Our sightseeing tours of the Porkkala Parenthesis can be tailored to your exact wishes. Examples of the tours we organise can be found below. Quotations on request.

Aleksis Kivi's Siuntio - Sightseeing

Finland's national poet and writer Aleksis Kivi lived at Fanjunkars, a house in Siuntio owned by Charlotta Lönnqvist, from 1864-1871. She gave him both a home and a place with the peace he needed to work. Kivi had become familiar with Siuntio when he stayed with his brother in Purnus in 1857-58 and spent the majority of his most productive years as a writer at Fanjunkars. He wrote Seven Brothers, his most famous work, while living there, revising the book three times.
This sightseeing tour includes visits to the recently-renovated Fanjunkars and Sjundby Manor, where Charlotta Lönnqvist worked in the kitchens. After a guided tour of the manor, there's a tasty lunch "à la mademoiselle Lönnqvist" in the estate granary, now a restaurant.
Afternoon coffee, and "Aleksis Kivi" pulla - sweet Finnish bread made from top-quality wheat - will be waiting for you by the river at Purnus Manor. After coffee, a guided walk in the footsteps of Aleksis Kivi to the Flaggberget heights where Siuntio's inhabitants organised Whitsun and Midsummer bonfires and dances in which Aleksis Kivi participated. Along the way, more interesting recollections about this important figure in Finnish literary history.

Culinary tour of Kirkkonummi

We start our culinary journey at Hvitträsk with a tour of the National Romantic-style stone and log main building in the company of a local guide. Hvitträsk was built in 1901-1903 by the architects Herman Gesellius, Armas Lindgren and Eliel Saarinen. After the tour, a refined hors d'oeuvre awaits us in the Hvitträsk Restaurant.
Wohls Gård is located in the lush greenery close to Humaljärvi Lake. We hear about the rich history of the Gustav-style manor building which has served over the years as a private residence, municipal home and military hospital. Our main course, specially prepared by Bistro O mat, is served in Wohls Gård renovated interior.
Next comes Patakukko, which offers countryside feelings, traditions and tales. We pause to savour life's special moments. A delicious dessert in Patakukko's atmospheric restaurant is the crowning experience of our tour.

Porkkala Parenthesis - Sightseeing

It's now more than half a century since the Soviet Union withdrew from its naval base in Porkkala and the region was returned to Finnish rule. Now called the Porkkala Parenthesis, this period had not only a very direct effect on the districts of Kirkkonummi, Siuntio, Inkoo and even the City of Espoo, it was also a very significant event in Finnish history.

The sightseeing tour starts with an introduction to the main building at Majvik and morning coffee, followed by a visit to the Kolsarby cemetery and its Soviet-era graves. Next comes Sjundby Manor, established in the Middle Ages, and something unexpected... and after solving that there's an introduction to the building's fascinating history. Then a buffet lunch at the Siuntio Wellness and Conference Centre and a visit to the Igor Museum in Degerby where all the exhibits and displays focus on the Porkkala Parenthesis. On the way home, afternoon coffee at the Patakukko restaurant in the peace of the countryside near Kirkkonummi.

West Uusimaa Gardens

Visits to unique and historical locations in West Uusimaa where the gardens have been carefully restored and renovated. Rare trees and bushes - and garden art - in the park at Svartå Manor, then a tasty lunch in Linnankrouvi, the manor restaurant. Then to Inkoo and a visit to the beautiful park and gardens of Fagervik Manor. In Kirkkonummi, the new splendour of the Pokrova Monastery's enchanting gardens is the result of many years hard work. Afternoon coffee at Pokrova.

Porkkala for children

Plenty of delightful experiences for families with children can be found in Porkkala. At the Rehndahl Animal Farm in Kirkkonummi there's plenty of activity all year round - Falabellas gambolling and performing tricks, pigs rooting in the soil, goats making huge leaps from the rocks, cats, dogs, guinea pigs, chicks and everything full of life, rain or shine and regardless of the season. Not far away is the Maatilapuoti farm shop and its Fairytale Path, whose compelling tale combines local history and a good dose of imagination. Maatilapuoti's shelves are loaded with items from small local producers, farm produce and bakery goods. In the café, you're certain to find something tasty for everyone in the family. In Degerby near Inkoo, the Lomamäki Pet Park offers unique experiences with animals. Have you ever had a tiny bird perch on your finger? How does it feel to be close to a boa constrictor? The Pet Park concept is to highlight the diversity of animal species by offering visitors opportunities to interact with animals on an individual level.

