Finland: Helsinki| 3 days|  June 1-3, 2019 | $1,349

Finland - Oulu, Helsinki & Rovaniemi | 9 days | May 24 - June 1, 2019 | $5,999


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Number of payments 4
Payment Due*Amount
Upon Registration$500.00 USD
Every 4 weeks (x2)$2,749.50 USD
Total $5,999.00 USD
Single Room
Number of payments 4
Payment Due*Amount
Upon Registration$500.00 USD
Every 4 weeks (x2)$3,199.00 USD
Total $6,898.00 USD
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Want to spend more time exploring the beautiful city of Helsinki and surroundings?
Explorations include a visit to Tampere and Fiskars Village.

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Cheryl Scott Williams

Cheryl Scott Williams recently served as interim CEO of the International Society of Technology in Education (ISTE). A nationally recognized leader in education reform and improvement with extensive experience leading nonprofit boards and building successful board-staff relationships, Cheryl previously served as executive director of the Learning First Alliance.

Prior to leading the Learning First Alliance, Cheryl served as a senior consultant at the American Productivity and Quality Center.

She was previously vice president, strategic initiatives, at Teachscape, a San Francisco-based company that designs and delivers online, job-embedded professional development for teachers and principals. In addition, she has served as vice president of education at the Corporation for Public Broadcasting (CPB), and spent 14 years directing the education technology program at the National School Boards Association before joining CPB. A longtime ISTE member, Williams served as ISTE Board president from 2002-2004.

She is also a past board chair of the Consortium for School Networking, and past board member of the National Coalition for Technology in Education and Training.

Cheryl began her career in education as

an English language arts teacher in

Montgomery County, Maryland, and

Fairfax County, Virginia. She holds

both a bachelor’s and master’s

degree in English and secondary

education from the University of

Maryland, College Park.

Day 01: June 1, 2019
After breakfast at the hotel, head off to Tampere, famous for being the foundation of Finland’s industrial development and known for numerous amazing museums within it. You’ll enjoy a guided sightseeing walk of the city’s most famous destinations before you’ve got your own time to go exploring! From the Museum Centre Vaprikki (which is rich with numerous smaller museums) to the local colors of Tampere Market Hall, you’ll get the chance to sample some of Finland’s best delicacies and most delicious tastes. Entrance to the Moomin Museum is included today.
Overnight:  GLO Hotel Kluvvi (or similar)
Meals: Breakfast, Lunch

Day 02: June 2, 2019 

After breakfast at the hotel, depart today for an excursion to Fiskars Village. Located about 1.5 hours drive from Helsinki, this quaint little village is full of small shops, handicraft studios, and shops selling handmade Finnish designs.

This ironworks village is best known as the place where the Fiskars company began producing its orange scissors in 1967. The company has since relocated production bu  still owns much of the picturesque lake-dotted, tree-lined village, where it has encouraged artists, designers, and their families to settle. At any given time, the village features two exhibitions (one usually related to the Fiskars company, one to international art), a modest museum, several good restaurants, and a small hotel.

After lunch at a local restaurant, return to Helsinki with time to do some local shopping. Dinner will be provided nearby the hotel (walking distance).
Overnight:  GLO Hotel Kluvvi (or similar)
Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day 3: June 3, 2019
Say goodbye to Finland and all of your new friends! Your guide will accompany you to the local airport for your flight back to U.S. 

Meals: Breakfast

Please note: All itineraries are subject to change based on availability of hotels, flights and hosting organizations at the time of finalization of booking. Comparable meetings and activities will be arranged should an itinerary change be necessary. 30 days before departure, a finalized itinerary will be available and reflect final details.​​

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​You are invited to become part of a once-in-a-lifetime experience: a custom-designed Introduction to Education Journey to Finland. Explore the magical country of Finland. Stops will include Oulu, Rovaniemi and Helsinki, highlighting the differences in the regions from big city to small town charm. One of the most remarkable features of Finland is light. When the endless snow of winter gives way to glorious sunshine of spring, you will experience almost 24hrs of daylight. Finland is a country of vast green forests, beautiful Baltic Sea islands, windswept arctic fells and thousands of blue lakes. Learn how Finland has developed a first-class education system from pre-K through higher education. Interact with education professionals from throughout Finland including visits to local schools to gain a perspective of education in a variety of settings. Explore Finland’s education infrastructure, especially as it relates to access to schooling. Examine Finland’s education systems and the provision of funding at the local, central and state levels. Learn about the role of educators and expectations of teachers throughout the country while seeing first-hand the impact of cultural traditions, beliefs, and social issues on education and training in Finland. Take in the sights of Oulu including a nature tour by the Koiteli Rapids with a walk in the forest, canoeing and handicraft workshop and enjoy a Lappish cooking class with a local chef inside a Kota. 


