Day 01: April 23, 2021
 Depart today from Newark and make your way to Helsinki.​

Day 02: April 24

Upon arrival today, the group will be met for your transfer to the local hotel. Luggage storage will be provided as check-in is later this afternoon.

Enjoy a local local lunch, before heading out on a walking tour of Helsinki with your local guide. Helsinki is a compact city easily explored on foot. Design, architecture, culture and shopping are all great exploration angles and large park areas, forests, lakes, and the coastline with over 300 islands sprinkled off it make certain there’s no shortage of natural presence.

We have selected the GLO Hotel Kluuvi for your stay in Helsinki as you are close to the best streets for shopping, as well as the finest entertainment, nightlife and tourist attractions.

Dinner will be provided at a nearby restaurant (close to hotel).
Overnight:  Sokos Presidentti (or similar)
Meals: Lunch, Dinner

Day 03: April 25
After breakfast at the hotel, head out for your day trip to Porvoo. Founded nearly 800 years ago, Porvoo is the second oldest city in Finland and evidence of its long history can still be seen and felt as you walk along its charming streets.

Old Porvoo is one the most picturesque places in Finland and inspires photographers around the world. It has retained its traditional shape right down to the cobblestone streets. Historically, Porvoo has been an important center of trade and its famous red shore houses were once used to store goods and produce.

The city’s intimate interior design shops are famous throughout the entire country, with styles varying from antique and romantic to modern and state-of-the-art. Porvoo is also home to a few famous chocolate makers such as Pieni Suklaatehdas and Brunberg’s Chocolate Factory, who also have a shop in Old Porvoo. Chocolate aside, another sight to see is Porvoo’s Old Railway Station, which has become an interesting combination of old and new—the building houses a hardware store, upholsterers and an ironmonger, as well as an art gallery and summer café. In the warehouse beside the old railway station is a gift shop selling souvenirs, local handicrafts, and organic foods and pastries—a little something for everyone.

Another sight you cannot miss while in Porvoo is Porvoo Cathedral, located at the heart of Old Town. Built at the turn of the 14th century, the cathedral’s remarkable history has seen it burn down five times, most recently in an arson attack in 2006. Following the devastation, the cathedral was renovated for two years, finally reopening to the public in 2008.

During your day in Porvoo, you will stop at a local restaurant in the town for a lunch. After your day comes to an end in this beautiful town, you will travel back to Helsinki and end your journey at your hotel.

Dinner is on your own this evening.
Overnight: Sokos Presidentti (or similar)
Meals: Breakfast, Lunch

Day 4: April 26

After breakfast, you will begin your explorations of the city. Spend your day traveling around Helsinki like the locals on board Helsinki’s wonderful public transportation network of trains, trams and ferries, as you view some of the most famous sites of the city.

First, travel by ferry to Suomenlinna Fortress and Museum, one of Finland’s most popular attractions. This UNESCO World Heritage Site contains an 18th century sea fortress, nature area with centuries-old artillery and defensive walls, and even a church that also serves as a lighthouse, all spread across 6 linked islands. Take time to explore with your local guide,
learning the history and importance this island fortress played in Finnish, Swedish and Russian history.

After your tour, take a break and enjoy lunch at a restaurant on the island before taking the 15-minute ferry back to Helsinki.

Back on the mainland, continue your sightseeing day by visiting Helsinki Cathedral,Uspenski Cathedral and Temppeliaukio Church with your local guide. Located in the center of Helsinki you cannot miss Helsinki Cathedral. Originally built from 1830-1852 as a tribute to Tsar Nicholas I of Russia, the large square surrounding the cathedral, Senate Square, has become the stage of national and academic festive services for the capital.

Following Helsinki Cathedral, stop by Uspenski Cathedral, the main cathedral of the Orthodox Church of Finland. Completed in 1868, the Cathedral is the largest orthodox church in Western Europe and a symbol of Helsinki. Last but not least is Temppeliaukio Church. Opened in 1969 by
the design of architects and brothers, Timo and Tuomo Suomalainen, it was built directly into solid rock and it is often known as the Church of the Rock. It serves as a church in tune with nature, but also holds concerts as well.

