Oravasaari, Central Finland, Finland

The Nukula is a small family run guesthouse offering accommodation, meals and many different activities for families and groups. The historic buildings have been remodeled since 2008. The most holistic holiday according to the five elements (air, earth, fire, water, emptiness) should bring the guests closer to the untouched nature. The hosts are also concerned with conveying mindfulness and gratitude for nature and its great resources such as medicinal herbs, forest bathing and healthy food.

The buildings, which are more than two hundred years old, exude a wonderful stillness and are situated by the second largest and deepest Finnish lake in the middle of the forest. All rooms are simply and comfortably furnished. Each room has a dry toilet and a sink with running (drinking) water. The showers are in a separate building.

The highlights of the accommodation are the three saunas and the associated treatments. Taking a sauna has been part of everyday life in Finland for centuries and is still considered the most natural form to maintain health. The so-called "Haltia-sauna" or fairy sauna heats up to a comfortable eighty degrees and is located next to the birch trees for relaxation for up to ten people. The traditional Finnish sauna is located directly on the lake and is fired with wood. It offers space for six people. If you want, just hit gently yourself or wipe your skin gently by the birch whisk with a light touch, which is particularly good for the skin and naturally relieves muscle tension and prevents infections.

And after so much sweating and swimming, your hunger will be satisfied in the evening with a delicious and freshly prepared meal. Lots of fish, fresh mushrooms and berries from the region and the occasional hot stone pizza. The subsequent sleep could hardly be more relaxing - by the way, Kiitos means thank you.

Rooms + Rates

per night
Double roomfrom95 €


ArchitectureThe oldest building was built between 1800 and 1850. During the renovation, a complete new thermal insulation was installed to make it winterproof. The old cowshed from 1942 has been converted into a meeting room and sauna area with the original blue-grey paint and the hand-made brick walls remaining. The main building was expanded in 2010 with a larger building in the same style for events of up to 50 people.

FoodMeals are freshly prepared and mostly enjoyed al fresco and/or by an open fire - for example soups, crepes, smoked vegetables or fish and coffee brewed on the fire. In the area you will find herbs, berries, apples, mushrooms and good regional vegetables. Since 2022, most dishes have also been prepared vegetarian or with fresh fish.

The values that should be conveyed here are respect, truthfulness, joy, mindfulness, sustainability and the connection of the guests to this place from which they should at best take some thoughts and ideas with them.

EnvironmentNukula was awarded for the extensive sustainability and with the international environmental certificate Green Key. The Green Key criteria are extremely strict. There are only LED or energy-saving lamps, all waste is separated and recycled, dry toilets save drinking water, rainwater is collected and electricity is generated completely CO2-free. In addition, 15% of the forest is protected to preserve biodiversity.

Well-BeingThere are various sauna treatments or wellness offers that use peat from the swamp (The Peat Treatment) or just use a birch whisk to hit gently yourself or wipe your skin gently by the whisk with a light touch (The Whisk Treatment). Both applications are real immune system boosters and relieve tension. The purifying sauna (Mesilöylyn terveyttä) depends on the season because certain fresh herbs and plants are first collected from the forest. The modern alternative is the rose sauna, where roses spread their wonderful fragrance in the sauna and leave a natural glow on the skin.


  • Small family run guest house in a historic building from the early 19th century
  • Idyllically located, in the middle of the forest, by the second largest and deepest Finnish lake, Lake Päijänne
  • Trees over 400 years old stand in the surrounding forest
  • Delicious and freshly prepared home cooking with ingredients from the region
  • Silent and starry nights with no light pollution
  • There is a silence and nature trail at the property
  • Ice fishing in winter, swimming, rowing and other activities in and on the water in summer, as well as cycling, canoeing, fishing trips, skiing and sledding

Guest house6 roomsFull boardChildren welcomeWi-Fino disabled accessno Poolno pets


  • Small guest house with 6 rooms + 2 summer cottages
  • 4 three-bed rooms, 1 double room and 1 four-bed room
  • Each room has a dry toilet and a sink with running (drinking) water
  • The showers are in a separate building
  • Additional sleeping options in the open air (for up to 16 people)
  • Three saunas and associated treatments
  • Conference room with sauna area, additional function room for up to 50 people
  • Also suitable for groups and seminars

Certificates + Awards

Green Key


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Rooms + Rates

per night
Double roomfrom95 €

Location + Directions

By car

Unfortunately, Nukala cannot be reached by public transport. It takes about 30 minutes to drive to the guest house from Jyväskylä (31 km). It takes just under 2.5 hours (186 km) from Tampere, around 4 hours (301 km) from Vaasa, around 4.5 hours (337 km) from Turku and a good 3 hours from Helsinki (264 km). . The exact address can be found on the website.