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Coming to Finland and looking for unique places to see and events to experience?

How about a visit to the oldest winery in Finland and sipping a glass of Arctic berry wine, or perhaps Arctic Blue Gin, the best gin in the world in the legendary cafe and wine bar, the Winetower with spectacular views at the height of 33 metres? Or would you prefer the history of Valamo Distillery and its products from whisky to artisanal Absinthe?

Interested in Finnish rock music? Then the Suomirokkia exhibition is the place to go.

Perhaps, after all, you’re more into food tourism in my hometown and want to taste Karelian delicacies in several cafes and restaurants. Or maybe we should take an international food tour and have chicken malai at the Indian Restaurant Aisha, do some shopping in Thai Food Store, have willowherb tea at a Russian tearoom, and enjoy Kosovan baklava!

Besides interesting places like the Doll and Teddy Bear House with over 3,000 inhabitants and a company producing things from black stone, we also have unique events to visit: the annual Orthodox fiest Iljan praasniekka, traditional open air dancing events lavatanssit, Blueberry Hill Festival with jazz and blues vibes, chainsaw sculpting and Bear Festival Karhufestivaali, Wild Food Festival and beautiful meals at Villiruokafestarit and many more – let’s plan together what to see and where to go!

Milajan matkat, or Milaja’s Tours, offers guided tours around Ilomantsi area in eastern Finland.

I am a local tour guide in the easternmost town in Finland and the whole European Union, even further east than St. Petersburg or Instanbul. If you prefer seeing places yourself, I can preplan your trips with opening hours and prices and will be available on Messenger/WhatsApp during your stay. In addition, I’m happy to teach you some Finnish on Zoom before you arrive!

Just now:

You can book tours around Ilomantsi with several different themes. Let’s chat about your interests!

Later this summer:

I have planned tours in the centre of Ilomantsi, Möhkö village, Petkeljärvi National Park and Koli during the Bear Festival and Wild Food Festival 10th – 14th August and have spots available!

Contact me!

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