Finnish Eco-Agrotourism Association – ECEAT Finland

VUOTON JOUTSEN Nature Tourism Services


Nature tourism services on a lake and the unharnessed Kiiminkijoki River, 60 km from Oulu
Language(s): Finnish, Swedish, English, German


information about the destination

Life without rushing in a traditional setting with modern conveniences

Round the year: accommodation for 45 in apartments or cabins; catering for pre-booked groups; facilities for meetings, training courses and special occasions; employee recreation events and nature excursions. In summer: café/kiosk; camping; rentals of kayaks, boats and other equipment; kayaking and fishing trips and nature tours; wild herb and mushroom courses. In winter: activities in the pristine snow, Northern Lights viewing and photography in an environment with no light pollution.

The facilities are located on a lake and the unharnessed Kiiminkijoki River. On Isovuotunkijärvi Lake, you will find the reception, a café, two apartments (for 12 persons), a campsite, saunas and Villa Vuotanka (for 6 to 8 persons). Natural meadows in the area are home to wild herbs and indigenous animal breeds, which are utilised in a number of ways. The forests all around are bursting with berries and mushrooms, and the lake nearby provides freshwater fish. Your food, which you wash down with fresh spring water, could not get any more local than this!

Lammin Pirtti, a traditional farmhouse, is located on a fast-flowing river. In addition to the main building (8 to 12 persons), a cabin (2 to 4 persons) and outbuildings (2 to 6 persons) are available, along with saunas with wood-burning stoves, campfire sites and an earth cellar. The buildings can also be booked separately. Lammin Pirtti is an excellent destination for kayaking excursions lasting for several days.

FOR WHOM: Suitable for individuals and families, groups and businesses as well as different groups interested in special activities.


The village of Ylivuotto and Vuoton Joutsen are located on the middle reaches of Kiiminkijoki River, which has been left free for migratory fish. There also are two lakes in the village area, of which Vähävuotto Lake is nearby. The spectacular, 200-km long Kiiminkijoki River kayaking route has a network of stopping points extending along the entire water system. A personal fishing permit valid over a distance of 170 km is part of the package. In addition to spring-fed lakes rich in fish, there are also well-stocked fishing ponds in the local area.

The site of Ylivuotto village was created 4,000 years ago on an esker shaped by the last Ice Age running from east to west. In this area, ground water bubbles up on either side of the esker, feeding Kiiminkijoki River with its migratory fish and numerous smaller streams and lakes. We will guide our visitors to the springs nearby, but excursions to Viinivaara springs and Hepoköngäs, the highest natural waterfall in Finland, are only organised for groups. The unique Koistila home museum can be found at 200 m from the reception. A tour of forest villages can be completed by bike or on foot.

The themes of courses, stag/hen nights or recreation and activity days include kayaking, wild herbs and mushrooms, eco-cooking and herbal and experiential baths. The use of wood ovens and manual skills can be practised by making baked cheese, rye bread, flatbread and Karelian pies. Environmental education camps can also be organised for different target groups. Also heritage events and village festivals – contact us and find out more!

Specialities: Cooking with wild foods, wild herb baths, bathing in a smoke sauna, excursions to springs, kayaking


Get in touch if you do not have your own transport!

  • Train: Nearest railway stations in Utajärvi (35 km) and Oulu city centre (60 km).
  • Bus: Ylikiiminki 25 km, from where visitors can be collected. During the school year, a bus visits the village three times a day.
  • Motorists/cyclists: From Oulu, follow the road to Kuusamo for about 10 km, then turn right at the sign to Ylikiiminki, continue for 27 km. In Ylikiiminki, turn right at the sign to Puolanka 88, and follow this road for 24 km.

Opening times and prices

  • By prior arrangement, the accommodation, catering, activities and events are available round the year – contact us by telephone or e-mail.
  • The prices upon request and on our website
  • NB! Contact us for more information about the prices of cabins and accommodation for larger groups in summer/winter, on weekdays/weekends and weekly rentals or longer stays.