Travel ideas

Design and gastronomy programs

Finnish Lakeland offers unique gastronomy and design venues for you to sample also.

Many of the ingredients are sourced locally from the freshwater lakes and pristine forests of the area and many of the venues are styled with the Lakeland area in mind. You could spend a day in one place or we could make you a package and combine different places for you during the day.

Tertti Manor – A working farm, a gourmet haven and a cosy manor hotel

Tertti Manor offers the charms of bygone years with the conveniences of the modern world nicely packaged together in this exquisite place.  

The owners, the Pylkkänen family, have cherished the traditions of manor living for more than a century: the authentic milieu, the unhurried atmosphere reminiscent of the turn of the century, and high-quality Finnish cuisine have charmed many guests over the years, from the likes of musician and composer Oskar Merikanto to the President of Finland Urho Kekkonen. When it is time to celebrate, eat well and enjoy a night in extraordinarily beautiful surroundings, Tertti Manor offers the perfect choice.

Kenkävero - extraordinary atmosphere of the old parsonage milieu

This meticulously restored parsonage milieu of Kenkävero prides itself on being the biggest and most beautiful parsonage in Finland.
With a handicrafts and art exhibition, a well-stocked gift shop and the wonderful Parsonage Restaurant, you are are guaranteed to find something of interest. In the summer when the flowers are in full bloom, you can admire more than five hundred species of plant in the famous parsonage garden.

TeaHouse of Wehmais: The only tearoom in Finland specialising in the English tea tradition

Tea lovers and all can enter the realm of Anna, the once Duchess of Bedford in bygone years, and enjoy a relaxing cup of tea in the tearoom furnished in the old stable of Wehmaa Manor in the peaceful countryside.
Decorated with rose textiles and floral wallpaper, the tea rooms offer traditional tea servings, such as Afternoon Tea and Cream Tea, prepared according to the English tea tradition. With over 50 varieties of tea and delicious pastries to choose from, everyone will find something to enjoy. In addition to the tearoom the quient gift shop offers a range of edible and delicious treats, gifts and books about tea, and tea leaves both loose and bagged to enjoy. You are welcome to enjoy an afternoon cup of tea!

Discover the art of making glass with “Lasilinkki”

Would you like to discover the magic behind the process of making beautiful glass designs? At Lasilinkki you can – with the guidance of experienced glass makers you will see the incredible process of bringing a piece of recycled glass from a thing of waste to a thing of artistic beauty.
This incredible process is breathtaking to observe. Adjacent to the factory is Lasilinkki gallery and shop where you can find beautiful glass art pieces made from recycled glass on display and to buy. We hope to share our inspirations and expertise about the endless possibilities of using recycled glass with you.

Summer facts

June - August

Daylight 12 - 19 hours
Temperature +15 - +30 degrees
Midnight sun brings with it wonderfully long sunlit days

Autumn facts

September - November

Temperature +5 - +15 degrees
Indian summer (autumn colors)

Winter facts

December - March

(snow guarantee from the middle of January)
Daylight 4 - 6 hours per day
Beautiful winter landscapes highlighted by the brightness of the snow
Temperature -5 - -30 degrees

Spring facts

April - May

Temperature +5 - +15 degrees
Nature (flora and fauna) waking up and starts to come green again

You can reach Lakeland from Helsinki by bus, train or aeroplane. There are flights (45 min - 1 hour in duration) to Lakeland airports from Helsinki (HEL) airport. Kuopio is the capital of Lakeland and it has an international airport (KUO). Other airports in the area are Joensuu (JOE), Savonlinna (SVL) and Lappeenranta (LPP).

Travelling by bus or train from Helsinki: 2,5 – 4 hours (depending on a destination).

Wild Nordic Finland also organises private transfers from Helsinki to the Lakeland area or from airports within Lakeland to different destinations.