This championship-standard golf course is considered to be one of the most beautiful in Finland.
During this year will be build two new holes, after which the Katinkulta golf course includes 18 holes.
Katinkulta spa is one of the Finland's biggest spas.
With more than 20 different pools, outdoor pool, a sauna in the world and traditional smokesauna both adults and children enjoy. At least I do ;)
You can also have a massage or enjoy of facial treatments. Treatments should be booked in advance because Katinkulta has big capacity of accommodation.
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On the Vuokatti downhill skiing center, next to indoor snowboarding tunnel, you can try downhill carting during the summer (from June to August).
Vehicles do not have motors so all the speed comes from gravity.
Safety is taken into account so also younger persons can feel the speed. Only limitation is that you have to be at least 150 cm tall.
A husky safari
The sleddog center is located near to Vuokatti's downhill skiing center. If you are not interested in long safaries, you can take shorter rides or only meet the huskies. If asked me, seeing the dogs is a great experience itself. You can get your husky ride also during the summer, but in the summer time you should make a reservation beforehand.
Fishing and ice fishing with rod & worm is free for all according to
You can do also other kind of fishing but then you have to pay some fees:
1. person between 18-64 years have to pay national a tax-like fishing management fee:
• In 2010: 22€/year, 7€/7 days
2. Fishing permission fee of the water area
• Depends of water area and for how many lakes you want to have permission. This has to be paid by everyone.
• For example in Sotkamo you can fish in all lakes with following fees: 10€/day, 20€/week, 30€/year
3. In addition for lure fishing person between 18-64 years needs to pay a provincial fee
• 29€/ year, 7€/seven-days
Naapurinvaara- a dancing pavilion
The dancing pavilion of Naapurinvaaran Huvikeskus, Napis, is one of the oldest places to dance in Finland. It's located on the top of Naapurinvaara hill and views are great.
Dances are mostly hold on summer saturdays and thanks to the light nights you are able to enjoy of the views also while dancing!
Finnish baseball match on Sotkamo's stadium
Summer time in Sotkamo it's almost MUST event to visit!
The game may be fast but when you start getting the point, you will love it.
Even if you cannot get into the fascinating world of Finnish baseball by seeing one match, come and see the local meeting point. It's not only the game. ;)
And what is the best thing;
in Sotkamo you are able to follow the best Finnish baseball in the world!
Lutheran church of Sotkamo
The 4th wooden church of Sotkamo is the biggest church in Kainuu with 1500 seats.
Three churches before current one has all burned down.
The pride of the current church is a altar painting which represents resurrection of Christ and was painted by Severin Falkman in 1877.
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National park of Hiidenportti
When you want to explore Finnish nature and its diversity, Hiidenportti National Park is must place to visit!
The gorge with its vertical cliffs is usually what people comes to see but I love also ponds, swamps, dry forest and of course the hiking routes all around the national park.
If you want, you can even stay over night and sleep in lean-to shelters or only enjoy campfire!
- Hiking and Walking
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Everyman's right gives you right to ice fish on frozen lakes, rivers and sea.
You need a rod and worms.
And of course you need also an auger so that you’ll get hole into the ice which is about 1 meter thick during the best time of ice fishing in the Spring
Lot of fun!
Mölkky is a game originating in the Päijät-Häme region of Finland. The game is played by throwing a wooden stick, mölkky, at a set of pins numbered from 1 to 12, from a distance of approximately 4 metres. Total score is determined by how many pins are knocked down and what their numerical values are. The game is over when the first player reaches exactly 50 points. If a player exceeds 50 points, his or her score drops down to 25.
We got it from RTG Active Oy 5 euros/24h
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Kajaani is located about 30 kilometers from Vuokatti.
Things to do in Kajaani:
- visit Kajaanin linna
- visit Paltaniemi
View from Vuokatti hills
The easiest way to see landscape of both Vuokatti and Sotkamo is to drive to the top of Vuokatti downhill skiing center's hills.
Let the pictures tell the rest :)
You couldn't find more beautiful beach from summery Finland!
Beach is good for the kids but it and its cafe/bar great fun also for little older :)
Go to a sauna
You can find public saunas from Katinkulta spa.
They have also a traditional smoke sauna outside of the spa building.
You should try it!
More information about sauna itself in my homepage.
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