Are you craving a vacation that slows things down? Are your dreaming of holidays that are made of authentic discoveries and encounters with locals? Is nature a source of energy for you? The Happiness Camp at the Torstila organic farm will offer you the chance to experience authentic life on a Finnish farm, discovering the pristine nature and sharing time with your host, the farmers Juha and Ami. They will be your guides on your discovery of the secret sources of Finnish happiness.
During the three days we will slow down and focus on simple things. We will bake together Finnish traditional rice pies "karjalanpiirakka" and rye bread, discover the lakes and forests in the backyards of Torstila, fish in the lake, slowly move in the woods, and prepare and enjoy classic Finnish meals in different settings. We will visit an organic animal farm, where sheep and cows are treated as friends rather than industrial cattle.
You will have the chance for an authentic sauna experience: heat up the stove your self, carry the water from the lake, and enjoy the heat of the sauna and take a dip in the lake. If it's winter, we'll first have to make the whole in the frozen lake.
All meals are prepared of organic, local products.
The tour is suited for anyone ranging from kids to gradma's. We adapt the activities to your group (eg. for kids / for athletes). The tours are organized only for private groups and families in order to keep it personal and exclusive, with a maximum of six persons per group.
The tour is adapted to all seasons and weather conditions. In winter, when snow and ice allows, we will move by skis or snow shoes, and in the summer by walking, bikes and canoe. Car is used only where necessary.
Pricing 790 € / person 390 € / kid (2-14 years)
Detailed description of the Happiness Camp
What's the idea behind the Happiness Camps?
What’s included in the price:
3 nights accommodation in Torstila with bed sheets and towels
Meals (3 breakfast, 2 lunch and 3 dinner)
Bikes you can freely use during your stay
All equipment related to activities
All local transports related to the Happiness Camp activities
Pick up from / to the Joroinen bus station
Private guide for your group during the whole stay
Day 1 Pick up from bus / train station. After the welcome drinks we will show you your accommodation, give the basic information for your stay and let you settle down. In the afternoon / evening, we will start the process of baking a traditional Finnish rye brad (it takes several days!). Also, you will get the chance to learn baking rice pies, or Carelian pies. Fish dinner with your hosts
Day 2 Wake up call! Breakfast around 9 am. After an oat porridge breakfast we will take you on a tour to our farm. You will discover the old barn, hear stories from the past, learn about organic agriculture and see some of the farming machines, and even get the chance to try driving a tractor! Lunch at home: Fish soup In the afternoon, we will jump on bikes (optionally car), to visit the neighbour’s organic farm, where we will have a tour to meet happy cows and sheep. On the way home, if you feel sporty, we can make a beautiful 7 km hike in the Kotkatharju recrational area and visit the ski jumping area, a curiosity of the town. Once back home, you will have time to relax, but before that we need to continue the process of making the rye bread! Privat dinner in the ball room: Game meet & barley
Day 3 Wake up call at 9 am! After a delicious rye porridge breakfast we get equipped for a day outdoors. We’ll start from our doorstep and go disover the lakes and the forests. On the way you will learn about plants, about the forest management, wild life animals and history of the lake Valvatus. Lunch by the open fire. When we get home, it’ll be time to finally put the rye bread in the oven. Then, you will have the chance to heat up your own sauna, and have a relaxing sauna experience in the very authentic way, bathing in tha lake and washing with wood heated lake water. Preparation & dinner with the hosts: pike burgers