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Green Lakeland

June 4 to 6, 2022

The Finnish Lakeland is the largest lake district in Europe: a blue and green labyrinth of lakes, islands, rivers and canals. These waters offer wellbeing and activities all year round. Situated less than an hour from the Helsinki the Lahti region is the southernmost part of the Finnish Lakeland.

Preliminary program 

Saturday 4.6.2022

International flights to Helsinki
13:40-16:05 Participants landing at Helsinki Airport
14:30-16:30 Meet your Visit Finland tour hosts Ms Sara Snäll (tel: +49 17 699 588 644)  and Mr David Campano (tel: +34 634 718 855) and Ms Anne Niska (tel: +358 50 59 70 798) at the airport arrival hall at Hertz desk
Let's check-in participants and drivers per car
Pick-up your Hertz rent-a car (3-4 participants per car)
Drive to Solo Sokos Hotel Lahden Seurahuone, address: Aleksanterinkatu 14, Lahti (about 100 km). Parking at the hotel
Welcome to Lahti!
Lahti is the leading green city in Finland and a leader of environmental work. In 2021 Lahti was nominated as the European Green Capital. In February 2022 Lahti region was voted among the top 10 European travel destinations in the competition organized by the travel website European Best Destinations. In this voting Lahti was selected as the best sustainable tourism destination in Europe. In January 2022 the global news channel CNN included Lahti among the best destinations to visit in 2022
Check-in at Solo Sokos Hotel Lahden Seurahuone
19:30 Meet your Lahti Region host Mr Arto Asikainen (tel: +358 40 579 43 87) at hotel lobby
20:00 Dinner at Restaurant Kokka in the harbor of Lahti 

Sunday 5.6.2022

07:45 Meet the representative of the hotel Mr Risto Turunen at hotel reception
Breakfast in the hotel
Check-out
08:45 Short drive to Lahti Sports Centre, address: Salpausselänkatu 8
09:00 Visit to Salpausselkä Geopark Site
Salpausselkä Geopark Site, situated in the Lahti region, tells the story of the best-known geological entity of Finland. The First and Second Salpausselkä are unique ice-marginal formations laid down by the last Ice Age. They reach across the entirety of southern Finland and are at their most spectacular in the area of Salpausselkä Geopark. The Salpausselkä Geopark area is being developed to meet the criteria set for UNESCO Global Geoparks and will be included into the UNESCO Global Geoparks network in April 2022
Guided walking tour to Lahti Sports Centre
The Lahti Sports Centre is internationally known as the venue for the Nordic Ski World Championships and one of the most significant geological destinations in Salpausselkä Geopark. During the tour, you can enjoy nature within only about 1 km from the city centre and hear e.g. how the terrain with steep slopes has formed
Picnic lunch around open fire
12:00 Departure to Verla via Iitin kirkonkylä (along road 12). Second address: Verlantie 295 (about 70 km)
Verla captures an interesting phase of development in Finland’s history and was named a World Heritage site due to its status as a unique and culturally and historically significant example of an industrial settlement from the turn of the 20th century
Meet Ms Kirsi Vainio, Visit Kouvola at Verla (tel: +358 2061 55 885)
14:00-15:00 Guided tour around Verla
Drive to Kirjokivi Manor, address: Rudolf Elvingin tie 109 (about 20 km)
16:00 Site inspection and coffee break
17:00 Departure to Vierumäki Resort
Welcome to the resort of Vierumäki!
Vierumäki is the largest multi-activity sports and free-time resort in Southern part of Finland. It has numerous well equipped sport facilities, professional level training programs and a large selection of activities for holiday makers all year round. Vierumäki resort is situated in the middle of the gorgeous nature. Lemmenharju nature trail in Vierumäki is one of the most charming attractions of the Salpausselkä Geopark
Check-in at Holiday Club Vierumäki, address: Urheiluopistontie 400
Holiday Club Vierumäki is a dream resort for those who gain well-being and strength from comfort and physical activity. Villas are high-quality and well-equipped apartments located in a two-storey balcony access block building. The new hotel with high-quality restaurants, extensive conference services and a relaxing day spa has just been opened
19:00 Dinner in the restaurant Palmu & sauna Pihka by the idyllic lake Valkjärvi 

