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MATKA 2023 Fully Hosted Buyers' Tour showcases a selection of hand-picked must sees and novelties in the regions of Inari-Saariselkä in Lapland and Helsinki. We welcome you to join on our MATKA 2023 Fully Hosted Buyers' Program.


Saturday, January 14

08 10 Flight from Delhi to Helsinki with AY122 DEL-HEL  8:10 13:45
08:10 Flight from Mumbai to Helsinki with AY126 BOM-HEL 8:10 14:15
16:40 Flight from Helsinki to Ivalo with AY605 HEL-IVL 16:40 18:25
18:25 Arrival at Ivalo Airport
Welcome to Ivalo International Airport, EU’s northernmost airport! You have arrived 280km North of the Arctic Circle.
Mr. Tommi Nöjd, Head of Corporate Sales at Holiday Club, will meet you at the airport upon your arrival.
Transfer from Ivalo Airport to Holiday Club Saariselkä
Arriving at Saariselkä Outdoor Resort 
Approximately 250 kilometres North of the Arctic Circle is Europe’s northernmost outdoor resort, Saariselkä. A wide range of accommodation options and other services are nearby, yet the peace of the wilderness is only a few steps away.
Check-in at Holiday Club Saariselkä
20:00 Lobby call

Sunday, January 15

09:00 Breakfast at the hotel
10:00 - 11:30 Site inspection: Holiday Club Saariselkä
Check-out & Lobby call
11:50 Transfer from Holiday Club Saariselkä to Star Arctic Hotel on the top of the Kaunispää
12:00 Company presentation & Site inspection: Star Arctic Hotel 
Star Arctic Hotel is a certified environment-friendly company. We carefully chose our exterior design to blend harmoniously with the natural surroundings. From inside the hotel or any room, you are able to experience the full view of Saariselkä and conveniently admire the northern lights.
13:00 Lunch at Restaurant Wiltsu
14:00 Husky Safari at Wilderness Centre Wiltsu 
The Wilderness Center serves as a base camp for the majority of Star Arctic Hotels activities. Meet our furry friends – Siberian huskies and reindeer at the Wilderness Center or try out your luck with ice-fishing on our private lake. We offer activities for guests of all ages, and activity durations vary between 2 to 5 hours. Catering also for private functions.
15:00 Bus to Ravintola Lieggâ Láávu parking place, meet Mr Tommy Williams for Saariselkä Ski & Sport Resort company presentation
Saariselka Ski is the Northernmost skiing resort in Europe. Our center is built on the two beautiful fells of Kaunispää and Iisakkipää. The slopes are suitable for all skill levels. And if you don't feel like skiing – no problem! We offer all kind of fun winter sport activities like snowshoeing, fatbiking and tobogganing. Our tobogganing slope is the longest one in Finland. The slope is illuminated with Aurora Experience-light art, which can be best experienced during polar night season in December and January, when it is dark also during daytime.
Transfer to Kakslauttanen Arctic Resort - West Village
16:00 Check-in to Premium accommodation Kelo Glass Igloos
Free time
18:30 Dinner in Aurora Restaurant
20:00 Wrap up warm and let's go for Aurora hunting in Reindeer Sleigh for 2 hours

Monday, January 16

Buffet breakfast in Aurora Restaurant
09:00 Site Inspection Tour
Planetarium Show
12:00 Lunch in Aurora Restaurant
13:30 Snowmobile safari with a coffee break in the wilderness for 2 hours
15:30 Let's warm up with hot chocolate in our Unique Glass Igloo bar
16:30 Meet Santa at Santa's home, 1.5 hrs tour
18:00 Relax and enjoy the Sauna in your own Kelo Glass Igloos
20:00 Farewell Dinner in Aurora Restaurant