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Information and support  to aid in your travel preparation

Costs to obtain a passport

Exclusively developed professional program in collaboration with Journey leader

International airfare (from designated US gateway city)

Airfare for domestic flight to gateway city

All in-country transportation for the group (including airport transfers)

Accommodations in four to five star hotels

24/7 professional English speaking guide

Individual departure taxes (where applicable)

Fees for all services, most tips and taxes

Professionally led daily program – see itinerary for full details

Travel insurance

Daily breakfast and most lunches & dinner, as specified in the itinerary

10-20 Hours of professional exchanges with counterparts in host  country

Formal and informal meetings with your peers to increase your global knowledge of your profession

Unique insight and knowledge about current issues and challenges related to your profession

24-hour support from US Nanda Journeys office and in-country support

Partnerships in every country to which we travel

Day 01: Depart for Finland
Depart from New York and make your way to Oulu, Finland. 

Day 02: Welcome to Oulu, Finalnd
Upon arrival, the group will be met and transferred for check-in at your lovely local hotel. 

Depending on your arrival time, all travelers will gather this afternoon (or following morning) with your national guide and receive further information on the program and today’s activities.

Enjoy a welcome dinner with your guide.

​Overnight:  Scandic Oulu Hotel (or Similar)
Meals: Dinner

Day 03: Cultural Exploration Oulu, Finland

The focus of your explorations this morning with your national guide will be to learn about the history and special characteristics of Oulu. Visit some of the key landmarks during a two-hour walking tour from the old monumental center where the first settlers had their homes, onward to market place and the Oulu Cathedral. Restored by the architect Carl Ludvig Engel, this Evangelical Lutheran cathedral is the seat of the Diocese of Oulu.

Your national guide will share information today about how the old wooden community has been replaced by today´s busy center of traffic and telecommunication. Hear stories about salmon fishing, tar burning, seafaring and life in the magnificent houses of powerful tar merchants and sea captains.

After lunch at a local restaurant, explore the Koiteli Rapids Nature Area. This afternoon you will enjoy a lovely walk through the forest, a canoe ride along the river, and wrap up doing a handicraft workshop. Snacks will be provided this afternoon.

This evening take part in a Lappish cooking class and dinner. Make a three-course dinner from fresh local ingredients while instructed by a professional and entertaining local chef inside a Lappish Kota. 

Overnight:  Scandic Oulu Hotel (or Similar)

Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day 04: Professional Exchange
Professional members of the program will interact with local education professionals today including a visit to a local school such as the unique Pudasjärvi Log Campus, the world’s biggest log school campus. Approximately 850 students attend school here daily. Also spend time today learning about the Finnish education system, the use of ICT in schools, pupil and student welfare, multidisciplinary staff collaboration and school management.

Journey Mission: We would like to explore Finland’s programs for the preparation of teachers; the approach used in ongoing professional support; and design for career development for the teaching force.

Lunch will be provided this afternoon at a local restaurant.

Guest program: Today accompanying guests will visit a local reindeer farm. You will have a chance to get up close and personal with the animals including feeding them and learning some lasso throwing techniques. Enjoy some snacks onsite before having a local lunch and returning to the hotel this afternoon for free time.

Dinner is by individual arrangement (own expense).​
Overnight: Scandic Oulu Hotel (or Similar)​
Meals: Breakfast, Lunch


Day 05: Professional Exchange & Community Mission
Today, continue your professional exchange with visits to a local school to observe classroom lessons and continue your dialogue with the faculty. Topics may include priority setting, financial strategies, parental involvement, cultural issues and challenges that remain. The aim is to walk away with a better understanding of what you can do to improve your own strategies for personalized learning for your students.

