Please note! Helsinki can be either the first or the last destination as you prefer. 

 

SOUTHERN FINLAND BY TRAIN  

Accommodation: 

  • 1 night in Riitta's countryhome
  • 2 nights in a holiday resort by lake in Hämeenlinna
  • 2 nights in a hotel in Helsinki city centre

Meals: 3-5xbreakfast depending on hotel choice, 1xlunch, 3xdinner

Transfers: 

  • train from Helsinki airport to Hämeenlinna, from Iittala to Tampere and from Tampere to Vaasa 
  • airport transfers by taxi in Vaasa and in Helsinki 
  • local transfers by taxi in Hämeenlinna, Tampere and Vaasa

Itinerary :

Day 1 Arrival 15.7.

  • arrival at Helsinki airport
  • train 1h from the airport to Riihimäki
  • Riitta welcoming you at the railway station
  • transfer to her country home
  • sauna
  • dinner
  • night in a new log cabin room 

Day 2 16.7. Lake Vanajavesi

  • breakfast
  • hiking tour in the forest & berry picking if berries are ready
  • lunch 
  • drive to Petäys resort by lake Vanajavesi stopping at Lepaa gardens
  • arrival at the hotel 
  • sauna & swimming 
  • hotel dinner
  • night in a hotel room with lakeview

Day 3  17.7. Easy day by the lake

  • breakfast
  • nordic walk, joging, rowing, rib boat trip...
  • lunch
  • sauna & swimming 
  • hotel dinner
  • night in a hotel room with lakeview

Day 4 18.7. Helsinki

  • breakfast
  • transfer to the railway station
  • 11:49-12:54 train to Helsinki 
  • taxi to the hotel (just take one outside the railway station)
  • walk to the new public library
  • possibly a visit to the Modern arts museum Kiasma or Art Museum Amos Rex, both interesting also architecturally
  • taxi to the hotel (just take one outside the railway station)
  • night in a single room at a boutique hotel 

Day 7 Fri 19.7. Helsinki

  • breakfast
  • ferry to the Suomenlinna island and just a walk there (there are also guided tours in English if you are inerested in history) but on a sunny day, a log walk and stopping for lunch at Lonna island on the way back would be perfect 
  • 14:45-15.45 Sibelius Finland Experience concert next to the Senate Square
  • 19-21:30 dinner cruise by a water bus OR 20-02:00 Pink Graden Party at Löyly: For these parties, Löyly is transformed into a magical Pink Garden and a variety of pink refreshing summer drinks are flowing into the glasses of the party people.The Ciuas Collective DJ are playing hip hop, rnb, pop and latino classics.There are two kinds of people who arrive at this party. Ones who know each other beforehand and ones who are new friends after the party.
  • night in a city centre hotel

Day 8  Sat 20.7. Departure

  • breakfast
  • tram to the harbour

 

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