Kairosmaja – a place of rest in Finnish Lapland
Kairosmaja Fell Center is located in Pelkosenniemi, at the foot of the fell called "Pyhätunturi" or "Pyhä", by the lake Pyhäjärvi, 50 kms to the north of the town of Kemijärvi.
The name of Kairosmaja is derived from the Greek word ‘kairos’ meaning God’s moment, and the Finnish word ‘maja’ meaning a lodge.
Kairosmaja has excellent facilities. After an adventurous day together with a group or alone in the nature, you may relax in a real Finnish sauna, dip in a hole in the ice in the lake in winter or visit the Chapel of the Northern Lights.
Activities and excursions
Kairosmaja offers good opportunities for summer trekking, snow shoe trekking, cross-country skiing, and paddling. During high season camp weeks, all activities are available with an experienced group guide. Sauna bathing and swimming in the lake – both in the summer and in the winter – are available.
- Pyhä-Luosto National Park Visitors' Center (3,5 km)
- Suvanto Museum Village, a village that was spared from destruction during World War II when nearly all the Lapland towns and villages were burnt. (25 km)
- Luosto Amethyst Mine and Amethyst Spa (25 km)
- Pelkosenniemi church (25 km)
- Urho Kekkonen National Park Visitors' Center (80 km)
Pilgrimage along nature trailsDuring camp weeks, on the Wednesday, all are welcome for a mostly silent hike along a roughly 10 kilometer trail. The idea is to provide space for time with God and with one’s own thoughts while walking, unhurriedly, in God’s magnificent nature. The silent hike trail avoids the more popular routes, and does not require special hiking skills. There are a few stops for a short reading or song – and naturally a campfire coffee break. In summer, regular walking shoes are necessary, and in winter snow shoes or skies are provided.
Chapel of Northern Lights
Kairosmaja Fell Center is host to Finnish Lapland’s first Tourist Chapel, built in 1986. The Finnish name ‘Revontulikappeli’ means the Chapel of Northern Lights. Its exceptional beauty has made it a popular touristic sight in its own right. Approximately 35 000 people visit the chapel annually.
The 260-seat Chapel is open all year round from 7 a.m. to 10 p.m. During tourist seasons a church service is held on Sundays at 9 a.m., Morning Devotions Monday-Saturday at 9 a.m. (in Finnish). The Chapel is also known for concerts of Christian music and songs.
Daily Schedule for camp weeks
- 7.45-9.00 breakfast and preparing of a packed lunch
- 9.00 Morning Devotions in the Chapel of Northern Lights
- 10.00 guided hikes in the hills
- 15.00-17.00 sauna by the lake (Wednesdays 15.00-19.00)
- 16.45-18.00 dinner
- 19.00 evening program (Tuesday evangelistic meeting at 7 p.m., Thursday Holy Communion at 7 p.m.)
Full board per person in 2016:
1st January - 19th February, 1st May - 31st August, 18th September - 23rd December and 28th December - 31st December:
53 € - 75 € / 1 day (full board).
Winter season (20th February - 12th March, 17th April - 30th April):
58 € - 78 €/1 day (full board).
Late winter season (13th March - 16th April):
64 € - 86 €/1 day (full board).
Autumn season (1 September - 17 September):
75 € - 98 € / 1 day (full board).
During high seasons:
Easter: + 15 € / day.
Single room supplement +20 € / day.
Log cabin (accommodation only) 43 € / day (price for the cabin, accommodates 10)
Smoke sauna (private) 250 € / heating.
Private sauna by the lake 40 € /1,5 hours / 1-10 persons / department.
Meal prices:Breakfast 8 € / on Sundays 10 €
Packed lunch 6 €
Dinner 16 € / on Sundays 20 €
Lunch (soup + coffee / tea) on Saturdays 9 €
Discounts:2 years, free of charge
3-5 years: -75 %
6-12 years: -50 %
13-16 years: -25 %
students -25 % (student card required)
Full board rate includes: accommodation, breakfast, packed lunch, dinner, sauna daily, bed linen and towels (1 set/week), morning and evening program in the Chapel, and guided treks. Full board does not include lunch or chargeable concerts.
We reserve the right to price changes.
Accommodation:Rooms are located in five buildings, with a total of 90 beds. Rooms are mainly for 2-3 persons but bigger rooms are also available. Almost all rooms have a private toilet and a shower.
How to reach Kairosmaja
From Rovaniemi towards Ivalo (North-East) 102 km along the road E75. At Torvinen village, turn to the east to road number 962 for 36 km. The driving distance between Rovaniemi and Kairosmaja is about 138 kms.
From Kuusamo along the road number 5: After the town of Kemijärvi drive towards Sodankylä 33 kms, at Vuostimo village turn to the west to the road number 962 for 16 kms.
The nearest railway stations are Kemijärvi and Rovaniemi. Direct bus connections from these railway stations to Pyhä - Luosto area and Kairosmaja. The easiest train connection is the night train Helsinki - Kemijärvi.