Bus tours

The following are examples of themed tours. Guided tours can also be customised to your group’s needs and wishes.

We have provided brief descriptions of some of the themed bus tours we offer, but we are also happy to tailor a tour to your group’s interests. If you would like to book a guided tour, please contact us at least three working days before your desired date. Book a guided tour.

Aalto Bravo

Architect Alvar Aalto in Jyväskylä – a prophet in his own land. This bus tour is a chance for you to experience first-hand how Aalto’s works, created over a period of almost six decades, have shaped the city. The tour takes in the more classical works of his early years and the dynamic and mature expression of his later years. You will also be treated to stories about Alvar Aalto himself as well as his remarkable, talented wives, Aino and Elissa. You will see places where he lived, view sketches that he drew and sense for yourself the indelible marks he left on the town where he grew up. We will visit Säynätsalo, know as the “local Tahiti” and Muurame Church, which was recently re-opened after a significant period of refurbishment that saw it returned it to its original 1920s appearance. The tour will conclude at the Alvar Aalto Museum, where you can enjoy some post-tour refreshments in an authentic Aalto milieu. The tour lasts 2.5 hours and costs from EUR 165 / group (1–60 participants), excluding transport costs.


Spirito Aalto

Thanks to the legacy and influence of Alvar Aalto, Jyväskylä is home to a vast array of interesting architecture. On this tour, the achievements of Alvar Aalto and his contemporaries will be viewed alongside notable buildings from the late 20th century and early 21st century. They reflect the city’s enduring commitment to urban construction that is both quintessentially local and yet internationally appealing. We will explore the town’s bridges, factories, government buildings and institutions of education and learning, created by Wivi Lönn, Elsi Borg, Arto Sipinen, Kirsti Siven, Asko Takala and Anssi Lassila and many more. You will have the opportunity to view some of Jyväskylä’s most famous landmarks from the comfort of your bus, but we will also leave the bus to explore some of the sites in more detail. The tour lasts 1,5 hours and costs from EUR 120 / group (1–60 participants), excluding transport costs.


Jyväskylä’s lakes and hills

This fascinating bus tour offers an excellent introduction to Jyväskylä’s past and present. En route, you will discover why the city, which enjoys a stunningly beautiful location surrounded by hills and lakes, has a reputation for both education and sport, and why so many Finnish people say they would choose to live here. The historic Seminaarinmäki campus and new campus areas by Lake Jyväsjärvi show how architecture in Jyväskylä has continued to evolve over time. Open all year round, the sports hubs at Laajavuori and Hippos welcome everyone from enthusiastic amateurs to Olympic athletes. The tour lasts 1.5 hours and costs from EUR 120 / group (1–60 participants), excluding transport costs.


Jyväskylä – the sports capital of Finland

Jyväskylä has a reputation as the springboard for many of Finland’s most accomplished athletes. Some of the biggest names to have trained in Jyväskylä include basketball giant Lauri Markkanen, Olympic swimmer Mimosa Jallow, many of the top names in rally driving and of course Olympic champion and legendary Finnish sporting hero Matti Nykänen. The town is also home to one of the most important events in the Finnish sporting calendar, the Neste Rally, which offers high speed thrills to hundreds of thousands of spectators each year. In the next few years, Jyväskylä will continue to invest in the Hippos, Finland’s leading sports and wellness hub.
On this tour, we will introduce you to Jyväskylä as Finland’s sports capital. In addition to the Hippos hub, we will also visit the Laajavuori sports and recreation area and the Rantaraitti walking and cycle route at Lake Jyväsjärvi, home to Finland’s largest outdoor gym. You will discover all the town has to offer for everyone from amateur sporting enthusiasts to competitive elite athletes, including the KIHU – Research Institute for Olympic Sports and the Faculty of Sport and Health Sciences at the University of Jyväskylä. The tour lasts 1.5 hours and costs from EUR 120 / group (1–60 participants), excluding transport costs.


Summer excursion to Säynätsalo

Säynätsalo, Jyväskylä’s “island neighbourhood” based on one of the eleven islands in Lake Päijänne, is an area famed for its natural beauty. This bus tour is an opportunity for you to discover this truly unique place. During the tour, we will see the local church, designed by Armas Lindgren and Bertel Liljeqvist in the 1920s and visit the local government building, designed by Alvar Aalto and completed in 1951. Your guide will share with you fascinating tales of the Parviainen family of industrialists and introduce you to life as it is lived on the island today. The tour lasts 2 hours and costs from EUR 140 / group (1–60 participants), excluding transport costs.


Jyväskylä on the move

This tour is an opportunity for you to discover the Jyväskylä of today, a dynamic and forward looking Finnish city. In the course of less than two centuries, what was once little more than a trading post has transformed itself to a city of sport, education and light that is famous as the childhood home of legendary architect and designer Alvar Aalto. This tour will introduce you to Jyväskylä as an innovative, international and fast-growing place that is home to the sustainable Kangas residential development. You will also have the opportunity to see the new Nova central hospital in Kukkumäki that is currently under construction. The tour lasts 1.5 hours and costs from EUR 120 / group (1–60 participants), excluding transport costs.


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