From  £2695
per person
Tour Highlights
  • Learn to cook traditional Finnish cuisine
  • Experience a true sauna escape in the world of Finnish saunas
  • Experience true cultural immersion by staying in small, locally hosted guesthouses
  • Reduce your carbon footprint by cycling through the summer landscapes between guesthouses
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Finland Foodie Eco-Explorer Break

8 Day Tour, from £2695 per person

Discover the world of Finnish cuisine and traditional culture taking a gastronomic journey through both Finland and its regional dishes while cycling through the countryside. The Finnish people have developed a unique menu combining country recipes with contemporary continental-style cooking; learn to bake your own sweet treats and savoury delicacies and delve deep into Finnish sauna culture by enjoying different types of sauna experiences. 

Please note that transfers from guesthouse to guesthouse are by bike and non-guided. 

Tour Itinerary

DAY 1
FLY TO KUOPIO
Finnish Sauna

Fly to Kuopio, transfer by taxi to Pihlajapuu guesthouse for your two-night stay. In the evening, meet your hostess Minna and enjoy a delicious dinner. (D)

DAY 2
CUISINE WORKSHOP
Finnish cuisine

Today, Minna, the hostess of Pihlajapuu, takes you under her wing and introduce you to Finnish cooking during your first cuisine workshop. Start the week off by learning how to cook, bake or preserve wild vegetables. Prepare lunch together and in the evening enjoy a relaxing sauna. (B,L,D)

DAY 3
PIHLAJAPUU GUESTHOUSE TO LAITALAN LOMAT GUESTHOUSE
Cycling though Finland

In the morning, explore the nature trails around your guesthouse or visit Nurmes, before travelling by bike to the next guesthouse, Laitalan Lomat (22 Km). In the afternoon, meet your guesthouse hostess Henna, hike through the 'Laitala sauna trail' and reach a sauna located on the banks of Karhujoki River. Enjoy "an experience lunch" prepared by Henna - which includes handmade 'karjalanpiirakka' and egg butter, 'leipäjuusto' (Finnish squeaky cheese) and more delicacies. In the evening, enjoy dinner and sauna at your guesthouse. (B,L,D)

DAY 4
SWEET BUNS BAKING
Finish guesthouse living

Rejoin Henna for today’s task: baking sweet cardamom-flavoured buns called 'pulla'. These buns are traditionally eaten with coffee or as a desert, before trying soft 'korvapuustit– delicious cinnamon rolls. In the afternoon, embark on a canoeing tour on the river. (B,L,D)

 

 

 

 

DAY 5
LAITALAN LOMAT GUESTHOUSE TO MÄNNIKÖLÄN PIRTTI GUESTHOUSE
Lake Pielinen

After breakfast, bike through the 'Männikkölän Pirtti sauna trail' to a summer cottage beach sauna. On arrival, hop on the sauna benches and enjoy a gentle sauna steam, and admire the scenery of Lake Pielinen. It is a magical experience to take a swim in the clean waters of Pielinen during the sauna session. (B,L,D)

DAY 6
KARELIAN PASTY WORKSHOP
Karelian pies

After breakfast, bake Karelian pies with Ritva, and learn how to make a 'karjalanpiirakka', a traditional Finnish Karelian dish similar to a pasty. Historically, these are eaten with a spread of butter and boiled egg. Spend the rest of the day at leisure shopping and sightseeing in Nurmes. (B,L,D)

DAY 7
MÄNNIKÖLÄN PIRTTI GUESTHOUSE TO PIHLAJAPUU GUESTHOUSE
Cycling in Finland

Cycle back to Pihlajapuu Guesthouse (20 Km). On arrival, enjoy 'Kukkonen' (traditional pastry) with wild fish cream cheese, before experiencing a smoke sauna and tucking into glow-fried salmon, a Finnish delicacy, by the campfire. (B,L,D)

DAY 8
FLY TO THE UK
FLY TO THE UK

After breakfast, transfer back to the airport for your flight back to the UK. (B)

Pricing Information

8 day tour, from £2695 per person
(Single person supplement + £270)

Price Includes

  • Return international flights from the UK to Finland
  • All airport taxes and security charges
  • 7 nights accommodation at local guesthouses (private rooms with shared facilities)
  • Return airport taxi transfers
  • Cuisine workshops as per tour programme
  • Guided sauna experiences as per tour programme
  • Bicycle hire 
  • Meals as specified by BLD (B = Breakfast, L = Lunch, D = Dinner)

Price Excludes

  • Travel insurance
  • Tips and gratuities
  • Beverages and items of a personal nature

Price Includes

Price Excludes

Price Notes

  • Price per person is based on two people sharing on stays between May and September 2024 and there may be supplements for travel in peak season or flight fare fluctuations  - please ask your Regent Specialist for details.
  • International flights from the UK are based out of London. Regional flights may be available (supplements may apply)
  • All flights are in economy class unless otherwise stated

Tour Route Map


  1. Finland, Kuopio

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