torstai 22. joulukuuta 2016

Merry Christmas and Happy New Year 2017!

Merry Christmas and Happy New Year 2017! from the Rock and Lake -team
Rock and Lake is a network of cooperating, local companies who want to offer in Finnish Lakeland high-quality outdoor activities and accommodation in cottages, cabins and villas to travelers.

tiistai 6. joulukuuta 2016

Finland 99 years - Happy & peaceful Independence Day!

Finland celebrates today its 99th birthday in a sunny and crispy winter weather. We have a true Winter Wonderland outdoors! 
Typical lakeside view in Finnish Lakeland
Finland is an amazing land to visit also in wintertime, a real Winter Wonderland. You can start planning your holiday to Finland by clicking to the webpage of Rock and Lake 

Cottage Kiviniemi is a typical all year round lakeside cottage
Trekking on a forest road near the lake
Welcome to Finland all year round for enjoying lakeside holidays

torstai 1. joulukuuta 2016

Birdwatching in Finland - Finnish Lakeland area

Western Capercaillie (Tetrao urogallus karelicus)
In late April and first half of May it is very easy to meet a Western Capercaillie Tetrao urogallus karelicus near many of the lakeside cottages and cabins of Rock and Lake. From our sales you get the best hints for the most suitable cottage for your birdwatching trip in Finland. The Western Capercaillie is common in the pure forests next to appr 10 of the Rock and Lake cottages.

Dipper (Cinclus cinclus)
In February there are excellent possibilitie to admire the Dipper Cinclus cinclus

Typical birds in the Finnish summer, starting in early May for birdwatchers, are Black-throated Diver  Whooper Swan and Western Osprey
Whooper Swan (Cygnus cygnus)
Black-throated Diver (Gavia arctica)
Western Osprey (Pandion haliaetus)

More about birdwatching in Finland you find on Rock and Lake's pages.Also many lakeside cottages to choose from. Search easily the suitable and available cabin for you and book online

maanantai 14. marraskuuta 2016

Winter holidays to Finland - cottages, luxury villas and enjoying skiing, ice fishing, winter wonderland

In November Finnish Lakeland turns into a Winter Wonderland. Wintertime continues till end of March and offers lots of fun and relaxing winter activities for all family. At every Rock and Lake cottage and villa you can enjoy winter in Finland by yourself, but we offer also guided ice fishing  trips and share info about winter activities and other  things to do in Finland and equipment rental in the area.
Here about enjoying winter holidays to Finland at luxury Villa Lempi.

Finnish Lakeland is a winter wonderland - rent a cabin and enjoy!
Villa Lempi by Lake Soukkio in mid of Finnish Lakeland
Villa Lempi and its yard is also accessible; you can go also to the beach with wheel-chair
Winter evenings in Finland are magical
To every Rock and Lake cottage and villa by lake Soukkio you can also rent a hot tub
Make your holiday extra luxury and rent a Finnish hot tub to your cottage yard!
Also inside Villa Lempi offers nice surroundings for an accessible cottage holiday in Finland. 
Here some photos:
Spacious kitchen and dining area seen from the sofa corner.
Sofa corner
The downstairs bedroom is also accessible.
There are three bedrooms upstairs
Holidays to Finland accommodation by lake and outdoor activities directly from owners! Book online
Easy to search lakeside cabins suitable for you and your family, and then to book online. 
We here in Rock and Lake hope to meet you soon!

torstai 22. syyskuuta 2016

Picking mushrooms in Finland - free and allowed almost everywhere

A cep on the yard of rental cottage Saparoniemi
For mushroom lovers Finland, and especially Finnish Lakeland, is a paradise. You can start picking mushrooms from the yard of your rental cottage, but thank to the unique Finnish Everyman's Rights everybody are allowed to pick mushrooms and berries in almost every forest in Finland. In the forests and by the shores of Lake Soukkio there are exceptionally good mushroom places. When you rent a cottage from this area you can be sure to be situated in the mid of an area rich in ceps, chanterelles and other delicious mushrooms. The area is also known for it's blueberries and lingonberries. 
The first ceps and chanterelles pop up in the beginning of July. The mushroom season goes on till October, and the mentioned ones are popping up also in September, so you have two and a half months of great mushroom picking time in Finnish Lakeland area. For more info and photos of tasty mushrooms please click here.  About Finnish berries you find more info here

