Kirsi @ Metsä Kolo

I am Kirsi Timonen, from Panasjärvi, Ranua's neighbor. I am a translator by training and have done my main career in expert positions at Nokia in Oulu. After I became family, I really began to dream of emigration. After the birth of the pit, the dream came true. Our original idea was to return to my and my spouse's home region of Lake Pudasjärvi, but life took us a few kilometers from the border of Lake Pudasjärvi, to Ranua Kelankylä.

The years rolled by and the children grew up until my parental leave ended. The question arose, "What now?" I began to wonder what really and genuinely interested me and what opportunities my new place of residence would have. I had already along the way from the media followed the growth of tourism in the area, and the industry began to interest me. So in 2018, I applied for and entered the Employee for Tourism training program organized by the University of Lapland.

A couple more years of silence followed before it started happening. In January 2021, I saw a story in the Courier that was titled “The forest in Kolo gets close to nature. From buying a family forest to becoming a local tourism entrepreneur ”. As I read the story, my interest just grew and I thought this sounded like just the kind of responsible nature tourism job I’ve dreamed of.

A month later, I called Alexandra because I wanted to hear more about Metsä Kolo. At that point, I still didn't believe in the job opportunities, because the Courier had told me how Korona had struck at a bad time for the company. However, through and after various bends, I was so happy that I was able to start a work trial at Metsäläinen in Lapland at the end of April 2021.

Based on this short experience, my work will be nicely varied, diverse and very interesting, as I will be able to dive into the world of Metsä Kolo from many different angles and view and experience Lapland's Metsälä from many different angles. In this company, I believe that I will still be able to realize my years-long dream of combining my language training and nature enthusiasm in a professional sense…

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.


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.