The perfect retreat in the middle of nature. Ideal for relaxing, enjoying nature or improving your Finnish skills. Feel the slowness and tranquility in Lapland far north of the Arctic Circle. Time stands still in the light of the nightless night! The clocks go slower here! Experience the unique beauty of Lapland: light, tranquility, clean air and water; simply nature. You will feel the special magic of the landscape as soon as you arrive… The clocks go slower here! Experience the unique beauty of Lapland: light, tranquility, clean air and water; simply nature. You will feel the special magic of the landscape as soon as you arrive…
Enjoy good food with local delicacies, exciting discussions by the fire, hot sauna and cool lake – just as you please.
From our wooden house “Vuostu” built in 2010 in the light forest or the smaller guest house “Onnela” the view sweeps down to the lake and the beach sauna or in the direction of the Tunturis in the distance. Hiking, rowing, fishing, watching birds and reindeer, barbecuing in the kota or tipi, enjoying the sauna and swimming in the lake or reading a good book – there is time for everything here, especially in summer when the day lasts 24 hours!
The short days in winter offer long twilights with special light and often northern lights enchant the night. You can go snowshoeing in the snow-covered forest, go cross-country skiing on the frozen lake, ice fish, enjoy a sauna with a dip in the ice hole, watch the northern lights or sit comfortably in front of the fire with a book or good music. Dog sled and snowmobile tours can also be booked nearby. We will be happy to help you plan and carry out excursions in the area and visits to places of interest.
From summer to autumn we can also offer one-week intensive Finnish courses for small groups of up to 4 people. Supported by a teacher, you will learn to live everyday life in Finnish for a whole week.
Our house is in the middle of a sparse forest on a small lake in Finnish Lapland near Ivalo. It is about a 20-minute drive from Ivalo airport and about 10 minutes by car from the town of Ivalo with its shops.
You can book bed and breakfast for 2 nights or more in our main building or rent our small guest house “Onnela”. On request, we also have lunch and dinner.
Main building “Vuostu”
In the house “Vuostu” we rent a large room with a double bed and a smaller room with a double bed and a single bed on the upper floor. The two rooms have a shared toilet. Another toilet, shower and sauna are on the ground floor. The rooms are available in summer and winter. WLAN is available, TV and library on the gallery on the upper floor and living room on the ground floor are also available.
Guesthouse – Aitta “Onnela”
Our guest house, Aitta «Onnela», can be rented in summer and autumn (from 3 nights). Our guest house, Aitta «Onnela», can be rented in summer and autumn (from 3 nights). «Onnela» has 2 floors, each 18m2, without electricity and running water. “Onnela” has an outside toilet (outlet toilet). On the ground floor there are two single beds and you can cook on a gas stove or the wood stove. Kitchen facilities as well as gas, wood and fresh water are available. There is a double bed on the upper floor; access to the upper floor is via an outside staircase. If desired, shower, flushing toilet in the main house and fridge in the garage building can also be used.
The beach sauna, the grill house and the tipi Lahka nearby can also be used daily.
Accommodation prices Bed & Breakfast or room rental (prices per night and room).
In the main house one room for 1-2 or 1-3 people
Season 1 winter/spring: 1 night 140 €.
Season 2 Summer/Autumn: 1 night 120€
Breakfast 10 €/person
(Season 1 winter/spring= December-April, season 2 summer/autumn May-November)
Aitta «Onnela» minimum rental period 3 nights, only season 2 bookable
The prices include bed linen, without breakfast. Breakfast can be booked separately. Final cleaning 50 €.
lower floor 100 € /night/1-2 people
upper floor 70 € / night/ 1-2 people
The whole Aitta 170 € / night 1-4 people
If you would like to spend a week with us and experience our varied and interesting program, we recommend booking the Slow Down week with full board.
We cook mainly with Finnish, if possible with local ingredients. The fish are from our own lake (if Ahti, the god of fishing is kind to us) or from nearby waters, reindeer and other meat from Lapland. Meal prices depending on the menu, according to the current price list on site.
We love good food and value quality!
In the language camp you get the opportunity to speak Finnish and at the same time get to know Finnish customs and special characteristics as well as enjoy the Lappish nature. The days start with a Finnish lesson, in which you learn the vocabulary specific to the day. The actual teaching is done by a teacher. The participants speak Finnish all the time, both under the guidance of the teacher and among themselves. The basis of learning is the functional method based on socio-constructive learning.
The goals of the camp are: to dare to speak Finnish, to take part in everyday discussions, to increase vocabulary and to get to know Finnish and Lappish culture. Das Beherrschen der finnischen Grammatik oder fehlerlose Umgangssprache sind nicht Ziele des Camps.
The program includes day hikes with a campfire and grilled sausage, berry picking and mushroom picking, depending on the interests of the participants. You have the opportunity to fish in the lake and to prepare the catch in different ways or to help with woodwork. The daily routine also includes heating up the sauna, having a sauna and swimming in the lake (not to forget the obligatory cold beer “Huurteinen”).
The week-long camp requires commitment, dedication, adaptation, flexibility and a certain amount of self-discipline from the participants. And despite everything: At the same time, we want to spend a good time together, experience new things, enjoy the beautiful sides of life and all that RELAXED.
Accommodation: 1 or 2 bed rooms
Meals: Full board (breakfast, lunch, dinner and snacks) excluding alcoholic beverages.
Maximum 4 participants per week. Condition is basic knowledge of the Finnish language with a certain vocabulary and the will to learn Finnish.
When: summer and autumn
Dates: by appointment
Duration 1 week (6 nights), Sunday-Saturday.
Individual arrival and departure, arrival on Sunday. Finnair flies daily from Helsinki to Ivalo. If necessary transfer from the airport by us.
Prices language camps
2 bed room 2’700.- €
1 bed room 2’940.- €
The prices include: accommodation with bed linen and bath towels, meals, non-alcoholic drinks and sauna beer, transport e.g. B. to hikes and joint language lessons including material. It is also possible to book private lessons at 50 euros per hour.
Flight and insurance are the responsibility of the participants.
Booking and further informations
Conducted language camps 2018/2019