Rental Guide

Is it your first time? See our guide to renting a cottage in Finland. 

If you’ve never rented a cottage in Finland before, or your last rental was a long time ago, we recommend that you will brush up on your cottage rental basics by reading our rental guide below. Once you have reminded yourself about the general cottage rental rules, your holiday in Finland will hopefully be a great success!


Included in the cottage rental

The rental price includes self-catering accommodation at your chosen cottage. The accommodation includes all furniture and fittings and their normal use during your stay. The rental price also includes all cutlery and dishes, pillows, blankets and mattresses. Also included in the rental price are electricity, tap water and logs for fireplace and/or sauna (unless other stated). 

The rental prices for cottages that are located by lakes or the sea also often include the use of a private pier, rowing boat, barbecue hut and/or a second lakeside sauna, but please read individual cottage descriptions carefully.

Not included in the cottage rental

Your cottage rental does not include flights, transfers or meals. The rental price also does not include hire of bed linen and towels, or cottage cleaning at the end of your stay, unless otherwise stated in the cottage description. If you don’t want to bring your own bed linen and towels, these can be hired for an extra charge. Please note that bedding in Finnish holiday cottages is often provided as singles, even for double beds.

It is customary in Finland that guests clean the cottage at the end of their stay to the same clean and tidy condition it was on arrival. If you don’t want to spend a few hours in the end of your stay  cleaning the cottage, you can order the cleaning to be done on your behalf for an additional charge.

Washing-up liquid, dishwasher tablets, washing powder, soap, shower gel, shampoo, toilet paper and kitchen roll are not usually included in the rental price, but you will probably find at least some of these readily in your cottage, as people tend to leave their spare supplies for the next party.

Cleaning the cottage

Cottages are always thoroughly cleaned between guests. On the last day of each rental period, either the guests themselves, or the cottage owner/local cleaning company (if you have ordered cleaning to be done on your behalf for an additional charge), will clean the cottage ready for the next party to arrive. 

The final cleaning includes vacuuming and wiping the floors, cleaning the toilet, sauna and shower room, wiping clean all work surfaces and tables, washing the dishes and placing them back to their own places, cleaning the cooker and the fridge, and taking the bins out. Bed linen needs to be removed from beds and placed on the floor. Ash from the fireplace needs to be taken out to the bin provided. All own food and drinks must be taken away.

Cleaning equipment and materials are provided in the cottage.


Number of beds

The number of beds stated in cottage descriptions indicates the max. number of people allowed to sleep in that cottage at any one time. This number includes normal beds in bedrooms and extra beds such as sofa beds and mattresses elsewhere in the cottage. The number of beds in bedrooms is shown at first, followed by the number of extra beds. If for example a cottage is shown to have 6+2 beds, this means that there are 6 normal beds in bedrooms and 2 extra beds for example in the mezzanine.

The mezzanine refers to an open area for sleeping upstairs of the cottage. The area often provides extra beds on mattresses or sofa beds, and the area is usually accessed via wooden stairs from the downstairs living area. The mezzanine  area often has a low or sloping ceiling, which could make it uncomfortable for very tall guests, but children in particular often love to make their own space on a mezzanine.     

Please read cottage descriptions carefully to ensure your preferred cottage has suitable beds for your needs.  

Short breaks

All cottages are available for weekly rental periods, but many also cater for short breaks. Short breaks are usually only possible outside the high season, Christmas and New Year, although a few cottage owners allow short breaks all year round.

The high season in Lapland is usually from mid-February to mid-April and the high season in other regions is usually from mid-June to mid-August.

On each of the cottage description pages you will find a note indicating whether short breaks are available at that particular cottage and if so, at what times of the year they are available. Rental prices are provided for short breaks (where applicable) in our online booking system or they are available from us by request.

Changeover days

Weekly rentals usually start and end on a Friday, Saturday or a Sunday. Other changeover days may be possible, particularly outside the high seasons, when any changeover day is usually acceptable to the cottage owner. In some cottages any changeover day is possible all year round.

During the high season in Lapland from mid-February to mid-April, Christmas and New Year, the changeover day is usually strictly Saturday or Sunday. 

During the high season in other regions from mid-June to mid-August, the changeover day is usually strictly Friday or Saturday. A booking over the Christmas and New Year period can usually start and end on any day of the week.    

The usual changeover day and other booking rules in each individual cottage can be found in the cottage description above the booking calendar.

Check-in and check-out times

The check-in and check-out times vary from cottage to another, but the check-in time is usually 16.00 (4pm) and the check-out time is usually 12.00 (noon). Please check the exact check-in and check-out times in the cottage you have booked in your booking confirmation or request details from us prior to making a boking.

If you need an earlier check-in or a later check-out time, this may be possible, if the request is given to the cottage owner in good time before your arrival. Such requests are unfortunately often not possible during the high season, Christmas and New Year, when cottages are continuously booked and a thorough clean must be carried out between guests.  

Key collection

Keys to most cottages are received from the cottage owner on arrival. The owner will meet you at the cottage or at another previously agreed location. Please advise us or the owner directly about your estimated arrival time at least 2 days before your arrival. If you know that you will arrive late in the evening or during the night, advise us or the owner about this as early as possible, as late key collection may differ from the above. 

