Mixing Finland's capital city with the wilderness of the lakelands, this relaxing short break explores Finnish sauna culture and takes you to breathe fresh forest air among the beauty and silence of the unique national landscape of Punkaharju.
Day 1 | Arrive in Helsinki
Arrive in Finland's capital city and transfer to the fabulous Lilla Roberts hotel where you will stay for two nights. We recommend dining in Krog Roba, the hotel's relaxed restaurant. Housed in a former police station, dishes from the à la carte menu are served daily from 5 till 10pm. We can even book a table for you.
Day 2 | City Sightseeing & Sauna Culture
Explore Finland's capital and spend time at Löyly, the city's swanky public sauna and restaurant complex on the southern tip of Helsinki. Home to a traditional Finnish smoke sauna, two wood-heated saunas, a year-round terrace and a restaurant, you'll be sure to leave here feeling relaxed and revitalised.
Day 3 | Travel to the Lake District
After breakfast, take a short walk to Helsinki Railway Station and board to train for the three and a half hour journey to Lusto. On arrival you will be met and whisked away to the charming Hotel Punkaharju. Take some time to appreciate the beautiful surroundings before enjoying a 'nature to plate' dining experience in the hotel restaurant.
Day 4 | Cycling & Canoeing Activities
Experiencing the Punkaharju ridge road and its spectacular lakeside views is an absolute must during your visit. A local guide will lead the way on the 90 minute cycle of discovery. After relaxing back at the hotel, it's time to witness the landscape from the water on a two-hour leisurely canoeing trip.
Day 5 | Mushroom Picking
With beautiful forests covering a colossal 75% of the country, it’s no wonder that Finns are crazy about foraging! Today you'll join an experienced guide who will teach you how to hunt for mushrooms. In the evening settle in for a four-course dinner using the mushrooms picked earlier that day as the main ingredients.
Day 6 | Departure Day
Today, bid farewell to the beauty and silence of the Finnish Lake District and return by train to Helsinki airport for your onward travel connections.
Where will I rest my head?
- Transfer from Helsinki Vantaa Airport to Hotel Lilla Roberts
- Entrance to Löyly public sauna in Helsinki
- Railway tickets from Helsinki to Lusto and returning to Helsinki Vantaa Airport
- Two nights accommodation at Hotel Lilla Roberts including breakfast
- Three nights accommodation at Hotel Punkaharju including breakfast, lunch and dinner
- A one-hour 30 minute cycling trip
- A two-hour canoeing
- A five-hour mushroom picking adventure
The price of this suggestion is based on two people sharing a double/twin room at Hotel Lilla Roberts in Helsinki and the Twin Flower Room at Hotel Punkaharju. Get in touch to find out about more Helsinki hotels and other rooms at Hotel Punkaharju.
It's also possible to hire a car and drive to the Lake District, returning the car to Helsinki Airport. Ask a specialist for more information.
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