Located in the stunning southern Finnish Lake District, Lake Side Lodge Pääskylä has plenty to see and do in the area.

You’re right next to the Laippanmaa Forest, where you can go hiking for hours and fill your basket in late summer and early fall with mushrooms and blueberries. Guided Hikes and guided Canoe tours are available upon request.

If you want to feel the wind in your hair, catch a ferry over the Great Paijänne-Lake. In the past, waterways were the only means of transportation. Still today, the old steamboats take you from Lahti up to Jyväskylä. You can board a ferry also in Padasjoki.

Finland has a breathtakingly rich wildlife. One of the rarest seal species in the world lives in Lake Saimaa; the Saimaa ringed Seal. Have a glance at these rare animals and make a seal-watching excursion with a wooden boat to Linnansaari National Park.

Also bears, wolves, lynx, wolverines and moose inhabit Finland’s forests. The best way to observe them in their natural habitat is by booking a wildlife-watching excursion.

Tampere, Helsinki and Lahti are vibrant cities. Finland is famous for its design. So spend a rainy day in a Museum, go shopping for Finnish design or adore great Finnish Architecture.

If your kids want some action, take them to the Moomin World in Naantali, just outside Turku or to Särkänniemi Adventure Park inTampere.

For more ideas, also check out the not only very informative but also very beautifully done website vistifinnlad.com.