Window to the World
Travel Experience to Finland
NEW 2022 Dates: Sept 15-26, 2022
Travelers welcome, sign up today!

Announcing our 2nd “Window to the World” Travel Adventure: Traditions of Finland!

UPDATE MAY 2022: Join us for an informational meeting May 25, 2022 from 6-7PM. We will meet in person at the Cultural Center and do a Facebook livestream. This meeting is for registered travelers AND those interested in joining the trip, and will include information sharing, questions and answers, and a quick fun project.

Also, rest assured we are watching current world events to ensure safe travel. We will discuss updates and possibilities at the meeting.

The Cultural Center’s “Window to the World” program began as an idea to embrace a portion of our vision statement, which states that our work focuses on “celebrating the local and providing a window to the world.”  That work happens all year long right here in New York Mills and the surrounding region through our wide variety of programs. However, one day, board and staff members started to dream…

What if we provided a hands-on way to view the world through a travel experience? 

And, in addition to the trip itself, we could provide learning opportunities for ALL (whether you actually took the trip or not) to learn about the culture we planned to travel to!  Thus, our “Window to the World” program was born.

In 2019 we took our first group trip to Italy. This first Window to the World travel experience took 18 travelers from Central Minnesota to many culturally significant sites throughout Italy.  They visited Venice, Florence, Rome, Pompeii and several smaller towns along the Amalfi Coast. Leading up to the trip, the Cultural Center offered a variety of workshops open to all as a way to learn about Italian culture, including Architecture of Italy; Italian Culture, Language and Art; and a Book Discussion of “Oil and Marble” held in partnership with the NYM Public Library.

In 2021 we had to postpone due to COVID.

Now in 2022, we are headed to FINLAND!  This tour is in partnership with EF Go Ahead Tours and is open to up to 28 travelers.  Travels dates are September 15-26, 2022.  See the wonders of Finland’s cities and countryside in this 12 day trip.

The 2022 Finland tour package includes:

  • 10 nights in handpicked hotels
  • 10 breakfasts, 1 lunch, 4 dinners with beer or wine
  • 1 cooking class, 1 beer tasting, 1 wine tasting
  • Guided sightseeing tours
  • Expert tour director & local guides
  • Private deluxe motor coach

Tour highlights include visits to Sibelius Park, Temppeliaukio Church, Finnish National Gallery, Turku Market Square, Villa Mairea, Bothnian Sea National Park, Iittala Glass Factory, and the Verla Mill Museum.  On this guided tour, you’ll walk for at least 3 hours daily across mostly flat terrain, including cobblestone streets, paved roads, beaches, and dirt trails. Vaccination is currently required for this trip.

To view a PDF itinerary, click hereTo learn more and to grab your spot on the tour, click below:

Traditions of Finland with the NYM Cultural Center >


More information to come soon regarding programs leading up to the trip itself; our goal is that even if you aren’t able to actually board the plane to Finland, you still have the opportunity to learn about the culture! Check back for more info soon.

NOTE: This trip was originally planned for September 2021 and was postponed due to COVID travel restrictions in Finland. If you signed up in 2021, please contact us to confirm your travel plans. If you have not yet signed up but would like to join the group, there’s still time!  Contact or call 218-385-3339 today. Tour Finalization Date: 06/17/2022.