The Porkkala Cultural Triathlon

Canoeing along the Siuntio River from the SE-Action Canoe Centre to Sjundby Manor, a distance of about five kilometres. Guided tour of the manor which was used as the Soviet headquarters during the Porkkala Parenthesis (1944-1956). Cycling to the Nybacka path which follows the border of the former military zone, a guided walking tour through the forest and a chance to hear how life was lived during this unique period in Finland's history. Return to Sjundby Manor by bicycle.

Discovering Kirkkonummi

Options include:

• Hvitträsk - the former home of the architect Eliel Saarinen is now a museum.

• Ragvalds - a museum of traditional farming from the 1800s to the 1950s with a permanent Porkkala Parenthesis exhibition.

• Saint Michael's Church – a stone church from the Middle Ages, one of Finland's oldest, used as an officers' club by Soviet military personnel during the Porkkala Parenthesis. Stained glass by Lennart Segerstråhle.

• Haapajärvi Church – a unique wooden church built in the early 1800s.

• Farm Shop – a popular establishment where the shelves are loaded with products from the farm's own bakery and other local producers - food, vegetables, handicraft and everyday items.

• Lunch in the Patakukko restaurant.

Discovering Inkoo

Options include:

• Gammelgården – an arts and crafts museum in which the exhibits are displayed in more than 20 buildings from different locations around the town.

• The Torp artillery museum - guns, weapons, vehicles, uniforms and an MI-8 transport helicopter.

• The Malmtorp Museum of Country Life - a furnished house built in 1877 and used as living quarters shows how life was more than a century ago.

• Fagervik Manor - a unique forge and smithy and buildings from the 1700s in beautiful natural surroundings.

• Saint Nicholas Church– a stone building from the Middle Ages whose oldest parts are from the 1200s, murals include the Dance of Death.

• Lunch in the Delta Café and an opportunity to shop in the Strand - one of Finland's largest wooden shopping centres.

Discovering Siuntio

Options include:

• The Krejansberget arts and crafts museum on a hill – the collection is housed in seven buildings and includes exhibitions about the Porkkala Parenthesis and Aleksis Kivi, and Mona Leo's theatre dolls.

• Fanjunkars – Charlotta Lönnqvist's rebuilt house in which Aleksis Kivi found both a home and the peace he needed to work.

• The Gårdskulla Farm Museum - about 150 exhibits including old but carefully-maintained tractors and many other items of farm machinery and equipment.

• Saint Peter's Church – built of stone with a separate wooden bell tower, there are murals in the main building.

• An enjoyable lunch in the Siuntio Wellness and Conference Resort.

Helene Schjerfbeck at Sjundby Manor

One of the main locations in works by the artist Helene Schjerfbeck (1862-1946) is Sjundby Manor in Siuntio, where she spent time with her cousins. She sketched the main building from different perspectives when she was in her early teens and returned to the subject later in life. Her cousins who lived in the manor were of similar age and featured as models in many of Helene's works. During our guided tour, we visit the artist's room and hear about the times she spent there.
This visit can be extended to include a trip to Tammisaari, a town which the artist visited on a number of occasions before moving there permanently in 1925. In total, she spent about 17 years of her life there.

Island Journey

A trip through the islands of the Inkoo archipelago in a water taxi. We visit the island of Bågaskär where the Finnish Lifeboat Institution established an operations and training centre in 2009. Trainees are able to use the latest equipment in tackling the many challenges posed by this marine environment. Beautiful island scenery and a tasty lunch at the Jakobshamn summer restaurant.

Hiking from Siuntio to Inkoo

Guided hiking through a seaside landscape. We set out from Störsvik in Siuntio, stop for coffee on the way and end up at Kopparnäs in Inkoo. The shoreline and seaside scenery are marvellous - plants, animals and the sounds of nature. A delicious buffet meal will be waiting for you in Kestikievari at Kopparnäs.

Winter in Porkkala

Spend a refreshing winter day outside in Porkkala. On lake or sea ice (when possible) we go fishing, ice-skating, snow-shoe-walking, and create snow sculptures. Tasty snacks and food are provided to keep you going. After all that time outside, the day ends with a hot sauna and a delightful evening meal.

 

Aleksis Kivi’s Siuntio - Sightseeing

Finland’s national poet and writer Aleksis Kivi lived at Fanjunkars, a house in Siuntio owned by Charlotta Lönnqvist, from 1864-1871. She gave him both a home and a place with the peace he needed to work. Kivi had become familiar with Siuntio when he stayed with his brother in Purnus in 1857-58 and spent the majority of his most productive years as a writer at Fanjunkars. He wrote Seven Brothers, his most famous work, while living there, revising the book three times.

