Salolampi Blog

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Cluedo at Salolampi!

Published: July 13, 2019

​Villagers solve a Salolampi mystery…

Kalevala, Kantele, & Kaverit!

Published: July 12, 2019

Villagers take on another day of learning Finnish and Finnish culture!

Helsingin Sanomat and Matka Amerikkaan!

Published: July 11, 2019

Exciting things happening here at Salolampi!

Activities, Goodbyes, and Ravintolailta!

Published: July 7, 2019

It was the last day at Salolampi this summer for some of our villagers, and another day for others!

Kuka Hän On? 

Published: July 5, 2019

Villagers played a counselor guessing game and got ready for International Day 2019!

From Picnics to Prison

Published: July 4, 2019

Take a look at what our new villagers did on their first full day at Salolampi!

New Faces and Keys in Hidden Places!

Published: July 2, 2019

Our new villagers acclimated quickly with some activities and an “un-escape” room!

New Memories Made!

Published: July 1, 2019

Find out what went on during the last full day for our first two-weeker and second one-weeker villagers of the season!

Salolammen Olympialaiset!

Published: June 28, 2019

There was some stiff competition her at Salolampi!

Joulu came to Salolampi! 

Published: June 26, 2019

No onko tullut Joulu nyt kesän keskelle? Has Christmas come in the middle of summer?

New Villagers and The Game of Life (Finnish Edition)!

Published: June 25, 2019

Tervetuloa to our newest villagers!

From "Start to Finnish"

Published: June 25, 2019

Dr. Alexander Arguelles will strive to learn the language, alongside Salolampi Language Village students, in first-ever “Start to Finnish” challenge

A Sunny Kesämökkipäivä!

Published: June 23, 2019

​Salolampi opens its doors to the public for their annual summer cabin day!

Hauskaa Juhannusta!

Published: June 23, 2019

Villagers take on learning Finnish through crafts, games, and finding the Suomen Tähti.

Let's Go Down to the Tori!

Published: June 20, 2019

We are having a great time over here at Salolampi!  Follow us along through our day! In the morning, villagers participated in the first activity session of the day. We made kynttilöitä (candles), played lentopallo (volleyball), and had a game of alias going.  Showing off their candles!  The wax dipping rotation around the table.  Lentopallo! Volleyball!  For the first pelit ja projektit (games and projects)...

Sunshine, Sähly, and Mökki-ilta!

Published: June 19, 2019

Our first week of summer youth sessions continues!

Having Fun and Learning Finnish!

Published: June 18, 2019

The first full day of our youth summer sessions has come and gone!  There is a buzzing atmosphere here and we love it! The villagers kept themselves busy all day today hopping from activity to activity, visiting the kioski (kiosk), and heading down to the ranta (beach) for luontoaika (nature time). Jalkapalloa! (Soccer!) Using a wood-burning tool to make some nimilaput.  A game of charades! For kultturitunti (culture hour)...

Family Week Day 5

Published: June 15, 2019

A beautiful Juhannus celebration to close out Family Week!

Family Week Day 4

Published: June 14, 2019

Another day at Family Week gone by! Our day was packed full of all kinds of fun stuff. We started out by making pulla during our mummolassa (at grandma's) program.  Look at how great they turned out!  After class time it was our activity time. Villagers could choose to either play volleyball, make jewelry, play with play dough, play a game on the piha, or go on a nature walk. Finally isotauko (big break)...

Family Week Day 3

Published: June 13, 2019

​Family Week continues! Click here to see what we are up to!

The Last Päivä

Published: July 13, 2018

Today was the last full day at Salolampi and we made every moment count! Villagers filled up on a delicious breakfast and then headed out to raise the flag before playing a game to warm up. After their last Suomikoulus, villagers chose between activities like jalkkapallo, board games, frisbee, lautapelejä, learning how to build a fire and more!                   After a final swim in the lake and a hot sauna,...

Simulaatio & Other Fun Games

Published: July 12, 2018

​Who said learning has to be boring? Villagers learn language while having fun playing games!

Applause for Speden Spelit!

Published: July 11, 2018

​Villagers learn Finnish through playing popular games!

A Scavenger Hunt &  New Villagers!

Published: July 10, 2018

New villagers arrive as we continue to hace a blast!

Maalaaminen and Language Learning

Published: July 8, 2018

Yesterday we said goodbye to some villagers as we prepare for our last week at Salolampi. Villagers wasted no time jumping back into their Suomikoulus to learn more Finnish before enjoying a delicious lunch of makkara and spinach pancakes. After lunch, villagers spent some time doing jooga, making crafts and playing games.               In the evening, villagers rolled up their sleeves for the evening activity.The Finnish art...

International Day Eve!

Published: July 5, 2018

Villagers do final preparations for International Day while learning new things!

Happy Independence Day!

Published: July 4, 2018

Independence Day was a blast celebrating for America and Finland!​

New Faces, New Friends, New Language

Published: July 3, 2018

Villagers prep for International Day while getting introduced to a new language!

The Best Way To Learn Is Having Fun

Published: June 28, 2018

​Villagers are diving into Finnish language, culture and arts!

Language Learning and Angry Birds

Published: June 27, 2018

​Vilalgers learned Finnish language while playing a familiar game!

New Villagers and the Olympics!

Published: June 26, 2018

Yesterday we said "Tervetuola!" to new villagers and they jumped right in!  The morning started with a game of ketjuhippa and singing time before heading to suomikoulu. Several villagers were chosen as suomimestari and could not speak anything but Finnish for the entire day!                   After a delicious lunch and some beach time, villagers had options for Toiminta like sähly, crafts...

Hyvää Juhannusta!

Published: June 23, 2018

Celebrating Juhannus by learning Finnish!

Music, Sports, Art… There’s Something For Everyone!

Published: June 20, 2018

Unintentional matching makes for a great picture!

​Campers were treated to a special performance from Soiva and more!

Who Said Learning a New Language Can’t Be Fun?

Published: June 19, 2018

Villagers are having a blast learning Finnish while playing games and crafting!

Family Week Day 5

Published: June 15, 2018

Family Week is wrapping up but we are keeping busy!

Family Week Day 3: All Smiles Here!

Published: June 13, 2018

Games, treats, and learning! Oh my!

Family Week Day 2: All Fun and Games!

Published: June 12, 2018

Villagers playing sähly!

​What kinds of games did we play today? Read to find out!

Family Week Day 1

Published: June 11, 2018

Check out pictures from Day 1 of Family Week!