The Siikakartano - 'Estate'  safarihouse in Kukkola village

Catering restaurant Siikakartano locates on the Kukkola village, about 15 km from Tornio to north.

Siikakartano was founded in 1995. And it has become very popular place to organize all kind of events, for example meetings, or your company's representative occasions, weddings, birthdays. All events are planned together with the customer. The Siikakartano functions as a restaurant, open based on bookings, as well as the meeting point for the safaris which starting in Kukkola. 

 
   
   

Picture from the Siikakartano after a snowfall.       

 

In the Siikakartano catering restaurant has seats up to 60 persons.
Menus are available on request at the sales office tel.+358 400 692301 or send e-mail to info@nordicsafaris.com
Asking for a quote doesn' t cost you anything!.

  

The Siikakartano Sauna has IKI stove.

That incomparable sauna experience is characterised by wealth of oxygen.
The uniqueness of the IKI sauna experience is based on the vast amount of stones used in our sauna stoves and heaters. The large stone mass makes for a gentle and humid steam with plenty of oxygen in the air.

IKI wood-burning stoves operate principle is ; when the mass of stones is fully heated the air in the sauna maintains a comfortable temperature of 50-70 degrees Celsius. Throwing water on the hot stones creates a luxurious steam that momentarily increases both humidity and temperature. This way oxygen doesn't run out and it is comfortable to stay in the sauna for a long time.

The unique open structure of the stove: the large mass of stones surrounded by a stainless steel mesh frame, allows the sauna-goer to control the heat in the sauna. Throwing water directly on the top of the pillar of stones creates very hot steam that guarantees a vigorously cleansing bath purifying both body and soul. However, the sides of the pillar give out a much more gentle steam, resulting in a relaxing and nurturing bathing experience.

 

Introduction to sweat baths, the Finnish name SAUNA.

Through the ages people have taken sauna (sweat baths) in different forms and for different purposes:

bodily cleaning
relaxation
social life
religious ceremonies
healing illnesses

By sauna we understand exposure of the body to a high enough temperature for a long enough time so that the body starts to perspire. Through perspiration the skin cleanses itself of impurities, and the heat that causes the body to sweat relaxes the muscles and consequently relieves muscular aches and pains. This is the idea behind sauna in a nutshell.


Briefly thinking any form of habitual sauna requires two things:

the need and desire to bathe, and
resources (firewood, water, etc.) to make bathing possible.

It is generally believed that these conditions can become true only when a group of people or a tribe settles down and starts to cultivate land. Among people getting their living from hunting and fishing sauna are not found. The hard work required in agriculture creates the need, and ample sources of wood and water provide the means. A third contributing factor could be added to the two above: a cold climate, at least part of the year. Therefore, it seems fair to assume that most of the natives once inhabiting the wooded areas of Europe, northern Asia, North and South America have used sweat bathing in one form or another.

    

The Siikakartano has also panelled marine aluminium hot tub. 
Hot tubs give you the pleasure of hot bath all year round,
through the cold winter days, cool summer nights and the rainy autumn.
A hot bath has, for a long time, been said to have healing and relaxing influences.

  

Sauna and iceswimming

Sauna, hot tube and iceswimming
The Finnish sauna is a substantial part of Finnish culture. There are five million inhabitants and over two million saunas in Finland  - an average of one per household. For Finnish people the sauna is a place for easing with friends and family, and a place for physical and mental relaxation.
The traditional sauna days are Wednesday and Saturday. The idea of swimming in freezing water may seem foolish to most but many  Scandinavians swear by it, and declare that not only is it safe but healthy too. 
From December to end of April you can go iceswimming in Tornioriver.  

 
  

Welcome to the Siikakartano.

Reservations and if you need more informations

- don't hesitate to call us  +358 400 692 301 / Risto   
   or send e-mail to   info@nordicsafaris.com  

 

The Siikakartano is open also in wintertimes.

 

The Aurora Borealis,  is also called the northern polar lights, as it is only visible in the sky from the Northern Hemisphere, the chance of visibility increasing with proximity to the North Magnetic Pole, which is currently in the arctic islands of northern Canada. Aurora Borealis are natural light displays in the sky, usually observed at night, particularly in the polar regions. They typically occur in the ionosphere. Aurorae seen near the magnetic pole may be high overhead, but from further away, they illuminate the northern horizon as a greenish glow or sometimes a faint red, as if the sun was rising from an unusual direction. The Siikakartano courtyard is good palace to see Northern lights which most often occurs from September to October and from March to April.

How to come to Kukkola village

Travel services

Nearest Airport - Kemi Tornio airport 
Nearest train Station - Kemi train station 
Nearest buss Station - Tornio buss station

Need to pick up services? Please call tel. +358 400 692 301  or send e-mail info@nordicsafaris.com

 


 

 

Sauna & Health
Do you want read more?  clik; History of the Finnish sauna
©1997 Mikkel Aaland 

 

Be carefull in Sauna

Accidents in the sweat bath are rare and can usually be attributed to a lapse of common sense.The most usual accidents are hot stove burns or bruises from a slip on a wet floor.   Metal gets burning hot, so remove jewelry and glasses before entering in the sauna. Contact lenses may dry,  take them out before sauna bathing. Glassbottles or cups don't belong in the sauna area.

Strong eating before sauna puts a strain on the circulatory system. Wait a little bit after a large meal before entering a sauna. Also, it is best not to go sauna on an empty stomach,  sauna uses energy.  People not acclimated to heat may feel nauseous or pass out.  This can result from bathing on an empty stomach when your blood sugar is low. Settle for lower temperatures and shorter sauna bathing sessions. It is also sensible to avoid sauna after a long illness. Too strong a loyly ( steam ) can singe skin and lungs. Go easy with the dipper.
Everyone reacts differently to heat. Learn your limits by beginning with lower temperatures and raising them gradually. Let your body tell you when it wants out. 
Fainting may also occur if you stand up abruptly in the sauna room. Blood vessels are relaxed during sauna bathing and when you stand suddenly, blood rushed down, depriving the head of blood. Move slowly in the sweat room.