We offer assorted nature experiences all year round for both individual travellers and large groups.

Some of our group programs can also be implemented in the customer’s own premises or in the location desired by the customer. For groups, we also offer catering, which is carried out entirely by open fire.

If you do not find what you are looking for in our offer, we recommend that you also check the offer of our partner network

Tour to the historical Varjakansaari Island

Tour to the historical sawmill of the Varjakansaari Island and a trip to the history of the surrounding area.

The 1920s was an era of prosperity and business.  Steamboats and sailboats alike were loading boards, planks, props and pit mine props in the roadstead. At times as many as five vessels with shiny black sides and a two-mast yacht were waiting their turn in the port. The south-western bank was extended using waste timber, wooden beams and sawdust. Varjakka had its own cinema, bakery, shop, fire brigade and jail. There was hustle and bustle just as in a small town.

1928 The main driveshaft of the sawmill broke for the third time. 1929 timber exports declined as the New York Stock Exchange crashed. The sawmill owner was unwilling to carry out the costly repair of the main driveshaft and closed down the sawmill.

Access to island with a traditional manually-powered ferryboat made of wood.

Programme organised within 18 km from Oulu city centre and includes about 3 km of walking

We reserve the right to cancel the program if the minimum size of the group is not reached. If the program is canceled, you will receive an email notification and your payment will be refunded.

We kindly ask you to check the location before making your booking. Varjakansaari is away from city lights, so public transport is few and far between. You can book a taxi, minivan or coach for you and your group conveniently.

Experience the wonders of the Finnish nature

The programme introduces to the sounds, flora and fauna of the season.

Finland has four unique seasons. Light-filled summer, when Oulu is bright even at night. Our area’s birds and late summer berry reserves are second to none.

The colorful autumn brings with it migratory birds, dark nights and our pure nature is slowly turning into a mushroom-hunter’s paradise before frost-glazed winter.

Winters in Oulu are crisp, glittery and full of snow. It is the time for warm woolen jumpers and windproof jacket. Winter is also time for darkness but also time for peace and quiet in our forests.

Bloom-covered spring is also time for wild herbs. In the spring and early summer, nature provides an abundant harvest of wild edible plants for anyone to pick. It is easy to fond fresh, nutrient-rich ingredients for salads, seasonings and herbal beverages.

Finland is home to the world’s largest archipelago and has more than 80,000 islands off its coast. Our excursion destination is Akio Island, which is slowly becoming part of the mainland due to the region’s strong land uplift. The nesting birds in the area are rich in both species and numbers, and the surrounding sea area is an important resting area for migratory birds.

Did You know, that all people have the right to enjoy nature anywhere in the Finnish countryside regardless of land ownership? The legal concept of “Everyman’s Right” in Finland extends immense freedom to roam but comes with some serious responsibilities. Primary of all is a mutual respect for nature and people. The golden rule requires a desire to preserve and protect the unspoiled beauty and wonder of nature for future generations to enjoy.

Programme includes about 3 km of walking

Good walking condition required.

We kindly ask you to check the location (Franzeninkuja 1, 90470 Varjakka) before making your booking. Public transport is few and far between. You can book a taxi, minivan or coach for you and your group conveniently.

Wilderness chef school for groups

At Loihakka Cooking School, food is prepared as a group. Tools include e.g. happy mind and open fire. The goal is to eat your stomachs full of self-prepared open fire food.


Nature navigation

Welcome to Finnish nature! 

We always build a route to the place the customer wants. We organize this program all year round and the difficulty of the routes is adjustable from pre-school age to enthusiasts in the field.

Cosmetics from Finnish nature

Your skin protects you from the harmful effects of the environment every day. However, chemicals are also absorbed into your body through the skin. That’s why it’s important to take good care of your skin – with pure organic products. Finnish nature has always offered the best and purest beauty treatment for Finnish skin. Natural cosmetics are a gentle and effective way for Mother Nature to take care of the beauty and health of your skin.

In the course, we jointly make organic facials, foot baths, masks, scalp treatments and hair washes. Forget parabens, silicone and phenoxyethanol. As raw materials, we use Finnish familiar natural plants such as nettle, dandelion, yarrow and honeysuckle. Other ingredients are easily found in Finnish basic cuisine: oatmeal, honey, natural yoghurt… Easy and fun pampering – naturally!

Trip to the world of mushrooms or wild vegetables

We organize programs that take participants into the world of mushrooms or wild vegetables for groups during the harvest season.

During the programs, our guide introduces participants and the participant learns to distinguish between species.

At the end of the day, enjoy the harvest of the day by the open fire, that is, learn how to prepare the harvest for food

Tour to the historical Varjakansaari island

Tour to the historical Varjakansaari island – for groups

Experience the wonders of the Finnish nature€39

Experience the wonders of the Finnish nature

Wilderness chef school for groups

Nature navigation for groups

Cosmetics from Finnish nature forr groups

Trip to the world of mushrooms or wild vegetables for groups

Please state possible food allergies or intolerances when making the booking.

We can serve you in Finnish and in English; other languages are available on request.

As we take the health and safety of our customers very seriously, we reserve the right to refuse those with inadequate clothing. 

Our huskies love their work and we love to see them wagging their tails and eager to go. For this reason, our kennel is open on bookings only: as pack leaders, we want to make sure that our dogs have at least one full day of rest all to themselves.