Travel Tour: Modern Finland 2022




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Helsinki - Tampere - Jyväskylä -Turku

July 15, 2022 - July 24, 2021


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Docomomo US Modern Finland is one in a series of exclusive modern architecture, art and design travel experiences. This ten-day, nine-night trip features the work of Eliel Saarinen, Reima Pietilä, Erik Bryggman, and Alvar Aalto among others.

Modern Finland explores the rich history and development of architecture and design during a century of great social, political and artistic experimentation. Travelers will experience the work of the father of Finnish Modernism, Alvar Aalto and explore the geographic connection to his architecture and thinking. Stops on the tour include the Paimio Sanatorium, Villa Mairea, the Erik Bryggman designed Resurrection chapel, Säynätsalo Town Hall, the Arabia and Iittala factories, Finlandia Hall among many others. This is a unique travel opportunity in a small group setting featuring access to modern homes and buildings considered off the beaten path or not ordinarily open to the public. 

Modern Finland will be led by Eeva-Liisa Pelkonen. Eeva-Liisa Pelkonen, Associate Professor at Yale School of Architecture, where she teaches design, history and theory. Special guides will participate throughout the Modern Finland travel tour. 

View the Modern Finland brochure or register through Friendly Planet.


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Day 0 Thursday, July 14

  • Recommended guests leave for an overnight flight to Helsinki

Day 1 Friday, July 15 Arrival in Helsinki

  • Guests will enjoy lunch at the Sokos Hotel originally designed for the 1952 Olympics. Afternoon visits include the House of Culture, National Pensions Institute and conclude by visiting the iconic Arabia fcatory.
  • Accommodations: Original Sokos Hotel Vaakuna; Lunch included.

Day 2 Saturday, July 16 Helsinki

  • On our first full day, guests will set off for the Rautatalo Office Building, Stockmann Department Store and the Artek Flagship Store. After lunch at the Sea Horse restaurant, the group will enjoy a private archives tour at the Museum of Finnish Architecture and conclude with an afternoon visit to the Aalto House and Studio. Our welcome dinner will take place at the Savoy Restaurant.
  • Accommodations: Original Sokos Hotel Vaakuna; Breakfast, lunch and dinner included.

Day 3 Sunday, July 17 Otaniemi 

  • Today guests will explore the western suburbs of Helsinki and visit the many sites at Aalto University and in the city of Espoo. Lunch in the afternoon at the Emma Museum and afternoon visits include the Suvikumpu housing and the Tarvaspää Gallen-Kallela museum. Tonight the group will enjoy a Finnish sauna and dinner at Hvittrask.
  • Accommodations: Original Sokos Hotel Vaakuna; Breakfast, lunch and dinner included.

Day 4 Monday, July 18 Tampere

  • This morning the group will visit Finlandia Hall before heading out of Helsinki for Tampere. On the way guests will visit Hyvinkää Church, the Iittala glass factory and enjoy lunch in the Aulanko Hotel. In Tampere, the group will see the Tampere Cathedral, the Kaleva Church and the Main Public Library among other sites. Dinner will take place 400’ above ground in the Seattle Space Needle inspired Näsinneula needle.
  • Accommodations: Radisson Blu Tampere; Breakfast, lunch and dinner included.

Day 5 Tuesday, July 19 Jyvaskyla

  • Before heading off to Jyvaskyla, guests will visit the Vatiala Funerary Chapel and make their way to the Alvar Aalto Museum. After lunch at Café Alvar, the group will make their way to Jyvaskyla to visit the many university buildings designed by Alvar Aalto in addition to Jyväskylä Workers’ Club and the Kuokkala Church.
  • Accommodations: Hotel Verso; Breakfast and lunch included.

Day 6 Wednesday, July 20 Jyvaskyla to Kauttua

  • With another full day in store, guests will visit the Säynätsalo Town Hall, the Muuratsalo Experimental House and the Church of Muurame. A stop to the UNESCO world heritage Petajavesi Church will round out the day before a long drive to Kauttua.
  • Accommodations: Ahlströmin Ruukki Noormarkku; Breakfast, lunch and dinner included.

Day 7 Thursday, July 21 Noormarkku, Rauma to Turku

  • The group will make their way this morning to Villa Mairea and the head south to the UNESCO designated Old Rauma. In Turku, guests will visit the Turun Sanomat, the Abo Akademi Booktower and the Sibelius Museum
  • Accommodations: Hotel Plaza Turku; Breakfast and lunch included.

Day 8 Friday, July 22 Turku, Fiskars to Helsinki

  • In the morning, guests will visit the Chapel of the Holy Cross and Resurrection Chapel and then make their way to the Paimio Sanatorium. After a picnic lunch, the group will visit the recently opened Villa Skeppet and on to Fiskars for shopping and dinner.
  • Accommodations: Hotel Saint George; Breakfast, lunch and dinner included.

Day 9 Saturday, July 23 Helsinki

  • On our final day in Helsinki, guests will have the opportunity to visit contemporary art and architecture in Helsinki. Guided visits in the morning include Kunsthalle, Temppeliaukio Church and Porthania. Lunch and shopping on the afternoon is on your own. Our goodbye dinner is at the Palace Hotel.
  • Accommodations: Hotel Saint George; Breakfast and dinner included.

Day 10 Sunday, July 24 Helsinki

  • Guests will say “Hyvästi” to Helsinki.
  • Breakfast included.


Program rate: $5995.00 per person, double occupancy
Single Supplement: $1059 (limited availability)

Rate includes

  • Nine (9) nights’ accommodations in first class hotels
  • Twenty (23) meals: 9 breakfasts, 8 lunches and 6 dinners
  • Porterage (1 piece per person at hotels and locations where available)
  • Comprehensive educational land program as detailed
  • Professional, English-speaking Tour Director for entire tour duration
  • Tips for drivers, guides, and director
  • 48 AIA Continuing Education Credits will be available.
  • Optional (recommended) comprehensive travel insurance

Rate does not include

  • International airfare from the United States or elsewhere
  • Ground transportation from airport
  • Passports (required and must be valid for at least 6 months after date of return)
  • Items of Personal Nature
  • Drinks and meals other than those specifically included 

Passenger Deposits

Passenger deposits are $500.00 per person. Passenger deposits are non-refundable, and cancellation and interruption coverage is strongly recommended in order to protect passengers against cancellation fees. Registration: 

Deadline for deposits is March 17, 2022.