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Aholansaari Holiday center and museum

Located in Pohjois Savo, Tahkovuori, Kuopio. Aholansaari holiday center offers a nature-friendly destination for camp schools, groups and private travelers. The resort is close to nature and a relaxed place in the area of ​​the Natural Heritage Cultural Forest, which is more than 70 hectares in size.


Holiday center Aholansaari offers comfortable accommodation in a historical museum and cultural milieu. Individual travelers, small groups, families as well as larger groups and camps can stay on Aholansaari. The accommodation capacity is 107 + 52 beds all year round, and in the summer season the number rises to a couple of hundred. There are three larger accommodation buildings and five beach cottages on the island, so there are certainly options for every taste.

Beach cottages

Cottages is located right next to the beach and in a quiet location. From the terraces you can enjoy a wonderful view of Lake Syväri. The cottages have toilets, showers and saunas. The beaches are child-friendly. Cottage Katriina serves both larger families, family parties and small meeting groups. Cottage Erkintupa is an atmospheric log cabin right near the beach. Cottage Sotkamo
is an atmospheric cottage near the beach, and thanks to its layout, Sotkamo is excellently suited as a cottage for families with children, for example.


Sepänpaja is the newest accommodation building on Aholansaari, completed in 2009. Sepänpaja has fifteen apartments, each of which has its own exit. Riitantupa is located in the immediate vicinity of the main building and the beach sauna. Riitantupa has a cell apartment and two studios. Annantupa is located about 150 meters from the main building and near Paavo’s pirtti. Annantupa is a practical, albeit modest accommodation building. There are a total of 14 double rooms in two corridors.


Hunajan Pisara restaurant offers a tasty lunch in an idyllic setting. The dining room and summer terrace offer a beautiful and peaceful view of Lake Syväri. The lunch restaurant operates in the summer season from the beginning of June to mid-August and during the winter holidays in February-March. In connection with events and at other times of the year, restaurant services are provided by order, and a full-board option is available for groups staying. The catering service prepares a banquet for approx. 250 people, set on a buffet table. The cafe is available during the island’s opening hours at the reception.


You will spend your free time comfortably in Aholansaari! You can get to know the island’s history, go outside in the beautiful nature, go on excursions in the footsteps of Ukko-Paavo, swim, sauna, boats, geocaches, relax or even play nice team games. There are things to do on the island for all ages. Sub-boards and canoes are available for rent.

There are two 50-seater ships in Aholansaari, Toivo and Kleofas, with which you can cruise Syväri on request. Pick-up can be from the Tahkolahti bridge, the Sääskiniemi pier or even from the port of Nilsiä.


Ukko-Paavo’s pirtti consists of three separate log rings and a vestibule connecting them. Paavo and Riita’s chambers date from the 1830s: the large smokehouse is from the year of Paavo Ruotsalainen’s death in 1852, and the kitchen is from the early 20th century. Paavo’s pirtti is the most valuable building on Aholansaari. It is a culturally historically valuable site protected by the Finnish Museum Agency. The building was already used as a museum in the 1930s. Nowadays, it is used as Paavo Ruotsalainen’s museum, club house and teaching space.


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