A unique trip to Savonlinna

The most interesting train trip of the summer is made with Reissujuna from Helsinki to Savonlinna! The trip offers live performances, quality food and drinks, and a nostalgic atmosphere driven by the Heikki steam locomotive.


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Our trip starts on July 9, 2021 at 8 am from Helsinki and we arrive in Savonlinna after 4 pm. The route runs Helsinki-Lahti-Kouvola-Parikkala-Punkaharju-Savonlinna and we stop at Parikkala at all traffic locations. Return trip from Savonlinna on July 11, 2021 at 4 pm, we will arrive in Helsinki at about 10 pm.

Along the way, you will experience a unique old-time atmosphere in a memorable company as well you will see many locations and sights worth visiting. You can see the stops in the Schedules section.


From Helsinki to Savonlinna 9.7. at 8 p.m.
From Savonlinna to Helsinki 11.7. 16 o’clock

For the time being, travel tickets can be bought from Helsinki to Savonlinna and back. You can get on board from the intermediate station depending on the booking situation. The information is updated on the Passenger Train website closer to departure.


Weekend train trips also feature several different performances. Eas performers: sopranos Päivi Pylvänäinen and Johanna Lehesvuori, pianists Jukka Nykänen and Jenna Ristilä, bandoneonist Henrik Sandås, Klovni Hanna Terävä and the Student Union Singers Quartet.


During the trip you will have the opportunity to dine at the restaurant level as well as quality drinks. And it should not be forgotten that you can take a larger luggage with you, as there is plenty of space in the freight car.

Reissujuna menu by Hotelli Punkaharju

‘Purple Haze’ gazpacho, mustard seeds and wild herbs

Whitefish, summer vegetables and Pink Riesling sauce

Mesiangervo foam, raspberry and pollen

Á 55,00€ & Drinkpack 44,00€

The drink package includes a sparkling starter and 3 wines




On the way out on Friday, July 9, 2021, several different performances will be heard on the passenger train, including musical moments with opera, operetta and lied by soprano Johanna Lehesvuori and pianist Jenna Ristilä.

During the trip, we will meet Clown Hanna Terävä, who is traveling from carriage to carriage, and we will also hear Sibelius and Kuula playing in a moving train with the help of the Student Union Singers Quartet!

On the return journey on Sunday 11.7.2021 Sopraano Päivi Päiväinen Graduate Museum Train Aino Ackté’s atmosphere, showing Punkaharju’s national landscape of the founder of the founder of the Savonlinna Opera Festival, the Ackté Repertuaari, in the first international opera role of Savonlinna Opera Festival, together with pianist Jukka Nykänen.

As the summer evening approaches, the bandoneón virtuoso Henrik Sandås will board the tunes of the Argentine Astor Piazzolla, among others.

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On the way back from Savonlinna to Helsinkion 11 July 2021, soprano Päivi Pylvänäinen conjured up the atmosphere of Aino Ackté’s time on the museum train, performing works that were part of the repertive of the Savonlinna Opera Festival and one of finland’s first international opera stars in punkaharju’s national landscape together with pianist Jukka Nykänen.

Päivi Pylvänäinen is a soprano from Savonlinna. She graduated from the Sibelius Academy of the University of the Arts Helsinki with an honors degree in opera in the spring of 2015.

The column’s most recent opera roles have been Mercédès’ role in the Tampere Opera’s Carmen production in the spring of 2020 and Berta’s role in the barber of the Savonlinna Opera Festival in Seville in the summer of 2019.

Savonlinna-based Pylvänäinen began her music career as a violinist, but later ended up studying singing first at the Pirkanmaa University of Applied Sciences, then at the Kuopio Academy of Music and Dance and finally at the Sibelius Academy for opera education.

In the spring of 2021, Pylvänäinen will sing the role of Santuzza in Pietro Mascagni’s opera Cavalleria rusticana in Turku on the main stage of the Åbo Svenska Theater, and in the summer of 2021 he will be seen at the Savonlinna Opera Festival in the role of Barber of Seville.


On the way out on July 9, 2021 from Helsinki to Savonlinna, Reissujuna will hear several different performances, including musical moments with opera, operetta and lied by soprano Johanna Lehesvuori and pianist Jenna Ristilä.

Johanna Lehesvuori recently made her international debut in the role of Suor Angelica at the Teatro di san Girolamo in Italy.

Lehesvuori made her debut at the Finnish National Opera in the spring of 2017 at Melartin’s Aino Opera and since then she has performed roles in the house regularly. The most recent premiere was in November 2020, when she sang the role of Valencienne in Léhar’s Happy Widow. Until 2021, Lehesvuori will have the role of Najad on the calendar in Luxembourg from Richard Strauss’s opera Ariadne auf Naxos.

