Social programme

Tampere Summer School arranges social events and free-time activities to help students get to know each other as well as the city of Tampere and the Finnish way of life. Some events are free of charge for Summer School students, some for extra cost. 

Enrollment to the Social Programme begins 2 July! Admitted students will be sent the link to enrollment as soon as it has opened. Enrollment is required for all activities and events.

All Social Programme fees are collected upon enrollment (credit card, PayPal or Finnish online banking) and they are non-refundable.

Please also see our tips for other things do in Tampere in your free time!

Social programme for August 2018

Mon 6 August
Tue 7 August
Wed 8 August
Thu 9 August
Fri 10 August
Bonus:

Day cruise to Tallinn on Saturday 18 August! (independent)

Welcoming ceremony

University of Tampere (UTA),
lecture hall A1
10.00 – 11.00
free of charge

Campus tours

17.00 – 18.00
18.00 – 19.00
free of charge

Ice Breaker Evening at Klubi

19.00 – 21.00
free of charge

Sightseeing bus tour

17.30 –19.30
free of charge
25-200 persons

Abseiling down the Pyynikki tower

18.00 – 20.00
cost: 20 euros
10-30 persons

OR

Vapriikki museum: Tampere 1918 exhibition

16.00 – 18.00
cost: 10 euros
10-30 persons

Canoeing + campfire

18.00 – 21.00
cost: 30 euros
4-33 persons

OR

Finnish food evening

17.30 – 21.30
cost: 28 euros
10-25 persons

Viikinsaari island sauna evening

18.00 – 22.00
cost: 25 euros (incl. boat tickets)
10-30 persons

Mon 13 August
Tue 14 August
Wed 15 August
Thu 16 August
Fri 17 August

Canoeing + campfire

18.00 – 21.00
cost: 30 euros
4-33 persons

Abseiling down the Pyynikki tower

18.00 – 20.00
cost: 20 euros
10-30 persons

OR

Moomin museum

17.30 – 19.00
cost: 15 euros
10-35 persons

Picnic & Games

17.00 – 19.00
UTA campus
free of charge

Kickback bikes + campfire

17.30 – 21.00
cost: 30 euros
10-30 persons

OR

Finnish food evening

17.30 – 21.30
cost: 28 euros
10-25 persons

Farewell coffee

15.00-16.00
free of charge
UTA campus

Monday 6 August 2018

Registration & Welcoming Ceremony

Tampere Summer School 2018 will start with registration and a Welcoming Ceremony where students have the opportunity to gather together for the first time and to hear the official opening words for Tampere Summer School 2018!

  • time: Monday 6 August, 9:00-11:00
  • location: UTA campus, Main building
  • cost: free of charge 

Registration

Campus Tour

Students will be offered a tour around the University of Tampere main campus on the first day of Tampere Summer School 2018.

  • time: Monday 6 August, 17:00-18:00
  • location: departure from the Summer School info desk (main building)
  • cost: free of charge
Ice Breaker Evening

What a better way to spend the first evening of Tampere Summer School 2018 than getting to know fellow students in a relaxed atmosphere!

  • time: Monday 6 August, 19:00-21:00
  • location: Bar Klubi, Tullikamarin aukio 2, 33100 Tampere
  • cost: free of charge (drinks at own cost)

Tuesday 7 August 2018

Sightseeing Bus Tour

See all the best sights and hear all the exciting stories of Tampere during a city bus tour!         

  • time: Tuesday 7 August, 17:30-19:30
  • location: departure from UTA campus yard
  • cost: free of charge
  • min – max number of participants: 25 – 200

Students on a bus tour

Wednesday 8 August 2018

Abseiling down the Pyynikki tower

A great way to test ones courage is to abseil down a 26-meter tower wall at Pyynikki observation tower! Read more: Kelo ja Kallio adventures.

After abseiling, participants have the opportunity to enjoy coffee or tea and the best fresh doughnuts in town (at own cost)!

  • time: Wednesday 8 August OR Tuesday 14 August, 18:00-20:00
  • location: Pyynikki Observation Tower, Näkötornintie 20, 33230 Tampere
  • cost: 20 euros (coffee/tea/doughnuts at own cost)
Vapriikki museum: Tampere 1918 exhibition

Exactly 100 years ago, Finland was divided by a bloody civil war. Tampere was one of the most important battle sites, and bullet holes are still visible in some old buildings in the city centre. Vapriikki, the largest museum in Tampere, houses an exhibition focusing on the events in Tampere in spring 1918. The exhibition presents a large cross-section of a society at war, from children and the elderly to workers and factory managers.

After the guided tour in the 1918 exhibition, students have an opportunity to explore other exhibitions in Vapriikki at their own pace.

