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


Saturday, January 14

13.1.2023 JFK-HEL AY016 22:45 13:50 +1
13.1.2023 LAX-HELAY002 18:50 15:20 +1

16:20 HEL-KTT AY575 16:20 17:55
17:55 Arrival in Kittilä Airport
Meet your local tour host Ms Marari Clotet (tel:+ 358 40587 8555) at arrival hall
Transfer by bus to Levi
Welcome to Levi

Levi is the largest recreational resort in Finland. It is located in Lapland, approx. 100 miles / 170 km north of the Arctic Circle and Rovaniemi City. The resort has a wide range of activities to offer year-round. Levi Village has all the necessary holiday services within a walking distance. There are many activity programs available daily and they're organized and planned to include everything necessary. Levi Sparks your Soul!
Check-in to your igloos Levin Iglut Golden Crown
The glass igloos rest on the fell slope and offer luxury on the edge of the wilderness: a view of the rugged fell landscape and the northern sky, high-quality accommodation, and personalized, heartfelt service
20:30 Dinner at Levin Iglut Golden Crown Restaurant Utsu
Your host will be Mrs. Kristiina Kylmälahti from Levi Igloos.
The menu consists of pure and tasty ingredients and responsible local products. Along with the cosy ambiance and the surrounding fell landscape, ensures refreshment for both body and mind.

Sunday, January 15

10:00 Departure and inspection of Levi Spirit Luxury Villas 
Levi Spirit is place where awe-inspiring nature meets the unique and welcoming spirit of the local people. You may be in cold climate, but at Levi Spirit you feel warm inside. Levi Spirit has all the elements that make holidays special and times together memorable. This unique resort is a combination of comfort and arctic wilderness, not found anywhere else.
Pick up the winter clothing from winter rent.
11:30 Inspection of Northern Lights Village Levi
The Aurora Cabins at the Northern Lights Village are a magical way to experience the wintry star-filled sky and the Northern Lights.
Lunch in Northern Lights Village
13:45 Experience the lovely Halipuu - Hugging Tree Forest
A small family- owned company who wanted to save their family forest from felling and decided to turn it into a safe place for people from around the planet. Enjoy the stillness of nature, drinks served by the Campfire Barista by an open fire.
15:45 Tour of Elves Village and Aurora Pyramids
Have a look at how elves live! The village is a well-known and attractive destination celebrating stories and mythology, filled with fun activities and open all -year round. Elves Village also provides accommodation in glass-roofed Aurora Pyramids.
Check-in to your hotel Design Hotel Levi
Free time
18:30 Evening program with Luxury Action includes a snowmobile safari with dinner in a traditional Lappish Hut. Your host will be Mrs. Maija Palosaari from Visit Levi.
Maybe you will be lucky and see the Northern Lights during the excursion. Duration ca. 3h Luxury Action creates experiences and expeditions for high-end clients.

Monday, January 16

Breakfast at the hotel
09:30 Departure for the Husky Program
10:00 Visit to local husky farm All Huskies with a ride with husky sleds. Say hello to Alaskan Huskies and Hound-Alaskan Husky mix dogs!
12:30 Visit to a Lapland Hotels SnowVillage and lunch
15:30 Ice karting at Icekarting Levi
Kart driving might be familiar to you but driving a go-kart with studded tires on the ice track is something completely different, an experience out of this world!
16:30 Free time & possibility to visit the Levi Spa Waterworld
Water slides, swimming pools, water toys, and Jacuzzis for those who just want to relax.
20:00 Dinner at Pihvipirtti - Steakhouse. Your host will be Mrs. Kirsi Vestenius from Visit Levi. Fish delicacies from the ice buffet and steaks of your choice.

Tuesday, January 17

Breakfast at the hotel
09:00 Hotel and accommodation inspections
11:15 Lunch at the Break Hotel Sokos Levi
11:45 Transfer to the airport
Arrival at Kittilä Airport
13:40 AY 574 from Kittilä to Helsinki
15:10 Arrival at Helsinki Airport
Transfer by bus to Helsinki
Check-in at Lapland Hotels Bulevardi
In the middle of Helsinki´s bustling life, by one of the main boulevards of Helsinki, you can find Lapland Hotel Bulevardi with our luxurious rooms and fresh ingredients from the North. We are surrounded by high-standing maples, buildings and parks that have witnessed the world much longer than us. Yet, we bring to the whole neighbourhood something new and special – our story straight from the North.
Free time
18:00 Meet in the lobby for Finland presentation by Ms Heli Mende, Visit Finland
 Meet your Lapland Hotels Bulevardi hosts Ms Marika Tomminen and Ms Hanna Kumpu at the hotel lobby
19:00 Dinner in Kulta restaurant   

