Discover the legacy of Alvar Aalto

“Best way to experience the landscape and, for architects, Aalto works.” -William


Unique holiday for culture and architecture enthusiastics

Available: May-September
Duration: 3 nights
People: Min 1, max 8
Starting price: 850,00€ (price per houseboat rental, example price Houseboat Eco-Wood 21 m2 / 4 persons)

Explore the legendary architect Alvar Aalto’s works from his earliest buildings to achievements in the latter stages of his career. The world-famous architect’s work is found extensively in the Jyväskylä region. We travel in the master architect’s footsteps from classicism to functionalism, from brick architecture to monumentalism. The buildings are close to Jyväskylä harbor.

Stay in the unique houseboat, surrounded by the lake and nature, and sail to Lake Päijänne to explore the impressive attractions, such as the experimental house in Muuratsalo, the church in Muurame and the town hall in Säynätsalo, which is considered one of Alvar Aalto’s most remarkable works. You can also explore the colorful stages of the master’s life in the Alvar Aalto Museum.

No special licenses nor prior experience are needed to drive our Houseboats, we’ll provide you with a comprehensive skipper’s course during arrival. Our harbour staff are experienced in boating and also well familiarized with the Finnish lakes.

Price includes:

  • End cleaning
  • VAT 24%
  • The houseboat with all the equipment mentioned above for the individual use.
  • Introduction of the houseboat (including the captain course and introduction for houseboat’s and safety equipment).
  • Easy to use navigation system as well as electronic and paper lake maps.
  • Planning the routes and giving recommendations based on your preferences
  • It’s also possible to program the selected route in the navigator ready
  • Helpline

For additional price:

  • Bed linens and towels (25€/set
  • Fat bike/Mountain bike/7-speed bike (25€/day/bike)
  • SUP-board (25€/day/board)
  • Fishing equipment: fishing rod, spinning rod or fish trap (15€/day/equipment)


Day 1 – It’s all about Aalto

This journey begins in Jyväskylä harbor. Jyväskylä harbor, where your houseboat is moored, is within walking distance of Jyväskylä bus and train stations and a short taxi journey from Jyväskylä airport. You may also rent a car at Helsinki airport and drive to Jyväskylä in three hours.

On the first day your houseboat will be handed over to you. It will be your accommodation and gateway to serenity. You will be given full instructions on how to use the houseboat and if you need anything, help is just a phone call away. We will also give you some ideas on where to spend your first night on the water. After the instructions, it’s time to enjoy a piece or two of Alvari cake and a cup of coffee or tea, in the beautiful surroundings of Lake Jyväsjärvi.


Day 2 – Follow the master’s footsteps

On the morning of the second day you will continue your trip through the Lake Päijänne to Säynätsalo harbor, your second stop. In Säynätsalo, you’ll get to explore Säynätsalo town hall, considered one of Alvar Aalto’s most remarkable works! After a tour of Säynätsalo town hall and the island of Säynätsalo, it’s time to head back to Lake Päijänne and continue your journey towards the island of Muuratsalo. At the south end of Muuratsalo, spend the second night near nature and a sandy beach.


Day 3 – Experience the Experimental house

On the morning of a third day, get a good start for your day by enjoying a  breakfast at a deck of the houseboat, while listening to the soft sound of waves lapping at the hull of the boat and the sun is shining from the horizon. After breakfast, you will start to head towards the church of Muurame and an Experimental house of Alvar Aalto in the island of Muuratsalo. After the tours, you can start to head back to the Jyväskylä harbour. During the last night on the lake, you can enjoy the serenity of the water and peace and quietness of the Finnish nature.


Day 4 – Explore Alvar Aalto’s Jyväskylä

On the morning of the fourth day, you can return the houseboat to the harbor. On the fourth day you have plenty of time to explore Alvar Aalto’s production in the center of Jyväskylä by bike or on foot. You can rent bikes directly from us when renting your boat. In the city center, over a 5 km route, you can see several Alvar Aalto buildings. In Jyväskylä, follow the master’s footprints form classicism to functionalism, and from brick architecture to functionalism. Start with the Alvar Aalto Museum, and then see the Museum of Central Finland, Casa Laurén, the Jyväskylä administrative and cultural center, and, naturally, the beautiful brick buildings of the University of Jyväskylä.

Book in advance to secure a cultural summer holiday with unique accommodation and attractions in the land of a thousand lakes! Our sales team will tailor a detailed program according to your preferences. This package is available from June to September. Prices start at €850, plus tickets to the Alvar Aalto experimental house and the Alvar Aalto Museum at €24 per person. Ask for more details on prices and all the activities we offer by emailing or calling +358 40 164 6168. See you in the summer!


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Would you like to see sail in the Lakes of Finland and see Alvar Aalto’s production at the same time? If yes, please contact us and we would love to tell you more about the trip!

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