Finland·August 19 - 26 2025

Nordic Queens: An Enchanting Escape to Finland

Step into the Spirit of Finnish Femininity and Innovation

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Overview

Finland has been voted the happiest country in the world for 7 years running. As we all know women are responsible for a lot of this - so we are venturing north to learn important secrets from these happy ladies! This excursion offers a unique look into the culture and contributions of Finnish women. Our journey begins in Helsinki, winds through Tampere, and concludes in the artistic haven of Mänttä-Vilppula, each location unveiling its own story of empowerment and innovation. Throughout the trip, you'll meet inspiring Finnish women from various fields whether business leaders, artists, or academics. You'll visit the UNESCO-listed Suomenlinna Sea Fortress, engage with local entrepreneurs, and discover the iconic designs of Marimekko. The itinerary includes unique hands-on experiences such as cooking classes and sauna sessions - a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity to learn about Finnish tradition and lifestyle. Food is a big part of the adventure. You'll be able to try local specialties in settings that range from high-end restaurants to cozy local eateries, each offering a taste of the region's culinary diversity. This isn't just a trip; it's a deep dive into the lives of Finnish women, filled with stories of strength and creativity that are sure to inspire us all.

Highlights

Explore Finnish culinary tradition during a hands-on cooking class

Explore Finnish culinary tradition during a hands-on cooking class

Embrace the beauty of Suomenlinna Sea Fortress, a UNESCO heritage site

Embrace the beauty of Suomenlinna Sea Fortress, a UNESCO heritage site

Discover exemplary Finnish fashion and design

Discover exemplary Finnish fashion and design

Capture the stunning panorama of Helsinki's iconic landmarks

Capture the stunning panorama of Helsinki's iconic landmarks

Embrace authentic Finnish living with a local home visit in Mänttä

Embrace authentic Finnish living with a local home visit in Mänttä

Soak in the essence of the Finnish countryside the Iloranta Farm

Soak in the essence of the Finnish countryside the Iloranta Farm

Itinerary

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Helsinki

Day 1: Tuesday, August 26th, 2025

Welcome to the vibrant city of Helsinki! Upon arrival, take a taxi at the airport and transfer to Boutique Hotel U14. This stylish hotel in the city's heart will be our base for the next few days.

Later today, we'll meet in the hotel lobby to get to know each other and savor a welcome cocktail.

As evening approaches, we'll enjoy dinner at the Version Eatery & Garden located in our hotel. Here, we'll taste Finland's finest cuisine, an ideal introduction to the rich culinary traditions that await. After dinner, we'll retire for the night. 

Included

Dinner

Not Included

Airport Transfer

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Helsinki

Day 2: Wednesday, August 27th, 2025

Our exploration of Helsinki begins in the heart of the city, where neoclassical architecture meets Art Nouveau. The wide, handsome cobblestone streets run through the city center, flanked by plentiful parks and enhanced by the harbor.

We'll walk to the pier and take a 20-minute ferry ride to the Suomenlinna Sea Fortress, a UNESCO World Heritage site and home to 750 residents. This historic fortress, dating back to 1742, is a must-see in Helsinki!

After returning to the harbor, we'll visit the Sibelius Monument, designed by the female artist Eila Hiltunen. This iconic monument is dedicated to the famous Finnish composer Jean Sibelius. Our city tour continues with visits to Senate Square, Helsinki Cathedral, Oodi Central Library, Old Market Hall, Temppeliaukio Church, and Seurasaari Island and Open-Air Museum.

We'll enjoy a late lunch at Kappeli Restaurant, a historic eatery in Esplanade Park. Built in 1867, it features a Neo-Renaissance style with walls adorned with paintings by famous artists who traded their work for free lunches. After the meal you'll have free time to explore Helsinki on your own, do some shopping, or simply relax.

In the evening, we’ll savor dinner at Olo Restaurant, a Michelin-starred establishment renowned for its exquisite cuisine. The restaurant is just a short walk from our hotel.

Included

All Meals

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Porvoo

Day 3: Thursday, August 28th, 2025

After breakfast, our day begins with a scenic drive to the historic town of Porvoo. Upon arrival, we'll embark on a guided walking tour through the charming streets of Old Porvoo, known for its well-preserved wooden houses and cobblestone streets. We'll explore the town's rich history and unique architecture. After the tour, you'll have some time to peruse the local shops and boutiques, a perfect place to find unique souvenirs and gifts.

