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Be very welcome to our life in the middle of the nature

Plan your best holiday in Finland!

Äksyt Ämmät is a travel agency, tour operator, program service provider and online store in North Karelia.
We offer responsible and eco-friendly travel packages. Nature tours for groups of all sizes. 
Nature holidays with local twist - walking, canoeing, biking, skiing, Karelian culture and food...

Let's make happy holiday memories

Explore with us!

Tours & holidays for those who want to enjoy real Finnish way of life and pure nature.
We emphasize responsible holidays: biking, hiking, canoeing, skiing and relaxing...

Find here your own holiday or ask us to make a customized holiday package just for you.

Biking escape in Koli National Park area

Looking for a unique cycling experience? The best cycling experiences of the summer can be found here! Experience the magnificent scenery of Koli, Lake Pielinen and their finest sights, and above all the enjoyment of biking in the national park and on the lakeshore.
Accommodation is in the brand-new Koli Kylä hotel in the centre of Koli village. 


Welcome to a canoe trip to one of the finest open water destinations in Europe! 

The program for the week has been built so that you have enough time to enjoy the area and nature as well as just relax.
Your guide will pick you up at the morning from your accommodation and return when the day is over.
Overnight stay in VaaraSport outdoor active centre.

White summer days and nights in North Karelia

This tour offers you a nice mixture of a relaxing and an active holiday, sauna and a good night sleep after canoeing, hiking and biking.

A nature and wellness holiday in Koli National Park area

NEW! Let's make best summer memories on the island of Tarina-Aho

From Guesthouse to Guesthouse biking tour

NEW! Welcome to cycling without hurry in the rustic landscape, enjoy summer and Karelian à la carte cuisine.


NEW! On the ski tour, you ski from Guesthouse Puukarin Pysäkki to Guesthouse Laitalan Lomat and back to Puukari.

Guesthouse to guesthouse summer highlights

NEW! Highlights of the Karelian lifestyle without hurry


NEW! Full-service hike to Eastern Finnish nature to witness its incredible beauty and hidden gems.

From guesthouse to guesthouse Finnish cuisine tour

During this tour you get to know more about Finnish cuisine not to forget also to familiarize yourself with the Finnish culture and the locals. The...
1200€/person/7 nights, 8 days

The Karelian Pasty Workshop

Karelian pasties or pies are to Finnish food tradition what pizzas are to Italian. Authentic thin-crust, hand-made Karelian pies can be found all over...

Shamanic retreat in North Karelia 5.-12.8.2023

The silence and simplicity of being bring deeply relazing way of nurturing your body, mind, and soul. Connect with the essence of North Karelia.


All Inclusive Fishing Vacation


See bears and other predators from wild forests.
Hidden cottages provide a safe way to observe and photograph wildlife.

Our own guesthouse Pihlajapuu

Accommodation and activities!

Äksyt Ämmät - Guesthouse Pihlajapuu is situated in the Eastern part of Finland called North Karelia. The traditional log house used to be a village school but has now been lovingly renovated for it’s new purpose, welcoming international visitors. We have ten bedrooms, seven rooms upstairs and three rooms downstairs, and can accommodate up to fifteen persons. There are lounges and balconies as well as a Finnish sauna heated with a log fire. Our kitchen provides fresh local food. The small town of Nurmes lies about 20 km away from the guesthouse.
Pihlajapuu is hosting holidays and tours around the year. We are literally in the middle of the woods where you can pick berries and mushrooms in the autumn. We also cook marmalade from berries. In winter there is plenty of snow with cross-country tracks straight from the door. The fireplaces and radiators keep the whole house warm and cozy, even in the most frosty weather. Read more

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