For Finns, the sauna is more than just a token gesture on a floorplan. It is a sacred place, a form of therapy, the highlight of the week and the elixir of life.
With more than 10,800 cottages, Kuopio is the most cottage-rich municipality in Finland and is known across the nation as a place to escape the duties of everyday life.
Mountain bikes can be rented from SkiMac Tirol (only during a summer and autumn), Tahko Safaris and Tahko Spa Hotel.
A holiday with children? Tahko for Kids brings together holiday tips from the area for families and others traveling with children.