A final farewell dinner will be provided this evening at a local restaurant.

Overnight: Sokos Presidentti (or similar)

Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

DAY 5: April 27
After breakfast, transfer to the local pier. Take a one-way ferry from Helsinki to Tallinn today. You will be transferred to the local hotel via coach after arrival and clearing customs procedures. Connect with the remainder of your group who will be arriving from the U.S. today.

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.​​

You're invited to become part of a once-in-a-lifetime experience: a custom-designed introduction to healthcare and nursing in Sweden & Estonia traveling October 2020. Enjoy the unique culture and traditions of these two uniquely different countries while you spend time with the locals. Examine the role nurses and healthcare professionals play in the Swedish and Estonian healthcare system as well as the challenges of educating and sustaining an adequate healthcare workforce. Discuss current healthcare challenges in each country including the organization and financing of healthcare and models for healthcare provider education.  Giving back and engaging with the local community is an important part of your journey: you will have an opportunity to interact with a local non-profit organization or community project. Explore some of the most iconic sites of Tallinn including the Alexander Nevsky Cathedral and Kadriorg Palace, built for Catherine I of Russia by Peter the Great. Also visit the Royal Palace in Stockholm and participate in a local cooking class.   

A maximum of eight (8) Continuing Nursing Education Contact Hours (NCPD) will be awarded for this journey

for nurse participants completing all requirements. 




Nursing Credits

Finland: Helsinki | 4 days | April 23-27,  2021 | $1,999

Day 01: Depart for Estonia
Depart from a Newark area airport today and make your way to Tallinn, Estonia. The stunning beauty and friendly people alone are worth a visit!

Day 02: Tallinn - Arrival & Welcome
Upon arrival, the group will be met by your local guide and transferred to your area hotel for check-in late this afternoon.

The Hotel Telegraaf’s exclusive location and grand atmosphere offers a combination of Old Town charm, luxurious amenities, one of city’s top restaurants as well as a relaxing spa. Each room incorporates air-conditioning, safe, ironing board and free Wi-Fi high speed internet. The hotel has an onsite restaurant, fitness center and pool as well as 24-hour room service. The building dates to 1878 and was originally a four-story house, with the two topmost floors added later. In 1918 the Telegraaf House came into its own! It became the main center of communications – a post office until 1992. Hotel Telegraaf opened its doors officially in 2007.

All travelers will gather with your guide for an evening orientation and welcome (time permitting).

Enjoy a welcome dinner this evening at a local restaurant. 

Overnight:  Hotel Telegraf (or similar)
Meals: Dinner

Day 03: Tallinn, Estonia - Cultural Exploration

After breakfast, the group will depart for your exploratory tour of the city. First stop is Toompea Castle which was erected on the foundations of the crumbling eastern wing of the fortress built on this site in the 13th and 14th centuries. The castle with its late Baroque façade was built between 1767 and 1773. Hellemann Tower dates to the 14th-century tower and its 200m stretch of Town Wall offers fantastic views of Tallinn's medieval defenses.

The Alexander Nevsky Cathedral is an orthodox cathedral in Old Town. It was built to a design by Mikhail Preobrazhensky in a typical Russian Revival style between 1894 and 1900, during the period when the country was part of the Russian Empire. The Cathedral is Tallinn's largest and grandest orthodox cupola cathedral.

Lunch will be provided at a local restaurant today.
Kadriorg Palace
is a Petrine Baroque palace built for Catherine I of Russia by Peter the Great in Tallinn, Estonia. Both the Estonian and the German name for the palace means "Catherine's valley". It was built after the Great Northern War for Nicola Michetti's designs by Gaetano Chiaveri and Mikhail Zemtsov.

