On the frozen lake
On the frozen lake
Fancy a Robinson Crusoe adventure? A nature trail nearby has a covered shelter, and camping is permitted on several islands.
For your first holiday, ask your host to teach you the basics of cross-country skiing and snow-shoeing. You have a choice of several routes for both winter and summer. Maps, GPS coordinates and safety instructions in English, German and Russian are provided.
Period: January-March/April Semi-guided tours:
We use forest skis. If you prefer professional cross-country skis, rental skiing equipment available for 80 €/person. Please give your shoe size, weight and how tall you are. You can also bring your own ski boots but please remember to inform us about the binding type so that we can reserve the right skis for you.
Tour price includes: 7 nights, 8 days accommodation, guiding and food in 5-star Villa Raita on its own Island. The cottage has been awarded by VisitFinland with Authentic FinRelax experience.
Finnish sauna with herbs Firewood (Raita fireplace, outdoor fireplace) Semi-guided programme with skis, snow-shoes and the use of maps (nature trail, skiing route, village map, lake maps, safety instructions)
Meals: Breakfasts, light soups/sausages by campfire, coffee/tee and evening meals
Transport from and to Joensuu airport or railway station. On the arrival day, Saturday; one group transfer from airport Joensuu is at 17.45. For return on Saturday one group transfer to Joensuu airport is at 9.30 (for the flight of 11.00). (All extra transfers from/to airport from 160€).
Transport can be arranged on your behalf. The taxi fare from Joensuu is about 160€ and from Rääkkylä about 80€ (supermarkets, post office, health centre, bank, skating rink, lighted tracks for cross-country skiing) about 80€
Introductions: Live like the locals, how to use the fireplace, how to use the sauna with herbs, skiing, snow-shoeing, Nordic walking.
Optional/Extra: Possibility of winter fishing (join a local fisherman checking his traps/nets). Winter angling, Karelian pasty-making workshop.
What to wear in winter? …and other useful information at visitfinland.com http://www.visitfinland.com/article/how-to-dress-right-and-enjoy-the-winter/
Day 1. Saturday – Welcome
Transfer from Joensuu airport or train station; about 1.5 hours. Stop on the way in a smal town of Liperi for shopping food in a local store. Ferry crossing at Arvinsalmi.
Arrival at Raita cottage; evening meal; getting to know the Island and the house; instructions on the use of the fireplace.
Weather forecast and the week’s programme
Day 2. Sunday – Snow-shoeing
9 am breakfast together with other guests
10 am – 1 pm Introduction to the use of snow-shoes. Snow-shoeing tour around the island Suursaari.
Safety instructions: things to remember while on the frozen lake Saimaa.
Free time/individual activities.
Day 3. Monday – Skiing
10 am – 2 pm Introduction to skiing, an easy skiing tour on the frozen lake.
Introduction to maps and trails, safety.
Kick-sledging, skiing or snow-shoeing, visit of Apajalahti Nature protection area
Snack by the campfire
(**possibility to meet villagers at Village Hall, Kylätalo. You are welcome to take part in informal gymnastics on Monday at 2 pm.)
Day 4. Tuesday – Individual activities* Trip to Rääkkylä or Joensuu (shops) can be arranged on Tuesday or Wednesday. Minimum 3 persons. Fee 35 to 50 euros per person.
Day 5. Wednesday – Individual activities* Trip to Rääkkylä or Joensuu (shops) can be arranged on Tuesday or Wednesday. Minimum 3 persons. Fee 35 to 50 euros per person.
(**possibility to meet villagers at Village Hall, Kylätalo. You are welcome to take part in informal gymnastics on Wednesday at 5.30 pm.)
Day 6. Thursday – Individual activities*
Day 7. Friday – Grocery bus
10.30-12 Kick-sledging or walking to the grocery store bus
Farewell day, photos, memories
Day 8. Saturday – Goodbye
** Possibility to visit a Finnish family / private house for a coffee or tea (Depending on the timetables of return flight / train)
Thank you and welcome back!
*Individual activities, photography, skiing, snow-shoeing, kick-sledging, Nordic walking. Tracks and maps available. Trip to Rääkkylä or Joensuu.