Breakfast at the lodging and check-out
09:00 Departure to Alajärvi by car, own or rental.
The distance between Seinäjoki and Alajärvi is approx. 70 km or 60 min.
The road goes through Kauhajärvi and Kuortane. In Kauhajärvi you can see the church belfry designed by Alvar Aalto in 1923. In Kuortane you can see the exterior of Aalto’s birthplace. This building is now privately owned and can only be visited on the outside. At the gate there is an Alvar Aalto relief as a memorial.
10:30 Arrival at Alajärvi.
A guided walking tour in the Alajärvi Aalto Centre
The Aalto Centre in Alajärvi consists of buildings from his early career characterised by Nordic classicism: his first assignment the Youth Association building, Villa Väinölä and the municipal hospital, and of buildings from his so-called “white period” that include the Town hall, the Parish Centre a health centre and a library. The latter was finished by Aalto’s office.
The tour also takes you to the wooden church designed by the famous architect C.L. Engel. Aalto used to have a seat in the church loft in his youth. In the beautiful graveyard, you can see e.g. war memorials designed by Alvar Aalto, and the Aalto family grave.
The exhibition “Muodon vuoksi” of the classic 1930s glass design by Alvar and Aino Aalto is on display in the lobby of the Alajärvi Town Hall.
11:30 Lunch in restaurant Alvariini in the centre of Alajärvi
A possibility to stop by and shop at a local winery Punainen Tupa
The products of Punainen Tupa, such as Alvariini, are made from Finnish forest berries and based entirely on birch sap. The winery is situated in the rustic landscape among lush birches, only 5 kilometres from the centre of Alajärvi. Open every day 10 – 18.
13:30 A visit to the Nelimarkka Museum and coffee&cake
The museum was founded by the painter and professor Eero Nelimarkka and it is a Regional Art Museum of Southern Ostrobothnia. The museum displays the art of Eero Nelimarkka and houses temporary exhibitions of contemporary art. The building was designed by the architect Hilding Ekelund. Coffee and cake is served in the light atmosphere of Café de Nelimarkka. Guided tour as an additional service.
15:00 Departure towards Jyväskylä Lakeland region.
Distance between Alajärvi and Petäjävesi is approx. 125 km or 100 minutes.
16:45 A visit to the Petäjävesi Old Church
Petäjävesi Old Church was included on the Unesco World Heritage List in 1994 as a masterpiece of Nordic wooden architecture. The church represents the northern, Lutheran church architecture and the long tradition of timber constructions and carpentry. Guidance as an additional service.
18:00 Towards Jyväskylä
The drive from Petäjävesi to Jyväskylä is approx. 35 km / 35 min.
18:45 Arrival in Jyväskylä and check-in to the hotel Yöpuu. Accommodation in double room “Aalto”