At lunchtime, we'll dine at restaurant Bistro Sinne, known for its delightful Finnish cuisine and cozy atmosphere.

As the day draws to a close, we’ll journey back to Helsinki with a stop at Ivana Helsinki's Showroom. Here, we'll immerse ourselves in the world of Ivana Helsinki, a renowned Finnish art, fashion, and cinema brand. Enjoy a private meeting with Ms. Pirjo Suhonen, co-founder of the brand. Sip on sparkling wine, savor fresh fruits, and enjoy decadent chocolates while learning about the inspiration behind Ivana Helsinki's unique blend of Slavic melancholy, Scandinavian moods, and American vintage flair.

After returning to Helsinki, you'll enjoy some relaxing time at our hotel. In the evening, we'll gather at the Martha Association Kitchen for a hands-on Finnish cooking class. The Martha Association is a Finnish non-profit organization dedicated to educating the public on matters of home economics. Together, we'll prepare and enjoy a three-course dinner as we learn about traditional Finnish cuisine and culture. After dinner, we'll return to the hotel for a restful overnight stay.

Included

All Meals

Cooking Class

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Tampere

Day 4: Friday, August 29th, 2025

After breakfast, we'll check out from our hotel and begin our journey towards Tampere, the biggest inland city in the Nordics.

Our first stop is Hauho village, where we will visit Iloranta Farm. Here, we'll be greeted by Mrs. Leena Haavisto, who is the heart of and soul of the farm. We'll participate in a hands-on bread-baking session, learning traditional methods used in Finnish countryside kitchens for generations. After our baking session, we'll savor a countryside lunch celebrating local flavors and traditions.

Following our delightful visit we’ll continue our journey to Tampere. Upon arrival, we will check into the Lapland Hotel Areena, a city retreat infused with Lappish charm. The hotel's cozy atmosphere offers a perfect balance of northern nature and modern comfort.

In the evening, we’ll gather for a special Ladies Dinner at the hotel's restaurant, Saivo. Here, we’ll indulge in a culinary journey inspired by Lapland's rich gastronomic heritage, all while enjoying the warmth and elegance of Saivo's ambiance. 

Included

All Meals

Bread Baking Lesson

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Tampere

Day 5: Saturday, August 30th, 2025

After enjoying a buffet breakfast featuring Lappish delicacies, we'll start our day with an inspiring meeting. We will meet up with Mrs. Heli Kurjanen, an extraordinary lady whose innovation has had a profound impact on women worldwide. In the intimate setting of the hotel's meeting room, Mrs. Kurjanen will share her incredible journey, from humble beginnings in a small Finnish town to addressing global decision-makers at the UN General Assembly. Her story of empowerment and resilience will surely inspire us all.

Next up is a visit to Tampere University of Applied Sciences, where we will learn about Finnish support services for families, including cutting-edge advancements in robotics in social and health services. An eye-opening experience to be sure. 

Next, we'll treat our taste buds at Pyynikki Doughnut Cafeteria, home to what many say are the finest doughnuts in Finland. Created from a secret recipe by Mrs. Eva Suoste in the 1980s, these delectable treats offer a taste of tradition atop the Pyynikki observation tower, which boasts panoramic views of Tampere's picturesque landscape.

Our journey continues with a visit to the iconic Marimekko shop in Tampere, where the legacy of Finnish design comes to life. We’ll discover the captivating story behind Marimekko, a pioneering fashion and lifestyle brand shaped by Armi Ratia's vision and adorned with timeless patterns crafted by Finnish female artists and designers. Here, we'll learn how Marimekko’s global success was boosted by Jacqueline Kennedy, the future first lady of the United States, who appeared in Marimekko’s dress on the cover of a famous magazine in 1960.

To cap off our day, we'll enjoy a dinner experience like no other at the Näsinneula Restaurant, perched atop the rotating observation tower at a breathtaking height of 124 meters. Here, we will savor exquisite cuisine against the backdrop of panoramic city views, offering a feast for the senses unlike any other.

