Southern Finland by rail holiday
Description of Southern Finland by rail holiday
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This fantastic, environmentally-friendly tour takes you through Finland’s picture-perfect southern lake district to the Kvarken archipelago, over the Gulf of Bothnia and into Sweden, where you’ll spend some time in Stockholm before returning via overnight ferry to Helsinki.
Along the way you’ll be invited to take part in a selection of seasonal activities, from Nordic walking, bird-watching and angling in summer, to ice fishing, skating or snowshoeing in winter.
In Tampere, take a trip up the famous observation tower, and visit the world’s only Moomin Museum, dedicated to the iconic characters of Tove Jansson’s fiction, which have captivated Finnish readers, and millions of others, for generations.
In Vaasa, gateway to the Kvarken Archipelago, a UNESCO World Heritage Site, you’ll stay in a unique ‘glass igloo’ hotel, perfect for admiring the ever-changing sea views.
And continuing by ferry and train across the Gulf of Bothnia to Stockholm, you’ll spend a day sightseeing around one of Scandinavia’s most beautiful and interesting capitals, finishing at the Vasa Museum, the region’s most-visited museum and an enthralling window onto Sweden’s maritime heritage.
Finally reaching Helsinki, ‘the daughter of the Baltic Sea’, time to visit the renowned Suomenlinna sea fortress, a UNESCO World Heritage Site, and for a sumptuous dinner cruise to round off your exploits.
And all with the convenience, comfort and relaxed pace that comes of travelling by train.
PlanetThis roundtrip in Finland and Sweden takes place by train, the most ecological way of transportation. In addition to trains, we use ferries twice. As the Baltic Sea is very sensitive due to the low amount of salt, the ferry companies have paid a lot of attention to the usage of gasoline, handling of wastewater, recycling and emissions and raised money for sea science. No ballast or wastewater is going to the sea and 95% of mixed waste on board is used for energy production. We have made sure that the hotels we are using are recycling and paying attention to the way they produce energy. For example, the holiday resort is using geothermal heating and the archipelago hotel is producing solar energy for its needs. In Finland and Sweden both the households and companies are recycling their waste (plastic, cardboard, glass and metal separately) to minimize the amount of energy waste.
PeopleOur agency is located in Tervakoski, next to the town of Hämeenlinna. This is the area we know the best and shall personally welcome our guests. We promise to bring visitors to this beautiful southern lake district of Finland and offer genuine Finnish experiences throughout the way: swimming in natural water, sauna, fishing, hiking. We are using local guides in towns telling you about local life and picking up the best sights for you. We also use local drivers and privately owned restaurants. We always include some taste samples if possible. Only local family hotels are used with an outstanding location and service. We are using local ingredients and offering a pure taste of Finland and a tasting of Sweden. Included there are Unesco World Heritage sites such as Suomenlinna fortress and Kvarken World Heritage archipelago. If there are cultural events you could include in your package, we offer them to you.
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