Monday 6.6.2022

Breakfast in the hotel
Site inspections:
08:30 Premium Villas Vierumäki
Premium Villas Vierumäki offer stylish, luxury villas luxury for families and groups of friends or workmates by the nature. Decorated in a Scandinavian style, the villas with large panoramic windows and outdoor hot tubs guarantee an unforgettable break in the middle of everyday life
09:15 Hotel Fennada, address: Pihkalantie 3
Fennada is a modern and high-quality hotel equipped with plenty of luxury from floor to ceiling. It was opened in the summer of 2021 on the shore of scenic Valkjärvi in Vierumäki
Premium Villas Vierumäki & Hotel Fennada, both accommodation facilities have joined the Sustainable Travel Finland program
10:00 Departure to to Pulkkilanharju ridge. On the road we make a short stop (30 minutes) in the Old Vääksy village and Vääksy canal
The idyllic surroundings of the canal with cafés, restaurants and boutiques offers memorable experiences for the whole family. The Vääksy Canal connects lake Vesijärvi and Lake Päijänne. The canal was built between 1868-1871. The Vääksy Canal is one of the busiest recreational inland waterways in Europe and the most famous attraction of Asikkala
11:15 Visit to Pulkkilanharju – one of the most scenic sites of the Salpausselkä Geopark
The iconic Pulkkilanharju esker, cutting across Lake Päijänne, is one of the best known and most instagrammable sites of Salpausselkä UNESCO Global Geopark. The narrow 8-kilometre-long esker lies 32 kilometres from Lahti city centre and is an ideal day trip destination either by car, bus or by bike. The esker belongs partly to Päijänne National Park, which protects the valuable archipelago nature of Finland's second largest lake
13:00 Arrival at Lehmonkärki Resort, address: Lehmonkärjentie 180
Site inspection and lunch
Lehmonkärki is a high-quality resort on the shores of South Lake Päijänne, in Asikkala. In addition to rental cottages, high-quality villas and meeting and banquet facilities, Lehmonkärki offers a wide range of auxiliary programs, from snowmobile safaris to boat trips to Päijänne National Park. Lehmonkärki has joined the Sustainable Travel Finland program and is paying high attention to sustainablity
HAASI Mirror houses
Mirror Houses offers something truly unique even for the experienced traveler. The walls of the accommodation room are full-height mirrored glass and the accommodation buildings are built on top of the pier structure on the lake. As you enter the room, a magnificent lake view opens to Lake Päijänne
15:00 Drive to Turku (1 car via Naantali)
Arrival in Naantali, address: Matkailijantie 2 (1 participant) and Turku, address: Humalistonkatu 2
Check-in at Midnight Sun Event Hotels: Naantali Spa & Hotel andSolo Sokos Hotel Turun Seurahuone 
Delivery of rent-a-cars to Hertz office in Turku, address: Lonttistentie 9, Turku
Walk back to the hotel
19:00 - 21:30 Dinner served at the hotel

Midnight Sun Event Program in Turku and Naantali

Thursday 9.6.2022

Breakfast at the hotel
11:15 Check-out
11:30 Transfer by bus to Helsinki Airport
14:30 Check-in at Helsinki Airport
International flights home

Thank you for visiting Finland!

 

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

Flights

Finnair flights to Helsinki
4.6.2022

Transportation

By Hertz hybrid rent-a-cars

Accommodation

LAHTI
4.-5.6.2022
Solo Sokos Lahden Seurahuone

VIERUMÄKI

5.-6.6.2022
Holiday Club Vierumäki  


TURKU/NAANTALI

6.-9.6.2022
Solo Sokos Hotel Turun Seurahuone/Naantali Spa & Hotel

Follow the weather

Lahti
Vierumäki

Bring along

  • Comfortable outdoor clothing
  • Swimming suit for sauna
  • Sunglasses
  • Happy mood

Route Map

4.6.2022
Helsinki Airport-Lahti 100 km
5.6.2022
Lahti-Verla 80 km
Verla-Kirjokivi Manor 20 km
Kirjokivi-Vierumäki 65 km
6.6.2022
Vierumäki-Pulkkilanharju 45 km
Pulkkilanharju-Lehmonkärki 20 km
Lehmonkärki-Turku 215 km

Sustainable Travel Finland

Sustainable Travel Finland label will make it easier for travel trade and travellers to recognise a tourism company and destination that takes sustainability seriously. The label is only awarded for those companies and destinations that have undergone the entire Sustainable Travel Finland programme and fulfilled the criteria. The programme includes regular auditing and renewal of the label.

Since June 2020 it's been possible to achieve the Sustainable Travel Finland –label and the number of labeled companies is growing steadily. Find sustainable travel options at Visit Finland's Sustainable Travel Finland webpage.

Useful links

Sustainable Travel Finland label

Contact us

Visit Finland Spain & Italy

David Campano

Visit Finland DACH & Benelux

Sara Snäll

Lahti Region

Arto Asikainen

Visit Finland Helsinki

Anne Niska