Welcome to relax in the restful landscape and fresh nature of Kymenlaakso in South-East Finland. A complete, fully guided and transported travel package of 3 days includes tasty local food, outdoor activities, and an introduction to Finnish art. The journey invites you to enjoy berry picking, Nordic walking or snowshoeing during various seasons of the year. Dive into stories of salmon, enjoy art at a home gallery and sleep well in cosy accommodation nearby the River Kymijoki and Gulf of Finland. The package is available throughout the year for groups of 9–16 persons.
Introduction of participants:
Accommodation in Majatalo Torppa http://majatalotorppa.com/
You’ll be picked up from Helsinki Airport and taken (1.5 h) to Kotka, where accommodation is provided in the homelike inn Majatalo Torppa in a peaceful area. A campfire meal will be served in the evening, along with a nice leisure time in the yard.
Accommodation in Majatalo Torppa occurs in two buildings: in the main house or in a smaller house, both of which have rooms for 2–4 persons. A garden cottage is also in use in the summertime.
Outdoor activities at Aholafarm http://www.aholafarm.fi/
Aholafarm offers relaxing experiences in the healing nature of the Finnish countryside. On the second day, you’ll enjoy Finnish life stories alongside berry picking, snowshoeing, or maybe haymaking in the silent nature, depending on the time of year. There will be a delicious lunch made of locally produced food served at the farm. Countryside trip 4.5 h.
Aholafarm is specialised in outdoor activities, for example hiking trips in the forest, as well as servings of traditional Finnish food.
Association of Kotka Guides http://www.kotkaguides.fi/
A fully-guided tour of 3 days is carried out by authorised professional guides in English and, to a limited extent, in other languages. You will be guided through all the points, given information about Finnish life and culture, as well as telling stories of visited places.
After the countryside trip, there is a river cruise on the River Kymijoki (open sea period) or a visit to the Maritime Centre Vellamo (ice season) (2 h).
Gourmet Restaurant Wanha Fiskari http://www.wanhafiskari.fi/
A tasty salmon dinner with wine will be served at the gourmet restaurant with the accompaniment of a music soloist. Restaurant Wanha Fiskari (Old Fisherman) is famous for its delicious fish meals and internationally recognised kitchen and customer-friendly atmosphere.
Home art gallery Unitaidekoti http://unitaidekoti.net/Tervetuloa.html
The third day is dedicated to art (2 h). We’ll walk along the Sculpture promenade of an outdoor gallery in the heart of the town of Kotka and visit a unique home gallery filled with interesting paintings, sculptures, dolls and ceramic jewels. At the same time, whilst enjoying a pastry with sparkling wine, the residents will tell you stories about the objects.
Farewells will take place at Helsinki Airport. Thank you for your visit!
|Location: Kymenlaakso, South-East Finland||What’s included: All transportations from and to Helsinki Airport, accommodations with buffet breakfasts, meals, entrance fees/cruise, means of activities, guide services.|
|Theme: Authentic life stories by the River Kymijoki|
|Duration: 3 days, 2 nights|
|Price: EUR 511-685 (groups of (9–16 persons)||Pax: Groups of 9–16 persons|
|Clothing: clothes and shoes for outdoor activities, casual at the wine dinner if possible||Booking: Travel agency Kymenmatkat, www.kymenmatkat.fi, +358 5 211 1600|
Duration: 3 days, 2 nights
Available: around the year
Price: 685 – 511 e
The program in brief
* Guided transportation from the airport/Helsinki area to the town Kotka
* Accommodation and a campfire meal in the inn Majatalo Torppa
* After 1st overnight stay a buffet breakfast in the inn
* 4,5 h guided journey to the farm AholaFarm, where outdoor activities (berry picking, snowshoeing or haymaking depending on the time of the year). The traditional lunch is made of locally produced food.
* Guided river cruise (2 h) on the River Kymijoki, from the awarded park Jokipuisto to the sea area around the island Kotka, and to the famous Water Park Sapokka in the open sea period. In the ice season, a guided trip to Maritime Centre Vellamo.
* Dinner with wine in the gourmet restaurant Wanha Fiskari by a soloist musician
* 2nd overnight stay and the buffet breakfast in the inn
* Guided city tour in town Kotka, an awarded Sculpture promenade of outdoor gallery of Finnish artists
* Visit to the home art gallery Unitaidekoti with a pastry and a glass of sparkling wine
* Return transportation to the airport/Helsinki with the guide
Experience the authentic life in the countryside, at the river and the sea. We offer you a homelike environment for your two overnight stays. A visit to an original farm with an idyll atmosphere, forest experiences and genuine local food will give you a restful moment. On the enchantingly beautiful river cruise in the summertime, you’ll reach the past and present stories, and future fictions. The sea and fishing will become real in the Old Fisherman’s restaurant enjoying the stories of salmon, the seafood and the music.
Finally, on the 3rd day we’ll look the outdoor art exhibition Kotka Sculpture Promenade and visit the Finnish home art gallery.
The 3-day fully guided and transported tour will start and ends to the airport or Helsinki area.
What’s included: All transportations from and to Helsinki Airport, accommodations with buffet breakfasts, meals, entrance fees/cruise, means of activities, guide services.