This sightseeing tour includes visits to the recently-renovated Fanjunkars and Sjundby Manor, where Charlotta Lönnqvist worked in the kitchens. After a guided tour of the manor, there’s a tasty lunch “à la mademoiselle Lönnqvist” in the estate granary, now a restaurant.

Afternoon coffee, and “Aleksis Kivi” pulla - sweet Finnish bread made from top-quality wheat - will be waiting for you by the river at Purnus Manor. After coffee, a guided walk in the footsteps of Aleksis Kivi to the Flaggberget heights where Siuntio’s inhabitants organised Whitsun and Midsummer bonfires and dances in which Aleksis Kivi participated. Along the way, more interesting recollections about this important figure in Finnish literary history.

 

Culinary & Shopping tour of the West Uusimaa Countryside –

marvellous farms, delicious local food, tempting produce and fascinating history

We start at the Patakukko restaurant in the idyllic countryside near Kirkkonummi. Both garden crops and perennials can be purchased from the Kallen Kukkatarha garden centre in the same location. Next comes a selection of delicious starters in the Patakukko restaurant. At Westerby Gård in Inkoo, we enjoy a tasty main dish in a country setting, and the shop on the same site offers products for interior decoration and gardening.

We continue to Mangs Farm and the Butiken på Mangs shop, full of local produce such as jams, juices, jelly, fresh berries, apples and plenty more, and then round off lunch with a delectable dessert. Onwards to Siuntio and the Gårdskulla farm museum which has exhibitions about life in the countryside and how it has developed over the last hundred years. After the museum tour, afternoon coffee in the stable coffee bar. Local souvenirs are available from the shop.

 

Porkkala Parenthesis - Sightseeing

It’s now more than half a century since the Soviet Union withdrew from its naval base in Porkkala and the region was returned to Finnish rule. Now called the Porkkala Parenthesis, this period had not only a very direct effect on the districts of Kirkkonummi, Siuntio, Inkoo and even the City of Espoo, it was also a very significant event in Finnish history.

The sightseeing tour starts with an introduction to the main building at Majvik and morning coffee, followed by a visit to the Kolsarby cemetery and its Soviet-era graves. Next comes Sjundby Manor, established in the Middle Ages, and something unexpected… and after solving that there’s an introduction to the building’s fascinating history. Then a buffet lunch at the Siuntio Wellness and Conference Centre and a visit to the Igor Museum in Degerby where all the exhibits and displays focus on the Porkkala Parenthesis. On the way home, afternoon coffee at the Patakukko restaurant in the peace of the countryside near Kirkkonummi.

 

Porkkala Cruise

Take a Royal Line cruise from Helsinki Market Square to Porkkala - you’ll be in good company!

Travelling along a route lined by beautiful gardens and marvellous summer residences accompanied by intriguing stories of steamships, prohibition, smuggling and the Porkkala Parenthesis. Enjoy a delicious lunch on board and, occasionally, untouched nature.

Back on dry land at Porkkala, travel to the Farm Shop in Eestinkylä by bus. Enjoy the bread and other delicacies made from the farm’s own grain. There’s a plentiful selection of local products on offer such as preserves, juices, vegetables, potatoes and sausage, as well as beautiful ceramics and woollen items. Next comes Siuntio and Sjundby Manor. Built in the 1500s, it’s a building whose history includes being a home to many generations of noble families. With the exception of the Porkkala Parenthesis, the Adlercreutz family, its current occupants, have been there for the last three centuries. After major renovation work, the manor is once again a private residence. From Sjundby, return to Helsinki by bus.

 

 

 

West Uusimaa Gardens

Visits to unique and historical locations in West Uusimaa where the gardens have been carefully restored and renovated. Rare trees and bushes - and garden art - in the park at Svartå Manor, then a tasty lunch in Linnankrouvi, the manor restaurant. Then to Inkoo and a visit to the beautiful park and gardens of Fagervik Manor. In Kirkkonummi, the new splendour of the Pokrova Monastery’s enchanting gardens is the result of many years hard work. Afternoon coffee at Pokrova.

 

Porkkala for Children

Our Porkkala journey for children and families with children starts with a visit to the Rehndahl Animal Farm and its friendly and curious inhabitants. One of the farm’s specialities is its Falabella miniature horses. Next on the agenda is an exciting adventure in the cellar of old Sjundby Manor…

 

The Porkkala Cultural Triathlon

Canoeing along the Siuntio River from the SE-Action Canoe Centre to Sjundby Manor, a distance of about five kilometres. Guided tour of the manor which was used as the Soviet headquarters during the Porkkala Parenthesis (1944-1956). Cycling to the Nybacka path which follows the border of the former military zone, a guided walking tour through the forest and a chance to hear how life was lived during this unique period in Finland’s history. Return to Sjundby Manor by bicycle.

