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This stunning journey takes you through coastal areas of Finland and Sweden. Along with the bustling city life, you’ll get to experience beautiful nature by hiking, swimming and kayaking. The route includes 3 Unesco World Heritage Sites. In Finland, going to the sauna is a must, but why not give some fishing a try as well? Explore the fascinating old towns with their charming wooden houses. Indulge in the food culture at some of the great restaurants along the way and enjoy the local flavours. Relax in high-quality accommodation and take advantage of a rare opportunity for an overnight stay in a house made of glass! Bicycle excursions, river cruises and as much shopping as you can handle are also on the cards. Beginning and ending in Stockholm, this amazing trip is full of exquisite archipelago views, picturesque coastline and unforgettable experiences.
Tallink Silja departs in the evening from Stockholm to Turku (at 19:30).
There is a buffet dinner on board. Accommodation is in an A-Class cabin with a window. Shopping and entertainment also on board.
Turku is a city that just oozes charm, proudly standing as the oldest city in Finland and still justifying its 2011 status as European Capital of Culture. The city is a must-visit place for foodies, with a rising reputation for its feast of splendid restaurants, quite rightly billed as the unofficial Food Capital of Finland. Arrive in Turku (at 7:00) with breakfast at the authentic Turku Market Hall.
In the morning: Explore the fascinating mix of Turku’s urban culture along with the unique and breath-taking Archipelago nature. Hop on an electric bike and spend a couple of hours exploring the distinctive nature of Ruissalo Island, the former hunting grounds for the court and nobility of Turku Castle.
The city’s famed Food Walk card is part of the package, taking you straight to the heart of the city’s restaurant culture and introducing you to the delightful tastes of Turku. Choose the five restaurants you most like the look of (there are ten on the list) and start your tasting tour. The card is valid for the whole of your stay in Turku.
In the evening: A large part of city life, from the main attractions and restaurants to the shopping centre and boutiques, are concentrated around the River Aura banks. As the heart and soul of Turku, you can really feel the energy and spirit of the city whilst walking along its shores. Aboard one of the “Låna” electric boats, experience the city from the river perspective and be your own captain for the day. For dinner, either take advantage of the Food Walk card or pop into a restaurant of your choice.
Supplementary options: The Museum Walk card, a Loistokari Dinner Cruise (mid May to August), and/or a private guide for the river cruise.
Accommodation suggestions: Scandic Julia or Scandic Atrium, Sokos Hotel Wiklund.
The journey from Turku to Pori takes approx. 2 hrs (150 km). The trip will stop in Rauma for lunch along the way, as well as to explore the Unesco World Heritage Site of Old Rauma.
Welcome to Rauma, where past and present beautifully intertwine to create a vibrant town with a unique atmosphere. Rauma is one of the oldest towns in Finland, famous for its lacemaking tradition and distinctive dialect.
Rauma is home to two UNESCO World Heritage Sites, the wooden houses of Old Rauma and the Sammallahdenmäki Bronze Age burial site. The town has a long tradition as a prominent centre for trade and industry, evolving from an accessible centre of commerce to the lively and friendly modern seaside town it is today.
Tips for lunch: Café Sali, Restaurant Savila.
The journey continues to Pori: Pori is another relaxing seaside town, where the wonderful atmosphere leaves you with an unforgettable experience. Known for its famous music festival, Pori Jazz, it is also blessed with one of the longest and most beautiful beaches at Yyteri, which, along with the Kirjurinluoto Park at the heart of the city, makes it a firm holiday favourite for families and nature enthusiasts.
Towards Yyteri in the afternoon: The Yyteri peninsula jutting out into the Bothnian Sea has only existed for the past three hundred years. As the land rises from the sea, the landscape changes and continues to evolve. Yyteri is Finnish nature at its best, with six kilometres of soft sand that melts around your toes and an expanse of water as far as the eye can see. The Yyteri nature trails located nearby are in the area between the beach and the Bothnian Sea National Park. Whilst there, it’s worth visiting the Island of Reposaari and its inviting collection of old wooden houses.