Wednesday, January 18 

MATKA 2023 Workshop Day 

Breakfast at the hotel

Transfer by bus to Messukeskus, the bus collects buyers from following hotels, please note times are approx.
07:45 First stop at Lapland Hotels Bulevardi, Bulevardi 28
07:50 Next stop at Scandic Helsinki Hub, Annankatu 18
08:00 Last stop at Hotel Mestari, Fredrikinkatu 51-53
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, please note times are approx.
08:15 First stop at Hotel AX, Välimerenkatu 18
08:25 Next stop at Lapland Hotels Bulevardi, Bulevardi 28
08:35 Last stop at Scandic Helsinki Hub, Annankatu 18
09:00 Arrival at Messukeskus

MATKA 2023 Trade Day

Lunch (lunch coupons are given to you on Wednesday by your Visit Finland host)

14:00 Transfer by bus to your hotel
16:45 Helsinki presentation at the hotel
A short introduction about Helsinki by a Helsinki Partners representative Aino Mellais 
17:20 A short walk to hotel inspections
17:30 St. George Hotel
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 Helsinki has 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
18:05 Transfer to Hotel Kämp
 Hotel Kämp, site inspection
Hotel Kämp is where the luxury of timeless elegance and European glamour unite. Enjoy your stay in the spacious hotel rooms of the most luxurious hotel in Helsinki, whether you're on a business trip or a vacation. Hotel Kämp contains 179 rooms. These luxurious rooms range from a Deluxe room to the illustrious Mannerheim Suite which boasts a maximum floor space of 258m2. Additionally, the hotel is fitted with ten conference rooms for meetings and banquets
19:00 Dinner at Kämp Brasserie
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
Check-out (leave your luggage in the luggage room)
09:15 Lobby call. Meet your local guide: Hanna-Leena Halsas (+358 50 369 9771)
Meet your hosts from Helsinki Partners: Aino Mellais - Senior Advisor Travel Trade (+358 40 708 2851)
Sean Travis – Coordinator Congress & Travel Trade (+358 04 169 4382)
09:30 Helsinki City Sightseeing
The tour focuses on the fresh and surprising character of Helsinki. During the tour you will be introduced to the main attractions of Helsinki as well as to some of the hot spots of the local design scene and explore different types of urban phenomena and venues. You will also discover a few delicious secrets of Helsinki's food culture. Explore and be inspired!
10:35 Transfer to The Hotel Maria
10:45 Site visit
11:20 Transfer to Vinkkeli
Lunch at Restaurant Vinkkeli
Restaurant Vinkkeli is located in the heart of the Kaartinkaupunki neighborhood. Vinkkeli can be described as a food and wine restaurant, presenting a friendly, honest, and uncomplicated take on classic cuisine, where the wine and drink selection is given the same devotion as the selection of ingredients in the kitchen
12:45 Transfer to Lapland Hotels Bulevardi
 Pick up the luggage from the hotel and transfer to Helsinki Airport
16:00 AY001 HEL-LAX
17:00 AY015 HEL-JFK

Thank you for visiting Finland!

Flights to and from Finland, accommodation (single occupancy), transfers and meals are covered by Visit Finland, Finnair and the host cities and regions during the event and the pre tours.

Flights with Finnair

JFK-HEL AY016 13Jan 22:45 13:50 +1
LAY002   13Jan 18:50 15:20 +1

HEL-KTT AY575 14Jan 16:20 17:55
KTT-HEL AY574 17Jan 13:40 15:10

HEL-LAX AY001 20Jan 16:00 17:05
HEL-JFK AY015 20Jan 17:00 18:45

Food – local, fresh, wild and pure


January 14 to 15, 2023
Levin Iglut Golden Crown


January 15 to 17, 2023
Design Hotel Levi

January 17 to 19, 2023
Lapland Hotels Bulevardi

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 


Contact us

Visit Finland US

Heli Mende

Visit Finland Helsinki

Asta Kekkonen

Visit Finland Helsinki

Anne Niska

Visit Levi

Maija Palosaari

Helsinki Partners

Aino Mellais