Mindfulness moment

Savojärvi lake

I was cooped up inside all day – trying to innovate, thinking how to develop, market and co-operate with other people. For 9 hours. Driving home, I got this crazy idea. This is one of the routes I use often. I enjoy watching beautiful scenery from car window and feel relaxed just by looking at it while driving by. But not today.

Kurjenrahka
Today I parked my car at Kurjenrahka national park and went for a walk. It was 7 degrees Celsius/44.6 Fahrenheit and I had summer clothes on me. I wasn’t prepared for this.

walkway Duckboard
Some pathways are easy to walk and there are clear signs where to go – you can’t get lost.

shoe path
Some pathways are less easy to walk, especially with summer shoes in October. I strongly recommend using a good footwear when going to nature. For me, it was easier to take shoes and stockings off and walk barefoot.

stocking
Before realizing how much easier it was to be barefoot, I went off-track to take some photos and immediately broke my stockings (that’s 6,95€ lost).

swamp
But I think it was worth it – and much more. Just look at this scenery! Swamp. Marsh. Bog.

Lake
There is also a lake, but we got lakes everywhere. It’s nothing special. Swamp, that’s where my soul rests.

Sunny swamp
What did I do:
walk about 1,6 km/1 mile
spent 45 minutes in nature
End up with:
20 photos
1 pair of broken stockings
1 pair of lungs filled with fresh air
1 brain relaxed and invigorated

 

Experienced and written by Karoliina.

PS. You can enjoy Finnish nature at any time of the year, contact us and we can arrange a tour for you.

 

Christmas themed walks in Turku

Come and join our Christmas themed walks in Turku during the holidays. Find out how Finns celebrate Christmas.

ChristmasWalk Extra  on Christmas Day and Boxing Day

We will start the walk with a brief tour of the  Turku Cathedral. Then we continue along the river and towards the modern centre.
You will hear stories about Turku, past and present, and about Finnish Christmas traditions.

Remember to dress according to weather. Warm clothing is a must!

On Christmas Day 25.12. at 3 pm

On Boxing Day 26.12.  at 3 pm

Start: Turku Cathedral steps (Turun tuomiokirkko)
Duration: approx 1.5 h

Tickets 15 e per person, from our webshop

(Tours in Finnish, check here / Suomenkielisistä kierroksista lisätietoja täältä)

 

Alvar Aalto in Turku

Alvar Aalto, Aino Marsio-Aalto and Erik Bryggman are behind the change from classical architecture to modern. Finland’s first modern buildings were built in Turku.

You will see three buildings Aaltos designed in Turku center – Southwestern Finland Agricultural Cooperative Building, Tapani building apartment house and Turun Sanomat newspaper building. You will also see some buildings from Erik Bryggman that were built at the same period as Aalto’s buildings.

Listen to stories about Aaltos time in Turku, how their designs change from classical style to modernism while they’re working on buildings in Turku. You will see some buildings in transition and some completely modern buildings, designs following all Le Corbusier’s five principles.

Duration: 1, 5 h

Price:  110 euro per group (1-25 persons)

Note: the tour is mostly outdoors, remember to dress according to weather!

It is possible to combine this tour with a visit to Paimio Sanatorium, and/or meal, overnight, other tours.

Please ask for more information!

Modern Chapels

Two modern chapels at the Turku Cemetery – from different decades. Also included are many stories concerning the cemetery itself.

Beautiful Resurrection Chapel by Erik Bryggman gave solace to people when it was finished during II world war in 1941. No photo can tell you how sunlight reflects from altar and surrounding forest connects to the interior.
Holy Cross Chapel is the most important work of Pekka Pitkänen. It has been stripped of everything non-essential to focus on the essential – to say goodbye to loved one and see them to ground. The concrete surface come to life in the most well thought details in this chapel from 1967. Tour also covers some of the cemetary around.

Erik Bryggman (7 February 1891, Turku – 21 December 1955, Turku) was a Finnish architect. He studied architecture at Helsinki University of Technology, completing his studies in 1916. He worked in Helsinki before starting his own office in Turku in 1923. In 1927 he started to collaborate with architect Alvar Aalto, and together they became pioneers in Finland in modernist architecture.

Duration: 1, 5 h

Price: 110 euro per group (1-25 persons)

Note: the tour is mostly outdoors, remember to dress according to weather!

It is possible to combine this tour with a visit to Paimio Sanatorium, and/or meal, overnight, other tours.

Please ask for more information!

Turku Region

Turku is the oldest town of Finland, with a nearly 800 year history to explore. The town was established by the River Aura, which is still the major attraction of the downtown Turku.

A walk by the river, what ever time of the year, will give you an idea of the town and it’s history and present. Culture, merchandise, ideas and people arrived to this part of world along the river and spread from here all over the country.

The region of Finland was governed from Turku for hundreds of years, until 1812, and this was the starting point  and cradle for many an institution, phenomena and invention.

Turku and the nearby councils have a lot to offer for the traveller.  Whether you are looking for history, culture, architecture, nature, culinary or any other kind of experiences, Turku Region has most of it.

Images of Turku