What to do in nature?

Our best tips on the surrounding nature and the most interesting tourist attractions in the nearby area. 

Forest walk
Welcome to have a leisurely forest walk along Metsä Kolo's hunting trails, to gather new strength, sense nature and get to know yourself in nature's silence and peace that are far away from the noise of the modern life. Here you can choose your own paths freely and go according to your desires. And if you want to have a more ready-made service, Ranua's hiking routes are also available.

 

Hiking
Nature in Ranua still remains a secret place as an attraction. So please come and find your own Wild Strawberries and enjoy going along your own path in fine natural sites. Absolutely well worth mentioning is the gorgeous Simojärvi-Soppana national park and conservation area. There nature spreads out in varied forms in front of you: from rugged rocks to lakes with clear water as well as low swamps. Mountain biking and hiking trails are being planned for summer and winter in the area. There are already lean-to shelters, a hut, camp fire sites and tent places. As Metsä Kolo's additional service we can offer the equipment for an overnight excursion. The area is located 19km from Metsä Kolo. 

Mountain biking
The wild and undiscovered nature is Ranua's wealth, and the municipality is developing fast as a wellbeing destination. In Simojärvi-Soppana hiking area you can experience varied terrains while enjoying peace, as the area remains a secret gem. Take a map and compass with you, since the outdated trails are being restored this summer. Experienced hikers get an opportunity to find their own routes with your own peace guaranteed. There are, however, lean-to shelters, small cottages, camp fire sites and tent places in the area. The area is located about 19km from Metsä Kolo, while Syöte with marked trails of unequal lengths and levels of difficulty from beginners to experienced bikers is 70km away. There you can also find the brand-new bike park that enables you to try "summer downhill skiing" on bike. Here you can have a look at all of trekking routes in Ranua.

Enjoy Lapland's nature in Metsä Kolo

Our accommodation options are surrounded by nature, so you can start picking berries when you step out of the door. You have several choices available: bilberries, lingonberries, crowberries, arctic cloudberries and cranberries. 

In the yard you can also watch wild animals such as stoat, hares and willow ptarmigans, black grouses and western capercaillie, let alone smaller animals of the forest such as ants. It's nice to follow what they are doing and thus learn from nature's wonderful life. A lot of wild reindeer are also moving around in the area in summer and autumn.

In the yard there are also some trees suitable for climbingso it's also possible to explore the scenery from above the ground. Tentsile tree tent even offers an exceptionally exciting and unforgettable sleeping option in a tree! 

How about building a hut in forest? You can, for example, make a whole herd of cone cows to move around the cottage's surroundings by attaching four sticks to a spruce cone to form the cow's legs. 

The wide areas around Metsä Kolo also offer endless opportunities for trekking.You can pack your own lunch for a picnic in the shelter of the forest - or on the camp fire site in the yard or on the swimming platform by water, just as you like it. We also offer ready-made picnic packages for an additional fee, whatever suits you best.

Lighting a campfire and cooking over it is one of the unforgettable experiences offered by us, starting from collecting twigs and branches and ending up in grilling a sausage or cooking campfire buns or crepes.

Calming down at Lake Saarijärvi

Metsä Kolo is surrounded by Lake Saarijärvi that offers opportunities for various activities. The lakeside is child-friendly, so swimming in summer is a must.

The rowing boat can be used freely; life jackets are also available at an additional cost (5 € / each). Our big SUP board offers joy to the whole family in terms of paddling and playing (for an additional fee).

Worm fishing could be one of your experiences starting from chopping down a small tree to building the fishing rod and including digging worms for catching fish.

Making a bark boat and floating it could be one pastime tip. You start by taking a piece of the thick bark of an old pine tree and carve it with a knife to form a boat. You can then attach a wooden stick to the boat as its mast and look for a suitable leaf to function as its sail. It's nice to float the boat by the lake and follow how the waves toss the boat - or in the flowing water of a stream.

