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Conquer the Lakes of Finland

Enjoy peace and serenity during your holiday. Travel the Finnish lakes at your own pace and at the same time stay in a first class summer house. During this holiday, you will experience nature that the lakes and forests in Central Finland can only offer. Conquer the white water foams of the Kuusa rapids on a river adventure; walk the line over an old logging river, cross the rapids sliding on a cable and test your skills in whitewater rafting. Catch a giant trout from the Kuusa rapids, enjoy a meal cooked on the open fire and feel the healing power of a Finnish sauna in Varjola.

Lossiranta Gallery

Lossiranta Gallery is open during summer time in the garden of Lossiranta Lodge. Changing exhibitions and seasonal decorations which are available for everyone to see from the park avenue Aino Acktén puistotie. During Christmas season, we have traditional Christmas crèche on display.

Genuine Countryside, Art and Nature

Come and relax in the midst of beautiful Finnish countryside! Experience the sauna, swim in a lake, and enjoy the peace and quiet. Overnight in the historically valuable, rustic surroundings of the Vehkaniemi Estate, located in the village of Pohjaslahti. Day 1: Art Tour in Mänttä-Vilppula, including Serlachius Museum Gösta Day 2: Hiking in Helvetinjärvi National Park Both Serlachius Museum Gösta and Helvetinjärvi are some 30 kilometres from the Vehkaniemi Estate.

Late Autumn Mushrooms and their Preservation

Autumn and the mushroom season are not yet over. This year’s last mushroom weekend concentrates on the species of late autumn and the secrets of mushroom preservation. The specialist of the weekend, Arja Hopsu-Neuvonen from the Martha Organization, is known as the Queen of Mushroom Pickles. The hostess of Hotel Punkaharju, Saimi Hoyer, is naturally joining us as well. Late autumn mushrooms, especially funnel chanterelles, will be the main focus of our mushroom hunting trips.

Guided Snowshoe Trip in Pyhä-Häkki National Park

Enjoy a day to remember in a quiet, beautiful and untouched forest, where you can hear the silence and feel at one with nature. If we are lucky, we may see some animals and their tracks in the snow. At our destination, we will make a campfire, cook coffee or tea and grill some sausages. The route is about 5 kilometres long and takes around 3 to 4 hours. Suitable for all.

Finnish Lake Culture Holiday

The history of Järvisydän began already in 1658. Nowadays guest house is run by the 11th generation and the history is cherished in the buildings, surroundings, restaurants and in activities of the resort. In our lake culture holiday, you accommodate in our new hotel, which have been built from the Finnish rocks and the old logwoods. In the restaurant, you will enjoy the local delicacies during the Guest House dinner. The safari takes you to the oldest national park in Finland, Linnansaari and in the evening you can relax in our new Lake Spa, which is the most ecological spa in whole Finland

SUP Outdoor Trips

Our SUP Outdoor trips will take you to the middle of quiet lake nature. Our course you will teach you the basics of stand-up paddling: the right paddling technique and safe practices, how to handle the paddle and board and how to get on the board. You’ll need appropriate sports clothes and an open and relaxed mind! We will provide neoprene shoes on our autumn trips.

Various Accommodation Services

We offer a wide variety of accommodation packages for visitors to the Isojärvi National Park. We have packages for hikers, day-trippers, paddlers and many others. Please visit our website for details.

Floating in the Lake

Put on a drysuit and jump into the freezing water. Floating among the ice is very comfortable and fun when you stay warm and dry. In the evening you can admire the stars in the sky and relax in the quiet. During the day, you can enjoy the bright winter sun. You can also find your inner Saimaa ringed seal and crawl around on the ice! You will receive warm clothes, drysuits and life vests for your safety and comfort.

Restaurant Ruukinranta

The restaurant Ruukinranta offers a large variety of food made out of local ingredients. The local fishermen and hunters deliver fish and meat directly to the restaurant. The fish is caught in the lake next to the restaurant (pike, pike-perch, perch and vendace). On the menu you also find several courses made of local wild elk (Alces alces).

Silence with Kantele

Discover the Finnish soulscape by crafting a kantele like Väinämöinen in the Finnish epic The Kalevala, and fall in love with this fascinating instrument in the peaceful milieu of a Karelian guesthouse. Then spend a day amidst the epic scenery of Karelia, tuning your kantele and learning the secrets of your five-string instrument from an expert. Learn to conjure up songs that will carry you away from your everyday life. The meditative power of the kantele is irresistible, and even a beginner can make beautiful sounds with it. Choose from one of five different guesthouses!

