- Two greats who were inspired by the Finnish forest

Gösta, photo: Olli HuttunenGösta, photo: Olli Huttunen

Gösta, photo: Olli Huttunen

What significance does art, architecture and design have for Finland and its people? What is the relationship between art, architecture and design and the forest industry, the traditional lifeline of the Finnish economy? How close to nature is it possible for Finnish architecture and design to get?

The Alvar and Gösta tour offers, on a human scale, a unique insight into the Finnish way of living in close rela-tionship with nature. The tour offers unforgettable experiences for fans of culture and those who would like to learn more about the Finnish way of life in the midst of the most beautiful Central Finland landscapes, where lakes, rivers and forests are ever present.

Day 1

10:00 Arrive in Mänttä, The Tale of the Finnish Forest tour

We will arrive at the magnificent, former head office built in the 1930s, nowadays the Serlachius Museum Gustaf offering an abundance of experiences. We will time warp back to the year 1951, breathing in the hierarchical atmosphere of the head office. A stern recruiter will give us her personal welcome and test whether we are suitable for a position in the forest company!
We will also have an opportunity to make paper ourselves and get acquainted with the “Paper Devil”, G. A. Serlachius, who was a pioneer of the Finnish paper industry, notorious for his erratic business sense. His life and business affairs are shown in the eloquent exhibition that contains eight dramatized scenes.

12:00 Lunch at Art Museum Gösta

Next, we will visit the former manor house of Gösta Serlachius and the new pavilion next door, where lunch will be served from the menu created by leading Finnish chefs. All food is made from the best seasonal Finnish ingredients.

13:00 National art treasures and wood architecture at Art Museum Gösta
Art Museum Gösta is known for having one of the best collections from the Golden Age of Finnish art. Many of the artists from this period, 1880–1910, were strongly inspired by Finnish nature. We will also explore the new building, the large pavilion, an award-winning specimen of contemporary wood construction.

14:30 Coffee break at a peasant log cabin or Gösta’s ski cabin, which today serves as a wine bar.
We will enjoy a cup of coffee or other beverages in an Autereen tupa, a traditional Finnish log-built house that used to be the residence of the estate manager, before we head to Jyväskylä, the capital of Alvar Aalto architecture

17:00 Arrive in Jyväskylä, the capital of Alvar Aalto architecture
Jyväskylä is a bold and vibrant city in the middle of the most beautiful part of the Finnish lakeland. The city is known as the capital of Alvar Aalto architecture, as it boasts more buildings designed by the master than any other city in the world.

Accommodation at Hotel Verso. Independent dinner.

Day 2


10:00 Aalto Andante walking tour

Who was architect Alvar Aalto? What is the legacy of his design and architecture for the Finnish mental landscape? What did the landscape of Central Finland with is lakes and forests mean to Alvar Aalto? The tour takes us through the milestones of Alvar Aalto’s life and career, from a schoolboy to the iconic master of his art. We will hear interesting and fascinating stories about his life and his personal character, his professional highs and lows, and his sources of inspiration – and we will also learn about some of his unrealised projects. Duration 3 hrs. The tour includes: Workers’ Club, Defence Corps Building, The Administrative and Cultural Centre, the police headquarters (Tietotalo), the city office building, Jyväskylä Theatre, University Campus and Alvar Aalto Museum.

13:00 Lunch at Café Alvar

We will have lunch together at the museum café, surrounded by Aalto’s architecture.

14:30 Aalto Bravo bus tour (2 h)
We board the bus and head for a number of major Alvar Aalto sites outside the city centre. The bus tour includes Muurame Church and Säynätsalo Town Hall, where we will stop for coffee.
Säynätsalo Town Hall (1949–1952) is one of the most important works of Alvar Aalto and of 20th century architecture in general. The building has attracted global interest since it was first built. The majestic redbrick building has a raised atrium that leads to the entrance to the administrative offices and the library. The Assembly Hall stands higher than the rest of the group of buildings, sovereignly commanding the landscape.

16:30 Arrive in Jyväskylä
Opportunity for shopping in the city centre and an independent dinner.

Day 3

Finnish breakfast at Hotel Verso. Check Out.

Recommendations for dinner:
Restaurant Harmooni, a cosy cellar restaurant at an old harmonium factory.
Restaurant Figaro, Chaîne des Rôtisseurs since 2010, Winebistro.
Café & Restaurant Vesilinna, on the water tower on Harju hill, with great views over the city

Price: 315 € / person
Price includes: Accommodation in double/twin room with breakfast at Hotel Verso for two nights, admission fee and guided tours at Gustaf and Gösta (Serlachius Museums), paper workshop at Gustaf, guided Aalto tours (Aalto Andante and Aalto Bravo) in Jyväskylä, admission fees to Alvar Aalto Museum and Säynätsalo Town Hall, 2 x lunch and 1 x coffee with seasonal sweet.

Price doesn’t include: Transfers, dinners, alcoholic or soft drinks during lunch, optional activities and visits
Single supplement: 90 €/ person/ 2 nights
Group size: Min. 10 persons
Duration: 3 days / 2 nights
Availability: On request year-round. The availability of services and prices are verified at the time of booking.
Language: English, German.
Alvar Aalto e la natura lunch cruise from Jyväskylä to Säynätsalo Town Hall. Return to Jyväskylä by group’s own coach.

Lahti Region Ltd. sales (at), Tel. +358 (0)207 281 760 (group sales)

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