Included

All meals

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Art Town Mänttä-Vilppula

Day 6: Sunday, August 31st, 2025

After breakfast, we’ll check out and take a scenic drive to the Hyytiälä Forestry Research Station, operated by the University of Helsinki. Established in 1910 as a practice area for forestry students, this station has been conducting continuous measurements of ecosystem-atmosphere interactions since 1995. We’ll take a guided walking tour through the forest, learning about the station's research on the forest's carbon balance and the formation of fine particles. Remember to bring weatherproof clothing and suitable footwear for our tour.

We’ll continue our journey to the tiny Art Town Mänttä-Vilppula. Upon arrival, we will be welcomed by a Serlachius guide who will introduce us to the rich history of this community, established by the legendary paper magnates, the Serlachiuses, over 150 years ago. We’ll begin our visit with a glass of sparkling wine in the Manor’s wine cellar, a part of the Serlachius family story specially selected by Henry Tikkanen, one of Finland’s top chefs.

For lunch, we’ll dine at Gösta Restaurant, set in a beautiful lakeside milieu. After lunch, we’ll take a guided art tour at the Manor, exploring the extensive Serlachius art collection, one of the most significant private collections in the Nordic countries.

Later, we'll experience a special private evening at the Art Sauna of Serlachius. This unique experience blends Finnish sauna culture with art, nature, and architecture. Recognized as the Travel Industry Innovation of the Year in Finland 2022, the Art Sauna promises an unforgettable journey. We will conclude our visit with a special barbecue dinner, savoring the full experience.

After an amazing day we will check in at the Koivulahden Rapukartano, where we'll stay for the next two nights.

Included

All meals

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Mänttä Mountain

Day 7: Monday, September 1st, 2025

We'll start the day with a buffet breakfast featuring local delicacies. Then we are off to the Serlachius Headquarters. Here, we'll step back to 1951 during the drama tour "Working for the Company", that depicts the job application process and daily life of working in the 1950’s Finnish paper industry.  

After the tour, we'll take a ride to Mänttä Mountain, a small hill. We'll enjoy refreshments and a light lunch at the Vuorenmaja ski cottage. Built in 1928, this former ski cottage is now a charming European wine tavern. We'll meet the entrepreneur and listen to her story, capturing the essence of Finnish hospitality.

Then, we'll return to the town for a local home visit and afternoon coffee, gaining insights into everyday life in this small town.

In the evening, we'll head to Karhunpesä, the private lakeside restaurant of Rapukartano, for a traditional Finnish evening and game dinner. Nestled by the lake, this exclusive venue will be reserved just for us, offering an intimate and memorable dining experience. After dinner, we'll return to our hotel for an overnight stay, enjoying the tranquility of the Finnish countryside.

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Iitalla Village - Helsinki

Day 8: Tuesday, September 2nd, 2025

We'll start our day with breakfast before departing towards Helsinki. On the way we will stop at littala Village, home to Finland's iconic glass brand. We'll enjoy a guided tour of the exhibition and glass factory, where we'll learn about the artistry and craftsmanship behind Finnish glassmaking. As a token of appreciation, each guest will receive a small Aalto vase, a beautiful piece of Finnish art glass.

Then it’s time to bid farewell to Finland and to the friendships we have made during this made week. If you need help, we can arrange your transfer to the airport, just let us know and our concierge will be more than happy to help! 

However, if you wish to continue the adventure, join us as we ferry over to Estonia for an exciting trip extension!

Included

Breakfast

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Tallinn

Day 1: Trip extension: Tuesday, September 3rd, 2025

Upon our arrival in Helsinki, we’ll transfer to the harbor and board the Silja Line fast ferry for a 2-hour journey to Tallinn, in Estonia. During our trip we will enjoy access to the business lounge with a selection of buffet items and drinks. 

Upon arrival in Tallinn we will be transferred to the Boutique Hotel Telegraaf. After checking in, unwind and enjoy a delightful dinner at the hotel's restaurant, Tchaikovsky.

Included

All Meals

Ferry

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Tallinn

Day 2: Trip extension: Wednesday, September 4th, 2025

After having breakfast at the hotel, we’ll embark on a private guided tour of Tallinn's old city, discovering its rich history and charm. 

The afternoon is yours to explore at your leisure. Check out the Estonian Museum of Applied Art and Design, look for some of the amazing street art, visit the Balti Jaama Market or the Estonian Open Air Museum. Or you may choose to simply relax back at the hotel. 

In the evening, we’ll dine at the medieval-themed Olde Hansa Restaurant, where you'll savor local meals. 

