Villa Takila

Päijänteen rannalla


Tailor-made activities and excursions

We provide our guests with customised activities relating to the surrounding nature, diverse exercise opportunities and culture consuming excursions throughout the year.

Our services are always tailor-made to suit your needs and wishes, including guided tours. The following are just a few examples of the customisable options available to you for an extra charge:

  • Berry picking and mushroom hunting excursionssienet

The surrounding nature provides us with many delicious treats, and can be reached by foot or via a short drive. The length of these tours will be fitted to suit your wishes and according to what the season yields. Snacks and beverages can be catered during the trip.

  • Biking toursPolku

We will organise the bike rentals (and helmets for your safety), in addition to child bike seats if needed. The biking tours are organised by taking safety into account and will often times be planned along existing bike routes and forest tracks. The length of the tour will be defined by your wishes. Snacks and beverages can be catered during the trip.

  • Fishing excursionsIsmo_kala

A fishing guide will lead you to the fresh fish of the pristine Lake Päijänne. The fishing boat is equipped with the necessary gear to lure fish and to keep safe (life jackets). A picnic in a nearby island within the National Park will be included in the excursion.


  • Horse riding excursions and lessonsvysti

Our riding collaborator provides lessons and horse riding trips in the forest. The stable is located 15 kilometres from Villa Takila (a 15 minute drive away). If you wish to realise your equestrian dreams, we will book you horseback riding opportunities and lessons.


  • Disc golf (frisbee golf)frisbeegolf

A fun and challenging 18-basket disc golf track is located a mere kilometre from Villa Takila. We will see to the renting of the necessary equipment and training in beforehand. A guide will keep score and accompany the participators throughout the game. We will see to that you can quench your thirst and keep yourself energised with snacks, e.g. by the magnificent views of the Kullasvuori observation towers (by the end of the disc golf track). Transportation can be organised by car or by bike.


  • Kayaking excursionsMelontaretket

You can also rent kayaks through us. We will provide you with maps to the best kayaking routes. Guided kayaking tours can also be organised according to your wishes. The tour heads out onto Lake Päijänne from a starting point less than a kilometre from Villa Takila. Catering is also available for these trips.


  • Lake Päijänne cruisesristeilu

We will book either a taxi boat or a cruise on the Elbatar ship. The taxi boat will pick you up from Villa Takila’s own pier and M/S Elbatar sails out from the harbour. We will cater the boat trip and M/S Elbatar has its own restaurant to keep you well nourished while enjoying the scenery.


  • Husky safariHaski

Our collaborator organises exciting husky safaris of various lengths, approximately 60 kilometres from Villa Takila (1 hour drive). We will take care of the booking and transportation as per your wishes.


  • Snowmobile safarisSnowmobile safaris

Our collaborator provides fun (and safe!) snowmobile safari excursions in the vicinity (30 kilometres or a 30 minute drive from Villa Takila). We will take care of the booking of the safari and the transportation if needed, as well as catering during a break according to your wishes.


  • Cross-country skiing, excursions and lessonssukset3

We organise cross-country skiing trips and lessons in the Padasjoki and Lake Päijänne area in collaboration with a trusted partner. First-timers need not worry, as you will be taught the basics and a teacher will accompany you at all times so you get the hang of it. Those with rusty skills will also be assisted in refreshing their skills! We will embark on the skiing excursion from Villa Takila’s yard or pier. (You can even drive a car on Lake Päijänne in the winter, so the ice coverage is truly sturdy!) The excursions always include a relaxing picnic by a campfire where we grill sausages and keep ourselves hydrated!

  • Concerts in Lahti and HelsinkiKonserttikuljetukset

We organise concert excursions in close collaboration with our partners in the cities of Lahti and Helsinki. You do not need to do anything but prepare yourself for the enjoyment of our universal language – music – as we take care of all the ticket and transportation arrangements as well as catering/restaurant bookings. If you so wish, a guide will accompany you at all times and see to that you are truly enjoying the experiences provided by talented musicians and world-class concert halls.

  • Helsinki and Lahti sightseeingHelsinkiExpert-Sightseeing

If you wish to also experience city life, our partners in both cities will in close collaboration with us design for you an enjoyable stay in or even a quick visit to these pearls of Southern Finland. We will take care of the booking of tickets to all venues of interest to you (e.g. museums, exhibitions, concerts, other events) and recommend as well as book the best restaurants to suit your tastes.

  • Spa excursions to Hämeenlinna’s Aulankospa

We organise spa excursions to the spa hotel in the picturesque Aulanko area in the city of Hämeenlinna. Visits to the Iittala glassware village in Kalvola, the Armour Museum in Hattula, the museum and home of composer Jean Sibelius or the Hämeenlinna fortress in Hämeenlinna can also be combined into this excursion.


All of our guides speak English and of course Finnish. Also Swedish- and Russian-speaking guides are available to accompany you.

We also inform our guests of events occurring in Padasjoki and in nearby municipalities during their stay, as well as of tailor-made activities and exclusive services to further enhance the holiday experience!