Two ceps in the yard of Kiviniemi cabin
Cep and lakeview on cottage Kiviniemi

Chanterelles next to Villa Soukkio

More info about cottage holidays to Finland you find by clicking here

torstai 18. elokuuta 2016

Rent a cabin and enjoy pike fishing in Finnish Lakeland

109 cm long Big Mama was catched (and released) in July 2016 just outside Kukkosaari cabin
Kukkosaari cabin is a 4+2 person well-equipped cabin for all-year-round-use. Week rent price from 650 euros. Now when the water of Lake Kyyvesi, famous for its strong populations of both pike and zander, has chilled down a bit, the pikes are again hungry. Above an example of what you can expect to catch, and quite easily.

All these photos are taken, and given to Rock and Lake's use, by a group of happy fishermen. Besides real pikes (and zanders) they had "caught" a fake pike from a local fishing shop Kalaxi Fishing in Pieksämäki, and this "Fake-pike-Jake" had quite an adventure inside Kukkosaari cabin! :-)
For more info, online availability and booking of this great cabin for fishermen, please click here

torstai 14. tammikuuta 2016

Ten reasons to Visit Finland in Summer - by Notes of Nomads

Last summer Notes of Nomads bloggers Jessica and Hi visited also Finnish Lakeland and stayed at a lakeside cottage called Kotiranta by lake Soukkio and enjoyed fishing under the mid of the night at a Midnight Sun Fishing trip

View from Lake Kyyvesi half past twelve, in the mid of the night!
Their blog posting Ten reasons to Visit Finland in Summer starts like this: "It’s no secret that Finland is a pretty magical winter destination. Husky rides, snow, Santa’s village and, hello, the Northern Lights. It’s a veritable winter wonderland. What our recent trip to Finland showed us, however, was just how attractive Finland is in the summertime and why you need to come more than once to experience the complete contrast in seasons." To read more please click HERE

When you want to visit Finland in summer time, or winter time, start your holiday planning here 

tiistai 12. tammikuuta 2016

Rent a cottage in Finland - arrival day can be any weekday

Private beach of rental cottage Kiviniemi by lake Soukkio
Now it is easy to plan your cottage holiday in Finnish Lakeland since arrival day to the rental cottages and villas by Lake Soukkio is any weekday. This way you'll also easier find for you suitable flights or ferry timetables. It is also easy to reach Finnish Lakeland since from Helsinki it is just less than 3 hours drive to cottages by Lake Soukkio or cottages by Lake Puula

Above you see the private beach and jetty of cottage Kiviniemi  Cottage Kiviniemi is a high-quality cottage for all-year-round use. Besides lots of privacy, lakeside nature and no neighbours in sight, the cottage is fully equipped, also with free WiFi and satellite channels. The lakeshore sauna building with its nice living room with fireplace, mini kitchen, barbeque and wonderful lake view is a treat.

Another cottage that offers same high quality and wonderful lakeside nature and clean water is cottage Tiilikka. Tiilikka is also for all-year-round use. Photo below and link to more info here
Cottage Tiilikka seen from the lake
Even if Finnish Lakeland is exotic it is also safe and nature is pure. In winter time you can enjoy snow, frozen lakes, Aurora Borealis ( Northern Lights ), winter sports and the marvellous silence and fresh air.  Ice fishing is also fun, as well as sled riding.
Traditional Finnish horse sled riding. A Finnish horse is pulling.

In summer the lakes are warm for fresh water swimming and playing by the shore, as the children in the photo below. It is nice and relaxing to walk in the forest since there is not many mosquitos, almost no tics, if you see a snake it is historical (we haven't seen any for 30 years in the surroundings of Lake Soukkio) No bigger animals will hardly bother you either, but it is easy to see the marks of elks.
Water in many Finnish lakes is so clean that you can drink it, so swimming is also fun and safe
Summer time in Finnish Lakeland is also the time of Midnight Sun. It is amazing and something you have to experience. If you want to double up; choose to go for a Midnight Sun Fishing Trip Besides fishing it is a great opportunity to enjoy the big Lake Kyyvesi with fantastic views
10pm in the mid of the summer in Finnish Lakeland. The fishing trip has started
Lake Kyyvesi at 11.30 pm, almost midnight and the sun is still shining
It's 10.30pm and a nice zander is cauhgt
For more info and online booking, please click Rock and Lake cottages and outdoors activities