THE GEMS OF AALTO’S ARCHITECTURE IN JYVÄSKYLÄ AND SEINÄJOKI

PLACES TO EXPLORE

Jyväskylä, which is located in the heart of the Finnish Lakeland boasts more Alvar Aalto buildings from different periods of his career than any other city in the world. Jyväskylä has thus really earned its title as the Capital Alvar Aalto ‘s Architecture.

Alvar Aalto has left an indelible mark also on the city of Seinäjoki, situated amid the open landscapes of Ostrobothnia. The Aalto Centre in Seinäjoki is a globally significant architectural complex at the cutting edge of modern architecture.

A visit to both cities will give an in-depth insight into Alvar Aalto’s architectural thinking through the decades, while also hearing exciting stories about Aalto not only as an architect but as a designer and a private person. During the tour, you will also see the beauty of the Finnish Lakeland and the vast open fields of Ostrobothnia and enjoy a glimpse of the traditional Finnish way of life in the two towns and the nearby countryside.

TOUR (4 DAYS, 3 NIGHTS) INCLUDES INCLUDES

  • Accommodation (1 night) in Seinäjoki at Sokos Hotel Lakeus (double/twin), breakfast included
  • Guided walk at the Aalto Centre in Seinäjoki, duration 90 min.
  • Lunch at restaurant Äärellä in Seinäjoki
  • Admission and guided tour at the Defence Corps and Lotta Svärd Museum, duration 60–90 min.
  • Guided walk at the Aalto Centre in Alajärvi, duration 60–90 min.
  • Buffet lunch at Punaisen Tuvan Viinitila vineyard
  • Coffee break at Lemettilä Farm in Petäjävesi
  • Admissions and a guided tour of Petäjävesi Old Church
  • Accommodation in the centre of Jyväskylä at Hotel Verso (double/ twin room), breakfast included
  • Dinner at the hotel
  • Guided tour at Toivola Old Courtyard
  • Admissions and a guided tour of the Alvar Aalto Museum
  • Lunch at Café Alvar
  • Guided Aalto Bravo bus tour in Jyväskylä
  • Accommodation (1 night) at Säynätsalo Town Hall, dinner and breakfast included
  • Guided tour at Säynätsalo Town Hall


Available for an extra charge:

  • Single room
  • Admission to Seinäjoki Art Hall and/or the Museum of Central Finland
  • Visit to the Muuratsalo Experimental House (summer)
  • Aalto menu in Seinäjoki at the Uppala Manor or Juurella restaurants
  • Dinner in Jyväskylä: Harmooni, Pöllöwaari or Vesilinna restaurants
  • Dinner cruise on Lake Päijänne (summer season)


ITINERARY


DAY 1: Seinäjoki inspired by Aalto

10:00
Arrival at Seinäjoki and check-in at Sokos Hotel Lakeus. The hotel is centrally located next door to the Aalto Centre with the rooms overlooking the majestic tower of Lakeuden Risti Church.

11:00
Guided walk at the Aalto Centre in Seinäjoki (FI, EN, SVE, DE, RU, JPN) Lakeuden Risti Church, church hall, town hall, library, government administrative building and theatre. During the summer you can climb to the top of the 65-metre church tower and admire the sweeping views over the region. Another building worth a visit on your tour is the Apila library, which is connected to the Aalto Library by a subterranean corridor. Apila was designed by JKMM Architects, a leading contemporary Finnish architectural practice. The Aalto Library has on display the world’s most extensive collection of Aalto glassware.

12:30
Lunch at Restaurant Alma or Äärellä Kuppi + Kattila Alma is one of the oldest buildings in Seinäjoki. The building served originally as a banquet hall for railway workers. Äärellä is a bright urban restaurant that serves a delicious lunch made from local ingredients in a relaxed atmosphere. The restaurant has views towards the Aalto Centre.

14:00
The Defence Corps and Lotta Svärd Museum Guided tour in the Defence Corps and Lotta Svärd Museum, which tells the history of civil defence in Finland. The museum operates in the South Ostrobothnia Defence Corps building, designed by Alvar Aalto. The buildings are the only early works of Alvar Aalto that have been preserved in their original appearance. The building represents Ostrobothnian classicist style.


Shopping for local goods:

Amfora
Amfora is the ceramics studio and gallery of the Seinäjoki- based designer and sculptor Päivi Rintaniemi. Open Thursdays 10–17 or by appointment.

Taito Shop Rustoopuori
The selection at Rustoopuori is based on products made in Finland, with a focus on Ostrobothnian crafts. Open Mon–Fri 10–18, Sat 10–14.


OPTIONAL:

Sauna is available at the hotel, with outdoor decking for cooling down overlooking the Aalto Centre.

