The sense of history in the Lakeland

Sail through the graceful Finnish lakes and explore the historical attractions of Central Finland


Experience Central Finland’s fascinating history

Available: May-September
Duration: 3 nights
People: Min 1, max 8
Starting price: 850,00€ (price per houseboat rental, example price Houseboat Eco-Wood 21 m2 / 4 persons)

The Sense of History in Lakeland holiday offers interesting historical sites and stops for your lake holiday. Travel on the Finnish lakes at your own pace and stay comfortably in a first-class summer house! While exploring the Finnish lakes, you’ll visit many historical attractions on your way.

This holiday includes a variety of historical points on your lake map – you’ll sail to the impressive prehistorical rock paintings of Saraakallio, enjoy the historical atmosphere of the Vaajakoski area and familiarize yourself with nineteenth-century artisan life.

Of course, what would a historical holiday be without museums? You’ll also get to know the roots of Jyväskylä region at the local museum of Central Finland and also visit our local sight – the Alvar Aalto museum. On your journey, you may also stop at a nearby beach and get to know authentic villages on your way.

No special licenses nor prior experience are needed to drive our Houseboats, we’ll provide you with a comprehensive skipper’s course during arrival. Our harbour staff are experienced in boating and also well familiarized with the Finnish lakes.

Price includes:

  • End cleaning
  • VAT 24%
  • The houseboat with all the equipment mentioned above for the individual use.
  • Introduction of the houseboat (including the captain course and introduction for houseboat’s and safety equipment).
  • Easy to use navigation system as well as electronic and paper lake maps.
  • Planning the routes and giving recommendations based on your preferences
  • It’s also possible to program the selected route in the navigator ready
  • Helpline

For additional price:

  • Bed linens and towels (25€/set
  • Fat bike/Mountain bike/7-speed bike (25€/day/bike)
  • SUP-board (25€/day/board)
  • Fishing equipment: fishing rod, spinning rod or fish trap (15€/day/equipment)


Day 1 – Taking off from the harbor

This journey begins from Jyväskylä harbor. Jyväskylä harbor, the base of Houseboat, is located in a walking distance of Jyväskylä bus and train stations and is easy to access by taxi from Jyväskylä airport. You may also rent a car from Helsinki airport and travel to Jyväskylä under three hours by car – you’ll be in Central finland in no time!

On a first day, you will be handed over the Houseboat – your accommodation and escape to the serenity. You will be given full instructions on how to use the Houseboat and in case of need, all the help is just a phone call away. We will also give you some ideas on where to spend your first night on the water. You are now ready to take off from the harbour and head out to your historical adventure in lakeland!


Day 2 – Discover the prehistoric rock paintings of Saraakallio

On the second morning, you will continue your trip through the Kuhankoski lock, which will be your second stop. In the Kuhankoski, you will be able to explore the old power plant and the workers’ homes. After a tour in Kuhankoski, it’s time to head back in the Lake Keitele and continue your journey towards the largest rock paintings from Fennoscandia in Saraakallio in Laukaa. You will find about 100 images in there! The oldest paintings are about 6 600 years old.

The best way to reach the rock paintings is with a boat. You will to see the rock paintings from the deck of the houseboat. The other option is to anchor the houseboat near the beach and go to see the rock paintings by foot and enjoy the green forest. In Laukaa, you will spend the second night near nature and a sandy beach.


Day 3 – Finnish design in historical enviroment

On the morning of a third day, you may enjoy a breakfast at a deck of a houseboat, while listening to the soft sound of waves and enjoying the shining sun from the horizon. After a breakfast, you will start to head towards the Naissaari in Vaajakoski. Naissaari is a cultural-historical complex, which combines nature, attractions and culture. The island has three of the 1800-century-built wooden houses, wooden house built in 1920, which serves as a café at the moment, as well as two functionalist houses built in 1934. There is a historical path around the island with guide boards.

There is also design shop Wanha Paja in the former repair workshop. On the Western side of the island, there is located the Vaajakoski lock and an old hydroelectric power plant (built in 1920), as well as newer water power plant on the East side of the island (built in 1942). The old power plant works for exhibition and event venue. After the tour in Naissaari, you can start to head back to the Jyväskylä harbour. During the last night on the lake, you can enjoy the serenity of the water and peace and quiet of the Finnish nature.


Day 4 – Experience the artisan life of the 1800’s

On the morning of the fourth day, you can return the Houseboat to the harbor. In the fourth day you’ll have plenty of time to get to know Toivola old countryard by bike or foot. In the Toivola old courtyard, you can take a journey back to the time when the clattering of hooves was a familiar sound in the narrow streets, and the townscape was dominated by low blocks of wooden houses with their gates and courtyards. Toivola Old Courtyard consists of beautiful wooden buildings from the late nineteenth century, a cosy café, a museum and adorable small shops.

Finally, after touring Toivola old countryard, head out to the museum complex of Central Finland and Alvar Aalto and to experience the living cultural history of Jyväskylä region. You can also visit the neardby University of Jyväskylä’s historical buildings and interesting campus museum.


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