Last stop is to see Tallinn Town Hall. Built next to the Town Hall Square, it is the oldest town hall in the Baltic region, including Scandinavia. The building is in the south side of the ancient market square.

Dinner is by individual arrangement (own expense).

Overnight:  Hotel Telegraf (or similar)
Meals: Breakfast, Lunch

Day 04: Tallinn - Professional Exchange
Professional members of the program will interact with nursing counterparts this morning and afternoon for meetings at a local hospital, clinic or university.

Mission: The primary professional objective of this journey is meaningful interaction and collaboration between U.S. healthcare providers and healthcare providers in Sweden and Estonia regarding strategies for the improvement of global healthcare outcomes. You will explore historical and contemporary challenges these two countries have faced in providing health care to their citizens. In addition, the organization and financing of healthcare and models for healthcare provider education will be examined in both countries.

Lunch will be provided today at a local restaurant.

Guest program - After a leisurely breakfast, accompanying guests will meet with their guest guide and head out on public transport to visit Tallinn Legends. This attraction is a combination of a theater and interactive museum. The museum recreates historical events and legends that have contributed to the folklore of medieval Tallinn. They have brought together storytelling, interactive shows, special effects and history to create an unforgettable experience.

Return to the hotel where dinner will be provided nearby.
Overnight: Hotel Telegraf (or similar)

Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day 05: Tallinn, Estonia - Cultural Exploration
The group will depart this morning for a private cooking class. Traditional Estonian cuisine is based mostly on meat and potatoes but includes seafood especially for those living in coastal areas or near a river/lake. Learn to make a local dish or two and enjoy your creations for lunch today. This session usually takes about three hours.

Depart onward to visit the Estonia Open-Air Museum. Founded in 1957, they didn’t open for visitors until August 1964. Currently they showcase 74 buildings on 72 hectares of land.  Many of the buildings were moved to the museum property so showcase buildings from throughout the country. This includes farmhouses, a chapel, watermill, school, village shop, fire station and an inn. Brought from Kolu village, the inn and its stable was built in the 1840s. Brought to the museum in 1968, it's a perfect place to rest one's feet while you explore the grounds. This is an outside walking tour so subject to weather conditions; some buildings may be closed.

This evening dinner will be provided at a local family run restaurant or other local favorite. 
Overnight: Hotel Telegraf (or similar)
Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, DInner

​​Day 06: Travel to Sweden
This morning the group will have free time to prepare for check-out. You might opt to settle your expenses and explore the local markets dependent on the flight time to Sweden.

Lunch is on your own this afternoon before you head to the airport for your short flight to Stockholm, Sweden.  Upon arrival, you will be met by your local guide and transferred directly to Drottningholm Palace. Visit one of the most beautiful palaces in all of Scandinavia, a UNESCO World Heritage site. It is the most well-preserved royal castle built in the 1600s in Sweden and at the same time is representative of all European architecture for the period.

Continue onward to check into your local hotel. TheClarion Hotel Signs is in central Stockholm, close to shopping, theatres, restaurants, clubs and bars for your convenience. You'll be just a few minutes from Stockholm Central Station, metro, trains, buses and the Arlanda Express. The hotel has an outdoor heated pool, spa, onsite dining, gym and free Wi-Fi throughout. Guest rooms have a mini bar, safe, robes, iron and board, and upscale amenities.

For those interested, the guide is happy to take you on a walking tour around the hotel to familiarize you with the area.

Dinner will be provided this evening at a local restaurant. 
Overnight: The Clarion Hotel Signs (or similar)

Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day 07: Stockholm, Sweden - Cultural Exploration
After breakfast, head out to explore the city. This will include entrance into City Hall and the Vasa Museum.

Stockholm City Hall stands on the eastern tip of Kungsholmen Island, next to Riddarfjärden's northern shore, and is also facing the islands of Riddarholmen and Södermalm. The small park between the building and lake is adorned with several sculptures, among them Carl Eldh's ensemble representing the three artists August Strindberg, Gustaf Fröding and Ernst Josephson.

