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Flavors of Finnish Lakeland

Step into a labyrinth of glistening blue lakes dotted with rugged rocky islands and steep ridges shaped by glacial ice sheets. The lush woodlands brim with ingredients for a tantalizing gourmet experience and offers up dishes that feature the freshest flavors of Finland. From local vineyards and peaceful national parks to forests featuring an abundance of delicacies, and small cities that transport visitors to the days of old, this adventure is sure to provide a wonderous and delicious insight into Finland’s natural, historic, and gastronomic charms. 

Trip Type: Adventure

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Flavors of Finnish Lakeland
Flavors of Finnish Lakeland
Flavors of Finnish Lakeland
Flavors of Finnish Lakeland
Flavors of Finnish Lakeland
Flavors of Finnish Lakeland
Flavors of Finnish Lakeland
Flavors of Finnish Lakeland

Day By Day

Day 1 – Arrive in Finland

Welcome to Helsinki. Upon arrival, you will collect your luggage and clear Customs & Immigration before entering the arrivals hall. Your driver will meet you in the terminal holding a sign with your name on it, then transfer you in a private vehicle to Saimaa Lake District. Enjoy a stop at a local vineyard for your first taste of Finland before continuing to your accommodation to settle in.

Starting Accommodation: Saimaa Lake District Beach Chalet
Meals: Dinner


Day 2 – Saimaa Lake District - National Park Day Tour & Tertti Manor - Farm to Table Dining Experience

With the sun long risen, awake in the peaceful silence of a summer morning; it’s time to get your hiking boots on and set off for a day in the national parks. Experience the diversity of Finnish nature, enjoy lunch by the open fire, and perhaps a dip into the wild water for a swim. Take a slow paddle in the calm waters in your canoe to encounter incredible views of the area from the middle of the lakes.

This evening, visit Tertti Manor for a first class dining experience. The manor house is a functioning farm, and a heaven for gastronomes. Here you can literally see the food planted and cultivated, and the host will be delighted to share stories about growing food in northern Europe.

Starting Accommodation: Saimaa Lake District Beach Chalet
Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner


Day 3 – Saimaa Lake District - Living From the Earth

Nature in Saimaa is abundantly filled with yumminess. Search for forest delicacies such as mushrooms and berries, bursting with the fresh taste of Finland. The lakes are teeming with fish, waiting to be hooked and enjoyed as part of your meal of the day. Your guide will assist you in picking the most delicious ingredients from which to prepare a forest lunch, just like the locals.

Fishing is an artform in Finland and the most common pastime activity in the country, feeding many families throughout the year. Your fishing guide will introduce you to the methods of fishing and the secrets of the local 'fish kitchen'. As the afternoon turns into evening, drop a line in and wait to feel the weight on the end of your rod!

Starting Accommodation: Saimaa Lake District Beach Chalet
Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner


Day 4 – Days of Yore, Savonlinna & Steam Ship Cruise

After a few days in nature, today you will head to Savonlinna, a picturesque, small city in the Lakelands. Visit the vivid summer markets; the market square is the heart of the city, surrounded by fish restaurants, open air cafes, and harbors. The markets provide perhaps the best places to sample street food and local specialties, such as a fish pasty (kalakukko), or half-moon shaped pastry (lörtsy) while taking in the local, easy-going way of life.

Discover the past traditions and history of the region with a stop at Olavinlinna, the world’s northernmost medieval castle, dating back to 1475. Each ruler at Olavinlinna left their distinct style from their regime, making the architecture unique and giving the castle its charming appearance. The location of the castle was strategically built to protect the region from attacks from the east. Between the grand walls of the castle, you can still hear the ring of the swords, the thunder of cannons and the giggle of the maids. The castle not only takes you back centuries but provides an epic setting for lunch.

Savonlinna in the heart of Saimaa is the home of Finnish water transport, boosting over 1,050 miles of waterways. Cruising on the Saimaa lake districts is a must-do summer experience and there’s no more authentic way of traveling than boarding a true steam ship. Amongst the labyrinth of lakes, there’s more than 14,000 green but rugged islands, many of them uninhabited. The area is also the home of the Saimaa ringed seal, one of the most endangered seals in the world and only found in Saimaa – keep your eyes on the picturesque shoreline and perhaps you’ll spot one of these rare but beloved creatures.

Sip a glass of wine and enjoy the tranquility as you pass by stunning scenery while your chef prepares lunch using local produce.

Starting Accommodation: Saimaa Lake District Beach Chalet
Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner


Day 5 – Saimaa Lake District - Farewell Dip in Ahti’s Empire

From the pier of your chalet, as the sun glistens over Saimaa, you can easily spot fish swimming in the crystal clear water, playfully chasing each other. Why not jump in for a refreshing dip in Ahti’s (the Finnish god of water and fishing), before it’s time to depart.

Ahead of your flight, you will be transferred from your accommodation to Helsinki International Airport.

Meals: Breakfast


Pricing

Package Level: Luxury

Please note all prices listed are approximations and subject to current rate of exchange adjustments. Each itinerary can be fully customized to your interests and needs.

Twin Share
5/1/2022 - 9/30/2022$7,140


Terms and Conditions

Per person pricing based on a minimum group of four.

Prices are per person, twin/double share in USD. All highlighted savings are reflected in the price. Price does not include airfare unless otherwise stated. Travel may be limited to certain days of the week. Hotels and tours remain subject to availability. Cancellation penalties and other booking or alteration restrictions may exist. Please note blackout dates may apply to Christmas, New Year and local special event periods. Pricing may increase over Holiday and special event periods and may not be reflected in price grid. Prices indicated remain subject to change without notice. Prices are not guaranteed until full payment is received and processed. CST #2012413-20 See our full Terms and Conditions: www.swaindestinations.com/terms

Details

Length:

4 Nights

Pricing:

From $7,140 Per Person

Destinations:

Saimaa Lake District

Inclusions:

  • All private transfers
  • 4 nights Saimaa Lake District
  • Private driver-guide at all times
  • Private steam ship cruise
  • Wine tasting at local wine farm
  • Fishing experience with your guide and all gear
  • Street food sampling at market square  
  • Entrance to Olavinlinna
  • Kayaking in the national parks
  • Picking wild food and preparing your own forest meal
  • Meals: 4 breakfasts, 3 lunches, 4 dinners
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