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Country Life in the Land of a Thousand Lakes

Country Life in the Land of a Thousand Lakes | Self-Drive Tour | Scandinavian American World Tours

Helsinki | Turku | Urjala | Tampere | Jyväskylä | Mikkeli |
Punkaharju | Lappeenranta | Helsinki

Daily departures May 01 – Sep 30, 2019

The tour route passes through scenic countryside dotted with shimmering blue lakes, small towns with their quaint wooden quarters, and fascinating villages where you can stop off to discover genuine country life. You have the chance to sample a variety of accommodations at charming locations, each one having its own personal touch.

The self-drive tour offers you the freedom to discover the southwestern countryside and the Lakeland in an independent way. We have suggested some points of interest to give you ideas on what to see and experience along the journey, but there are many more attractions worth a visit. The choice is yours. The lakes and forests offer great opportunities for lovely boat cruises and leisurely walks. Your accommodations will be booked in advance in the selected quality locations.


Day 01: Helsinki Arrival

Arrive Helsinki and transfer on own to downtown hotel. Finland’s capital offers a wide variety of things to experience ranging from an array of architectural gems, art, design and cultural offerings to great shopping facilities. Proximity to the sea and forest gives Helsinki its distinctive ambience.

Overnight at a fantastic hotel situated in downtown Helsinki. The historic granite building is a fine example of the Finnish Art Nouveau, or Jugend, style. The hotel offers you a perfect blend of old world charm and modern convenience.

Hotel Glo Art

Day 02: Helsinki – Turku

Pick up your rental car. To get the most out of the rural heritage landscapes in the stretch between the modern metropolis Helsinki and the historic town of Turku, leave the main roads and head for the quiet byways. This is where the King’s Road tourist route winds through fascinating small towns, charming villages and scenic countryside. The historic road, which once linked the Kingdom of Sweden with the Russian Empire, offers a wealth of cultural heritage sites worth a visit, including, the Mustio Manor, the Fiskars Ironworks and the ruins of the Raasepori Castle.

As the oldest city and the former capital of Finland, Turku is home to the most remarkable medieval landmarks of the country including the Castle and the Cathedral. Aboa Vetus Museum shows the history of Turku and remains of early settlements. The wooden workshop houses of the Luostarinmäki Handicrafts Museum tell tales about the trades and city life of days gone by.

Overnight at a small and cozy hotel with unique ambiance in Turku. Each room has been decorated in its own personal way. The hotel has a peaceful location by the side of an idyllic park only a few minutes’ walk from the Market Square

Park Hotel (110 miles)

Day 03: Turku

Free day to explore the beautiful former capital of Finland.

Park Hotel

Day 04: Turku – Urjala – Tampere

Head for Tampere, driving through green farming lands, and stop in the Nuutajärvi Glass village. Finland’s oldest glassworks is today a producer of world-renowned Finnish art glass. The Glass Museum shows the history of glass and glassmaking in Finland, and besides seeing glassblowers at work, visitors will also have the opportunity to try glassblowing.

Continue a leisurely drive to Tampere. With an industrial heritage, Tampere has an array of museums that show the culture of the working class such as Amuri Museum of Workers’ Housing. Vapriikki Museum Center is located in an old industrial complex by the Tammerkoski Rapids and Sara Hildén Art Museum houses a fine collection of modern art. Overnight at your hotel, located in beautiful natural surroundings on the shore of a lake and only five minutes’ drive from the city center.

Radisson Blu Grand Tammer (108 miles)

Day 05: Tampere – Jyväskylä

On the Tampere-Jyväskylä route it is worth making the detour to Mänttä. Gösta Serlachius Museum of Fine Arts at Mänttä is home to an outstanding private art collection. The old wooden church at Petäjävesi, with a history dating back over 250 years, is a fine example of vernacular architectural tradition. The Jyväskylä region is renowned for buildings designed by the internationally-acclaimed architect Alvar Aalto. Overnight at a small and cozy hotel with a personal touch in the heart of Jyväskylä.

Hotel Yöpuu (109 miles)

Day 06: Jyväskylä – Mikkeli

In Mikkeli the Kenkävero handicrafts center, earlier the largest wooden vicarage in Finland, is well worth a visit. Overnight in the charming atmosphere of a local manor house—a family-run farm and hotel with a beautiful main building that has been preserved the way it was in 1894. The fascinating gardens around the house invite for a leisurely stroll.

Tertti Manor (72 miles)

Day 07: Mikkeli – Punkaharju

Head for Punkaharju, noted for its magnificent ridge area. The medieval Castle in Savonlinna and the world’s largest wooden church in Kerimäki are places of interest near to Punkaharju.

Overnight at a rich traditional hotel—the first tourist hotel in Finland, today it is an important site.

Punkaharju Hotel (88 miles)

Day 08: Punkaharju – Lappeenranta

In the historical fortress area of Lappeenranta there are workshops of local artists and craftsmen. Wolkoff House Museum from the 19th century portrays the life of a Russian trading family. The Orthodox Church bears witness to the eastern influences on the Karelian culture. Overnight at a local four star hotel located near the city center.

Scandic Hotel Patria (78 miles)

Day 09: Lappeenranta – Helsinki

From Lappeenranta it is possible to continue back to Helsinki via Kotka, a town with maritime heritage, and visit the imperial fishing lodge built on the banks of the Langinkoski Rapids. Another option is to drive via Kouvola and then turn off to Jaala to visit the unique Verla Mill Museum and Village.

Other points of interest along the journey include the old ironworks village in Ruotsinpyhtää dotted with red 18th-century workers’ houses, and the idyllic old quarter of Porvoo with its narrow cobblestone lanes and handicrafts boutiques. Return rental car or take it to the airport the next morning. Overnight in Helsinki at a historically interesting four star hotel in the heart of the city.

Sokos Hotel Torni (138 miles)

Day 10: Helsinki Departure

Today your self-drive tour of Finland ends. Transfer to the airport on own.


Additional Information

Price includes:

  • 9 nights’ accommodation in the hotels and manor houses listed
  • C rental car (Ford Focus, manual) with unl. KM, CDW insurance, & 25% VAT tax
  • GPS
  • Breakfasts (9)

NOTE: Tour price does not include entrance fees or any meals except breakfast.

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Departure Dates and Information
All departures are in USD. Single supplement applies to hotel rate only; extra bed discount only applies to third person 12 years or older. Single person with car rental on own: From $4735 (Cat. C Manual). Driving times listed for tours are approximate and may vary depending on traffic, weather, and any stops made en route. Departure is a land-only tour. Tour space is not guaranteed until booked and confirmed.

Upgrades available! Upgrade to a larger car or van (including minivans). All additional upgrades, including single person in car upgrades, quoted upon request.

Child discount available!Child discount in extra bed (4-11 years): $on request.

Land Only


Cat. C Ford Focus Manual (or similar)

$2659 p.p. twin


Cat. C Ford Focus Automatic (or similar)

$2779 p.p. twin


Cat. E Ford Focus Wagon Manual (or similar)

$2736 p.p. twin


Cat. E Ford Focus Wagon Automatic (or similar)

$2944 p.p. twin


Tour Information

Tour Type:Self-Drive Tour
Price: from $2659
Duration:10 days
Cities Visited:Helsinki - Turku - Urjala - Tampere - Jyväskylä - Mikkeli - Punkaharju - Lappeenranta
Departures: May - June - July - August - September

Tour Map

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