Haukkavuori and Lake Päijänne

Unhurried pace of being in the moment

1. Let the silence guide you through your holidays at Lake Päijänne in central Finland
2. Experience wonders of the lush forests, culinary indulgencies and purifying steams of a traditional sauna
3. Enjoy authentic Finnish nature with perfect silence, and reach your inner peace too
4. Explore the surrounding Nature by night time excursion

Join us on a nature trail. Fill your soul with thoughts, feelings, songs and colours. Let the silence guide you through the mysteries and wonders of the lush forests to the culinary indulgencies and purifying steams of a traditional sauna by Lake Päijänne, Finland’s second biggest lake.

The first proper estate founded in the Haukanmaa district was called Piililä in 1842. The farm was a big one, owning thousands of hectares’ worth of land consisting of fields but mostly rocky forests and the shore line of Lake Päijänne. These days Nukula owns the property and the estate is significantly smaller even though still surrounded by the wild forests and Lake Päijänne, a cradle of silence. The forests harbor a range of wildlife, including the moose, rabbits, foxes as well as lynxes and bears. Many birds, such as ravens or swans in addition to smaller ones have made their home in the area. Only the birds singing, wind blowing and the waves of lake Päijänne crashing ashore will break the audible silence of Nukula.

Day 1
• arrival to Nukula around noon
• welcoming coffee and tea
• familiarizing to the surroundings of Nukula, guided excursion to local nature which is including: observing, relaxing, meditating
• tasks to do: to collect different thoughts from the nature, colours, sounds, songs…
• packed lunch
• after the excursion, we will have an exhibit what was our “catch” and discussion about silence
• sauna (period of 15th of May until 20th of September) traditional sauna by Lake Päijänne. Other times at Haltia (Fairy) sauna
• dinner

Day 2
• morning swim at Lake Päijänne (period of 15th of May until 20th of September)
• breakfast
• guided excursion of silence in the nature. The client can choose the destination from several options. Aim to find the way to your inner peace
• lunch
• free time for listening the silence, relaxing, meditating, walking outside of Nukula’s surroundings
• sauna with sauna treatment; peat or rose treatment
• dinner
• night excursion

Day 3
• morning swim at Lake Päijänne (period of 15th of May until 20th of September)
• breakfast
• departure from Nukula
At Nukula you can hear the silence!
Location: Lakeland, by Lake Päijänne
Theme: Wellbeing & Outdoors

Duration: 2 day, 2 night
Price: 638 € per person
What’s included: Two night accommodation in double room (single supplement +32 € per person), Meals: 2x breakfast, 1x lunch, 2x dinner, Saunas: 2x sauna, one sauna
treatment (peat or rose treatment), 2x guided Nature walk, transfers (Jyväskylä-Nukula-Jyväskylä)

Supplements: Extra sauna treatment, rowing boat 15.5. – 20.9., more guided Nature walks

Availability: Year-round, the Traditional Sauna by Lake Päijänne 1.5. – 30.9. and at another time Haltia (Fairy) sauna
Pax: min 1, max 10
Booking: hannele.levavaara(a)nukula.fi
Additional days are possible to arrange upon prior reservations, price 148,50 € per person / day

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Rose Sauna

Get to experience moisturizing and softening effects of rose petals in a sauna. Give your skin a healthy glow! Rose treatment is the leader in anti-aging treatments due to natural healing properties of rose. Regardless of age, Rose Sauna is a perfect treatment for both men and women. So woman, the eternal bride of your life, take care and pamper yourself and please take your groom with you!

Our national epic poetry, The Kalevala, has this saying, “Water is the oldest medicine” and “Sauna is a poor man’s pharmacy”.

Sauna has been the holy place for Finns, turning to this ritual on Midsummer Eve, and other turning points of life. Our ancestors have been born in the sauna, and they have been washed in the sauna of hereafter, for their last trip.

Finns have always been looking not only for purification, but also wellbeing and health from the sauna.

Sauna session continues with a special sauna dinner, which is prepared from ecological products.

The day’s program

  • Arrival to Nukula in the afternoon
  • Checking in, a welcoming coffee or tea and discussions about the sauna
  • Everybody will get the Rose Sauna Treatment, which includes a whole body cleansing, peeling and a foot treatment
  • All the products used are organic, Finnish products which use roses as an ingredient
  • While bathing, healthy juices will be served
  • After the Rose Sauna, there will be a couple of hours’ time for resting
  • Afterwards the dinner will be served
  • A good night’s sleep is to be expected
  • Breakfast
  • Transportation to Jyväskylä

Location: Lakeland, by Lake Päijänne
Theme: Wellbeing & Food
Duration: 1 day, 1 night
Price: 196 € per person
Package: One night’s accommodation in a double room (single supplement +32 € per person), breakfast, welcome coffee/tea, dinner, The Rose Sauna Treatment in the sauna, transfers (Jyväskylä–Nukula–Jyväskylä)
Supplements: Guided Nature Trail Tour
Availability: All year round, from May to the end of September (1.5.–30.9.) we use the Traditional  Finnish sauna by Lake Päijänne and the Fairy Sauna, Haltiasauna during other periods
Pax: min 2, max 8

Warm up the Sauna like a Finn!

