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FISHING & HUNTING
All our cottages are located on a fish-filled lake and are equipped with a rowing boat and a fish trap. You can also borrow an ice drill and fishing rods. You should buy the fishing licences on the web site of the Finnish Ministry of Agriculture and Forestry: http://www.mmm.fi/en/index/frontpage/Fishing,_game_reindeer/Recreational_fishing.html We can also buy the licences for you, in which case we charge 5 EUR for the service.

In Rutalahti there is also a possibility to fish at Rutajoki-rapids, for which you need to pay a special fee (ask us for more information). If you want to multiply your chances to catch a fish, you can try the trout pond at our farm for a small fee (in summer and autumn). In Rutalahti there is a harbour for small boats. There is a national hunting area near the cottages (Kivisuo – 6663 Toivakka). For hunting you need a regional hunting permit (http://www.eräluvat.fi).

PICKING BERRIES AND MUSHROOMS
Near the cottages there are good possibilities for picking berries and mushrooms. In Kivisuo there are peat bogs where you can even find the rare cloudberries.

suoCROSS COUNTRY SKIING AND SNOWSHOE WALKING
There are cross country ski tracks near all the cottages and more tracks in Rutalahti, where you can also ski on lake Päijänne. If the snow conditions allow, the tracks may be connected. In Toivakka village there are also tracks. In the area there are also nice nature trails for snow shoe walking or you can try snow shoes in the nearby forests. You can rent cross country ski equipment and snow shoes at Kaukola farm (5€/week).

CYCLING & CANOEING
There are marked cycling routes and pleasant roads for cycling. You can rent bikes at Kaukola farm (20€/week). Canoes are an easy way to get around quickly on the lakes. You can rent canoes at Kaukola farm (10€/week).

NATURE TRAILS
There are several nature trails in Leivonmäki National Park and other beautiful natural attractions in the region. In Leivonmäki National Park there are marked nature trails of different length. They start from Selänpohja parking place and from Vartijamäki road. In Leivonmäki National Park you can admire beautiful sceneries: ridges, woodlands and peat bogs. http://www.outdoors.fi/destinations/nationalparks/leivonmaki/Pages/Default.aspx Koskikara trail (Koskikarankierros) is a nature trail that begins in Rutalahti village, near the school building, and follows the beautiful rapids of Rutakoski upstream. From the trail there is a connection to Leivonmäki National Park.

Vaarunvuori nature trail with its rugged landscape of lake Päijänne is situated in Oittila, Korpilahti (25 km from Rutalahti). It is known for several endangered species, for instance hazel. The area became famous also for the Vaarunvuori-movement, which managed to make Vaarunvuori a nature reserve. In Toivakka, in the village of Huikko there is a bird watching trail. More nature trails in Central Finland: http://jyvaskylanseutu.fi/travel/activities/summer/hiking . During the summer 2014 a nature trail will niittybe prepared in Kaukola farm under Pukkivuori hill where for instance hop and lime trees are growing wild.

PUBLIC BEACHES
At all the cottages there is a possibility to swim but if you want, you can also visit the public beaches in Rutalahti village at lake Päijänne, in Kivisuo in Leivonmäki National Park at lake Rutajärvi, in Nisula close to the village house (”kylätalo”) at lake Päijänne and in the centre of Toivakka village.

DOWNHILL SKIING
There are 5 ski resorts in the region (at max. 60 km distance from the cottages).
- Purnuvuori is located in Hartola, Vuorenkylä, 32 km from Rutalahti. There are 5 slopes and 1 lift and the largest altitude difference is 100 m .(http://www.purnu.com/)
- Laajis is located in Jyväskylä city centre 41 km from Rutalahti. There are 12 slopes and 6 lifts and the largest altitude difference is 100 m. (http://www.laajis.fi/en/)
- Riihivuori is Located in Muurame, Jyväskylä, (road 9 direction Jämsä, Tampere) 48 km from Rutalahti. There are 9 slopes and 4 lifts, the largest altitude difference is 120 m. (http://www.riihivuori.fi/en/)
- Häkärinteet is located in Hankasalmi, 60 km from Rutalahti. There are 13 slopes and 5 lifts and the largest altitude difference is 103 m. (http://www.hakarinteet.fi/en/)
- Himos in Jämsä is the biggest ski resort in the region, 60 km from Rutalahti. There are 21 slopes and 15 lifts and the largest altitude difference is 151 m. (http://www.himos.fi/english/himos-ski-resort.html)

WELLNESS
There are several spas and wellness centres in the region:
- AaltoAlvari in Jyväskylä city centre (http://www.jyvaskyla.fi/aaltoalvari))
- Wellamo in Vaajakoski (http://www.jyvaskyla.fi/wellamo
- Peurunka in Laukaa (http://www.peurunka.fi/en/)
- Spa Hotel Rantasipi Laajavuori in Jyväskylä (http://www.rantasipi.fi/hotellit/laajavuori/en_GB/home)

OTHER ACTIVITIES
-In Rutalahti there is an active village association (”Nuorisoseura”), which organises events especially in the summertime, for instance balls with live music on Saturdays in an old barn called ”Letkaliiteri” in Rutalahti village and other events, such as ”Suo anteeks” (bog event), ”bog hockey”, theatre etc. (http://www.rutalahti.fi)
- Rutalahti mill: http://www.rutalahdenmylly.fi
- At Kaukola farm you can get to know different domestic and farm animals, like sheep, the sheep dog Turre and the cat Viiru. In the summer there are also cows with their calves on the fields.

kaukolan.tila@hotmail.com Elisa Nieminen puh: 040-5282674 Vesa & Marjukka Nieminen puh: 040-578 5856, 040-758 5680 marjukka.nieminen@hotmail.fi