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.
Available for an extra charge:
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.
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.
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.
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 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.
Sauna is available at the hotel, with outdoor decking for cooling down overlooking the Aalto Centre.
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.
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.
Buffet lunch and shopping at Punaisen Tuvan Viinitila vineyard Enjoy the hospitality and delicious food at an authentic Ostrobothnian farm.
Departure to the Jyväskylä and Lakeland region (Alajärvi–Petäjävesi approx. 125 km / 100 min.)
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.
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.
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
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.
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.
Lunch at Café Alvar
The café-restaurant is located in a building designed by Aalto himself and furnished with Aalto design.
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.
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.
Guided tour at the Town Hall
The tour ends.
OPTIONAL / SUMMER:
OPTIONAL / WINTER:
Continue your journey and Alvar Aalto experience to other Aalto cities in Finland!
from € 685 / person
Min. 10, max. 16
all year round
Etelä-Pohjanmaan Matkailu Oy
Valtionkatu 1, FIN-60100 Seinäjoki, Finland
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.
Find services and nearest points of interest on a map