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Frequently Asked Questions

What will you need in your trip?

What will you need in your trip?

Imagine that you are going to say in an apartment on the riverbank in a wooded area. What would you take with you?

First of all, the clothes you take should match the season. You will need clothes for home, for forest walks, for fishing, for swimming and for saunas. Bring comfortable rubber flip-flops, in which it is convenient to move. A bathrobe might also come in handy to maximise comfort on board after spa or jacuzzi sessions.

You can also take clothes to go out to cafes and restaurants. They don’t have to be formal or fancy. Some tourists take board games and books with them, but not everyone has enough time for those: even if you go for only a few days, with us, you’ll never feel bored!

You will need to take some food with you for your trip. If you’re driving by car, you can bring something with you. However, keep in mind that there are restrictions on the types of products that can be brought into Finland. These restrictions mostly apply to dairy, meat, and alcoholic beverages. Therefore, more often than not, our tourists prefer to do their grocery shopping in the nearest Finnish supermarkets. We will gladly assist you with your shopping.

Bed linen and towels will be provided by us.

If you are an avid fisherman and you have your own favorite fishing equipment, it can definitely come in handy on your journey.

That’s all! You’re ready to set off on your journey. Welcome aboard!

Living conditions and houseboat layout

Living conditions and houseboat layout

  • Sleep. The main bedroom has two single beds (can be easily moved to make a double bed if desired), a wardrobe, and laminate flooring. The living room has a convertible two-seat sofa, which can turn into a double bed.
  • Kitchen. The modern kitchen aboard the houseboat is fully equipped with premium kitchen furniture, a fridge, a dishwasher, a 2-burner gas stove, a sink with a tap, a working surface for your cooking needs, a kettle and a coffee machine. The kitchen has laminate flooring.
  • Terrace. The terrace has a modern gas grill, an electrical sunblind, as well as a dining table and chairs.
  • The bathroom is comprised of a toilet, a shower cabin, a small sink with a tap, and a bathroom cupboard.
  • Our sauna is a wood-burning Finnish Harvia brand sauna, and is situated at the back of the houseboat, with easy access to open water for swimming.
  • Jacuzzi A hot tub for two with jet massage and light effects. You can relax and enjoy the blue landscapes on the back deck of our houseboat.
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Is there a security bond?

Is there a security bond?

Yes. When you board the houseboat you will be required to pay a damage deposit of 2500€ by cash or card. From the damage deposit, we will deduct possible damages. The damage deposit will be returned to you in full after the houseboat has been returned and our team has checked it to ascertain that there is no damage.

How’s fishing in Finland? Do I need any permits?

How’s fishing in Finland? Do I need any permits?

Finland is a fishermens’ paradise. Numerous kinds of clean freshwater lakes are in abundance: one-tenth of Finland is made up of lakes, rivers and ponds. All in all, there are 187 888 lakes and 647 rivers in Finland. Finland has about 1100 kilometers of sea shoreline — and that’s without the countless inland islands and little inlets along them. Renting a houseboat gives you perfect access to these vast waters!

Lakes Vesijarvi and Päijänne are excellent places for fishing. Lake Päijänne is Finland’s second largest lake. The Finnish lakes and shores are covered with reeded bays, and beaches and shallow waters are perfect locations for fishing.

The most abundant fish in the Finnish lakes are pike, perch, pike-perch, whitefish, burbot, and bream. In the spring and fall, when the lake water is colder, trout and salmon are easier to catch. In the summer, the trout and the salmon swim in much deeper waters.

In Finland, if you are between the ages of 18 and 64, fishing with anything other than a hook and line requires for a national fisheries management fee to be paid. We’ll gladly help you with obtaining the licence.

What am I allowed to do and what is forbidden out in nature?

What am I allowed to do and what is forbidden out in nature?

In Finland, we have a concept called «Everyman’s rights». This means that everyone is allowed freely wander around the forests, lakes and rivers and countryside, while going by foot, boat or bike. The goods of the nature are also available for anyone: pick as many wild berries and mushrooms as your heart desires!

While the Finnish nature welcomes everyone to explore its one-of-a-kind beauty, there’s a set of rules to follow. Animals, plants, or someone else’s property must not be harmed. Someone else’s plants, flowers or goods can’t be picked. Camping or mooring can’t be done too close to anyone’s house, cottage or private area. No litter should be left behind and the tranquility of the nature should be respected; too much noise should not be made.

Does the houseboat have electricity and hot water? Do I need an adapter? How about Wi-Fi?

Does the houseboat have electricity and hot water? Do I need an adapter? How about Wi-Fi?

The houseboats have modern equipment and come with full electricity and heating. The power used is 230V, so depending on where you come from, an adapter might be needed. The taps have hot and cold water. The houseboat takes the water straight from the lake and it goes through a filter first, so it’s potable as well. This is also why filling up the water tank is not necessary.

Almost the entire lake area has Wi-Fi-connection coverage, so internet can be accessed anywhere you go. This also applies to mobile phones and mobile data.

When and where can I check in and out?

When and where can I check in and out?

The houseboats can be passed on to you at any Lahti harbour (preordered). Your houseboat will be available to you on the day of arrival starting from 3 to 5 pm. You need to check out on the day of departure by 10 am.

The check-out time is at 10 AM on the scheduled departure date. The houseboat should be returned back to base with a full fuel tank, which our staff is glad to help you with. Our staff is always waiting you back at the harbour and will assist you with everything needed.

Can I bring pets on board? Can I rent a houseboat with allergies?

Can I bring pets on board? Can I rent a houseboat with allergies?

Unfortunately, as our houseboats are allergy-friendly, pets are not allowed on board. Thus, renting a houseboat is a great holiday option for those with allergies!

How many people are allowed on board?

How many people are allowed on board?

The houseboats are registered for 12 persons, but there are sleeping places only for 4 persons. We want to ensure that you have a comfortable holiday, which is why we do not suggest to have many people on board.

Can I travel alone?

Can I travel alone?

No. For safety reasons, at least two persons should be on board of the houseboat (preferably one who’s more than 15 years old) as it’s much easier to control the houseboat with helping hands.

Do I need a special license or skills to rent a houseboat?

Do I need a special license or skills to rent a houseboat?

No, you just need to be over 15 years of age.

You also won’t need any prior experience in boating, as controlling the houseboats is very easy. All you need to do is to gather your crew, choose the skipper and participate in our skipper’s course, before embarking on your journey! This is a unique opportunity to experience a skipper’s life at its best.

In case of any trouble, our harbour staff will be only a phone call away — we’re here to make sure everything goes smoothly on your holiday!

Our trained harbour staff at our base are experienced in boating and are well familiarized with the Finnish lakes. During the skipper’s cource, you will learn how to operate the houseboat, how to moor and anchor, what are the specialities of this type of boat and how to operate the techinal items of the boat. We’ll also teach you and your crew the principles of safety on water, make sure everything functions well in your boat and instruct you on special types of boating, such as going through a lock. Our skipper will also give you the best insights of Lakes Vesijarvi and Päijänne, so you can be sure to find the finest places to espace to your own peace, or find the finest fishing spots!

Is a Houseboat Holiday a good option for families with children?

Is a Houseboat Holiday a good option for families with children?

A Houseboat Holiday is great fun for all ages! Nature’s closeness provides great possibilities for exciting summer activities to share with your family.

In a houseboat, children have adequate space to play while the houseboat travels along the clean waterways of Finland. Even small children can enjoy the relaxing lake enviroment! Houseboats are equipped with all necessary security devices and messaging systems.

With elder crew members, we recommend to pay attention to possible medical conditions and their overall physical condition.