Picking berries and mushrooms

The so-called traditional everyman's rights offer a unique opportunity to pick berries and mushrooms in Lapland's delicate nature. You'll get a chance to enjoy the forest's bounty of pure and healthy local and organic food, full of vitamins and minerals. At the same time you are engaged in excellent spontaneous, informal physical activity in a natural environment that itself positively affects both your body and mind by, for example, lowering your blood pressure and alleviating stress. Picking berries and mushrooms is a suitable hobby to people of all ages, to be taken up both individually and together. Here you can have a look at the trekking routes in Ranua.

Picking berries

The equipment you need are rubber boots and a bucket. If necessary, we have a couple of them to be lent to you - as well as a berry-picking device, both for an adult and a smaller one for a child. You might also need mosquito repellent. In Metsä Kolo's lands you can find cloudberries, bilberries, crowberries, lingonberries and cranberries - in the order in which they ripen. The berry-picking season is started by cloudberry that can be picked from mid-July until the beginning of August. Ranua is known for cloudberries, additional information can be found here.

Picking mushrooms

The most important point about picking mushrooms is that you only pick those edible mushrooms that you can reliably identify. Therefore, you can book a local, qualified mushroom guide through us, and you'll get a chance to experience the surprises offered by the autumn forest and the joy of finding safely. 

Mushrooms live mostly underground or inside a decayed tree. Under favourable conditions mushrooms grow almost everywhere in forests. When autumn is dry (after a summer with little rain), the best places to find mushrooms are, however, on the fridges of swamps, in wooded swamp areas, in places with spring water and shadowy north slopes - instead of coniferous forests. During an extremely dry autumn you can even find mushrooms on the bottom of ditches.

The equipment you need for picking mushrooms include rubber boots, preferably an airy, plaited basket where to put the picked mushrooms into and a mushroom knife to clean the mushrooms and cut off the bad parts of the mushrooms, which is to be done in the forest. The species of mushrooms in the area include Craterellus tubaeformis, Gyromitra esculenta, milk-caps, different species of boletus and russula among others.

Hunting and fishing

There has been human settlement in Ranua as early as during the Stone Age, when living was earned from forests and bodies of water. The local people with woodcraft are descendants of the 17th-century hunters. You can follow in their footsteps when hunting and fishing in the area's virgin nature, the bounty of which is available to you in Metsä Kolo's lands.

Hunting

Hunters (also with bows) and fishers are warmly welcome to Metsä Kolo to pursue their hobby and enjoy! There are a lot of state-owned hunting grounds in Ranua. In Metsä Kolo your accommodation is a cosy hunter's cottage in the peace of nature. Our guests have an opportunity to hunt small game in a private forest as per agreement. The hunting grounds are divided into two parcels of land. One is situated on our own land lot and continues to the other side of the bay. The other parcel is located about 4km away by the same lake and continues to Lake Hietajärvi. There is a thriving population of birds along the ditch named Korteenoja of about 1km in length, in an old mixed forest.

You can start hunting whenever you step out of your holiday cottage, you have a total area of 130 hectares in front of you. The parcels of land can also be conveniently reached by rowing boat or car along the road named Hietajärventie. We charge an additional fee of €35 for visiting pets. The traditional small log cabin is suitable for accommodating pets. We have reserved a soft, woollen bed (by Matri) also for your hunting dog. NB There is a cat living on the lot. Additional information on hunting in Ranua. 

Fishing

Angling and ice fishing are allowed in Metsä Kolo's and Ranua's bodies of water, based on the everyman's rights. For other types of fishing, adults aged 18-64 years have to pay a fisheries management fee. The relevant fishing permits are sold in the webshop of Metsähallitus (a Finnish state enterprise that administers the state-owned land and water areas). Go and buy your permit at Eräluvat.fi. For fishing with traps such as nets you need a permit from the owner of the water area, to be obtained from Metsä Kolo for a small fee. Permits for state-owned water areas can be bought in the Eräluvat webshop of Metsähallitus. (Eräluvat.fi) service. For gear fishing, such as net fishing, you need a permit from the owner of the water area, which you can get for a small fee from Metsä Kolo. Permits for state waters can be obtained from Metsähallitus' Eräluva online store.

