Activities

ACTIVITIES AT HERRANKUKKARO

Herrankukkaro is located on a scenic lookout spot in the heart of the archipelago. Its setting accommodates activities and experiences for guests interested in sports as well as culture.

Herrankukkaro’s surroundings provide the perfect setting for outdoor pursuits and activities. Go on an archipelago adventure to the caves of the bootleg king, go hiking through the rugged archipelago nature or take a boat trip through the labyrinth of islands. The zip-line in the woods will appeal to speed demons and the crofter’s outdoor games in the beautiful nature of the archipelago are fun, social activities that will bring out the child in you.

At Herrankukkaro you will find the perfect activity for your specific group!

All activities are organized according to weather conditions. The weather is not hindering us, it just gives some extra exotic to our activities. Warm overalls, shoes and rain gear are available free of charge.

OUR RECOMMENDATIONS

FYKE BOAT TRIP TO THE ALCOHOL CAVE OF THE BOOTLEG KING

A boat trip to the nearby island and the realm of the bootleg king during the period of the Finnish Prohibition. The trip will be made in a traditional fyke boat to the shores of the island Nimetön. We will visit the cave, which served as the hiding place for prohibited alcohol, taste some samples and listen to stories about the interesting bootlegging period. At the end of the trip, we will enjoy campfire coffee at the beach shelter.

Duration ca. 2 hours

CROFTER’S OUTDOOR GAMES

Fun in the spirit of traditional outdoor games. Sports according to season, including archery, team-building group skiing, building a campfire, blind obstacle course, ball-throwing with the “wrong” hand, vine rope, horseshoes, team problem-solving games etc. – group games in teams. A good time will be had by all!

Duration 60–90 minutes


FUNNY GAMES


CROFTER’S OUTDOOR GAMES

Fun in the spirit of traditional outdoor games. Sports according to season, including archery, team-building group skiing, building a campfire, blind obstacle course, ball-throwing with the “wrong” hand, team problem-solving games etc. – group games in teams. Good time and laughter guaranteed!

Duration 1 h


ADVENTURE PARCOUR HIGH IN THE TREES

The adventure parcour of Herrankukkaro consists of a high rope course between two old pine trees and a thrilling zip-line slide down from the platform. Former experience is not needed, before the adventure start the guides explain exactly how to use the equipment. During the course the instructors give advice and help if needed. All the safety gear is included in the package.

Duration 1 h


FLOATING IN DRYSUITE

Floating in the arms of the sea is safe and comfortable, when wearing the dry-suite. This activity can be organized as a challenging rescue training or a relaxing experience. Floating on the sea in the evening, watching the moon and the stars, is a truly calm moment to remember. Very exciting in the winter time, when floating in the ice. The group of maximum 10 participants is always guided by the local host and clear instructions are given to all participants. For bigger groups teams of 10 can do different activities at the same time.

Duration 1 h


SEINE HAULERS OLYMPICS

Especially for groups that want to experience fun and the genuine feeling of a childhood winter… Sport categories include milk cart races, kick-sled slalom, drilling, pole sled relay race, team-building group skiing.

Duration 1 h


KICK-SLED SAFARI

A guided trip on kick-sled on the frozen sea. Trip participants will be equipped with all necessary gear. Participants will be able to enjoy some campfire coffee at the end of the trip.

Duration 1 h


GET A GRIP!

Learn with a funny and quick method how to tie five basic knots. This skill will be useful for you many times later on.

Reef knot, bowline, sheet bend, clove hitch and palomar knot are not at all difficult to tie. With these knots you can tie packages and connect ends of snares without quagmires that are impossible to open.This activity can be organized outdoors or inside. Everyone can fix a favourite knot on a shingle and take it home as a souvenir.

Duration 1 h


MAKING POLYPORE PAPER

Design your own paper using natural materials. Making polypore paper is easy and big fun. You can use your own creativity and learn how to colour the paper with different materials of the nature. Afterwards you can take your paper home as a souvenir.

Duration 1-2 h


LITTLE EXERCISE FOR MEETING BREAK

Have a break, have some fresh air. Get out with the team and take part in a fun exercise. Can be combined with a coffee break.

Duration 15 min


PICKING MUSHROOMS IN THE BEAUTIFUL ARCHIPELAGO

Get information about the most common food mushrooms of Finland and learn to know how easy it is, to prepare healthy and delicious “wild food”. Find the pretty Bolete, Russula and the trumpet-shaped mushrooms, like Chantarelles and learn to handle them in the right way.Frying the mushrooms on open fire, with smoked fish, bacon, onions and herbs, creates a perfect wild food experience for every guest. Enjoy the home-made dish on a piece of archipelago bread and drink a cup of an old-fashioned coffee with it – there is nothing better than that!

Duration 2 h, available from August to End October


LOCAL TRADITONS


THE PATH OF HERRANKUKKARO

We walk in the green forest of Herrankukkaro, enjoy the archipelago nature and hear the story of the brave partisan Tapani Löfving. In 18th century this hero moved between Finland and Sweden, spending some time in and around Rymättylä village. This time travel is guided by several signs of old days, during the Great Northern War. There are 4 – 5 team tasks during the walk. At the end of the tour we enjoy a special local drink "Herrankukkaron Hönkäys" on open fire.

