We begin with some of the graceful buildings in Helsinki that were designed by Finnish architects. The city itself has an open and spacious feel and is easy to understand. Departing from the harbor, we will pass the Uspenski Orthodox Cathedral and the colorful Open Market. We'll join the coastal road at this point and head into the countryside. The backdrop of wooded forests, majestic rocks, and clear running water served as inspiration for many.
Upon arrival in Hvittrask, we'll visit the historic village that was home to the famous architects who built it--Herman Gesellius, Armas Lindgren, and Eliel Saarinen. The main building, designed in National Romantic style and built of logs and natural stone, was both a common studio and a home for Armas Lindgren and Eliel Saarinen. Herman Gesellius lived in the courtyard building. The Saarinen home is a museum today, and the courtyard building has a restaurant and a café.
We'll take you on a tour of Saarinen's magnificent home, where we'll see a permanent exhibition of Finnish art and handicrafts. It's easy to see the attraction of this area to architects as you relax in the peace and tranquililty while wandering the grounds.
Your last stop is Tarvaspaa, the former home and studio of the famous Finnish national painter, Akseli Gallen-Kallela. Now located inside a lovely park at the edge of the sea, this home was built around 1912 and designed by the artist himself. Inside the home you can learn about Akseli's life and work through storyboards. Other exhibits by several local artists also tell of the lifestyle in the villages during this time period.
There will be a coffee break served at Tarvaspää before your return to Helsinki, where the tour ends with a panoramic ride around the city.
Departures: 09:00 AM,
Meeting instructions: Specific pick up or taxi instructions will appear on your voucher after you purchase your trip.
Special instructions: - Dress comfortably and wear your favorite walking shoes.
- Tour includes a coffee break with coffee or tea and a Finnish bun.
- Admission to Hvitträsk is 11€ pp; admission to Tarvaspää is 11€ pp. Local docent guide for Hvitträsk is 55€ for the group.