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Helsinki, Finland
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Matka 2024 Pre and Post Tours

Matka 2024 Travel Fair and Matka 2024 Workshop Day are organized by the Finnish Fair Corporation.
Toolbox Travel produces hosted pre and post tours on behalf of Matka. Tour programmes will be added to this page as soon as itineraries have been confirmed.

To be able to apply to a hosted pre or post tour, you have to be a registered and validated Buyer. Please note, that only these tours are hosted. Otherwise, travel costs and stay in Helsinki are on your own expense. Special rates for buyers from exhibiting hotels are visible on your personal home page after your profile has been validated. For any questions concerning the tours, or to apply for a tour, please contact: Kari Halonen or Mikael Hasegawa. Alternatively, you can fill in the application here: Apply to Matka 2024 pre or post tour Please note, that changes are possible in tour programmes. 

For any other questions on Matka Workshop Day or Matka Travel Fair participation or practicalities, please contact: Maaret Manninen

If you arrive from outside the Schengen area, please note that it can take up to 8 weeks to get a visa. We recommend to register early enough, and reserve 8 weeks for visa process to avoid cancellations because of not getting a visa on time.

NEW! Matka 2024 Post Tour 19 January:

Welcome to Medieval Tallinn! The heart of Tallinn is its Medieval Old Town, a fairytale neighborhood of gabled houses, Gothic spires and cobblestone streets that dates in the 13th-16th centuries, the days when this was a thriving, Hanseatic trade centre. Tallinn´s Old Town is on the UNESCO´s list of World Heritage Site as an exceptionally complete and wellpreserved example of a Medieval northern European trading city. Tallinn is a fantastic place to experience in each season. In summer the city positively bursts with life, both the crisp, colorful autumn and the warm, fresh spring offer their own natural charms. Seasons and Estonian pure nature also influence the fine food and flavours that can be enjoyed in several fine restaurants in Tallinn. Matka2024_Post-tour_Tallinn_V1

Matka 2024 Pre Tour 14-16 January:
Lakeland Finland – Jyväskylä Region

Welcome to Lakeland Finland, and especially to the Jyväskylä region. The Lakeland Finland is known in winter for its frozen lakes and frosty forests that surround the landscape everywhere, but also of its lively towns with interesting cultural sites.

During this FAM trip you will explore the Finnish culture in its various ways: Jyväskylä is the capital of Alvar Aalto’s architecture and during this FAM trip you will visit the Aalto2 Museum Centre and some of the most iconic Aalto sites. In addition, you will visit a Unesco world heritage site, the Petäjävesi Old Church. You will also experience the Finnish sauna culture in the sauna region of the world, the Jyväskylä Region. The trip is hosted by Visit Jyväskylä Region.
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Matka 2024 Post Tour 19-21 January:
– Arctic Lakeland

Kajaani is the capital and gateway to Arctic Lakeland. Located beside Lake Oulujärvi, the 5th largest lake in Finland, in Kajaani, you are never far from a shoreline. Filled with history, in Kajaani you will find world’s northernmost castle ruins, which were built in the 17th century on the eastern border region of the kingdom in a remote wilderness. Finnish national epic, Kalevala, was born in Kajaani and it is not hard to see why – the forest covered rolling hills and glistening lakes have inspired artists throughout the centuries. Today Kajaani is a vibrant city offering various cultural experiences close to the nature. For your stay, choose from Finland’s northernmost manor house to city center hotels. Matka-2024_Post-tour_Kajaani-Arctic-Lakeland_V4

Matka 2024 Pre Tour 13-16 January:
Winter in Arctic Lakeland

Arctic Lakeland is the northernmost part of Lakeland Finland, situated at the point where Lakeland and Lapland meet. Visitors to Arctic Lakeland experience both the
southern and northern landscapes of Finland – large lakes and rocky hillsides can be seen during on the same journey. During the winter months, Arctic Lakeland is a snowy winter wonderland with frozen lakes and snow-covered forests. Finnish culture comes to a life, especially in Kuhmo, UNESCO City of Literature. Delicious food made by local ingredients is always a treat in a winter's day.

In Arctic Lakeland, you will discover wilderness adventures with nothing but unspoilt nature as far as the eye can see. You will enjoy a guided fatbiking excursion and discover the calming influence of a forest. Visit a reindeer farm and meet the local reindeer husbandry. During the visit, Poroparoni himself will tell you more about life on the farm. You can also show off your skills with the traditional finnish lasso. A Sauna relaxes all your senses, in the Sauna World you can try no less than 9 different saunas and cool down with an ice bath. The dark skies without light pollution offer excellent opportunities to observing the Arctic sky, and if you are lucky you’ll see the Northern Lights dancing. Matka-2024_Pre-tour_Winter-in-Arctic-Lakeland_V3

Matka 2024 Pre Tour 13-16 January:
Kuopio-Tahko – Capital of Lakeland

A place where experience is more important than achievements. Where the people are the best friends, you haven’t met yet. Steeped in unique Finnish tradition and surrounded by thousands of crystal-clear lakes. That’s Kuopio, Tahko and Savo. And we promise that wherever you choose, freedom, adventure, and hospitality await. There is always something to do in the Capital of Lakeland. Whether you prefer vibrant city living, peaceful nature, or adventurous sports, visitors of all ages will never get bored here. In the winter, a different type of magic comes alive. When the lakes freeze over you can skate, ski, or walk on the frozen surface and stare into the snow-covered distance as far as the eye can see. For the adventure junkies out there, choose a snowmobile or kick sled or hit Tahko’s famous slopes for alpine skiing and snowboarding, and, of course, some after-ski fun. Museums, art exhibitions, concerts, theatre plays, and other live events happen all year round and delicious restaurants and a lively nightlife both add extra spice to your holiday. 

Matka 2024 Pre Tour 12-16 January:
Bothnian Coastal Route – Where the sea unites

Bothnian Coastal Route connects vibrant cities and enchanting villages along the arctic coast of Bothnian bay, from Umeå to Vaasa via the north. The ferry Aurora Botnia guarantees the environmentally friendly transport across the Kvarken strait and connects the destinations in the southern end to a functioning route.

The Bothnian Coastal Route project aims to increase awareness of the arctic coastal area as an attractive travel route for both international tourists and locals. The project team consist of six project leaders who have gathered the best travel services from the fourteen destinations along the route. We are excited to present the sustainable, all year around possibilities of this Nordic area, rich in culture, heritage and nature. Matka 2024 Pre Tour_Bothnian-Coastal-Route_V2