Guest program: Guests will enjoy some time to shop in Oulu this morning with a local guide. Explore Market Hall to take in the scents and flavors of Finland. Prepare to see many of the city center sights on this walking tour, including the Park Esplandi, Bulevardi Street, a local candy shop, liquor store and traditional Finnish restaurant Kappeli. You will also have a chance to visit the Oulu Museum of Art. Opened in 1963, the museum focuses mainly on the art of northern Finnish artists.

This afternoon the group will give back during a visit to a local non-profit or other humanitarian organization dedicated to assisting the local people. More information will be provided closer to departure. This visit could include a local orphanage, elder care facility, hospital or the Red Cross.

Lunch will be provided this afternoon with dinner by individual arrangement. 
Overnight: Scandic Oulu Hotel (or Similar)​​
Meals: Breakfast, Lunch

Day 06: Santa Claus Village 
After breakfast, depart for the drive to Rovaniemi. Today you will see Rovaniemi’s highlights on a panoramic tour as your guide shares facts about the city, Finnish Lapland’s capital. Then, travel through the countryside to the magical Santa Claus Village and come face to face with the great man himself in the Santa Claus Office. Visit the Main Post Office to send Santa Claus stamped greetings, join an Arctic Circle crossing ceremony, and enjoy the shops, elves’ workshops, cafés and more.

Lunch will be provided today with dinner on your own.

Enjoy an excursion to hopefully catch sight of the Aurora Borealis this evening. 
Overnight: Scandic Rovaniemi (or similar)
Meals: Breakfast, Lunch

Day 07: Travel to Helsinki

Today, you will fly to Helsinki. Upon arrival you will be met for your explorations of Helsinki. Start your tour from the Railway Station Square, right next to one of the most beautiful Romantic buildings in Helsinki, the National Theater. From there, continue your walk through central Helsinki to get a feel for its vibrant streets, mostly built in the late 19th and early 20th centuries. Then, follow the main shopping street, Aleksanterinkatu, towards the city's main square, Senate Square. At the central point of the square is the magnificent Helsinki Cathedral, built in 1852 when Finland was part of the Russian Empire. Lunch will be provided at a local restaurant.

Continue towards the Katajanokka Peninsula, stopping at the Uspenskii Cathedral, a beautiful Orthodox cathedral atop a hill. Go up the hill and to the terrace of the cathedral for pretty views over Helsinki. Explore Market Square (Kauppatori), where you can find souvenirs and taste local specialties. After a walk through the district of Töölö, visit the unique Rock Church, carved within a rocky hill, and afterwards a have a short city bus trip to the park and monument dedicated to the most famous Finnish composer, Jean Sibelius.

Check into your local hotel later today where dinner is on your own this evening.

Overnight:  GLO Hotel Kluuvi (or similar)
Meals: Breakfast, Lunch

Day 08: Professional Exchange
Today the group will wrap up professional interaction with visits hosted by Finnish government officials or other education leaders to discuss educational policy and government regulations in Finland as it compares to the United States and other countries. Visit a local school to observe a classroom and wrap up your discussions with their teachers and faculty. Continue talks of mutual interest and share information about the U.S. education system.

Guest program: Guests will spend the day visiting Porvoo with a local guide. Discover the delightful town of Porvoo on a private tour from Helsinki, with an expert local guide beside you. Venture east to this medieval town, Finland’s second oldest, and learn about its 14th-century origins and the people who shaped it as you explore. Take a walking tour through the cobbled Old Town, and admire the 15th-century cathedral, Old Town Hall, and traditional, red-painted store houses along the riverside. Before returning to Helsinki, enjoy free time to stroll, relax and perhaps buy souvenirs at the quaint craft shops. 

Enjoy a farewell dinner this evening.

Overnight: GLO Hotel Kluuvi (or similar)
Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day 09: Return to USA

Depart for the airport today for your flight home. Depending on the flight time, lunch is by individual arrangement with free time to explore.
Meals: Breakfast

Professional Participants - As this Nanda Journey program is focused primarily on professional development, costs associated with your participation on the program may be tax deductible as an ordinary and necessary business expense. Consult with a tax professional to determine eligibility.

Please note: All itineraries are subject to change based on availability of hotels, flights and hosting organizations at the time of finalization of booking. Comparable meetings and activities will be arranged should an itinerary change be necessary. 30 days before departure, a finalized itinerary will be available and reflect final details.


Finland: Introduction to Education Journey

led by Cheryl Scott Williams

Helsinki Extension