 

Discovering Kirkkonummi

Options include:

·          Hvitträsk - the former home of the architect Eliel Saarinen is now a museum.

·          Ragvalds - a museum of traditional farming from the 1800s to the 1950s with a permanent Porkkala Parenthesis exhibition.

·          Saint Michael’s Church – a stone church from the Middle Ages, one of Finland’s oldest, used as an officers’ club by Soviet military personnel during the Porkkala Parenthesis. Stained glass by Lennart Segerstråhle.

·          Haapajärvi Church – a unique wooden church built in the early 1800s.

·          Farm Shop – a popular establishment where the shelves are loaded with products from the farm’s own bakery and other local producers - food, vegetables, handicraft and everyday items.

·          Lunch in the Patakukko restaurant.

 

Discovering Inkoo

Options include:

·          Gammelgården – an arts and crafts museum in which the exhibits are displayed in more than 20 buildings from different locations around the town.

·          The Torp artillery museum - guns, weapons, vehicles, uniforms and an MI-8 transport helicopter.

·          The Malmtorp Museum of Country Life - a furnished house built in 1877 and used as living quarters shows how life was more than a century ago.

·          Fagervik Manor - a unique forge and smithy and buildings from the 1700s in beautiful natural surroundings.

·          Saint Nicholas Church– a stone building from the Middle Ages whose oldest parts are from the 1200s, murals include the Dance of Death.

·          Lunch in the Delta Café and an opportunity to shop in the Strand - one of Finland‘s largest wooden shopping centres.

 

Discovering Siuntio

Options include:

·          The Krejansberget arts and crafts museum on a hill – the collection is housed in seven buildings and includes exhibitions about the Porkkala Parenthesis and Aleksis Kivi, and Mona Leo’s theatre dolls.

·          Fanjunkars – Charlotta Lönnqvist’s rebuilt house in which Aleksis Kivi found both a home and the peace he needed to work.

·          The Gårdskulla Farm Museum - about 150 exhibits including old but carefully-maintained tractors and many other items of farm machinery and equipment.

·          Saint Peter’s Church – built of stone with a separate wooden bell tower, there are murals in the main building.

·          An enjoyable lunch in the Siuntio Wellness and Conference Resort.

 

Degerby and the spirit of Leena Lehtolainen

Welcome to the village of Degerby, now home to Leena Lehtolainen, Finland’s best-known writer of detective novels. Kisu Jernström welcomes us to the unique and delightful Degerby Deli. At Kestikievari in Kopparnäs we enjoy a hearty buffet lunch and you can take a glass (or two) of red wine. At the Lomamäen Pet Park (summer months) we meet Fernando the mule, parrots, pigs, reptiles and other animals. One of the characters we encounter at the Degerby Igor Museum is Tamara, born in the Ukraine at the time when the whole of the Porkkala region was a Soviet Union naval base. We also visit the Red Army bunker from which roads leading to the area controlled by the Soviet Union were guarded night and day.

 

Helene Schjerfbeck at Sjundby Manor

One of the main locations in works by the artist Helene Schjerfbeck (1862-1946) is Sjundby Manor in Siuntio, where she spent time with her cousins. She sketched the main building from different perspectives when she was in her early teens and returned to the subject later in life. Her cousins who lived in the manor were of similar age and featured as models in many of Helene’s works. During our guided tour, we visit the artist’s room and hear about the times she spent there.

This visit can be extended to include a trip to Tammisaari, a town which the artist visited on a number of occasions before moving there permanently in 1925. In total, she spent about 17 years of her life there.

 

Island Journey

A trip through the islands of the Inkoo archipelago in a water taxi. We visit the island of Bågaskär where the Finnish Lifeboat Institution established an operations and training centre in 2009. Trainees are able to use the latest equipment in tackling the many challenges posed by this marine environment. Beautiful island scenery and a tasty lunch at the Jakobshamn summer restaurant.

 

Hiking from Siuntio to Inkoo

Guided hiking through a seaside landscape. We set out from Störsvik in Siuntio, stop for coffee on the way and end up at Kopparnäs in Inkoo. The shoreline and seaside scenery are marvellous - plants, animals and the sounds of nature. A delicious buffet meal will be waiting for you in Kestikievari at Kopparnäs.

 

Winter in Porkkala

Spend a refreshing winter day outside in Porkkala. On lake or sea ice (when possible) we go fishing, ice-skating, snow-shoe-walking, and create snow sculptures. Tasty snacks and food are provided to keep you going. After all that time outside, the day ends with a hot sauna and a delightful evening meal.