Arrival in Mänttä, the Tale of the Finnish Forest tour . The Town of Mänttä stands on a beautiful strip of land between two lakes.
The history of the forest industry in Finland and the art of paper making
We will arrive at the Serlachius Museum Gustaf, a magnificent building and a former head office built in the 1930s after an architectural competition that Alvar Aalto in fact lost. Nowadays this building offers an abundance of experiences. We will time warp back to the year 1951, breathing in the hierarchical atmosphere of the head office. A stern recruiter will give us her personal welcome and test whether we are suitable for a position in the wood-processing company!
We will also have an opportunity to make paper ourselves and get acquainted with the “Paper Devil”, G. A. Serlachius, who was a pioneer of the Finnish paper industry, notorious for his erratic business sense. His life and business affairs are presented in the eloquent exhibition that contains eight dramatised scenes.
Lunch at Art Museum Gösta
Next, we will visit the former manor house of Gösta Serlachius and the new pavilion next door, where lunch will be served from the menu created by leading Finnish chefs. All food is made from the best seasonal Finnish ingredients.
National art treasures and wood architecture at Art Museum Gösta
Art Museum Gösta is known for having one of the best collections from the Golden Age of Finnish art. Many of the artists from this period, 1880–1910, were strongly inspired by Finnish nature. We will also explore the new building, the large pavilion, an award-winning specimen of contemporary wood construction.
Coffee break at a peasant log cabin or Gösta’s ski cabin, which today serves as a wine bar.
We will enjoy a cup of coffee or other beverages in Autereen tupa, a traditional Finnish log-built house that used to be the residence of the estate manager, before we head to Jyväskylä, the capital of Alvar Aalto architecture.
Arrival in Jyväskylä, the capital of Alvar Aalto architecture
Jyväskylä is a bold and vibrant city in the middle of the most beautiful part of the Finnish Lakeland. The city is known as the capital of Alvar Aalto architecture as it boasts more buildings designed by the master than any other city in the world.
Accommodation in Hotel Verso.