Accommodation ideas

Villas and Cottages

Finnish Lakeland offers an array of accommodation depending on your type of holiday, your travel companions and your personal preferences. To stay at a villa or cottage on a lakeshore or close to a lake is a very traditional Finnish way of holidaying. Lakeland has a lot of opportunities for you to relax in a peaceful lakeside cottage in the middle of nowhere or indulge in resort like accomodation with all services and activities in the vicinity. The choice is yours!

Hotel & Spa Resort Järvisydän, Rantasalmi

It was the year 1658, when the first members of the Heiskanen Family began to serve travelers in the Porosalmi area on the shores of Lake Saimaa. A key reason was because the Tsar of Russia and the King of Sweden made a deal that there should be an ice road going via Finland. Along the road they agreed that there should be feeding places for the horses and places to rest for the men every 30 km. For this reason Järvisydän was born. At the start of the 21st century Mr Markus Heiskanen took over as host of Järvisydän, the 11th generation of the Heiskanen Family to do so. Markus as a young, and enthusiastic host added extra villas and a hotel to the comlex, opened Finnish Sauna World, a new restaurant (Pilkatyttö) and wine bar and a boat bar named Lotjabaari. The newest edition of the complex, added in March 2017, was the Lake Spa.

SaimaaHoliday Oravi, Oravi village

SaimaaHoliday Oravi lies literally in the heart of Saimaa, the largest lake area in Europe. The idyllic village Oravi is located between Linnansaari and Kolovesi National Parks. With its perfect location, Oravi can offer excellent and versatile services throughout the year. Accommodation options, in Oravi, vary from lakeside villas with their own beach, apartments or even a small eco hotel in the centre of the village.

Hotel Punkaharju

This boutique hotel boasts 11 unique and comfortable rooms, and in the summertime the hotel has 12 forest cabins for one to enjoy. They are located in the vicinity of the hotel, nestled in the woods of Punkaharju ridge. Spending a night in any of these 12 rooms set amidst majestic pines on the beautiful protected peninsula, makes for a memorable experience.

Art & Design villas at Hotel Anttolanhovi, Mikkeli

The Art & Design Villas on the shores of Lake Saimaa allow you to enjoy the privacy and peace of the surrounding nature. The villas boast their own sauna, fireplace and 5* hotel standards: there is a villa hostess making sure that you are comfortable, meals can be ordered to your villa and also a beautician or a massage therapist according to your wishes. All the meals served are made from pure local ingredients. Each villa has been assigned its own artist who has integrated his/her art into the villa’s distinctive environment and its utilities., making the villas truly unique in terms of their design and colour scheme. These uniquely designed villas are also uniquely in balance with the environment in that the villas have been made using materials sourced from Finland that are designed to have minimal impact on the surrounding area.

Vaarinkallio, Koli

Vaarinkallio Villa located on the shore of Pielinen Lake offers a true relaxing getaway for those who wish to leave the hustle and bustle of everyday life behind them for a few days. This recently completed villa, made from solid timber, houses four soundproofed rooms and sleeps eight people in total. It has wide windows for one to enjoy the beautiful nature of Koli area, a sauna and a terrace in which you can cool down on, easy access to the lake for swimming and a large fireplace to relax beside during your stay. It has been designed as a getaway from modern day life but also has access to the mod-cons should one need, such as high speed internet access.

Holiday Cabin “Pielisenpeili”, Koli

Located on the shores of Pielisen Lake, this hi-tech, fully equipped and modern cottage accommodates 8 guests in four bedrooms. It has its own grill hut, sandy accessible beach and a roofed garage for the car. There is a Smart-TV in the living room downstairs and a regular TV in living room upstairs, hi-speed internet connection, an outdoor jacuzzi, sauna and access to a motor boat. The cottage is suitable for outdoor enthusiast with hiking trails, cross-country skiing and snowmobile trails located on the doorstep and downhill skiing located just 8 km away.

Golden Resort villas, Tahko

Golden Resort is a high-quality resort, located 5 km from the centre of Tahko. Golden Resort has 10 luxury chalets, each with 4 ensuite bedrooms and 20 semi-detached chalets, each with 3 ensuite bedrooms and 1 room without ensuite. All the chalets are well equipped with kitchen facilities, a sauna, terrace, living room and WiFi-connection. The is main building of the resort complex is close to chalets offering breakfast and other meals (upon request). One can also order breakfast into chalet. Golden Resort is located next to a lake and the new golf course of Tahko., because of its location most of the activities can be started from the doorstep of your own villa.

Anna Apartments, Tahko

These luxurious, spacious and stylish apartments cater for 6 - 12 persons (150m2). They enjoy 6 bedrooms, 3 balconies, a living room with a working fireplace and a grand terrace overlooking the ski slopes of Tahko ski resort. With free WiFi and parking places, this apartment is also suitable for groups, family events and business meetings.

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.