Wild Food Excursions

Finland is known for clean waters, vast forests, and the midnight sun. This creates a unique growth environment for delicious and nutritious wild foods such as berries, wild mushrooms, herbs, wild vegetables, fish, and game. During our wild food excursions, you will get to know some Finnish superfoods, learn where to find them, and see how they taste. Our nature guide will take you on a walk where you gather wild food of the season and prepare a super picnic together.

The Feeling of Fishing at Lake Puruvesi in Saimaa

Lake Puruvesi is a fishing paradise famous for its clear water and outstanding fishing possibilities! We provide fishing guidance and boat trips to the islands nearby, throughout the year. We have fully professional facilities and equipment: rods, reels, lures, echolot, downrigger, floating suites which are ready for you to use and enjoy.

Spa Hotel Rauhalahti

Located 5 km from Kuopio City Centre, behind the nature reserve. Spa, hotel and hostel apartments. Spa services: 10 deifferent pools & saunas. Variety of treatments. Gym, fitness classes. Kids' playroom and oudoor playground. Daily leisure programme for hotel guests. Diverse evening entertainment: live music, dance, karaoke. SPECIALITY: traditional Finnish smokesauna evenings in a real lumberjacks' lodge, Jätkänkämppä. Rauhalahti Resort: riding, tennis, bowling, frisbee golf, skiing, snowshoeing, snowmobiling, canoeing, waterjets, boat trips. Around New Year: Santa Claus himself.

Floating Down the Pajakkakoski Rapids

This exciting but safe floating in the rapids can be done all year round but the most exotic time for doing this is during mid-winter in extreme cold weather surrounded by fluffy blankets of snow and frosted trees. You will still keep dry and warm.

Sauna Yoga

In Oravi you can try the Finnish speciality Sauna Yoga. It is suitable for everyone and requires no previous yoga training. Sauna Yoga is practised under the guidance of a trained instructor. The gentle heat of the sauna effectively melts away the strains in your back and shoulders, and the beneficial effects can be felt immediately after a single session. After the sauna you can enjoy a refreshing swim in the lake. Join a weekly class or book a private session.

Unique Alvar Aalto Experience on House Boat

Explore legendary architect Alvar Aalto's works from his earliest projects through to achievements later in his career. The work of the world-famous architect can be found extensively in the Jyväskylä region. Stay in a unique houseboat surrounded by the breathtaking lake and its nature, then sail to Lake Päijänne to explore impressive locations, such as an experimental home in Muuratsalo, a church in Muurame, the Alvar Aalto Museum, and the town hall in Säynätsalo, which is considered one of the most remarkable works in Alvar Aalto’s career.

Lahti Historical Museum

Lahti Historical Museum is situated in the former main building of Lahti manor house. The building was designed by architect Hjalmar Åberg (1870-1935) and built during the years 1897-1898. The manor was in the ownership of Captain and Court Counsellor August Fellman and his family until the year 1919, when the town of Lahti gained possession of the manor. The purpose of the Historical Museum is to collect, document, research, exhibit and publish historical, cultural-historical and ethnological material and oral tradition in its own area.

Family Spa Holiday

Fun leisure for the whole family! The package includes breakfast buffet, daily visits to the spa and pools, gym and daily leisure program. Three or four night stays include tickets to Wuoksi-Wille train for easy access to the Town Center and four night stays inlcludes cruise on the Lake Saimaa with m/s Christina (Mon or Thu). Full board and Half board meal plans available. One to two children aged 6-14 years get free accommodation, breakfast and visit to pools when staying with adults. The restaurants offer à la carte menu, snacks, fast food, drinks, hot and cold beverages.

Comfortable, Well-Equipped Villas Close to Lake Päijänne

Kullasmarina villas are located by the Padasjoki marina and the pristine Lake Päijänne. Six villas can host up to 70 guests. The biggest villas can comfortably accommodate 15 persons. High-quality holiday villas with a panoramic view of Lake Päijänne, and a private sandy beach for comfort and activities, only two and a half hours by car from Helsinki. Surrounding nature provides a perfect location for many outdoor activities around the year: fishing trips, boat cruises, bird watching, canoeing, hiking, disc golf, snowshoeing and husky safaris.