Experience the mystical peace of Finnish snowy nature

The unique nature of the national park, its tranquility and fires that are lit up at the dusk give this excursion an unique atmosphere. It is sure to stay with the participants even after they return home.

On this winter adventure you get to see the snowy Southern Konnevesi national park, learn to walk with snowshoes, sculpt with snow and enjoy local delicacies at a cosy campfire.

The guide of KalajaRetkeily greets the group at Kalaja parking area. From there the group walks 0.9 km along a forest path to the Kalaja campfire shelter, where they get to enjoy some warm mulled wine.

At the campfire shelter everyone gets to let their creativity loose and build snow sculptures and lanterns with the help of the guide.  We also do a short snowshoe walk under the cliff of Kalajanvuori.  During the activities there is also a change to warm up at open fire and enjoy warm juice.

After the activities we all gather up at the campfire shelter at open fire to enjoy delicious sandwiches and coffee and tea.  For dessert our guide will make crepes at the fire.  All the foods are lactose-free. Gluten-free or vegetarian diet must be noted during the booking of the service. The walk back to the parking lot will be done in the light of headlamps provided to the clients.

Duration

3 hours.  Starting at 2.30 pm or by appointment.

Location

Southern Konnevesi National Park, campfire shelter of Kalajavuori hill.  Starting and ending at the Kalaja parking lot, Konnekoskentie 545, 77700 Rautalampi.

 The nearest bus station or railway station is in Suonenjoki, 32 km from the Kalaja parking lot. Taxis are available at the station.  Distances: Jyväskylä city centre 110 km and travel time by car is c. 1 h 35 min. Jyväskylä airport 90 km and travel time c. 1 h 15 min. Kuopio city centre 83 km and travel time 1 h 10 min. Kuopio airport 100 km and travel time 1 h 20 min.  It is easy to reach by you own or a rental car. We are glad to advice with transportation.

Difficulty

Participation requires normal physical health. The walk to the campfire shelter is 0.9 km to one direction along a kept forest path. The snowshoe walk and building with snow are suitable for everyone and are light activities.  The participants are required to have winter clothes suitable for the weather, a hat, gloves and sturdy winter shoes suitable for walking with snowshoes.

Booking

Price: 85 e/participant. or minimum charge is 340 euros. Group size is 1- 9 people. Available also for bigger groups.

Price includes: VAT 10% The price includes all the services of the guide and the equipment needed for the activities (snowshoes, headlamps and the protective gloves used when building with snow) as well as the food (sandwiches, cold-smoked salmon by Vempan Kala from Rautalampi, ham, spreading, coffee/tea/warm juice and the crepes prepared by the guide on the open fire with jam made in Rautalampi).

Book your trip:  Please book your trip 2 days in advance at the latest.  Phone +358 40 553 5975 or email info@kalajaretkeily.fi.

Conditions of contract: The General Terms and Conditions in Rural Tourism