Guesthouse to Guesthouse Karelia à la carte Sauna Tour /Train package

Guesthouse to Guesthouse Karelia à la carte Sauna Tour /Train package

Salmenkyläntie 81, 75500 Nurmes

Guesthouse to Guesthouse Karelia à la carte Sauna Tour

Experience a true sauna escape in the world of Finnish saunas. During the sauna adventure, there are five unique sauna experiences with different "löyly" (feeling of steam). In addition to feeling the gentle steam on your skin, you can enjoy the outstanding sauna menus and workshops in the sauna adventure, these vary daily.

Finnish cuisine is notable for generally combining traditional country fare and haute cuisine with contemporary continental style cooking. Fish and meat play a prominent role in traditional Finnish dishes from the western part of the country, while the dishes from the eastern part, for example Karelia, have traditionally included various vegetables and mushrooms.

Finnish food often use whole meal products (rye, barley, oats) and berries (such as blueberries, lingonberries, cloudberries, and sea buckthorn). Milk and its derivatives like buttermilk are commonly used as food, drink or in various recipes. Various turnips and potatoes are common in traditional cooking.

During this tour you get to know more about Finnish cuisine not to forget also get to know the Finnish culture and the locals. The delicious food is local. We also use a lot of organic products!

You can transfer from Guesthouse to Guesthouse by your own car, or you can enjoy a bike ride between the guesthouses.

During this sauna adventure, you will get to know: 
- Wood-heated traditional Finnish basic sauna at Guesthouse
- Traditional smoke sauna
- River bank sauna
- Traditional summer cottage sauna
- Workshops where you learn to prepare local delicacies

For groups: 2-14 people
Availability: Daily 1.5. - 30.9.2024

Day 1. Arrival at Guesthouse Pihlajapuu. The sauna trail begins with a greeting from hostess Minna.
Tour info. 
Overnight stay at Pihlajapuu

Day 2. Herbs, berries and wild vegetables workshop at Pihlajapuu
We learn how to cook, bake or preserve wild vegetables. Depending on the season we have herbs, blueberries, lingonberries, mushrooms, apples...
We prepare lunch together from the local groceries

  • Evening sauna and dinner
  • ​Overnight stay at Pihlajapuu

Day 3. After delicious breakfast guests transfer to Guesthouse Laitalan Lomat

Laitala sauna trail to the River bank sauna
You have time to make your own trips, for example to nature trails or to the town of Nurmes. The trip begins with a greeting from the hostess Henna at 14:00. We go through the program together and hear stories about Laitala's history and saunas. Guests move to the forest for relaxation. We bring hammocks with us and enjoy taking forest baths. Our guests choose their own place for hanging the hammock and we relax by listening to the sounds of the forest and the singing birds. After relaxation, we collect ingredients for the sauna hair rinse and prepare our own rinse. 

For lunch, we enjoy "an experience lunch" that Henna has prepared for us. This includes handmade karjalanpiirakka and egg butter, leipäjuusto (Finnish squeaky cheese), salad, lingonberry jam, sea buckthorn jam, glazed egg halves, rice rolls, chanterelle-filled rye buttons, whipped cream with berries, coffee, tea, homemade cheesecake.

The sauna experience: 
The sauna program begins with a tarry welcome snaps drink (non-alcoholic), which is enjoyed in the terrace of the Main House. Next, we move along the path across the field to the sauna. The sauna is on the banks of the Karhujoki River, it is a peaceful experience to take a swim off the pier. In the sauna, our hostess Henna tells us tricks and tips on how to heat the sauna properly for a magical experience. At the same time, we prepare the sauna ready together for the sauna session. After receiving a sauna spell from Henna, guests enter the smooth steams of the sauna. We wash ourselves in the sauna with local handmade natural soaps. Guests may choose their favourite soap to keep, perhaps it would be Hillan hurma or Pakurin mahti. These charming ecological Sola soaps are organic and natural soaps, the raw materials are collected from pure Finnish nature. While cooling off, we enjoy the delicacies of the sauna basket and refreshing drinks.

Sauna basket delicacies: 
Laitala's sparkling blackcurrant leaf drink.
Natural fish mousse with rye bread
Local delicacy marmalades.

The sauna evening is highlighted by a hut dinner, which is enjoyed by the open fire in an atmospheric hut of Laitala.

