Finnish Private Summer Cottages Visits (4-5 hours, 1-2 days)

Option 1: A Typical Day in Finland: Finnish Summer Cottage Visit with a stop at Verla, an old paper factory (World Heritage UNESCO museum)

1 person = 210€, 2-8 adults = 110€/person

Live a summer day like a Finn! You will drive by car from Porvoo to a charming Finnish summer cottage in Jaala stopping at the World Heritage Site Verla Groundwood and Board Mill on the way. Enjoy sauna, swimming in natural water and barbeque!

  • 9.00 departure from Porvoo
  • stops at various locations, (e.g.: Rutumi’s Manor, antiques shops…)
  • lunch on the way (not included in price)
  • visit to the old groundwood and board mill of Verla
  • arrival at the summer cottage of your guide
  • some drinks by the lake
  • warming up sauna together with your guide …
  • barbeque
  • sauna, lake and relaxation
  • late evening drive back to Porvoo or to your accommodation

Accommodation: not included but simple accommodation available on request at the cottage

Meals: barbeque cooked together with the host

Transportation: not included



Option 2: Private Country Home Visit with Berry Picking

From 97€ to 102€/ person  and 87€-92€/child

Make a relaxing day tour to the countryside 80 km from Helsinki and spend a Finnish summer day with us. Get into a Finnish forest for a walk, feel the silence and pick up berries with your local hostess. Visit an old-style sauna and cook together with your host family a simple meal from seasonal ingredients.

Erkkilä  is the country home of Riitta and her husband located in Tervakoski, 80km from Helsinki surrounded by large forest areas. From mid-July to mid-August the berry season is at its best. We offer you a chance to spend a Finnish summer day with us. We’ll go to the forest to pick up berries. In August we mights also find some chantarelles. If the weather is hot, we can go to the lake for a swim. Otherwise we’ll just have sauna and cook some food together out of the fresh vegetables growing in our garden.

You can arrive to our home by a rental car or by train to Riihimäki railway station, from where you can take a taxi.


Accommodation: no (on request we can arrange b&b accommodation close by)

Meals: home cooked meal out of seasonal ingredients

Guide: Riitta (Finnish, English, Swedish, some German and Russian)

Guided tour: forest walk with berry picking (blueberries, wild raspberries), in August it is also possible to pick also black, red and white currant garden berries

Sauna: traditional sauna from 1934