  • time: Wednesday 8 August, 16:00-18:00 (guided tour 45-60 minutes + time to explore other exhibitions)
  • location: Museum Centre Vapriikki, Alaverstaanraitti 5, 33100 Tampere
  • cost: 10 euros (entrance + guided tour)

Thursday 9 August 2018

Canoeing + campfire

Enjoy great company and amazing landscapes while canoeing on Lake Näsijärvi! You’ll be paddling in a big canoe (6-8 people) and taken care of by the instructors of Hiking Travel Hit. The journey takes you to Tapatora island, where you will be enjoying coffee and some food around a campfide before paddling back.

  • time: Thursday 9 August OR Monday 13 August, 18:00-21:00
  • location: Kaupinoja, Lake Näsijärvi
  • cost: 30 euros (including campfire food)
  • min – max number of participants: 4 – 30

Canoeing

Finnish food evening

Have you ever tried Karelian pastries, the Finnish savory delicacy with rice pudding inside a rye dough? Nothing is better than home-made Karelian pastries fresh from the oven! In the Finnish food evening, you will learn how to make these pastries yourself. The menu also includes a tasty soup and a dessert.

  • time: Thursday 9 August OR Thursday 16 August, 17:30-21:30
  • location: Sasky Tampere College of Services, Koulukatu 18, 33200 Tampere
  • cost: 28 euros
  • min-max number of participants: 10 - 25

Friday 10 August 2018

Sauna Evening at Viikinsaari Island

Interested in trying out the traditional Finnish sauna and taking a dip in a beautiful Finnish lake? This is for you! We’ll spend the evening at Viikinsaari Island in, a verdant summer haven, located only 20 minutes away from Tampere city centre. Bring your own towel and bathing suit! More information on the island: Viikinsaari.

  • time: Friday 10 August, 18:00-22:00
  • location: Viikinsaari Island
  • cost: 25 euros (including boat tickets)
  • min – max number of participants: 15 – 30

Viikinsaari

Monday 13 August 2018

Canoeing + campfire

Enjoy great company and amazing landscapes while canoeing on Lake Näsijärvi! You’ll be paddling in a big canoe (6-8 people) and taken care of by the instructors of Hiking Travel Hit. The journey takes you to Tapatora island, where you will be enjoying coffee and some food around a campfide before paddling back.

  • time: Thursday 9 August OR Monday 13 August, 18:00-21:00
  • location: Kaupinoja, Lake Näsijärvi
  • cost: 30 euros (including campfire food)
  • min – max number of participants: 4 – 30

Tuesday 14 August 2018

Abseiling down the Pyynikki tower

A great way to test ones courage is to abseil down a 26-meter tower wall at Pyynikki observation tower! Read more: Kelo ja Kallio adventures.

After abseiling, participants have the opportunity to enjoy coffee or tea and the best fresh doughnuts in town (at own cost)!

  • time: Wednesday 8 August OR Tuesday 14 August, 18:00-20:00
  • location: Pyynikki Observation Tower, Näkötornintie 20, 33230 Tampere
  • cost: 20 euros (coffee/tea/doughnuts at own cost)
Visit to Moomin Museum

The only Moomin Museum in the world opened in Tampere Hall in June 2017! Tove Jansson original Moomin illustrations are a key part of the museum’s atmosphere. They tell where it all began and what Moomins were like when they were brought into this world by Tove Jansson’s pen. After the guided tour (45-60 minutes), students have time to explore the collection themselves or visit the museum shop.

  • time: Tuesday 14 August, 17:30-19:00
  • location: Tampere Hall, Yliopistonkatu 55, 33100 Tampere
  • cost: 15 euros
  • min – max number of participants: 15 – 35

Moomin museum

Wednesday 15 August 2018

Picnic/Game Evening

Spend some time with your fellow students in a relaxed atmosphere! Some snacks will be offered by the university, but you can also bring your own.

  • time: Wednesday 15 August, 17:00-19:00
  • location: University inner yard
  • cost: free of charge

Thursday 16 August 2018

Kickback bikes + campfire

This tour will take you to the forest around Tampere on a kickback bike! The tour includes a break at Niihama cottage, where you will be able to grill some food on a campfire, play games and maybe find some blueberries!

  • time: Thursday 16 August, 17:30-21:00
  • location: starting point at UTA campus (note the changed starting point). The tour ends at Kaupinoja, Lake Näsijärvi, where you can either walk or take the bus back to centre (bus at own cost)
  • cost: 30 euros (including food)
  • min-max number of åarticipants: 10-30
Finnish food evening

Have you ever tried Karelian pastries, the Finnish savory delicacy with rice pudding inside a rye dough? Nothing is better than home-made Karelian pastries fresh from the oven! In the Finnish food evening, you will learn how to make these pastries yourself. The menu also includes a tasty soup and a dessert.

  • time: Thursday 9 August OR Thursday 16 August, 17:30-21:30
  • location: Sasky Tampere College of Services, Koulukatu 18, 33200 Tampere
  • cost: 28 euros
  • min-max number of participants: 10 - 25

Friday 17 August 2018

Farewell Coffee

Let’s gather together one more time and have a look back at the time at Tampere Summer School before saying farewell.

