UNIQUE HOSTELS IN FINLAND
Do you love travelling to unforgettable places? Are you looking to conquer the true hidden gems of Finland?
Discover a selection of Finland’s unique hostels in awesome destinations; treasures are hidden in every corner!
SLEEP IN A CIRCUS-VAN
A real bohemian-style Cirkus Hostel Holken can be found in Inkoo, Southern Finland. This circus-style hostel is run by a lovely couple, Pekka and Maria, with interesting backgrounds – Pekka used to work as a real circus clown and Maria has studied plantae biology, natural herbs and mushrooms.
The circus van has formerly been used as a kiosk-van at Finland’s most popular circus, Sirkus Finlandia. In memory of these magical times the van has since been renovated and is now used as a hostel accommodation. A Mexican artist Sandra Perez has painted the outside of the van using Mexican Otomi-style. The circus van accommodates up to 4 people but it can also be rented for single-use. After a relaxing night, enjoy a tasty breakfast while Pekka plays grand piano and sings Finnish songs.
SPEND AN UNFORGETTABLE NIGHT ABOARD A MUSEUM SHIP
Ahoy! This hidden gem is located in Turku, Western Finland. Laivahostel S/S Bore is a former steamship that has been permanently anchored on the banks of River Aura and offers dining, accommodation, conference and museum services year-round.
It was built in 1960 and first travelled the route Turku – Mariehamn – Stockholm. During those first 17 years, the “Zero Bore” earner a place in the hearts of the people of Turku. In 2010 the ship was restored and berthed in the Aura River. Sense the genuine cruise feeling of the old times and spend an unforgettable night at S/S Bore – without getting seasick!
STAY AT FINLAND’S SMALLEST SODA FACTORY
Did you know that you can spend a night at Finland’s smallest family-own soda factory? Sweet! Kartano Hostel at Anttila Farm is located in Kokemäki, Western Finland. This estate-hostel is located on countryside and provides accommodation in high quality rooms throughout the year.
How about some sweet juice or home-made soda? They squeeze fresh juices from apples and berries at the juice station and make a variety of sodas at their own soda factory. You can purchase both at their own Farm Store or visit their Home Museum, where the oldest objects are from the 1700s. You can also try berry picking and enjoy a long relaxing smoke sauna afterwards.
STAY AT A LIVING DAIRY FARM UNDER NORTHER LIGHTS
Lapland is the Northern part of Finland, where the sun barely shows during winter and barely sets during summer. Visatupa is a hostel located in Sodankylä, Northern Finland in Lapland. You can spend a relaxing holiday in the middle of Lapland on a living dairy farm. You can even participate in the daily farm chores and the owner family will introduce you to milk production in the arctic climate.
During the winter you can try ice swimming under magical northern lights, warm up in a traditional Finnish wooden sauna and fry out some sausages or make original Finnish style crepes on a camp fire. During the summer you can go berry picking and enjoy the beautiful colours of greens while the sun never sets.
LAND OF A THOUSAND LAKES
Taking a trip to Eastern Finland is like taking a trip into the heart of Finnish identity. One of the most important birthplaces of the Finnish identity are the deep green forests, the rolling hills and the glittering lakes that cover most of Finland.
You can experience the magic of pure Finnish nature at Hostel Rantakatti located in Punkaharju, Eastern Finland/Saimaa. It’s a peaceful place in the middle of nature and has a cosy characteristic of home. The three generations of the same family are at your service. You’ll have the chance to go swimming in the clear water of lake Saimaa, heat up at a beach sauna or even go rowing boats and enjoy the peaceful Finnish nature.
TASTY SALMON SOUP ON A LIGHTHOUSE ISLAND
Tankar Inn is a hostel located on a lighthouse island in Kokkola, Western Finland. Today, Tankar is one of Finland’s most important lighthouse islands in terms of tourism. The lighthouse built in 1889, the chapel in 1754 and the Sealing Museum are the most popular attractions on the island.
You can also enjoy a delicious traditional Finnish salmon soup on the outdoor patio and spend a memorable night on an island in the middle of Finnish archipelago.
GOLD PANNING AND REINDEER SEEKING
Lemmenjoen Lumo is an old Saame grange located by the beautiful Lemmenjoki river far up North in Lapland, Northern Finland. Enjoy a genuine Lappish environment in the heart of Lemmenjoki village right next to the UKK National Park.
You can stay in a romantic cabin, try out some tasty Lappish delicacies, such as sautéed reindeer, or go on a boat ride at a peaceful Lemmenjoki river. They even arrange adventure trips to the UKK National Park, where you can try gold panning and spot reindeer wandering around the lowland.
RELAX AT A UNESCO WORLD HERITAGE SITE
UNESCO World Heritage Site Suomenlinna is a cultural treasure located in Helsinki, Southern Finland. Its construction began in the mid-18th century, when Finland was still part of Sweden.
Today, the fortress and its museums, restaurants and events are a memorable experience for visitors of all ages. You can spend a night there at a cosy Hostel Suomenlinna. The Hostel is run by the Organization for Outdoor Education in Finland. Suomenlinna’s unique surroundings and the historical sea fortress in the middle of Finnish archipelago in Finland’s capital are totally worth a visit.