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Finland Midsummer Gay Holidays

Finland Midsummer Gay Holidays

Rainbow Midsummer Celebration 2022
Kalevala Hotel, Kuhmo, Finland

6 Days from/to Kuhmo, Finland
3 Days Helsinki Extension

June 23 – 28, 2022

 

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Finland Gay Midsummer holidaysRainbow Midsummer Celebration 2022! Join us on all-gay adventure in Finland celebrating midsummer and nightless nights in Kuhmo and great and iconic artist Touko Laaksonen aka Tom of Finland and Pride Festival in Helsinki. On this amazing journey you will experience the beautiful white nights, take part in ancient Finnish midsummer and sauna traditions. You will participate in activities you will never forget: canoeing on the lake and enjoying the nightless night on water and bear watching in the Wild Taiga.

After five days in Lakeland you will explore Helsinki, the beautiful capital of Finland. First walking in the footsteps of Touko Laaksonen (aka Tom of Finland) and later enjoying Helsinki from the sea aboard the beautiful sailing ship Ingeborg. The Helsinki experience will end on the island of Lonna. You can also feel the Pride atmosphere in Helsinki.

This Gay holiday is hosted by Hannu and Raúl Medina, lifeof2men bloggers and your local guides to the Finnish LGBTQ community.

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Midsummer Magic and Traditions

In celtic shamanic times the term Alban Hefin was used for the summer solstice. It was a 12 day long celebration during a warm summer. The Goddes of Earth was pregnant, everything on Earth was glooming and growing. It was the best time of the year considering how hard life was back then. At that time of the year you could smell and taste the nature and enjoy it's products as much as you can.

There was everything in profuse amounts - also joy and love. It was a time of happiness and gratefullness. Women brewed herb beer which has aphrodisiac (ecstatic, sexual potency lifting) effect. Everyone danced naked around the bonfire.

Chatolic church didn't approve this heathen celebration and forbidded it. Forbiddance was ignored and celebrations continued in secret. Church decided to change the name and meaning of the celebrations and today we know the day as St. John's Day .

 

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Rainbow Midsummer Celebration Highlights

• Plenty of exciting activities in the gorgeous Finnish summer landscape, like midnight sun canoeing, bear watching safari and husky trekking

• Nightless night weekend when sun doesn't set

• Finnish saunas, indoor and outdoor jacuzzis and special Midsummer sauna treatments, building the bonfire

• Finnish delicasies, like elk, reindeer, salmon...

• Tom of Finland walking tour and cruise on the sea

 

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Finland Midsummer Celebration Gay Holidays Itinerary

Day 1 - Thursday, June 23, 2022
Arrival Day

• Transfer from Kajaani airport (KAJ).

• Welcome drink in front of a blazing open fire.

• Welcome dinner at "kota" teepee on the beach; including delicacies from our Karelian cuisine.

Rainbow Tips: Want to arrive earlier? Enquire about extra nights! You can book an extra night at the start of the programme. Prices start from 79 €/p.p. incl. dinner and breakfast. *Subject to availability.

 

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Day 2 - Friday, June 24, 2022
Husky Trekking & Midnight Canoeing

• After breakfast it's time to start husky trekking day tour. Every hiker will get an own dog to get familiar with. You will be provided with special husky trekking gear. When the dogs have their harnesses on we are ready to go and explore the nature.

• Sauna time

• Dinner is served at the hotel and includes traditional, fresh from nature, tastes of Kuhmo.

• Just before midnight 2 hour canoe tour on lake. Enjoy the nightless night on water.

 

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Day 3 - Saturday, June 25, 2022
Midsummer Eve

• In Finland the Midsummer celebration starts on Midsummer Eve.

• First you build a bonfire for the night together with a guide.

• Afterwards you will seek and pick wild herbs and birch branches together with our sauna therapist. From the branches tie a birch whisk for the traditional cleansing ritual.

• After Midsummer dinner the bonfire is lit.

• Evening continues with DJ Tero through the nightless night.

 

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Day 4 - Sunday, June 26, 2022
Midsummer Day

• Brunch.

• Time to rest or book optional activities.

• In the afternoon transfer close to Russian borderline for bear watching evening. On the arrival to the main lodge, information about the hides and bears and also other animals which are possible to observe. Short walk from bear centre to a brand new Bear House. Please notice that smoking, alcohol and making noise are not allowed during the night.

• Back to the hotel, late dinner

 

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Day 5 - Monday, June 27, 2022
Relaxing and Optional Activities

• After breakfast time for optional activities or resting.

• We recommend rafting down the rapids tour or hiking tours beautiful Finnish forests.

• Sauna time, possibility to try Finnish smoke sauna

 

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Day 6 - Tuesday, June 28, 2022
Good Bye Kalevala

• After breakfast transfer back to Kajaani airport (KAJ).

 

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Helsinki Extension

Day 6 - Tuesday, June 28, 2022
Welcome to Helsinki!

• After breakfast transfer back to Kajaani airport (KAJ).

• Arriving to Helsinki and Hotel Klaus K.

• Afternoon is free for relaxation and we will have a welcoming drink at the Hotel Klaus K Sky Terrace in the evening.

Please note: Today’s flight is not included in the cost of the tour. We will provide the recommended flight details.

 

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Day 7 - Wednesday, June 29, 2022
Tom of Finland Day

• After breakfast we will walk the streets in Helsinki once wandered by Touko Laaksonen, better known for his artist name Tom of Finland.