The Vasa Museum is one of Scandinavia's most visited, and its key exhibition is a well-preserved warship dating to 1628. The Vasa is also embellished with hundreds of wooden sculptures. After 333 years at the bottom of the Stockholm Bay, the ship was rediscovered and salvaged. The ship is in a constant stage of preservation by their research team.

Lunch will be provided at a local restaurant.

This afternoon the group will visit the Royal Place. The Royal Palace of Stockholm is His Majesty the King's official residence and is also the setting for most of the monarchy's official receptions, open to the public year-round. This combination of royal residence, workplace and cultural/historical monument is open year-round to visitors which makes it unique among Europe's royal residences.

Dinner will be provided at a local restaurant this evening. 
Overnight:  Clarion Hotel Signs (or similar)
Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day 08: Stockholm, Sweden - Professional Exchange
Today professional members of the group will continue their exchange with local nursing professionals. Discussions will focus on the us of a single national health insurer system in Sweden to achieve high level global healthcare outcomes despite spending less than 10% of GDP on healthcare. Also learn about their long-term care system for the elderly with a visit to a local elder care facility. 

Lunch will be provided this afternoon. 

Guest program - After breakfast, accompanying guests will depart from the hotel via public transportation on this guided tour of the ABBA Museum. You will not only see original costumes, gold records and memorabilia, but can enjoy a one of a kind exhibition where you can virtually try on ABBA’s costumes, sing, play, mix original music and become the fifth member of ABBA by performing on the large stage together with Björn, Benny, Frida and Agnetha. Lunch will be included today and a chance to visit a local market.

Overnight:  Clarion Hotel Signs(or similar)
Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day 9: Depart for the U.S. 
Enjoy some time this morning to relax before heading to the airport to check in for your flight home. Depending on the flight time, lunch is by individual arrangement.
Meals: Breakfast

Professional Participants - As this Nanda Journey 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.

What's Included

8 Continuing Nursing Education Contact Hours (NCPD) are being sought for this journey.

** Nanda Journeys and the University of Pittsburgh School of Nursing are collaborating to present the Nursing Journey. Professional nurses participating in the activity and completing the evaluation tool may receive a maximum of 10 Nursing Continuing Professional Development contact hours. The University of Pittsburgh School of Nursing is accredited as a provider of nursing continuing professional development by the American Nurses Credentialing Center’s Commission on Accreditation. **

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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

Helsinki, the capital of Finland, is a vibrant seaside city of beautiful islands and great green parks. On the pre-program extension, you'll explore some of the region’s highlights including the Uspenski Cathedral and Sumomenlinna Fortress. Take a day trip to Porvoo, the second oldest city in Finland, to explore the Old Town area and have some time to shop. Porvoo, located about 50 kilometers east of Helsinki, has a long history that can still be felt on the charming cobblestone streets, past the iconic red wooden shore houses.  

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Sweden: Stockholm, Estonia: Tallin| 9 days |April 26-May 4, 2021 | $5,999

Dr. Carol Huston

Dr. Carol Huston is a past president of Sigma Theta Tau, the International Honor Society of Nursing. She recently retired as director of the school of nursing at California State University-Chico (CSUC).

  • Author/co-author, Leadership Roles and Management Functions in Nursing, Professional Issues in Nursing, and Leadership and Management Tools for the New Nurse
  • Co-developer, Marquis-Huston Model for Teaching Critical Thinking, which has been recognized internationally by nurse scholars
  • Co-chairperson, 2010 International Year of the Nurse (IYNurse) Initiative—a                                  global partnership effort                                        between Sigma Theta Tau                                International Honor Society                                        of Nursing, the Nightingale                                      Initiative for Global Health,                                            and the Nightingale                                         Museum of London
  • Inducted as a Fellow of the American Academy of Nursing

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Nursing Journey to Estonia & Sweden led by Dr. Carol Huston


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