Metsä Kolo has a fiberglass boat at your disposal. Life jackets are available at an additional cost (5 € / each) - vests for infants are also available. A fish clearing table can be found on site, but for now (summer 2021) you will need your own fishing gear.

Metsä Kolo's own water bodies offer e.g. perch, pike, bream and vendace. The same fish rise from the northern and clear waters of Lake Hietajärvi. If you want even better edges, head to Ranua's most popular fishing spots, Simojärvi and Simojoki, where you live your own, naturally increasing salmon stock. In Simojärvi, on the other hand, up to 13 fish species can be found, e.g. pike, whitefish, vendace and lake trout. Information on the Simojoki River

Neighbouring municipalities

Ranua

Please have a comprehensive look at Ranua's attractions, activities and the opportunities offered by nature here: https://visitranua.fi/

Ranua Zoo

This northernmost zoo displays about 50 species of northern and arctic wild animals. Polar bear is the undisputed crowd puller of the zoo. Read more about the zoo.

The museums in Ranua

Visit the Vicarage and village museum and the School and regional museum of Saukkojärvi. Read more about the museums. 

Japan House

Japan House in Ranua is a different attraction, especially for the friends of the Japanese culture but also for aesthetes. The house namely is an architectural specimen of skill that is surrounded by very beautiful, pure nature. There is an exhibition as well as a library with non-fiction books on Japan and mainly Japanese fiction in the house. Various events are also organised there, such as restaurant days when you'll get a chance to try Japanese culinary delights. Read more about Japan house.

 

Susimaa - a wolfdog farm

The wolfdog farm Susimaa in the middle of the Lappish woods, far from neighbours, is a very unique place to visit, kept by a couple that has settled down in Lapland after having moved to Finland (from Austria). The aspiration to self-sufficiency and independence from outer sources - to the greatest possible degree - are the most important driving forces in the family's life with nature. Their philosophy of living with the (wolf)dogs is that the animals are their greatest teachers and "no. 1 priority". There are also many other animals on the farm such as a dog, a cat, chickens, quails, rabbits, goats and sheep. Read more about Susimaa.

Visit to Vaara Reindeer Farm

During a visit to Vaara Reindeer Farm you'll get to know the traditional Lappish source of livelihood, reindeer husbandry. You'll also get a chance to feed the animals yourself.

Restaurants

Arctic Guesthouse & Igloos offers local and Finnish food.

Wild Arctic Restaurant creates wild culinary delights straight from Finnish nature (mushrooms, game, fish and berries).

Asian Street Food by Sara in Hillatori (the marketplace called Cloudberry market in English) sells Asian take away portions. 

Pizza is available in three restaurants: Bakery Café Kiireen Raja, the Northern Lights Hotel Restaurant and Cafe & Bistro Bubo in the souvenir shop building (called MurMur castle), in the area of Ranua WildlifePark. In the last-mentioned you can also feast on burgers, and all of the three also offer other lunch options in addition to pizza.

Posio

The neighbouring municipality Posio (about 50km away) is a one day destination with a lot to see and do, thanks to its nature as well as its artistic and cultural offerings.

Pentik

Posio is the home of the famous ceramic tableware. The Pentik Hill Culture Centre consists of a factory outlet, a museum, an exhibition and a good café-restaurant. The Pentik theme continues in the gorgeous Pentik Manor about 20km from Posio, at Lake Timisjärvi. The picturesque building is a former reindeer estate that has been renovated into an art home, an artist residence and an exhibition & event venue. Have a look at Pentik attractions here. 

Restaurant Tapio

Surprisingly, there is a top-quality fine dining restaurant Tapio that offers pure, local food - with enthusiasm and ambition. The quality of food and the restaurant experience are of star quality. Read more about Tapio.

Café Korpihilla

Unforgettable taste experiences are also offered by the charming and idyllic café Korpihilla. The selection of the manor café is based on pure and high-quality ingredients, such as Lapland's wild berries and herbs, mushrooms, fish and game. In the manor shop you can buy delicious, handmade artisan delicacies made of berries and herbs, for yourself and as a gift. Read more about Korpihilla.