Tuesday, January 17

Buffet breakfast in Aurora Restaurant
09:30 Meeting with Mr Jussi Eiramo, Owner and Founder of the Resort
10:00 Departure from Kakslauttanen Arctic Resort to Northern Lights Village Saariselkä
10:15 Site inspection: Northern Lights Village Saariselkä.  
11:15 Transfer from Northern Lights Village Saariselkä to Wilderness Hotels Nangu
12:15 Site inspection and lunch at Wilderness Hotels and Safaris Nangu.  
14:00 Transfer from Wilderness Hotel Nangu to Test World
14:30 Visit to UTAC Ivalo
Company and area presentation, Sales & Marketing Manager Ms Sini Honkanen
UTAC Ivalo offers an extraordinary and exciting opportunity to drive vehicles on snow and ice in a safe and secure environment, providing one of the most varied winter driving experiences available. Two Proving Grounds and area of over 500 hectares makes a really unique event venue.
Tour around the premises by bus and a taste of driving on snow
17:00 Transfer from UTAC Ivalo to Ivalo Airport
17:30 Arrival at Ivalo Airport
19:05 AY606 IVL-HEL 19:05 20:35
20:35 Arrival at Helsinki Airport
Transfer from Helsinki Airport to Hotel St. George
Check-in at Hotel St. George
Hotel St. George, opened in May 2018, challenges the world of hospitality when it comes to the very idea of luxury, presenting an innovative synergy of holistic care for mind, heart, and body. St. George is housed in a magnificent historic building, next to the peaceful Old Church Park – yet only a few steps away from everything that Helsinkihas to offer. The hotel inspires with its boldly realized art collection and world-class design, and is home to two restaurants, bar, bakery and spa with hot saunas and a pool.
Dinner at Boon Nam 
Boon Nam brings vivid flavors elegantly from the land of smiles, Thailand, known for its vibrant cuisine, colorful and unique dishes. Thai cuisines quirks are a results of the country’s varied climate, geography and culture. Boon Nam cherishes best parts of this cuisine and utilizes ancient cooking methods, creating a fresh and sophisticated experience.
Michelin selected in 2022, Restaurant Boon Nam complements Hotel St. Georges services, but operates as an independent restaurant. 

Wednesday, January 18 

MATKA 2023 Workshop Day 

Breakfast at the hotel
Transfer by bus to Messukeskus, the bus collects buyers from following partner hotels, please note times are approx.
07:45 First stop at Hotel Kämp, Pohjoisesplanadi 29
07:55 Second stop at St George, Yrjönkatu 13
08:05 Next stop at Original Sokos Hotel Presidentti, Eteläinen Rautatiekatu 4
08:15 Last stop at Radisson Blu Royal, Runeberginkatu 4
08:30 Arrival at Messukeskus

Program of the MATKA 2023 Workshop Day

20:30/20:45 approx. Bus to all hotels after "Party like a Finn"

Thursday, January 19

MATKA 2023 Trade Day

Breakfast at the hotel
Transfer by bus from the partner hotels to Messukeskus

08:15 First stop at St George, Yrjönkatu 13
08:25 Second stop at Hotelli Mestari, Fredrikinkatu 51-53
08:35 Next stop at Radisson Blu Royal, Runeberginkatu 2
08:40 Last stop at Original Sokos Hotel Presidentti, Eteläinen Rautatiekatu 4
09:00 Arrival at Messukeskus

