Finland  

A Lion Rampant : Expedition to Finland

Flexible
+7

Evan is looking for 7 TripMates

Cost per TripMate

€1,207.5

In this long weekend trip, we will be exploring landmarks and locations relating to 3 centuries of foreign intervention in Finland : from the Great Northern War in the 1700’s, to the Cold War in the 1950’s and up to this day. A narrative of epic proportions, and it’s all about Finland : a country synonymous with peace, but whose unfortunate location at the northern border between East and West has seen it turn it into a battlefront of empires for the last 3 centuries. Swedish, Russians, Germans, and Soviets have trodden this land, sometimes as allies, often as enemies. And yet through blood and toil, through civil war and conflict, Finland emerged independent and free. This is an explosive, poignant and less known story that deserves to be told. It is a legendary tale of terrible odds and improbable hardships, of folkish innovation and unwavering spirit. Its result has defined modern Finland, the country we will get to know up, close and personal during this trip. We will be residing mainly in traditional style accommodations, with an effort to maintain an authentic or historic feel at all times ! The tour includes 4 nights accommodation. If you won’t be in Helsinki already, you’d have to book the previous night directly, and I could help you make arrangements. We will sometimes take lunch on the go – the Finnish staple of dried Silka fish, Karelian pies, smoked salmon and rye bread. We will also stop at traditional or historic locations, such as the Four Winds Cafe, once owned by Marshall Mannerheim – the legendary Finnish military leader and statesman himself. There will be a choice of local restaurants we will use for dining. The tour includes a memorable buffet meal on the top of Haukilahti Water Tower. The price includes : - 4 nights accommodation - All meals - breakfast, lunch and dinner - All entrance tickets and fees - Transport/Petrol/Road Toll What's not included : - Flights - Airport Transfers - Personal expenses such as additional services, shopping, gifts or souvenirs - The pre-trip overnight. An additional night(s) accommodation can be arranged near the meeting point Please note : Although the trip is available all year around, access to certain locations is depending on seasonality.

Uncover itinerary
Join the community to see the full itinerary

TripLeader

Evan
Verified

45 years old

I am an urban storyteller : a fan of brutalist and mid-century architecture, a knowledgeable WW2 and Victorian era enthusiast, and I like engaging with abandoned spaces and forgotten history. I am the founder of www.explorabilia.co.uk, a travel company that helps people discover the most astonishing, off beat spaces hidden in plain sight around us ! I have a personal familiarity and affinity with all the locations, landmarks, and histories in my tours. I am currently living in London, where I successfully host unique architecture and urban history walks. I welcome you to read my consistent 5* reviews on Airbnb. and Tripadvisor. My tour leader fee isn't just about making travel arrangements. It includes the delivery of well researched historic narratives and unique access to astonishing secret locations that are not open to the public. I'll also be your driver during our trips.

Profile description: I am an urban storyteller : a fan of brutalist and mid-century architecture, a knowledgeable WW2 and Victorian era enthusiast, and I like engaging with abandoned spaces and forgotten history. I am the founder of www.explorabilia.co.uk, a travel company that helps people discover the most astonishing, off beat spaces hidden in plain sight around us ! I have a personal familiarity and affinity with all the locations, landmarks, and histories in my tours. I am currently living in London, where I successfully host unique architecture and urban history walks. I welcome you to read my consistent 5* reviews on Airbnb. and Tripadvisor. My tour leader fee isn't just about making travel arrangements. It includes the delivery of well researched historic narratives and unique access to astonishing secret locations that are not open to the public. I'll also be your driver during our trips.

What is included

Accommodation
Hotel & Bed & Breakfast
4 days trip
Helsinki, Hanko & 2 more
Transportation
Other
+7

Evan is looking for 7 TripMates