Window to the World
Travel Experience to Finland
NEW 2022 Dates: Sept 15-26, 2022

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

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.  Travelers must sign up by June 17th.

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 and sign up by June 17, 2022:

Traditions of Finland with the NYM Cultural Center >


Want to learn more about the Finnish culture but not able to join us on the trip?

We’ve got you covered! 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! Please save these dates for Finnish workshops:

  • Wednesday, June 29, 6-7pm — Enjoy Finnish trivia and make MN art pins to wear & share!
  • Wednesday, July 27, 6-7pm — Learn Finnish Language Basics with NYM native and Salolampi Finnish Language Camp Counselor Tucker Henderson!
  • Wednesday, August 24, 6-7pm — Experience Finnish culture, food and travel tips!

Workshops will include information about Finnish culture, art, language and more, and are free and open to the public. Join us at the Cultural Center!

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.

Also, rest assured we are watching current world events to ensure safe travel. We are in regular contact with EF Go Ahead experts on the ground in Finland, as well as several Finnish artists and contacts living and working in Finland. Safety is our top priority.

Questions? Contact us at 218-385-3339 or email