Pre and Post Conference Tours

Once in Finland, you may wish to explore the country, or the neighbouring countries, more extensively. Visits to Helsinki or the capitals of other Scandinavian countries, and to Finnish Lapland or Finnish lakes are particular favourites.

Holiday in Finland

Situated in a beautiful Lakeland, the Tampere Region itself has a lot to offer as a holiday destination. Extend your stay for a week by renting a summer cottage by a lake and enjoy fishing, sauna and swimming. Or spend some days in one of the modern spa hotels in the region, with relaxing treatments and water entertainment. You can also extend your view by renting a car and making a tour on your own through the Finnish countryside. There are countless possibilities to spend an unforgettable holiday in Finland, so let us advice you to find the one for you!


With their gently rounded summits, the fells of Lapland offer incomparable views of some of the last wilderness in Europe. In the autumn, Lapland is an ideal region for the lover of the great outdoors, for those who enjoy hiking, canoeing and gold washing. The nature offers a display of its most beautiful colours, and even the native Finns like to travel to Lapland to experience this beauty.

St. Petersburg, Russia

St. Petersburg, with its stormy past marked by revolution, can be a great historical adventure. St. Petersburg was founded and named the capital of Russia by Tsar Peter the Great in 1703. He commissioned the most renowned architects of the Europe of his day to build a national monument that would stand eternally as a symbol of tsarist magnificence for all the world to admire. 

It is possible to have a quick look at St. Petersburg without a visa, if going on a 36-hour cruise. (Please note that passengers who require a Schengen visa (read more) need a multivisa for a cruise). For more information, please visit the Nordic Ferry Center Home Page.

Tallinn, Estonia

Estonia, situated only 60 kilometres from Helsinki across the Gulf of Finland, is a very popular tourist destination. A tour of Old Tallinn presents a glimpse of life in the Middle Ages. The stone buildings, many of them hundreds of years old, boast facades that have changed little over the centuries. There are plenty of cosy restaurants and interesting small shops to explore in the old town. Tallinn is easily reached by boat or hydrofoil; there are several departures daily from Helsinki.

Wagtail – migratory bird

The wagtail is the provincial bird of the Tampere Region

Wagtails are small birds with long tails which they wag frequently. Wagtails are slender, often colourful, ground-feeding insectivores of open country in the Old World. They are ground nesters, laying up to six speckled eggs at a time. Among their most conspicuous behaviours is a near constant tail wagging, a trait that has given the birds their common name.

(source: Wikipedia)