• During the walk we show you his city and tell about the change of society in Finland after the days of Tom of Finland.

• In the afternoon we will experience the Helsinki Archipelago aboard a old ship with Tom of Finland drinks.

• The evening will end on the island of Lonna with a dinner enjoying locally sourced, organic tasty delicacies.

 

Tom of Finland

 

Day 8 - Thursday, June 30, 2022
Goodbye Finland!

• Breakfast and transfer to Helsinki Airport.

• Goodbye Helsinki and Finland.

 

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Rainbow Midsummer in Finland Includes:

In Kuhmo:

• Return transfer from Kajaani airport (KAJ).

• 5 nights accommodation at Hotel Kalevala.

• Full board with local cuisine

• Evening saunas, indoor and outdoor jacuzzis daily

• Guided activities: bear watching evening, husky trekking, midnight canoeing tour

• Midsummer celebration and traditions

• Free use of summer games, Wi-Fi

 

In Helsinki:

• Return transfer from Helsinki airport to Hotel Klaus K

• 2 nights accommodation at Hotel Klaus K.

• Breakfasts

• Guided activities: Tom of Finland walking tour and cruise on the sea

• Drinks and snack on the ship and dinner on Tuesday

• Wifi in Hotel Klaus K

 

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Extras:

• Optional activities:
- Exciting rapid swimming from 140 €
- Rafting down rapids from 89 €
- Bike and hike tours - 38 - 48 €
- Elk Safari from 110 €
- Fishing trip from 110 €
- Smoke sauna
- Wellbeing treatments
- Relaxing massage
- Finnish bone setting
- Infrared sauna
- Peat treatments.

 

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• Wellbeing treatments:
- Relaxing massage 70-85 €,
- Finnish bone setting 57-71 €,
- Infrared sauna 20 €,
- Herbal bubble baths 18-30 €,
- Peat treatments 36-72 €.

 

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Good to know:

• Possibility to arrive earlier and depart later. Extra night starting from 79 €/p.p. incl.breakfast.

• Drinks are not included in the package price.

• Package price does not include personal travel insurance.

• Package price does not include flights. Arrival airport is Kajaani (KAJ).

• Equipment recommended: weather permitted outdoor clothing

• We reserve all the rights to change order or content of the program if necessary due the weather or other conditions.

 

Kalevala Hotel, Kuhmo, Finland

 

Hotel Kalevala, Kuhmo

Hotel Kalevala lies on the shore of Lake Lammasjärvi, and offers free WiFi in the main building, a gourmet restaurant with lake views and a variety of activities for guests.

 

Kalevala hotel dining room

 

Each guest room at Hotel Kalevala includes a seating area and satellite TV. Many rooms face the lake.

 

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Hotel Kalevala's wellness area offers 4 saunas, 2 hot tubs and various massage facilities and treatments. Other facilities at Hotel Kalevala include a lounge with fireplace and a bar. In summer, meals can be taken out onto the terrace. The nearby beach has a barbecue area.

 

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Hotel Kalevala provides organised activities such as husky safaris, guided snow mobile,and ski trips. During Christmas, guests can take part in Santa Claus Adventure walks.

 

Klaus K Hotel, Helsinki

 

Klaus K Hotel, Helsinki

Situated 100 m from the Esplanadi shopping district, this design hotel features free gym access. The rooms include free WiFi, LCD TVs and luxury beds.

Hotel Klaus K’s soundproofed rooms have décor inspired by the Finnish epic poem, Kalevala. Some rooms include a bathtub and views of Helsinki’s bustling city centre.

 

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Italian cuisine and Tuscan wines are offered in Restaurant Toscanini.

Tram numbers 3 and 6 stop directly outside Hotel Klaus K, providing easy access across Helsinki.

 

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Finland Midsummer Gay Holidays Prices

Room Category Image Description
Kuhmo
Per person
€ (EUR)
Kuhmo & Helsinki
Per person
€ (EUR)
Availability

Kalevala Hotel Suite

3 individually decorated suites with separate living room and bedroom and bathroom with own jacuzzi. Size 38 m2; Bedroom, livingroom and big bathroom; Jacuzzi/WC; Towels; Bathrobes and slippers; Hairdryer; TV; Wi-Fi

€ 1,789

€ 2,699

Kalevala Hotel Superior Double Room

Rooms with lake views. A 21 squaure meter double bedded room overlooking Lake Lammasjärvi. Size 21 m2; Shower/WC; Towels; Hairdryer; Bathrobes and slippers; TV; Coffee/tea making facilities; Wi-Fi Double Occupancy

€ 1,629

€ 2,439

Kalevala Hotel Double Room

Comfortable 21 square meter Classic double room. Each room is decorated individually. Size 21 m2; Shower/WC; Towels; Hairdryer; TV; Wi-Fi Double Occupancy

€ 1,549

€ 2,359

Kalevala Hotel Single Room

Comfortable 21 square meter Classic double room for single use. Each room is decorated individually. Size 21 m2; Shower/WC; Towels; Hairdryer; TV; Wi-Fi Single Occupancy

€ 1,759

€ 2,709

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You can book an extra night at the start or end of the programme. Prices start from 79 €/p.p. incl. breakfast.

Intra-tour flight is not included in the cost of the tour.

 

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