Post-conference excursions

THURSDAY 22.08.2024

During the tour we will see the main attractions located in the heart of the city.
17:45 The tour starts in front of the conference venue.
19:15 The walking tour ends at Helsinki City Hall

Incl. official speaking guides in English, German, French, Italian and Spanish

SATURDAY 24.08.2024

Explore the vibrant city of Helsinki with a tour that showcases its unique blend of modern architecture and rich cultural heritage.

Begin your journey at the iconic Temppeliaukio Church, also known as the Rock Church. Carved directly into solid rock, this architectural marvel offers a serene atmosphere and exceptional acoustics. Next, head to the historic Olympic Stadium, a symbol of Finnish sportsmanship and the venue for the 1952 Summer Olympics. Admire the stadium’s impressive tower and explore its surroundings, which include the Sports Museum of Finland. (Please note we do not enter the Stadium.) Continue your tour to Jätkäsaari, a contemporary waterfront district known for its modern urban development. Marvel at the sleek architecture, waterfront promenades, and innovative design that characterize this area. Explore the cafes and parks that contribute to the district’s lively atmosphere.

Throughout the tour, your guide will provide insights into Helsinki’s history, culture, and the significance of each site, ensuring you have a memorable and informative experience in this dynamic and welcoming city.

Price: 40€/person. The price is valid for a minimum of 20 participants. Max. 400 participants
Includes bus transfers, official English-speaking guide, entrance to Temppeliaukio church.

Meeting Point: Helsinki Market Square

This boat tour is an excellent option for after work, an evening out to enjoy the summer in the city.
The route offers a close-up of the authentic atmosphere of urban summer nights, with locals gathering on the cliffs and seaside terraces to enjoy the evening sun. An English-speaking guide onboard who will give you interesting information about Helsinki. Cafeteria onboard where you can buy a beverage at your own expense.

Price: 65€/person. The price is valid for a minimum of 20 participants. Max. 50 participants
Includes private boat service, official English-speaking guide.

Meeting point: Helsinki Market Square
We board the ferry which will take us to the historic Suomenlinna fortress island.

Suomenlinna, also known as Sveaborg in Swedish, is a historic fortress island located in the Gulf of Finland, just off the coast of Helsinki, the capital of Finland. Built during the 18th century, Suomenlinna is one of the largest sea fortresses in the world and is recognized as a UNESCO World Heritage site. The fortress was originally constructed by Sweden to defend against Russian expansion, but it later came under Russian control and served various military purposes. The island is characterized by its well-preserved fortifications, bastions, and tunnels, showcasing military architecture of the past.
Suomenlinna has also evolved into a vibrant community with residential areas, museums, cafes, and restaurants. Visitors can explore the historical structures, learn about the island’s rich history in the Suomenlinna Museum, and enjoy picturesque views of the surrounding sea. It has become a popular destination for both locals and tourists, offering a unique blend of history, culture, and natural beauty.

Price: 45€/person. The price is valid for a minimum of 20 participants. Max 250 participants
Includes ferry tickets, official English-speaking guide.

SUNDAY 25.08.2024

Experience the cultural richness of Tuusula, Finland, on this captivating sightseeing tour that takes you through the picturesque landscapes and iconic homes of two of the country’s cultural giants.

Begin your journey at Halosenniemi, the lakeside abode of Finnish painter Pekka Halonen. Marvel at the captivating fusion of art and nature as you wander through the artist’s home and studio. Halosenniemi offers a unique glimpse into the mind of Halonen, showcasing his remarkable works and the breathtaking landscapes that inspired him. As you stroll through the beautiful gardens and explore the intimate spaces, you’ll gain a deeper appreciation for the connection between art and the Finnish natural environment.

Next, venture to Ainola, the former residence of the world-renowned composer Jean Sibelius. Nestled by the serene Lake Tuusula, Ainola invites you to explore the charming home where Sibelius composed some of his most famous works. Immerse yourself in the tranquil surroundings that inspired his masterpieces, and gain insights into the life and legacy of this musical genius.