Lehesvuori’s debut album “Christmas Light”, which studied in Stockholm, Florence, Lucca and Milan, was released in November 2014. She has also recorded Beethoven as a soloist with the Turku Philharmonic Orchestra under Leif Segerstam in the autumn of 2018.


Pianist Jenna Ristilä comes from Savonlinna and her versatile skills have been heard and seen in savonlinna’s culture-filled summers in several forms, including jukka Rintala’s fashion show and mezzo-soprano Anu Ontromen in the Lossiranta Lodge concert series, as a rehearsal pianist at hartmut Rohte’s master class and in summer 2019 also as a park pianist!

Ristilä holds a Master of Music from the Sibelius Academy and also studied at the Royal Welsh College of Music & Drama in Cardiff. Ristilä has extensive experience working with singers from both adult and children’s operas, performing and designing lied programs, and premieres of contemporary music operas – Ristilä has also been founding a new kind of Start-up Opera working group.


Ylioppilaskunnan Laulajat is the oldest Finnish – language choir in Finland. The founding of the choir dates back to 1883, at a time when male choir singing had become a Central European fashion phenomenon and gradually gained popularity in the Grand Duchy of Finland as well.

At the turn of the 19th and 20th centuries, the Student Union Singers premiered a wealth of new works by the greatest Finnish composers of the time and played an important role in creating a new Finnish culture. At the beginning of independence, the choir had already established its position and, when giving concerts abroad, acted as a cultural ambassador, singing Finnish on the world map.

On our steam train trip in July, the quartet, made up of members of the YL Singers, will present an extensive collection of works from the choir’s traditional repertoire, including Jean Sibelius’s Boat Trip and The Forester’s Song and Leevi Madetoja’s Serenade He Passed Like Flowers. The quartet visits several different Wagons during the trip. Let’s also hear an arrangement about Egotrip’s Passenger in the program!


Henrik Sandås is a bandoné artist whose repertoire includes Argentine tango and tango nuevo as well as baroque music, new art music and improvisation.

Sandås ’eloquent playing style and emotional interpretations have aroused admiration around the world. He is one of Finland’s most sought-after tango Nuevo specialists and nowadays devotes more and more of his time to composing, arranging and orchestrating music.

Sandås has performed e.g. In Finland, Spain, Argentina and Russia as a soloist in orchestras and as a chamber musician with various ensembles and he has also performed at many international festivals in Finland and abroad.


On the way from Helsinki to Savonlinna, Konduktööri-Kemppainen will check the tickets from both small and large passengers using clowning!

Behind Konduktööri-Kemppainen is the clown, circus artist, circus teacher and dancer Hanna Terävä, who graduated as a dancer from Danshögskolan in Stockholm in 2001 and as a master of clownery from Stockholm Theater Academy in 2010.

Terävä works extensively in the field of theater-clowning in both adult and children’s ensembles on and off the theater stage.

He has worked as a professional artist since 2002, e.g. Dance theater in the winter circuses that have gained fame in the ranks of the Clowns without Borders Association Ilona for children in need since 2009, as a freelance artist, preparing full-length works. In 2010-2020, e.g. Ruusunen-Cinderella-Snow White trilogy in 2016-2019, Naku, work for clown and musician 2019, Maija clown since 2010 and most recently Balalaukku – a stage work for the whole family 2020.

Terävä does her work with the equipment of physical theater: with body and imagination and his performances are suitable for everyone from baby to grandpa.


The pianist Jukka Nykänen (b. 1976), who graduated from the Sibelius Academy in 2004, is a very versatile musician who is at home in any genre.

He enjoys singing music, opera and theater in particular – as a pianist, arranger and composer. He has worked e.g. At the Finnish National Opera, Helsinki City Theater, the National Theater and the Svenska Teatern – and composed several musicals himself.

He has performed e.g. Helsinki Festival, Espoo International Piano Week, Kuhmo Chamber Music, Mänttä Music Festival and Turku Music Festival. In addition, he has played e.g. As a soloist with the Helsinki and Kuopio City Orchestras and the Vantaa Entertainment Orchestra.

Nykänen regularly appears on TV as a commentator on the Radio Symphony Orchestra’s concert broadcasts.

In December 2014, he was awarded the Ministry of Education and Culture’s Finland Prize.


Our trip starts on Friday, July 9, 2021 at 8 am from Helsinki and we arrive at about 4 pm. The return trip from Savonlinna to Helsinki leaves at about 4 pm and arrives in Helsinki at 10 pm.

The trip offers live performances, quality food and drinks, and a nostalgic atmosphere driven by the Heikki steam locomotive. The route runs between Savonlinna – Punkaharju – Parikkala – Kouvola – Lahti – Helsinki and Savonlinna – Parikkala, we stop at all traffic points.


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