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Guided tour in the Rune Singer's Village

Karelian cultural features come together in Parppeinvaara’s Rune Singer's Village: kantele music, handicraft, the Orthodoxy as well as traditional food. Guided tours in the Rune Singer's Village include an introduction to the Karelian way of life and construction culture, mesmerising kantele compositions and tales of the rune singers of Ilomantsi. War history is an intrinsic part of Ilomantsi’s recent history and at the Mesikkä Animal Museum, one can immerse themselves in the relationship between human and nature.

Summer Period

Price: 6 € / pax, guided tour 70 € / 90 € (incl. kantele music) during opening hours, administration fee outside of opening hours 40 €

Validity period: 1.6.-31.8.2020

Group size: Minimum 10 pax

Duration: Tour without kantele music 1 h, including kantele music 1 h 30 min

Winter Season

Price: 5 € / pax, guided tour 110 € / 130 € (incl. kantele music)  

Validity period: 1.1.2020-31.5.2020, 1.9.-31.12.2020 (Museum buildings of Mateli, Border General's Cabin and All Saints Chapel are not included in the guided tour during 1.10.-31.4.)

Group size: Minimum 10 pax

Duration: Tour without kantele music 1 h, including kantele music 1 h 15 min

Programme Description

The group arrives in Parppeinvaara Rune Singer's Village and the guide will lead them to the Rune Singer's House. The guided tour begins with an introduction to Karelian culture and a session of kantele music. From the Rune Singer's House the guided tour proceeds via museum buildings of Mateli Kuivalatar to the Border General’s Cabin which is a real part of Rukajärvi’s battlefront war history.  The guided tour also includes the All Saints Chapel and the Mesikkä Animal Museum.

There is the possibility to purchase souvenirs from the museum shop Parppeinpuoti.

Coffee or lunch can be purchased for an additional fee at Parppeinpirtti Restaurant.

On the Tracks of Rune-Singing - Themed Tour

Rune-singing has for centuries given rhythm to the lives of people in Ilomantsi. Runes with the Kalevala metre reflected important parts of life as well as normal everyday life. The legacy of rune-singing can still be observed in surprising ways today. Rune-singing is the map of a Finnish person’s mindscape.

During the themed tour “On the Tracks of Rune-Singing”, we dive deep into the eclectic world of rune-singing, its uses and its metaphors. The tour allows you to empathise with youth having fun, listen to beliefs about bears, eternal longing and the mystical world of spells. Interactive and adventurous guided tours take place in the Rune Singer's House and the Mesikkä Animal Museum. The themed tours can be tailored for different age groups.

Price: 70 € / group and 6 € / pax
Validity period: for individual reservations based on availability of the guide

Group size: Minimum 10 pax
Programme Duration: 1 h

Programme Description

The group arrives in Parppeinvaara Rune Singer's Village and the guide will lead them to the Rune Singer's House. Themed guided tour begins from the Rune Singer's House and continue towards the Mesikkä Animal Museum. The guided tour includes activities, games and both dance and songs. The starting point of the “On the Tracks of Rune-Singing” themed tour is an Ilomantsi style runic song and the format of the session is conversational. The price of the themed tour includes admission to the Rune Singer's Village of which you can learn more after the guided tour. There is also the opportunity to purchase souvenirs in the museum shop Parppeinpuoti.

For an additional fee, you can add these on programmes:

  • Kantele music session in the Rune Singer's House
  • Modern day Karelian buffet in the restaurant Parppeinpirtti

Karelian Culture in Parppeinvaara

Karelian culture is being presented in all its glory in the wonderful hillscapes of the Parppeinvaara Rune Singer's Village. Our Karelian culture package combines the diverse cultural offerings of the Rune Singer's Village and the traditional delicacies of the Parppeinpirtti Restaurant.

Price:

Adults 27€ / pax,  guided tour 90 € / group

Validity period:

1.6.-31.8.2020 (closed on 19.6.)

