The Cooperative for Cultural and Experience Travel in Lahti, also known as ELMA Tours (ELMA Matkat), is a cooperative founded in early 2014. We focus on sustainable tourism and cultural activities.
We also support museums, entrepreneurs and companies that, through their activities, nurture the cultural and natural values of the region and promote their activities in accordance with sustainable principles.
Our development projects focus on both local historical, cultural and environmental brand building of travel services joining in Finnish Culture Heritage like Finnish National Epic Kalevala.
Common description of our activities
Travel Agency services
The Cooperative for Cultural and Experience Travel in Lahti Region, also known as ELMA Tours (ELMA Matkat). We focus on sustainable tourism and cultural activities. Our goal is to develop and promote unique experiences, nature and cultural tourism as well as record and preserve the cultural heritage and historical patrimony of Lahti, Päijät-Häme area and its surrounding areas.
As a travel agency we
- produce and sell tour packages,
- provide professional guiding services
- visa services to Russia.
- We are ready to help our independent travelers searching for hotels, guide services, train timetables to Russian railways and purchasing train tickets.
We are constantly improving and increasing our travel services according to our members and costumer´s wishes. Our goal is to stand out from other travel agents providing adventurous excursions and quality guide services.
You are welcome to visit our office at Loviisankatu 3 in Lahti to discuss your travel ideas and we will make them come true. Two good examples of our package tours for independent travellers happened last year, when we organized a group self-guided tour for seven people through Siberia to Vladivostok and another for 3 people for a group trip through Siberia to Mongolia and Beijing. Both succeeded.
Other Elma services
- Computer advisory servies;
- Selling and promotion of manufactured products, jewelry, among other items.
- Bookshop; Kalevala joined literature from Juminkeko Foundation and Elma own publications
- Educational services: in 2015 and in 2016, the cooperative trained, with its partners, Lahti City guides who were fluent in Russian and in 2021 Ylinen Viipurintie project in Lahti area
Our business is evolving through a network of members and partners which comprises almost 40, and the number is increases all the time. We involve individuals and associations in our activities as well as various players in the tourism industry, and cultural services companies. We all welcome interested in tourism, culture and adventure activities. You can participate in our activities as a member of a cooperative, as a partner or consumer of tourism services.
The cooperative also supports museums, entrepreneurs and companies that, through their activities, nurture the cultural and natural values of the region and promote their activities in accordance with sustainable principles.