Our family owns a number of wilderness cabins which are used, in season, as either refreshment stops or overnight points for clients on winter husky safaris.
At other times of the year, one or more may be available for weekly rent or for booking for an overnight stay as part of a hiking or kayaking journey.
Our Traditional Farm 'Kota' (a circular building with a central fireplace, around which clients sleep on comfortable mattresses on top of reindeer-skin covered benches) is often used by clients on the night before their multiday safari starts as well as on the first night of our 3- and 5-day tours. Hence, during the busy winter season, we can rarely offer it to independent travellers. Outside of the safari season, however, it is possible to stay on the farm with us for a behind the scenes glimpse of life on a working husky farm.
FYI: This accommodation is rustic but comfortable. There is water available for basic washing of hands etc (as well as a standard toilet c.200m from the kota close to the farmhouse), charging ports for computers and underfloor heating but no running water (aka no shower!). The nearby toilet is, as standard in Lappish wilderness settings, an outdoor toilet. Use of sleeping bags and liners is included in the price but you are also welcome to use your own.
Please note that since the kota is situated in the middle of the farm of c.200 dogs, a guide will facilitate your experience and sometimes even (outside of Covid times) stay with you on the farm, overnight (and I am sure that a couple of dogs would love to join you too!).
The kota stay is priced around a base use cost of €65 that is divided amongst the group participants. In other words, whilst 1 person pays this full price, a group of 6 will pay just €11 each towards it. On top of that, there is a bed and breakfast and a half board fee (it is mandatory half board because we do not allow guests to cook for themselves indoors) which includes a fee for cleaning post use. From this, we calculate a per person price which effectively means that it is a very good deal for larger groups.
The stay is half board including a traditional Lappish meal which is cooked over the fire. Please let us know if you have dietary requirements that mean that we have to prepare something other than our standard meal of reindeer, mashed potatoes, lingonberries and gherkins / locally-caught white fish, lemon sauce, rice and vegetables with squeaky cheese or baked bananas for dessert. A continental breakfast will be laid out for you for the morning.
Also included within this price is a guided tour of the farm and the option to walk old dogs on our 2km forest trail, brush dogs or do standard behind-the-scenes tasks like adding bedding to kennels, cleaning bowls, helping with feeding in the evening or basic farm tasks in the morning. Other farm activites can be booked (as suggested below).
Check-in is after 4pm (in other words, you are welcome to come straight to us from the afternoon bus - there is a bus stop just outside the homestead). Dinner is generally served, at the latest, between 7 and 7.30pm (aka when the guides are still at work). If you are to arrive late, we can provide sausages and a salad and you can use the outdoor BBQ fireplace for grilling. Check-out time is before 11am in summer and 10am in winter. If, of course, you have booked farm activities in the morning, or you are helping out with the daily farm tasks, then you can check out after these, although we may need to tidy the kota to have it ready for other use, in the morning.
If you wish, there is also the potential to book a dog agility session, to join in the evening feed of the dogs on the farm, or to try bike-joring with the dogs, etc. In other words, there are a number of additional farm-related activities you could book, including the canoeing products in the summer months.
NB: The kota is designed for use by 6 clients + a guide since that is our standard multiday safari group size. However we can turn three of the single bed areas into doubles and these are suitable for either couples or one parent and a child. Hence, we can accommodate 9 people and a guide at one time so long as there are either one (7 pax), two (8 pax) or three (9 pax) couples in the group or adults with children who can sleep alongside one parent in the 3 x double bed spaces which are possible to make up.
Price per person, half-board:
1 person: €89 per person
2 people: €79 per person
3 people: €70 per person
4 people: €65 per person
5 people: €60 per person
6 people: €55 per person
NB: If there are children or married couples within the group, then there are two sections of benches which we can combine to make it possible for 8 people + the guide to sleep there. However, normally there is bench space only for 6.
We have two small cabins side by side on an ox-bow of the Palojoki river. The smaller cabin is used primarily by guides in winter, and the larger one by overnight client groups. The small cabin sleeps 3 people and the larger cabin, 8. There is also a wilderness sauna, a wilderness toilet and a log shed. These cabins are located approximately mid-way between Leppäjärvi and Palojoensuu and therefore provide a great overnight location for paddlers.
€399 per week
This cabin is owned by Pasi's parents. It sleeps 2 people in comfort but there are bed spaces for four. In the main building, there is one main room which functions as living and sleeping space as well as a changing room for the sauna and the wood-burning sauna itself (which can accommodate up to 8 people). A separate logshed, wilderness toilet and outdoor laavu complete the property. This is a really great place for a small family in the summer because the shallow beach is perfect for small children to swim at and the cabin itself is easily accessible by boat or foot.
€399 per week
The main cabin sleeps 4 - 6 people in two rooms. An adjacent building has bunkbed accommodation for a further 4 people and the sauna, which is again a separate building, has an additional single bed. Hence, altogether a group of 9 - 11 people can sleep here. This is a perfect place for fishing.
Available for weekly rent in the summer months. (Also available in winter but those staying will have to cover the costs of the necessary snow-work to make it accessible.)
€399 per week
This (beautiful old Nammalakuru cabin and storage building) is situated literally in the middle of no-where (an off-trail walk of c. 5km in summer located between Kultima and Kuttanen) on a bend of the Tarvantojoki River, so you will need to be able to navigate relatively well to find it. The cabin sleeps 12-16 people and is a great location for fishing or berry picking or simply being in nature far from other people.
Please contact us for more information.