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Overseas Study Tour 2020 - Finland

Sun 30 August to Thurs 10 Sept 2020

**Tour postponed until 2021 -

new dates to be confirmed as soon as possible**

 Vl Punkaharju Saimaa With Credit

Punkaharju Saimaa (credit - Visit Finland)

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.

Sun 30 August - arrive Helsinki and stay in the Hotel President. Welcome dinner.

Mon 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

Tues 1 Sept - guided tour and walk in the Päijänne National Park. Stay in Jyväskylä Hotel for four nights until Saturday morning

Wed 2 Sept - morning: plywood factory and forests on lake Päijänne to learn about Finnish silvicultural practices.  Afternoon: visit to the organization responsible for planning and supervising the building of timber houses in Jyväskylä.

Thurs 3 Sept - visit Mhy keski-Suomi, Finland’s largest private forestry owner’s society.  Presentation and guided walk to learn about private forestry practice.

Fri 4 Sept - 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.  Early evening - short stay delegates return to Helsinki for flights home/onward travel on Saturday.

Sat 5 Sept - 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.

Sun 6 Sept - 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.

Mon 7 Sept - 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.

Tues 8 Sept - guided tour of Mikkeli. Stay overnight in the Scandic Hotel Lathi, home of Sibelius.

Wed 9 Sept - 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.

Thurs 10 Sept - flights home/onward travel.

An expanded version of this itinerary with links to many of the places we are visiting can be found in the top right hand corner of the page, under "Resources".

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


All ticket prices include breakfast, lunch and welcome dinner.  Tour booklet, tour guides and entrance fees are also included.  Flights and transfers to/from the airport excluded.  Dinner not included except on the first night.

Eleven night option: £1,615 per person for 11 nights double occupancy.  Single occupancy supplement: £675

Six night option: There are a limited number of tickets available for a short tour of six nights (Sunday to Friday). Price £876 per person double occupancy.  Single occupancy supplement: £477.  For the short tour option, the cost of transfer back from Jyväskylä back to Helsinki is not yet included as rates are not available at time of writing.  This will be calculated in early 2020 and guests will be informed of the cost, which will be added to the final balancing payment.


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

How to apply to reserve a place

We will start to take reservations on 22 January 2020 from 12 midday. Places will be allocated on a first come basis. A non-refundable deposit of 40% will be taken at the time of the reservation. The balance is due by 1 July. At the time of reservation you should state whether you prefer a 6-night or 11-nght tour and single or double occupancy.

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.


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