In summer three essential features of any Finnish holiday cottage are a sauna, a rowboat and a lake. Lapland offers you a cosy atmosphere with a lot of activities especially in winter time. Cottages available for holiday rent enable visitors to enjoy the same replenishing pleasures as their Finnish hosts.
Most cottages are in sparsely inhabited, quiet countryside, often with a farm nearby selling food or handicrafts. Hire a cottage on Åland, a wide range of lodges and cottages – a total of 500 – both in “cottage communities” and in more private locations.
Most of the 10,000 or so rented cottages in Finland can be reserved through booking centres. The cottages differ in standard of amenities and setting, but all are fully furnished and equipped with cooking facilities, bedclothes, lighting and fuel for heating. Bed linen and towels can also be rented.
Finland has about 200 holiday villages. Most of them are in the central lakeland area but there are also a number on the coast, on the islands off the coast, in the Aland islands and in northern and eastern Finland.
The villages differ in layout. In some, the cottages are in a row fairly close together, in others they are scattered over the area and can be as much as 100 metres apart. Many holiday villages adjoin camping sites. Almost every cottage has its own boat. The cottage usually consists of a combined sitting room and bedroom, and a kitchen with a gas or electric cooker, fridge, crockery, cutlery and kitchen utensils. Bed linen and towels are not always included. There is often running water and a WC in the cottage. A sauna will be available in the village.
Peak season: In summer from mid-June to mid-August. Some villages hire out cottages for a minimum period of one week. The best holiday villages are open all year round and are excellent for a winter holiday and skiing.
Prices range from 115 to 510 euros per week per cottage, although luxury bungalows may cost more than 1000 euros per week in some villages. Those in the top price bracket have several rooms, all modern conveniences and TV. Some villages also include a restaurant and a hotel.
Recreation and entertainment: Many villages arrange programmed holidays, including boat and fishing expeditions, grilling fish or sausages on the shore, rambles in the surroundings, minigolf, tennis, volley ball, wind-surfing, canoeing, riding, water-skiing and cycling.
Camping anda Caravaning
Camping sites are usually located in attractive surroundings, almost always by water, whether lake, river or sea. Rowing, canoeing, fishing and hiking are just some of the things you can do while staying at a camping site. There are about 330 camping sites in Finland evenly distributed over the whole country. About 200 of them belong to the Finnish Campingsite Association’s national network. Most sites also have cabins in addition to tent and caravan pitches.
English or German are usually spoken by the people running the sites, which are easily identified by the blue and white sign bearing a picture of a tent inside a large white C. Road signs indicating camping sites are marked according to international practice. Camping outside camping sites is forbidden without the permission of the landowner, as is the lighting of fires in the countryside.
Butane gas is not available in Finland. If you use bottled gas, make sure you have enough with you for your stay, because foreign containers will not be exchanged in Finland. There are many camping sites where a party of campers can stay overnight in inexpensive cabins or holiday cottages if the stay is a longer one. In the camping cabins there are usually beds for 2-6 people, a hotplate or stove, a refrigerator, a table and chairs and heating facilities.
The peak camping season in Finland is from mid June to the beginning of August or September, and it’s wise to make reservations at this time. Camping is possible in southern Finland for three months and in northern Finland for about two months. However, the camping sites are open much longer, and there are 70 which stay open the whole year round.
In summer there are about 300 sites where caravans can be linked to the electricity supply (220 V). In winter there are about 100 such places at winter sports centres, holiday villages, hostels and hotels. Caravans are available for hire in Finland: ask at local tourist information offices for further information. On main roads the speed limit for motorists with a caravan is 80 km/h. Remember that Finnish service stations do not replace empty foreign gas cylinders.
Recreation facilities include water-skiing, windsurfing, riding, guided canoe or motor boat tours, fishing and hunting trips, boats for hire and jogging paths. On small, more remote sites you can enjoy profound peace and relaxation.
Camping Card Scandinavia
A Camping Card Scandinavia or an international camping card (FICC) are valid in Finland. Campers should buy a family camping card at the first site where they intend to stay.
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How would you like to spend summer on a peaceful lake, in the pristine wilderness of Finland? Freely floating along the waterways, drifting as you may. All while living in the comfort of a first class summer cottage! Houseboats provide the ideal escape from city traffic and stuffiness, to the freedom and serenity of the Finnish lakes.
Imagine warm summer nights, where the midnight sun hovers on the horizon. Where you can enjoy the silence while listening to the soft sound of waves lapping at the hull of the boat: Or a hot summer day, anchoring off a secluded beach and swimming in the clear, refreshing water.
On a Houseboat you can easily get to great fishing spots, beaches or discover different Finnish villages and towns along the lakes. And wherever you go, your home is always with you. If you get tuckered out from all the fishing and swimming, your own nap corner is waiting for you just two steps away. On a Houseboat there is room to sunbathe on the roof, make food in the kitchen and there are two bedrooms for resting.