August 29, 2022 - September 9, 2022

Overseas Study Tour to Finland

The tour has been postponed to 29 August to 09 September 2022 due to COVID-19. We look forward to announcing further details in early 2022.

Punkaharju Saimaa (credit - Visit Finland)

Booking for this event will open in early 2022

The RFS Overseas Study Tour to Finland is scheduled for Monday 29 August to Friday 09 September 2022.  In addition to the eleven night tour, there is a limited number of tickets available for a short tour of six nights.

Ticket prices will be confirmed and put on sale in early 2022.  Previous bookers on the 2020/21 tour who have left their deposit with the RFS have guaranteed places on the tour.  At the time of reservation, new bookers should specify tour duration (6 or 11 nights) and room type (single, double, twin).

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.

Day 1– arrive Helsinki and stay in the Hotel President. Welcome dinner in the evening (approx 7.00pm).

Day 2 – 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

Day 3 – guided tour and walk in the Päijänne National Park. Stay in Jyväskylä Hotel for four nights until Saturday morning

Day 4 – 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.

Day 5– 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.

Day 6 – 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 04 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.

Day 7 – 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.

Day 8  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.

Day 9 – 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.

Day 10 – guided tour of Mikkeli. Stay overnight in the Scandic Hotel Lathi, home of Sibelius.

Day 11 – guided tour of Mustila Arboretum 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.

Day 12 – 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).

    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 2022 and guests will be informed of the cost, which will be added to the final balancing payment.

    Eligibility

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

    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 events@rfs.org.uk or call RFS HQ on (01295) 678588.