Korouoma canyon

Korouoma canyon (of 30km in length) in Posio offers varied opportunities for hiking, skiing and snowshoeing. Its wintry icefalls are breathtaking. Simojärvi-Soppana natural park and Korouoma canyon are joined together by a 16km route. Read more about Korouoma.

Riisitunturi National Park

Experience the year-round magic of Riisitunturi by hiking, skiing or snowshoeing. In winter you are enchanted by a snow-loaded forest that is quite a magical experience especially during moonlit nights. In summer you'll get a chance to experience the most imposing sloping bogs in Europe and Europe's largest spring, Kitkajärvi. Read more about Riisitunturi. 

Rovaniemi

The capital of Lapland and the official home town of Santa Claus offers opportunities for shopping, culture (art, music, theatre), museums and speedy activities throughout the year. The exhibitions of the museum and science centre Arktikum take you to adventures in arctic areas. The science centre Pilke initiates you into the soul of forests. And if you are hungry for art, the correct place for you is Korundi House of Culture and Rovaniemi Art Museum that is located there. Children's favourite HopLop offers sporty joy to the smallest family members even for a whole day. And don't forget Santa Claus Village, where you can meet the genuine, real Santa Claus every day of the year. These and many other tips can be found here.

 

Syöte

The southernmost fell area of Finland offers all kinds of things to see, do and experience. Wintry joy is offered by the ski slopes and skiing tracks as well as the toboggan slope (for smaller guests) in Iso Syöte Snow World. In summer there are hiking and biking routes of unequal lengths and levels of difficulty at your disposal. You can even bike downhill starting from the top of the fell in the brand new bike park. There are wilderness huts and lean-to shelters where you can stay overnight, have a pause and cook.

At the gate to Syöte National Park there is Syöte Visitor Centre with an exhibition on the interaction between man and nature in the area as early as in the ancient times. The centre also offers guidance for different nature and trekking trails in the immediate surroundings. There is also a café-restaurant in the building. Read more about Syöte. 

We prefer high-quality and ecological domestic alternatives in our materials

Finnish design beds

We want to pamper our guests with luxurious nighttime sleep, so we have chosen Hilja beds by the Finnish family business MATRI. The beds have been handmade in their own factory using 100% natural materials. MATRI also has material safety at heart, which is why all of their products use only environmentally friendly, certified materials produced in Europe. This ensures an exceptionally clean, breathable and safe sleeping environment.

Horsehair futons

We want to pamper our guests with soothing sleep. The futon mattress gives the body proper support so that the muscles do not have to tense while sleeping. The perfectly breathable mattress is made only of pure natural materials. With horsehair, a very durable and airy layer can be created in the futon, which brings a little surface softness together with the layers of organic cotton and wool. The futons are handmade in Pori by the same family business where the ecological blankets and pillows we have chosen also come from.

Duvets and pillows

We want to pamper our guests with natural Finnish products. Duvets and pillows of Finnsheep wool are an ecological choice, as they biodegrade in soil. Wool is inherently fireproof so it does not require the addition of fire protection chemicals and is also otherwise a chemical-free product. The bedding does not make you sweat even in hot weather as it efficiently evaporates the moisture it absorbs and stays comfortably warm in the cold and damp. Our impressive bedding is handmade in Finland by the company called Porin Villa ja Peite, using surplus raw materials produced nearby.

Duvet covers and pillowcases

We want to pamper our guests with soft linen sheets. Jesus linen sheets are made to last, experience and see a lot, even for generations. The material of linen is beautiful, durable and environmentally friendly natural fiber. Linen is heavy, smooth and stiffer. Breathable linen retains its coolness when hot and warms even in cooler places.
The comfort and softness of the fabric only increase with washing. Finlayson wanted to make the most durable sheets in the world, for which they took the model of the Turin shroud that has survived to this day.

Towels

We want to pamper our guests with the best towels. The weaving at Lapuan Kankurit, the manufacturer of our towels, is of Nordic design, inspired by Finland's pure and rugged nature. The fourth generation family business weaves responsibly, while respecting the environment. Only natural raw materials such as linen and wool are used. High-quality textiles last for decades when properly cared for.