Laitala sauna trail hut dinner menu 
Laitala perunarieska (potato rieska), rye bread from a local bakery, butter
Organic cheese salad and root salad
Vegetable-potato dumplings by the campfire, meatballs made of local ranch meat.
Dessert includes nokipannukahvi (soot pot coffee), herbal tea, campfire crepes, whipped cream, berry jam
Homemade beer, berry juice, water.

  • Overnight stay at Laitalan Lomat

Day 4. Sweet buns and cakes workshop at Laitalan Lomat
The hostess of Laitala, Henna bakes with you Finnish sweet buns called pulla, sweet, cardamom-flavored bread eaten with coffee or as dessert and cinnamon rolls (korvapuustit) – pulla made into a roll with cinnamon and sugar. Or we can make cheese cake with local berries.

  • In the afternoon a canoeing tour with picnic lunch on the river.
  • ​Evening sauna and dinner
  • Overnight stay at Laitalan Lomat

5. Day After breakfast tour to Guesthouse Männikkölän Pirtti
Männikkölän Pirtti sauna trail to the summer cottage beach sauna. A traditional Finnish cottage sauna where you can enjoy the peaceful atmosphere.

The sauna experience: Heating the beach sauna is a nice and relaxing endeavor. Together we carry the water to the sauna and fill the water tanks. We light the fire in the stove and while waiting for the sauna to warm up, we sit at the pier in front of the sauna and hear stories about Lake Pielinen and Finnish summer cottage life. 

We prepare the sauna for the sauna session, hop on the sauna benches enjoy the gentle steam of the sauna, and admire the scenery of Lake Pielinen. It is a magical experience to take a swim in the clean waters of Pielinen during the sauna session. After the sauna, you can enjoy the summer cottage sauna menu. 

Sauna basket delicacies: 
Various Karelian pies and egg butter. ​
Berry pie and biscuits
Berry juice

Männikkölä sauna trail menu 
Sorted Karelian traditional pastries dinner
Karjalanpiirakka and vatruska, egg butter
Fresh salad and house salad dressing
Wild mushroom salad
Potato salad
Smoked salmon
Homemade beer, juice, water
Berry cake
Coffee, tea

  • Evening sauna and dinner
  • Overnight stay at Männikkölän Pirtti

 6. Day Breakfast and morning sauna and swimming in Männikkölä's sauna.

Karelian Pasty workshop
In the morning we bake Karelian pies with Ritva. Karelian pasty (karjalanpiirakka) is a traditional Finnish dish made from a thin rye crust with a filling of rice. Butter, often mixed with boiled egg (eggbutter or munavoi), is spread over the hot pastries before eating.

  • Luch 
  • Free Time to go town have shopping and sightseeing in Nurmes.
  • Evening sauna and dinner
  • Overnight stay at Männikkölän Pirtti

7. Day Breakfast and driving back to Guesthouse Pihlajapuu.
The sauna lunch is served at 2 pm in the guesthouse.

Sauna lunch delicacies:
Kukkonen (traditional pastry) with wild fish cream cheese. Kukkonen is made with Grandma Anna's traditional recipe with barley porridge filling. Cream cheese for kukkonen is made from buttermilk and whole milk itself. The wild fish of Pielisen Kalajaloste has been fished from Lake Pielinen. Some sweet delicates also.
As a drink, Guesthouse Pihlajapuu's own rowan leaf drink
Vegetable soup
The smoke sauna experience starts at 4 pm: Before the sauna session, guests prepare different whisks for example of birch, juniper and aspen. The sauna experience includes OleHyvä washing detergents, a sauna cap, linen bathrobes, towels, and sauna seat covers. You can paddle by canoe over the lake to Minna's (about 1 km distance from the guesthouse). If the weather is not good, you can drive to the smoke sauna by car, 6.5 km.

Pihlajapuu smoke sauna trail menu by the campfire at Kota
Glow-fried salmon
Seasonal salad with salad dressing of the house
Potato salad with wild vegetable pesto
Sour cream dressing for salmon
Beverages of berries or foliage
Crêpes with berry jam

  • Overnight stay at Pihlajapuu 

8. Day Time to say hei, hei! Good-bye!

! Note: The contents of the menus and sauna bag may change depending on the availability of raw materials and the season.

Total price: 1890€/person | 7 nights, 8 days
The price includes: Full-service sauna trail from Guesthouse to Guesthouse: overnight stays in double rooms with full board (breakfast, lunch, sauna trail menu, dinner), services according to the program. Transfers and Train tickets.
On request and extra charge: bike 140€/week.

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