Having lived in the largest cities in Russia for most of their lives, namely Moscow and St. Petersburg, Andrei Gusev and Irina Guseva have been getting used to a new country and the quiet of the countryside for the past year.
– We have started to learn Finnish, but it’s a pretty tough language, Laughs Gusev. The couple fell in love with the nature travel opportunities surrounding the hotel and hostel that make up Hotel Pielinen, and for good reason. The business is situated right next to lake Pielinen, in between the Koli and Patvinsuo national parks. There are other wonderful nature sites within 70 kilometres of the hotel as well, such as the Ruunaa rapids and the Kolvananuuro gorge.
– This is a good place from where to visit all these other places, says Guseva. There is plenty to do at the hotel as well, such as swimming, going to the sauna or gym, or playing ping-pong and billiards.
– We want to make the hotel even better for our guests by coming up with interesting activities. So far, we have also renovated half of the rooms, mentions Gusev.