Kavalahti scout camp

Kavalahti scout camp is located within a gently rolling and verdant pine forest. The heart of the camp is the grassy central square, where the medieval pavilions will be set up. The square is surrounded by the beach and the saunas on one side, and the feast hall on the other side. There is one new accommodation building and one workshop building (aka the old main building)

The feast hall is an old barn with a modern kitchen downstairs. This kitchen is reserved for the event staff to prepare the daily meals and the feast.

The old main building has a modern kitchen and fridges that everybody can use, plus some rooms for workshops and classes. There is no accommodation in the workshop building. There is a cellar in this building where people can plug in their coolers (but take an extension cord with you).

In 2017 the scouts built a new accommodation building and some flushing toilets to the site. The accommodation building has pallet style sleeping spaces with mattresses. Some of the sleeping space is up a steep ladder.

The three cabins sleep 6-8 persons and are located c. 100 meters from the central square. There is also a fire pit close to camping area.

Kavalahti has quite a lot of camping space. The square in the middle is reserved for period pavilions and tents, and it will be rather full of tents. So, if you plan on bringing a pavilion, please reserve a space for it in advance. Other areas for mundane tents are located just a bit further away around the period encampment; one by the parking lot and the other is in the woods above the main building and the cabins.

There're still the old outdoor toilets close to each camping area.

Next to the lake, we have a large and a small sauna building. The bigger one has two electric saunas, warm showers, two dressing rooms as well as a separate room with a fireplace and a small kitchenette free to use. The small sauna building right by the beach has a traditional wood-heated stove, which provides the best sauna experience for those energetic enough to heat it.

Illumination by Katheryn Hebenstreitz Illumination by Flavius&Pelinor
Illuminations by Flavius & Pelinor

You can also check out the photos on the scouts' Kavalahti pages.


Driving instructions

Coming from the west (from Turku/Åbo)

  1. Take E18 from Turku/Åbo towards Salo.
  2.  When in Salo, turn to road 52 (towards Perniö), and left at the church to road 186, towards Kisko and Inkoo.
  3.  Drive the road 186 almost to Inkoo, until you hit the crossroads with the road 51 risteykseen. Turn to road 51 towards Hankoo (right).
  4. Drive  about 2,7 kilometers. There is a small gravel road turning left saying "Björnvikintie" (with a SCA signpost). Drive there.
  5. Drive onwards 1.5 kms and you are in Kavalahti. Ignore the "Yksityisalue" signs which tell you this is private property.
    This is a narrow and bumpy road, drive carefully.
  6. Leave your car at the parking lot and walk to the troll.

Coming from the east (Helsinki)

  1. Find the best route to road 51 towards Hanko (it's best reached via the ring roads Kehä/Ring I, II or III).
  2. Drive about 60 kms from Helsinki past Kirkkonummi and Inkoo centers.
  3. When you encounter a signpost "Satamat/Hamnarna", start preparing. Drive onwards about 2,7 kilometers.
  4. There is a small gravel road turning left saying "Björnvikintie" (with a SCA signpost). Drive there.
  5. Drive onwards 1.5 kms and you are in Kavalahti. Ignore the "Yksityisalue" signs which tell you this is private property.
    This is a narrow and bumpy road, drive carefully.
  6. Leave your car at the parking lot and walk to the troll.

Coming from the north

It is best to find the road to either Turku or Helsinki and then follow the directions from above.

Public transportation

Unfortunately the site is not very well accessible with public transportation. There are some options.

Take the Helsinki--Turku train line and get out at Karjaa/Karis. From there it's about 15 minutes drive to the site.  You can take a taxi or ask someone to pick you up. If you ask the organisers to pick you up, it will cost you some gas money. Please send pickup requests well in advance so we can find drivers. The trains run every hour or two, although not very late at night. This is a good option from people coming from the Helsinki airport as well, since you can easily switch from the commuter trains serving the airport to these long distance trains either in Pasila/Böle or Helsinki Central Railway station. Timetables and tickets from the VR site.

There are also some buses that drive via the road 51 (Helsinki--Karjaa, Helsinki--Hanko or Helsinki--Tammisaari route). You need to exit at the Marielunds/Björnvik bus stop. From there it's a walk of more than a kilometer to the site on a gravel road.

There is also a bus connection from the Helsinki airport to Karjaa. About three times a day there goes a bus from airport Terminal 2 to Karjaa. The bus is not direct, there is a bus change at a roadside bus stop Turvesolmu (bus stop id E2506). Timetables and tickets from the Matkahuolto site