August 30, 2021, 9:00 am - September 10, 2021

Overseas Study Tour 2021 – Finland

We’re delighted to announce new dates for the Finland tour of Monday 30 August to Friday 10 September 2021.

Finland, Finland

Punkaharju Saimaa (credit - Visit Finland)

Booking for this event will open later in the year.


Members who had booked on the 2020 tour will be given booking priority.  Any unsold tickets will be released to the wider RFS membership at noon on Monday 11 January 2021.  A deposit representing approximately 20% of the total ticket price will be taken at the time of the reservation (figures provided above). The balance is due in June 2021. At the time of reservation you should state whether you require the 6-night or 11-nght tour and whether you require single, double or twin room occupancy.

COVID-19 – we will monitor the situation and Government guidelines very closely.  Refunds will be issued in the event that the tour cannot go ahead.  We strongly recommend that guests contact travel insurers and flight operators to check terms and conditions relating to COVID-19 very carefully, as polciies will vary.

We reserve the right to change the routing and duration of all excursions if necessary, according to the prevailing weather conditions or if deemed advisable for the sake of safety and the comfort of the participants. We reserve the right to amend the price due to changes in exchange rates or other circumstances beyond our control.

If you have any queries please email or call RFS HQ on (01295) 678588.


The RFS Overseas Study Tour to Finland is scheduled for Monday 30 August to Friday 10 September 2021.  In addition to the 11 night tour, there is a limited number of tickets available for a short tour of six nights (Monday 30 August to Sunday 05 September). 

Tour itinerary

An 11-night trip to Europe’s most forested country to learn about all aspects of Finnish forestry from research, silvicultural practices, processing, manufacturing and forest culture. We will meet leading authorities from different parts of the forestry sector. The tour includes a limited number of places for the first 6 nights which will have a more intensive forestry education focus. The second part of the tour incorporates more sight-seeing and cultural opportunities.

Monday 30 August – arrive Helsinki and stay in the Hotel President. Welcome dinner in the evening (approx 7.00pm).

Tuesday 31 August – morning: guided tour of the Tree Breeding Station at Haapastensyrjä run by the Natural Resources Institute of Finland. Afternoon: guided tour of the Aulanko Nature Reserve, Hämeenlinna. Overnight stay in Aulanko Hotel

Wednesday 01 September – guided tour and walk in the Päijänne National Park. Stay in Jyväskylä Hotel for four nights until Saturday morning

Thursday 02 September – visit Mhy Päijänne, one of Finland’s largest private forestry owner’s societies.  Presentation and guided walk to learn about private forestry and Finnish silvicultural practices.

Friday 03 September – morning – Metsä Board’s Äänekoski Board Mill which produces fully coated bleached paperboard for packaging and graphical end uses.  Afternoon: Visit to one of Finland’s largest log cabin manufacturers.

Saturday 04 September –  Short stay delegates return to Helsinki by minibus to spend the last day/evening at leisure in Helsinki, spending the night at the Hotel President, ready to get flights home on Sunday 05 September.  11 night delegates visit an organisation responsible for planning and supervising the building of timber houses in Jyväskylä.  Afternoon – free time in the city of Jyväskylä.

Sunday 05 September  The tour continues to Savonnlina where we arrive in the afternoon to stay at Hotel Seurahuone for three nights. Guided tour of the Olavinlinna castle and an outdoor concert for the group.

Monday 06 September  Kerimäki, a village surrounded by lake Saimaa. Private forestry guided tour with the owner followed by a visit to Kerimaki church, said to be the largest timber church in the world.

Tuesday 07 September – the beautiful area of the Punkaharju. Visit the national forest museum at Lusto which focuses on Finnish forest culture followed by a visit to the Natural Resources Institute of Finland. Afternoon cruise on lake Savonlinna.

Wednesday 08 September – guided tour of Mikkeli. Stay overnight in the Scandic Hotel Lathi, home of Sibelius.

Thursday 09 September – guided tour of Mustila Arboretum (see Matt Parratt blog) followed by guided tour of the historic town of Porvoo, one of the most photographed landscapes in Finland. Return to Helsinki. Overnight in President Hotel.

Friday 10 September – flights home/onward travel.

This itinerary has been created by Chloe Darling (RFS member) with help from Matt Parratt (Forest Research) and Kon-Tiki tours (Finland).


  • Included – breakfast and lunch every day, a welcome dinner on the first night. tour booklet, tour guides and entrance fees.
  • Excluded – flights and transfers to/from the airport.  Evening meals (apart from welcome dinner).

11 night option:

  • Single room occupancy – £2,467.00 per person.  Deposit £475.00.
  • Double or twin room occupancy – £1,755.00 per person.  Deposit £350.00 per person.

Six night option:

  • Single room occupancy – £1,458.00 per person.  Deposit £300.00.
  • Double or twin room occupancy – £955.00 per person.  Deposit £200.00 per person.

Please note – for the six night option, the cost of train or coach transfer from Jyväskylä back to Helsinki is not included in the initial ticket price as prices are not available at time of writing.  This will be calculated in Spring 2021 and guests will be informed of the cost, which will be added to the final balancing payment in June.


All delegates including partners must be RFS members at the time of application.