MATKA 2023 Trade Day 

11:15 Transfer by bus to Finlandia Hall
Meet Senior Sales Manager Ms Johanna Vappula, Finlandia Hall Ltd.
11:45 Visit to Finlandia Hall and Little Finlandia
Finlandia Hall, a masterpiece by the great Finnish architect Alvar Aalto, is the leading congress, event and entertainment venue in Finland. Little Finlandia, a new landmark, is a wooden building, designed in co-operation with architectural students at the Aalto University.
12:30 Lunch at Finlandia Cafe&Wine
13:30 Transfer by bus to Kamppi
14:00 Site inspection at Original Sokos Hotel Presidentti, meet Service Manager Ms Elina Pietala (tel:+358 50 3883 380) at the hotel lobby
15:15 Transfer by bus to Helsinki Railway Square
Site inspection at Scandic Grand Central Helsinki
Meet Sales Manager Ms Lilli Herrala (tel: +358 50 5844 830) in the hotel lobby
In Scandic Grand Central Helsinki hotel, even a conference is an experience. The hotel offers a unique setting and everything you need for organizing a memorable and modern event in the heart of Helsinki, right next to the Central Railway Station
16:30 Free time – your local guide for the secrets of Helsinki
Enjoy your afternoon free time strolling around Helsinki, why not buy some souvenirs from Stockmann, Fazer Chocolate Shop or Glasshouse Helsinki? Did you know The Finns consume an amazing 12 kilograms of coffee per capita annually, putting us at the top of the world, maybe that's the secret of the happiness.
18:30 Lobby call
A short walk to Hotel Kämp (450 m)
18:45 Lobby call at Hotel Kämp
Hotel Kämp site inspection
Hotel Kämp, the first five star hotel in Finland, in the heart of Helsinki you can feel the atmosphere of historic "Grande Hotel". Timeless elegant decoration and top class amenities assure you complete comfort and relaxation during your stay. Since 1887 Hotel Kämp has been the safe haven in the heart of Helsinki for both locals and visitors alike. Unforgettable memories are in the core of all we do at Kämp, and you as our guest are the top priority.
20:00 Dinner at Brasserie Kämp, hosted by Kämp Collection Hotels, Ms Laura Heikkilä and Ms Dzenita Korhonen
Brasserie Kämp's food philosophy is a combination of traditional French cuisine and Finnish food culture stemming from Kämp's history. The menu, built around changing seasons and harvest seasons, is updated regularly respecting the traditions of Brasserie. Brasserie Kämp’s centuries old history and hand-picked specialities from previous chefs create a unique celebration of flavors.    

Friday, January 20

Breakfast at the hotel
09:30 Hotel St. George site inspection by Ms Dzenita Korhonen
10:50 Lobby call
11:00 Transfer from Hotel St. George to Hilton Helsinki Kalastajatorppa
Helsinki Helicopter Tour with Helsinki Citycopter.  
Helsinki Citycopter offers exclusive and sustainable helicopter tours. Take in all of the city sights and enjoy amazing Nordic views on our spectacular, award winning scenic flight!
Light lunch
Site inspection: Hilton Helsinki Kalastajatorppa
Transfer by bus from Hilton Helsinki Kalastajatorppa to Helsinki Airport
Arrival at Helsinki Airport, check-in
17:30 AY125 HEL-BOM 17:30 06:20 (+1)
18:35 AY121 HEL-DEL 18:35 06:25 (+1)

Thank you for visiting Finland!

Flights to, within and from Finland, accommodation in single occupancy rooms, transfers and meals are covered by Visit Finland, Finnair and the destination companies during the event and the pre/post tours.

Flights with Finnair

DEL-HEL AY122 14Jan 08:10 13:45
AY126 14Jan 08:10 14:15

HEL-IVL AY605 14Jan 16:40 18:25
IVL-HEL AY606 17Jan 19:05 20:35

HEL-DEL AY121 20Jan 18:35 06:25 (+1)
HEL-BOM AY125 20Jan 17:30 06:20  (+1)


Food – local, fresh, wild and pure



January 14 to 15, 2023
Holiday Club Saariselkä

January 15 to 17, 2023

January 17 to 20, 2023
Hotel St. George


Follow the weather



Bring along

  • Comfortable and weatherproof outdoor clothing
    (including good walking shoes, hat and gloves)
  • Swimming suit for Sauna
  • Happy mood


Sustainable Travel Finland

To help the travel professionals to make more sustainable choices when creating travel itineraries to Finland, Visit Finland has developed the Sustainable Travel Finland (STF) programme. The programme is designed for tourism companies and destinations in Finland to systematically adapt sustainable practices. Companies and destinations that undergo the entire programme are recognized with the Sustainable Travel Finland label. The label is a definitive symbol of commitment towards sustainable practices and principles.

Useful links

Sustainable Travel Finland label
Sustainable Travel Tips 

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