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Telliskivi district

Day 3: Trip extension: Thursday, September 5th, 2025

Enjoy a leisurely breakfast before heading out for a private tour of the trendy Telliskivi district. We’ll begin with lunch, featuring local soup and cake with coffee or tea.

Next, we’ll participate in a private meeting and leather workshop with designer Stella Soomlais

After the tour, we’ll return to the harbor for our return trip to Helsinki. The ferry ride back includes business lounge access with a buffet and drinks. We'll reach Helsinki in the late afternoon. For those planning their travel, please feel free to reach out to our team for assistance in coordinating your plans. 

Included

Breakfast

Ferry Ticket

You'll Be Staying Here

Boutique Hotel U14 in Helsinki

Boutique Hotel U14 in Helsinki

The Boutique Hotel U14 is a trendy boutique hotel offering a stylish and cozy atmosphere, located in the heart of Helsinki. Enjoy modern amenities and a welcoming ambiance close to key attractions.

Lapland Hotel Arena

Lapland Hotel Arena

The Lapland Hotels Arena combines sophistication with Lappish charm, providing a unique blend of comfort and northern hospitality. It is ideally situated for exploring the vibrant city of Tampere.

Koivulahden Rapukartano

Koivulahden Rapukartano

The Koivulahden Rapukartano in Art Town Mänttä is a charming boutique manor nestled in the serene countryside, offering a peaceful retreat with elegant accommodations. Ir prides a perfect blend of nature, art and luxury.

Hosts

Doni Belau

Doni Belau

Doni is the owner and founder of Girls' Guide to the World, and she only picks a few trips each year. She has traveled to 80 countries and counting. Her favorite thing about guiding tours is meeting the amazing women who join her. Exploring the breathtaking landscapes of Chile with her is a unique experience. 

 

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Price

Private room

Private room

Everyone gets their own fabulous room!

FROM$9,865

Shared room

Shared room

Share a room with a friend or family member!

FROM$9,165

Optional Trip Extensions

Estonia Trip Extension - Shared room

Estonia Trip Extension - Shared room

Join us on a three day, two-night trip extension to Tallinn

FROM$2,275.00/pp

Estonia Trip Extension - Private room

Estonia Trip Extension - Private room

Join us on a four day, three-night trip extension Tallinn

FROM$2,525.00/pp

Add Ons

Arrive one day early in Finland in shared room

Arrive one day early in Finland in shared room

Includes a shared room for one night at the Boutique Hotel U14

PRICE$115.00

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Dive into Finland’s Culture, Innovation, and Natural Beauty

From Helsinki’s Bustle to the Serene Countryside of Mänttä

Explore Helsinki's historic landmarks, savor traditional cuisine, and experience the innovative spirit of Tampere. Enjoy the serene landscapes of Porvoo and the artistic treasures of Mänttä. This journey offers a perfect blend of rich history, cultural immersion, and breathtaking scenery.

From Helsinki’s Bustle to the Serene Countryside of Mänttä

What's Included

What's Included

Accommodation at unique, 4-star or better hotels

Everything stated in itinerary above including all meals plus wine or beer with dinner (except where indicated)

Expert Guides and Trip Leaders

All activity entry fees

All in-country transport except where indicated

A small group experience

International airfare

Additional wine, beer, and/or spirits beyond what’s offered at meals

All personal souvenirs

Laundry services

Travel and medical insurance (required)

Optional experiences such as hot air balloon

FAQs

The trip officially starts in the afternoon of August 15th. If you don't want to rush or prefer to enjoy Helsinki for an extra day, we suggest flying in a day early. If you do decide to arrive early, you can book an extra night on our website, and we will take care of the booking arrangements for you.

Fly into the Helsinki Airport. The airport is about 30 minutes north of the city center and offers convenient access to the capital.

The average temperature across the country is 59°F (15°C), although it's likely to be warmer in the south and central areas. Although the weather will likely still be fine most of the time, you might encounter some rain, so make sure to bring a rain jacket. 

We will have a zoom call about 6 weeks before the trip starts to discuss all that information and give you a packing list. Here is a great website we love that will help you with packing and travel trips. 

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Nordic Queens: An Enchanting Escape to Finland

Finland· August 19 - 26 2025· 7 nights

FROM$9,865/pp