  • time: Friday 17 August, 15:00-16:00
  • location: UTA campus
  • cost: free of charge

Farewell coffee

Bonus: Day cruise to Tallinn on 18 August!

Tampere Summer School and Viking Line offer you a chance to take a day cruise to visit Tallinn, the charming capital of Estonia, right after the Summer School! The journey starts in Helsinki, and you will be back there the same night.

  • time: departure from Helsinki Saturday 18 August at 10:30 (participants must be at the terminal at least 1 hour before departure!)
    arrival in Tallinn 13:00
    departure from Tallinn 17:00
    arrival in Helsinki 19:30
  • departure/arrival location: Helsinki, Katajanokka terminal
  • cost: 34 euros / person, including the cruise and an all-you-can-eat brunch buffet on board! Travel to Helsinki (and back) at own cost.
  • min-max number of participants: 10-50

Please note that this cruise is not officially part of Tampere Summer School. The participants are have to organise their journey to Helsinki independently, and Tampere Summer School accepts no responsibility of the students taking part in this journey.

Other things to do in Tampere

Unipoli Sports

Unipoli Sports provides sports services for university students on three campuses around Tampere: City centre, Kauppi and Hervanta. Tampere Summer School students can use the Unipoli Sports services for a reduced fee of 6 euros/person/visit. With this one fee, you can use the gym, attend group exercise classes and play ball games in the designated time slots.

Note: Please see the customer service times for each sports centre and plan your visit accordingly. Read more: Unipoli Sports website

Tampere Theatre Festival 6 - 12 August

Tampere Theatre Festival is the oldest and the largest professional theatre festival in the Nordic countries, celebrating its 50th anniversary during the first Summer School week! The festival is spread around Tampere in several locations, and the programme includes 21st century drama, classics, circus, dance theatre, street theatre and more. During the night between Thursday 9th and Friday 10th August, the Great Nocturnal Happening and its carnevalistic atmosphere take over the city as different co-operative parties, such as associations, companies, parishes and the City council itself arrange happenings and events around Tampere.

Public saunas

One of the most unique experiences you can get it in Finland is to visit a public sauna. Finns love their saunas - there are over three million saunas around the country! In Tampere there are three public saunas. Rauhaniemen kansankylpylä and Kaupinojan sauna are located next to the Näsijärvi lake and offer the possibility to dip in the lake during the sauna experience. Rajaportin sauna is the oldest public sauna in Finland (opened in 1906!) and a true Finnish experience. At Rajaportti you won’t be needing your swimming suit since there are separate saunas for men and women.

Museums

Tampere has many interesting museums to visit. Two of them (Museum Centre Vapriikki and Moomin Museum) are already included in the social programme, and they are definitely worth a visit by yourself if you cannot make it during the social programme. If you are interested in art, Tampere art museum and Sara Hildén art museum offer a variety of collections from early 19th century Finnish art to a range of contemporary art, including installation art and photography. If you want to know more about the social and workers' history of Finland and Tampere (sometimes called "the Manchester of Finland" because of its factories), the Finnish Labour Museum Werstas is the place to go - and admission is always free! In addition, Amuri Museum of Workers' Housing, located in 19th century wooden houses right by the city centre, shows how people used live in Tampere during the industrialisation. For those interested in the history of Russia and the Soviet Union, Tampere offers the world's only Lenin museum left outside Russia - located in the building where Lenin and Stalin met for the first time.

Särkänniemi amusement park

Only a short walk from the centre you can find Särkänniemi amusement park with a lot of activities and amusement rides and even a little animal park. Särkänniemi is a fun place to visit during the summer! If your stomach cannot handle the rides, you can always just go see the place, play some games and enjoy your day - entrance to the park is free of charge.

 

Särkänniemi

Flowpark

If you are looking for something more active and maybe even a bit extreme to do, Flowpark is the right option. Flowpark is a cool adventure park where you can test your courage and strength climbing through the adventure tracks high up between trees. Flowpark is located in the Pyynikki area right next to the Pyhäjärvi lake so you can also enjoy the lake views from the treetops.

Mini golf

One activity that many Finns love to do in the summer is playing mini golf. There is a fun mini golf place Manse Rata Golf near the centre close to Pyynikki and Rosendahl beaches where people sunbathe and relax in the summers. The mini golf has three different tracks with different prices.

Cinemas

Usually the Finnish summer is quite erratic and you never know if it’s going to rain or shine. For the rainy days a good choice of action is the movies. There are three movie theatres in Tampere centre. Finnkino has two theatres, Plevna and Cine Atlas, and the small independent cinema Niagara shows more unusual films in addition to the latest releases.

Escape rooms

What would be trendier than solving the mysteries of an escape room? There several different escape rooms in Tampere offering different kind of stories and riddles to solve. This is another great option for the rainy days!

Room Escape
Getaway
Mysteeri
Way Out