Trip reference number: 138159

Trip Operator: Best Served Scandinavia

Best Of Finnish Lakeland Self-Drive

From: £1460.00

Holiday overview

Begin your nine-day adventure in the World Design Capital of 2012, Helsinki. Absorb the hotchpotch of influences and styles in the varying architectural layout and experience the cosmopolitan side of the city, with bars and clubs contributing to its rising urban scene.

Venture to the beautiful Finnish Lake District, and make the most of Finland's long summer days, exploring the region known as the 'Land of a Thousand Lakes', and spend time cycling, swimming, fishing and canoeing, before retiring to historic lakeside manor houses and a private sauna at the Art & Design Villas on the shores of Lake Saimaa.

Holiday itinerary

Day 1: UK/Helsinki

Fly to the Finnish capital, Helsinki and check in to Hotel Haven, Finland's first member of the Small Luxury Hotels of the World group. Whilst in Helsinki, spend your time soaking up the variation of influences and styles left by Russia and Sweden in the architectural layout or experience the buzzing urban scene in the chic bars and vibrant clubs of cosmopolitan Helsinki.

Days 2-3: Rantasalmi

In the morning, collect your hire car and drive to the Järvisydän Holiday Resort on the shores of Lake Saimaa. After settling in to your accommodation, either a traditional cottage or hotel room next to the lake, engage in the popular activities Järvisydän is known for, including hiking, cycling, fishing, boat trips, snowshoeing, ice skating and snowmobiling, or if you are looking to relax, visit the Finnish Sauna World, complete with open-air hot tub.

Meals: Breakfast & lunch included

Days 4-5: Savonlinna

Travel to Savonlinna, occupying three islands in Lake Saimaa and set amid stunning scenery. Here, embark on a tour of the town's most famous site, 15th century Olavinlinna Castle, which now provides the setting for northern Europe’s most important opera festival, which runs throughout July. A scenic cruise on the lake is also included for guests travelling in high season (10 June to 20 August).

Meals: Breakfast & lunch included

Days 6-7: Anttola

Spend two nights at the intimate Art & Design Villas in Anttola, located approximately 25km from the centre of Mikkeli, perched on the shores of Lake Saimaa. Ecologically built from Finnish birch and natural stone, each room has its own sauna and promises peace and privacy, without losing the benefits of hotel service or urban necessities.

Whilst here, take to the water with rowing boats or swimming, relax on two large beaches and the spa, or take part in the numerous hiking and bike trails throughout the forest and along the lakeshore. We’ve also included a wine tasting tour at the nearby Ollinmäki Wine Farm, a pioneer in producing berry and fruit wines.

Meals: Breakfast included

Day 8: Helsinki

Return to Helsinki for one final night, enjoying its vibrant, cosmopolitan nightlife.

Meals: Breakfast included

Day 9: Depart Helsinki

After breakfast, head to the airport before boarding your flight back to the UK.

Meals: Breakfast included

Holiday pricing

  • Return international flights
  • 2 nights in Helsinki on a B&B basis
  • Car hire for 7 days
  • 6 nights in manor houses on a B&B basis
  • Wine tasting excursion
  • 2x lunches
  • Guided tour of Olavinlinna Castle
  • Sightseeing cruise (only available during high season  Jun - Aug)

Please note the order of accommodations in Lakeland can change according to availability. 

This trip has no fixed departures but restrictions may apply - check operator website

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