Accommodation at Yyteri Spa Hotel includes breakfast and buffet dinner, as well as entrance to the spa and gym.
Tips: Hike on the nature paths with Nordic Walking poles, or try some Frisbee Golf.
Supplementary options: Huikee Adventure Park, horse riding, ‘fat bike’ rental, SUP or surf-board rental.
Morning in central Pori: A visit to Pori town centre and the Kirjurinluoto Park.
Kirjurinluoto Park is a verdant oasis at the centre of the city with plenty of things to do for the whole family. It’s a popular outdoor location to hang out and have some fun at the ‘Pelle Hermanni’ play-park. At Kirjurinluoto, you can also enjoy outdoor trails, garden exhibits, cafes and the riverside beach.
Supplementary options: Market Square, Pori Microbreweries, Pori Art Museum, Juselius Mausoleum, Puuvilla Shopping Centre as well as Ahlström Works (on the way to Vaasa).
During the day: Leave Pori and head to Vaasa (190 km) approx. 2.5 hrs. The next stop is Kristinestad, where there will be lunch and the chance to visit the Lebell's Merchant House museum and the town’s wooden homes.
Tips for lunch: Restaurant Ljungman.
Supplementary options: Entrance to the museum.
Journey continues to Vaasa 1.5 hrs (100 km): The trip will arrive in Vaasa in the afternoon, followed by check in to the city centre hotel. The shops and sights of Vaasa centre await to be explored.
Tips for dinner by the sea: Restaurant Ship Faros, Restaurant Hejm, Restaurant Strampen.
Tips for a drink on the way to the dinner: Pocket Wine & Drinks
Accommodation tips: Sokos Royal Vaasa.
Supplementary options: Stay overnight at Kalle´s Inn in one of the unique glass house, ad enjoy memorable programme of sauna, swimming and dinner. The breath-taking setting is created by the peace, tranquillity and beauty of the surrounding nature, distinctive to the Ostrobothnian coast
Includes: Accommodation in a glass house, breakfast and dinner, sauna and hot-tub.
Supplementary options: Fishing, canoeing.
In the morning: Explore the Kvarken Archipelago – another of Finland’s World Heritage Sites – at the World Heritage Gateway visitor’s centre. Located next to the Replot Bridge, the longest in Finland, the centre presents the heritage of Kvarken through films and exhibitions.
Next is a drive to the Svedjehamn harbour in Björköby, where a hiking trail approx. 3 km long takes you up to the Saltkaret observation tower. Lunch is enjoyed at Restaurant Salteriet.
Following lunch is the chance to canoe for 4 hrs (independently or with a guide). The trip will return to the Sokos Royal Vaasa hotel, for sauna and spectacular views across the city.
Supplementary options: Entrance to the Weichsel exhibition, kayaking guide.
Breakfast in the hotel. Depart in the morning for Umeå aboard the Wasaline ferry, where the 4 hr journey includes archipelago buffet, shopping and live music on board. Arrive to Umeå harbour around midday (Swedish time!).
Umeå, Sweden: Check in at the hotel in Umeå and explore the city of Umeå, popularly known as City of Birches. The museum visit in the afternoon can include Bildmuseet (Museum of Visual Arts), ‘Guitar – The Museum’ or the regional culture museum Västerbottens. There’s also the option to visit the gardens of the Arboretum Norr on the Ume River.
Your choice of dinner at either Köksbaren, Rex or Gotthards krog.
Supplementary options: Guided tour of the museums or Arboretum, entrance to the Guitar museum.
A visit to the Höga Kusten Visitors Centre (approx.1.5 hrs, 95 km, drive from Umeå).
Tips: Nature sightseeing.
Accommodation tips: Höga Kusten Hotel.
Drive to Stockholm (approx. 420 km).
Kvarken, situated in the Baltic Sea between Finland and Sweden, is the narrowest point of the Bothnian Sea. Here the distance between the Finnish and Swedish mainland is only about 80 km. From the outer archipelago on the Finnish side, Klobbskat, it is only 50 km to the Swedish town of Umeå.