Duration 1-1,5 h


PROHIBITION IN THE ARCHIPELAGO

This walking tour around Herrankukkaro shows places from the times of prohibition in Finland, from 1919 to 1932. There are many stories about the dry life and about the smugglers, who very actively worked in the archipelago. During the walking tour the participants get to solve some of the smugglers problems. At the end of the tour the guests are invited to sit down on open fire and test the forbidden beverage.

Duration 1-1,5 h



HERRING AND SPARKLING

The village Rymättylä is a well-known fishing area, especially the herring has a long tradition here. Old fishing boats take the guests to the neighbouring place called Röölä, where the herring museum Dikseli can be visited. Next to the museum there is factory building, which in the past days was the biggest herring factory of Finland. Nowadays the building is a home of the local sparkling wine, which is made of apples. The products of the place can be tested and the tasting is included in the price.

Duration 2-2,5 h

SURVIVING IN THE ARCHIPELAGO

Activities for the ones, who want challenges and speed! The combination includes orienteering parcour, zip-line slide in the trees, as well as rescue action in the sea. This program is physically challenging, but fun and teambuilding still have the first priority!

Duration 2-3 h


CROSSFIT IN THE FOREST

Challenging sport exercise in the forest. Developing the muscle power, endurance, speed and suppleness. The session will be guided by a professional crossfit-trainer

Duration 1 h

BOAT EXCURSIONS


FYKE BOAT TRIP TO THE ALCOHOL CAVE OF THE SMUGGLER KING

A boat trip to the nearby island and the realm of the smuggler king during the period of the Finnish Prohibition. The trip will be made in a traditional fyke boat to the shores of the island Nimetön (Nameless). We will visit the cave, which served as the hiding place for prohibited alcohol, taste some samples and listen to stories about the interesting bootlegging period. At the end of the trip, we will enjoy campfire coffee at the beach shelter.

Duration 2 h


ROWING TRIP

Row with friends and family or colleagues in an authentic, 20-person fyke boat and enjoy the beautiful archipelago landscape in good company. The team can together experience the tranquility and silence of Finlands nature.

In case, the group would like to see a wider area of the archipelago, it is also possible to make a short tour in nearby waters with a motorboat.

Duration 1 h


SPECIAL SHIP CRUISES TO THE ARCHIPELAGO

You can choose from two different ships: steamship s/s Ukkopekka for 150 persons and motor vessel m/s Laura for 19 persons. Transfers from Turku city centre to Herrankukkaro possible, on the way the lighthouse island Loistokari can be visited.

Rate m/s Laura (max. 19 persons) starting from 600 €
Rate s/s Ukkopekka (max. 150 persons) starting from 3500 €

Coffee and savoury snack or pastry on board or on the island Loistokari 9 € / person

Lunch on board of Ukkopekka or buffet dinner on the island Loistokari can be booked on request. Ask for an offer!

DREAMING IN THE MOONLIGHT

Experience the beauty of the archipelago by sunset or in the moonlight. Wonderful moments of silence and beauty, for example after the dinner.

m/s Laura (max. 19 persons): 300 € / hour
Buster Tyyne (max. 5 persons) 250 € / hour. This boat can be used for a more speedy tour as well.


FISHING


ANGLING CONTEST ON THE DOCK/ICE FISHING CONTEST ON THE ICE

When was the last time you fished using worms for bait? Rods and worms are provided for participants. A peaceful atmosphere, but an exciting competition!

Duration 30 – 60 min


FORMS OF SPORT FISHING with the guidance of professional instructors

Choose from
Jigging for pike-perch and perch
Spin fishing and trolling for northern pike
Trolling for pike-perch on a summer night
Angling for Baltic herring

We can take care of the fishing licenses, 20 € per person

Duration 2-6 h


LEARN EVERYTHING ABOUT FISH WITH LOCAL SPECIALIST

How to smoke, cold-smoke, broil and ember-roast fish?
What do I do when I get a whole fish in my hand? After this course, you will know what to do. In the realm of Herrankukkaro, alongside smoke ovens and campfires, your host will show you how to smoke, broil and ember-roast fish. In smaller groups, participants can themselves take part in the tasks. In larger groups, some will get to do the real work, while the rest of the group is observing. Fish tasting is a must for everyone!

Duration 1,5 h


ROASTING FISH AND SAUSAGES OVER CAMPFIRE

Roast your own salmon or delicious sausages over the glowing flame of an open campfire, with the guidance of an instructor. Very nice before sauna or between activities.


EVENING ENTERTAINMENT

Herrankukkaro is an ideal venue for parties, and different types of evening entertainment can be offered to our guests. We recommend the tasting of local Brinkhall sparkling wine, the real Finnish Vodkas and the award winning Arctic Blue Gin. Stand-up comic and all kinds of music entertainment can also be arranged.


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