Nature trips and excursions

Mushroom excursions

When summer turns into autumn, forests fill up with tasty mushrooms redy for picking. Come and join us for a excursion in nearby forests and learn more about these culinary jewels. With our excperienced guides you will learn new things about mushrooms, learn where to hunt them and what to look for in forests. With a guide it’s safe to go hiking in forests even id ou are either inexperienced or more of a pro mushroom picker – we will plan the trip based on your starting level.

Length: approximately 2,5 hours

Price: 35€ / person

Price includes guide services.

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Half day mushroom excursion

The magical forest encloses a treasure that only awaits its picker. Come and join us for a memorable mushroom excursion and learn to recognize delicious mushrooms and eve the most rare forest delicacies. The excursion will take place in the nearby forests where you can also take a deep breath of fresh air and enjoy your packed lunch amongst trees. Duration of the trip is approximately 5 hours.

Price:

Small group (max 8 persons) 85€ / person, minimum billing 505€

Medium sized group (9-20 persons) 80€ / person, minimum billing 720€

Large group (21-30 persons) 50€ / person, minimum billing 1050€

The price includes guide services, transportation to mushroom forests and excursion.

 

Research forests

Could you imagine a better place for forest research than the Punkaharju esker, where preservation of forests and the first experiments started back in the 19th century? Within a kilometer of the hotel lies Laukansaari, where you can explore the Lusto Forest Museum and Punkaharju research forests with their various exotic tree species, old primeval forests and other interesting details — including the tallest tree in Finland! Numerous sign-posted trails are suitable for walking or cycling, and some allow cars. If you are looking for your own space, you can find many peaceful spots in the forest area. Enjoy one of our special excursions and you can have a cup of tea or coffee with us at the viewpoint on the Karjalankallio rock.

 

Cultural landscape of Takaharju (Back ridge)

On our guided field trip, you can experience the authenticity of the esker, immersing yourself in the beauty which inspired Finnish artists more than a century ago. You can see and hear the birds and study the rare plants of the esker. It was believed that the pine forests of Takaharju improved your health, and still today you can feel the healing power of the landscape. Many trails in the area are suitable for walking, and we especially recommend the scenic tour of Valkialampi.

 

Historical Mustaniemi (Black cape)

If you are interested in war history, we highly recommend that you sign up for one of our trips to Mustaniemi. For centuries, Punkaharju resided in the frontier between Sweden and Russia. After Finland gained independence on December 6, 1917, there were intentions to fortify the area. During World War II, the Salpalinja (Salpa line) was built. The renovated old dugouts and trenches can still be found in Mustaniemi and the neighbouring Kuikonniemi. In Mustaniemi you can also explore remains of prehistoric dwellings and the even older prehistoric shores of the ice age.