In Lapland, cottage keys are often collected from a local cottage caretaker's office. If you arrive at the office after opening hours, the keys are left to an outside postbox for your collection by prior request.

In few cottages there is a lockable key box by the side of the front door that opens with a PIN code, which is emailed or texted to you prior to your arrival. 

Details about key collection can be found in your booking confirmation.

Smoking

Smoking is strictly prohibited in all our cottages by law. Smoking is allowed only on the cottage terrace or outside in the garden. Cigarettes must be disposed of carefully in outdoor bins or other specific dishes provided. Please do not litter the cottage surrounds.

If you have smoked inside the cottage, despite it being prohibited, you will be liable for additional cleaning charges, as stated in our booking conditions. 

Pets

You can take your pet with you to some of our cottages, if your pet is well behaved and fully house-trained. You will find cottages where pets are allowed by checking if the cottage description includes a symbol for 'Pets allowed'. Please note that there may be an extra charge for a pet.

If a pet will join you on a holiday, it is important to make sure that the pet does not cause any damage in the cottage and that all pet waste is cleared away from the cottage grounds.

Please always mention any pets at the time of your cottage reservation.

Standard of cottages

Cottages in Finland vary greatly in standard and amenities on offer from a 5 star luxury villa to a basic hut with no modern amenities. It is therefore important to check all details carefully before booking.

All cottages in our portfolio have electric heating, hot and cold running water from taps and electric lighting, unless otherwise stated. The water from the taps is also suitable for drinking and cooking, unless otherwise stated.

The great majority of cottages in our portfolio have indoor flushing toilets, but we include a few options to those who prefer the authentic outdoor eco-toilets called "huussi" instead. The cottages with outdoor toilets are clearly identified as such.  

Access by public transport

Most of our cottages in Lakeland, the West and the South are located in secluded, naturally beautiful locations, away from public transport routes. A car is therefore often essential or highly recommended.

If you must have access by public transport, choose a cottage that is located close to a village or a town where you can get to by plane, train or bus and continue from there to the cottage by taxi. Sometimes the cottage owners may be able to offer transfers for an additional charge for example from the nearest bus or railway station.

In Lapland, if you are staying in Levi, Ylläs, Ruka or Saariselkä, a car is not necessary, as airport transfers are available by bus and once at the resort, you can walk or take a ski bus into the village. You can reach Pyhä by bus from Rovaniemi and Kemijärvi, but there is no ski bus in Pyhä village. In Syöte, a car is necessary for your airport transfers and for exploring the village. 

Travelling with young children

When you first arrive in a cottage you have booked with young children, please check the safety in the cottage and note potentially dangerous areas. If the cottage is located by water, it is important to stay extra vigilant and not let the children to the shore without adult supervision. 

A travel cot and highchair can often be provided by prior arrangement. Please check that the cottage description includes a symbol for 'Baby bed available' and order required equipment at the time of your cottage booking. Please note that there may be an extra charge for a cot or a highchair. 

Check from the cottage description if the cottage has a child safety gate in stairs, a potty or games/toys for children. Some cottages also have for example a sandpit, swings and/or a trampoline for children outside. 

Equipment hire

Equipment such as bicycles, canoes, snowshoes, cross-country skis and fishing rods can often be borrowed or hired from the cottage owners for an additional charge. Please check the cottage description for details.

Please book all required equipment at the time of your cottage booking, if possible. You can state your requirements for example in terms of how many bicycles you would like to hire and for how many days you would like to hire them for in the 'Additional Information' field in the booking process. We will calculate the total cost of your equipment hire and add the cost to your cottage booking.

    

Internet Access

Mobile phone reception is available throughout Finland, which means that internet access at cottages is almost always possible using mobile phones or laptops/tablets with internet sim-cards or mobile internet sticks. Please check with your service provider before your holiday whether your mobile phone and/or possible internet devices will work in Finland.

It is also possible to purchase a pre-paid sim-card or mobile internet stick once you arrive in Finland to gain access to the internet on your own laptop or tablet for a specified number of days (usually one month). Pre-paid internet sticks are available from mobile phone shops and R-kiosks. The sticks cost about 40 EUR/month.   

Some cottages also offer wireless internet access and where this is available, the cottage description will show the 'Internet access' symbol. Please note that there may be an extra charge for the internet access. 

Fishing

Thousands of lakes and sea shores in Finland attract many visitors to try their luck with fishing. If you are between 18 and 64 years old and plan to fish in Finland with anything other than a simple fishing rod and line, you must pay the national fisheries management fee. In additional to this fee, you must also usually pay the provincial lure fishing fee.

Information about fishing fees in English can be found on the following website http://www.fishinginfinland.fi/licences. The same website allows you to pay for the fees online. 

Fishing fees can also be paid locally in Finland in banks, post offices, R-Kiosks, fishing tackle shops and some petrol stations.

Everyman’s Rights

In Finland, everyone has the right to freely roam the forests, countryside, lakes and rivers by foot, skis, boat or bicycle. Everyone can also pick as many wild berries and mushrooms as they like. This concept is called ‘Everyman’s Rights’.

There are a few rules though which you must bear in mind. Don’t harm plants, animals or property, don’t leave litter, don’t pick someone’s fruits, berries or vegetables without permission, don’t camp too near to someone’s house, don’t make too much noise and don’t disturb people’s privacy.