Iconic glass designs of Karhula and Aalto’s residential area Sunila in Kotka

Cities: Kotka

Sites: Sunila Sulphate Pulp Mill and Residential Area

Experiences: Archipelago, Finnish Sauna, Helsinki surroundings, Museums, River, Sea

1 day, 2 h, 4 h
Groups
Boat, Charter bus, Transports included
See Alvar and Aino Aalto’s iconic glass designs in the exhibition Glass for everyone – Karhula 1889–2009 on display at Maritime Centre Vellamo in Kotka. Take a tour of the residential area of the Sunila Pulp Mill and the Director’s house Kantola on the shores of the Gulf of Finland. You can transfer to Aalto’s Sunila on a cruise by the sea and the River Kymijoki, or take a charter bus ride through the Karhula Works, where the Savoy vase was originally designed.

Tour highlights:

  • Glass for everyone – Karhula 1889–2009 exhibition at Maritime Centre Vellamo in Kotka
  • Guided tour of the residential area of the Sunila Pulp Mill
  • Guided tour at Director’s house Kantola
  • Karhula Works, where the Savoy vase was originally designed
  • optional service: Sunila Mill and the River Kymijoki by the sea -cruise
  • optional service: Finnish sauna at Director’s house Kantola

See Alvar and Aino Aalto’s iconic glass designs in the exhibition Glass for everyone – Karhula 1889–2009 on display at Maritime Centre Vellamo in Kotka. Take a tour of the residential area of the Sunila pulp mill and the Director’s house Kantola on the shores of the Gulf of Finland. You can transfer to Aalto’s Sunila on a cruise by the sea and the River Kymijoki, or take a charter bus ride through the Karhula Works, where the Savoy vase was originally designed.

Visit the residential area and the Director’s house Kantola with a guide and enjoy the simple beauty of the outdoor areas with their pine trees. As an option you can have a Finnish sauna in Kantola’s seaside sauna, dine like the Director with his guests used to and complement the day with a ride on the rapids of the River Kymijoki. Salmon cooked on open fire is a real delight. Also swimming in the sea on the beautiful beach just next to Sunila can be chosen as an independent activity to close the day.

Kotka Sunila Terraced Houses photo Rurik Wasatjerna

House Kuusela in Sunila Pulp Mill residential area photo Rurik Wasastjerna

The Sunila residential area was built for the employees and workers of the Sunila Pulp Mill. When the mill was built and introduced at the New York World Fair in 1939, it was reputed to be the most beautiful of all times.
Aalto-house Kuusela detail in Kotka Sunila Photo Rurik Wasastjerna
Aalto-house Kuusela detail in Kotka Sunila Photo Rurik Wasastjerna
National Park of Gulf of Finland can be visited on a VIKLA boat tour departing from Kotka
National Park of Gulf of Finland can be visited on a VIKLA boat tour departing from Kotka
One of Kotka's praised parks is Jokipuisto in Karhula photo Juha Metso
One of Kotka's praised parks is Jokipuisto in Karhula photo Juha Metso
The Maritime Centre Vellamo and Museum Ice Breaker Ship Tarmo in Kotka  Old Port
The Maritime Centre Vellamo and Museum Ice Breaker Ship Tarmo in Kotka Old Port
Sunila house Runkola and pine trees in winter photo Rurik Wasastjerna
Sunila house Runkola and pine trees in winter photo Rurik Wasastjerna

Programme by day

Day 1: Iconic class designs of Karhula and Aalto’s residential area Sunila in Kotka

Programme proposition at 10.00 to 15.00
10.00 – 12.30 Glass for everyone – Karhula 1889–2009 exhibition at Maritime Centre Vellamo, guided tour
Possibility for lunch at Vellamo’s restaurant Laakonki, transfer to Sunila on your own bus, or optionally cruising upriver on the River Kymijoki.

13.00 – 14.00 Guided tour at the Director’s house Kantola and Sunila residential area, tour in the house and coffee

14.00 – 15.00 Walking tour with a guide

Optional services 1

Cruise along the sea and the River Kymijoki where you can admire the Pulp Mill and the industrial scenery of the history of wood from the sea. The cruise route goes upriver ending at the celebrated Riverside Park. The service is provided by Meriset, whose high-quality boats and services also provide the possibility to enjoy beverages and meals during the cruise.

Transfer from the Riverside Park to Sunila on a charter bus through the Karhula Works area, where the Karhula Glass Factory operated for 100 years creating among other things Alvar Aalto’s iconic class designs that are familiar to us all.

Duration 1.5 hours. Read more about the other cruise options also at www.meriset.fi

Optional services 2

Director’s dinner at Kantola, à la Kotka Club.

Menu according to your choice.

Read more at www.kotkanklubi.com

Other possibilities of activities for the evening between 15 and 19, ask more details:

1: Finnish sauna at the Kantola sauna by the sea, 4 hours.

2: Rapids shooting on the River Kymijoki and salmon cooked on open fire at Kultaa, services provided by Erämys Keisarinkosket Oy, www.eramys.fi

3: On your own: swimming in the sea on the Äijänniemi beach.

Sites included in this trip

Information on this trip

Good to know

For groups

  • Available throughout the year
  • Duration: 5 h
  • Price 57 € per person
  • Minimum group size 10 persons

 

Included

  • tickets and guide services at Maritime Centre Vellamo
  • entrance to the exhibition Glass for everyone – Karhula 1889–2009
  • transfer from Vellamo to Sunila on a charter bus
  • guided tour in Sunila 2.5 h
  • visit of the Director’s house Kantola
  • coffee and tea + coffee bread

Optional services

Cruise on the sea and River Kymijoki, on your group’s own charter bus

Available between May and September

  • Price 45 € per person for a minimum group size of 25 persons
  • Includes: cruise 1.5 hours Vellamo –  Riverside Park
  • guided tour 1.5  hours Riverside Park through Karhula Works to Sunila
  • Director’s house Kantola, where Finnish sauna is available beside the sea.

Option 2

Director’s dinner at Kantola, à la Kotka Club.

  • Menu according to your choice
  • Ask for a quotation

Inquiries and bookings

Tarvel Agency Kymenmatkat Ltd.