Metsäkartano Youth Centre in a nutshell

Metsäkartano Youth Centre in a nutshell

•    Metsäkartano is a youth centre and a nature holiday resort in Rautavaara, in the Finnish Lakeland area and in the nothern savo region of Finland.
•    127 km from Kuopio (1,5-2 hours drive).
•    Nearest airport Kuopio, 100 km (1,5 hours).
•    Accommodation, total capacity 170-180 beds: 29 (12 in Justeeri, 17 in Sirnikka) wilderness hotel rooms (with 48+38 beds) varying from singles to family size rooms, six cosy holiday appartments with a total capacity of 41 beds, forest lodge Metsäpirtti with 22 beds in six rooms and a genuine lumberjack’s lodge / cottage Metsäkämppä with 26 beds in five rooms.
•    An atmospheric, fully licensed, 200-seat (100+100) dining room with home-made, local and organic, as well as delicious food, and a lakeside terrace and two fireplaces. A cosy café and reception area with a souvenir shop.
•   Lecture, meeting and teamwork rooms up to 300 persons. Yoga room with a lakeside scenery. Several campfire stops and forest settings for cooking and resting.
•    Professional guides and animateurs.
•     Equipment rental service (canoe, rowing boat, cross-country skiing equipment, snow shoes, sliding snow shoes = altai skis, kick sleds).
•    A wide variety of nature activities: hiking and walking (8-40 km), canoeing trips to the uninhabited lake area (, where no motor boats are allowed), picking berries (bilberries, cloudberries, lingonberries) and mushrooms (boleti, chantarelles, milky caps), salmon fishing, biking, Nordic walking, making handicrafts on nature materials: bone, stone, felt and clay, archery, wall climbing, skiing, trips on show shoes, altai skis and kick sleds, ice fishing and snow sculpting. In assossiation with cooperators also horse and dog sled rides.
•    The activity building Savotta offers additional functions in the fields of sports, arts and crafts.  The big gym hall is suitable for archery, dancing, floor ball, volleyball, basket ball, badminton and self-defense courses and there is also a 10,3 meter high climbing wall and ceiling. Chapel, ceramics workshop, bone, wood and other workshops, a darkroom for photographers, a roomy lounge for party goers and disco.
•    11 saunas: One big beach sauna (with separate saunas for men and women - 1 wooden, 1 electric), one small beach sauna, sauna in every holiday appartment and also in Metsäpirtti, Metsäkämppä and Justeeri.
•    Green Key certificate and Social Enterprice Mark.
•    One of the nine, national youth centres.
•     Founded 1982.

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