DAY 2: Departure to Jyväskylä

Breakfast at the hotel, check-out

09:00
Departure from Seinäjoki towards Jyväskylä
(Seinäjoki – Alajärvi c. 70 km / 60 min) Our route goes via Kuortane. In Kuortane, you will have the chance to view Alvar Aalto’s birthplace from the outside. The building is currently privately owned. There is an Alvar Aalto memorial relief in the garden.

10:30
Arrival in Alajärvi,
Guided walking tour around the Aalto Centre in Alajärvi “From Alvar Aalto’s first design to the last project by Aalto’s office”. On the walking tour, we will have the chance to admire Alajärvi Church designed by C.L. Engel for this beautiful lakeside location. In this church, young Alvar Aalto had a favourite spot in the gallery where he used to sit. Be sure not to miss the beautiful Alajärvi cemetery and pay your respects at the Aalto family grave and the war memorials designed by Alvar Aalto.

11:30
Buffet lunch and shopping at Punaisen Tuvan Viinitila vineyard Enjoy the hospitality and delicious food at an authentic Ostrobothnian farm.

13:00
Departure to the Jyväskylä and Lakeland region (Alajärvi–Petäjävesi approx. 125 km / 100 min.)

15:00
Lemettilä Farm

We will stop for a relaxing coffee break at the old stone barn at Lemettilä Farm in the midst of a beautiful Finnish Lakeland rural landscape next door to Petäjävesi Old Church.

16:45
Petäjävesi Old Church
Petäjävesi Old Church was included in the list of UNESCO World Heritage Sites in 1994 and is described as a flagship work in Nordic wood architecture. The church represents Lutheran Nordic church architecture and the long tradition of log building.

17:30
Departure to Jyväskylä

Jyväskylä is a city that lives and breathes Alvar Aalto, while also offering visitors a wealth of nature experiences around the city. The vibrant cultural scene challenges everyone to join and create lasting memories. Accommodation in Jyväskylä at Hotel Verso

Dinner


DAY 3: The capital of Alvar Aalto's architecture

Breakfast at the hotel Verso

10:00
Departure to Toivola Old Courtyard

The late 19th century Toivola Old Courtyard is located at the heart of Jyväskylä. It is a vibrant artisan community with a cosy café, crafts boutiques, a museum and other businesses.

11:30
Alvar Aalto Museum

A visit to the Alvar Aalto Museum gives an insight into Aalto’s architecture, design and personal history, while also providing an exciting architectural experience. The permanent exhibition introduces Aalto’s entire career and personal history. The Museum Gallery hosts temporary architecture and design exhibitions.

13:00
Lunch at Café Alvar

The café-restaurant is located in a building designed by Aalto himself and furnished with Aalto design.

14:00
Aalto Bravo bus tour

Architect Alvar Aalto in Jyväskylä – a prophet in his own land. Experience first-hand on our bus tour how Aalto’s works over the decades have shaped the city.

  • Seminarium / Jyväskylä University campus
  • The Administrative and Cultural Centre
  • Muurame Church

16:00
Check-in at the hotel, Säynätsalo Town Hall and 
coffee and cake à la Alvar
Säynätsalo Town Hall is among the most significant works of Aalto’s entire career and one of the designs that launched him into the pantheon of modern architecture. Aalto designed the building as a complete work of art, with great attention given to even the smallest detail.

19:00
Dinner


DAY 4: Town hall in detail

Breakfast at the Town Hall

10:00
Guided tour at the Town Hall

12:00
The tour ends.


OPTIONAL / SUMMER:

  • Visit to Alvar Aalto’s Muuratsalo Experimental House: €80 + €12 / person
    Muuratsalo Experimental House (1952–1954) is a studio and summer villa designed by Elissa and Alvar Aalto for their private use. Its design and layout are inspired by the atrium of antiquity. The Experimental House stands on the stunning cliffs overlooking Lake Päijänne, sheltered by trees. The house was a place where Aalto would experiment with materials, techniques and proportions.
  • Island hopping: guided biking excursion in Säynätsalo from €35 / person

OPTIONAL / WINTER:

  • Winter wonderland experience: admire the pristine snowy landscapes on snow-shoes, kicksled or by foot (depending on the weather) from €35 / person

Continue your journey and Alvar Aalto experience to other Aalto cities in Finland!
https://visit.alvaraalto.fi/en/

 

PRICE

from € 685 / person

GROUP SIZE:

Min. 10, max. 16

AVAILABILITY:

all year round

ENQUIRIES AND BOOKINGS:

Etelä-Pohjanmaan Matkailu Oy
Valtionkatu 1, FIN-60100 Seinäjoki, Finland
www.epmatkailu.fi
matkailu (at) epmatkailu.fi
tel. +358 (0)6 420 9090

The price is based on a group of 10–16 members. Accommodation in double/twin room. The availability of services and prices are verified at the time of booking, and they depend on the time of travel. The programme is provisional and can be modified according to customers’ suggestions. All information is subject to change. We comply with the general package tour terms and conditions. For full terms and conditions, please visit our website www.epmatkailu.fi.

 

 

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