Active Family-Week in North-Karelia

Our Family week "Fit & Fun" in the most eastern part of Finland is far away from  mass-tourism. You, your family and activities suitable for kids are in the focus of the whole week. Enjoy an outdoor-holiday togehter with your children and maximum one more family. Husky-trekking, creative wood-working, cooking outdoor, paddling and an overnight in tents are the highlights of this week. With maximum 2 families in the same group we can best adjust the activities to the kids capabilities and we will try to fulfill all your wishes. There is as well plenty of quality time for your family during individual activities. We look foreward to have you here! 

Day by Day program

Day 1: Individual arrival with your own car or a rental car at Eräkeskus or by airplane (you can book a transfer from Joensuu or Kuopio to Eräkeskus). Move into your room, before we serve you a three-course dinner with the Eräkeskus Team. 

Day 2: After breakfast we show you our Huskyfarm. You will see the kennels and you get many information about our 130 Sleddogs. We show you how we take care of our dogs which are living in two big kennels on our yard. After that we will have a lunch in our bbq-hut. In the afternoon we will be creative and burn with a carving tool your names on wooden shields. Before the three-course dinner is served, you have enough time to enjoy our electric sauna or try out SUP-Boards, canoe, kajak or rowing boat. 

Day 3: Breakfast in the lodge and then start for the Husky-Trekking. We pack our backpacks, take the dogs and drive to the Änäkainen Lakes. The dogs are in harness and attached to our hip-belt. We hike about 6 km in the beautiful forests and over little hills before we arrive at the Jynkkälampi-Pond, where we have a short break The dogs can have a swim in the lake - you as well, if you want. Then we hike 5 km more to a windshelter, where we will have our late lunch on open fire and the dogs get snacks. The 4 last kilometers are easily done, mostly flat. As the dogs pull us, we move very fast. After arrival at the windshelter of Lake Suuri-Pilonen we will roast marshmallows until our transfer back starts. Possibility for another sauna in Eräkeskus, before dinner. 

Day 4: Your day off! After breakfast you can enjoy the day as you like. Maybe with rapid rafting in Ruuna or exploring the nature around Eräkeskus by bike. For your lunch you take whatever you like from the breakfast buffet and in the evening we will serve you dinner again in the lodge.

Day 5: 2-Day-Canoe-Tour:
After breakfast we will pack the paddle-equipment and everything what we need for our 2-day-paddling- tour. We start at Lake Nurmijärvi just in front of the lodge and paddle first from one lake to the next, all on still water. Lunch is prepared at a small sandy beach. The rest of the paddling is on slowly running river Mukajoki, upstream, but you will not even feel it. We put up our tents on half-island Kivikoronvirta where we have firewood and a windshelter waiting for us as well. We stay overnight here and cook on open fire, before getting a good sleep in tent and sleepingbags. The paddle-distance is about 16 km. 

Day 6: 2-Day-Canoe-Tour:
Camp-Breakfast on open fire. Then we take down tents and load our canoes with all our equipment. We leave the place as clean as it was when we arrived. Paddling now down-stream is easy and we soon arrive at the small and easy rapids Kohosenkoski. If you want, we can also carry the canoes around. Lunchbreak will be on a nice river-bank or a small sandy beach, depending on how fast we paddle.  Shortly after the rapids we arrive at our final destination where we get a transfer back to Eräkeskus. After the equipment is ulnloaded, you can enjoy the wood-heated sauna on the lakeside or simply relax in the lodge until dinnertime. 

Day 7: Your last day! After breakfast we pack our backpacks, take some dogs and hike around Lake Puuruu to the so-called ET-Peninsula. Maybe will tell you why the place has this name while we will have our Lunchbreak. You can also have a swim in the lake before we walk back to Eräkeskus. Spend the rest of the day as you like, maybe in the kennels with our dogs or on the beach, or a last time in the sauna. Farewill-Dinner in the lodge.  

Day 8: Breakfast and end of your holiday at Eräkeskus. Individual departure or - if pre-booked - transfer to airport or railwaystation. 

All activities during the week can of course be adjusted/shortened according to your wishes and capabilities. 

Rates, Dates & What's Included 2021

Rates for Family-Week "Fit & Fun"

May/June/September:
1090€ per person in double or twin room 
545€ per child (- 15 years) in extra-bed 
820€ per child (- 15 years) in own twin room 

July/August:
1150€ per person in double or twin room 
575€ per child (- 15 years) in extra-bed
865€ per child (- 15 years) in own twin room 

Dates:

Saturday - Saturday, 8 days/7 nights, 08.05.2021 - 23.10.2021 (Tour-End)
Sunday - Sunday, 8 days/7 nights, 09.05.2021 - 24.10.2021 (Tour-End)

Included:

  • all needed transfers during the week
  • 6 overnights in the lodge in rooms with private facilities
  • 1 overnight in the tent or windshelter
  • fullboard starting with dinner day 1 and ending with breakfast day 8
  • 1 half-day-activity „creative work and meeting"
  • 1 day-activity „Husky Trekking"
  • 2 day-tour canoe/kajak with overnight
  • 1 half -day-activity „Hiking to ET"
  • canoe/kajak/bike for free use
  • 1x wood-sauna and 2x electric sauna
  • English speaking Guide 
  • all needed Tour Equipment

Not included:

  • additonal needed transfers on days off, if you have no own car
  • Transfers from/to airport or railway station
  • beverages others than coffee, tea, water 
  • other activities during your day off or massages

What you need to take with you:

  • small backpack
  • good hiking boots, possibly waterproof
  • rain- and wind-jacket