The old farmhouse is surrounded by diverse nature. Pineforest, groves, gorgeus spruce forests and the swamp of Syöliö are magnificent places to discover the secrets of the peaceful forest. The healing effect of forest are miraculous!
In the forest of Iloranta you can experience magical forest of Finland. In the track you get to know the finnish forest culture over the ages and you maybe even get to see some of the forest animals! The trip will end under the old pine with the campfire coffee and stick bun.
Most of the forests in the area are coniferous forest with spruces, pines.From the deciduous forest are birchs, aspens and small-leaved limes but there also can be found some metsälehmus.
In the area of Iloranta can be found many species of trees: birchs, pines, spruces, small-leaves limes, maples, black alders, rowans, alders, bird cherries, silver birchs, crack willows and oaks.
Discover the treasures of the Häme forest. The nature trail of Iloranta leads via Mäyräkallio (Badger cliff), nearby the Swamp of Syöliö along the marshland to the cliff of Kotivuori (Home mountain) and through the wildnut grove to the old wicket. The tales of the animals, trees and ecology of the forest opens it up to being almost touchable by hand.
The trip will end to the wicket under the hundreds of years old pine. Campfire coffee with a self-baked bun on a stick tops this magnificent experience.
The nature trail is 3,5 km. You can go the trail by yourself or with the guide.
In the complete darkness of the forest you can sense the frangrances; you can hear only the voices of the forest, excluding everything else, and you almost await to see a goblin peeking behind the sturdy spruces at any time...
The "Forest Baths" duration is approx 1-3 hours.
Price of "Forest Baths" are 100€ + 10 €/person. The package mentioned above guide and campfire coffee with a self-baked bun on a stick tops.
Sauna and accommodation in our comfortable rooms after Forest Baths!
The Forest Baths will be even better when you can go to the sauna after the trip and swim in the lake. It is also possibly to stay in over the night in Iloranta, only 70 €/person includes sauna, accommodation, dinner and breakfast. In hotelstandarded rooms price is 85 €/person.
For example price for group with 5 person, price is 30 €/person and with sauna, accommodation, dinner and breakfast price is 100€/person.
The packages are available all year round and the program is specified according to the season.
As well we can organize transportation from Helsinki-Vantaa airport directly to Iloranta.
We want to offer our guests overall well being from dawn till dusk in a genuine country milieu. Gorgeous nature, the peace and tranquillity of the countryside as well as the healing impact of the forest are found here. The farmstead is situated in the authentic Finnish countryside in the middle of fields and forests on the banks of the lake Iso-Roine (Big Roine). Swimming and taking a sauna, home made organic food, activities for each and everyone regardless of what shape you are in. All this builds up to a comfort holiday in addition to exquisite experiences from Finland.
Not only can the travellers take care of their own well-being during their vacation, but they also have a chance to get acquainted with the traditional Finnish life-style and taste pure, genuine flavors in the midst of nature. Not to mention having a possibility to catch their own fish and prepare their own meals!
This product were awarded the Authentic Fin Relax Experience -status by Visit Finland!
Transfer from Helsinki-Vantaa airport
Lunch and accommodation in our comfortable rooms
Welcome to the premises - a guided familiarization walking tour of Iloranta
Finnish sauna experience; We will learn about the sauna etiquette and the effectiveness and health benefits of sauna. We will start our sauna ritual with body scrubs and footbaths followed by traditional sauna bath with demonstrations of whisking, which is an essential part of Finnish folk healing.
Gigling - night time fishing (possible only during the autumn months)
*Alternatively either yoga, a gentle evening stroll or relaxation
Fishing we go! A guided fishing- and crabbing trip on the clean waters of Iso-Roine (Big Roine) done comfortably on the rafts of Iloranta. Then together we handle the catch. We clean it and prepare the tasting meal together. Pikeperch, bass and vendace and during crabbing season (end of August-September) also crayfish will be tasted at lunch under the wicket on the beach. Topped with a dessert party with Finnish pancakes straight from the pan.
A trail of the senses: Here we walk in the Finnish forest along a trail sensing the forest in different ways along the way. Here the thought is on mindfulness e.g. conscious presence.
Guided nordic walking in the countryside of Häme province.
Smoke sauna and swimming, After the warm heat of the smoke sauna you can ford the white sand in the clean waters of the lake in the summer or take a quick dip in the ice hole in the winter. Both are incredible experiences!
A trek in the local, dark evening forest: In the complete darkness of the forest you can sense the frangrances; you can hear only the voices of the forest, excluding everything else, and you almost await to see a goblin peeking behind the sturdy spruces at any time...
A guided forest trek: Discover the treasures of the Häme forest. The nature trail of Iloranta leads via Mäyräkallio (Badger cliff) along the marshland to Kotivuori (Home mountain) and through the wildnut grove to the old wicket. The tales of the animals, trees and ecology of the forest opens it up to being almost touchable by hand.
Lunch at the wicket consists of forest mushroom soup in a malt bread cup. Campfire coffee with a self-baked bun on a stick tops this magnificent experience.
Fingers in flour and self baked bread under your arm! The bread at Iloranta is baked from ancient starter dough made of forest bush rye. Everyone can bake their very own bread to take along home fresh and delicious straight from the oven.
