The use of a traditional Finnish bivouac (in Finnish: laavu) is shared between cottages and holiday apartments. This traditional wooden lean-to shelter with a fire place in front of it provides the opportunity of enjoying dining moments and coffee breaks outdoors around a campfire. This kind of open wind-shelter has offered a traditional way to stay overnight in wilderness.


Sooty coffeepot and pancakes
Sooty coffeepot and pancakes


The one of our bivouacs is located on a little island, called Jysmä, near the shore of Lake Päijänne. You can row the boat to the island (don't forget to take coffee powder and other food supplies with you) and make, for example, sausage or bun on a stick, pancakes and coffee with sooty coffeepot (in Finnish: nokipannukahvi). If you don't like shallow water, there is also a good swimming place in Jysmä.


Bivouac in the forest
There is another bivouac in the forest, some kilometers from the farmhouse Salvia.