Throughout your Tuusula tour, be enchanted by the serene beauty that captivated Sibelius and Halonen, leaving you with a lasting impression of the harmonious blend of culture and nature in this idyllic Finnish setting.

Price: 135€/person. The price is valid for a minimum of 20 participants. Max 40 participants
Includes bus transfers, official English-speaking guide, lunch at local restaurant incl. water.

We will depart from Helsinki by bus and drive through modern suburban areas and then charming villages and scenic countryside until you arrive at FISKARS village, situated in the valley of the river of the same name. Iron and copper smelting plants have operated beside the river’s upper and lower rapids since the 17th century.
FISKARS differs in architecture from other Finnish villages: its center has an urban look, with fine old manor houses and production plants now converted into artists’ studios or exhibition halls. Time to browse in the many handicraft shops and artists’ studios. There are many cafés that serve lovely home-made bakery products.
The tour then continues to the idyllic small coastal town of TAMMISAARI. The charm of the Old Town is enhanced by numerous gardens, parks, and the beautiful surrounding archipelago. A tasty lunch will be served at traditional summer restaurant Knipan built on the water. Return to Helsinki by bus.

Price: 125€/person. The price is valid for a minimum of 20 participants. Max 40 participants
Includes bus transfers, official English-speaking guide, buffet lunch at Restaurant Knipan incl. water.

We depart in the morning by bus from Helsinki to Porvoo.
Explore the charming town of Porvoo, a picturesque gem on the southern coast of Finland. Begin your journey in the Old Town, where cobblestone streets wind past colorful wooden houses, creating a storybook atmosphere. Visit the iconic Porvoo Cathedral, a symbol of the town’s rich history, and marvel at its medieval architecture. Stroll along the idyllic riverside, where historic warehouses line the shores of the Porvoo River. Discover local boutiques, galleries, and cozy cafes, immersing yourself in the unique blend of tradition and modernity that defines Porvoo.
After the tour we will have lunch at the historic Haikko Mansion.
Indulge in luxury and history at Haikko Manor, an elegant estate nestled amid lush gardens and serene surroundings. Begin your visit with a guided tour of the manor, exploring its opulent rooms filled with antique furnishings and captivating stories. Wander through the beautifully landscaped gardens, appreciating the seasonal blooms and the tranquility that envelops the estate. We will savior a gourmet lunch at the manor’s restaurant, combining exquisite flavors with a refined ambiance, creating an unforgettable culinary experience. Haikko Manor seamlessly blends past and present, providing a taste of aristocratic living in a modern town.

Price: 115€/person. The price is valid for a minimum of 20 participants. Max 40 participants
Includes bus transfers, official English-speaking guide, lunch at Haikko Manor incl. water.

There will be a bus transfer to the Outdoor Cooking venue approx. 45 minutes from Helsinki, in the Nuuksio National Park.
Around an open fire, the wilderness cook will explain how to cook salmon in the traditional way. We will participate in the preparation of the salmon, placing it on wooden platters. While the salmon is cooking, we will strike out on a walking trip along forest trails and paths through scenic nature. After the walk we will return to the campfire and enjoy a delicious lunch outdoors.
The menu will consist of fresh salad, smoked salmon, bread and forest berry juice. The dessert is Tikkupulla (a sweet bun on a stick), which everyone will prepare over the campfire, and it will be served with traditional Finnish coffee (or tea).
There will be an opportunity to visit the Haltia Visitor Center, which provides information about the Nuuksio National Park area.
After this delightful excursion we will return to Helsinki.

Price: 135€/person. The price is valid for a minimum of 20 participants. Max 40 participants.
Includes bus transfers, an official English-speaking guide, wilderness cooking, lunch outdoors, an approx. 1-hour guided walk and a visit to Haltia Visitor Center.

Please note that the Sunday excursion timetables are subject to change. We will announce the exact times after you have confirmed your booking and all necessary reservations have been made.