Group size:

 Minimum 16 pax

Programme Duration:

 approx. 2 h 30 min

Programme Description

The group will arrive in Parppeinvaara Rune Siner's Village where the guide will lead the group into the Rune Singer's House. There will be a introduction and a kantele session. After the kantele music session, the itinerary continues with a guided tour outdoors; the museum buildings of Mateli and Korhonen, the Border General Cabin, the Orthodox All Saints Chapel and the Mesikkä Animal Museum. At the end of the tour, the group proceeds to the Parppeinpirtti Restaurant to enjoy a modern Karelian lunch buffet.

Every 16th customer dines for free in group bookings, max 2 pax / group.

There are shopping opportunities in the Museum shop Parppeinpuoti and the restaurant Parppeinpirtti.

The itinerary is always to be agreed in advance with the group on a case-by-case basis.

ATTN! A confirmation for the number of persons for the Karelian culture package shall be done a week before the day of the visit.

Kantele Music Session in the Rune Singer's House

Take a deep breath and lean back to relax for a moment; the kantele melodies tinkle beautifully in a Karelian house.

Price:

 40 € / group and 6 € / pax, outside of opening hours 70 € / group and administration fee 40 €

Validity period:

1.6.-31.8.2020 (closed on 19.6.), also valid for timings outside of opening hours upon prior arrangement

Group size:

 Minimum 10 pax

Programme Duration:

 15 min

Programme Description

The group will arrive in the Parppeinvaara Rune Singer's Village where the guide will receive them. The guide leads the group to the Rune Singer's House. There will be a introduction and a kantele session. After the kantele session, the group has the opportunity to visit the Rune Singer's House themed exhibition available in the summer time as well as tour the outdoor area of the Rune Singer's Village on their own and shop for souvenirs in the museum shop Parppeinpuoti.

For an additional fee, you can add on these programmes:

  • Guided tour in the Rune Singer's Village
  • Coffee / dining in the Restaurant Parppeinpirtti

War history in Parppeinvaara

Border - Raappana and Rukajärvi
Renewed exhibition of the Border General’s Cabin

The hut which served as Major General E. J. Raappana’s headquarters during the war time is a deep dive into the local war history.

Price:

70 € / group and 6 € / pax

Validity period:

1.6.-31.8.2020 (closed on 19.6.)

Group size:

 Minimum 10 pax

Programme Duration:

 Approx. 1 h

Programme Description

The group will arrive in Parppeinvaara Rune Singer's Village where the guide will receive them. The guide leads the group to the Border General’s Cabin. There will be a narration of the history of the cottage, the battles in the Ilomantsi area and the character of Raappana. This is a multi-visual programme. Raappana’s weapons and badges of merit can be found on display.

For an additional fee, you can add on these programmes:

  • Guided tour in the Rune Singer's Village
  • Kantele music session in the Rune Singer's House
  • Coffee / dining in the Restaurant Parppeinpirtti 

Booking and Cancellation Policies

Booking Policy

Guided tours have to be reserved in advance with the Parppeinvaara Rune Singer's Village, Ilomantsi’s Museum Foundation or with the Möhkö Ironworks’ customer service via phone or email. Reservations are processed in the summer season during museum opening hours and in other seasons on weekdays from Monday to Friday from 8am to 4pm.

The prices on the price list apply to groups of at least ten people. An administration fee of 40 € is chargeable outside of opening hours.

The guide will be present 15 minutes before the reserved time and will wait for the group for a maximum of 30 minutes starting from the stipulated time. In the event that the group would like the guide to wait for longer, they need to inform the museum and an extension of the guide’s services are charged 30€ for each starting hour. The guide can wait, provided he or she does not have other undertakings.

 

Cancellation Policy

The museum must be informed of any changes and cancellations related to services booked. The guided tours can be cancelled without penalty up to two days before the reserved time. Reserved guided tours need to be cancelled by the stated deadline or they will be charged in full. The size of the group must be confirmed two days before the reserved timing after which it will not be possible to reduce the amount of participants billed.