When in spring Lake Päijänne has left the ice and the winter behind and the water’s temperature is a little bit over plus four degrees, this period of the Nature calls you to clean yourself in the Traditional Finnish sauna by the lake. Experience abundant physical, mental and spiritual wellness during your sauna-tour.

You will learn to tie the whisk and heat up the authentic traditional Finnish sauna.

Some steps:

  1. Tie the whisk.
  2. Carry fire wood to the sauna.
  3. Light the fire in the sauna stove.
  4. Pump lake water into the sauna.
  5. Undress for sauna.
  6. Take a sauna bath and swim
  7. Cool and admire the lake view.

Join us on a Nature’s herb garden, forest. In silence, the trees will beacon you, sway to the rhythm of your deepest thoughts. When collecting branches to be your company in the sauna enjoy and feel Nature’s and the forest’s healing impacts.

Bundle your whisk. To get an authentic, deep experience in our Traditional Finnish sauna, light the fire and heat up the sauna. Allow the steam to envelope you, relax you or stay close to the lake scenery and mediate on the sauna bench. Cleanse yourself with your own whisk. Take a dip once in while into the cool water of Lake Päijänne, to let the cold-hot treatment pamper you. As a clean and reborn human being, now listen, stay quiet because as you close the sauna door, the gnomes are peering behind the trees waiting their invitation.


  • Arrival to Nukula before noon
  • Welcoming lunch and discussion about sauna, history, mythology
  • Guided excursion into nature to collect trees’ and branches for sauna
  • Tieing the whisk
  • Heating up the sauna, afternoon coffee brake
  • Sauna bath
  • Dinner
  • Overnight
  • Morning swim at Lake Päijänne
  • Breakfast
  • Departure from Nukula

Location:  Lakeland, by Lake Päijänne
Theme:  Wellbeing, Sauna
Duration:  1 day, 1 night
Price:  196,00 € per person
What’s included: One night accommodation in double room (single supplement +32 € per person), Meals:1x breakfast, 1x lunch, 1x dinner, 1x afternoon coffee, sauna, 1x guided Nature walk to pick up branches, guided heating up the sauna, transfers (Jyväskylä-Nukula-Jyväskylä)
Supplements: Rowing boat
Availability: 1.6. – 30.9., except when there is heavy rain or thunder
Pax: min 1, max 8
Booking: hannele.levavaara@nukula.fi

Additional days are possible to arrange upon prior reservations, price 148,50 € per person / day

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Woman picking mushrooms in the forest

Conquer the authentic Finnishness! -holiday offers diverse opportunities to enjoy the real Finnish countryside in the middle of clean nature, by the Finland’s second biggest lake, Lake Päijänne, and in fresh air.

Until 1950s the place was  functional farmhouse where agricultural activities took place, mainly the growing of crops and the raising of livestock. Nowadays our two cats are scurrying all over the place and a herd of sheep is ruminating on the field in the summer. Today the farm with its courtyard, nature, and lake offers a stimulating environment for your holiday. In addition our home is open for you to live like a local.

We made two themes for your holiday. You can choose one of them or mix various topics of the themes.

Nature as a challenger
Experience wonders of nature by wandering, listening, and smelling. Follow occurrences of the sky from darkness to brightness. Catch small fiches from the lake. Or just be in the moment, enjoy, relax and reload yourself.

Jobs of the host family as a challenger
If you long for participation, join us to do our current works. From spring to autumn, we are kept busy by garden and farming works. For example, the meditative berry picking is followed by tasting self-made juice. Let’s collect ingredients from nature and cook together. Snowfall challenges us to use shovels and tractor.

Location: Central Finland, area of Jyväskylä, by Lake Päijänne, Toivakka
Theme: Wellbeing, participation, to be in the moment
Available: All year round
Duration: 2 days, 2 nights
What’s included: Accommodation in double room (2 nights, single supplement +32 € per person), Meals: 2x breakfast, 1x lunch, 1x dinner, guiding, transfers (Jyväskylä-Nukula-Jyväskylä)
Pax: 1-8
Price: 428,00 € per person
Supplements: Rowing boat in the summer, kicks led in the winter
Booking: hannele.levavaara(at)nukula.fi

Additional days are possible to arrange upon prior reservations, price 138,00 € per person / day
Additional experiences: Traditional sauna by Lake Päijänne, sauna treatments and other activities.
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How to get to Nukula:

  • by plane Helsinki – Jyväskylä approx. 1 h, and a 1 h ride from the airport
  • by train Helsinki – Jyväskylä 3 h, and 40 mins ride from Jyväskylä Travel Center
  • by bus Helsinki – Jyväskylä 3,5 h, and 40 mins ride from Jyväskylä Travel Center
  • by car Helsinki Nukula approx. 2½ h
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