Thank you for your visit and welcome again
Transfer to Helsinki-Vantaa airport
Included in the package
The package mentioned above includes full programs, accommodation in our comfortable rooms, breakfast, lunch and dinner each day, in addition also possible afternoon coffees, pancakes and campfire buns. Sauna and swimming are included every day.
Transportation from Helsinki-Vantaa airport directly to Iloranta is included as well.
Groups can create their own Nature Holiday by choosing from the available options. Just contact us and we can together create the perfect holiday for you. The package is available all year round and the program is specified according to the season.
The 4-day program costs 340 € / person (36-50 persons per group).
Costs for group with 20-29 participants are 390 €/person.
Costs for group with 12-19 participants are 470 €/person.
Costs for group with 8-11 participants are 520 €/person.
On these trips one gets to bake their own rye bread using several decades-old starter dough; they prepare local squeeky, home cheese and will be able to take part in checking the fishing nets and crayfish traps. You can grab the catch and even clean it and fry it yourself! You will familiarize yourself with different methods and ways of fishing as well as the sustainability of nature.
The delicious aromas of the food being prepared and the authentic flavors take your breath away. Olden times come easily to mind kneading the dough to form your own loaf of bread whilst listening to ancient stories. The aroma of the fresh baked rye bread will follow you all the way home and the taste will stay with you as a warm memory. You will have experienced a moment of bygone times, tasted genuine flavors and enjoyed the proud feeling of achievement!
1. The tale of rye - baking rye bread using decades-old starter dough
Everyone bakes their own loaf of bread. You can taste it after the fishing trip and you take your own fresh-baked bread home with you.
2. Making local (Häme) squeaky home cheese
When the cheese is ready to bake it is placed in a mold to drip and shape. Next it will be baked and finally enjoyed of at the dinner table.
3. To the waters - for mouth-watering catch!
In the summer we leave for the fishing and crabbing trips together on the fishing raft and in winter-time we go ice-fishing by kicksled or on foot.
The catch is mainly perch, bream, roach ahd pike but occasionlly brown troat can also be caught. Taking part in checking the fish-traps and fishing nets is an extremely intresting experience. Fishing with fishing rods and the wintery ice-fishing awakes the perch to eagerly catch the bate. Burbot can be found in the fish traps especially during winter time.
Special programs during crabbing season 21.7.-31.10. include crabbing trips on the raft, special training in handling the crab and finally crab tasting.
Special programs also in October-November. This is called the season for gigling - fishing done at night. We locate the fish with bright lights and then catch them with tridents.
After the excursions you are taught how to handle, gut and fillet the fish. And finally the topping of the day - fry the fish at the Pavillion on the beach!
4. Dinner by the beach - zander (pike-perch) soup, fresh-baked bread and self-made home cheese!
The duration of the program is approximately 4-5 hours. Max. 30 persons.
Program costs 300 €+30 €/person.
The package is available all year round and the program is specified according to the season.
The oldest buildings in the Iloranta yard date back to times when the Rukkoila village lived off fishing and crabbing. The old blackened logs have been watching the life of the families for over two hundred years. They are filled with Häme hospitality and if you really listen carefully you can still hear whispers from the olden times.
The "golden years" of the drying and threshing barn date back to over a century ago. This was the time when the stoves in the barn were used daily all autumn long to dry the harvest. With the aid of the "barn elf" watch was kept over the fires all night.
Bygones may be bygones but the atmosphere of the old drying and threshing barn is still there - almost within reach.
The host and hostess greet you in the yard. For starters you will join in the baking of bread on stones like in the old Iron Age. Enlightened by this experience you then enter the barn and fall back into the ancient times. The staff is wearing outfits fitting to the theme. The luring aromas of the food invite the guests to step under the high ridgepole where they are seated at long tables to which the starter soup is served.
The impressively "Iron Age" style set main food table offers a variety of smoked, salted or fried fish from the lakes nearby in addition to mushrooms, vegetables, traditional Häme cheese and meat which has braised over night in the oven. You choose from these delicacies according to your own wishes.
The soft lights of the lanterns on the walls and the high chandaliers on the tables create an unique atmosphere. An unforgettable cuisine enjoyment is ready to begin!
Lovage soup from Rantamäki
Stone grilled nettle bread with chive butter
Smoked pike on malt bread
Baltic herring with rye crust
Smoked roach with round potato loaf bread
Herring with apple (omenan paloja vai marinoituna - in apple marinade ???)
Slowly cured meat with home made mustard
Home made cheese with lingonberries
Black currant jam and pickels
Barn style roast cooked overnight
Hauho style mashed potato casserole
Filled cabbage rolls
Mashed forest mushrooms in white sauce from Mäyräkallio
Herb flavored baked root vegetables
Barn style cranberry and nut cake with coffee/tea
Home-brewed beer (kvass), water and different kinds of bread throughout the meal
The duration of the dinner is approximately 1,5-2 hours depending entirely on yours schedule.
The basic cost is eur 500 plus eur 35 per person. Max. 90 persons.
The packages is available all year round and the program varies according to the season.