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Midnight Sun Finland Self-Drive Tour

Midnight Sun Finland Self-Drive Tour | Scandinavian American World Tours

Available Daily on Request

Helsinki | Turku | Rauma | Hämeenlinna | Tampere | Jyväskylä |

Mikkeli | Lappeenranta | Helsinki

Daily Departures May 01 - September 30, 2019

The tour includes a wealth of fine examples of Finnish wooden architecture and handicraft traditions. In summer, Finland offers almost 24 hours of daylight for a visitor to enjoy the attractions, places of natural beauty, and the wide range of cultural festivals that are available.

The self-drive tour offers you the freedom to discover the southwestern countryside and Finland’s Lakeland in an independent way. We have suggested some points of interest to give ideas of 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 hotels.

Itinerary

Day 01: Arrive Helsinki

Arrive Helsinki-Vantaa Airport and transfer to your modern hotel close by.

Scandic Hotel Airport

Day 02: Helsinki - Raasepori Castle Visit (Optional) - Mustio Manor Visit (Optional) - Fiskars Ironworks Visit (Optional) - Turku

Pick up your rental car. To get the most out of the rural heritage landscapes in the stretch between the modern metropolis of 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 ruins of the Raasepori Castle, the Mustio Manor, and Fiskars Ironworks.

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 hotel in the heart of the city.

Scandic Hotel Turku (110 miles)

Day 03: Turku - Naantali - Rauma

Make sure to take a lovely drive through Naantali, with its charming wooden houses, on your way to Rauma. The coastal town of Rauma is home to the biggest complete area of old wooden buildings that has been preserved in the Nordic countries.

Enjoy a walk in the Old Town region, a UNESCO World Heritage Site, and step inside a lace shop to see a demonstration of lace making, a 200-year-old tradition in Rauma. Overnight tonight in a hotel in the heart of Rauma.

Scandic Hotel Rauma (60 miles)

Day 04: Rauma – Hämeenlinna (Aulanko)

Finland's oldest inland town, Hämeenlinna, boasts a 700-year-old brick castle, which is one of Finland's medieval fortifications. Other attractions include the birthplace and childhood home of the world-famous composer Jean Sibelius and the lovely Aulanko Park. Overnight at a local hotel and spa in a spectacular setting near Hämeenlinna.

Scandic Aulanko Hotel (120 miles)

Day 05: Hämeenlinna (Aulanko)

Take a leisurely walk to enjoy the magnificent Aulanko Park and climb up the old observation tower for stunning views of the Finnish forest and lake landscape at its most genuine. Enjoy another night at the spa and hotel.

Scandic Aulanko Hotel

Day 06: Hämeenlinna - Tampere

Interesting places of note on the Hämeenlinna - Tampere route include the medieval stone church in Hattula, the Iittala Glass Museum and factory shop, and the Visavuori home museum in Valkeakoski. Continue on 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 in Tampere at a centrally-located four star hotel.

Scandic Hotel Hämeenpuisto Tampere (47 miles)

Day 07: 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 Alvar Aalto. Overnight at a fantastic local four star spa resort in Jyväskylä.

Scandic Hotel Laajavuori (110 miles)

Day 08: Jyväskylä - Mikkeli

In Mikkeli the Kenkävero handicrafts center, earlier the largest wooden vicarage in Finland, is worth visiting for its beautiful architecture and gardens. Overnight at a four star hotel in the city center.

Scandic Hotel Mikkeli (72 miles)

Day 09: Mikkeli - Lappeenranta

The route from Mikkeli via Puumala and Imatra to Lappeenranta passes through some of the most spectacular lake scenery in Finland. 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 in the city center.

Scandic Hotel City Lappeenranta (113 miles)

Day 10: 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 handicraft boutiques.

Helsinki offers a wide variety of things to experience ranging from art, design and an array of architectural gems to great shopping facilities and cultural offerings. Proximity to the sea and forest gives Helsinki its distinctive ambience. Return rental car and check in to your four star, centrally-located hotel.

Scandic Hotel Kaisaniemi (138 miles)

Day 11: Depart Helsinki

Depart for the airport in connection with your flight home.

 

Additional Information

Price includes:

  • 10 nights’ accommodation at centrally-located city hotels and breakfast
  • Cat. B rental car (manual) for 10 days incl. unl. KM, CDW insurance, and VAT tax
  • GPS

NOTE: Prices do not include beverages, extra items, or any meals except for breakfast, entrance fees, or any services not listed in the program.

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2019 STARTING PRICES | DAILY DEPARTURES ON REQUEST

Departure Dates and Information
Tour dates & availability per 1/01/2019. All departures are in USD. Single supplement applies to hotel rate only; single person with car rental on own: From $4986 (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
Price

Single
Supplement

CAR CATEGORY
Cat. C Ford Focus Manual (or similar)


$2572 p.p. twin


$1685

CAR CATEGORY
Cat. C Ford Focus Automatic (or similar)


$2707 p.p. twin


$1685

CAR CATEGORY
Cat. E Ford Focus Wagon Manual (or similar)


$2657 p.p. twin


$1685

CAR CATEGORY
Cat. E Ford Focus Wagon Automatic (or similar)


$2891 p.p. twin


$1685

Tour Information

Tour Type:Self-Drive Tour
Price: from $2572
Duration:11 days
Cities Visited:Helsinki - Turku - Rauma - Hämeenlinna - Tampere - Jyväskylä - Mikkeli - Lappeenranta - Helsinki
Departures: May - June - July - August - September

Tour Map

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