Rent a Local — Hosted Tour at Serlachius and in Mänttä

Rent a Local — Hosted Tour at Serlachius and in Mänttä

Would you like to get a little deeper in the local culture, leave the mainstream spots and head towards an alternative place like Mänttä? Are you wishing to get to know some local people and their way of life in a small Finnish town and hear some interesting stories of the past and see the hidden gems of the locality? If your answer is yes, there is no better way than renting a local “Matti” or “Maija” for your Mänttä & Serlachius day!

Serlachius is an awarded destination in the quirky Art Town, which astonishes with its national art treasures, contemporary exhibitions, stunning architecture, beautiful lakeside nature and the pure tastes of Restaurant Gösta. The intriguing story of Serlachius and the small town of Mänttä began in 1868, when a determined man and art lover, G. A. Serlachius moved to this unknown village and established a ground wood mill in the middle of nowhere. Eventually Mänttä became the most prosperous municipalities in Finland! The local host will show you around in this exciting Art Town and at the inspiring Serlachius in a relaxed and jolly way!

You may decide the route for the five hours hosting (inside Mänttä) or you can leave the planning for us. At least you will have wonderful local culture and nature experiences and perhaps a glimpse of Mänttä-spirit to take with you back home! 

Language: English

Price: 350 €/group of 1-6 people

Price includes:

  • 5-hour tour with a local host
  • admission fee to Serlachius Headquarters and Serlachius Manor
  • loan of bicycles, Nordic walking poles and rowing boats (summertime) 

Optional: lunch, refreshments in a rucksack, picnic, overnight stay, shuttle bus from Tampere  

Meeting point: Serlachius Manor (add. Joenniementie 47, 35800 Mänttä)

Interesting places to visit in addition to Serlachius:

  • Love Path – nature trail (2,5 km)
  • town center with shops, cafés and a church
  • conservation area “Mänttä Mountain” with observation tower, forest church and Wine Tavern
  • in summertime: Mänttä Art Festival (separate admission fee)

How to reach us? By public transportation or your own vehicle:

  • Helsinki 260 km / 3 h
  • Tampere 94 km / 1 h 15 min, check out the Serlachius shuttle bus service from Tampere
  • Jyväskylä 86 km / 1 h 10 min
  • Lahti 157 km / 2 h 
  • BICYCLE TRAILS from Tampere

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