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Overseas Study Tour 2021 - Finland


NEW TOUR DATES - Sunday 29 August to Thursday 09 September 2021


 Vl Punkaharju Saimaa With Credit

Punkaharju Saimaa (credit - Visit Finland)


This tour was postponed due to COVID-19 and will now take place from Sunday 29 August to Thursday 09 September 2021.  Members who had booked the trip in 2020 will be given priority opportunity to re-book when ticket prices have been recalculated with 2021's rate later this year.  


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.

Sunday 29 August - arrive Helsinki and stay in the Hotel President. Welcome dinner.

Monday 30 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

Tuesday 31 August - guided tour and walk in the Päijänne National Park. Stay in Jyväskylä Hotel for four nights until Saturday morning

Wednesday 01 September - 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.

Thursday 02 September - visit Mhy keski-Suomi, Finland’s largest private forestry owner’s society.  Presentation and guided walk to learn about private forestry practice.

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

Saturday 04 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.

Sunday 05 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.

Monday 06 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.

Tuesday 07 September - guided tour of Mikkeli. Stay overnight in the Scandic Hotel Lathi, home of Sibelius.

Wednesday 08 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.

Thursday 09 September - flights home/onward travel.

An updated version of the itinerary with links to many of the venues we are visiting will be posted on this page soon.

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



Ticket prices for 2021 are currently being updated and will be released later in the year.  

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.

Six night option: In addition to the full tour, there is a limited number of tickets available for a short tour of six nights (Sunday 29 August to Friday 03 September, flying home on Saturday 04).  For this option, the cost of transfer back from Jyväskylä back to Helsinki will not be included in the initial ticket price.  This will be calculated in early 2021 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.



Members who had booked on the 2020 tour will be given booking priority.  Any unsold tickets will be released to the wider RFS membership in early 2021.  A non-refundable deposit of 40% will be taken at the time of the reservation. The balance is due by July 2021. At the time of reservation you should state whether you prefer a 6-night or 11-nght tour and single, double or twin room 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.