Culture and Music Self-drive Tour in Eastern Finland

Discover the cultural highlights of Eastern Finland on this self-drive tour while staying at some charming local guest houses and hotels. The tour begins with the tranquillity of Valamo monastery, then proceeds to explore local history in the Murtovaara House museum and comes to a finish at the much-praised Kuhmo Chamber Music Festival.

Eastern Finland is part of Finnish Lakeland and its numerous lakes connect many interesting and unique destinations in the regions of Savo, Northern Karelia and Kainuu. These pearls of Eastern Finland offer you fascinating experiences in the Finnish countryside and wilderness, excellent cultural events, peacefulness and opportunities to relax and unwind.

The Kuhmo Chamber Music Festival, Valamo monastery and four guesthouses in the region of Pielinen-Karelia are working together and invite you to a trip around Eastern Finland.

14.–28.7.2018, choose your own route and dates

Group size: from 1 to 50 persons (each guesthouse has 15 beds)

Price: € 380 per person

Price includes: one night in the Valamo monastery, one night in a local guest house, one night in Hotel Kalevala (all on a half-board basis), a guided tour of the Valamo monastery, a visit to the Murtovaara museum and tickets for two concerts at the Kuhmo Chamber Music Festival.
Please note that the price is per person when sharing a twin room.
Single room supplement 20 €/person/night

Please note that transfers are not included in the price as this is a self-drive tour. You can tour either in your own car or hire a car. Rental cars are available from, for example, the Eastern Finland airports such as Kuopio, Joensuu and Kajaani.

Culture and Music Self-drive Tour in Eastern Finland
Your tour of Eastern Finland begins at the Valamo monastery in the Savo region. While visiting the monastery, you are welcome to join a guided tour. As the tranquillity and stress-free atmosphere of the monastery supplies a much-needed contrast to hectic everyday life, it might be a good idea to find some time to relax, unwind and rejuvenate. In the evening, when the church bells ring, your mind relaxes and the peaceful monastery atmosphere ensures a restful sleep (see
Your tour continues towards Nurmes and four local guesthouses. On the way you can stop at Koli, which is one of the most inspiring national parks in Finland. You will stay overnight in rolling Karelian landscape as you choose between four guesthouses – each one of them serves different types of traditional Karelian food. You will be able get to know your hosts and their households – and obtain a sense of the Finnish way of life in these small places.
We also recommend you to visit the Murtovaara House museum, where the oldest buildings date from the 19th century.

The guesthouses are:
It takes only an hour to drive from Valtimo/Nurmes to Kuhmo.

Four to five concerts are performed daily at the Kuhmo Chamber Music Festival beginning early in the morning and ending late at night. Here, you will also enjoy culinary specialities and other cultural experiences related to the nature of the Kainuu region. Beyond its chamber music, Kuhmo is known for the national epic, Kalevala and the beauty and diversity of its countryside.
Accommodation is at the Hotel Kalevala.

Optional extras:
*Additional concert tickets for the Kuhmo Chamber Music Festival from € 18 per person
*Visit to the Petola Visitor Centre in Kuhmo. Guided tour of the exhibition which is devoted to large carnivores – brown bear, wolf, lynx and wolverine. Film about the Kuhmo landscape and wildlife in the auditorium. Guided tour group from € 50. Private visit free of charge.
*Visit to the Centre for the Kalevala and Karelian Culture at Juminkeko in Kuhmo. Exhibitions and a multimedia programme about Finland’s national epic, the Kalevala. Entrance fee.