Travel ideas

Sauna and spa programs

Sauna is a big part of Finnish culture. Originally it was a place for physical and spiritual cleansing, and nowadays it is a place for relaxation at least once a week.

After a day's activities there is nothing more relaxing than to go for a sauna and swim in a fresh lake. Almost all accommodation venues in Lakeland provide their own sauna. There are, also, several special saunas in the area for you to sample, from traditional wood burning saunas to smoke saunas. Along with unique spa experiences, Lakeland offers a relaxing time for all.

Smoke sauna and dinner in the Lumberjack Lodge at Spa Hotel Rauhalahti, Kuopio

The Lumberjack’s Lodge offers you the opportunity to experience the traditional lumberjack atmosphere and way of life from the 1950s.
At the Lumberjack’s Lodge, accompanied by music from the accordion and a delicious buffet meal featuring local delicacies, you will be enchanted by stories of the lumberjack life. During the evening you will be able to watch the Lumberjack show on the lake, demonstrating the old age skills of moving the logs down river, bathe in the gentle heat of the smoke sauna and refresh yourself in the lake.

Tahko Spa, Tahko

Enjoy the lovely warmth of the spa, even when it’s freezing cold outside. When staying at Tahko Spa, you can splash about in the water as much as you wish. Time will fly in the spa’s several pools.
The spa of Tahko Spa Hotel offers a variety of fun for the whole family. The pool area has a swimming pool with four 25-metre lanes, a therapy and recreation pool, jacuzzi, children's pool, and a water slide. The pool area and sun terrace have plenty of relaxing chairs and sunbeds, as well as a poolside bar.

Sauna at a brewery with a brewery tour and beer tasting, Kuopio

Welcome to a sauna experience with a difference. This wonderful tour combines the relaxation of the sauna with a beer tasting session and brewery tour.
In the heart of Kuopio, the capital of the Lakeland area lies a brewery that produces several sorts of refreshing craft ales and lagers inspired by the natural surroundings and current day affairs. These are offered during the beer tasting for you to sample and you can also enjoy a traditional sauna and a tour of the brewery.

Unique Lake Spa at Hotel & Spa Resort Järvisydän, Rantasalmi

Hotel and Spa Resort Järvisydän will give you a new kind of Finnish lake wellness experience. Rugged rock walls, natural stone tiles, pools with natural rock bottoms and candle lights bring the ancient times into the present day.
The Lake Spa and its lounge, with the fire burning brightly in the fireplace, the light of the candles twinkling serenely and the daylight of the outside shimmering on the fissures of the rock, provides a relaxing experience for our guests during their stay with us. With our outdoor pools meandering quietly down to the beach, you can also relax on the shore of Lake Saimaa. During the winter time there is the opportunity to enjoy a winter swim in the frozen lake.

Finnish Sauna World is found at Hotel & Spa Resort Järvisydän, Rantasalmi

On the lake shore in the grounds of Hotel and Spa Resort Järvisydän you can find a separate sauna area that is called the Finnish Sauna World. This unique place offers you a chance to experience different saunas.
The wonderfully relaxing area consists of three different types of sauna; two wood stove saunas, a smoke sauna and a steam sauna. Included in the area is a relaxing hot tub, which you can enjoy at your leisure under the blue skies of Lakeland. There is enough space in the sauna area to comfortable cater for up to 70 guests at a same time. Come and relax, unwind and de-stress in these luxurious sauna facilities!

Koli Relax Spa – A Spa with a view, Koli, Lieksa

Koli Relax Spa, is a pampering and landscape spa and a truly unique concept in Finland. The idea is to give you the chance to stop and focus on your own well-being with a fantastic view of Koli National Park.
You can enjoy a truly relaxing time in the sauna, hot tub or the outdoor pool under the starlit night sky or with the ever present glow of the midnight sun. Whichever it is, the view opening up towards Lake Pielinen and Koli National Park is simply breathtaking. Travel your own spa path and relax with us!

Spa Bomba, Nurmes

Spa Bomba is a unique resort on the shores of Lake Pielinen. Offering the chance to relax in one of its several saunas, unwind with a pampering experience and cleanse in one of its therapeutic showers this is a ‘must experience’ spa attraction in Lakeland.   
At Spa Bomba, accommodation is in traditional Karelian-style log houses, with beautiful details and atmospheric log walls. The Karelian village breathes history, providing an experience you won’t be able to find elsewhere in Finland. They are part of Break Sokos Hotel Bomba.

Summer facts

June - August

Daylight 12 - 19 hours
Temperature +15 - +30 degrees
Midnight sun brings with it wonderfully long sunlit days

Autumn facts

September - November

Temperature +5 - +15 degrees
Indian summer (autumn colors)

Winter facts

December - March

(snow guarantee from the middle of January)
Daylight 4 - 6 hours per day
Beautiful winter landscapes highlighted by the brightness of the snow
Temperature -5 - -30 degrees

Spring facts

April - May

Temperature +5 - +15 degrees
Nature (flora and fauna) waking up and starts to come green again

You can reach Lakeland from Helsinki by bus, train or aeroplane. There are flights (45 min - 1 hour in duration) to Lakeland airports from Helsinki (HEL) airport. Kuopio is the capital of Lakeland and it has an international airport (KUO). Other airports in the area are Joensuu (JOE), Savonlinna (SVL) and Lappeenranta (LPP).

Travelling by bus or train from Helsinki: 2,5 – 4 hours (depending on a destination).

Wild Nordic Finland also organises private transfers from Helsinki to the Lakeland area or from airports within Lakeland to different destinations.