Kannonkoski, Central Finland, Finland

Founded as a youth holiday camp, the “Piispala” resort has been around for over forty years and is constantly evolving. With the aim of enabling children and young people to have holidays that are as close to nature as possible and active, the place is still popular today.

The focus here is on sporting, communal outdoor activities for all guests, big or small, young or old. In addition to an indoor sports hall, a football hall, a bowling alley, a swimming hall, an ice rink and a climbing tower , there are many exercise offers around the lakes and in nature especially in summer. And in winter the offer is supplemented by skiing, snowshoeing, ice fishing, curling and ice skating. It certainly never gets boring here.

The holiday homes are of different sizes and built for different needs - couples, families and larger groups get their money's worth here. Everything is typically Scandinavian furnished, rather simple with lots of wood and light colors. Finnish patterns on the curtains, cozy wicker chairs and some with large wood-burning stoves ensure instant coziness. All around there are only forests, the lake and wild nature. In the small animal home there is a pony, goats, chickens, chinchillas and guinea pigs that you can visit and feed. An extensive forest walk with the pony and goats is possible all year round.

According to legend, giants were on their way to Lapland when they lost some stones from their backpacks, which formed Lake Kivijärvi and the surrounding area. The village of Piispala was built over time along the long sandy beach. And it still looks as original as it once did - a perfect place for an adventure holiday in nature.

Rooms + Rates

per night
Single roomfrom85 €
Double roomfrom110 €
Cottagefrom165 €


ArchitectureThe traditional Finnish wooden construction has always been sustainable, as only regional wood is used. All wood used comes from PEFC-certified Finnish forests. Environmentally friendly materials were preferred for the renovation, which also promote healthy indoor air. When building or renovating the houses, special attention is paid to high-quality, durable components. Biodiversity is maintained in the gardens and insect-friendly flowers are planted.

FoodAbout 75% of the dishes offered at the buffet come from the region. Once a week there is a vegetarian day. The leftover food from meals is sold to employees and part of the salad scraps is used as the delicacies for the small animals at the animal home.

In 1975 the OSCE conference decided to set up a network of youth centers in Europe to promote national and international youth activities. Piispala was one of the first in Finland. In addition to youth work, the versatile leisure, sports and well-being center is also suitable for families, senior citizens, companies and sports groups. Almost all employees come from the region. They can use all sports facilities and relaxation courses for free. As a social enterprise, they have also been using their expertise to support young people who are particularly in need of support through social inclusion since 2010, in order to strengthen their ability to cope with life and promote a healthy lifestyle. This project will be extended to Finnish and Ukrainian families in 2023.

EnvironmentThere is a large solar system and 93% of the energy used is renewable. About 90% of the lamps are energy-saving and 75% are LED lights. Waste is sorted into categories such as metal, glass, paper, cardboard, organic waste, energy waste and mixed waste. Recycled materials are also used in the handicraft programs. Built-in water saving programs save drinking water when showering and washing. All detergents and detergents used for daily cleaning are environmentally friendly. The guests are encouraged to participate in all savings measures and are regularly informed about new ideas.

Well-BeingThere are more than fifty different programs in the categories of sports, wellness, nature experiences and creative handicrafts. In the indoor swimming pool there is a multifunctional pool with a counter-current system, a bubble bath bench and two massage jets. There is yoga, relaxation courses and sauna areas of different sizes. In winter, cross-country skiing, tobogganing, snowshoeing and ice climbing are also on offer.


  • Active holidays close to nature in the beautiful lake landscape of Finland
  • Forests, a huge lake and lots of exercise
  • Youth groups, families, groups of friends - everyone will find the right offer here
  • Sports such as archery, volleyball, curling, climbing, yoga and much more are possible
  • Goats, chickens, pony, chinchillas and guinea pigs live on the premises
  • The area is suitable for hiking, biking, swimming, kayaking, skiing and sledding, depending on the season
  • In the Pyhä-Häkki National Park you will find one of the best preserved primeval forests in southern Finland, and in the Salamajärvi National Park you will still find wild forest reindeer

Holiday Resort87 apartments, cottages and roomsOwn cooking facilities + restaurantChildren welcomeWi-FiDisabled accessPoolPets allowed


  • Resort with very differently designed holiday accommodations - from small to large
  • All cottages have fridges, kettles and microwaves,
  • Some of the larger houses also have small kitchens
  • Restaurant with buffet, café + bakery and catering service
  • Hall for ball sports, bowling alley, bouldering tower
  • Swimming pool and gym
  • Large lake + several sauna houses

Certificates + Awards

Green Key


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Rooms + Rates

per night
Single roomfrom85 €
Double roomfrom110 €
Cottagefrom165 €

Location + Directions

By car

Piispala is relatively remote, so having your own vehicle is an advantage. In a sustainable way, you can take a train or public bus from Helsinki to Jyväskylä first. Then from Jyväskylä it takes about 1.5 hours to drive to Piispala (107 km). Coming from Vaasa it takes about 2.5 hours (198 km), from Tampere about 3 hours (236 km), from Turku about 5 hours (388 km) and from Helsinki it takes about 4.5 hours (375 km). The exact address can be found on the website.