1. Enjoy you well-being in the countryside of Iloranta in southern central Finland 2. Experience unspoilt nature, along with peace and tranquillity 3. Learn first hand the traditional Finnish life-style 4. Relax in the gentle heat of a smoke sauna 5. Enjoy delicious, local, homemade, organic food
This journey takes you into the Finnish countryside to Hauho in southern central Finland. It offers complete well being from dawn till dusk. Here you will found unspoilt nature, inner peace and tranquillity, as well as the soothing effect of the forest. The farmstead is situated in the rural Finnish countryside surrounded by fields and forests and on the banks of the lake Iso-Roine (Big Roine). Swimming, taking a sauna and homemade organic food, are some of the things you can enjoy, along with leisurely activities suitable for everyone. Indulge yourself in the comfort and experiences of the simple life. Get acquainted with the traditional Finnish life-style and taste pure, unadulterated flavours in the midst of nature. Catch and prepare your own meals and even bake your own bread. Come and join us.
Arrival day: Welcome to Iloranta Arrival to Helsinki-Vantaa airport and transfer to Iloranta farmstead. Lunch will be served on arrival and then you will have time to check into your comfortable room and freshen up. You will then meet for a walk around Iloranta to familiarise yourself with your farmstead and the surrounding area. After the walk you can enjoy a complete sauna experience. First we gather herbs from the nearby forest for a foot spa. Next we learn about the sauna etiquette and the effectiveness and health benefits it brings. We start the sauna ritual with body scrubs and foot spas, followed by traditional sauna bath with demonstrations of whisking, an essential part of Finnish folk healing. In the evening you can choose between; night time fishing (possible only during the autumn months), yoga, a gentle evening stroll or just relaxing at the farmstead.
Day 2: Live like the locals do After breakfast you take a guided rafting, fishing- and crabbing trip on the crystal clean waters of Lake Iso-Roine (Big Roine. During the crabbing season, (end of August – September) you are fishing for: pikeperch, bass, vendace and crayfish. Once we have our catch we prepare it together and then cook it outside on the beach. For dessert there are Finnish pancakes straight from the pan. Full from lunch, we return through the forest letting our senses take in the different aspects and allow ourselves time to totally unwind, relax and achieve a pure sense of mindfulness. In the Afternoon you can try Nordic Walking in the surrounding area of Häme province, before returning to the smoke sauna. In summer, after the warm heat of the smoke sauna, you can walk across the white sand for a swim in the lake. In winter you can dive into an ice hole! Both are incredible experiences! In the evening you can take a trek into the forest. In the dark it becomes a different world and awakens all your senses. You can smell the evening fragrances of the spruce trees and listen to the enveloping silence, broken only by the forest night time noises. You can almost picture friendly goblins hiding behind the trees watching you.
Day 3: A guided forest trek and food straight from natures table After breakfast we take a guided forest tour and discover the treasures of the Häme forest. The nature trail of Iloranta leads via Mäyräkallio (Badger cliff) along the marshland to Kotivuori (Home mountain) and through the wild-nut grove to the old wicket. Along the way your guide will regale you with the tales of the animals, trees and ecology bringing the forest to life. The outdoor lunch consists of; forest mushroom soup in a malt bread cup, campfire coffee and you can toast buns on sticks in front of the open fire. Now you can try your hand at baking your own bread. The recipe uses an ancient sourdough made from forest bush rye. Once ready you can take back a freshly backed loaf straight from the oven - Delicious!
Day 4: Time to say goodbye After breakfast is time to say goodbye. Iloranta thanks you for your visit and you are most welcome again. Transfer to Helsinki-Vantaa airport.
Your accommodation: Accommodation is in one of 10 ensuite double rooms. A family or group can stay in one of the log cabins. Cabins have their own WC and shower. There are also larger rooms for 2-6 people.
Food: Iloranta serves; first-class, fresh and tasty, locally grown produce. The food is produced from ingredients taken from the lakes, forests and fields of Häme. These included; home-baked bread, smoked fish, organic potatoes, roasted meats and forest mushrooms. Everything is home-made and you can help stock the leader during your stay. The outdoor lunch on day 3 consists of; forest mushroom soup in a malt bread cup, campfire coffee and you can toast buns on sticks in front of the open fire. On the day 3 you have also a chance to bake your own bread to take home, fresh and delicious straight from the oven. Additional information:
Duration: 4 days / 3 nights
Group size: min. 20 persons (For smaller groups and individual travellers is the price higher)
The program is tailored according to the season
Groups can create their own, “Nature Holiday” with our help, by choosing from the available programme options.
Included services and contact details
Accommodation at the farmstead in double rooms
Lunch and dinner each day
Additional afternoon coffees, pancakes and campfire buns
Daily sauna and swimming
Transportation to/from Helsinki-Vantaa airport. Alternatively, you can transfer to and from Turku, Tampere or Lahti
We hold the right to make adjustments and ask that you confirm specific itinerary and pricing directly with the tour provider.
Getting there: The best way to get to Helsinki is by air. It is easily accessible by most international destinations. Alternatively, you can travel to Helsinki via ferry from Tallinn, Stockholm, Travemünde and Rostock. Turku can be reached by taking a SAS flight via Stockholm or a Finnair flight via Helsinki. Alternatively, you can take a Viking Line or Silja Line ferry from Stockholm to Turku. Tampere und Lahti can be reached by taking a Finnair flight via Helsinki or by train from Helsinki.