Finnish Design, Architecture and Handicraft in Seinäjoki
Discover Seinäjoki through its architecture, design and handicraft! Receive unforgettable experience of magic immersion to the world of true Finnish lifestyle, architecture traditions of the domestic and world levels, local handicrafts and modern unique design.
You will admire an internationally unique architectural complex – Seinäjoki Aalto Centre, designed by Finnish world-famous architect Alvar Aalto, where is an extraordinary building like the Cross of the Plains Church. In addition, you will see the museum building of Civil Guard and Lotta Svärd represented the architectural design from Aalto’s youth.
Crafts are important for Finnish people and are highly valued as the expression of the identity. You will get acquainted with Finnish handicraft and make your own craft in Kaarakka Handicraft House, which shows contemporary works of local designers that carry the explicit imprint of the tradition.
Finnish design has received worldwide recognition. You will discover beauty and uniqueness of Scandinavian design in the Amfora’s boutique, which produce high quality ceramic products for both everyday life and special moments. Amfora’s products have been noticed in different food cultures all over the world.
Your accommodation place is another unique piece of culture and history of Seinäjoki. Hotel-Restaurant Alma operates in the restored Railway House (Rautatieläisten talo) and offers stylish and atmospheric accommodation. You will enjoy your lunch or dinner and breakfast in the fabulous dining hall – the historical banquet hall of railroad workers, which has been turned into a space dedicated for culinary pleasures.
Price: EUR 365 - 415 / person (minimum 2 persons), book online
The price includes:
- one-night accommodation in a double room in the Hotel Restaurant Alma (incl. breakfast)
- lunch or dinner in the Hotel-Restaurant Alma
- mobil guided tour or private guided walking tour (1,5 hrs) in the Seinäjoki Aalto Centre (ENG, JAP)
- visit to the Amfora boutique with time for shopping possibility (ENG)
- presentation of the Kaarakka Handicrafts House with time for handicraft course (ENG) and shopping possibility
Arrival to Seinäjoki by train or bus. We recommend to take a morning train or bus to Seinäjoki.
By guided walking tour you will explore the Aalto Centre Seinäjoki with professional guide of by mobil guide. The unique complex of 6 buildings includes Cross of the Plains Church 1957-60 and Parish Centre 1965-1966, City Hall 1961-1962 and Municipal library 1964-1965, Government Office building 1966-1968 and City Theatre 1986-1987. Seinäjoki is also home to the Civil Guard’s Headquarters – built in 1924-1926. This building is the only architectural design from Aalto’s youth that has survived unaltered to date. The three-storey house represents classicism, with features of functionalism and building heritage of Seinäjoki city.
Beauty, joy and functionality of Finnish design will be discovered in the Amfora’s boutique, which is a Finnish design company producing high quality ceramic products for both everyday life and special moments. Amfora´s roots are deep in artist´s studio. Designer, ceramic artist Päivi Rintaniemi, has created beautiful and unique collection of tableware and design ceramics. Her interest is based in everyday life aesthetic and functionality. Rintaniemi is the Premio Faenza °58 main prize winner and her incomparable ceramic sculptures has been exhibited around the world. Currently you can find her art in Finland, Italy and Germany.
Finnish aesthetic is dynamic, but also earthly and practical. This is shown in all types of Finnish applied art, from woodworking to manufacture of textiles. You will explore local handicraft culture in the Kaarakka Handicrafts House, where is a wide range of Ostrobothnian handicrafts. You will also participate in a course and make your own craft. There is also the Taito Shop where you can buy more materials for crafts, a pleasing gifts and souvenirs. The range of items has been built around the production of Finnish and especially local craftsmen.
Departure from Seinäjoki by train or bus.
Hotel Restaurant Alma is located in the centre of Seinäjoki with good access to the railway station and the bus terminal. The Aalto Centre, which displays some of famous Finnish architect Alvar Aalto's most important works, is in a walking distance from the hotel. www.hotelalma.fi
Duration: 1 night/2 days
Group size: min. 2 person – max 4 person
Location: West coast, Seinäjoki, Finland
Theme: Culture Finland
Excludes and extra services:
- bicycle rent
- extra nights
Season 2018 and 2019:
Availability: all year around
Information & bookings:
Etelä-Pohjanmaan Matkailu Oy / South Ostrobothnia Tourist Service Ltd
Tiedekatu 2, FI-60320 SEINÄJOKI, FINLAND
Tel. +358 (0)6 420 9090
There are several train and bus connection daily. For example, from Helsinki to Seinäjoki you can travel by train in just 2,5 hours.
By car to Seinäjoki:
- from Helsinki 350 km
- from Tampere 180 km
- from Turku 300 km
- from Kuopio 320 km
- from Jyväskylä 220 km
- from Oulu 340 km
- from Vaasa 80 km
The closest airport is Vaasa Airport.
We hold to make adjustment and ask you to kindly reconfirm the specific itinerary and pricing directly with the tour provider.